Hungary is truly the land of cultural experiences. The people of Hungary have a lot of great traditions and they love to celebrate their festivals in a grand way, and every month has some great festivals celebrated in the country, so there’s not really any wrong time to visit Hungary. From folk festivals, religious festivals and even cultural festival, you can experience it all on your visit to this wonderful country. If you are planning a holiday and want to explore the real culture of Hungary, we have prepared a list of the most popular festivals in Hungary from all categories that you definitely don’t want to miss out on during your vacation!
Festivals In Hungary
1. Balaton Festival
Europe is known for hosting some of the top music festivals in the world, and these festivals see thousands of visitors from all over the world every year. One of the biggest festivals, the Balaton festival, is hosted right in Hungary, and it happens every year during the months of June or July. The festival has performances from some of the top music artists and DJs in the world, from genres such as EDM, electronic music, pop, rock, hip-hop and more, and in recent years, artists like Alesso, Axwell, The Chainsmokers and more have performed their music at the stages of this festival.
Perhaps one of the most traditional Hungarian festivals, the festival of Busójárás takes place in February every year and the celebration is in honor of welcoming the carnival season, and also to send off the winter and welcome the spring season in Hungary, As per tradition, the Hungarian men wear scary-looking masks and go all around the town, as they sip on Palinka, the local favorite beverage. What was once a festival celebrated solely by the people of Šokci, has gained immense popularity over the years and now almost every part of Hungary takes part in the celebrations.
3. Ozora Festival
An annual festival held in an estate in the town of Ozora, this is one of the top psychedelic trance arts and music festivals in Hungary that attracts a lot of tourists every year, because of how one-of-a-kind it is. Being one of the largest psychedelic trance festivals in the world, it has an annual turnout of over 60,000 people, and if often compared to Tomorrowland, a leading music festival that is held in Europe every year. Artists like Ace Ventura, Earthlings, Braincell, Tristan and other leading trance artists. If you enjoy the genre and find yourself in Hungary during the months of July and August, do not miss out on this once in a lifetime experience.
4. Budapest International Circus Festival
Held biannually over five days from the end of January into February, this celebration of all things circus draws acts from all over the world to perform in the capital. Fire-eaters, clowns, dancers, acrobats, jugglers, trapeze artists and more give 30 shows over the five-day event, ending in a gala performance featuring famous talents.
5. Hungarian Formula 1 Grand Prix
Early February sees the town and motor racing circuit of Mogyorod come alive for the annual Formula 1 Grand Prix race. Car enthusiasts from all over Hungary and Europe fill the hotels and spill over into Budapest some 12 miles (20 kms) away, and the streets are crowded with fans of the various drivers.
6. Budapest Spring Music Festival
This iconic musical event draws visitors from all over the world in March to its 200 concerts, many of which are set in the city’s glorious historic buildings. World-class artists in opera, classical, jazz, rock and folk perform in great buildings such as the Hungarian State Opera House and the National Gallery, as well as in basilicas, churches and less exalted venues.
7. Easter Festival of Hollókő
Hollókő is the ultimate destination if you want to learn about Hungarian traditions. The dwellers of the village, which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage, celebrate Easter like no one else. They welcome guests with folk performances, artistic and artesian workshops, which create a unique atmosphere. The way they preserve traditions is simply beautiful.
8. Wine Weeks of Badacsony
Badacsony, found at Lake Balaton, is mostly known for its wine culture and traditions. A two-week long festival is organised in honour of wine every year. The Wine Weeks of Badacsony is a must-visit festival for wine lovers, because you can taste the famous specialties of the region. The festive atmosphere is guaranteed by folklore shows and live music. If you’re in the area, visit the festival between the 14th and 30th of July.