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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 paprika is one of the most famous spices in the world, frequently used in traditional Hungarian dishes for both for its taste and its color. Sweet, mild and hot versions are all popular. The two most famous paprika producing towns in Hungary are Szeged and Kalocsa.

Hungarian Paprika - Mihaly Erdodi Photography

Hungarian Paprika girland (1940) – source: Museum of Ethnography Budapest

Hungarian paprika is also one of the most typical gifts or souvenirs tourists visiting Budapest, Hungary take home with themselves, as it is really characteristic and unique in Hungary, easy to use and easy to carry.

In the last few decades Hungarian housewives have also been using the cream or paste versions of paprika, finely or coarsely ground and mixed with vinegar, etc.

The most widespread paprika pastes and creams are Eros Pista (hot paprika cream in jar), Edes Anna (sweet paprika cream in jar), Pirosarany (tube).

Hungarian paprika is often found in Hungarian folk motifs on various folk art pieces (dresses, tablecloths, curtains, pillowcases, aprons, coats, etc.).

In the photo of the Hungarian Museum of Ethnography you can see the traditional way of storing and drying freshly picked Hungarian paprika. This old photo (diapositive) was taken by Mihaly Erdodi in 1940 on the Great Plain. After the paprika harvest the family sat outside and made girlands of paprika to let them dry in the sun before the wet season. We used to sit down with my grandfather to thread the paprika on meter long girlands and hung them out on the terrace. The paprika girland makes a great sight, but more importantly lets the paprika dry out. This way the paprika is ready to be used all year round, suitable for grinding (to turned them into the spice as you know it, paprika powder), a perfect method for long term storage to prevent the paprika get mouldy. Not all the paprikas were dried, some were used for instant use, like in the 1941 photo (Mihaly Erdodi, Museum of Ethnography), where Hungarian fish paprika is made in a kettle in the Great Plain. Can you see the big handful of paprika to be used in the fish paprika dish?

Hungarian Fish Paprika in Kettle

Hungarian Fish Paprika in Kettle (1941, Great Plain) – source