Pentecost/Whit Sunday Programs in Budapest
May 30 - June 1
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.
Quick Links: Pentecost Festival in Tabán – Festival Várkert Bazaar – Pentecost in Buda Castle – Vajdaunyad Castle – Beer Festival in the City Centre – Parliament Tour – Concerts – Museums – Farmer’s Market – Public Transport – Opening Hours
Venue: Tabán, district I., Buda
Getting there: M4 metro (green line), trams 47, 49
Opening Hours: 09.30 – 20.00
A whole day festival with family and children programs in a lovely green neighbourhood of the Buda side, near Gellért Hill.
- 09:30 – 10:30 – Dalinda
- 11:00 – 12:00 – Ági Szalóki children’s concert
- 14:30 – 15:30 – István Pál Szalonna & his Band
- 16:00 – 17:00 – Poklade and the Tabán Serbian National Dance Ensemble
- 17:30 – 18:30 – Dezső Fitos and the Szentendre Dance Group: The village: dance performance
10:00 – 18:00:
- Choosing the Pentecost King and Queen,
- Pentecost trials
- Pentecost baby world
- face painting,
- stilt performers, dancing & fun
The Hungarian capital’s biggest beer event takes place in a downtown park at Szabaság tér, in the vicinity of the Parliament.
If you will be here over the Pentecost/Whitsun holiday do drop by the festival for a mug of great local or international brew and tasty bites!
Concerts in the afternoon and evening make the Beer Fest a wonderful place to be in early June in Budapest.
Address: Ybl Miklós tér 2-6., district I.,
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.
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.
Visit the one of the most popular sights of our city, the Parliament on the Pest bank of the Danube.
The 1-hour guided tour takes you through the most famous halls of the imposing building and lets you know about its exciting history.
Can be booked together with a cruise on the Danube or a 1,5-hour Folklore Show.
Note: Places are limited so if you are interested please book well in advance!
Gala Concert in Danube Palace, 08. June
Other dates in June 2019: 15., 22., 29.
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 won’t 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 08. June/Saturday metro, tram bus and other public transportation will run according to Saturday schedule, on 09 – 10. June(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/08. June 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.