Hungarian Folk Shows

Most folk dance shows in Budapest take place in the Buda Vigado or the Danube Palace (Duna Palota) by the Four Seasons Hotel in Budapest.

Hungarian Folks shows in Budapest, Hungary

Hungarian folk show Budapest

Hungarian folk show Budapest

These two concert halls are where three of the most well known Hungarian folk ensembles perform with great success:

  • Hungarian State Folk Ensemble
  • Danube Folk Ensemble
  • Rajko Folk Ensemble

Needless to say, the most prestigious folk ensemble is the national dance ensemble, the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble. Booking in advance is warmly recommended. Please see our reservation form on the left side.

The more traditional folk dances and music are performed by the  Hungarian State Folk Ensemble and the Danube Folk Ensemble.

Hungarian Folk Dance Shows

Hungarian folk dance with bottles

Hungarian folk dance with bottles

  • Authentic Folk Dances: century old movements, dances of couples, groups and solo dancers, from the Hungarian Middle Ages to the 19th century (most of them collected in isolated Hungarian villages in the early 20th century). The dances are authentic and put together is an amazing show.
  • Award winning Hungarian Folk Dancers: the folk dance ensembles (founded in the 1950s) have earned numerous international awards
  • Hungarian Folk Dresses: traditional Hungarian embroidery from various regions and for a wide range of occasions
  • Spectacular Dance Show: the traditional Hungarian folk dances are put into a narration. Events and life stories emerge from the Hungarian folk dance shows with powerful dynamics: love, desire, loss, youth, celebration, fun, teasing, and many more feelings evoked during the folk show performances
  • Great Value for Money: the tickets for the Hungarian folk shows are very affordable (as is Budapest in general. On top of the cheap ticket prices, students can get discounts, and there are many deals and packages. Folk show tickets start from 14 Euros, you can check the Seating Plan of Budapest Folk Shows here
  • Historical Concert Halls: the venues of the folk shows are in beautiful historical buildings, worth a visit themselves. The Buda Vigado (Budai Vigado) on the Buda side, and the Duna Palace (Danube Palace) behind the five star Gresham Palace.
  • Central location: the concert halls are 5-15 min Budapest city center.
  • Family event: Hungarian folk shows in Budapest are an ideal option if you visit Budapest with family or friends of mixed interests

Hungarian Folk Shows Budapest 2014

Budapest Folk Dance

Budapest Folk Dances

Each folk show starts at 8 pm in the evening. The folk dance show is from 8 pm to 9:30 pm, performed in 2 shows with a break. The first half of the show is approx. 40 min, then comes a 10 min break, followed by another approx. 40 min act.

When the Folk Dance Show has ended, you can opt for a Danube city cruise to continue your beautiful cultural night in Budapest. The late night cruise leaves at 10 pm from the Folk Show venue. The cruise is 90 minutes in length, with 2 Drinks included in the cruise fee. If you feel hungry, you can upgrade for a cruise ticket with a candle lit Dinner and 2 Drinks. The package price of the Folk Show with the Night Cruise is a good deal.

2014, February: 22.
2014, March: 1. 8. 15. 22. 29.
2014, April: 5. 12. 18. 19. 20. 21. 26.
2014, May: 1. 2. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 11. 12. 13. 14. 16. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30.
2014, June: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 29. 30.
2014, July: 1. 2. 3. 4. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 26. 28. 29. 30. 31.
2014, August: 1. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 17. 18. 19. 21. 22. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 31.
2014, September: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 28. 29. 30.
2014, October: 1. 2. 3. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 25. 27. 28. 29. 30.
2014, November: 1. 8. 15. 22. 29.
2014, December: 6. 26. 28. 29.

If you cannot see a date, it means that there is no folk show scheduled on that day, but if you wish to organize a private Hungarian Folk Show event for your group in Budapest, please contact us at info [at] for a private event quote.

