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22. Depeche Mode, Budapest
Regarded as royalty here in Eastern Europe, Basildon’s finest take to the road despite the recent death of founding member, Andy Fletcher.
More details: Depeche Mode: 'Memento Mori Tour', Puskás Aréna Budapest, 28 July
23. Bonnie Tyler, Veresegyház
The Welsh songstress brings her heartache and her old hits to the sleepy community of Veresegyház, just outside Budapest.
More details: Bonnie Tyler, Veresegyház, 29 July
24. Fezen Festival, Székesfehérvár
Cheery songsmiths Carson Coma and popular Pécs rapster Halott Pénz are among the Hungarian acts at this four-day bash at the gateway to Lake Balaton.
More details: Fezen Festival, Székesfehérvár, 26 - 29 July
25. Night of Beaches, across Hungary
Baths and spas nationwide extend their opening hours and lay on special events to celebrate bathing culture in Hungary.
More details: Night of Beaches, 29 July
+1 OZORA Festival, Dádpuszta
Originating from the solar eclipse of 1999, this chilled get-together between Lake Balaton and the Danube brings music on six stages and all kinds of cultural activity to a serene valley.
More details: OZORA Festival, Dádpuszta, 31 July - 6 August
Festival of Lights, Pécs
1. Óbuda World Music Week, Budapest
In the pretty, historic surroundings of the cobbled main square in the Budapest district of Óbuda, top Gypsy music exponents Besh o DroM play on Friday, 30 June and Balkan star Boban Marković appears with his orchestra on Saturday, 1 July.
More details: Óbuda World Music Week, Kobuci Kert, Until 1 July
2. Fishing on Orfű Festival
One of the top alternative music festivals in Hungary, this annual get-together takes place at a pretty lake near Pécs in southern Hungary.
More details: Fishing on Orfű Festival, 28 June - 1 July
3. Kolorádó Festival, near Budapest
Budapest’s key alternative festival brings spirituality and great underground sounds to the Buda hills.
More details: Kolorádó Festival, Nagykovácsi, 28 June - 1 July
4. Tom Jones, Budapest
The Welsh legend performs his old hits and a fair few contemporary numbers in yet another visit to Hungary.
More details: Tom Jones, MVM Dome Budapest, 1 July
5. Zsolnay Festival of Light, Pécs
The lively southern Hungarian city, a former European Capital of Culture, showcases its heritage as the home of famed ceramics manufacturer Zsolnay with this spectacular annual festival.
More details: Zsolnay Festival of Light, Pécs, 6 - 9 July
6. Duna-Part Festival, Ráckeve
Top Hungarian acts, including Elefánt and the wonderful Bëlga, perform at this three-day bash, staged in a picturesque setting by the Danube – all within easy reach of Budapest.
More details: Duna-Part Festival, Ráckeve, 6 - 8 July
7. Waldorfest, Törökmező
This student-friendly music event in the lovely Danubian location of Nagymaros by the Slovak border this year features top Hungarian acts Aurevoir. and Ivan & the Parazol.
More details: Waldorfest, Törökmező, Nagymaros, 6 - 9 July
8. International Palace Games in Visegrád
Celebrating royal get-togethers of centuries past, this three-day event of knightly battles and medieval music takes place in the very place where Central European nobility met back in the day, Visegrád, overlooking the Danube from its lofty vantage point.
More details: International Palace Games, Visegrád, 7 - 9 July
Norah Jones at Veszpémfeszt
9. EFOTT Festival, Lake Velence
Live music, sports events and cultural activities come together for a whole week beside the pretty lake nearer to Budapest than Balaton, Velence.
More details: EFOTT Festival, Lake Velence, 10 - 16 July
10. Joss Stone & Norah Jones, Veszprém
Headliners at the 20th running of this major festival at Veszprém near Balaton are top UK soul singer Joss Stone and Manhattan’s own Norah Jones.
More details: Joss Stone & Norah Jones, VeszprémFest, 12 - 15 July
11. Bánkitó Festival, Bánk
Along with theatre shows, games and installations, this year’s eco-friendly festival at Bánk in Nógrád County features performances by underground bands Platon Karataev and Csaknekedkislány.
More details: Bánkitó Festival, Bánk, 13 - 15 July
12. Katlan Festival, Tárnok
Exponents of electro convene at a quarry just outside Budapest for three days of mind-bending sounds and crazy dancing.
More details: Katlan Festival, Tárnok, 13 - 15 July
13. Hortobágy Equestrian Days
The famed horsemanship at this national park near Debrecen, eastern Hungary, is fully on show at the traditional equine event.
More details: Hortobágy Equestrian Days, 14 - 16 July
14. Night of Cable Cars - across Hungary
Take romantic flights of fancy across Hungary around sunset when six attractions from Lillafüred to Zemplén co-ordinate their cablecars. Including Budapest’s very own Libegő, of course, up in the Buda hills.
More details: Night of Cable Cars, 15 July
15. Budapest Pride
After a month of citywide activities, the annual Pride festival culminates in the parade through town on Saturday, 15 July.
More details: Budapest Pride, 15 July
16. Deep Purple, Budapest
Hoary old legends rock out yet again at Budapest’s main concert stage.
More details: Deep Purple, Budapest Aréna, 16 July
Valley of Arts Festival - Kapolcs
17. Hollywood Vampires in Budapest
Those two old troupers, would-be rock star Johnny Depp and 1970s’ hitmaker Alice Cooper visit Budapest as part of the ‘best bar band in the world’ who go by the name of Hollywood Vampires.
More details: Johnny Depp & Alice Cooper, Budapest Aréna, 18 July
18. Guns N’ Roses, Budapest
After their headline show at Glasto, Axl, Slash and their merry men take to the road, stopping off in Budapest.
More details: Guns N' Roses, Budapest Aréna, 19 July
19. Campus Festival, Debrecen
This long-established, student-friendly event fills Debrecen’s main park, Nagyerdő, with music and cultural entertainment on 40 stages.
More details: Campus Festival, Debrecen, 19 - 23 July
20. Bass Paradise, Budapest
A popular rock club in south Buda, Barba Negra moves away from its usual metal remit to offer three days of drum & bass, dubstep and similar rhythms.
More details: Bass Paradise, Barba Negra, 20 - 22 July
21. Valley of Arts, Kapolcs
Showcase of the thriving bohemian scene around the north shore of Lake Balaton, this ten-day event brings together artists, artisans and creatives of every stripe.
More details: Valley of Arts Festival, Kapolcs, 21 - 30 July
See here for all the Top Summer Festivals in Hungary.
Words by Peterjon Cresswell for Xpatloop.com
Peterjon has been researching the byways of Budapest for 30 years, extending his expertise across Europe to produce guidebooks for Time Out and his own website liberoguide.com