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Enjoy free Hungarian folk concerts in Budapest on Vorosmarty Square Christmas Market. Most of the concerts take place in the evening at the Xmas Fair, please check the dates and hours below.

Folk Concert at Budapest Christmas Fair

Folk Concert at Budapest Christmas Fair

Looking for a truly fantastic and spectacular festive experience in Hungary where Hungarian folk bands give free concerts? Look no further than the beautiful, renowned Budapest Budapest Christmas Market on Vorosmarty Square.

Each year the centre of Budapest is transformed into a magical Christmas shopper’s paradise full of market stalls, unique, handmade Christmas gifts, while the air is filled with the lovely smell of cinnamon pastries, sausages and mulled wine.

Soak up the Budapest Christmas sights and lights, listen to the free concerts near Cafe Gerbeaud, try some delicious warm street foods as you wander around this lovely market in the city centre of Budapest.

There are many free entertainments at the market too, with several folk concerts late afternoon or evenings, even on weekdays.

Dates of Free Hungarian Folk Concerts

The dates below are for the year 2016 Budapest Christmas market on Vorosmarty Square, in District V Budapest:

25 November, 8 pm: Dromara band (Gypsy folk music)

26 November, 7 pm: Viki Havay and the Wooden Dog Band

27 November, 2 pm: Bubabal (children’s folk dance house)

27 November, 8 pm: Dobroda Folk Band

Folk Concert at Budapest Christmas Fair

Folk Concert at Budapest Christmas Fair

4 December, 9 pm: Eszterlanc Folk Band

5 December, 5 pm: Folka MokaFolk Band

9 December, 7 pm: Viki Havay and the Wooden Dog Band

10 December,11 am and 2 pm: Nagykun Folk Dance Band

10 December, 6 pm: Csangallo Folk Band

11 December, 2 pm: Bubabal(children’s folk dance house)

11 December, 6 pm: Dobroda Folk Band

12 December, 7 pm: Budafolk Folk Band

13 December, 7 pm: Eszterlanc Folk Band

14 December, 7 pm: Roma Hungaricum Folk Band

16 December, 8 pm: Dromara Folk Band

18 December, 6 pm: Dobroda Folk Band

19 December, 5 pm: Folka Moka Folk Band

19 December, 7 pm: Budafolk Folk Band

22 December, 7 pm: Viki Havay and the Wooden Dog Folk Band

25 December, 2 pm: Bubabal Folk Dance House (children’ dance house)

26 December, 7 pm: Bekas Folk Band

27 December, 6 pm: Bekas Folk Band

Don’t forget that Budapest has plenty to offer apart from the Christmas Markets too, including beautiful buildings, UNESCO world heritage sites on both sides of River Danube, stunning architecture, and world-famous natural thermal baths in Budapest where you can soak during the cold winter days.

Hungarian Folk show in Danube Palace

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

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Hungarian Folks shows in Budapest, Hungary

Hungarian Folk show

Hungarian Folk show

The neo-baroque building of Danube Palace is where three of the most well known Hungarian folk ensembles perform with great success:

  • Hungarian State Folk Ensemble
  • Danube Folk Ensemble
  • Rajko Folk Ensemble (former Hungaria Folk Ensemble & Orchestra)

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 Rajko Folk Ensemble and the Danube Folk Ensemble.

Hungarian Folk Dance Shows

Hungarian Folk show

Hungarian Folk show

  • 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 22 Euros, you can check the Seating Plan of Budapest Folk Shows here
  • VIP Tickets available (please see inclusions below)
  • Historical Concert Hall: the venue of the folk shows are in beautiful historical buildings, worth a visit themselves. The Duna Palace is (Danube Palace) behind the five star Gresham Palace.
  • Central location: the concert halls are 5-15 min Budapest city center. Please see the schedule of Pest side and Buda side venues for the shows: Budapest Folk Show Venues
  • Family event: Hungarian folk shows in Budapest are an ideal option if you visit Budapest with family or friends of mixed interests
  • Optional Taxi Transfer: for 14 Euros per person you can buy a Taxi Transfer Upgrade, which includes hotel pick up and drop off after the Folk Show
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Hungarian Folk Shows Budapest 2019