Booking Budapest Folk Show 

Buda Vígado Concert Hall Budapest

Buda Vígado Concert Hall Budapest

You can book a folk show performance if you are visiting Budapest, the capital city of Hungary. Performances are almost every day from May to late October. The shows are performed by 3 of the best folk ensembles in Hungary. If you are interested in a specific folk ensemble please let us know. Contact info [at] for requests or inquiries.

The tickets come in three categories: Category 1, Category 2 and Category 3: check the Seating Plan of Budapest Folk Shows here. The first class tickets are the best seats to see the Hungarian Folk Show, second class tickets offer very good viewing, while 3rd class show tickets are with good views of the dance show.

The shows are held in two historical concert halls in Budapest, depending on the date the venue changes. The shows are either in the Danube Palace in the city center on the Pest side, or near Batthyany Square in the Buda Vigado Concert Hall on the Buda side (at the Buda Castle hill). We will let you know in your confirmation of the ticket reservation of the exact venue, and how you can get there. At your special request, we can give you a detailed itinerary (usually guests need to know the way from their hotel to the Folk Show venue).

You can also buy the folk show tickets in a night program package: Hungarian Folk Show followed by a 1.5 hour Danube cruise in the city.

Night Danube Cruise Budapest after Folk Show

Night Danube Cruise Budapest by Steve Calcott


Sandra Bogarde

I would like to purchase tickets for August 20. Can you tell me which group will be performing and which concert hall will be used for the show?
How close is it to the Intercontinental Hotel (Apaczai Csere Janos utca 12-14) ? We will not have an automobile.
Thank you.

Hungarian Folk

Dear Sandra,
I am sorry to say that there are no folk show performances on August 20 in either the Danube Palace or in Buda Vigado theater. August 20 is a special holiday in Hungary with Fireworks show on the Danube, special cruises, street concerts. Nice fireworks photos on the Danube:

The Hungarian folk shows are scheduled for the following days in the second half of August:
18. 19. 21. 22. 23. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30, but there is no date set for August 20 because the folk ensembles are having a break on this special holiday.

I would like to book with dinner on the Danube on the 3d of august.Why i can ot find this date scheduled on ur itinerary?thank you.

Hungarian Folk

Dear Mira, unfortunately there is no folk show performance on August 3 in Budapest, that is why you cannot see a date, and cannot choose a date in the folk show calendar of events. If you can, please choose another date, thank you.

Can you please let me know which ensemble will perform on Sept 2? What is the difference between the various categories of seats? Thank you.

Dear Michele, on September 2 the Danube Folk Ensemble will perform in the Danube Palace in Budapest city center, while the next day, on September 3 the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble will perform in the Buda Vigado Concert Hall on Corvin Square.

As in theaters, the better the visibility of the performance, the higher the ticket categories are. Category 1 tickets are in the middle section of the stalls, Category 2 tickets are the first few rows at the stage, and the farther away rows of the stalls, while Category 3 tickets for the folk shows are the farthest from the stage.
The Danube Palace theater hall also has a balcony, whose first row seats are Cat 1, next rows are Cat 2 and back rows are Cat 3.

It is the general ticket category system in Budapest that the best visibility of the show is Category 1, a bit less good is Category 2, and the peripheral rows are Category 3 (the same applies in the Hungarian State Opera House, the Operetta Theater, etc.)

Please tell me which ensemble will perform on 27 September and at which theater? We are staying on the Buda side. If performance 27 September is not at The Buda Vigado, on what dates 27 thru 29 September will performances be held at The Buda Vigado Theater?

Hello Mary,
I am sorry to say that the folk shows between September 27 and 29, both of them, take place in the Danube Palace on the Pest side, not in Budai Vigado on the Buda side (there are Hungarian folk shows on the Buda side on September 26 and 30, just outside of the range you have specified). The Hungarian State Folk Ensemble’s shows are in the Budai Vigado.
The folk dance shows and music on September 27 and 29 are performed by the similarly called, but different Hungaria Folk Ensemble and Orchestra (the formation was formerly known as Rajko Folk Ensemble) with a 6-8 Hungarian Gypsy Band and many dancers.

