has compiled the most interesting festivals Hungary has to offer this summer.

Alfa Festival
May 13-15, Várpalota
The biggest alternative music festival in the country to kickstart the summer in Várpalota with the most popular Hungarian bands.
More info: Website | Facebook

Open Road Fest
June 8-12, Alsóörs
The largest motorcycle rider festival awaits visitors with a unique atmosphere, motorcycle exhibitions, test driving and the traditional parade. Foreign bands like Helloween and The Sweet are also among the performers, as well as many Hungarian bands.
More info: Website | Facebook 

Budapest Summer Festival
June 10 – August 28, Budapest
Among the programmes of the festival are some of the most renowned Hungarian musicians such as Andrea Rost, Erika Miklósa, Zoltán Kocsis, Tamás Vásáry, Gergely Madaras, or Domonkos Héja. Foreign stars, for instance James Valenti, Yuja Wang, Marc Heller, Sébastien Guéze, Giuseppe Filianoti, Stacey Kent, Shakespeare’s Globe from London and the Monte-Carlo Ballet Company will also perform.
More info: Facebook

Street Musician Competition
June 12-16, Eger
More than 150 musicians from 50 bands play for 5 days, 12 hours a day, on 20 locations in Eger. The grand price of the Street Musician Competition is 1 million forints.
More info: Website | Facebook

Fishing on Orfű
June 22-25, Panoráma Camping, Orfű
4-day passes sold out in one and a half days for this music festival close to Pécs, in the south of Hungary. Organised by László Rátgéber and András Lovasi, singer of Kispál és a Borz and Kiscsillag, it has become one of the most popular festivals in the country.
More info: Website | Facebook

June 23-25, Balatonszemes
Visitors can enjoy rock and heavy metal concerts in the evening, and Lake Balaton during the day.
More info: Website | Facebook

Volt Festival
June 29 – July 2, Sopron
There are some festivals you definitely don’t want to miss and Volt Festival is one of them. The festival grounds are big enough to accommodate a huge amount of programmes, and the concerts meet the standards of European events.  Almost everyone from the Hungarian music scene performs here, as well as many famous foreign musicians.
More info: Website | Facebook

Balaton Sound
July 6-10, Zamárdi
Balaton Sound, on the shore of Lake Balaton, has been a huge success among lovers of electronic music, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.
More info: Website | Facebook

July 8-17, Dunaújváros
In 2015, Rockmaraton moved to a different location, and occupied a whole island to celebrate its 25th anniversary. The Szalki Island will be the home of the rock festival this year as well.
More info: Website | Facebook

July 8-17, Velence
The biggest festival for university students is not just a music festival, it offers many cultural and sport related programmes as well. This year, the event is organised by the Debrecen University and the University of Physical Education.
More info: Website | Facebook

July 13-17, Veszprém
Held on the stage of the castle for the 13th time, VeszprémFest is a music and culture festival where many famous Hungarian and international performers can be seen, ranging from classical music to jazz and even opera. The Rosé, Riesling and Jazz Days accompany the festival this year as well.
More info: Website | Facebook

Bánkitó Festival
July 14-16, Lake Bánk
Several genres, styles and art forms meet at this festival on the shore of the lake of Bánk. Programmes range from music to theatre, art, and culture.
More info: Website | Facebook

Campus Festival
July 20-24, Debrecen
The festival is held in the Great Forest of Debrecen, a safe distance away from both the exam season and the beginning of the next semester, and every year it features many international acts.
More info: Website | Facebook

Valley of Arts
July 22-31, Kapolcs
Held in an ancient village, the festival has become an iconic event centred around art and various art forms.
More info: Website | Facebook

Ördögkatlan Festival
August 2-6
The Devil’s Cauldron Festival is a multicultural event held in four villages, Nagyharsány, Kisharsány, Palkonya, Beremend and the Vylyan Winery. Theatre and dance performances, pop, jazz, folk, classical and world music concerts, films and literary programmes await visitors in the Villány Wine region in the south of Hungary.
More info: Website | Facebook

International American Car Festival
August 4-7, Komárom
The 25-hectare yard of the Fortress of Monostor is taken over by car enthusiast for three days. The biggest festival for American cars in Central Europe offers many interesting programmes as well as concerts for visitors.
More info: Website | Facebook

August 10-17, Budapest
Nicknamed the “Island of Freedom”, Sziget Festival is one of the largest music festivals in Europe, featuring musicians as well as other forms of cultural entertainment.
More info: Website | Facebook 

Zemplén Festival
August 12-21.
The biggest cultural event of Zemplén and the Tokaj Wine Region, Zemplén Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Held across several towns, including Sárospatak, Sátoraljaújhely, Szerencs and Tokaj, the festival offers many cultural programmes for the lovers of classical music, jazz, dance, literature and threatre.
More info: Website | Facebook 

Boglár Harvest Festival
August 18-21, Balatonboglár
The Boglár Harvest Festival is one of the biggest free open-air events in the country. To celebrate its 40th anniversary, the festival awaits visitors with two stages, a party tent, a wine and champagne garden, artisans’ products, a parade and a funfair.
More info: Website | Facebook
August 19-22, Zamárdi
The festival was chosen the best new festival in 2014 by the European Festivals Association. More than 100 DJs await this year’s festival-goers, with special lights and sound effects on many stages.
More info: Website | Facebook

STRAND Festival
August 24-27, Zamárdi
The STRAND Festival is part of the MOL Nagyon Balaton (Much Balaton) programme series, held on the last week of the summer on the Zamárdi public beach.
More info: Website | Facebook

August 24-28, Szeged
Over the years, the Youth Days of Szeged festival has become one of the leading festivals of the country. Most Hungarian musicians have performed here, and there are many international acts as well.
More info: Website | Facebook

Copy editor: bm


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.