Hungarian Folk Show in Budapest

Hungarian Folk Show in Budapest

Each folk show starts at 8 pm in the evening. The folk dance show is from 8 pm to 9:45 pm (with 15 min intermission), performed in 2 shows. The first half of the show is approx. 40 min, then comes a 15 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 near the Hungarian 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. After the show you will be accompanied to the cruise ship by the show hostesses.

Dates of Hungarian Folk Shows on Pest side:

January, 2019: 5
February, 2019: 23
March, 2019: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
April, 2019: 6, 13, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27
May, 2019: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30
June, 2019: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 12, 13, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30
July, 2019: 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, 31
August, 2019: 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30,
September, 2019: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 29, 30
October, 2019: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 24, 25, 27, 28, 31
November, 2019: 1, 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
December, 2019: 7, 14, 21, 26, 28, 29

Hungarian Folk show

Hungarian Folk show

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.

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Booking Budapest Folk Show

Inside Danube Palace Budapest

Inside Danube Palace 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 four categories: VIP, Category 1, Category 2 and Category 3: check the Seating Plan of Budapest Folk Shows here. The VIP and 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.

Inclusions of the VIP Category:

  • Private taxi transfer: Hotel pickup (at 6.30 pm) and drop off after the show
  • Best seats in the theater
  • Private host to attend to you before the concert and in the intermission
  • Private guided tour of the venue in English language (approx. 30 min)
  • Professional Photo
  • Hungarian Souvenir
  • Glass of Sparkling Wine

The shows are in the historical concert hall of Danube Palace in the city center on the Pest side. We will let you know in your confirmation of the ticket reservation on 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.

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Night Danube Cruise Budapest after Folk Show

Night Danube Cruise Budapest by Steve Calcott

Wine Catacomb Restaurant

The Wine Catacomb Restaurant offers guests a traditional Hungarian evening in a wine cellar.

Located in Budafok, citadel of the Hungarian wine culture with its unique wine cellar system, which was awarded the honourable title of “The town of grape and wine”.

Wine Catacomb Restaurant

Wine Catacomb Restaurant

The restaurant is established in a former wine cellar of the Budafok cellar system, and is more than just a restaurant where you can enjoy delightful and famous Hungarian dishes, but it also hosts special folklore programs.

Folk dance ensembles and a 5-member folk group deliver performances specially choreographed for this place, in the very centre of the restaurant called Theatre Hall.

The folklore program consists of three parts, the first two parts presenting Hungarian dances, while the third mainly gypsy dance and music.

Folk Show in the Wine Catacomb Restaurant

Folk Show in the Wine Catacomb Restaurant

The folk show starts at 20.30 pm every day.

Address: 64 Nagytetenyi street, District 22,  H-1222

Hungarian Folk Show in a Traditional Inn

Why not enjoy a Hungarian Folk Dance show in a traditional inn in Budapest?

Hungarian Folk Dance Show with Dinner in Inn and Bus Tour

Hungarian Folk Dance Show with Dinner in Inn and Bus Tour

Have a great evening in an excellent atmosphere, get picked up from your hotel, marvel at the city views from a Panorama Bus Tour, taking you from the City Centre of Budapest up to the top of Gellert Hill, take a look at the Citadel and the Statue of Liberty, then enjoy a traditional 3-Course Dinner with Live Hungarian Folk Dance Show in a lovely Inn.

Reservation in advance is recommended.

