Autumn continues offering plenty of things to do in Budapest in October. Harvest season is here with Arts and wine festivals all around. Don’t let chilly weather spoil your mood, there are lots of things happening in Budapest in Autumn. Check out our Budapest Events Calendar for October to find top concerts, attractions, festivals, and other fun things to do in Fall in Budapest. The Design week, the Budapest Autumn Festival and many events are here to cheer you up during this season.
Classical Music Concerts in St Michael’s Church
When: Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday of October, 2012 at 7 pm (except October 5.)
Where: St. Michael Church 1056 Budapest, Vaci utca 47/B
Cost: from 30 Euro
Saint Michael’s Church was built in mid 1700’s by the Dominican order. Its simple exterior contradicts its marvelous interior, the beautiful main altar and the antique furniture make of it a little gem in the vicinity of Váci utca.
The temple is blessed with excellent acoustics what makes possible a great series of classical music all year round.
More information: Check the St. Michael’s Church concerts website for detailed programs and ticket prices.
Buda Hills by Budapest Chair Lift
When: October 2012.
Where: Zugligeti út 97.
János Hégy is a wonderful place located in one of the most beautiful areas of Buda Hills from where you can admire the entire city of Budapest.
You can reach János Hill by chairlift (libegő).
The ride takes about 15 minutes through a leafy green forest with fantastic views of surrounding neighborhoods and Budapest.
János hégy is the highest point in the Buda Hills where you can walk up to Elizabeth lookout and enjoy 350°breathtaking views of the city and surroundings, have a relaxed walk or even take a ride back to the city on the children railway.
The chairlift to János hegy (John’s hill) works daily from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday to Sundays and Public Holidays.
The chairlift runs depending on weather conditions ( It doesn’t operate on windy, stormy, foggy or rainy weather)
Cost: 800 ft per adult per ride. And 500 ft per child per ride.
Return Ticket: 1,300 ft for adults and 750 ft for children. Children under 3 years old can travel free of charge.
How to get there: The easiest way to get to Zugligeti Libegő station is to take bus number 291 at Nyugati Station, get off at the last stop and walk up about 200 mt. On the right side you will find the Zugligeti Libegő station (Next to Zugligeti campsite where there is a yellow tram car that works as a campsite shop).
Classical Music Concerts at Budapest Basilica
When: Every Sunday and tuesday in October, 2012. 7 pm.
Where: St. Stephen’s Basilica
Cost: From 30 Euro
Saint Stephen’s Basilica is one of the most stunning Neo-classical buildings of Budapest.
Its great acoustics makes it the perfect place to enjoy a series of beautiful classical music concerts where the organ and the flute are the main players together with outstanding performers. The ensemble performs works by famous composers including Vivaldi, Bach, and Händel.
If you are a classical musical lover don’t miss the opportunity to attend to one of these great concerts in one of the most beautiful buildings of Budapest.
More information: Check the St. Stephen’s Basilica concerts website for detailed programs and ticket prices.
Budapest Design Week 2012
When: September 28-October 7, 2012.
Where: Various venues – Design Studios.
The Budapest Design Week is a celebration of the Hungarian and international design. Each fall, during 10 days, Hungarian and international designers are the main characters show casting diverse exhibitions, conferences, workshops and fashion shows. Visitors will be actively involved in workshops where they can participate and experience the wonderful world of design from fashion to furniture.
Slow Design – is the slogan of Budapest Design Week this year. It means slowing down and filling your life with content and profundity.
This year’s guest of honor is Finland which presents some of the most exciting works of contemporary Finish design bringing new colors to this year’s program series.
More information: Check the Budapest Design Week website for detailed programs and venues.
October 23 – National holiday
When: October 23, 2012.
October 23 is a National holiday when Hungarians commemorate the anniversary of 1956 revolution. October 23 marked the beginning of the uprising against the government of People’s Republic of Hungary and the Soviet imposed policies.
On that day, Hungarian students gathered on the streets to demand the withdrawal of Soviet troops, freedom of elections, freedom of opinion, expression and press among other demands. Thousands of civilians joined the demonstrations.
Students, factory workers and professors marched to the Hungarian radio headquarters to have their 16 points list to be read. Radio workers denied the request and troops tried to dissolve the crowds failing in their attempt.
The fight for freedom ended up with thousands of casualties, many were killed, most of them under 25, more than 22 thousand were imprisoned, 229 received death penalty, more than two hundred thousand people escaped leaving the country and those who remained suffered harassment and persecution from the police throughout decades.
1956 Hungarian revolution was the first step that led to the collapse of the communism.
Good to Know
Like in any other national holiday in Hungary, on October 23 everyone can visit the Parliament house free of charge from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Keep in mind that on this day shops, museums and offices are closed to public.
