Harvest Festival and International Assembly of Wind Instruments

Event Culture

The Harvest Festival and International Assembly of Wind Instruments is the festival of Kőszeg which moves the most people every year. The little town of Alpokalja has a long tradition of wine growing, reaching back to the Medieval period. The festival provides a lasting experience of walking on the cobbled streets, tasting wine and listening to cultural programs.

The three-day event is held on the last weekend of September every year. Guests come back from the twin-cities of the town (Vaihingen an der Enz – Germany, Mödling – Austria, Zengg – Croatia, Szenc – Slovakia) and from the surrounding Austrian and Hungarian settlements. The atmosphere of the town and the nice Kőszeg wines guarantee the pleasant ambience.

The programs start on Friday by a serenade of the wind instrument groups and a music-dance performance. The Wine of the Town and the Wine Queen of the Year are elected on Friday as well. Saturday is the main day of the festival, when the music bands, arriving at the town, are welcomed by music and dance. At noon, the catering places play live music, then the traditional carnival starts in the afternoon. Participants include the local students, delegations of NGOs, local companies. Also the delegates of the twin-cities, and the farmers of Burgenland march on their veteran tractors.

During the events, music programs, dance shows, and other cultural performances are performed in gazebos that are set on the squares of the town and at the foot of the castle. The festival is closed by a concert on Sunday evening.


Spoken languages
Hungarian, German