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

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.

Judafest Festival

Date: June 7-10, 2018
Venue: Kazinczy str., Budapest VII.

Family friendly festival mostly aimed at kids, also cherishing Jewish traditions, meals, and culture, as well as other less known cultural heritage in Hungary (e.g. capoeira).

Czech Beer Festival - June things to do in Budapest

Czech Beer Festival Budapest

Czech 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.

Date: Jun 14 – 28, 2018
Venue: WestEnd Rooftop

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.

Date: Jun 23, 2018

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!

Dates: June 8-17, 2018

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

June Concerts in Budapest 2018

Enjoy a beautiful evening with a June 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 Liszt Music Academy in Budapest or in the Palace of Arts.

Budapest Gala Concerts

Budapest Gala Concerts

Church Concerts in Budapest in June:

June 1, 2018: Concert in Matthias Church
June 7, 2018: Concert in St Stephen’s Basilica
June 8, 2018: Concert in Matthias Church
June 15, 2018: Concert in Matthias Church
June 21, 2018: Concert in St Stephen’s Basilica
June 22, 2018: Concert in St Anna Church
June 28, 2018: Concert in St Stephen’s Basilica
June 29, 2018: Concert in St Anna Church

Budapest Gala Concerts in June:

Jun 9, 2018: Gala Concert in the Danube Palace
June 16, 2018: Gala Concert in the Danube Palace
June 23, 2018: Gala Concert in the Danube Palace
June 30, 2018: Gala Concert in the Danube Palace

Concerts in Palace of Arts in June:

June 7, 2018: Wagner in Budapest: Tristan und Isolde
June 13, 2018: Wagner in Budapest: Tristan und Isolde
June 14, 2018: Wagner in Budapest: Tannhäuser
June 16, 2018: Wagner in Budapest: Tristan und Isolde
June 17, 2018: Wagner in Budapest: Tannhäuser

Hungarian Folk Shows in June in Budapest

Hungarian Folk Dance Budapest Show

Hungarian Folk Dance Budapest Show

The season of Hungarian Folk Shows in Budapest is already on! Check out various Folk Show programs (such as the Folk Cruise, the Folk Show & Dinner in a Traditional Hungarian Inn) and book your places for a traditional Hungarian evening!

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 2018 bring amazing laser shows and bath discos in Szechenyi Bath for late night pool parties.

June Boat Parties in Budapest in 2018 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. Fancy a guided tour? Try a Budapest Ruin Pub Crawl!

June Activities & Tours in Budapest

Danube River Cruises

Budapest Dinner Cruises

Budapest Dinner Cruises

Budapest Dinner Cruises

Enjoy a wonderful summer evening on board of a romantic a la carte of buffet style Budapest Dinner Cruise with live music, or join one of the guided Sightseeing Cruises on the Danube.

Buda Castle Tours

Visit the attractions of the Buda Castle District and admire the panorama from the Castle Hill on a guided Buda Castle Tour.

Budapest Segway Tours

Segway Budapest

Segway Budapest – Brian Harrington Spier Photography

Fun & fast way of sightseeing tours: Segway Tours in Budapest! 1h or 2h Segway Tours are available either on the Pest side of the city (City Center, City Park) or on the Buda side, up on the Buda Castle Hill.

Budapest Market Hall Tours

If you are interested in learning more about the Hungarian cuisine, and even in trying some of the traditional foods & drinks while in Budapest, don’t hesitate to book a Budapest Market Hall Tour, including professional guide and some tastings. The National Days in the Great Market Hall in June can also be a good program for everyone who wishes to discover different cultures’ tastes.