Budapest is November tends to be on the chilly side, but there are still plenty of indoor as well as outdoor things to do, or simply be entertained in cozy warm places, like the thermal baths in Budapest. Try to pick the most appealing options from our Top Ten Things to Do in Budapest guide, provided you are staying for more than one day in Budapest on your visit. If you schedule your Budapest visit at the beginning of November, you can usually enjoy some sunny days, but you will miss out on the Christmas market starting from mid November.
Things to do in November – Budapest Winter Events
Budapest Christmas Market in November
The Christmas Market in Budapest, which has become a big hit amongst the European Christmas markets is the most centrally located and most traditional Xmas fair.
The market is often listed on major traveller’s sites and magazines as one of the Top 10 Christmas Markets in Europe.
Indeed, the market is a must see if you visit Budapest after mid November, when the biggest central Xmas Fair opens.
It opens in mid November each year and is called the Vorosmarty square Christmas Market.
Date: Nov 10, 2017 – Dec 31, 2017
The recently launched Basilica Christmas Market usually opens in late November (on Nov 24 in 2017) or at the beginning of December (the newer one on St Stephen’s Square, right in front of the tall building of the Basilica – you cannot miss it, as the church tower gives perfect orientation on the flat Pest side). One of the best things to do in Budapest from mid November.
Shows in Budapest in November
Hungarian Opera State House shows in November 2017 feature Les Huguenots and La Traviata.
Folk Shows in Budapest: Hungarian Folk Dance Shows can be viewed in the Danube Palace (folk dancer groups: Hungarian State Folk Ensemble, Danube Folk Ensemble, Rajko Gypsy Folk Ensemble)
Folk Show & Dinner in a Traditional Inn: a 4 hour evening program with 3-Course Dinner and Live Folk Music & Dance Show in a Traditional Hungarian Restaurant.
Folk Dinner Cruise: enjoy the Hungarian Folk Music & Dance Show along with a beautiful 3h cruise on the Danube with 4-course served dinner on board.
November Parties in Budapest
In November there are typically Budapest parties inside, and the open air party venues in the city close down until next spring (like Holdudvar Bar on Margaret Island)
Some special parties stand out from the usual Budapest nightlife events, which young tourists must do: the pool parties in Budapest baths, and the river boat parties on the Danube.
November Bath Parties in Budapest bring amazing laser shows and bath discos in Lukacs Baths 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. The Magic Bath Party in Lukacs Budapest series offer cool pool parties in Lukacs Thermal Bath: spa waters, music and party adding up as a ‘Sparty’. Definitely a must see and do for under 40 or so party goers.
Concerts in Budapest in November 2017
Enjoy a beautiful November Concert in Budapest: there are great classical and light music concerts, as well as live concerts in some bars and restaurants in downtown Budapest.
Nov 17, 24: Concerts in Matthias Church
Nov 9, 16, 23, 30: Concerts in St Stephen’s Basilica
Nov 6-11: Budapest International Guitar Festival in Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music
New Wine & Cheese Festival Budapest
Vajdahunyad Castle will be the home of the New Wine and Cheese Festival in Budapest, at the end of November.
Date: Nov 25 – 26, 2017
Venue: Vajdahunyad Castle, Budapest
Taste the new wines of the various wine regions in Hungary in this beautiful romantic castle in the City Park on almost a shoestring budget. You can meet Hungarian wine producers and even the knights of the Hungarian Wine Order.
Festivals in November in Budapest
The weekends in November are especially rich in things to do, even in a colder month like November.
Halloween events in Budapest take place from late October to early November. Check out our Halloween Budapest guide for upcoming events, children workshops, costume competitions, Halloween parties in Budapest clubs, boats and baths, and two modest night festivals in Budapest: one on Heroes’ Square the other on Vorosmarty Square in the city centre.
Halloween Boat Party: don’t miss this special themed Budapest cruise with live DJ, drinks and awesome Halloween costumes!
2017 Halloween Budapest: October 28 – November 1, 2017