Budapest is absolutely not the only ideal place to celebrate 20 August in – Hungary has many beautiful places where it is just as enjoyable and spectacular as in the capital city. In this article, we will list 5 ideal locations around Lake Balaton where you can (and should!) celebrate the Hungarian national holiday this year.
This list is based on the article of Balaton.hu.
The festivities will last the whole weekend in Fonyód! On Friday, Csaba Vastag, DJ Náksi and DJ Forkmann will heat up the party zone. Saturday will start with the traditional Holy Mass and the St. Stephen’s Day bread offering, followed by a folk dance show. After the much-anticipated firework display, the evening will be rounded off with a performance by the band UFO. On Sunday, the Antal Lányi Memorial Day and The Tihany Echo (A tihanyi visszhang) musical await, and in the evening DJ Forkmann will be back on the turntables.
The people of Keszthely are also preparing a colourful and varied programme for the whole weekend from Friday until Sunday. On these days, music will be the main attraction, along with the Saturday fireworks which will start at 9 PM. Starting with the children’s programmes in the afternoons, a series of top-class performers will enhance the atmosphere until the climax of the evenings. The programmes will be made even more enticing by gastronomic exhibitors, wine houses, children’s games and a craft fair.
The celebration of the state founding will begin in Zamárdi in the morning of 20 August with a commemoration ceremony at the Millennium Monument at 8 AM. The evening events will unfold in the Event Square from 5 PM with a dance show and concerts, including some Queen hits. The free programme will culminate in a magical show by fire jugglers, entitled “Sparkling Night” (Szikrázó éjszaka).
The three-day weekend-long event will be held in Balatonalmádi from 19 to 21 August, in front of Wesselényi beach, with a lot of activities and concerts. In addition to performances and shows, the stage will also host big names such as Margaret Island, Carson Coma and The Carbonfools, among others. The fireworks will be replaced this year by a fire juggling show.
Saturday’s festive opening, the consecration of the new bread and the new wine will start at 5:30 PM in Balatonvilágos, on Dózsa György road, with a festive show by Emese Torma and Lajos Varga entitled “So far away from me…”. It will continue with a performance by Attila László, until the main attraction of the evening, the fireworks at 10 PM, followed by a DJ Go-Q set and a crazy party until dawn!
Wherever you decide to spend the holidays, we wish you a safe and fun 20 August!