Long one of Europe's great gay playgrounds, and - along with Prague - a top GLBT destination in Eastern Europe, the beautiful and culturally rich city of Budapest hosts a 10-day-long Budapest Gay Pride in late June and early July.
After some initial controversy, when the Budapest police canceled the Gay Pride March back in 2011, the festival and parade has become a highly popular and successful event. The Pride festivities now take place in early July - the dates this year are July 2 through 3, with festivities taking place the preceding week. A full slate of arts and cultural events, including film screenings, parties, workshops, art exhibits, political and LGBT rights discussions, women's pride and men's pride celebrations, and lots more kick off on Friday, June 24.
The big event is on Saturday afternoon, July 2, when the Budapest Gay Pride Parade marches through the city, followed by the Budapest Gay Pride Festival.
Budapest Gay Resources
Expect gay-popular bars, restaurants, hotels, and shops in the area have more going on than usual during Pride week. Check online resources about the Budapest gay scene, such as the GayGuide.net Budapest Gay Guide and the NightTours Gay Guide to Budapest. Also take a look at the excellent visitor site produced by the city's official tourism organization, the the Budapest Tourism Services Center.