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Inclusions in Hungarian Folk Dinner & Bus Tour:

Hungarian Goulash Soup on Evening with Folk Show Budapest

Hungarian Goulash Soup on Evening with Folk Show Budapest

  • 4 hour evening program (from 7 pm – 11 pm)
  • Guided Bus Tour  (5 languages – ENG, GER, FRA, ITA, SPA)
  • Budapest Panorama from Citadel on top of Gellert Hill
  • 3-Course Served Dinner in a Hungarian Inn
  • 1 Welcome Drink (Palinka or Soft Drink)
  • 1 Glass of Wine (or Soft Drink)
  • Live Hungarian Folk Dance Music
  • Live Hungarian Folk Dance Show with 3 musicians and 2-3 pairs of folk dancers (approx. 1h)
  • Hotel Pickup
  • Hotel Drop off
  • Special Dietary Needs catered for: Vegan Menus, Gluten Free, Lactose Free Meals on request (please let us know in advance)
  • Child discount available
  • Group Discount available

Prices of Hungarian Folk Dinner

Folk Music Show in a Budapest Inn

Folk Music Show in a Budapest Inn

EUR 57 for Adults
EUR 28.5 for Children (under 12 years old)

Group discount – please contact us via the booking form or in an email to info [at] hungarianfolk [dot] com.

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Dates of Hungarian Folk Dinner

The dates of the Hungarian Folk & Dinner depend on which month you wish to book for. In summer time there are more days throughout the week, in winter season it is only the weekends.
Days in the Spring / Summer / Autumn:
April, May, June, July, August, September, October

Monday: no tour
Tuesday: 7 pm (Hotel pickup at 6.30pm)
Wednesday: no tour
Thursday: 7 pm (Hotel pickup at 6.30pm)
Friday: 7 pm (Hotel pickup at 6.30pm)
Saturday: 7 pm (Hotel pickup at 6.30pm)
Sunday: no tour

Hungarian Folk Show in a Traditional Inn

Hungarian Folk Show in a Traditional Inn

Days in Winter:
November, December, March

Monday: no tour
Tuesday: no tour
Wednesday: no tour
Thursday: no tour
Friday: 7 pm (Hotel pickup at 6.30pm)
Saturday: 7 pm (Hotel pickup at 6.30pm)
Sunday: no tour

There is no tour in January and February, we would recommend taking a Folk Dinner Cruise in Budapest these months.

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Program of Tour & Folk Dance & Dinner

Budapest at Night from Gellert Hill - Prabhu Balakrishnan

Budapest Views  – Prabhu Balakrishnan Photo

6.30pm – Pickup at your hotel Reception
7 pm – Sightseeing Bus Tour starts
8.15 pm – Arrival at Hungarian Inn
8.20 pm Dinner & Hungarian Folk Dance Show starts
9.50 pm Bus Tour continues
10 pm – Photostop at Citadel on top of Gellert Hill – night lit Budapest UNESCO Heritage sights
11 pm – Drop off at your hotel

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Budapest Folk Boat on Danube River

Enjoy an amazing Hungarian Folk Music and Dance Show on a boat tour in Budapest while the beautiful sights of the city unravel.

Night on Hungarian Folk Boat. - Budapest Parliament

Night on Hungarian Folk Boat.

Options include an evening Danube Cruise with 5 Drinks or on a 4-Course Served Dinner. The Folk Show also includes a bit of folk dance learning opportunity for those who love to participate in the fun!

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Included in Folk Boat

  • 1 hour Folk of 45 min Show with 15 min Folk Dance Learning
  • 3 hour Cruise on Danube from 7.30 pm to 10.30 pm
  • Tickets with 4-course Served Dinner, 55 Euro
  • 4 options for Main Course: Beef or Fish or Duck or Vegetarian
  • 1 Welcome Drink
  • optional upgrade to Unlimited Drink Pack
  • 3 Hour Live Entertainment: 2h Salon Music, 1h Folk
  • Dock in City Centre (near Elizabeth Bridge)
  • AC / Heating depending on weather
  • WiFi internet connection
Folk Cruise Budapest Hungarian Bottle Dance

Folk Cruise Budapest Hungarian Bottle Dance

The dancers of FolkRhythm Hungarian folk dance and band will entertain you in the last 1 hour of the 3 hour cruise.  You can also join the cruise at 9.30pm for the last bit. Tickets are quickly sold out, especially on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.

