Summer Festivals and Programs in Budapest
Budapest Summer Festival!
Spring has come and gone, and summer is well on its way in the Hungarian Capital. As anyone who has ever been to Budapest knows, summer in Hungary is festival season, a time when music-lovers travel by the tens of thousands to see their favorite bands perform in the small Central-European country.
But while you may have heard of Sziget, Volt, Balaton Sound, and several of the other major music festivals that draw some of the world’s biggest acts to Hungary, there is another festival, one which runs all summer long, located throughout the heart of the city. It is called, fittingly enough, the Budapest Summer Festival.
The festival’s main events, which take place in June, July, and August, are located on Margaret Island and in Buda’s Városmajor Park. Both locations are a quick tram, bus, or metro ride away from virtually any point in the city center. The convenient locations, together with the fact that the festival hosts events all summer long, means that the Budapest Summer Festival’s concerts, folk-dance performances, ballets, and other cultural events can easily fit into a day of sightseeing, restaurant-going, or just general relaxation in the Hungarian capital.
Here are some of the main attractions that are being held at the main locations of the Budapest Summer Festival in the coming weeks and months:
Margaret Island Open-Air Stage
For those unfamiliar with it, Margaret Island, located in the middle of the Danube between the Buda and Pest sides of the Hungarian capital, is one of the city’s biggest green spaces. As such, it is an extremely popular spot for locals and tourists alike to go running, walk their dogs, hold picnics, or just simply sit out and relax among the island’s grass, trees, and flowers.
Alongside this natural beauty, however, the island is also home to a number of sporting and cultural venues, one of the most notable of which is the Margaret Island Open-Air Stage, a huge venue that routinely hosts some of the Summer Festival’s most exciting performances.
This year, the Open-Air Stage will feature some truly interesting and unique acts, including a collaboration between famed Hungarian rock band Quimby and a classical orchestra, as well as a folk-dance gala, performances of Richard Strauss’ opera Salome, and many other truly unique musical and cultural events.
Margaret Island Water Tower and the Ruins of the St. Margaret Convent
One of the most iconic landmarks of Margaret Island is its colossal, 104-year-old water tower, which is both the tallest and the oldest such tower in all of Hungary. And while it doesn’t house water anymore, the secessionist-era tower will play host to a number of exciting musical performances this year as well.
Another unique venue located on Margaret Island is the ruins of the St. Margaret Convent, the religious institution where the medieval saint, who it is now named after, lived much of her life. Over the entire duration of this year’s Budapest Summer Festival, the convent ruins will host “Renaissance Mornings” every Sunday.
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In addition, Fraser Residence’s central location means that the main venues of the Budapest Summer Festival are all just a short metro, bus, tram, or taxi ride away. It also means that, rather than staying in a hotel located so far away from Budapest’s downtown that the trek home from a day of sightseeing, checking out festivals, guided tours, visiting museums, or relaxing at the thermal baths will seem like a daunting task, booking at Fraser Residence gives you the opportunity to experience all of the incredible things that Budapest has to offer without having to worry about spending hours getting back to your bed. And not to worry; at Fraser, that bed will be a comfortable one, no matter what time of day or night you fall into it.
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Városmajor Open-Air Stage
The Városmajor is a lovely, wooded park located on the Buda side of the city, conveniently near the major tram and metro stop Széll Kálmán Square. As such, it is a very charming, easily-accessible location for the Budapest Summer Festival’s second major open-air venue.
This year, the Városmajor Open-Air Stage will be hosting a very wide range of plays, dances, and musical performances, including a productions of Agatha Christie’s play Witness for the Prosecution, Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple, and a musical of Bonnie & Clyde, as well as bands performing jazz, folk, and numerous other musical genres.