Things to do in Budapest in May

May is one of the best seasons to visit Budapest to avoid the crowds of summer tourists and to enjoy nice spring days in Budapest (although there is no guarantee for rain free days). There are many festivals, several of which moves to the breezy open-air all around Budapest.

Things to do in May – Spring Events in Budapest

May Day Budapest: May 1 is Labour Day, Hungarian National Holiday. Despite being a bank holiday all the museums and baths in Budapest, are open. To boot, there are various Majalis (May Day) Parties, open air concerts, etc. in the big parks of the city of Budapest. For a city central event go to Elisabeth square (by Deak square), or for bigger festivities join the crowds in the City Park or on Margaret Island.

Festivals in Budapest in May

Gourmet Festival Budapest

Budapest Gourmet Festival in May

Budapest Gourmet Festival in May

Foodies are not the only visitors of this gastro festival. Eating hand made cheeses, drinking quality house wines and craft beers, tasting jams and honeys made with love appeal to many visitors. Eat, drink and be merry in gourmet style in this open air event in Budapest.

Date: 18-21 May, 2017
Venue: Millenaris Park & Buildings, Budapest

Budapest Folk Fest

Date: May 24 -28, 2017
Venues: Varkert Bazar, Fono Budai Music Hall

Jewish Art Days

Date: May 6- 14, 2017
Venues: several venues in Budapest

WAMP Desing Fair Budapest

WAMP Desing Fair Budapest

WAMP Design Fair

Date: May 14 and May 28 in 2017
Venue: Elisabeth square (Erzsebet ter)

Green park, nice crafts, foods, occasional concerts and children’s activities. Buy and try the fine products of Hungarian applied artists.

After the bad weather and cold months, WAMP Design Fair moves out of its winter cave in Millenaris Park headquarters to sell the handmade crafts of Hungarian designers in the pleasant downtown square of Budapest.

Belgian Beer Festival

The Belgian Beer Festival is a smallish beer fest in the Budapest Balna (Whale). You can taste around 250 beers with the participation of about 45 Belgian breweries. An obligatory thing to do for beer lovers if you happen to stay in Budapest in May.

Date: May 19-21, 2017
Venue: Balna Budapest (Whale)

Antique and Modern Art Street Afternoon

Date: May 27, 2017

Venue: Falk Street

Falk Art Forum Budapest - May things to do

Falk Art Forum Budapest – May

This art festival is called the Falk Art Forum and usually takes place in May. There are dozens of antique galleries and art galleries participating in this artsy event. Moreover, you can enjoy some concerts in the streets and galleries (jazz, blues, classical, etc.), presentations of art historians, guided art tours, etc. The Falk Art Forum festival is a real treat for high art lovers interested in the Eastern and Central European arts.

TEDxDanubia

Date: May 4, 2017

Venue: Palace of Arts Budapest

Pricey entry to TedxDanubia could bring you together with forward thinkers in Hungary if you wish to have some business / science networking with Hungarian and Central Eastern European folks. TedxDanubia is usually an event which is easily sold out, so hurry up to get your entry to the talks.

International Comic Book Festival in Budapest (Kepregeny Fesztival)

Budapest Comic Book Festival in May

Budapest Comic Book Festival in May

The underground and alternative cartoon festival is in a cool venue in Budapest, Durer Kert Cafe near the City Park, attracting the fans of comics and comic novels.

Date: May 14, 2017

Venue: Durer Kert Cafe, Budapest

Szekler Festival in Budapest

Szekelys are visiting the Millenaris Park in Budapest to showcase their special cultural and culinary heritage. Enjoy the music, the tastes, the dances of Szeklerland (Szekelyfold) (on the map of Romania since 1920). The festival is focusing on the Szekelys’ heritage, as part of a Hungarian subgroup of the Magyar people living on in a mixed ethnic context of Hungarians and Romanians.

Venue: Millenaris Park, Buda side of Budapest

Date: May 12-14, 2017

May Festivals in Budapest: see more festivals going on in the city of Budapest in May. There are specialty festivals you may like, we have only picked a few of the most popular or unique festivals.

May Concerts in Budapest

Budapest in May will offer several classical concerts. Check them out on Budapest May Concerts.

May Concerts in Liszt Academy Budapest:

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields

May 6, 2017: Kristof Barati & Nikolai Lugansky Concert
May 7, 2017: Ken-Ichiro Kobayashi & Liszt Academy Symphony Orchestra Concert
May 17, 2017: Piotr Anderszewski & Chamber Orchestra of Europe
May 29, 2017: Emmanuel Pahud & Eric Le Sage Concert

May Concerts in Palace of Arts Budapest:

May 12, 2017: Bartok Music Concert by Budapest Festival Orchestra & Ivan Fischer
May 19, 2017: Cameron Carpenter & Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Concert
May 21, 2017: Bellini: I Puritani (semi staged)

Budapest Szechenyi Bath Party

Budapest Szechenyi Bath Party

May Parties in Budapest

Bath Parties in Budapest are special, really unique in the historical thermal bath palaces. Tickets are cheaper online, as there is a limited issue of regular pool party tickets or group discounts. Enjoy the spring waters, the electronic vibe and being young and happy. The event is open air, swim wear is a must, getting a big towel and flip flops is a good idea (but you can buy them on the spot too)

See the May schedule, booking info and general pool party FAQ for Szechenyi Bath Parties.

Venue: Szechenyi Baths
Date: every Saturday

Booze Cruise & Boat Party: why not enjoy the beautiful sights of the illuminated Budapest while having a great party with international party goers, live DJ and drinks? Check out the Budapest Boat Party Cruises.

Discover the nightlife of Budapest and the famous ruin bars on a Ruin Bar Crawl.

Budapest May Tours

Danube cruise Budapest

Danube cruise Budapest – Pablo Szekely Photography

Budapest Dinner Cruises & Sightseeing Cruises

Admire the sights of Budapest from the river Danube. Wide range of Budapest Dinner Cruises are available to book, don’t hesitate to reserve your places in advance! The Spring Cruise Calendar is also full of great cruises, should you wish to book a simple sightseeing cruise or a Cocktail Cruise or Wine Cruise, just to mention some of the most popular programs.

Budapest Sightseeing Tours

Discover beautiful Budapest attractions on a fun Budapest Segway Tour or visit the Buda Castle Hill and look down the breathtaking panorama of the city on a Buda Castle Guided Tour.

Budapest Market Hall Tours

Budapest Market Hall

Budapest Market Hall – Dennis Jarvis Photography

The Great Market Hall of Budapest offers some nice programs in May on their May National Days of Great Market Hall. Are you interested in learning more about the traditional Hungarian foods and drinks, and do you wish to taste them? Why not book a Guided Budapest Market Hall Tour?

 

Top Budapest Event Calendar  or the Budapest Event Guide: click to see the currently highlighted events in Budapest in May this year.

Other events in May that may or may not be scheduled:
Foie Gras Festival Budapest – Hungary is famous for its goose liver. Try the most flavoursome foie gras you will ever eat. The gastro festival is also a cultural event. Sometime in May or June in the Buda Castle Royal Palace atop the Castle Hill