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38 superb things to do in Budapest 2-8 March

Events this week in Budapest 2-8 March 2020

Start gearing up for another brilliant week full of events celebrating photography, music, theater, art and more in Budapest.

Photography is in centre of this week's art events: Budapest Photo Festival has just launched and offers many exciting openings. You can see Tamás Urbán's Unwanted Butterfly; Krystyna Bilak's KOMPLEMENT; Thomaz Farkas's The Rythm of Light and Deák 17 Youth Art Gallery's The edge of fiction.

Find many family-friendly things to do and take your kids out this week to enjoy events such as women's volleyball game, tennis competition, dance performance, design market and board games evening.

On stage this weekend is Rajkó Folklore Show, performing authentic Hungarian folk dances. Don't miss the amazing ballet premiere by Szeged Contemporary Dance Company either!

Latin hip-hop fans will be delighted to welcome Delinquent Habits from the US.  Those interested in Hungarian music should see this week blues legend Deák Bill Gyula and folk-rock-funk band Balázs Szabó Band. And there is also a milkshake superstar giving concert this Tuesday: Kelis.

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(Cover photo by Raquel Garcia)

butterfly exhibition BudapestOpening: Tamás Urbán: Unwanted Butterfly

Unwanted Butterfly spent half of his 40 years behind bars, so he had plenty of time to have his whole body tattooed. He was an unusual sight in Socialist Hungary. Photojournalist Tamás Urbán met him in 1988 for the first time, in the Csillag Prison of Szeged, Hungary. This is the first time this rich material of 2500 frames photographed on black-and-white negatives and color slides are presented. Please note that the exhibition includes disturbing graphic content. Visitors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by adult supervision.

What: Temporary photograph exhibit
When: Thursday 5 March until 5 April 2020
Where: Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center, 8 Nagymező Street, 1065 Budapest
Cost: From 1,500 HUF

beetle show BudapestClassic Volkswagen Beetle Show

This winter show organised by Hungarian Beetle Club is seen by many as the professional classic Volkswagen car parts show but still retains a relaxed family-friendly atmosphere. The emphasis has always been on putting on a great display of used car parts and classic unmodified Volkswagen Beetles (also for sale).

What: Car show  Family-friendly  
When: 9 am - 3 pm on Saturday 07 March 2020
Where: Budapest 1108 Gyömrői út. 125.
Cost: Free

budapest architecture film days12th Budapest Architecture Film Days

Do you live in a building? Do you love cinema? Then watch some fifteen movies about standing up for the planet, the city, the neighborhood, the spaces and the places you love.

What: Cinema
When: Thursday-Sunday 5-8 March 2020
Where: Toldi Cinema, Budapest, Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út 36-38, 1054
Cost: From 1,200 HUF

delinquent habits budapest


Delinquent Habits

Latin Hip Hop band Delinquent Habits brings you the original and true form back this Tuesday by the collaboration of Ives Irie and Kemo the Blaxicanon. Expect radically diverse rhythms, styles and lyrics.

What: Hip Hop
When: Tuesday, 3 March 2020
Where: Instant-Fogas Komplexum, Akácfa utca 49-51., Budapest, 1073
Cost: 5,500 HUF

Ryan O'Reilly

After touring across North America and Europe, songwriter Ryan O'Reilly arrives to Budapest. Ryan, who was making a living performing on London’s Portobello Road not long ago combines Irish and English music with great passion.

What: Acoustic concert
When: Thursday, 5 March 2020
Where: MiraDoor, Bokréta utca 10, Budapest, 1094
Cost: Basic donation from 500 HUF

szabo balazs band

Balázs Szabó Band

Balázs Szabó is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist musician, puppet actor and storyteller. The Balázs Szabó Band, moving on the fringes of Hungarian folk music, rock, pop and funk, has released three records so far. They will play two concerts this week: on Friday and Saturday night.

What: Folk, rock, pop, funk live concert
When: Friday-Saturday, 6-7 March 2020
Where: A38, Budapest, Petőfi híd, budai hídfő, 1117
Cost: From 3,990 HUF

Deák Bill Gyula Budapest concertDeák Bill Gyula

King of Hungarian blues, also known as Captain Bill or simply Bill, Gyula Bill Deák is a living legend in Hungary. In 1984 he performed with Chuck Berry at the Budapest Sport Arena, who reportedly said: 'he's the blackest white singer I've ever heard'. He lost his left leg when he was eleven and walking up the stage with crutch has given him a distinguished appearance ever since. See him giving live performance at Legend Brew House.

What: Blues concert
When: Friday, 6 March 2020
Where: Legenda Sörfőzde, Kövirózsa utca 8., Budapest, 1163
Cost: 2,800 HUF

Telekom Electronic Beats Pres. Boiler Room

Boiler Room, the online music broadcasting platform will be streaming live music sessions at Akvarium on Thursday. There are half a dozen DJs, led by DJ Seinfeld, the man who introduced lo-fi house.

