Date: 24. March – 11. April 2023
Location I: Vörösmarty Tér
Location II: Deák Ferenc Tér & Városháza Park/City Hall Park Budapest 1052
The Spring & Easter Fair at three locations in downtown Budapest is organized at around Easter each year.
It follows the tradition and success of the popular Christmas Fair.
The event is a perfect occasion to enjoy the (hopefully) pleasant weather after the cold winter months while strolling among the craft booths in the park .
Besides the warm spring sunshine, you’ll also get to enjoy traditional local fare, drinks, concerts and other programs.
Table of Contents – Budapest Spring Fair
Part of Pest city centre turns into a lovely spring garden for the month-long festival, offering a rich variety of cultural programs:
- Folk music and dance performances,
- Children programs,
- Art and craft workshops, including
- Egg painting and shoeing.
About The Venues
Both festivals take place in the heart of the city , so you can easily get there either by walk from the city centre, using the metro or tram lines.
Location I. Vörösmarty Square
- Date & Time: 30 March – 11. April, 2023.
- Location: Budapest-Vörösmarty tér 1052, district V.
- Admission: Free
- M1 Millennium Undergound (yellow line) Vörösmarty tér station,
- M2, M3, M1 lines Deák Ferenc tér station,
- Tram 2 Vigadó tér stop on the Danube Promenade (3 minute walk).
Location II – Városháza Park & Deák Ferenc Square
- Date & Time: 24. March – 11. April, 2023.
- Location: Deák Ferenc tér & Városháza Park downtown Budapest 1052, district V.
- Admission: Free
- M 1, 2, 3 metro lines, Deák Ferenc tér station, 2 min walk from there
- Tram 2, get off at Vigadó tér, 700m walk from there (cc. 8 min)
- Trams 47, 49 from the Buda side, Deák Ferenc tér termini
Be sure to also check out some of the attractions nearby.
- Entry is free to both markets and programs.
- You’ll have to pay for food and drinks, and items you purchase.
Location I. – Vörösmarty Square
- Mon – Thurs: 11.00 – 21.00
- Fri – Sat: 11.00 – 22.00
- Sun: 11.00 – 21.00
Craft Playhouse Opening Hours:
- Mon – Fri: 16.00 – 20.00
- Sat – Sun: 11.00 – 20.00
Location II. – Deák F. Square & Városháza Park
- Craft Fair: every day: 11.00 – 20.00
- Food & Drinks: Sun – Fri: 10.00 – 21.00, Sat: 10.00 – 22.00
Browse among the wooden stalls and admire
- The traditional handmade craft products, modern pieces by young designers,
- Artisan food products (honey, jam, paprika paste) selected by a jury,
- Eat tasty local dishes and street food (goulash, paprikash stew, stuffed cababge, roasted goose, sausages, cevap, burger, lángos, oven-baked flat bread and kürtöskalács/Sekler cake) and
- Sip delightful wines or craft beer (Keserű Méz/Bitter Honey by the Fóti Brewery, or a special brew by the Zirc Abbey) on the wooden benches while basking in the spring sunshine.
You can watch a real smith during work in his open workshop (it was a well-liked feature of the Christmas fair too).
You can view other crafts in action during the “Open Workshop/Nyitott Műhely” events on weekends between 12.00 – 18.00.
Traditional Hungarian Easter Gastronomy
The fair is also real culinary treat to visitors awaiting visitors with a variety of food specialties every day.
You can taste
- Typical Lenten meals,
- Lamb prepared in various ways,
- Egg and ham dishes
- Local wines and craft beers and of course Hungarians’ favourite spirit: pálinka (fruit distilate).
- Hungarian craft beers, Czech and Slovak beers,
- Polish vodka cocktail,
- Quality Hungarian wines
- Fruit and rose wines
- Eggnog and punch
- Hot chocolate
Folk Craft Shows
Interactive programs based on folk traditions allow visitors to get an insight into forgotten crafts:
- Easter egg decorating
- glass blowing
- Making jewelry, musical instruments or cheese.
Children can get to know various folk arts and crafts in the Craft Playhouse. They can also play in the sand box or on the lawn.
