From tennis and film to wine and sausages, there’s plenty to celebrate at these events in Budapest this autumn
When the season turns autumnal, the focus goes from sightseeing in the sun to celebrating at festivals. Budapest buzzes with energy as thousands fly in for sporting championships like Tennis Classics Budapest, arts events such as Budapest International Documentary Festival and traditional Hungarian celebrations like the Budapest Pálinka and Sausage Festival. If you’re planning a trip this autumn, take in a few of our favourite seasonal events in Budapest.
One of the biggest and best annual wine events in Hungary, the Budapest Wine Festival at Buda Castle brings together wine producers and enthusiasts for a weekend of drinking and celebrating. Guests can sample wines from myriad Hungarian and international wineries while enjoying a busy schedule of entertainment, including live music and a colourful parade.
7th – 10th September 2017
An annual celebration of Hungary’s equestrian heritage, the National Gallop is a spectacular sight to behold. Riders from across the country gather at the historical Heroes’ Square to show off their skills in races and horseback shows honouring ‘hussar’ traditions.
15th – 17th September 2017
Each autumn, visionaries of art, fashion, furniture and design descend on the capital to show off their talents and creations at Budapest Design Week. If you’re interested in design or the arts, join the hundreds of attendees and exhibitors who travel to the city from across Europe for this annual celebration of creativity.
6th – 15th October 2017
Celebrating its third anniversary in 2016, the Budapest International Documentary Festival may be young but it’s rapidly garnering international attention. The last edition showcased around 40 films from across the globe, followed by Q&A sessions with the directors. This year’s event is set to be even bigger. If you’re a documentary enthusiast or a filmmaker, don’t miss out.
2017 dates TBC
The Budapest Pálinka and Sausage Festival offers an excellent opportunity to sample Hungarian gastronomy. With a focus on pálinka (traditional Hungarian brandy) and sausages, the festival takes over the beautiful Castle Hill, where local distilleries and food producers join forces to present an endless spread of Hungarian culinary delights and entertainment.
2nd – 4th October 2017