Budapest Weekend Guide for 11-13 January
Our regular round-up 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:
The Hungarian National Gallery’s big-hitting exhibition, Bacon, Freud and the School of London, ends on Sunday, so this is the last weekend to see it. Read more about the exhibition here.
A fully functional wood-fired sauna installed inside an old minibus is parked at the waterfront Valyo Kikötő by red Rákóczi Bridge on the Pest side. Anyone can book a Scandinavian-style session by the river – all you need to bring is your swimsuit, a towel and flip-flops. A changing room, a cold shower and the panorama are all provided, while an adjacent hut offers hot drinks. Book here
It’s that time of the year again, when tattooed folks gather to practise the noble art of stagediving, egged on by the primal noise of the likes of Hit By A Schoolbus, Watch My Dying and the Hortobágy Hardcore Crew. (Hortobágy has a hardcore crew?!?) Unforeseen will also be presenting their new album. The action takes place around three concert halls.
The life of a circus artist is a constant struggle against the powers of gravity. But what if we’d turn gravity off, or even… reverse it? This performance by underground circus ensemble Freak Fusion challenges physics, allowing the audience to witness what is it like to escape this downwards pressure.
Mamacitas and machos unite as Latin tunes take over at Yellow Budapest on Friday. Reggaeton, hip hop, R&B and trap turn up the heat while tasty drinks cool you down all night. Groups of four girls get a free prosecco between 10pm and 11pm. If you’re looking for a fun party for Friday night, this is where you can go loco.
Czakó Piac is a farmer’s market full of friendly vendors, awaiting visitors in the lovely garden of an old Hungarian peasant house on the Buda side. Stalls offer organic products, vegetables, eggs, mouthwatering meat, handcrafted cheeses, wild mushrooms and countless unique specialities that are not available elsewhere in the capital. The chef at Czakó Kert prepares the best breakfasts and lunches from the delicacies available here while the market is open.
On Saturday, Budapest’s most famous ruin pub, Szimpla Kert, holds a flea market, offering all kinds of knickknacks from ceramics to toys, accessories, statuettes, old photos, lampshades, teddy bears, paintings, rugs and endless trinkets.
On Saturday, mhmm hosts their next party at The Studios in BrodyLand. The first (top floor) will be a house room, the basement turns into a wild space, while on the ground floor guests can mingle in the spacious, heated courtyard and take part in a pop-up workshop.
The Mika Tivadar Mulató hosts an evening when swing and jazz combine with cool contemporary tunes, and the best hits of the 1990s mix with modern music presented by Lapidem from France and Lay DNA. Entry is free for all!
If you are up for a party, head down to the Akvárium Klub, where the crowd shakes it to New School hip hop, trap and rap this Saturday. DJ Gozth, Sammiebeats and DJ N1ce spin discs all night.
You can start your Sunday with an energising yoga session on the rooftop of the Aria Hotel, surrounded by a splendid panorama. The entry fee includes Aria Signature refreshment, while for two hours after the session you can use the Harmony Spa as well. Register at: email@example.com.
Hardcore joggers gather on Sunday at Hungexpo, Budapest’s extensive fair complex in District X, to tackle a half marathon — or other distances — in the depths of winter. The event starts with a five-kilometre run-out at 9am, while the half marathon kicks off at 10:30am. More details and application (in Hungarian)
Nobody puts Baby in a corner!! We don’t have to explain the storyline here, just go the Bem on Sunday and have the time of your life watching Johnny and Baby do the dirty dance. English audio and Hungarian subtitles.