Nightlife
9 top spots to party alfresco in Budapest this September
Photo : Tamás Kőrösi / We Love Budapest

September means you can still party outside in Budapest – but not for too much longer. Here we round up the top alfresco destinations and concert venues where you can shake it outdoors for a week or two more at least.

BARBA NEGRA TRACK BUDAPEST PARK FELLINI RÓMAI KULTÚRBISZTRÓ KABIN KERTEM KOBUCI KERT PONTOON RAQPART ZSIRÁF

BARBA NEGRA TRACK

Photo: Tamás Kőrösi / We Love Budapest

With a commitment to rock music, metal and alternative genres, the Barba Negra Track will stick to the script for a couple more weeks at least. Hungarian act Alvin és a Mókusok play a birthday concert and the season-closing show on 21 September, before which the revered Quimby, Bikini and Ossian all take the stage.

 

District XI. Neumann János utca 2

 

Season closes: 21 September

BUDAPEST PARK

Photo: László Mudra / We Love Budapest

The curtain is drawn over the 2019 season at Budapest Park with the traditional Closing Picnic from 26 to 28 September. Over the three days, you’ll be able to catch 30Y, Margaret Island and Brains, before the grand finale on the last night, the Necc Party.

 

District XI. Soroksári út 60

 

Season closes: 28 September

FELLINI RÓMAI KULTÚRBISZTRÓ

 

Photo: Szántó Gerzson / We Love Budapest

As always, one of the top spots of the summer was the Fellini Római Kultúrbisztró, a beachside venue comprising a bar/caravan, small stage and deckchairs ranged around the lap of the Danube. The location is way up in Óbuda – take the HÉV train from Batthyány tér to Rómaifürdő, walk a good five minutes down Emőd utca and hang a left – don’t forget the mosquito spray. Upcoming acts include Bulcsú Babarci, the Zsanett Pápai Trio, and the duo of András Jász and Zsolt Barta. Closing night is 29 September when, as a special show, resident musicians the Fellini Family will play a few numbers.

 

District III. Kossuth Lajos üdölőpart 5

 

Season closes: 29 September

KABIN

Photo: Gábor Szabó / We Love Budapest

Waterfront Kabin really pushes the boat out when it comes to extending summer. Here on Népsziget island, a short walk over the bridge from Újpest-városkapu station on the M3 metro line, a laid-back vibe underscores a busy music agenda until mid October, weather permitting. Already confirmed are an Ethno Jazz Night featuring the Gregorian Pázmándi Trio, the Summer Never Ends party by Cream Of Sounds and a drum & bass party or two courtesy of The Hive.

 

District XIII. Népsziget út 727

 

Season closes: mid October

KERTEM

Photo: Norbert Hartyányi / We Love Budapest

Kertem (‘My Garden’) is an atmospheric venue in the heart of City Park where they find it difficult to let go of summer. Events here are planned until the end of September. As evenings get slightly chillier, DP Morgan, Suefo and Nairobi will be spinning tunes.

 

District XIV. Olof Palma sétány 1

 

Season closes: end of September

KOBUCI KERT

Photo: László Mudra / We Love Budapest

Before hibernation sets in, Kobuci Kert up in Óbuda is going for it in a big way, staging a show of some kind almost every evening until 28 September. Treading the boards will be the Kerekes Band, Veronika Harcsa & Bálint Gyémánt, Kaukázus, Parno Graszt, while esteemed combo Kiscsillag, featuring legendary songsmith András Lovasi, provide a suitable farewell to summer. 

 

District III. Fő tér 1

 

Season closes: 28 September

PONTOON

Photo: Tamás Kőrösi / We Love Budapest

Of course, busy, downtown Pontoon cannot be left out where outdoor fun is concerned. Before the seasonal farewell to its great parties and memorable sunsets, nightlife organisers mhmm, Nightdrive and Alcázar will provide you with plenty of opportunity to dance. Concerts include Manaky and Nunki Bay Starship, while the Monday Sessions feature Sauropoda and JÜ.

 

District V. id Antall József rakpart 1

 

Season closes: 30 September

RAQPART

Photo: László Balkányi / We Love Budapest

Adjacent Raqpart will be open until the last days of September, providing a slightly more mainstream alternative to Pontoon which also runs all month. Lined up here are Latin parties and dance shows, which even the chillier weather can’t put the dampers on.

 

District V. Lánchíd pesti hídfő

 

Season closes: 30 September

ZSIRÁF

Photo: Tamás Kőrösi / We Love Budapest

In the autumn, activities at Zsiráf beside Nyugati station on Eiffel tér are completely dependent on the weather but should be staged until the end of September or start of October. In addition to one of the best lángos in town and the reliably lively atmosphere, it’s worth a visit for the Lépcső Akusztik concert series.

 

District VI. Teréz körút 53

 

Season closes: late September/early October