What to do and see in Budapest in August 2020 ?
Discover the numerous events and activities we have selected for your visit to Budapest in August. The Budapest calendar for August is regularly updated as soon as new events are announced that attract our full attention.


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In the majestic setting of St. Stephen’s Basilica in the center of Pest a weekly Organ concert is conducted by Miklós Teleki. The arias of the program are performed by Kolos Kováts, one of the most famous singers of oratorio concerts in Hungary, and you can also listen to the flutist, Eleonóra Krusic.
Concert every Thursday at 8:00 pm (with program subject to change): Mozart, Vivaldi, Stradella, Albinoni, Liszt, Schubert, Bizet,….

Duration: about 70 minutes. Tickets from 20 €!For Information on Organ Concert and tickets – click here

Address: ST. STEPHEN’S BASILICA, Szent István ter 1, 5th district, Pest – map


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You can also attend concerts at the Duna String Orchestra in Budapest every Tuesday and Sunday at 20:00 at St Stephen’s basilica. On the program (subject to change): Bach, Händel, Albinoni, Vivaldi, Gounod, Händel, Schubert, Mozart, Bizet, among others.

Duration: about 70 minutes. Tickets from 37 € in category C.For information Concert Orchestra Duna String and tickets – click here

Address: ST. STEPHEN’S BASILICA, Szent István ter 1, 5th district, Pest – map

SZIGET FESTIVAL BUDAPEST from August 5th to 11th

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From August 5th to 11th, the biggest music festival in Europe, the Sziget Festival, will be held in Budapest. For 1 week, more than 550,000 festival-goers from around the world come to attend more than 50 stages at 600 concerts and shows.
Complete information in our article ‘Budapest Sziget Festival’ on this link.

Due to the coronavirus epidemic, the 2020 edition of the Sziget Festival in Budapest has unfortunately been cancelled for good.

MATTHIAS CHURCH Concerts – 7,21,28 and 29th

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In the magnificent Matthias Church in the historic old town of Buda classical music concerts are held at 19:00 on 7,21,28 and 29th of august with the Budapest Duna String Orchestra performing compositions by Bach, Handel, Mozart and Vivaldi, among others.

For Matthias Church Concerts information and tickets click here

Address: Matthias Church, Szentháromság tér 2, 1st district, Buda – map.


Discover the art of folk dance in Hungary during a 90-minute show (including an intermission) in the unique setting of the Danube Palace in Pest in the city center.
A true testimony of the Hungarian heritage, this show reveals the tradition of the costumes, music and dance of Hungary and its former empire.
Tickets (3 categories) are also offered with pick-up service.

Duration: about 90 minutes. Tickets from 24 €.Folk Dance Show information and tickets – click here

Budapest Cruises on the Danube River

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Discover Budapest with a cruise on the Danube (45mn-1h), day and night, to admire Buda Castle, Matthias Church, Hungarian Parliament, Citadel, Hotel Gellért, and more. From 9€.

For Cruise information in Budapest – click here

You also have the opportunity to dine during your cruise while admiring Budapest by night!

Cruise on the Danube

In the evening departing at 19:45, you can enjoy a two and a half hour cruise on the Danube accompanied by a four-course dinner and the musical performance of local Hungarian artists (November to February with advanced departure at 19:00).

Information and booking – dinner cruise – click here

National Day – August 20th, 2020

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On August 20th, St. Stephen’s Day in Hungary is the national holiday day when is celebrated the foundation of the Hungarian state more than 1000 years ago.

– Festivities in Parliament from 08:30 to 09:30 in Kossuth Square where is raised the Hungarian flag. Parliament can be visited free of charge from 12:00 to 17:00.
Aerial and aquatic parade on the banks of the Danube between 9:30 and 11:00.
Concerts on Adam Clark Square from 11:30 to 18:00.
– Concerts and festival ‘Street of Hungarian flavors’ at Bazaar Várkert in Buda.
Folk Art Festival (17-20th August) at Buda Castle.
Blessing of bread and harvest procession at 2.30 pm from Szent György Square in Buda Castle to St Stephen’s Statue in Fishermen’s Bastion.
– Holy Mass and procession of the right hand of St. Stephen at 17:00 at St. Stephen’s Basilica in Pest.

9 pm: Fireworks (30 minutes) between the Chain Bridge and the Margit Bridge.
You will be able to admire this sumptuous fireworks from the quays between these two bridges, from any position where you can see the facade of the Parliament. Car traffic is closed in the afternoon along the quays where several hundred thousand people come to watch the fireworks.

Good Tip: watch the fireworks from a boat on the Danube!

Information and tickets Fireworks cruise of August 20th – click here

SPARTY bath parties at the Széchényi baths in August

The Széchenyi Baths host the Sparty parties on Saturday evenings (1,8,15,22,29th) in their outdoor baths. In this impressive setting you will experience animations, dancers, 3D projections and DJs live sets for a unique winter evening ! Information and tickets are on the site, SpartybookingVideo of the Sparty event:

The Széchenyi baths can be reached by public transport via the Metro M1 – Széchenyi fürdő station – and the trolley bus 72 – Széchenyi fürdő station.
Address: Állatkerti krt. 9th – 14th district, Pest.

Discover also opera, classical concerts and shows in Budapest in our dedicated article on this link.