Pentecost/Whit Sunday Programs in Budapest
June 9 - June 10
Pentecost is a two-day public holiday in Hungary: Sunday 09. June and Monday 10. June 2019. It is a Christian holiday held on the 50th day after Easter. Many traditions and folk customs relate to the day that are kept alive on Pentecost festivals.
Although shops, markets, banks etc. will be closed, a couple of great festivals and programs await visitors in Budapest over the weekend.
Address: Ybl Miklós tér 2-6., district I.,
Opening Hours: 09 – 10. June 2019, 10.00 – 21.00
The historic Castle Bazaar and Gardens on the river bank in Buda host a Folk Art Festival showcasing traditions and games related to Pentecost.
Playhouse and workshops await visitors with fun activities on Ybl Miklós Square and in the neo-Renaissance Garden.
Giant wood swings by the Hellowood team will adorn the square, where local bands give concerts in the evening.
Craft fair and streetfood
Location: the terraces and courtyards of the Royal Palace
Come and join the Pentecost Gathering on two of the most impressive terraces of the Royal Castle in Buda!
- Family concerts,
- folk traditions,
- folk dance performances,
- local food and drinks (craft beer, wines, non-alcoholic beverages).
A unique attraction is the flowering Tree of Life and the ancient ritual of the Pentecost Queen procession.
Venue: Museum of Hungarian Agriculture/Vajdahunyad Castle, City Park
The festival looks back to 13 years of tradition welcoming families and everyone with rich cultural and children programs.
Hungarian castles demonstrate their program offer in front of Vajdahunyad Castle with weapon and costume show.
Stage programs include
- early music,
- puppet performance and
- folk dance.
Venue: Tabán, district I., Buda
Getting there: M4 metro (green line), trams 47, 49
Opening Hours: 10.00 – 18.00
A whole day festival with family and children programs in a lovely green neighbourhood of the Buda side, near Gellért Hill.
- 10:00 – The Pentecost Kingdom opens its gate
- 10:00 – 18:00 All-day programs:
Choosing the Pentecost King and Queen, Próbák utcáinak állomásai, Pentecost baby world, Pentecost craft workshop, face painting, stilt performers, sok-sok meglepetés, dancing & fun…
- 10:10 – Péter Huzella
- 11:15 – Kolompos Band (children concert)
- 12:35 – Zsombor Barna puppet artist
- 13:55 – Folk dance show and dance house I.
- 14:45 – Szalonna & his Band
- 16:05 – Folk dance show and dance house II.
- 17:00 – Ghymes concert
Venue: Millenáris Park, Buda
The biggest foodie event of the city, the Gourmet Festival will be held over the Pentecost weekend.
Come hungry because it offers a fantastic culinary experience since you can meet and taste the food of the best
- Hungarian restaurants,
- street food bars,
- confectioneries, as well as
- the excellent wines, craft beers and other drinks.
Show cooking, international chef stars, children activities ensure great fun!
Date & Time:
- 08. June Saturday, 09. June, Sunday: 14.30
- 10. June, Monday: 17.30
Price: 4 700 HUF
Location: Lupa Lake, Budakalász, Tó utca 1., 2011
Getting there: public transport: by Suburban Railway No. 5 from Batthyány tér station, get off at Budakalász stop, 20 min walk from there, or with free bus service from Auchan in Budakalász
Combine Stand Up Paddling and yoga and let the beach atmoshpere at Lupa Lake completely unwind you!
The lake with two exquisite sandy beaches is north of Budapest in Budakalász.
Please bring light clothes that you don’t mind if it gets wet (yoga or bathing suit)!
Pentecost Market on Római Part, 09. June
Location: Nánási út 47-49., Budapest, 1031, district III.
Opening Hours: 08.00 – 14.00
Visit the Róma-parti Piac farmers’ market right on the bank of the Danube in Óbuda district, held on Saturdays.
You can buy
- fresh fruits, veggies,
- bread and pastries,
- cheese and sausages from local, small producers.
Gala Concert in Danube Palace, 08. June
An amazing concert and dance show providing a glipmpse into Hungary’s verstaile cultural heritage in 90 minutes..
Hungarian Folk Dance & Music, 09., 10. JuneTickets to the Programs:
Some museums will be open on Pentecost Monday – Budapest museums are usually closed on Mondays – others will be closed. Please visit the webpage of individual museums for up-to-date information.
Hungarian National Gallery (Buda Castle)
Address: Szent György tér 2., district I. inside the Royal Palace
The National Gallery in Buda’s Royal Palace will be open on 20 – 21. May between 10.00 – 18.00.
Hungarian National Museum
Address: Múzeum krt. 14-16., district VIII.
The museum will be open on Pentecost Sunday, 20. May between 10.00 – 18.00, but remains closed on 21. May, Monday.
It has an extensive exhibit on the history of Hungary. The most precious treasure you cna view is the coronation mantel of King St. Stephen.
House of Terror
Address: Andrássy út 60., district VI.
Getting there: Millenium Underground, get off at Vörösmarty utca or trams 4, 6, Oktogon stop, a short walk from there
General opening hours: Tue – Sun: 10.00 – 18.00, cashier closes at 17.30
Note: The Great Synagogue in Dohány Str. and the Jewish museum will be closed on 09 – 10. June 2019.
Bath Opening Hours
The Veli Bej Bath is closed on public holidays so it won1t be open on 20. May and 21. May.
The Gellért and Széchenyi Baths will be open as usual on both days of the holiday (with weekend pricing):
Some of the outdoor pools – Palatinus – are also welcome visitors over the Pentecost weekend.
On 19. May/Saturday metro, tram bus and other public transportation will run according to Saturday schedule, on 20 – 21. May (Whitsun and Whit Monday) according to Sunday-holiday schedule.
- The M2 and M4 metro lines will operate till 01.00 am on Friday, Saturday and Monday.
- M3 (blue) line: on Saturday/19.May replacement buses will operate along the whole line. On Sunday and Monday M3 metro will run between Kőbánya-Kispest termini and Lehel tér all day. Between Lehel tér and Újpest termini replacement buses will carry passengers every day.
Grocery stores, shops, food markets (the Great Market Hall) will be CLOSED on 20 – 21. May.
Most restaurants, cafes, bars will be open though over the weekend.