July is one of the hottest months in Budapest with some heat waves, so many of the things to do by day are either escaping from the heat, and soak in the outdoor Budapest baths and pools, or staying indoors in the air conditioned concert halls, museums, market halls, shopping malls, party halls etc. In addition to our general top 10 things to do in Budapest, here is our summer list of things to do in July (hopefully you are staying for more than one day in Budapest).
Things to do in July in Budapest
Summer Festival Budapest: the cultural festival of the summer launches in June with loads of concerts, theatre performances, parties, art exhibitions, festivals and fairs on lots of venues all around Budapest (which is reported to be more spread out than many tourists expect in their post-trip Budapest travel reports).
The most important festival venues are the open air stages on the Margaret Island (Margitsziget), where concerts and dance shows are on, and in the Varosmajor park on the Buda side (the latter mostly features Hungarian theatre shows in Hungarian).
Budapest Festivals & Events in July
Take a look at the list of festivals to see if any of the July events attract you: July Festivals in Budapest. In addition to summer fests, at night, there are zillions of parties, including Spa parties in Szechenyi Bath called “Szecska Sparty” nights, or parties in the open air terraces of the cool ruin pubs and Budapest bars as well as the summertime temporary bars set up along the river Danube.
Budapest restaurants also move out to the open air, and try to add some entertainment with live music, open terraces and ‘tasting tours’.
Red Bull Air Race
Red Bull Air Race is one of the world famous events along the river Danube, attracting hundreds of thousands of tourists to this breathtakingly daring aviation spectacle. The Hungarian stage of the international series is usually in July.
Date: in 2018 the Red Bull Air Race is held in June
Venue: above the river Danube in the city center
Vajdahunyad Castle Festival
To continue with the classical music concerts in July, you can take a look at the Vajdahunyad Castle Festival (Vajdahunyadvar Fesztival) is in the City Park, in the romantic – eclectic Vajdahunyad Castle. The focus is primarily on music of various styles: swing, classical (chamber orchestra, strings, symphony orchestra), operetta, Jewish Klezmer, Hungarian gypsy music concerts will be in the beautiful courtyards of the castle. The 3 week long open air music festival is sometime between mid July and mid August. A must thing to do for classical music lovers in the nice, cool and breezy summer evenings of Budapest.
Dates: Jul 2 – Aug 2, 2018
Venue: Vajdahunyad Castle
Formula 1 Grand Prix Hungary
Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix is a unique sport event for those who love car races. Typically organized in July 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 2018: Jul 27-29
Budapest Pride festival has moving dates – anytime from June to September, but typically at the end of June or the beginning of July. A cultural festival with some films too. The festival has been booed by many intolerant locals. Yet, Budapest Pride is still going on for many years.
Date: Jul 7, 2018
Concerts in Budapest in July
Enjoy a beautiful July concert in Budapest: there are great classical and light music concerts, as well as random concerts in bars and restaurants. Church concerts are special with their unique atmosphere, and a nice cool air on warm summer nights. The most prestigious performers can be seen either in the Sports Arena in Budapest or in the Palace of Arts.
Church Concerts in Budapest in July:
Jul 5, 2018: Concert in St Stephen’s Basilica
Jul 6, 2018: Concert in St Anna Church
Jul 12, 2018: Concert in St Stephen’s Basilica
Jul 13, 2018: Concert in Matthias Church
Jul 19, 2018: Concert in St Stephen’s Basilica
Jul 20, 2018: Concert in Matthias Church
Jul 26, 2018: Concert in St Stephen’s Basilica
Jul 27, 2018: Concert in St Anna Church
Budapest Gala Concerts in July
Jul 7, 14 and 21, 2018: Gala Concert in the Danube Palace
July Parties in Budapest
In July there are many Budapest parties in open air party venues in the city. Two special parties stand out from the usual nightlife events, which are unique in Budapest: the pool parties and the river boat parties on the Danube.
July Bath Parties in Budapest bring amazing laser shows and bath discos in Szechenyi Bath for late night pool parties. Just get your swimwear and enjoy the night in this visual / tactile and all in all fun and sensual place.
July Boat Parties in Budapest are regular events in the month of July, you can even book a private boat party at an affordable price. Take the 11 pm boat ride on the Danube to warm up for the next Budapest bar (Morrisons 2 club) where the boat ride ends.
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.
Activities & Tours in Budapest in July
Budapest River Cruise
Admire the riverside sights of Budapest on board of a guided Budapest Sightseeing Cruise or have some drinks on a Cocktail Cruise or Wine Cruise. If you fancy some more, select a Dinner Cruise on the Danube with buffet or served dinner and Live Music.
April is perfect time to discover the historical places of the Buda Castle District, and see the beautiful panorama from the top of the Castle Hill. Should you wish to learn more about the most important attractions of this area, a Guided Buda Castle Tour is just for you.
Market Hall Tours
Book a guided Budapest Market Hall Tour with tastings of traditional Hungarian foods and drinks.
A fun & unique way to view the city is on a Guided Budapest Segway Tour.