Insider's Guide: Pride Month in Budapest

  • 6 Jun 2024 5:42 PM
Insider's Guide: Pride Month in Budapest
During the weeks of June, LGBTQIA+ communities around the world come together to celebrate diversity, love and freedom. It is no different in Budapest: the 29th Budapest Pride Community Festival will take place in this free, open and inclusive city between 7 and 23 June.

There are lots of activities worth knowing about as you don't have to be a member of the LGBTQIA+ community to join in, if acceptance, equality and peaceful coexistence are important to you, then you should check out these events.

The programme series will be launched with an official opening on 7 June at the Akvárium Klub.

At the opening ceremony, LGBTQIA+ activists, artists and Hungarian celebrities will speak on issues affecting the community, and you can attend the performances of the Hungarian band Galaxisok and drag queen Trinity Bee. (Please note that you need to register in advance to the opening ceremony).

When is Budapest Pride Parade?

The highlight of the month is the Budapest Pride Parade, the largest human rights demonstration in the country. In the afternoon of 22 June, you can walk with tens of thousands of open-minded participants through the streets of the city centre to the City Park, where you can also take part in all kinds of organised programmes.

After the parade, everyone is invited to have fun at the Rainbow Party in Budapest Park, Hungary's biggest LGBTQ+ party. There will be DJs from the Hungarian LGBTQIA+ community on 4 stages, as well as drag and vouge shows.

Diverse Budapest Pride Events – Many in English

From 7 to 23 June, the city will be filled with a wide range LGBTQIA+ events: exhibitions, parties, lectures, picnics, workshops and film screenings will be organised across the city.

We've collected the best programmes below for your interest – they’re all available in English.

Poster Exhibition in City Hall Park

Check out the poster exhibition in City Hall Park from 7 to 22 June. The artworks in the exhibition called LGBTQ Rights in a Diverse Hungary initiate a democratic dialogue on the change of human rights.

Go Partying

Budapest is famous for its nightlife, and the opening party will not let you down on 8 June either. 

At the Persephone - Budapest Pride Opening Party in Gólya Bar you can party all night with LGBTQIA+ performers, enjoying drag shows and live performances.

Laugh with LGBTQ+ Comedians

Have fun at the Queen's Night comedy show in the evening of 12 June at the Turbina Cultural Centre. The show will feature comedians from the LGBTQIA+ community only.

You Can Even Get a Tattoo in the Spirit of Love

From 14 to 16 June, you can get special tattoos at the Doom Tattoo Budapest tattoo studio all weekend long. The tiny, minimalist drawings are all symbols of love and are specially created for this event by the artists.

Be Proud to Run

Whether you're a beginner or a professional runner, the Budapest Pride Run is for you on 15 June! RunForRights and Amnesty International Hungary are organising a race for a more open and caring society.

Have a picnic on Margaret Island

During the festival several picnics will be held on Margaret Island.

* On 8 and 16 June, the Queer Picnic will feature music, quizzes, tattoos and origami.
*On 15 June you can meet and chat with members of the Hungarian Asexual Community at the Asex Picnic.
*And on 23 June you can relax after the Pride Parade at the Labrys Picnic, organised by the Labrys Lesbian Association.

Special Film Screenings

On 10 June, don't miss the screening of The Narrow Path to Happiness documentary, followed directly by three roundtable discussions. The roundtables will focus on religion, Hungarian society, and the prejudices and misconceptions that appear in everyday life, media and politics.

On 20 June, you can attend the Hungarian premiere of Quendoom in City Hall Park. The documentary focuses on the life of a Russian queer performance artist, highlighting the harassment of the LGBTQIA+ community and the bloody actions of the Russian government.

Non-Violent Communication Workshop

On 19 June at the Bálint Ház, the Non-violent Communication interactive workshop will give you an insight into the practice of non-violent communication and the most important techniques.



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Budapest Pride Parade - "Hungary's Largest Human Rights Demo", 22 June

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