Our weekly roundup for the upcoming weekend offers plenty of suggestions for where to go, what to do, and who must not be missed during the next three days. There are always so many happenings to choose from in Budapest – exhibitions, parties, live music, festivals, performances, and more – but here is our pick of the bunch for the imminent 72 hours or so:
8am - 8pm: VinCE Budapest Wine Show at the Corinthia Hotel Budapest
The VinCE Budapest Wine Show welcomes a bibulous crowd at the prestigious Corinthia Hotel Budapest during March 17-19, where altogether 160 international and Hungarian exhibitors showcase their best reds, whites, and sparkling wines, as well as Magyar-made pálinkas amid an exclusive and elegant atmosphere.
10am - : Bach in the Subways at various venues
To honor the memory of Johann Sebastian Bach, talented musicians flood the streets of many major cities around the day of his birthday every year, performing his beautiful pieces at public squares and in metro stations for free. In Budapest, The Great Market Hall, the metro stations of Astoria and Kálvin Square, Szimpla Kert, and the Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden will all be transformed into unique urban venues for melodious free gigs from Friday to Sunday.
6pm - : PaintCocktail at Szimpla Kert
At PaintCocktail’s next event, you can replicate Van Gogh’s “Almond Blossom” with the help of a skilled English-speaking artist, while sipping on cool cocktail concoctions amid an easygoing and encouraging ambiance at one of Budapest’s most iconic ruin pubs, Szimpla Kert.
7:30pm - 9:30pm: Friday Night Bounce! – Free Improv Student Showcase and Open Jam at Müszi
Hosted by the Red Ball Theater – a Budapest-based artistic community that offers English-language stage-performance courses and presents various improvisation acts in the city – impromptu plays entertain guests at Müszi, as local talents take the stage with no pre-discussed plan to preform a 30-minute comedy show to the audience. More details
11pm - 5am: ßTotal Rush Happy Raveolution at Gozsdu Manó Klub
The Total Rush party series continues with revolutionary passion (worthy of the spirit of Hungary’s national holiday) and with merciless RAVE on the dance floor. Total Rush is revolutionary in itself, since it’s the only party series in Budapest that brings back the fast, hard, and euphoric dance music trends of the ’90s and the new millennium, such as happy hardcore, rave, and hardtrance.
10am - 5pm: Magical Ocean – Secret Marine Mission at the Museum of Hungarian Agriculture
This interactive exhibition – on view during March 18-30 – invites visitors on an imaginary underwater voyage. Passengers aboard a special submarine can explore never-before-seen aquatic landscapes while testing their courage and skills with confusing riddles and tricky puzzles. Participants can also join a secret mission, submerging into the dazzling realm of the Magical Ocean – and if they’re lucky, they can even meet the master of the deep waters, and his underwater empire’s strange enchanted creatures.
11pm - 3am: BLaCkOuT at BARhole Music Club
Travel back in time to the ’80s, ’90s, and early 2000s, and shake your different body parts to the best songs of Fat Joe, Xzibit, Snoop Doggy Dog, Gwen Stefani, Ja Rule, and many other great gangstas all night long at BARhole.
11pm - 6am: LÄRM: 3 years at Larm
It’s time for the legendary annual birthday party at Larm, one of Budapest’s most popular party points. They didn’t share too many details about the birthday bash, as they’re surely expecting everyone to show up, flood their friends with hugs, and show off their best moves in front of the DJ booths.
11pm - 6am: Corvin x Rewind pres. 25 Years of Drum & Bass World Tour at Corvin Club
Two living legends, founding fathers of bass and broken beats who have been shaping the electronic-music scene since the ’90s, return on world tour after 25 years. Partygoers at Corvin Club can inhale true drum and bass, thanks to Fabio & Grooverider, Total Science, the legendary MC Dynamite, and of course, the local heroes of Rewind.
11pm - 5am: TEREM pres. Finnebassen at TEREM Budapest
Finnebassen is one of the most popular Norwegian house music DJ-producers, whose name is not unknown in Budapest, as he already presided over many sold-out parties here. His musical style can be described as a mingle of smooth melodies and powerful grooves and basses.
10am - 4pm: Kiskertpiac and spring DIY matinee at Anker’t
Kiskertpiac is an eco-friendly fair of flowers, plants, bouquets, and gastro and design products. The spring DIY matinée awaits visitors with various programs and workshops, plant and flower vendors, herbs, floral decoration, special foods, jewelry, garden and kitchen accessories, vintage decorations, and natural cosmetics.
1:30pm - 11pm: St Patrick’s Day Parade starting at Szabadság Square
On the Sunday after St. Patrick’s Day, a jolly flock of face-painted folks in green gathers at 1:30pm at Budapest’s central Szabadság Square for a family-friendly festival, fill the air with Irish folklore as they weave their way through the heart of the city to the new Instant/Fogas Ház nightlife hub, where the Hibernian happening goes on late into the night.
6:15pm - 8:45pm: West Side Story at Bem Cinema
On Sunday, movie lovers can watch an iconic musical about a “modern-day” Romeo and Juliet, who fall deeply in love under the New York sky; however tensions between their communities careen toward tragedy. On Sunday, the film screens with original English audio and Hungarian subtitles at Bem Cinema.
8pm - 11pm: Lukas Graham at Papp László Budapest SportAréna
The Danish four-piece pop and soul band Lukas Graham charmed crowds worldwide with superb singles like “Mama Said” and “7 Years”. Now they embark on an expansive tour that crisscrosses the globe through mid-April, including stops at several major European cities like Budapest, where they step on stage on Sunday. More details