Easter Festival in the Buda Castle on the Castle Hill of Budapest. Do you like good foods, nice handmade crafts, historical attractions, concerts and folk dance shows? You can even keep the little one busy with special children workshops where the kids are making hand painted eggs, taking a ride on a pony or a basket chair carousel, and taking part in other programs. You can let them be in the fresh air on the Castle Hill when Budapest is blooming in spring, where the festival takes place.
Dates: Easter weekend, from Saturday to Monday
Venue: Buda Royal Palace, Budapest: Buda side on the Castle Hill
Opening hours: 10 am – 11 pm
Tickets: the entrance fees are generally very affordable, approx. HUF 1,800 per day for an adult, and HUF 900 for children and the elderly. Free for children under 3 years of age. Most of the children programs are included in the festival ticket price.
Concerts at the Buda Castle Easter
Concerts, mostly Folk Bands and World Music bands perform at the Buda Castle Easter Festival, like Besh O Drom, Agi Szaloki, the Kolompos Band, Balkan Fanatik, Marta Sebestyen, Ghymes, Gyorgy Ferenczi and the Rackajam, etc.
The annual assortment of bands and concerts always changes.
Please check the Budapest Events Guide a few weeks before Easter for the upcoming events.
The bands will invite you to dance along with them, and many locals will join them. Do not be shy, just let your body move to the rhythm. Tip for a better experience: the courtyards of the Buda Castle are covered in cobble stones. Please come in a comfortable pair of shoes to wander in the castle courts more easily.
Foods at the Easter Festival Buda Castle
At Budapest cultural festivals one of the best things is that you will have a chance to try some locals foods, sweet and savoury snacks, from the Chimney Stack Cake (Kurtoskalacs) to the Hungarian Langos (sort of sour dough pizza with all sorts of toppings), Dodolle, etc. At recent festivals we have had a chance to try amazing home made delicacies, Hungarian cheeses that are worth a visit in itself. You can always ask the food / drink vendor if you can have a tiny bit of sample, it cannot hurt.
Children Programs at the Buda Castle Easter Festival
Children programs include (in general, it may change from year to year)
- Easter egg decoration: painting Easter eggs with wax, gluing textile eggs, etc., that is making Easter eggs from all sorts of materials (bring an extra sweater if you think it is needed)
- Story Maze – the Easter story labyrinth
- Easter egg hunt Hungarian style – hunting for the Easter egg is not traditional in most parts of Hungary, so there are not many children who get a basket of presents
- Live shows for kids: puppet theatre, children’s theatre, etc.
- Carousel with baskets – traditional style manually operated carousel, not the modern shiny noisy ones
- Pet zoo where kids can stroke the lambs and rabbits
Folks Shows and Hungarian Easter Traditions
During the 3 day Easter event at the Buda Castle, there are dozens of cultural programs. Hungarian folk ensembles and folk bands will arrive from all over Hungary to show the Hungarian Easter heritage, Hungarian folk customs.
You can take a look at one of the youth folk dance shows at the 2012 Buda Castle Easter Fest in the festival video below.
In the video you can see the coproduction of the Ifjú Strázsák Folk Ensemble from Monor and the Kispipacs Folk Ensemble from Orkeny at the Buda Castle Easter Festival (Budavári Húsvéti Sokadalom).
Easter Festival Buda Castle was launched in 2012 with great success. In fact, the Buda Castle courtyards have seen several popular festivals in the last few years, and the Palace, its parks and courts have turned into a great festival venue, with top Budapest festivals like the Budapest Wine Festival, the Palinka Festival, the Festival of Folk Arts Budapest, etc.