August 20 is St. Stephen’s Day, arguably Hungary’s largest and most important national holiday. Enjoy the celebrations, which will include everything from an aerial and water parade to gastronomy to the arts and much more. Here are the programmes you can attend in Budapest.
- 09:15-10:00, the banks of the Danube (between Margit and Erzsébet Bridge): Aerial and water parade performed by military and civil airplanes.
- 10:00-24:00, Between Várkert Bazaar and Döbrentei Square in Buda: Promenade of Hungarian flavours. You can attend this event between August 18 and 20, and taste the best quality traditional Hungarian cuisine.
- 13:00-20:00, Várkert Bazaar: Family programmes, puppet shows, live concerts – it’s worth to wander around this area and discover all the programmes that are fun for adults and kids as well.
- 09:15-18:00, Parliament: The Parliament will be opened for the public on this day so if you haven’t been inside this incredible building yet, here’s your chance.
- 14:30 Szent György tér in Buda Castle: Ecumenical bread blessing ceremony and the start of the Harvest March.
- 17:00, in front of St Stephen’s Basilica: Holy Mass and Procession of St. Stephen’s Holy Right Hand
- 21:00, along the Danube: The spectacular fireworks will start.