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Budapest Weekend Guide: June 10-12

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 – festivals, exhibits, live music, cocktails, performances, and more – but here is our pick of the bunch for the imminent 72 hours or so:


2pm - 2am: 11th Főzdefeszt at Városliget Főzdefeszt was the first festival to highlight local artisanal breweries, and this year, they’ll be returning to their original concept – less international favorites, more Hungarian products, all to be sampled in City Park during June 10-12. Apart from sipping the ice-cold suds, you’ll also be able to bite some street food or have a picnic. Since this year’s Főzdefeszt will be at a new location – at City Park's Napozótér (“Sunbathing Field”) – we can’t imagine a more chilled-out way to greet the weekend.

5pm - : Apartment Boutique – Hey June at a secret locationApartment Boutique is not a flea market: instead of pushy crowds and cramped conditions, this event features a comfortable changing room and huge mirrors, easy check-out, and a gift for all shoppers!

New goodies: their regular team members and newly recruited sellers – including fashiondesigners, a stylist, a celebrity hairstylist, and fashion bloggers – bring you clothes and accessories from their spring and summer wardrobe, sorted by size and category for your convenience. They have something in store for the guys too! You’ll receive the exact location after you’ve registered here.

7pm - : Take a Walk on the B-side – A Photo Exhibition at Akvárium Klub On a sleepy winter night, Open Air Radio’s music editor, Peter Pritz, had a vision: he foresaw a photo exhibition, where there would be covers of popular albums lined up, not reproduced, but rather recreated with new characterswell-known Hungarian musicians. His inspiration came from the titles of records he loves, and he started writing down his ideas ecstatically. After a long time, the idea came to life, and on this Friday, you can see the final photos for the first time at Akvárium Klub – but just for a limited time, as the exhibition will go on tour throughout the summer, and will be appearing at the Volt Festival, Sziget Festival, and Strand Festival. Come and take a walk on the B-side.
8pm - : Budapest Summer Festival at Margaret IslandThe Budapest Summer Festival, starting on June 10th and lasting through August 30th, offers a wide range of open-air cultural programs for the summer months. It will begin with an opening concert by the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra with Chinese pianist Yu Wang, conducted by Zoltán Kocsis. This concert will be followed by a wide range of different cultural activities: on Sunday, for example, you can experience the performance of critically acclaimed jazz singer Stacey Kent, or participate in family activities.

11pm - 6am: Astronautmusic Presents Shaded at Corvin Club Born and raised in Newport Beach, Skyler Taugher (better known to most as SHADED) has long racked up credibility close to home. As member in former duo SHDWPLAY, he had his earliest releases on Dubfire’s SCI+TEC imprint. Switching over to his solo project in 2012, it wasn’t long before he added a couple more notches to his SCI+TEC belt, later joining Tiga’s Turbo Recordings label with some impressive releases. While spending his summers in Barcelona and winters in California, Taugher has been steadily been gaining notoriety from fans and fellow producers alike with his genre-bending sound and textured live sets – which you can experience live on this Friday!Saturday

10am - 6pm:
The Day of District II
at Millenáris Park The Municipality of District II is organizing a festival at Millenáris Park on June 10th and 11th, with free concerts – on Saturday, the Alma Band, Ági Szalóki, and the Hot Jazz Band will perform. On June 11th, family-friendly attractions such as playgrounds, craft activities, and cooking sessions guarantee a fun atmosphere. This year’s special guest is Hollókő.

10am - 6pm: Japanese Days at Ferenc Hopp Museum of Asian Arts Organized by the Hungarian-Japanese Friendship Society, Japanese Days are happening between June 10-12, when you’ll be able to try the traditional Japanese version of chess, learn about anime, view ancient Japanese and Korean paintings, try Japanese gastronomy, or dress up in traditional clothes. There will also be a cosplay championship and a haiku exhibition, while Japanese-inspired gifts will be sold in the garden.
10am - 2am: POOL&BEER at Vituki PoolBig splashes, cold beer, and an all-day dance party, all just a quick trip from the city center. A true partygoer cannot miss the Saturday experience of the all-day POOL&BEER festivities.

Music from 10am until dawn, an outdoor pool, thermal water, cold drinks, a sauna, locker rooms, mangopapa, no decibel limit = the first day of endless summer.

11pm - 5am: Next Level Presents ︻ ƱZ ︻ at A38 ShipThe mysterious UZ surfaced in 2012 with his amazing Trap Shit series. Immediately gaining attention and praise from tastemakers and top labels, he dropped records on OWSLA, Mad Decent, Jeffrees, BNR, Mau5trap, and SMOG, all within months of his first releases. Though the details of his personal identity are unknown, his productions and style have a life of their own. His sounds are minimal, yet powerful, with a menacing intensity, maturity, and restraint.

A consummate performer, the last three years has seen UZ perform on six continents and play such notable festivals as EDC, Hard, Sonar, and Stereosonic.

He is more than a sound, or a mask, and can only be described as one thing:


11pm - 4am:

Extend x Margaret Dygas
at Corvin Club Polish born, German raised, an escape to San Jose, a pit-stop in NYC, followed by plenty of years bopping next to the booths in the depths of fabric results in one very musically enriched young woman. Margaret Dygas is majorly on the ball when it comes to rocking a dance floor. The combination of groove, funk, a little wonk, a highly coveted record collection, residencies at places like Club der Visionaere, and one of the most wonderful “joie de vivre” presences we have ever seen behind the decks makes every encounter with the Polish beauty an unforgettable one.Sunday

11am - 10pm: EZER at Római Part There’s a place near the city on riverside Római Part where you can play frisbee and petanque all day long, meet new best friends or worst enemies during a table tennis game, see if you are the next Björn Borg on the double tennis courts, win EINFACH BERLIN stuff, sit around all day, or dive into the Danube.

Jump up and down on the giant trampoline, play badminton in the light of the setting sun, form a professional volleyball team with strangers, or just simply kick the ball around while bands and DJs provide the soundtrack for the sports montage of your life.
7.30pm - : Dropkick Murphys, Derkovbois at Barba Negra TrackBoston’s most magnificent ship is setting sail for the port of rockmusic on the Danube – which means that the Dropkick Murphys are back in town on June 12th, to rock out with everyone at Barba Negra Track. They are well-known for their live shows where the audience sings along, dances, and clasps the world in their arms.
Cold beer, Irish bagpipes, and fast punk rock – what else could we ask for? Not to mention that their current tour is named as the 20 Year Anniversary St. Patrick’s Day Tour, which guarantees a setlist full of their greatest hits, from “I’m Shipping Up To Boston” to “Rose Tattoo”, from “Going Out In Style” to “The Boys Are Back”. One of Budapest’s best concerts of the month.

9pm - : Napozó x Secret Cinema Volume One – Limitless at NapozóWannabe writer Eddie (Bradley Cooper) is heartbroken, broke, and blocked, until a friend slips him an experimental smart drug, transforming him from scuzzy loser into a retouched genius. Yes, it’s a Faust for the pharmaceutical age – an uglified Anna Friel pops up as a burned-out former addict – and Eddie soon finds himself haunted by blackouts and hunted by bad guys. Burger (The Illusionist) and Cooper both have enormous fun with the daft material, and it’s good to see RobertDe Niro in fine form, as a billionaire on the trail of Eddie’s secret. With a touch of Scott Pilgrim’s enhanced visuals and tongue firmly in cheek, it’s smart, stylish and entertaining – like Fincher’s The Game on crack.

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