City guide

Nagyszünet opens at Budapest Park with concerts and outdoor cinema screenings

Photo : Kristóf Hölvényi / We Love Budapest

Budapest Park has officially started off its season of events, and Nagyszünet, the popular adjoining summertime venue, has opened its gates too, offering a perfect opportunity for an evening chill on the grass, playing table football or enjoying a movie. This week, legendary alt-rock star András Lovasi performed on the opening night with band Véletlen Trió, afternoon snacks welcomed cyclists, and visitors could watch a screening of Guy Ritchie’s classic film, “Snatch”. You can expect the same colourful events throughout the summer with diverse art performances, concerts and parties.

Offering a series of amazing events for its summer season, Budapest Park officially opened its gates with a Margaret Island concert this week. But it’s not only the live music that’s worth checking out. Like last year, Nagyszünet, the courtyard hangout near Soroksári út, will function as a secluded outdoor space all week long (from 4pm weekdays, 11am-11pm at weekends) and will welcome everyone for a summer chill with spritzers, beer, concerts, movies and great parties.

Photo: Kristóf Hölvényi / We Love Budapest
Photo: Kristóf Hölvényi / We Love Budapest

The quirky wolf-head installation inherited from the Sziget Festival, the hangout area and the colourful wooden design elements are still regular fixtures, but the rest of the space can be reorganised – it can hold up to 300 chairs for an acoustic concert, 500 for an outdoor screening, or the whole area can be cleared for a crazy party. Long wooden benches and hammocks complement the table-football table, the little pool, and the bar. You can pop in to the nearby KFC, too, which will be open during this time.

Photo: Kristóf Hölvényi / We Love Budapest
Photo: Norbert Hartyányi / We Love Budapest

This week, alt-rock hero András Lovasi and the Véletlen Trió band opened the season with a laid-back acoustic concert. The next day, Nagyszünet welcomed cyclists with healthy snacks, and movie fans could stay for an evening screening of Snatch.

Photo: Kristóf Hölvényi / We Love Budapest
Photo: Kristóf Hölvényi / We Love Budapest

You can expect a busy summer, with events organised from Monday to Wednesday, but you can hang out anytime on the green, enjoying drinks with friends before concerts. Some events will have an entry fee and without a ticket you can only stay until they’re due to start, but you can return to Nagyszünet after the Budapest Park concerts for a great party on the dance floor.

Photo: Kristóf Hölvényi / We Love Budapest

Detailed event info for May is available here. Throughout the summer, you can enjoy popular Hungarian performers, such as Szilárd Balanyi, the keyboard player with Quimby, performing with singers Barbara Schoblocher and Flóra Kiss, as well as alt rockers 30Y, and their singer-guitarist Zoli Beck.


Recent events have included attractions such as Freak Fusion Cabaret, evoking the mysterious world of 20thcentury travelling circuses. Ledpuppets will imitate an underwater world on May 16th, blending a puppet show, a live music performance and visual theatre. On May 13th, Gardrób second hand marketplace will provide a great opportunity for everyone to sell and buy unworn or used clothes and accessories.

Photo: Nagyszünet, Budapest Park

The outdoor cinema, together with Sony Movie Channel, will bring you classics and new releases alike: in May you can watch Jumanji with Robin Williams, Schwarzenegger’s Last Action Hero or Terminator Salvation with Christian Bale.

Photo: Kristóf Hölvényi / We Love Budapest

On May 26th you can enjoy Liverpool take on Real Madrid in the Champions League final, screened in the whole Budapest Park area, and from mid-June onwards you can cheer for your faves during the World Cup. The regular events will slightly change during these times.

Nagyszünet at Budapest Park (temporarily closed)
  • 1095 Budapest, Soroksári út 60.