Festivals, cool concerts, cultural events and amazing parties – Budapest is always buzzing. Every month, we bring together all the important happenings taking place in and around Hungary’s capital so you can plan ahead. For July, the Budapest Pride Parade, Iggy Pop and picnics on Liberty Bridge are among the many exciting events you shouldn’t miss. Get out there and enjoy everything that Budapest has to offer!
By July, Budapest’s own beach resort, 40 minutes from the city centre, has warmed up pleasantly for you to enjoy a day of diving, wake boarding, baking in the sun, swimming and all sorts of waterside fun. Soft sand and comfortable sunbeds await, while the many food and drink kiosks cover all your needs. If you wish to cool off somewhere in July, Lupa Beach it is. More details
Budapest Summer Festival
The Budapest Summer Festival – a cultural events series held between 1 June and 7 September – offers an even more colourful repertoire this year in the city’s sprawling greenery of Margaret Island and Városmajor Park. Home-grown Hungarian talent and prominent entertainers from all around the world will be giving eclectic performances, including classical concerts, captivating circus shows and soaring opera spectaculars. Must-see events in July include the Hungarian debut of one of the most acclaimed violin soloists of her generation, Nicola Benedetti, and dance show Barbarian Nights. More details
Liberty Bridge picnics
Over the four weekends of July, Liberty Bridge becomes a car-free public hangout. Numerous exciting events will take place directly above the Danube along this historic crossing, including concerts by local bands, flamenco and salsa performances, zumba, yoga and many more exciting attractions. Feel free to bring your special someone or your mates and fill the bridge with fun. See you there! More details
Budapest Pride March
A rainbow-coloured crowd embarks on a procession through downtown Budapest on 6 July, playing liberating music to celebrate LGBTQ culture and to generate more support. The procession normally spans City Park and Kossuth tér by Parliament, the crowd marching all along Andrássy út, the city’s showcase avenue, while music plays and people parade in costumes. After the procession, an alfresco Rainbow Party awaits revellers at Budapest Park. For more details and the full schedule, check out the Budapest Pride website.
On many occasions over the summer, you can see Budapest after dark by paddling through it. The team of SUP Budapest guides you all the way from Római Part to Kopaszi-gát down the Danube during a 1.5-hour SUP tour. Boards are available to rent. More details
Szimpla Kert flea market
Budapest’s first ruin bar and the grandfather of them all, Szimpla Kert hosts a flea market on 13 July. Antiques, retro junk, clothes, photos, analogue cameras, paintings, jewellery, accessories and many trinkets await visitors amid funky surroundings. For the occasion, this section of ever-busy Kazinczy utca will be car-free. More details (in Hungarian)
The Zugliget Chairlift whisks adventurers of all ages up steep slopes towards the summit of János Hill and its crowning Elizabeth Lookout Tower every day. On 20 July, it will operate after hours, so you can enjoy a ride in the dark. Look out for shooting stars as a meteor shower is expected in late July. More details
One of the most popular French chanteuses of our times, Isabelle Geffroy, or Zaz, has been earning comparisons with Edith Piaf and Ella Fitzgerald. For her concert on 21 July, she will be featuring songs from her latest album Effet Miroir for the Budapest Park crowd.
Thirty Seconds to Mars
American band Thirty Seconds to Mars experimented with numerous genres on their five LPs from progressive rock through indie to electronica. The group led by the Leto brothers, Jared and Shannon, gained a huge audience thanks to their philosophical lyrics and dark yet catchy tunes. They visit Budapest on 23 July and play at Budapest Park.
One of the most dynamic stage artists of all time, Iggy Pop comes back to Budapest after more than a decade. A living legend, the godfather of punk is someone everyone needs to see at least once in their lifetime – let Budapest Park on 24 July be your chance. More details