Summer festivals

Summer festivals

Sziget Festival

Discover the Magic of Sziget Festival!


Sziget Festival is one of the largest annual music festivals in the world, bringing the inhabitants of Budapest and people from all around the globe to the island. It is also by far the largest cultural event in the city’s calendar and has been voted Europe’s Best Major Festival several times. With countless stages hosting a large array of bands, you can find everything from mainstream pop & gypsy folk to industrial techno and even Kylie Minogue. Over the past 25 years, the festival has evolved into the wonderful creation it is today, bringing together people from all around the world to celebrate life, music, art and to experience the wondrous glory of sleeping in a tent surrounded by thousands of other people.

To name but a few, previous headliners at Sziget included Rihanna, Muse, Kings of Leon as well as Sum 41, Blur and Chase & Status, but 2018’s lineup is set to be the biggest and best ever.

We don’t want to sound biased, but the most magical party, however, does not take place at the main stage, rather in the Magic Mirror tent,  Sziget’s straight-friendly queer venue, normally found in the middle of the island. The stage hosts daily film screenings followed by LGBTQ-related talks, where a wide range of topics are discussed, for example films revolving around gay travel as well as the limitations of our sexual fantasies. Besides these, visitors can also see vaudeville shows and acrobatics. Magic Mirror turns into a giant party hosting a wide selection of international DJs at night. Come and join the fun!

Some of this year’s stars are not actual singers but rather performers: British Liz Aggiss’s one-woman show combines music with irony and humour. Internationally renowned Hungarian Péter Holoda who combines ballet and pole dancing in a unique way will also perform at the festival.

Magic Mirror is a stage that epitomizes the motto ‘Island of Freedom’. Alongside Budapest’s ever-changing gay nightlife scene this is a very very very good place to be to enjoy the best of Hungarian LGBTQ life in a welcoming, friendly and culturally diverse setting.

Budapest Pride 2018

Dare to dream big!

What’s your dream? Who do you share it with? Are you ready to do something together with us to achieve it? Let’s prove on July 7 that we don’t give up no matter what difficulties we face. We believe in the power of community and that we can make our dreams come true together.

LGBTQ people in Hungary first marched in September 1997. The two hundred proud participants were quite a surprise to the citizens of Budapest. Over the past couple of years, more than 20.000 people have marched together each year. We’re getting more and more visible, stronger and braver by the year. The Budapest Pride Festival, for the first time in its history, is going to last a whole month, with numerous community events including workshops, parties, sports events, theatre plays, film screenings, in order to express ourselves and strengthen our community in every possible way.

Many LGBTQ people still can’t express their true selves, can’t make the decision whether to come out or not, or share their feelings, relationships and themselves with the people around them. For many of them, coming out is risky or even dangerous. Let’s show the world that we are brave, we are many, and we believe that we can make the world around us change if we unite.

This year we meet at 2:00 PM on July 7 at the City Park (Városliget) and march and dance our way to the Parliament of Hungary on Kossuth tér. Join us and see a happier, more free and more colourful capital. We can assure you that you’ve never seen Budapest this way!

Participate in our programs between June 8 and July 8. Find the program schedule on our website ( or check the events on

Downtown Beer Festival

Downtown Beer Festival is being held for the second time this year from 6 to 10 June 2018.  Visitors can taste up to 250 beers, including handcrafted beers as well as the products of the most renowned Hungarian and international breweries. Choose one of the three festival glasses, then go to the food trucks and find the street food that best suits the beer you’re having.

Budapest Summer Festival 2018

Beginning on 9 June, Budapest Summer Festival offers a wide range of cultural programs in Budapest. The series of programs will be officially launched on 15 June when the National Philharmonic Orchestra will perform Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. The highlight of the festival is arguably The Great Gatsby Ballet performance. Events include concerts, musicals, dance shows, theatrical performances for children and adults. Add a touch of cultural flavor to your visit and see you at one of the events this summer!


Armel Opera Festival 2018

Aiming to present opera rarities and contemporary operas, Armel Opera Festival is held for the 11th  time this year. The festival starts on 1 July and lasts five days, offering visitors an opportunity to see Orfeo ed Euridice by Christoph Willibald Gluck as well Hungarian operas including Lady Sarashina by Péter Eötvös and The Giant Baby by Gregory Vajda.