What: Electronic
When: Thursday, 5 March 2020
Where: Akvárium Klub 1051 Budapest, Erzsébet tér 12.
Cost: 13.50

Papa Roach & Hollywood Undead

Always incendiary Papa Roach will be giving a fresh live act supported by rap-rock (if that is an existing genre) Hollywood Undead. Expect unique sounds.

What: Rock
When: Wednesday, 4 March 2020
Where: Papp László Sportaréna, Stefánia út 2, Budapest, 1143
Cost: From 13,200 HUF

kelis concert BudapestKelis

She's a first-rate r&b singer who even has a gigantic world hit with milkshake which brings all the boys to her yard. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Kaleidoscope, Kelis will be playing the album and her biggest hits in Budapest on Tuesday.

What: R&B
When: Tuesday, 3 March 2020
Where: Akvárium Klub, 12 Erzsébet tér, Budapest, 1051
Cost: From 9,500 HUF

Moné Hattori (violin) and The Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra: Musical bouquet for women's day

On this coming Sunday, the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra and violinist Moné Hattori, before their grand tour in Germany, will present a musical program in Budapest that could be a real gift for the ladies and, of course, the gentlemen accompanying them.

What: Classical music
When: Sunday, 8 March 2020
Where: Pesti Vigadó, 1051 Budapest, Vigadó tér 2.
Cost: From 5,000 HUF

ute volleyball Budapest


Újpest (UTE) - Óbuda (Vasas)

Women's volleyball Extra League game on Saturday. Atmosphere is superbly family-friendly and you might get your kids to talk to a coach about training.

What: Women's volleyball  Family-friendly  
When: Saturday 7 March 2020
Where: UTE atlétikai stadion, Szilágyi u. 30, 1046 Budapest

Decathlon Tennis Competition

This event welcomes kids who like to play tennis, practice regularly, but do not train as many hours as professionals do. It is also a great opportunity for novice players who are struggling with this sport because here they can enjoy less competition.

What: Tennis for kids  Family-friendly  
When: 1 pm - 5 pm on Sunday 8 March 2020 - More information on 0620 435 1449
Where: Szentendre, Postás strand, Dunakorzó
Cost: 4,500 HUF

Donovan Waite

Meet Donovan Waite shihan, member of the USAF Technical Committee, former uchideshi of Yamada Sensei and learn from him during this weekend's seminar.

What: Judo
When: Friday-Saturday-Sunday 6-7-8 March 2020
Where: Budapesti Honvéd Judo Szakosztály, Tüzér utca 56., Budapest, 1134
Cost: From 7,000 HUF 

OSC Water polo BudapestSemmelweis University (OSC) - Terrassa

Champion's League water-polo game on Tuesday. Hungary's water-polo is one of the best in the world, take the opportunity to experience a high-level sports night like this.

What: Water polo
When: Tuesday, 3 March 2020
Where: OSC Waterpolo, Kondorosi út 14., Budapest, 1117
Cost: 2,000 HUF - Free under 14

Ferencváros (FTC Telekom) – Székesfehérvár (Fehérvári Titánok)

Ice-hockey Erste League quarter final on Monday. Let's see if Ferencváros can reach the semi-finals.

What: Ice-hockey
When: Monday, 2 March 2020
Where: FTC Jégkorong, Pesterzsébet Jégcsarnok, Zodony utca 1., Budapest, 1203


Plugor Sandor Exhibition Budapest


Opening: Sándor Plugor (1940-1999) Memorial Exhibition

The uniqueness of Plugor’s graphic expression is that he is deeply engaged in presenting human fates. He shows his sympathy, love and sensitivity towards his subjects. He relieves his observers with the help of humour: this prevents his drawings from becoming depressive in mood.

What: Temporary exhibit
When: Thursday, 5 March until 19 April 2020
Where: Pesti Vigadó, Vigadó tér 2., Budapest, 1051
Cost: From 1,500 HUF

IX. Wine & Violin Maker's Salon

Hungarian violin and bow makers present their work at the Wine and Violin Maker’s Salon - where you can taste Hungarian wine as well. There are also evening concerts so you can listen to classical masterpieces performed by world-class musicians. And the really good news is that you are allowed to hold any instrument on display to try out.

What: Wine, Violin, Concert
When: Saturday-Sunday, 7-8 March 2020
Where: Fonó Budai Zeneház, 1116 Budapest Sztregova u 3.
Cost: From 2,000 HUF

Opening: Krystyna Bilak: KOMPLEMENT

The project Komplement reflects on a 21th century issue: Krystyna Bilak is dealing with the various layers of interpreting images. She finds that the curiosity towards someone else’s body is even more intense in the age of Instagram.

