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16 amazing things to do in Budapest this week, 10-16 February

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!

What's this

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
When: 7pm-10pm TUE 11 February 2020
Where: Mupa Budapest - 1095 Budapest Komor Marcell u. 1.
Cost: 3300-9900 HUF


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.

What: Ice-skating
When: Wednesday-Thursday, 12-13 February 2020
Where: 1146 Budapest, Olof Palme sétány 5. 
Cost: From 1,000 HUF


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
When: 8 pm on Wednesday, 12 February 2020
Where: Budapest Jazz club, Hollán Ernő utca 7. 1136 
Cost: 2,200 HUF


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
When: 7 pm - 9 pm Thursday, 13 February 2020
Where: Mupa Budapest - 1095 Budapest Komor Marcell u. 1.
Cost: 2,500 - 3,900 HUF


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.

What: World music, Jazz
When: 8 pm - 10 pm on Friday, 14 February 2020
Where: Mupa Budapest, 1095 Komor Marcell u. 1
Cost: 2900-6900 HUF



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.

What: Punk-rock music
When: Friday, 14 February 2020
Where: Barba Negra Music Club, 1117 Budapest, Prielle Kornélia utca 4. 
Cost: 3499 HUF


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
When: 10:30 pm - 6:00 am Friday-Saturday, 14 February 2020
Where: LÄRM Dance Club, Akácfa utca 51., Budapest, Hungary, 1073
Cost: 2,500 - 4,000 HUF


What's this

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.

What: Festival
When: Saturday-Sunday, 15-16 February 2020
Where: ELTE Lágymányosi Campus - 1117 Budapest, XI. Pázmány Péter sétány 1/a.
Cost: Free


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
When: 3 pm on Saturday, 15 February 2020
Where: Fonó Budai Zeneház, 1116 Budapest Sztregova u 3.
Cost: 1,000 HUF (Free for kids under 2)


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
When: 11:30 pm on Saturday, 15 February 2020
Where: A38, Petőfi híd, budai hídfő, Budapest, Hungary, 1117 
Cost: 6,000 HUF


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
When: Every day 10 am - 7 pm until 16 February 2020
Where: Museum of Fine Arts, 1146 Budapest, Dózsa György út 41
Cost: 1,900 - 3,800 HUF



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
When: TUE-SUN 12pm-7pm until 8 March 2020
Where: Mai Manó Ház - 1065 Budapest, Nagymező utca 20
Cost: 1500 HUF


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
When: Every day 9 am - 8 pm until 30 April 2020
Where: Tesla Loft, 1075 Budapest Kazicnczy utca 21.
Cost: 2,900 - 4,900 HUF


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