Things to do in Budapest this week 10-16 February 2020
See our weekend picks here.

Welcome to another awesome week in Budapest. It brings the last chance for visiting the Rubens exhibition and also for ice-skating in Városliget and more.

Those loving to attend concerts can enjoy this week a real traditional Hungarian show by Parno Graszt, and a more solid evening promised by punk-rock bands Junkies and Aurora. Special live solo jazz act by Barabás Lőrinc will entertain everyone visiting Budapest Jazz Club on Wednesday night.

Theatre lovers can experience bel canto opera this week at Palace of Arts; Bellini's La sonnambula will be on play on Tuesday. Traditional Hungarian dance act Our beloved Kalotaszeg performed by Duna Art Ensemble will also take place there on Thursday. An exciting day for the whole family on Saturday will bring musical folk tale about Carnival in a form that is more than child friendly at Fonó Budai Zeneház.

Last chance sadly for visiting Rubens and the ice-rink in Városliget this week, don't miss them!

Parties: we've got P.E.A.R.L and Tiga on the weekend, ensuring techno and electronic dance music lovers can enjoy a great Valentine Saturday/Sunday night.

And last but not least: visit Budapest Fish Festival on the weekend and go for a traditional meal!

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Bellini's celebrated bel canto opera work, La sonnambula was composed in 1830/31 as a result of the general widespread fashion of the time of creating works for the stage dealing with sleepwalking. Somnambulism means the genetically determined disorder of walking around during the stage of deep sleep.


What: Classical music, Opera, Theatre [icon name="info" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
When: 7pm-10pm TUE 11 February 2020 [icon name="calendar" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
Where: Mupa Budapest - 1095 Budapest Komor Marcell u. 1. [icon name="map-marker" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
Cost: 3300-9900 HUF [icon name="money" class="" unprefixed_class=""]

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Budapest ice skating

The last chance for ice-skating in Városliget this season will be on Wednesday and Thursday as the ice-rink will be closed for skating after. These last sessions will be held between 9 am - 1 pm and 4 pm - 8 pm.


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When: Wednesday-Thursday, 12-13 February 2020 [icon name="calendar" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
Where: 1146 Budapest, Olof Palme sétány 5.  [icon name="map-marker" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
Cost: From 1,000 HUF [icon name="money" class="" unprefixed_class=""]

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Barabas Lorinc jazz club Budapest

Special solo live act by Barabás Lőrinc. He usually invites guests for a trippy improvisational night, but this time he will be multitasking on stage in solo. He will play his trumpet, keyboards, effects and - as usual - it will be awesome.


What: Live jazz solo act [icon name="info" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
When: 8 pm on Wednesday, 12 February 2020 [icon name="calendar" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
Where: Budapest Jazz club, Hollán Ernő utca 7. 1136  [icon name="map-marker" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
Cost: 2,200 HUF [icon name="money" class="" unprefixed_class=""]

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Kalotaszeg dance

Kalotaszeg in Transylvania is one of the most famous and important ethnographic landscapes for Hungarian culture. The typical region of Kalotaszeg in its entirety is, even today, a serious experience for every person of healthy eye and soul, and for anyone who loves and understands beauty.


What: Dance, Contemporary Circus [icon name="info" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
When: 7 pm - 9 pm Thursday, 13 February 2020 [icon name="calendar" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
Where: Mupa Budapest - 1095 Budapest Komor Marcell u. 1. [icon name="map-marker" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
Cost: 2,500 - 3,900 HUF [icon name="money" class="" unprefixed_class=""]

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parno graszt

Parno Graszt is one of the most original and popular ensembles playing traditional Gypsy music in Hungary. This time they will play an unamplified show, creating a truly unforgettable experience.


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When: 8 pm - 10 pm on Friday, 14 February 2020 [icon name="calendar" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
Where: Mupa Budapest, 1095 Komor Marcell u. 1 [icon name="map-marker" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
Cost: 2900-6900 HUF [icon name="money" class="" unprefixed_class=""]

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Junkies

Junkies, the well-known punk-rock band offers unbridled cheerfulness that can truly convince people that life consists of a single Saturday night. And Aurora, originally formed in 1982 under the name 'Terrorists' will certainly help them achieving this.


