Things to do in Budapest in August

If you are planning your Budapest visit for August, here are a couple of things to do, including festivals, concerts, shows, and other events and activities. But being August, please expect to see lots of tourists in the touristy attractions of Budapest, and some hot days in the city, when the fantastic open air pools are really fun in Budapest baths, the city of geothermal waters.

Budapest Fireworks Show by Miroslav Petrasko

Budapest Fireworks Show by Miroslav Petrasko

Check our tips for the top 10 things to do in Budapest, in addition to the list of things to do in August (and we hope you are staying for more than one day in Budapest).

Budapest Things to do in August

The most spectacular event in August, and in fact all year in Hungary, is the long awaited Budapest August 20 Fireworks show by the river Danube. The day is August 20, and this day alone is worth a trip to Budapest we think.

Budapest Fireworks Show in August

Aug 20 is the ultimate firework show time in Budapest. Hungary celebrates its statehood birthday and St Stephen’s Day (the first Hungarian king) on this day with big festivities, most importantly with spectacular fireworks on its UNESCO World Heritage site, by the river Danube.

Budapest Fireworks August things to do

Budapest Fireworks August – David Lukacs Photography

The fireworks are doubled in the waters of the river, which is magical in itself. A must see! The event is actually a whole day program starting on August 19, the night before the Fireworks, with concerts by the river and lots of food stalls. On Aug 20 it continues in the morning with processions and more festive events, but the fireworks and the air show are the most amazing of it all. The best place to enjoy the Fireworks Show from is either the top of the Gellert Hill near the Citadel (if it is not closed down by the authorities for security reasons), or the river Danube itself from a beautiful cruise ship: Budapest Fireworks Cruise

Festival of Folk Arts in August

The Festival of Folk Arts in the Buda Castle on the Castle Hill in Budapest is definitely a warmly recommended thing to do in Budapest. The festival is around August 20, the outstanding national holiday of Hungary with fireworks show and cruise, street concerts and more. Note: Budapest Cards are not valid for free entry in the Buda Castle during the Festival of Folk Arts, but if you buy the festival entry, it will include free admission to the Buda Castle buildings.

In addition to the folksy and world music concerts, one would expect at the Festival of Folk Arts, there are art exhibitions, live shows of old traditional professions (glass blowers, smiths, etc.).

Budapest Festival of Folk Arts Buda Castle - photo by Heather Cowper

Budapest Festival of Folk Arts Buda Castle – Heather Cowper Photography

You can see the ceremonial blessing of the newly born bread of the year (consecration) as August 20 is also about welcoming the New Bread of the year. If you are in Budapest with  kids, they can enjoy various workshops, puppet theatre performances, street busker shows.

Oh, and let’s not forget the really good foods and drinks. Here are some more details and photos of the Hungarian Festival of Folk Arts.

Date: Aug 17 – 20, 2019
Venue: Buda Castle Budapest

Summer Festival Budapest

The Budapest Summer Festival is the cultural and music festival of the summer. The name speaks for itself: the festival launches in June and ends in September. August is full of open air and indoor concerts, musicals, operettas, theatre performances, art exhibitions, festivals and fairs on lots of venues all around Budapest. The most important festival venue is the Open Air Stages on the Margaret Island (Margitsziget) in the river Danube.

See some of the upcoming August Festivals in Budapest for more info.

Top Budapest Event Calendar / Event Guide to the current August events in Budapest, Hungary: click to see the currently highlighted events in Budapest in August this year.

Sziget Festival in August Budapest

budapest sziget festival

Budapest Sziget Festival

The world famous Sziget Festival is on Obuda Island, aka Hajogyari Sziget on a former Ship Factory island in Obuda district. Sziget Festival is a huge success, one of the most well known festivals in Europe – lots and lots of great music, performances, parties, funny and daring things to do (bungee jumping too), films, etc.

Hundreds of thousands of young people flood to the self contained island to enjoy the all day parties and concerts (many people put up their tents on Obuda Island to enjoy this one week unforgettable extravaganza.

Once you have been at Sziget Festival you want to come back for it again and again (until in your mid 3o’s you may feel the need to quit for change in your lifestyle).

Date: Aug 7 – 13, 2019
Venue: Hajogyari Island

Formula 1 Grand Prix Hungary

F-1 Hungarian GP - photo by_chrisUK

F-1 Hungarian GP – photo by _chrisUK

Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix is a unique sport event for those who love car races. Typically organized in July or August at the Hungaroring Grand Prix Circuit, which is a short ride from Budapest in the small town of Mogyorod.