What: Temporary exhibit
When: Monday, 2 March - 27 March 2020
Where: ISBN BOOKS+GALLERY, 1084 Budapest, Víg utca 2.

Premiere: Palink'Art: Black Or White

Screening of Palink'Art's new fiction movie, which discusses how the new political system threatens the friendship of two critical individuals.

What: Movie
When: Thursday, 5 March 2020
Where: Három Holló / Drei Raben, Piarista köz 1. (bejárat a Szabadsajtó út felől), Budapest 1052

Opening: Thomaz Farkas: The Rythm of Light

Hungarian born and celebrated Brazilian photographer Thomaz Farkas (1924–2011) is considered to be one of the great representatives of modern photography and documentary cinema in Brazil. The Rhythm of Light includes highlights from his photographic works from the 1940s and the end of the 1950s.

What: Temporary exhibit
When: Tuesday, 3 March – 5 April 2020
Where: Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center, 8 Nagymező Street, 1065 Budapest
Cost: From 1,500 HUF

the edge of fiction exhibition BudapestOpening: Deák 17 Youth Art Gallery: The edge of fiction

The exhibition displays the playful and humorous visual language of three young, Eastern European photographers: Weronika Gesicka (Poland), Bara Prasilova (Czech Republic) and Maria Svarbova (Slovakia).

What: Temporary exhibit
When: Tuesday, 3 March - 4 April 2020
Where: Deák 17 Youth Art Gallery – 1052, Budapest Deák Ferenc u. 17. 1st floor

Opening: Cervantes Institute In Budapest - García de Marina: „The unfinished word”

Opening: FUGA – Balázs TELEK: Points of View

Opening: Godot Institute of Contemporary Art - Attila KLEB: Closer



Premiere: Desire

Latin lifestyle presented by Szeged Contemporary Dance Company: they are getting ready for their three one-act pieces premiere at National Dance Theatre Budapest on Tuesday. Art director Tamás Juronics claims that desire is a main topic for each choreographer and dealing with it is inevitable and thrilling.

What: Contemporary dance
When: Tuesday, 3 March 2020
Where: National Dance Theatre, 1024 Budapest, Kis Rókus u. 16-20.
Cost: From 3,400 HUF

Budapest Dance Festival: Sleeping Beauty

This child friendly, 50-minute-long dance performance by Ballet Pécs is high quality entertainment for adults and children alike. The dance artists present their wonderful talents and the magic of humour embedded in dance, accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s beautiful music.

What: Ballet  Family-friendly  
When: Saturday, 7 March 2020
Where: National Dance Theatre, 1024 Budapest, Kis Rókus u. 16-20.
Cost: From 2,500 HUF

rajko orchestraRajkó Folklore show

Founded in 1950, the world famous Rajkó Folk Ensemble performs authentic Hungarian folk dances. Not only they have worked with dances from Kalotaszeg, Transylvania and Kalocsa but also with Gypsy and many other music genres including Strauss music.

What: Hungarian dance performance
When: Saturday, 7 March 2020
Where: Duna Palota, 1051 Budapest, Zrínyi utca 5
Cost: From 7,700 HUF

Budapest funicular


WAMP Hungarian Design Market 

Sunday Design Market (WAMP Vasárnapi Művész Piac) is the fair which provides the platform for Hungarian designers to show their work to a larger public in the fields of fashion, jewellery, home decoration, gastronomy and more. This month's show will be on Sunday. Meet up with professionals and those interested in design and fashion and bring along your family, friends and pets too (Sunday, 8 March).  Family-friendly  

Full Moon Cacao Ceremony

A Sacred Cacao Ceremony can be an experience beyond time and space, a healing and empowering journey within a meditative process. Hosted by Women in Bloom Budapest, this event will be offered for both men and women (Sunday, 8 March).

Toys, plants, books SWAP: Repair Exchange Collect

Open Doors Hungary's first event dedicated to give a second chance to old things. Bring books, toys, cloths, plants or anything that you don't want anymore and can make someone else happy (Saturday, 7 March)!  Family-friendly  

Dinner walk BudapestDinner Walk

Dinner Walk is a great opportunity to establish a basic understanding of Hungarian meals. You will have dinner at not just one restaurant so you can taste a variety of dishes and drinks over the course of the evening (tours depart daily).

Guided tour in English: Buda Castle Cave

The tour will take you to a journey through the 3,3 km long cave system hiding underneath the streets of the Castle District (Friday, 6 March).

Music Together Free Demo Class

Sing, play, jam, dance - children aged 0–5 and the adults who love them are welcome to join.  Family-friendly  

Intercultural Board Games Evening

Every meeting is a chance to spend some time in a multicultural group while playing interesting and smart games from different countries.  Family-friendly  




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Dafne - shown in Urania




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