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Budapest Weekend Guide – January 12-14

Photo : Tamás Kőrösi / WLB

Our regular roundup for the upcoming weekend offers plenty of suggestions for where to go, what to do, and who should not be missed during the next three days. There are always so many happenings to choose from in Budapest – exhibitions, parties, live music, festivals and more – but here is our pick of the bunch:


Photo: Titanic Exhibition

9am – 8pm: Titanic Exhibition at Komplex

Last chance to see this world-renowned traveling exhibition in Budapest. From construction through to life on board and the ill-fated strike of the iceberg, and stories about heroism and humanity, the true story of the Titanic, the ship touted as unsinkable, always fascinates visitors. Here you can also find out more about its Hungarian connections. More details


7pm – : Budapest Jazz Club 10th Birthday at the Budapest Jazz Club

The Budapest Jazz Club is the oldest of its kind in Budapest with a reputation that goes beyond the country’s borders. In recent years, some of the most prestigious exponents of the genre have played here, and now this classic hangout is celebrating its tenth anniversary on January 12th and 13th, with a special line-up.


11pm – 5am: Caliente – Reggaeton + Latinpop Night at Volt Lokál

Machos and mamacitas will be shaking it on the dance floor to the hottest Latino tunes on Saturday night at Volt Lokál, where the best songs of Shakira, Ricky Martin, J. Lo and others fill the sensual atmosphere.


Photo: Dürer Kert

9:30pm – 10:30pm: David Bowie is at the Toldi Cinema

The Toldi Cinema will screen the movie about the groundbreaking and highly successful exhibition at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum titled David Bowie is to mark the anniversary of the pop legend’s death. The movie will be screened in English with Hungarian subtitles. The original screening takes place on Friday, but as tickets sold out super quick, another event will be held on Saturday.


12pm – 4pm: Saturday brunch with live acoustic music at Urban Tiger

On Saturday, this speakeasy-style Asian eatery hosts a splendid Saturday brunch accompanied by soothing acoustic music. The menu is impressive, including dishes such as ham & egg pancake, shrimp curry, duck breast salad and avocado toast, not to mention delightful desserts.


11pm – 5am: The Dubstep Story presents: Ponicz at Dürer Kert

Dance and electro DJ Ponicz brings his own unique take on dubstep to Budapest on Saturday, showing off his signature sound of dirty bass tones in energetic patterns combined with crazy switch ups, creative FX and cheeky spoken-word samples.



Photo: IMDB

8:15am – 11:15am: Zúzmara Half Marathon at Hungexpo

Hardcore joggers gather at the Hungexpo, Budapest’s extensive fair center in District X, to tackle a half marathon in the depths of winter on Sunday. The race starts at 10am.


10am – 6pm: Vegan Sunday Market at Anker’t

This small vegan market is held for the last time this year at the Anker’t ruin pub, warmly welcoming followers of a vegan or healthy lifestyle with countless healthy treats. Pamper your taste buds with wonderful vegan produce purchased at this market, such as vegan ingredients for grilling, coffee specialties, cakes, sandwiches, chili sauces and much more, while meeting new people at this cool community center. The event is child- and dog-friendly.


5pm – 6:45pm: Labyrinth at the Bem Cinema

Remember magnificent David Bowie as Jareth the devilishly enchanting Goblin King…? No need to say any more, this ’80s fantasy classic was part of our childhoods. For those of you whose youth was deprived of this wonderfully weird movie, the story follows 15-year-old Sarah, who wishes for his little baby brother to be taken away. However, when the Goblin King unexpectedly grants her wish, a guilt- and fear-ridden Sarah has to make her way on a rescue mission through a brick maze populated by Muppets. Jareth is back on the big screen, so don’t miss.