Prices of Budapest Cruise & Folk Show:

Prices until Apr 30, 2019:

  • Price with 4 Course Dinner:  €55 per person
  • Price of Dinner & Unlimited Wines/Beers/Soft Drinks: €75 per person

Prices from May 1, 2019:

  • Price with 4 Course Dinner:  €63 per person
  • Price of Dinner & Unlimited Wines/Beers/Soft Drinks: €88 per person
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Budapest Folk Cruise

Timetable of Folk Dinner Cruise:

About the Folk Music and Dance Show

The folk dancers are the members of the traditional folk ensemble called Folkrhythms, who gained show experience in the former, nationally and internationally acclaimed Rajko Folk Ensemble,honing their fine sophisticated dancing and singing skills, showing the traditions of the Hungarian folks of various regions in Hungary. The folk dance ensemble on the river cruise is 4 – 6 dancers, plus there is a quartet playing the folk dance music for the group. The members of FolkRhythms will take you for a lovely dance with them at the end of the show (only if you want to learn dancing!)

Hungarian Folk Show Boat Budapest - Balancing Bottle

Folk Boat – Balancing Bottle

The Folk Dance Show includes Hungarian traditional dances, like the spectacular the Women’s Bottle Balancing Dance (women balancing fragile wine bottles on their heads while dancing) or the Men’s Stick Dances (men acting out shepherd with their herding sticks, making tricky dance moves as if fighting off enemies).
The Folk Show is followed by an interactive and fun workshop where you will get an opportunity to learn a bit of Hungarian Folk Dances.

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Menu of Budapest Folk Dinner Cruise


Tender beef stew Folk Evening Budapest Boat

Beef Stew Dinner on Folk Boat

Finger food Appetizers in Pastry Basket

Green Pea Cream Soup with Roasted Almonds

Main Course with Side
You can choose from the following main course options on the dinner cruise:
BEEF: Tender Beef Stew with Polenta

FISH: Black Cod Fillet with Sauce Hollandaise and Vegetable-Lasagne
DUCK: Duck Leg Confit with Crispy White Cabbage and Gratin Potatoes

Starters in pastry basket Budapest Evening Folk Boat

Starters on Folk Boat

VEGETARIAN: Vegetarian Plate of Grilled Halloumi Cheese with Lemon Zest and Fresh Side Salad

Sponge Cake with Chocolate Sauce – Somlo Style

Unlimited Drinks on Folk Boat

You can book the Budapest Folk Dinner Boat Tour ticket to include a 3 hour package of Unlimited Drinks (please see the list below). The price of the Dinner Boat with dinner, unlimited drinks for 3 hours is €63. You can enjoy the following drink options:

Unlimited Drink on Folk Dinner Cruise

Unlimited Drink on Folk Dinner Cruise

Wines from Hungary 
Fine Hungarian wines are featured from various regions in Hungary. The red wine, white wine, rose and Tokaji selection is of the Hungarian Waldorf Manufacture’s wines, made in Mihaly Figula’s (awarded as the Hungarian Winemaker of the Year), and Zoltan Gunzer’s excellent Winery.:

Viktoria Pinot Gris 2013/14, Figula Mihaly, Balatonfured
Vencel Rose 2014, Gunzer Zoltan, Villany
Vilmos Cuvée 2013/14, Gunzer Zoltan, Villany
Mindenjo Tokaji Cuvée 2012, Basilicus Szolobirtok, Tokaj-Hegyalja

Sparkling Wines on Folk Boat

Hungarian Sparkling wine in dry and sweet versions from the BB Fizz Winery.

Bottled Beers on Folk Boat
Staropramen Beer

Soft Drinks on Folk Boat
Fruit Juices
Fizzy Drinks
Mineral Water

Hot Drinks on Folk Boat

Coffee selection
Tea selection

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Budapest Evening Folk Show Boat

Budapest Evening Folk Show Boat