One day before the whole insane Hungarian GP starts everyone (who has a ticket) can visit the pits to see the cars and the teams close up. See the map of the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Date in 2019: Aug 2-4
Venue: Hungaroring

Concerts in Budapest in August 2019

Enjoy a beautiful August Concert in Budapest: you can choose from several classical and light music concerts in August, as well as random concerts in bars and restaurants. Church concerts are special with their unique atmosphere, and their nice cool air on warm August nights. The most prestigious performers in Hungary are either in the Liszt Music Academy in Budapest or in the Palace of Arts.

Hungarian Folk Dance Show Budapest

Hungarian Folk Dance Show Budapest

Aug 2, 2019: St. Anne Church Concerts Budapest
Aug 9, 2019: Concerts in St. Stephen Basilica Budapest
Aug 10, 2019: Concerts at Matthias Church Budapest
Aug 10, 2019: Budapest Gala Concerts
Aug 16, 2019: St. Anne Church Concerts Budapest
Aug 17, 2019: Concerts at Matthias Church Budapest
Aug 17, 2019: Budapest Gala Concerts
Aug 20, 2019: St. Anne Church Concerts Budapest
Aug 23, 2019: Concerts in St. Stephen Basilica Budapest
Aug 24, 2019: Budapest Gala Concerts
Aug 24, 2019: Concerts at Matthias Church Budapest
Aug 30, 2019: St. Anne Church Concerts Budapest
Aug 31, 2019: Concerts at Matthias Church Budapest
Aug 31, 2019: Budapest Gala Concerts

Hungarian Folk Shows in Budapest

Hungarian Folk Shows are running in August as well, like the Folk Show in Theater, the Folk Cruise with Dinner, the Folk Show & Dinner in a Traditional Hungarian Inn, just pick one, book your places in advance and enjoy an unforgettable Hungarian style evening!

August Parties in Budapest

Szechenyi Spa Party - Budapest Cinetrip bath parties

Szechenyi Spa Party – Budapest Cinetrip bath parties

In August there are many Budapest parties in various open air party venues in the city (even though Sziget Festival takes many party goers to the Island). Two special parties stand out from the fun Budapest nightlife events, which are unique in Hungary: the pool parties in Budapest Baths, and the river boat parties on the Danube.

August Bath Parties in Budapest mix amazing laser shows with bath discos in a phenomenal party in Szechenyi Bath after 10 pm. Just get your swimwear and a pair of flip flops to enjoy the night in this visual / tactile and all in all fun and sensual party.

August Boat Parties in Budapest are regular events in the month of August, usually on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. On other days you can even book a private boat party at an affordable price. Take the 11 pm boat ride on the river Danube booze and party cruise to warm up for the next Budapest bar (Morrisons 2 club) where the boat ride ends, but nightlife goes on until the wee hours.

Szecska Spa Parties are incredibly great pool parties in Szechenyi Bath: spa waters, music and party adding up as a ‘Sparty’. Definitely a must see and do for under 40 or so party goers in August.

Shows in Budapest in August

Folk Cruise Budapest

Folk Cruise Budapest

The most spectacular show of the month of August is a free event: the Budapest Fireworks Show on August 20. Some make it a special day, and combine the celebrations on August 20 with a dinner during the show. Dinners are offered by restaurants and cruise ships (e.g. the Budapest Fireworks Cruise).

Further recommended dinner cruises are the Dinner Cruise with Bar Piano, and the Dinner Cruise with Folk Show programs. Both cruises run daily in August, including 4-course served dinner, 1 welcome drink and live entertainment.

The Budapest Summer Festival has shows on the Margaret Island on its Open Air Stage. Programs of the festival here. e.g. Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana – Ruggero Leoncavallo: Pagliacci two one-act operas on Aug 1 and 4.

Activities & Tours in Budapest in August

River Cruise and Fireworks Budapest

River Cruise and Fireworks Budapest

Don’t hesitate to book your places on a Budapest Fireworks Cruise to have an unforgettable experience on Aug 20, and celebrate the birthday of Hungary with Dinner, Live Music and of course the Fireworks Show itself!

Sightseeing Tours in August

Discover Budapest on board of a Sightseeing Cruise or enjoy a drink or two on the Wine Cruise, Cocktail Cruise or Craft Beer Cruise.

Buda Castle Tours

Guided Buda Castle Walking Tours or Buda Hills Bus Tours are available every day.

Segway Budapest

Segway Budapest – Brian Harrington Spier Photography

Budapest Segway Tours

Fancy trying something new and fun? Why not try a Budapest Segway Tour? Either on the Buda or the Pest side, there are plenty to see and learn during a 1h or 2h Segway Tour.

Budapest Market Halls

Enjoy the traditional Hungarian tastes in one of the famous Market Halls of Budapest on a Guided Market Hall Tour, including tastings of the most famous and delicious Hungarian foods and drinks.