Pentecost/Whit Sunday Programs in Budapest
May 19 - May 21
Pentecost is a two-day public holiday in Hungary: Sunday 20. May and Monday 21. May 2018. It is a Christian holiday held on the 50th day after Easter. Many traditions and folk customs relate to the holiday 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 holiday weekend.
Pentecost Games – Folk Art Festival in Várkert Bazaar
Address: Ybl Miklós tér 2-6., district I.,
Opening Hours: 19 – 21. May 2018, 09.00 – 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.
Pentecost in Buda Castle, 20 – 21. MayDate is Not Official Yet!
Come and join the Pentecost Gathering on two of the most impressive terraces of the Royal Castle!
- 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.
Castle Festival & Toy Exhibition in Vajdahunyad Castle
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.
Kingdom of Pentecost – Family Day in Tabán, 21. May, Whit MondayDate is Not Official Yet!
Venue: Tabán, district I., Buda
Getting there: M4 metro (green line), trams 47, 49
Opening Hours: 09.00 – 17.00
A whole day festival with family and children programs in a lovely green neighbourhood of the Buda side, near Gellért Hill.
Gourmet Festival, 17 – 20. May
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!
Pentecost Market on Római Part, 19. May
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.
TIP: Future Park – Interactive Scientific Center
Address: Andrássy Andrássy út 39., district VI.
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun: 10.00 – 20.00 (last entry at 18.00)
One of the most remarkable buildings of Andrássy Av., the Párizsi Department Store gives home to this brand new scientific experience center, the Future Park.
It opens on 28. April 2018 so it is the newest attraction of Budapest not to be missed by families with kids.
- adults: workdays: 3 400 HUF, weekends: 3 900 HUF
- children (up to 12 yrs): workdays: 2 400 HUF, weekends: 2 900 HUF
- students (over 12 yrs): workdays: 2 300 HUF, weekends: 3 450 HUF
- family tickets (2 adults+2 children): workdays: 7 900 HUF, weekends: 9 500 HUF
Concerts, Cultural programs
Gala Concert in Danube Palace, 19. May, 20.00
An amazing concert and dance show providing a glipmpse into Hungary’s verstaile cultural heritage in 90 minutes..
Hungarian Folk Dance & Music, 20., 21. MayTickets to the Two Programs:
Museums/Exhibitions on the Pentecoast Weekend
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 20 – 21. May 2018.
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.