Tihany is a settlement with a considerable past, where the traditions are still alive and the values of the past times are carefully protected. The festivals rest on the local traditions: on the culture of lavender and the fishing of a special kind of fish, named garda. The local authority and the Németh László Cultural House wait the visitors with a colourful program. The Benedictine Abbey and the Lavender House Visitor Centre organise a number of different programs as well.
We summarize the yearly selection of programs, but for the exact details, please, check on the landing page or in the events calendar.
14th of February, Carnival: cheerful, masked procession, pageantry. On the climax of it the puppet, symbolising the winter is going to be burnt. The darkness, cold and illnesses will be ousted, too.
25-26th of April, Goats’ Hooves Festival (Kecskeköröm Ünnep): this occasion reminds us the legend of the golden haired goats and the prideful princess. On the market many shops sell homemade souvenirs, cosmetics, clothes, food. Joyful competitions, sheep-dog show, music, dance and eating-drinking entertain the guests.
23-24th of May, Pentecost Palinkafestival: The tasty and strong palinka is a Hungarian curiosity. It is made of real fruit; strong and fresh. Drinking it soberly it is a real antidepressant, improves one’s mood. Beside palinka, quality sausage, ham, flat bread is available. In the evening starts the party on the Echo hill.
15-21st of June, Lavender festival: One of the biggest open-air festivals in Tihany. Many programs are provided throughout the village, from Monday til Sunday. Lavender plays the main role and it appears in every possible forms: jam, drink, honey, sweets, cosmetics, lavender as a motif on the clothes, textiles, on teapots, mugs and so on. Harvest on the lavender plantation and visit in the old Lavender field are the main attractions. Children programs and performances make the event a unique occasion.
20th August – Saint Stefan’s day: as usual a free play on the open-air stage followed by a firework.
10-13th of September, Vintage days: Handsome mounted hussar’s procession accompanied by majorettes and brass band. The wine yard owners, pickers with the barrels arrive on decorated carts. Freshly made scone and wine is to be offered to the guests. Concourse, music, dance, fun for four days.
November 13-15, Garda festival: This is the biggest autumn festival around the Balaton. The special kind of fish, the garda has its place even in the coat of arm of Tihany, because it was very important for the people to make a good catch of it. In November begins the swarming time of the garda. Today the Garda Festival revives the tradition of fishing.
Musical evenings on the main square from: 1st Friday in July as long as the weather allows in September. Live concerts, DJ-s, jazz and folk music. Dance up to distress.
Open-air Stage/Bujtor István Open-air Stage: open-air theatre performances all summer long every Friday and Saturday until the end of August. Concerts, dance, plays, musicals and tales for children. The most popular and enjoyable guest-performances are staged, but only in Hun-garian language.
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The Outdoor Folk Museum (a.k.a. Skanzen) is open again. Visitors are welcome. The museum consist of two houses. The first one is the Smallholder's House. This house, with the unplastered basalt gables with the white windows frames and partially built-in porches. The second one is the Fishermen's House. This house is the last remaining example of a fishermen's guild house in the Balaton area. The guild meetings were held here and the emblematic objects of the guild were kept here.
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From autumn to Spring
Where to stay? What to do inTihany? The booklet contains every services available int he low season. Tihany is the most spectacular place of the lake Balaton. The peninsula is deeply elongating into the Balaton, offering a very special view from every point. Tihany’s fame is based on it’s natural and historical sights. The calmness and silence offers a real asylum for those longing for recreation. In contempt of the significant tourism, saves traditions till the present days, preserving it’s unique ang rare character. The offer is diverse: those who are longing for recreation, the hikers and those who are interested is history and culture can find particular scenes and programmes here.