We’re still going through post-festival withdrawal...but it’s never too early to start planning next summer’s season, so here’s our ultimate roundup of festivals in Hungary.
Like most countries in Europe, Hungary does love a good festival, with dozens on offer catering to just about every music taste imaginable and boasting every type of atmosphere from local and cosy to big and booming, with visitors from all over the world.
Jun 7 - 11
One of Hungary’s newest festivals, Kolorádó Festival allows you to escape Budapest for the hills - the charming Buda Hills to be exact - and enjoy a few days of campground-style relaxing, fun and music with a mostly local crowd. We recommend finding a good spot for the sunset, it’s gorgeous!
Jun 27 - Jul 1
The earliest of Hungary’s major music festivals takes place in Sopron in the country's northern reaches. The line-up is a reasonably pop-filled affair and the festival attracts and younger and family crowd.
Jul 5 - 9
Set in Zamárdi on the shores of Lake Balaton, Balaton Sound is an electronic music festival with a distinct beach vibe and is a stopping point for many of Europe’s biggest as well as hottest new dance acts. Expect an energetic crowd with plenty of non-musical entertainment to fill the downtime.
Jul 7 - 11
Held at Lake Velence, the not-quite-so-well-known-but-still cool sister of Lake Balaton, this festival hosts a diverse lineup of mostly local acts with some international ones sprinkled in. As well as all the usual lakeside shenanigans you’d imagine there to be, this one is good for families, and nature lovers, on account of the good hiking a biking routes nearby.
Jul 12 - 15
This is Hungary’s premier boutique festival, free from corporate sponsorship giving it a more relaxed feel and ensuring performers can do their thing pretty much however they want. Hosted around a beautiful lake, the camp area is open and airy, with plenty of things to to eat, explore and enjoy while not listening to music.
Jul 19 - 23
Held just outside the beautiful city of Pécs, this festival has an underground feel and is great for true basslovers, with some great acts, local and international performing over 5 days. During the day there are a bunch of presentations from artists and the chance to make your own music.
Jul 20 - 24
S.U.N, short for its full name Solar United Natives, with the tagline ‘Thousand Lights One’ S.U.N. Held in the beautiful valley of Csobánkapuszta, next to the Cserhát Mountains in North Hungary - it promises artists from the ‘Goa scene’ and promises enticing workshops, stunning visuals and a healing atmosphere for all that visit.
Jul 31 - Aug 5
A veritable Mecca for trance and techno fans, OZORA is one of the best-known and best loved alternative festivals in Budapest. A hippie festival with the warmest and best vibes in the world, OZORA is a place where you can leave your worries behind and immerse yourself in music, culture and art.
Aug 9 - 16
By far one Hungary’s oldest, and now most famous festivals, this truly international festival hostel on one of Budapest’s Danube islands is a powerhouse of talent and attracts fun-seeking revellers from all over the world. On it’s own island, it has something for everyone. Insane musical acts, tons of food options and endless activities to keep you occupied between sets. There is really no other place like it.
Aug 23 - 26
Originally a sort of unofficial Sziget after party held at Lake Balaton, this festival is growing a personality and reputation of it’s own, with an extensive lineup for those into their EDM. Chill by the lake, get drunk and listen to a bunch of local and international acts.
Aug 23 - 26
After starting out on its own, STRAND Festival now runs alongside B.my.lake to give fans the option of rock music alongside the aforementioned festival’s electronic lineup. Enjoy the last throws on the summer soaking up the sun on the beach while enjoying great music all day and night long.
Sep 14 - 17
Unplug and unwind at Alsóörs next to Lake Balaton. The camp boasts a beautiful beach, plenty of space for tents and comfy cabins for those looking for something a little more VIP. Find your inner wellness with a program that includes dance, yoga and many other exercise programs including martial arts.
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