If you really do not want to miss the Folk Show, the distance is in fact not that much. I have checked the public transport and the taxi fares for crossing the river to the Pest side folk shows, just in case.

The Danube Palace might be on the other side of the river Danube, but the distance is very short, let’s say from Bem Rakpart Quay where Hotel Viktoria is, the distance is 10 min by car (by taxi the one way trip costs approx. HUF 1100 – 1400), or you can take the bus 105, or 16 to take you over the Chain Bridge from the Tunnel to Jozsef Nador Square, and you can use the public bus after the folk show at around 10 pm too.

Thank you very much. We will change our plan so that we may attend a performance at The Buda Vigado. Then maybe another on the Pest side. Your information on transportation is most helpful.

For performances on 22nd to 25th September, can you please advise for each date
- which ensemble will perform
- which venue will be used for the performance.

Hello Adele, the folk dance show on September 22 at 8 pm is performed by the Hungaria Folk Ensemble (former Rajko Folk Ensemble Gypsy musicians and gypsy/ folk dancers) in Budai Vigado (Buda side of Budapest), and the Hungarian folk show on September 25 is by the Danube Folk Ensemble in the Danube Palace at 8 pm (Pest side, city center).

Thank you for the that. Could you please also advise likewise for the performances on September 23 and 24 – which ensemble will perform and at which venue. Thank you!

Hello Adele, you are welcome. The folk dance show in Budapest on September 23 and 25 at 8 pm is performed by the Danube Folk Ensemble in the Danube Palace (Pest side of central Budapest), and the Hungarian folk show on September 24 and 26 are performed by the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble in Budai Vigado at 8 pm (Buda side, near Batthyany Square).

I cannot print ticket confirmation while I am in Budapest. Is there a location where I can purchase tickets in person?

Hello Eva, we do not ask tourists to go to a printer, it would be quite impossible for many. You can show the ticket on your cell phone, no need to print (we match the payment IDs with the other details). You can certainly buy the remaining tickets in the ticket office, if any left for a category. There are two locations for the shows, and it depends on the day of show where the show is and where the ticket office is. Do you know your date already?

Could you please let me know where the performances are on October 8 and 9, 2013… we want to book 4 tickets and are very interested in show. Also, what are the differences between the 1st, 2nd and 3rd categories, what are the row numbers for each.
Thank you so very much!!! Looking forward to your comments. Linda

Hello Linda, thank you for your kind inquiry.
The Hungarian folk show performance and theater on October 8: performed by Hungarian State Folk Ensemble in Buda Vigado Theater on the Buda side of Budapest. The dance show starts at 8 pm.
The Hungarian folk show performance and theater on October 9: performed by Danube Folk Ensemble in Danube Palace on the Pest side of Budapest. The dance show starts at 8 pm.
Ticket categories are like in theaters and opera houses: Category 1 offers the best views and acoustics, Category 2 is the second best and Category 3 seats are usually by immediately at the stage, in the back rows of the stalls and balcony (value, more peripheral seats).
You can make a ticket reservation in 2 currencies:
Euro payment:
Forint payment:

Thank you very much for the above information, however, our dates have changed and the only day we can attend is October 3, could you please be kind enough to let us know which theatre is available and who is performing on that date. Thank you kindly!

Hello Linda,
the October 3rd folk dance show is in the Budai Vigado in Buda (Buda side Budapest), the performance is given by the best national dancers of the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble. The show starts at 8 pm. (As usual, there is a river cruise after the show, which can be bought together if you wish to get two programs for that night.)

Where will the folk show be held on November 30, 2013 and what ensemble will be performing on that day?

Hello William, the Hungarian folk dance show will be in the Danube Palace on Nov 30, 2013. The performing ensemble is the former Rajko Ensemble now known as Hungaria Orchestra and Folk Ensemble. The shows always start at 8 pm.

