Roman Spring Festival In Aquincum, Budapest, 12 - 14 May

  • 10 May 2023 5:25 AM
Roman Spring Festival In Aquincum, Budapest, 12 - 14 May
2023 will see the Floralia held for the 32nd time. It is one of the oldest cultural events of Budapest and draws on Roman traditions to create an unforgettable experience for a diverse audience.

The scene of the event is the archaeological park of the Aquincum Museum, which provides an authentic setting for the occasion that has grown into a festival.

Year-on-year we work to spread academic knowledge in a way that’s easy for all age groups to digest and thereby popularise the ancient history of our city that is an integral part of our culture on an experiential basis.

On May 12-14 2022, we will bring the ancient town of Aquincum to life in the way we have done in previous years, but with the addition of many new elements.

Detailed program:

10:00-11:00 Guided tour of the exhibition F.E.A.S.T – A three-course belly history with the curator (FULLY BOOKED) (in HU)
11:30-12:30 Pavement drawing contest for pupils (register at
11:00-11:45 Roman holidays – The Floralia – lecture (register at (in HU)
11:00-15:00 Gastro Special (Separate event: for further details click here)
13:00-13:30 Legionary demonstration
14:00-14:45 Forum, baths, and business – live in the ancient civil town – guided tour (register at: (in HU)
15:00-15:45 “Myth” and initiation in the Mithras cult – guided tour (register at: (in HU)

10:00-11:00 Be a Barbarian! – warrior training for children
10:00-10:45 Guided tour of the exhibition F.E.A.S.T – A three-course belly history with the curator (in HU)
10:30-11:00 The wolf and the lamb – Tales of Phaedrus, theatre for children (in HU)
10:30-11:30 Medicinal herb walking tour with Derua (in HU)
11:00-11:30 Muscle training Barbarian style
11:00-11:30 Ancient crime scenes. Greek and Roman stories in contemporary crime novels – lecture (Saturday only) (in HU)
11:00-17:00 Barbalympics – ancient tests of strength
11:30-11:50 Carnyx demonstration
12:00-12:30 Festival procession in honour of the goddess Flora
13:00-13:30 Barbarian spring procession
13:00-13:30 Learn to speak Latin! – crash course for not just Romans (in HU
13:00-13:30 Gladiatorial demonstration in the Civil Town amphitheatre
13:30-14:15 Mithras and the stars – guided tour in the Mithras temple (in HU)
13:00-17:00 Fortune telling from Ogham stones (in HU)
13:00-18:00 Flag-running, sheep-pulling interactive battle for children and for adults
14:00-14:20 Celtic HEMA
14:30-15:00 Hairy is stylish! – fashion show from either side of the limes (in HU)
15:00-15:30 Learn to speak Latin! – crash course for not just Romans (in HU)
15:15-15:45 Parade of the legionaries from the 1st to the 4th century
15:30-16:00 Aquincum, like you’ve never heard it – ancient musical instrument demonstration
16:00-16:30 Beard beauty contest
16:30-17:00 Army drills
17:00-17:30 Slave auction (in HU)
17:30-18:00 Clash of the Romans and Barbarians
18:00-18:30 Greco-Roman dance hall (Sunday only)

Events running constantly on Saturday and Sunday:
Living history and weapons demonstration at the camps of the re-enactors
Gladiator school for children
Roman board games
Roman school for Barbarians (in HU)
Roman beauty parlour – beauty tips from the Nile to the Rhine
Scavenger hunt in the archaeological park
Arts and crafts (felt making, pottery making, lily-of-the-valley making, spinning and weaving, Roman jewellery making)
Crafts demonstrations (mosaic making, basket weaving, stone carving, blacksmithing, bronze casting, calligraphy)
Ancient fair

Organisers reserve the right to make changes to the programme! 

Ticket prices
Adult: 2200 HUF/person/day
Adult (group of over 20 persons): 1800 HUF/person/day
Student/pensioner: 1100 HUF/person/day
Student/pensioner (group of over 10 persons): 900 HUF/person/day
Family (2 adults 2 children): 5500 HUF/family/day

Free entry for visitors with a valid address card with a permanent address in District 3.

During the event the usual discounts are not valid. The event can be visited free of charge by people with a Ukrainian passport or other documents proving their Ukrainian refugee status.

The event can be further visited free of charge by journalists, people with disabilities and their companion (1 companion per person), visitors under the age of 6, visitors over the age of 70 and teachers accompanying school groups as well as tour guides accompanying tourist groups. Upon request, the eligibility for discounts must be verified at the venue.

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