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.
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.
Gallery Weekend Budapest 2023
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.
Eleven Ősz - Autumn Festival in Újbuda
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.
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).