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When: Friday, 14 February 2020 [icon name="calendar" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
Where: Barba Negra Music Club, 1117 Budapest, Prielle Kornélia utca 4. [icon name="map-marker" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
Cost: 3499 HUF [icon name="money" class="" unprefixed_class=""]

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PEARL techno

Some quality Spanish techno brought to you by Technokunst. P.E.A.R.L. has  already played once a live act in Budapest but prepare yourself now for the DJ experience.


What: Techno [icon name="info" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
When: 10:30 pm - 6:00 am Friday-Saturday, 14 February 2020 [icon name="calendar" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
Where: LÄRM Dance Club, Akácfa utca 51., Budapest, Hungary, 1073 [icon name="map-marker" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
Cost: 2,500 - 4,000 HUF [icon name="money" class="" unprefixed_class=""]

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Budapest Fish Festival this February is a great event to visit especially if you like carp! There will be heated tents and even concerts and the festival is child friendly offering a huge amusement park. You will be able to fish and taste numerous types of fish. Fish soup is a traditional Hungarian meal and now you'll have the chance to enjoy this lovely meal.


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When: Saturday-Sunday, 15-16 February 2020 [icon name="calendar" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
Where: ELTE Lágymányosi Campus - 1117 Budapest, XI. Pázmány Péter sétány 1/a. [icon name="map-marker" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
Cost: Free [icon name="money" class="" unprefixed_class=""]

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Fono Budapest Carnival

An exciting day out for the whole family with musical folk tale about Carnival that brings the audience into the story. There will be mask making workshop and an interactive concert with witches, cobbler boys and devils from the end of the world.


What: Folk, Handcraft, Concert [icon name="info" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
When: 3 pm on Saturday, 15 February 2020 [icon name="calendar" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
Where: Fonó Budai Zeneház, 1116 Budapest Sztregova u 3. [icon name="map-marker" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
Cost: 1,000 HUF (Free for kids under 2) [icon name="money" class="" unprefixed_class=""]

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Tiga Budapest

Electroclash fuses 1980s electro, new wave and synth-pop with 1990s techno, retro-style electropop and electronic dance music. You can expect a great party from one of its pioneers, the Hungarian-born Tiga.


What: Techno, Electroclash [icon name="info" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
When: 11:30 pm on Saturday, 15 February 2020 [icon name="calendar" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
Where: A38, Petőfi híd, budai hídfő, Budapest, Hungary, 1117  [icon name="map-marker" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
Cost: 6,000 HUF [icon name="money" class="" unprefixed_class=""]

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Rubens, Van Dyck and the Splendour of Flemish Painting

The last days of the magnificent Rubens Exhibition this week with extended opening hours, don't miss it! Buy your tickets online prior your visit to avoid disappointment.  Open from 10 am, on Friday-Saturday-Sunday admission until 7 pm, closing from 7.45 pm.


What: Temporary Exhibit [icon name="info" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
When: Every day 10 am - 7 pm until 16 February 2020 [icon name="calendar" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
Where: Museum of Fine Arts, 1146 Budapest, Dózsa György út 41 [icon name="map-marker" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
Cost: 1,900 - 3,800 HUF [icon name="money" class="" unprefixed_class=""]

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katharina-roters_anatomy_of_a_dream

The exhibition Anatomy of a Dream presents the visual investigations pursued by Katharina Roters in Armenia since 2000. Expect Post-Soviet urban motifs and the case-study of Metsamor, the atomic city which was to be accomplished as a Soviet utopia, but collapsed as such into a barely breathing urban skeleton.


What: Temporary Exhibit [icon name="info" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
When: TUE-SUN 12pm-7pm until 8 March 2020 [icon name="calendar" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
Where: Mai Manó Ház - 1065 Budapest, Nagymező utca 20 [icon name="map-marker" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
Cost: 1500 HUF [icon name="money" class="" unprefixed_class=""]

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Banksy Exhibition Budapest

Open until 30 April 2020, the unauthorised and illegal Banksy Exhibition is certainly a must-see these days in Budapest.  Tickets are cheaper on weekdays and when you buy them online. Open every day 9 am - 8 pm.


What: Temporary Exhibit [icon name="info" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
When: Every day 9 am - 8 pm until 30 April 2020 [icon name="calendar" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
Where: Tesla Loft, 1075 Budapest Kazicnczy utca 21. [icon name="map-marker" class="" unprefixed_class=""]
Cost: 2,900 - 4,900 HUF [icon name="money" class="" unprefixed_class=""]

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Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn
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Sorry we missed you
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The song of names
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