By Nicole Hoey
Budapest is a truly spectacular city steeped in a rich history. Luckily for you, there are plenty of events that show off Hugarian culture, both past and present, as the summer comes to a close. Here are 9 great events to attend in Budapest this September!
1. Budapest Bath Parties
Every Saturday night in September, you can take your iconic Budapest bath experience up a notch with the Budapest Bath Parties. Known as “sparties,” these events turn the baths into an all-out, nighttime party, with glowing lights, drinks and more fun. See the baths from a whole new perspective from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Address: Szechenyi Thermal Baths, Budapest, Állatkerti krt. 9-11, 1146 Hungary
2. Budapest Short International Film Festival
Fondly nicknamed BuSho by its fans, the Budapest Short International Film Festival invites filmmakers from across the globe to show off their short-film creations. One of the goals of the week, held in the first week of Sept., is to showcase how film can help create a new definition of European culture. Started in 2004, the festival has only increased in size since, becoming a fantastic place to unite producers, directors and ordinary people.
3. Jewish Cultural Festival
With its home base at the third largest synagogue in the world, the Jewish Cultural Festival invites locals and visitors alike to learn and celebrate the Jewish tradition in all aspects. Films, music, dance and more are shown in a variety of performances across the city, and there are many educational opportunities to explore the Jewish culture. The festival is a week-long event from Sept. 1-8, giving you plenty of options on which day to join the celebration.
Address: Great Synagogue, Budapest, Dohány u. 2, 1074 Hungary
4. Budapest Wine Festival
One of the most popular events as the seasons begin to turn, the Budapest Wine Festival lets you sample delicious wines while exploring the grounds of the famous Buda Castle. Buda Castle was the former home of Hungarian royalty for centuries, and getting the chance to wander its historic courtyards is not one to be missed. From Sept. 5-8, you channel your inner queen or king as you enjoy the various activities, like concerts and food booths, as you join Budapest’s harvest celebration.
Address: Buda Castle, Budapest, Szent György tér 2, 1014 Hungary
5. Pozsonyi Piknik
On Sept. 7, wander over to the Pest side of the city and explore Pozsonyi Piknik, a cultural and arts festival that will give you a great glimpse into Budapest life. Between the variety of musical performances on three stages, great craft fair booths waiting to be explored, and the endless food options, you’ll be struggling to fit everything at the festival!
Address: Újpest, Budapest, Hungary
6. Sweet Days Budapest
Sept. 13-15 are dedicated to all things chocolate and sweet in Budapest, as the city hosts its Sweet Days Budapest Festival. There are stands full of fantastic treats just waiting for you to sample beneath the shadow of the beautiful St. Stephen’s Basilica. If you have a sweet tooth (or a craving for chocolate), this is the event for you!
Address: St. Stephen's Square, Budapest, Szent István tér 1, 1051 Hungary
7. World Press Photo Exhibition 2019
The World Press Photo Exhibition is a traveling event that features some of the best photo submissions from across the globe. On Sept. 18 through the middle of October, it’s Budapest’s turn to host the spectacular photos, as visitors get the chance to see the best pieces picked from 78,801 photographs. 2019 marks the 62nd year of the contest that truly unites the world through the photographers’ skill and precision.
Address: Hungarian National Museum, 1088 Budapest, Múzeum krt. 14-16., Hungary
8. Cultural Heritage Days
As another country that participates in the European Heritage Days, an event meant to foster cultural pride for both guests and citizens, Budapest shows off its city with great joy. Many buildings that are usually closed to the public open their doors (for free!), allowing everyone to enjoy this rare journey back to some of Budapest’s historic roots. Cultural Heritage Days lands on Sept. 21-22 this year, so don’t miss out!
9. 34th SPAR Budapest Marathon
The 34th SPAR Marathon hits the streets of Budapest from Sept. 28-29, giving runners a chance to wiz by some of the city’s most iconic monuments. For spectators, find a space along the race path and relax as about 20,000 runners pass you by.