Concerts, puppet show and theatre performances welcome the little ones on weekend mornings from 10.00 till 13.00.
Craft Workshop In The Playhouse
Thursdays – Fridays- Saturdays -Sundays and on Easter Monday 02. April, at
- 10.00 – 13.00 and
- 14.00 – 18.00
Kids can participate in spring and Easter craft projects. They can make
- Little gifts for the sprinklers,
- Paint eggs with traditional techniques,
- Weave little baskets,
- Make postcards,
- Toys from textile and paper,
- Learn the ins and outs of felt making (ball, bracelet, jewelry),
- Make hand-dipped candles,
- Prepare door and table decorations from natural materials
All programs are free. Concerts/performances on the central stage at Vigadó Square (in front of the Hotel Marriott):
- Concerts every day from 11.00 till 19.30 – folk music, jazz, soul, crossover and children concerts
Easter Egg Decorating Workshops
Opening Hours: 11.00 – 17.00 each day Learn various traditional Easter egg decorating techniques at the craft workshops on the Easter weekend.
- Traditional painting on vaxed eggs – each Hungarian region has its own set of motifs and patterns. here you will find oout about egg decorating motifs of Somogy, Zala, Tolna and Baranya counties as well as Transylvania and Southern Slovakia.
- Egg shoeing – decorating with various metal shapes. Egg shoeing is practiced only in Hungary and in the neighbouring countries with Hungarian population.
- Carving – it is one of the oldest techniques used for decorating eggs for Easter.
- Lace works – texquisite lace designs are carved in the egg using extremely thin lice. The Halasi lace pattern is the most widely used.
TIP: If you miss any of the folk concerts you can attend a 1,5-hour folk dance show in Danube Palace on 01. and 08. April (Holly Saturday).
Other Great Programs In Budapest In Spring 2023:
Take a wonderful Christmas Eve cruise on the Danube in Budapest and enjoy a four-course dinner, live…
A great selection of food is available at the fair: local dishes, quality street food, traditional Easter dishes, pastries, craft beer, and specialty coffee.
The rooster testicle stew is just as popular as it was at the Christmas fair.
- Sekler cake/kürtöskalács (various coatings: sugar, cinnamon, walnut) 1 500 – 2500 HUF
- Goulash soup: in bun 2 000 – 2 900 HUF, in bowl with bread: 1 550 HUF
- “Csorba” soup: 2 500 HUF
- Stuffed cabbage: in bun with sour cream: 2 300 HUF
- Roasted goose thigh with braised red cabbage: 3 200 HUF
- Roasted leg of lamb with rosemary-seasoned polenta: 4 500 HUF
- Roast sausage, black pudding: 2 000 – 2 500 HUF
- A slice of Gerbeaud pastry (not in the Coffee House under the same name, but at one of the food pavilons) or linzer: 700 HUF.
- Easter milk loaf (freshly baked): 1 000 HUF cc. 250 g
- Strudel: 800 HUF/piece
- Lángos (a round-shape dough deep-fried in oil to a golden color): plain: 1 500 HUF, with cheese: 2 000 HUF, with sour cream & cheese: 2 500 HUF.
- Craft beer: Fóti Keserű Méz, Fóti Pils (0,4 L): 0,3 L: 650 – 800 HUF, 0,5 L: 950 – 1 100 HUF
- A glass of wine: 500 – 600 HUF/dl
- A bottle of mineral water: 600 HUF
- Carbonated soft drinks: 600 HUF
- Lemonade: 1 500 HU/0,5 L
- Orange juice (freshly squeezed): 1 800 HUF/0,4 L
- Espresso: 550 HUF, latte: cc. 850 HUF
Many of Budapest most popular attractions are located in close vicinity of the square letting you explore them on foot.
You can reach the Danube Promenade, a scenic walkway between the Chain Bridge and Elizabeth Bridge by walking along one of the streets starting at the western side of Vörösmarty tér.
Budapest’s largest church, St. Stephen’s Basilica on the sprawling plaza called Szent István tér is just a 10-minute stroll.