Our periodical programs
15 April 2018, Budapest
Be part of the biggest spring running race of Budapest, accompanied by thousands of cheerful runners! The event was launched in 1986 in Italy with the motto: “Long live the city! Love the city!” The main race is the half marathon, but there is an opportunity to go on 10km, 7km or on family distance.
27-30 April 2018, Gyula
The four-day festival is one of the biggest gastronomical events of the Southern Great Plain, which attracts thousands of visitors year by year. Pálinka-contest, the procession of Pálinka-orders and tasting programs highlight the noble Hungaricum and besides, concerts, exhibitions and further programs ensure the amusement.
2 May 2018, 8pm, Papp László Sportaréna
"The Creative Genius of Pink Floyd" Roger Waters will go on a world tour with a pioneering new set. In addition to his latest songs and his greatest solo hits, all the indispensable Pink Floyd tunes will also make their way into the show. According to Waters himself, his state-of-the-art audiovisual production Us + Them is “the most spectacular concert tour he has ever done”.
4 May 2018, 8pm, Papp László Sportaréna
Rory Graham, better known as Rag'n'Bone Man, started MCing and singing just after his 15th birthday. His international breakthrough came with his album titled “Human” in 2017. Its hit single “Human” received a diamond certification in France, and propelled the singer-songwriter to the top of the charts. His tour titled Grand Reserve arrives to Hungary in May.
8 May 2018, 8pm, Papp László Sportaréna
After a break of four years following his last successful gig in Hungary, James Blunt comes back to Budapest with the world tour of his studio album “The Afterlove”. Blunt had piano and violin lessons as a child, and achieved worldwide fame with the single "You're Beautiful", after which he received several awards. Lately he scored no. 1 on songs charts being featured in Robin Schulz’s track “OK”.
11-13 May 2018, Budapest, City Park
The number of people who meet in the City Park to welcome the upcoming summer while trying various dishes and a few glasses of wine in a youthful family atmosphere has been growing year by year. On its way to become a tradition, the event features colourful entertainment and plenty of delicacies paired with your wine.
17-20 May 2018, Budapest, Millenary Park
Representing the essence of Hungary’s now booming gastro culture, Gourmet Festival hosts the country’s best restaurants, wineries and gourmet shops. Eating your way through delicacies, you are going to be bound to redefine your idea of Hungarian cuisine.
2 June 2018, 7:30pm, the Main Parish Church of the Assumption, Budapest
Grown to be the most popular vocal ensemble in Hungary, the Saint Ephraim Male Choir has been showcasing the Orthodox church music series since 2011, this year for the first time to be held in the oldest church building of Pest. Every year, the show features internationally renowned guests, and this year’s instalment will be no different, as the closing concert will star the male choir of Cappella Romana, a vocal ensemble based in the US.
8–9 June 2018, Villány
There is no better way to start your summer than by visiting the Gere Attila Winery, one of the most known and renowned of the Villány Wine Region. The atmosphere is set by great wines, melodic jazz tunes, rich culinary offerings, and a stunning panoramic view. The organizers of the garden party-style event are also promising a few surprises and an unforgettable experience to visitors..
8–17 June 2018, Miskolc
The festival was funded on the turn of the century with the intention to actively engage Miskolc in the international music scene. Thus the town achieved to become an important part of the opera world in Central Europe. The festival’s mission is to cultivate the work of Béla Bartók and to this end the organizers invite international stars to the event every year along with Hungarian artists.
15 June 2018, 8 p.m., Margaret Island Open-air Stage
Now a matter of tradition, one of Hungary’s most prestigious philharmonic orchestras begins the three-month-long Budapest Summer Festival program with a gala concert. Accompanied by pianist Balázs Fülei, the orchestra will present their version of Carl Orff’s most popular work, Carmina Burana, among many other pieces in their set list.
22 and 24 June 2018, 9 p.m., Margaret Island Open-air Stage
One of this year’s opera premieres of the Margaret Island summer program will be Strauss’ powerful musical drama, the innocent and tragic tale of Salome. Enchanting these midsummer nights with her well-known soprano, Andrea Rost will undertake the title role of Salome. The opera will be presented in German with Hungarian titles.
23–30 June 2018, Balatonfüred
The guitar festival of Balatonfüred, the “capital” of the northern shore of Lake Balaton, will be held for the 13th time this year with numerous performers from Hungary as well as from abroad and master classes taken by winners or awardees of international competitions. The program features an instrument exhibition and you will also get an opportunity to buy sheet music.
15 July 2018, 4pm, Esztergom Basilica
In addition to being the largest church building in Hungary, the beautiful Esztergom Basilica is not only used to celebrate masses, but also to hold outstanding concerts. This year will see performers coming from many different countries, including young artists of the New Yorker Metropolitan Youth Orchestra, a group celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.
26–29 July 2018, Tiszafüred
In addition to promoting a connection between quality culture and a healthy lifestyle, the magnificent Opera of the Nature Festival also aims to present the wonderful natural beauty of Lake Tisza with its precious fauna to the Hungarian and international audience. The program of the festival ventures beyond the realm of music and into that of gastronomy, cycling and boats.
2–4 August 2018, Paloznak
For a few days in August, Paloznak is going to be the capital of Lake Balaton again. More than 20 music productions, light painting animations, and the authentic picnic-in-the-park atmosphere will form the backbone of the festival, while the best restaurants and artisan food producers of the northern shore of the lake will also add their expertise to the mix. And that’s not even mentioning Lake Balaton itself, always there to take a dip in.
2–5 August 2018, Debrecen, Great Forest
The success story of the Debrecen Jazz Festival began in 1971, at a time when the city hosted the only regular jazz event in the country. Year after year, the hosts strive to enlarge and enhance what they accomplished, so a few years ago they merged the original festival with the Wine Carnival that was also already a success, and created the Debrecen Wine & Jazz Days. Be a part of one of the most charming gastro-cultural event in the region!
3 and 5 August 2018, 8 p.m., Margaret Island Open-air Stage
To the enjoyment of devoted opera enthusiasts, the highlights of this year’s festival program includes Rigoletto, one of Verdi’s most triumphant piece. Giuseppe Altomare, a world-renowned Italian baritone singer, will assume the title role, while Mexican operatic tenor Arturo Chacón Cruz will play the Duke of Mantua.
9 September 2018, Budapest
Marking the beginning of the autumn season, the Wizz Air Budapest Half Marathon is visited by people from around 80 different countries each year. Colourful events and a course meandering through World Heritage Sites further boost the popularity of the run. Get through the 21 km individually or in a team of two or three.
28–30 September 2018, Károlyi Château, Fehérvárcsurgó
This year marks the 9th edition of this annual meeting of string quartets in the fabulous château of Fehérvárcsurgó, a true gem of Fejér County. In addition to Hungarian artists, French and Austrian musicians will also perform at the festival where students will entertain visitors during the day. Accompanying the event, a traditional musical instruments exhibition will be open to the public as well.
7 October 2018, Budapest
Choose a distance that suits you and be one of the nearly 30,000 participants who join the SPAR Budapest Marathon® Festival. Run the official distance of 42.195 kilometres individually, with your partner, or in a four-member relay team. As an alternative, you are offered to discover the city taking a 30 or 10 kilometres long route.