Summer is over, and although the warm weather hasn’t quite shown it yet, Autumn in Budapest is slowly getting into swing. Despite the changing seasons, one thing that will stay the same is how buzzing Budapest is, with the October calendar packed full of fun events and activities you can’t miss. This is our guide to the best of What’s Happening in Budapest in October, as recommended by our local insiders.
Art Market Budapest
Want to see some amazing art in the heart of Budapest? Then be sure to check out Art Market Budapest, a three-day international contemporary arts festival bringing creatives from over 40 Countries to Budapest, to educate, inform and showcase their works for art curious people and enthusiasts. Since it started in 2011, the event has and continues to grow, making good progress towards achieving the goal of building the European art scene, especially for the CEE region. So pop down, see some awesome art and show your support to an important cultural cause.
Where: Thursday 3rd – Sunday 6th October | Where: Millenáris Park
Oktoberfest, the annual event of the year on the calendars of beer lovers from across the globe. Beginning life over 200 years ago in Munich as a celebration of the Bavarian folk culture, the event has caught fire and is celebrated across the globe. The festivities will be on fire in Budapest, with some people decked out in the traditional german attire, and pretty much all people wielding steins of golden goodness. The team behind the event have gone in full force to make sure this event provides a truly replicable experience to its big bro in Bavaria. So grab yourself a stein and join in the fun at Oktoberfest Budapest.
When: 4th – 5th October Where: Fröccsterasz
Chimney Cake Festival
The chimney cake is to Hungarians what Churros is to Mexicans, and apple crumble is to the Brits. Walk down any bustling street in Budapest, and you’ll most definitely come across a street vendor spinning the yeast dough and sugar cake mix over a hot fire. The Chimney Cake Festival is where you can try them all, as enthusiasts of this sweet treat gather to celebrate, educate and showcase the very best cakes around. That’s not all, their will also be activities for the kids, live music, baking competitions and much much more.
When: 11th – 13th October 2019 Where: Vajdahunyad Castle
CAFe Budapest Contemporary Arts Festival
The contemporary art scene in Budapest is going from strength to strength. Back again to celebrate this thriving art scene is the CAFe Budapest Contemporary Arts Festival. For over two weeks, Budapest’s most iconic venues and public spaces will be transformed into artistic sanctuaries. With exhibitions, talks and live events showcasing the works of some of the most talented contemporary creatives, both local and international. So if you’re an artsy type of person, check out the jam-packed calendar and show some support for the vibrant, colourful and inspiring art scene.
When: 4th – 20th October Where: Multiple Venues
Supernova Techno: Boris Brejcha
If you follow European news then you’re probably tired of seeing the name Boris, but the news that this Boris is coming to Budapest has got techno lovers beyond excited. No, it’s not Boris Johnson, although he would make quite the DJ, it’s the legendary Boris Brejcha who’ll be spinning the decks and making the Papp László Sportaréna shake. The techno titan will be doing an exclusive 3-hour set, supported by other upcoming names in the scene such as Ann Clue, Deniz Bull and more. So make sure you get a good rest the night before and be ready to rave to the sounds of techno till the early morn. It going to be an absolute banger.
Where: Friday 5th October | Where: Papp László Sportaréna
World Press Photo Exhibition 2019
Photography is an artistic medium that captures a moment in time, and despite stillness tells a story, evoking emotions inside its beholder. This October the World Press Photo Exhibition lands on the shores of the Danube, namely at the Magyar Nemzeti Múzeum, with the most intriguing snaps on display, taken by skilled photojournalists from all across the globe. The works are judged by beady-eyed photo-philes, with winners selected from 78,801 pictures, taken by 4738 photographers. A truly immersive and thought-provoking experience that you can’t leave Budapest without checking out.
When: Thursday 19th September – Wednesday 23rd October | Where: Magyar Nemzeti Múzeum
If getting down to the sound of Jazz and swing is your kind of thing, then the Jazzy Festival is one event you can’t miss. For two days, as the MOMKult welcomes talented Jazz Musicians from near and far. This years event in collaboration with Paloznaki Jazzpiknik, the team behind their namesake outdoor Summer jazz bonanza. Performing at this year’s festival are renowned Jazz bands Club Des Belugas and Kraak & Smaak. This promises to be quite the night filled with magic music, so get ready to swing into the late night to the sounds of Jazz.
Where: Friday 4th – Saturday 5th October | Where: MOM Cultural Center
Budapest English Comedy Night
Becketts is Budapest’s oldest and most revered Irish Bar, having first opened its doors in 1994. After a brief period of closure in late 2014, they re-opened here at Liszt Ferenc tér, and are going stronger than ever. A great spot to stop by for a Guinness, but also a must-visit because of cool events and themed nights they host. Gracing the stage at the Beckett this October for a night of laughs will be comedian Jack Holmes. The British funnyman will have you creasing and crying of laughter, as he stops off in Budapest as part of his “Troubled” European tour.
When: Monday, 7th October | Where: Becketts Irish Bar
Vanishing Point Festival
Mention festival and Budapest in the same sentence, and for most people Sziget Festival will come to mind. However, the city is home to some fledgeling Festivals, which although unknown are pretty damn awesome. Vanishing Point definitely falls into that category, with the psych-rock festival returning for its third year. This year promises to be better than ever, with the biggest names in the underground psych-rock scene performing, these include The Qualitons, BO NINGEN and more. So get ready rock your body to the sounds of psychedelic beats.
When: Saturday 12th – Sunday 13th October | Where: Dürer Kert
If you’re less of a party animal, more of a fitness fanatic or just curious about leading a more healthier lifestyle, then join thousands of like-minded people as the Fitbalance Festival comes to town. Renowned as Hungary’s largest fitness and lifestyle expo, Fitbalance is expanding its program beyond the strength and fitness focus it’s had in the past, incorporating a more mass fitness and sports approach. There will be live workouts, demonstrations, healthy food and all other awesome fitness-related things for you to get stuck into.
When: 13th October Where: Papp László Sportaréna
If you were struggling to find what to do in Budapest this October, now you should be no short of ideas. Oh, and if you think this is the October is the end of fun in Budapest, stay tuned for our guide to What’s happening in Budapest in November. In the meanwhile, you can start exploring Budapest off the beaten path with the Like Locals App. Stay tuned, there are some exciting updates coming very soon. Download now for free, available on both iOS and Android devices.