What to do and see in Budapest in October ?
Discover the events and activities we have selected for your visit to Budapest in October. Our Budapest calendar is updated as soon as new events are announced.
MATTHIAS CHURCH CONCERT – October 2nd and 16th
In the magnificent Matthias Church in the historic old town of Buda classical music concerts are held at 19:00 on October 2nd and 16th (ticket from 33€ in category C). Great concerts not to be missed in Budapest in October!
Address: Szentháromság tér 2, 1st district, Buda – map.
CONCERTS ST. STEPHEN’S BASILICA
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: Fantasy in F minor K 608, Antonio Vivaldi: 4 Seasons – Winter (Largo), Alessandro Stradella: Pieta Signore, Tomaso Albinoni: Adagio, Ferenc Liszt: Choral,…
Duration: about 70 minutes. Tickets from 20 €!Information on Organ Concert and tickets – click here
You can also attend concerts of the Duna String Orchestra in Budapest every Tuesday and Sunday at 20:00 in St Stephen’s Basilica.
On the program (subject to change): Bach (Air BWV 1068), Händel (Rejoice), Albinoni (Adagio), Vivaldi (The Four Seasons ‘Extracts’), Gounod (Ave Maria), Händel (Largo, opera Xerxes), Schubert (Ave Maria), Mozart, Wolfgang (Requiem ‘extracts’), Bizet (Agnus Dei), among others.
Duration: about 70 minutes. Tickets from 35 € 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 –
National Gallop Race – 10th and 11th October
The equestrian competition, Galop National, celebrates the history and equestrian tradition of Hungary. At this 13th edition, you will discover the imposing Heroes Square in Pest, and the various races and attractions of the festival (concerts, culinary and wine stands…). For the program by day, go to this link from the official website in English.
Address: Hősök tere, 14th district, Pest – map – website –
Check out this video presenting the 2019 edition:
BUDAPEST ART MARKET from October 22th to 25th
The Budapest International Art Fair is the largest event in Central Europe that has hosted exhibitors from more than 40 countries since 2011. An Art Photo section is now also present in the adjoining building. Many conferences also animate this fair. Full program on this link of the official website.
Address: Millenáris Park buildings B-C-D, IInd district, Kis Rókus utca 16-20.
Commemoration of October 23, 1956.
October 23rd is a national holiday in Hungary. It marks the anniversary of the revolution of October 23, 1956: the beginning of the Budapest uprising, which originally pitted the people of Budapest against Soviet repression.
The stores and a majority of local restaurants are closed.
Numerous commemorations are held on October 23rd, including:
- The hoisting of the Hungarian flag at Kossuth Lajos Tér Square at 9:00 am alonng with various commemoration programs.
- Open House Day at the Hungarian Parliament:
From 10:00 to 17:00, the Hungarian Parliament of Budapest will be open to visit and free for all. Further information on the Hungarian Parliament is on this link to our article, ‘Visit the Parliament of Budapest’.
- Museum House of Terror: Free entry on the 22nd and 24th of October (closed on the 23rd). Address: Andrássy út 60., Pest VIth district.
Museum information on this link to our article, ‘The main museums of Budapest’.
FOLK DANCE SHOW AT THE DANUBE PALACE
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
Cruises on the Danube River – Budapest in October
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.
There is also the possibility of a dinner cruise every evening (two hours and forty five)!
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:
SPARTY bath parties at the Széchényi baths – Budapest in October 2020.
The Széchenyi Baths host the Sparty parties on Saturday evenings (3,10,17,24 and 31th) 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, Spartybooking. Video 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.