Can you tell me the location of the show on Dec. 28th and 29th?

Hello Kelsey, he Hungarian folk dance show will be in the Danube Palace in District 5 in Budapest, which is the city center. The shows on both days, December 28 and 29, 2013 are in the palace. The performing ensemble is the former Rajko Ensemble now known as Hungaria Orchestra and Folk Ensemble (dance group and musicians). The folk shows always start at 8 pm.

Zoltan Bergmann

Do you have the schedulle covering 2014? We are going to visit Budapest from April 13 to 28 intending to attend the presentation.

Hello Zoltan,
during your stay between April 13 and 28 there will folk shows on the following dates:

April 18, 19, 20, 21, 26 (2014 schedule, also found in our booking form).

There is no presentation on April 16, 2014.

The shows start at 8 pm and finish around 9.30 pm. The folk shows will be in the Danube Palace in Budapest city center.

Hello Zoltan, yes, the 2014 Hungarian folk dance show calendar has been updated on our website.

I will be in Hungary in the beginning of February. There seem to be no folk dance performances in Budapest at the time. Can you advise of another town in Hungary I could travel to in order to see some genuine folk dance? Also, when is your 2014 calendar coming up on the website?

Hello Lisa,

there is a simple way to see Hungarian folk dance, in one of the regular folk dance houses in Budapest. e.g. in the city center you can visit Aranytiz cultural house: FOLK DANCE COURSE
every Monday from 19.00 p.m to 22.00 p.m
Teaching of Hungarian and Gipsy dances from Szászcsávás – Hungarian heritage dances (the village is now part of Transylvania, Romania).
Aranytíz Kultúrház
1051 Budapest, Arany J. u. 10.

Also in Hangyomanyok Haza in Budapest (House of Traditions)
(dances from Kalotaszeg, Széki, Szatmár)
every Monday
from 19:00 p.m: Lad’s dance from Kalotaszeg, Hungarian folk region in Transylvania (after WW1 part of Romania)
from 20:00 p.m: Couple dances of Szék and Szatmár (various Hungarian folk regions likewise)
Hagyományok Háza
1011 Budapest, Corvin tér 8.

Festival including Hungarian folk dance show

Perhaps the Sausage Festival weekend in Fonyod town by the Lake Balaton in western Hungary is a good program for you supposing you are not vegetarian or even love sausages.
The Sausage festival in Fonyod always includes some short local folk dance shows, on February 7 scheduled at 5:30 pm you can see a traditional Hungarian cowboy’s dance, 17:30 Fonyódi Betyárok, on Saturday morning a folk dance show (not specified what region or style) 10:10 Néptánc bemutató. The scheduled times may change. You can take a train from Budapest to Fonyód. As there are fast trains, the trip can be about 2-3 hours only if you get on an express train at Deli Railway Station

Thank you for the great tip: I am most certainly not vegetarian so for sure I will check out the sausage festival !!! I have also written to the Ungaresca folk dance group in Szombathely but there has been no answer, perhaps they don’t speak English… Would you happen to know will they perform anywhere in Hungary during February?

Sorry, Lisa, I do not know. Their website is also quite outdated, so it may be better to call them via phone to find out about upcoming folk events. Please do check the festival date before going as festival organizers often reserve the right to make changes due to weather conditions or for some other reason. Do not invest in the trip unless you make sure the date has not been changed, and the hour of the shows is as scheduled. Have a nice time!

We will be in Budapest for 4 days in June and we are not shore yet which day we want to see the folk show, is it possible to make a reservation when we are in Budapest or do you recommend us to make a reservation in advance?

Hello Shuri, June can be quite popular as the summer season sees many tourist groups attending the Hungarian folk show from all over the world. I would recommend booking the dance show 2-3 days in advance when your June schedule in Budapest is clearer. Each show starts at 8 pm in the evening.