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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.

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Pentecost Games – Folk Art Festival in Várkert Bazaar

Address: Ybl Miklós tér 2-6., district I.,

Opening Hours: 09 – 10. June 2019, 10.00 – 21.00

Entry: FREE

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

Pentecost in Buda Castle, 09 – 10. June

Location: the terraces and courtyards of the Royal Palace

Entry: FREE

folk dancers around a wooden tree of lifeCome 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.

Castle Festival & Toy Exhibition in Vajdahunyad Castle

Venue: Museum of Hungarian Agriculture/Vajdahunyad Castle, City Park

Admission: FREE

people at the festival at the portcullis of Vajdahunyad castleThe 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

  • concerts,
  • early music,
  • puppet performance and
  • folk dance.

Kingdom of Pentecost – Family Day in Tabán, 10. May, Whit Monday

Venue: Tabán, district I., Buda

Getting there: M4 metro (green line), trams 47, 49

Opening Hours: 10.00 – 18.00

Entry: FREE

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

Gourmet Festival

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!

SupYoga at Lupa Lake Beach, 08 – 10. June

Date & Time:

  • 08. June Saturday, 09. June, Sunday: 14.30
  • 10. June, Monday: 17.30

Price: 4 700 HUF

white sandy beach on the shore of Lupa lake
Lupa Beach

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

farmers selling their produce under shade umbrellas on the river bankVisit 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.

Concerts, Cultural programs

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. June

Tickets to the 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 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.

Public Transport on 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.

Opening Hours of Shops, Markets

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.

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