Arts and culture has always been very much a part of Hungarian life. Two world-renown composers, Franz Liszt and Bélá... more » Bartók, were Hungarian. Budapest alone has two opera houses and 12 concert halls.
Check to see if you can get tickets for an opera, ballet, concert or a music festival. They are often crowded because of their popularity, even with young people and teenagers. Better yet, plan to visit Budapest during one of its many music festivals.
Every two weeks in March, there is the Budapest Spring Festival. Held in more than 50 different venues, it includes classical concerts, film screenings and theater productions. Performers from all over the world come to participate.
Hungarians celebrate the lively Danube Carnival International Cultural Festival for two weeks every June. It features folk and contemporary dance and a variety of music—classical, wind bands and world music. Locations vary.
During two weeks in mid-August on Óbuda Island, the Island Festival (Sziget Festival) happens. Europe’s largest celebration of its kind attracts hundreds of local and European artists that play every kind of genre of music. Film, art exhibitions and sporting events are another part of it. Venue is just north of the Árpád Bridge. less «