World Press Photo Exhibition 2012
When: September 28- October 28, 2012.
Where: Museum of Ethnography. Budapest. District V. Kossuth Lajos tér 12.
The World Press Photo Exhibition 2012 will be on display in Budapest from September 28 until October 28 at the Museum of Ethnography.
This collection gathers the best press photographs from around the world and features the most captivating, eye-catching and moving photographs of the year. This year 55 photographers were chosen as winners among more than 5,000 who entered the contest.
Images about culture, sports, natural disasters and armed conflict from all over the world speak by themselves.
If you are in Budapest around this time, don’t miss the opportunity to visit this exhibition that travels to 45 countries over the course of a year.
WAMP Arts and Crafts Festival
When: October 7, 2012.
Where: 1024 Budapest Milenaris Park, Hall B. Kis Rókus utca 16–20.
WAMP is a local design festival that takes place at least once a month, usually on Sundays where young Hungarian designers and craftsmen exhibit their creations. This is the perfect place to get to know Hungarian Fashion, emerging Hungarian designers and to buy unique colorful and authentic gifts.
Palace of Arts Budapest
When: October 2012.
Where: Komor Marcell u. 1, Budapest IX District
The Budapest Palace of Arts offers an amazing variety of cultural events all year round. Musical concerts from diverse genres, opera, dance performances, art exhibitions and art workshops among many other kind of events take place in the Palace of Arts.
If you are interested in any type of art, visit Budapest’s Palace of Arts and enjoy Hungarian’s rich cultural life.This is truly one of the things to do in Budapest in July you shouldn’t miss.
How to get there: The best way to get the Palace of Arts is taking tram number 2 and getting off at Közvágohíd (Millenium Kulturalís Központ)
More information: Check Palace Arts Events for detailed information on current programs.
Dinning Cruise with Live Music
When: Every day in October, 2012
Where: Meeting Point. Danube Palace, Zrinyi u. 5.
A romantic dinner cruise with live music on the river Danube is a wonderful thing to do in Budapest in April. These cruises offer a great 4 meal course of traditional Hungarian food created by the well known Hungarian chef, Klöter Gregor-Grex.
The musicians, members of the Rajko Orchestra, as well as the famous violinist Zsigmond Vidák entertain guests with melodies of classical and traditional Hungarian music as they witness fabulous night views of Budapest at the background.
Do not miss the opportunity to get enchanted by the spectacular night views of Budapest world cultural heritage panorama. From a river tour like this, you see Budapest from a different perspective: the illumined bridges, the Parliament,the Buda Castle and Citadella are simply stunning at night.
More information: Check the Dinner Cruise Website for detailed information on dates, menu and prices.
If you happen to be in Budapest at this time, don’t miss this festival! Take advantage of this fair to look for unique souvenirs for relatives and friends..
How to get there: The best way to get to WAMP in Millenaris Park is taking Red Metro Line (M2) and getting off at Moszkva Tér station. Alternatively, you can take trams 4 and 5 and get off at Mammut shopping centre’s stop.
Gouba Bazaar – Art Street Market
When: Every Sunday of October, 2012 10 am- 7 pm
Where: Gozsdu udvar. VI District. Király utca 13
Gouba is a Sunday street market where you can find interesting, colorful, creative and fun arts, crafts, books, antiques and gastronomy. From Spring to the end of Autumn this is the place where every Sunday young Hungarian musicians, ceramists, painters, jewelers and artists in general exhibit their own creations.
The bazaar takes place at Gozsdu Udvar, a beautifully renovated courtyard on Király utca (Budapest Jewish Quarter). If you are looking for something fun to do on Sundays, Gouba bazaar is the place to be.
Cultural Night at the Budapest Opera House
Where: Hungarian State Opera House. Andrassy út 22
When: October, 2012.
-Carmen -Bizet, G. Opera in four acts. October 5, 7, 9,14, 16, 27 2012.
-The Kamarazovs Rachmaninov, S. / Eifman, B. Ballet in two acts. October 10, 11, 12, 18, 20, 21, 2012.
-Il barbiere di Siviglia. . Rossini, G. Opera Buffa two acts. October 19, 21,25, 28, 2012.
-Le nozze di Figaro. Mozart, W. A. Comic Opera in four Acts, in two Parts. October 26, 28 2012.
-Requiem. Verdi, G. October 29, 30,2012.
-Hunyadi László. Erkel F. Opera in two acts. October 2, 4, 6, 7, 14, 2012.
More information: Check the Hungarian Opera House website for detailed information and prices.