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What’s happening in Budapest – July 2017

There are a lot of major events going on in July that you don’t want to miss: the Red Bull Air Race, the FINA World Championships, a new Titanic Exhibition, and more. In this event roundup, we collect all of the important happenings taking place in Hungary’s capital during the upcoming weeks, so that you can plan ahead to attend whatever events are the most interesting for you. Get out there and enjoy everything that Budapest has to offer!



Music from the morning till late at night awaits everyone at this cool pool party at an oft-forgotten sports complex on July 1st. Thermal water, sauna, street food, freshly brewed beer, no decibel limit, frosty fröccs, football, and rubber ducks make up an endless summer at Pool&Beer. Have a pre-beer-o’clock dip in the pool, bounce to the hottest house tunes, enjoy the rejuvenating detox yoga, and make unforgettable memories.


Red Bull Air Race


The Red Bull Air Race fills Budapest’s skies with extreme aerobatic stunts performed by some of the world’s best pilots right above the river, using the fastest, most agile, and lightweight racing planes. This air show generally exceeds any expectations, because in addition to flying between floating checkpoints, the planes pass beneath the Chain Bridge, amazing the crowd of spectators lining the whole length of the riverside. A combination of high speed and extreme maneuvers make this race an unparalleled visual spectacle that everyone can enjoy in Budapest between July 1-2 over the Danube River in downtown. 


Vajdahunyad Castle Summer Music Festival


During one and a half months, the scenic open-air settings of Budapest’s fairy-tale Vajdahunyad Castle – found within City Park – are filled with a total of seven cool concerts of all genres, offering delightful cultural experiences for everyone. Symphonic concerts, Gypsy music, jazz performances, and other world-class shows are held alfresco between July 3rd and August 17th. Among many artists, Budapest Bár, the Budapest Gypsy Symphony Orchestra, and the Sabbathsong Klezmer Band all step on stage.


VinAgora Wine Gala 2017


Connoisseurs and casual tipplers can taste all kinds of high-quality reds, whites, and sparkling wines from 15 different countries amid the especially exclusive atmosphere of the Corinthia Hotel Budapest at this year’s VinAgora Wine Gala, the culminating event of Hungary’s most prestigious wine-evaluating competition, happening on July 7th. Everyone is welcome to sample many of the fine libations entered for the expert judges’ consideration, after both Hungarian wines and international varieties were appraised in strictly controlled blind taste-testings in June. By buying a basic entry ticket, you can taste all wines of the 18th VinAgora International Wine Competition that did not receive a medal, as well as three freely selected award-winning variations.


II. Budapest SUP


On July 8th, eager aquatic athletes can SUP surf on the Danube all the way to the Kopaszi Dam, passing by such prominent sights as the Parliament, the Buda Castle, and Gellért Hill, which can all be admired from unique perspectives. This event was organized for the first time last year, when it enticed endless enthusiastic SUP (Stand-Up Paddle) surfers to embark on a unique sightseeing trip on the Danube. Watch this short video about last year’s event to get a preview of this event. Please make sure to register in advance on the website, and bear in mind that SUP boards are only available to rent in a limited number.


FINA World Championships

In 2017, Hungary is the host country of the FINA World Championships, a biennial competition of aquatic sports like swimming, diving, open water swimming, synchronized swimming, high diving, and water-polo contests happening both in Budapest and Balatonfüred between July 14th-30th. Competition locations in the Hungarian capital include the Danube Arena and the Alfréd Hajós Complex on Margaret Island, while temporary pools will be installed at Városliget Lake in City Park and Batthyány Square on the Danube.


Macy Gray concert


One of the brightest stars of R&B and jazz, the Grammy Award-winning American diva Macy Gray performs in Budapest for the first time on July 17th. Known for her distinctive raspy voice, and singing style highly influenced by Billie Holiday, the truly versatile Macy Gray takes her new album, “Stripped”, on a European tour, stopping by Budapest to present her newest songs, as well as some of her most iconic hits.

Titanic Exhibition


A world-renowned traveling exhibition will be on view in Budapest between July 20-December 31 to display several original artifacts – including furniture, fine porcelain, clothes, and personal possessions –  recovered from the final resting place of the ship touted as “unsinkable”, 2.5 miles beneath the surface of the Atlantic Ocean. When entering the exhibit, visitors are drawn back to 1912, receiving the boarding pass of an actual passenger, whose fate can later be discovered on a memory wall. The exhibition explains the dramatic and poignant story of the ship, its crew, and passengers who all embarked on the journey of a lifetime, only to be part of one of the greatest maritime disasters of all times. From the construction through life on board to the ill-fated strike of the iceberg, and stories about heroism and humanity, visitors can learn more about the true story of the Titanic, while also finding out more about its Hungarian relations.


Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix


Hungary’s Formula 1 race is held just outside Budapest on the Hungaroring race track, which is the third-longest (behind Monte Carlo and Monza) featured in the F1 race calendar. This year, this adrenaline-fueled extravaganza draws the world’s fastest drivers to the Magyar metropolis, who speed around the track to earn global recognition and a champagne shower. Last year’s champion was Lewis Hamilton, but who will it be this year? Come find out between July 22-24, and enjoy lavish after-parties held at the city’s prominent nightlife locales.


Soweto Gospel Choir


The uniquely colorful, Grammy-winning Soweto Choir comprises South Africa’s most heavenly voices, provided by more than 40 splendid singers. Merging African Gospel with spiritual, reggae, and American popular music, the performance of this charming choir not only promises a superb spectacle, but it is also unmatched in its musical richness. This year, they step on stage in Hungary for the first time ever in the framework of their 15th anniversary jubilee tour, and fill the alfresco theater of Margaret Island with amazing tunes on July 23rd.