In a small town called Buda, TX, right next to the big city of Austin, the first full weekend of December brings joy to those who get to attend Budafest. You can visit the official Budafest website at www.budafest.org .
The fun generally begins with a parade on Saturday at 10AM. After the parade you can head on over to the fair grounds (park) for live music, rides, games, food, and fun! Don’t forget to bring your kids by for a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus.
I was a visitor at this fair in 2001. (The carnival I worked for was performing, but the unit I was with already closed for the season.) It was small, but very fun! Around lunch time my friends and I walked down the street for a delicious lunch at one of the local resturants and popped in to admire the antique stores.
All of the people I met along the way were friendly and smiling. (I guess it was just a really beautiful day to be out and enjoy!) I will definitely go back if ever I get the chance.
To those who want to work as a vendor at Budafest, their official website is a great source of information! It includes the booth rental fee ($105 in 2010) and contact information.
Please note that Budafest is an arts and crafts festival. Products must be handmade by the vendor.
As a personal note, one of the reasons I LOVE Budafest so much is because when I visited in 2001, I felt a strange closeness to my grandfather (who I hadn’t seen since I was a little kid 1986). When I regained contact with him in 2003, I learned that he use to be a vendor at Budafest. He made those cool balls made of plastic cups and Christmas lights. If anybody purchased one from him, I would LOVE to hear from you!