Top 10 Annual Events in Debrecen

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Debrecen is a city famous for its packed event schedule, with something special taking place every week (or so it seems). It’ll be impossible to attend every single event, but make some special time for these 10 (in no particular order).

Flower Parade

The biggest event on the Debrecen calendar is the Flower Parade, which takes place every August. Once upon this was a single day celebration, but its popularity has seen it evolve into a week-long colourful carnival.
Carnival Dalido in Debrecen Hungary © Yanosh Nemesh /
© Yanosh Nemesh /

Carnival Dalido

Sticking with carnivals, the annual Dalido celebration has fast become one of Debrecen’s most exciting. This is usually the first major event of the year following NYE, with plenty of live entertainment for all the family.

Debrecen Spring Festival

You know what you are going to get from a springtime festival and Debrecen’s is no different; live music, theatre, art and all the rest.
Campus Festival in Debrecen, Hungary
Campus Festival

Campus Festival

The biggest music festival in Eastern Hungary takes place every July in Debrecen’s Great Forest. Well, in a host of venues throughout the forest to be exact, with over 200 bands performing in over 40 different spots.

Béla Bartók International Choir Competition

One of the world’s great choir festivals, the Béla Bartók International Choir Competition is held in Debrecen at the beginning of July.

International Military Band Festival

Are you a military band aficionado? This festival is perfect for you, although do keep in mind that it only takes place in even numbered years, the next one being in 2020.
Debrecen Wine and Jazz Days ©
Debrecen Wine & Jazz Days

Debrecen Wine & Jazz Days

Wine and jazz, what could go wrong? Oenophiles and jazzophiles alike will be in their element here, a rambunctious festival that takes over Debrecen annually in August.

Debrecen Fall Festival

The Fall Festival is a packed November schedule of live music, theatre, art and more, with special attention given to child-friendly creations.

Nagyerdei Open Air Theatre Performances

Debrecen is blessed with the Great Forest, and every Autumn the verdant stretch comes alive to the strain of culture, culture and more culture. If you’re after high quality culture in a stunning setting, this will tick your box.
Advent in Debrecen, Hungary ©
Advent in Debrecen

Advent in Debrecen

Traditional Christmas markets are ubiquitous throughout Central and Eastern Europe these days, and Debrecen isn’t about to miss out. This is the full Christmas experience, Calvinist Rome style.


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