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 11, 2016 – Jan 1, 2017
The recently launched Basilica Christmas Market usually opens in late November (on Nov 27 in 2016) 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 2016 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)
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.
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 Szechenyi 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 Bath Party in Szechenyi Budapest series offer cool pool parties in Szechenyi 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 2016
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.
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, 2016
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.
Hungarian Flavours Festival, aka Budapest Gastro Fair (in Hungarian Kezmuves Magyar Izek Vasara). This fun Hungarian Food Fair is a 3 day event to showcase homegrown and organic Hungarian products (vegetables, jams, sausages, Palinka, etc.). There are about a hundred vendors at the Gastro Market. This festival / fair is a perfect thing to do for those who love home made flavours. Is there anyone who doesn’t?
Dates: Nov 27 – Dec 23, 2018
Venue: Erzsebet Square in the city center
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. 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)
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.
2016 Halloween Budapest: October 29 – November 1, 2016