What to do and see in Budapest in October
Discover the events and activities we have selected for your visit to Budapest in October. Our agenda for Budapest will be updated when new events are announced.

Robert Doino: Paris to Palm Springs.

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This major exhibition is held in the Hungarian House of Photography (Mai Manó Ház) in the center of Pest until the 10th anniversary of the birth of the Hungarian National Gallery. January 2021.
In 1960 the American magazine Fortune asked the French photographer Robert Doynot (1912-1994) to tell the story of a city born in the middle of the Californian desert: Palm Springs. There the photographer created his own American dream, not in black and white, but in an explosion of colour. These pictures from the Palm Springs album from 1960 show the little known side of this great photographer.

From Paris to Palm Springs, the exhibition presents a hundred original images, famous paintings, but also images that the public has never seen before. Most come from his studio and from important private collections in France. This extensive collection, enriched with documents and personal testimonies lovingly collected by the photographer’s daughter, offers us a modern and critical reinterpretation of the work.

Address : May Mano’s house, Nagymező you. 20, 6. County, Plague – map – location – FB.
Hours of operation : Tuesday to Sunday from 12:00 to 19:00. It is closed on Mondays and public holidays.


In the majestic setting of St. Stephen’s Basilica in the centre of Pest a weekly organ concert takes place under the direction of Miklos Teleca. The arias on the programme are performed by Kolos Kovac, one of the most famous orchestral singers in Hungary, and you can also listen to flutist Eleonora Krusic.
Concert every Thursday at 8 pm (programme subject to change) : Mozart: Fantasia in F minor K 608, Antonio Vivaldi : 4 Seasons – Winter (Largo), Alessandro Stradella : Pieta Signoré, Tomaso Albinoni: Adagio, Ferenc Liszt: Coral

Duration: approximately 70 minutes. Tickets from 20 € ! Information about organ concerts and tickets – click here.

You can also attend the concerts of the Duna String Orchestra in St. Stephen’s Basilica in Budapest every Tuesday and Sunday at 20.00 hrs.
About the programme (subject to change) : Bach (Air BWV 1068), Handel (Jubilee), Albinoni (Adagio), Vivaldi (Fragments from the four seasons), Gounod (Ave Maria), Handel (Largo, Opera Xerxes), Schubert (Ave Maria), Mozart, Wolfgang (Fragments from the Requiem), Bizet (Agnus Dei) and others.

Duration: approximately 70 minutes. Tickets from 35 € in category C. For more information about the string concert and the tickets – click here.

Address : SV. St. Stephen’s Basilica, St. Istvan Ter 1, 5. Pest County – Map –

National canter races – 10 and 11 October

The National Gallop Horse Race is dedicated to the history and traditions of Hungarian equestrian sports. On this 13th. During the 2nd edition you will discover the impressive Heroes Square in Pest, as well as various competitions and festival attractions (concerts, food and wine stalls, etc.). For the afternoon program follow this link from the official website.
Address : Hyosyok Tere, 14 years old. District, Pest – Map –
This video presents the 2019 edition:


The Budapest International Art Fair is the largest event in Central Europe and has hosted exhibitors from more than 40 countries since 2011. The art photography department is now also represented in the outbuilding. Numerous conferences are also held at the fair. Full program via this link on the official website.

Address : Park Millenaris Building B-C-D, II. Neighborhood, Kis Rókus utca 16-20.

Left of 23 October 1956.

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The 23rd. October is a Hungarian national holiday. Anniversary of the revolution of 23. October 1956: Beginning of the uprising in Budapest, which shocked the people of Budapest for the first time against Soviet oppression.
The shops and most local restaurants are closed.

The 23rd. Many commemorations take place in October, including

  • Hoisting of the Hungarian flag at 9.00 a.m. on the Košuta Lajos Tera square with various commemorative programs.
  • Open day in the Hungarian Parliament :
    The Hungarian Parliament in Budapest is open to the public from 10.00 to 17.00 and free of charge for everyone. For more information about the Hungarian Parliament you can click on this link to our article Visiting the Parliament in Budapest.
  • The House Museum of Terror : Free entrance on the 22nd and 24th. October (closed on 23 October). Address : Andrássy út 60, Pest VI District.
    Information about museums via this link to our article Basic Museums of Budapest.


Discover the art of folk dance in Hungary during a 90-minute performance (including intermission) in the unique setting of the Danube Palace in Pest, in the city centre.
This show is a real testimony of the Hungarian heritage and reveals the traditions of costume, music and dance of Hungary and its former empire.
Tickets (3 categories) are also available with a pick-up service.

Duration: approximately 90 minutes. Tickets from 24 €. Information and maps for folk dancing – click here.

Danube cruises – Budapest in October

Explore Budapest with a boat trip on the Danube (45mn-1h), day and night to admire the Budapest Castle, the Matthias Church, the Hungarian Parliament, the Citadel, Hotel Gellért and other attractions.

For more information about a cruise to Budapest – click here.

It is also possible to dine every evening during the cruise (two hours and forty-five)!
in the evening, departing at 7.45 pm, you can enjoy a two and a half hour boat trip on the Danube, accompanied by a four course menu and a musical show of Hungarian artists from the region:

For more information and to book a dinner cruise – click here.

SPARTY evenings in the Széchényi baths – Budapest in October 2020.

On Saturday evening (3, 10, 17, 24 and 31) Sparta’s open-air festivals take place in the Sechenski Baths. In this spectacular setting you will discover animations, dancers, 3D projections and live DJ sets for a unique winter evening! Information and tickets on the site, Spartacus booking. Video of the Sparty event:

The Széchenyi baths can be reached by public transport via metro station M1 – Széchenyi fürdő and trolleybus 72 – Széchenyi fürdő.
Address : Allatkerti crt. 9. to 14. District, Plague.

Discover opera, concerts and classical music performances in Budapest in our special article here

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