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
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.
2015 Halloween Budapest: October 26 – November 3, 2015
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 13, 2015 – Jan 6, 2016
The recently launched Basilica Christmas Market usually opens in late November (on Nov 27 in 2015) 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 2013 feature La Traviata, Rigoletto, Otello, Salome, Carmen or Madama Butterfly. The Golden Brush or the Nutcracker ballets are also performed in the Opera House.
Folk Shows in Budapest: Hungarian Folk Dance Shows can be viewed in the Danube Palace or in the Budai Vigado Concert Hall (folk dancer groups: Hungarian State Folk Ensemble, Danube Folk Ensemble, Rajko Gypsy Folk Ensemble)
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 2015
Enjoy a beautiful concert in Budapest: there are great classical and light music concerts, as well as live concerts in some bars and restaurants in downtown Budapest.
Concerts in the Palace of Arts in Budapest: throughout November, many beautiful concerts await classical music fans in the leading concert hall in Budapest. Some of the outstanding foreign performers can mostly be seen in the Palace of Arts (MUPA for short).
Liszt Ferenc Music Academy Concert Centre: beautiful concerts, with varying genres (chamber, baroque music, jazz, etc.) and great value tickets.
The church concerts in Budapest are special with their unique atmosphere, and a nice cool air on warmer nights in September.
St Anna’s Church Classical Concerts are in the very heart of the city on Vaci Street in Budapest District V.
Budapest Opera House offers beautiful shows in November, like La Traviata, Rigoletto, Otello, Salome, Carmen, etc. If you are a classical music fan, check some of the concerts in the Franz Liszt Music Academy.
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 28 – 29, 2015
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.
Art Market Budapest
The Budapest Art Market is a freshly launched contemporary art festival sometime in autumn, the venue of the festival is the contemporary building of the Millenaris Park by the Buda Castle. 2013 dates of the festival:
October from 2016!
If you are interested in the peculiarities of Central Europe and its contemporary art, this one week art fiesta is a must thing to do in Budapest. There are numerous art galleries, art projects (Igor Metropol, Krinzinger Projekte, Johan van Dam, etc.) participating in the Art Market Budapest.
The location is also contemporary, the exciting and Europa Nostra awarded former industrial complex called Millenaris Park on the Buda side (a 15 min walk downhill from the Buda Castle, close to the Mammut Shopping Mall and the Feny street Market Hall with its nice Langos, the Hungarian savoury snack)
Royal Fair on Kiraly Street Budapest
The Royal Fair is in the old Jewish quarters of Budapest in the happening street called Kiraly street (literally King street, hence the name of the November fest). The fair seems to have transformed into a continuous Design Street re-design and re-self-definition of the street without major fairs, but with many quirky shops to visit.
The fair at Gozsdu Courtyard in Kiraly street is informal, more like a fusion of a freestyler flea market, a local festival and an artisan crafts fair. Even if you are not into gift shopping, you can visit the fair for the food stalls and the live music. The Budapest Royal Fair is a one month event (and is not in the Royal Palace but in Kiraly street close to Deak square.).
The Royal Fair at Gozsdu is open daily, from noon to 8 pm on weekdays and from 10 am to 8 pm at weekends. The dates of the fair may change, there were fairs in May or September too. Check their FB site for upcoming fairs in Kiraly street.