5 free things to do in Budapest in September


  • Urbán Cintia

08/09/2023 4.51pm

As we always emphasize, Budapest is a city for everyone, even if you are on a tight budget. We have gathered five amazing events happening this month that you can enjoy without spending a penny.

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Budapest Classics Film Marathon – Open-air Cinema


Budapest Classics Film Marathon presents films that you have probably seen a million times, but never in a setting quite like this. During the open-air screenings, you can enjoy classics like the 50-year-old 'Jesus Christ Superstar' and 'Grease' on a giant screen, with St Stephen's Basilica as the backdrop. You can also catch 'Ed Wood' (directed by Tim Burton and starring a young Johnny Depp and Sarah Jessica Parker), as well as a half-a-century-old Hungarian classic about football, 'Good Old Days' (Régi idők focija). All films are screened in English or with English subtitles.

More details and programme here.

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Gallery Weekend Budapest 2023


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If you are a contemporary art enthusiast, Gallery Weekend Budapest should definitely be on your bucket list. On September 15th and 16th, galleries across the city will welcome you: tours will take you to acb, Deák Erika, Einspach Fine Art & Photography, INDA, Kisterem, Knoll Budapest, Molnár Ani, TOBE, Várfok, VILTIN and Vintage. Venues will be open to individual visitors throughout Friday (1 pm - 8 pm) and Saturday (11 am - 8 pm), but you will need to sign up for tours.
More details here

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Eleven Ősz - Autumn Festival in Újbuda


Whenever there is an Eleven festival in town, Bartók Béla Boulevard turns into a bohemian street jamboree. There will be gallery and studio visits, sports activities, concerts and various workshops between 15-16 September, all age groups are welcome.

More details and programme here (Hungarian-only). 

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Jazz Festival in Józsefváros


From September 15th to 17th, jazz merges with the rich cultural atmosphere of Budapest's Józsefváros. The Jazz Festival brings music lovers together in a district that has nurtured numerous Hungarian jazz musicians. Free concerts grace the stage on Rákóczi tér, right in front of the Market Hall.

See the programme here.

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Celebrating the Chain Bridge – Lánchíd Festival


City dwellers celebrated the reopening of one of Budapest's most iconic landmarks, the Chain Bridge, with a picnic. This celebration will continue on September 16th, when a mini-festival will take over the quays on both sides of the bridge. Expect free concerts, activities for kids, and exhibitions.

More details here (Hungarian-only). 

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