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Festival of Folk Arts – Budapest

The Festival of Folk Arts in Budapest (Mestersegek Unnepe) is a very nice authentic cultural programme for the whole family. The 3-4 day festival (from 10 am to 11pm) is in a beautiful scenery: it is on the romantic Budapest Castle Hill, in the Castle district.
Festival of Folk Arts - Mestersegek Unnepe in Budapest Hungary

Festival of Folk Arts - Mestersegek Unnepe in Budapest Hungary

All over the Royal Palace / Buda Castle
Royal Palace - the Festival of Folk Arts Budapest / Mestersegek Unnepe

Royal Palace - the Festival of Folk Arts Budapest / Mestersegek Unnepe

The Festival of Folk Arts is in August, around Aug 20. August 20 is a public holiday is Hungary as there’s a threefold celebration: Hungarians celebrate their Constitution, the birth of bread (after harvest), and the name day of the first king of ‘Hungary’, St Stephen (Istvan).
Celebrating Bread at the Festival of Folk Arts Budapest / Mestersegek Unnepe

Celebrating Bread at the Festival of Folk Arts Budapest / Mestersegek Unnepe

The Festival of Folk Arts takes place around Aug 20. It is a 3 or 4-day folk programme series with many handcrafted items for sale, folk performances, etc.
Genuine Handcrafts at the Festival of Folk Arts Budapest / Mestersegek Unnepe

Genuine Handcrafts at the Festival of Folk Arts Budapest / Mestersegek Unnepe

Although it is not one of the major festival events, the Folk Art fest is more than 20 years old. (Mind you, it is not the same festival as the huge National Dance House Gathering and Arts and Crafts Fair (which is around March, as part of the Budapest Spring Festival)).
The Festival of Folk Arts is a festival of smaller volume on the streets of the Castle District, and due to its more moderate size, it is quite family friendly for those who do not wish to go to crowded top festivals with kids.
Children at the Festival of Folk Arts Budapest / Mestersegek Unnepe
Children at the Festival of Folk Arts Budapest / Mestersegek Unnepe
There are programmes for children of all ages, from babies through toddlers to adolescents.
Children toy at the Festival of Folk Arts Budapest / Mestersegek Unnepe

Children toy at the Festival of Folk Arts Budapest / Mestersegek Unnepe

Not only can you buy nice handmade crafts, like these funny hats and balls
Handcrafts at the Festival of Folk Arts Budapest / Mestersegek Unnepe

Handcrafts at the Festival of Folk Arts Budapest / Mestersegek Unnepe

Or this beautiful medallion with Hungarian folk motifs:

Medallion at the Festival of Folk Arts Budapest / Mestersegek Unnepe

Medallion at the Festival of Folk Arts Budapest, Hungary

but you can actually see craftsmen in action (rope makers, smiths, potters, weavers, etc.), you can join the folk dancers in evening dance houses, you can try some traditional foods and drinks, or you can just take a tour in the Castle District.
Potter at the Festival of Folk Arts Budapest / Mestersegek Unnepe

Potter at the Festival of Folk Arts Budapest / Mestersegek Unnepe

Programmes: there are concerts, exhibitions, live shows of craftsmenship, puppet theatre performances, a ceremonial blessing (consecration) of the new bread of the year, kids and adult workshops, good food and drinks. Sounds a good programme for everyone, especially for a family, right?
The official website of the Budapest Festival of Folk Arts is http://mestersegekunnepe.hu/
 
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