Things to do in Budapest in June

June in Budapest usually brings lots of nice sun shiny days, great festivals, and so many things to do that it is hard to pick the must dos. The most popular places to visit in Budapest amongst locals are the open air baths & lidos, sitting out on the terraces of restaurants and ruin pubs, enjoying the cool temperatures of century old cafes, planning the festival weekends (music, beer, cultural, food festivals), or just “being” in the streets, taking walks by the river Danube, checking out the temp exhibitions coming and going on squares and bars in Budapest.

Budai Gourmet Festival, Budapest

Budai Gourmet Festival, Budapest – photo by Mark Somay

The city is pining for staying outdoors, and the pleasant June evenings with the balmy air and live music make Budapest a perfect June travel destination. If you are only staying one day in Budapest, take a look at what more to add to the to do list.

Things to do in June, Budapest

Every June, year by year, there are some outstanding events, festivals in the Hungarian capital to make your Budapest visit special and fun:

June Festivals in Budapest: there are many fun festivals in Budapest, and some of them are in June, packed with loads of concerts, shows, parties, art exhibitions on top of the main theme, which can be anything, like a Budapest Beer Festival, or the Summer Cultural Festival, as well as various Music Festivals.

June Concerts in Budapest 2014

St Michael Church Concerts Budapest

St Michael Church Concerts

Enjoy a beautiful June evening with a 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.

Wagner Concert in the Palace of Arts in June

Classical Concerts in the Buda Castle Matthias Church in Budapest in June

Classical Concert in the St Michael’s Church Budapest

Organ Concerts in St Stephen’s Basilica Budapest

Iron Maiden Concert in Budapest Sports Arena Jun 3, 2014

As the Budapest Opera House is only open for guided tours in July, we suggest listening to the singers of the Opera House and watching the dancers and artists of the Operetta Theatre in this beautiful 2 hour cruise: Opera and Operetta Concert and Show on the Danube Cruise in Budapest

Most festivals and fairs have no regular set dates, so check out the upcoming June festival events on Budapest Festivals.

Budai Gourmet Festival – June Budapest

Hungarian folk band with 'hurdy gurdy' - Chain Bridge Festival Budapest

Hungarian folk band with ‘hurdy gurdy’ – Chain Bridge Festival Budapest

Budai Gourmet Festival is a must do for food lovers, especially if you like eating local gourmet foods (and who doesn’t?). You can sample the wines of the best Hungarian wine makers, try homemade cheeses, sausages, really fruity jams, pure acacia honey, handcraft chocolates and more. In addition to the food makers, the best restaurants in Hungary are also invited. The venue of the Budai Gourmet fest is the Millenaris Park famous for its contemporary architecture and its stylish garden design.

Buda Castle Beer Festival

The Buda Castle Beer Festival in Budapest is a must see and must do for beer lovers, who may also want to taste some of the best Hungarian beers. Also, do not miss the Craft Beer Festival also in June!

The summer Buda Castle Beer festival is usually in June / July or August for five solid beer days. The entrance fee is very cheap, beer prices are affordable and you can try the beers of the most popular breweries of both Hungarian and foreign (mostly Czech, Belgian and German), that is, you can dry beers like Dreher or Borsodi, as well as Edelweiss or Hoegarden. Tucked away Hungarian microbreweries also get a chance to get more visible. Concerts and live performances make the beer fest rounded – and of course the savoury and delicious beer snacks and other Hungarian delicacies.

Czech Beer Festival - June things to do in BudapestCzech Beer Festival – June Budapest

Czech Beer Festival Budapest: the Czech Beer Festival in Budapest is an annual beer fest when authentic Czech beers pour into the city of Budapest. The venue of the festival is the City Hall Park (Varoshaza park), just near Deak Square, downtown Budapest. Approx 40 different types of draught beers and a good dozen Czech breweries participate in the fun June festival. This merry thing to do in Budapest is usually on a weekend (Sat, Sun) in mid June.

Night of Museums Festival – June  in Budapest

Budapest Night of Museums is a one night museum festival when almost all museums in Budapest, including the more expensive ones like the Budapest Museum of Fine Arts on Heroes’ Square, can be entered at a fraction of the usual costs, and there are crowds of locals “museum crawling” (plus some adventurous tourists who do no mind the long queues waiting for getting in). The Night of the Museums is oftentimes an event with concerts and shows.

Budapest June Things to Do: Foie Gras Festival

Budapest June Things to Do: Foie Gras Festival

Danube Folk Carnival – June Budapest

Danube Carnival Budapest: the carnival is in fact an international dance festival with a crafts market: a spectacular series of Hungarian folk dance shows from more than 20 countries (from India to Bulgaria) with hundreds of folk dancers, plus a really nice handcrafts fair all through the week long festival.

The programme usually includes some less folksy dances like tango, salsa, and contemporary dance shows too. Expect a huge brass band procession around the St Stephen’s Basilica and on Vorosmarty Square, the latter of which is the main venue of the event. Luckily many of the events are free of charge!

June Parties in Budapest

Budapest Szechenyi Bath Party June

Budapest Szechenyi Bath Party June

June brings about loads of weekend 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. June Bath Parties in Budapest in 2014 bring amazing laser shows and bath discos in Szechenyi Bath for late night pool parties.

June Boat Parties in Budapest in 2014 are regular events in June. You can take an 11 pm boat ride to warm up for the next bar (Otkert club) where the boat ride ends.

More parties are ongoing in Budapest ruin bars, check out the best ruin bars in Budapest.


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