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Budapest Weekend Guide: June 17-19

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:


10am - :
Kolorádó Festival
at Pál Sztrilich Scout Center Do you enjoy leaving civilization behind?

With the forest and a barn around you? With woodpeckers on the trees and almost no mobile phone signal? Then we have the perfect event for you. The organizers of Budapest’s first-ever Kolorádó Festival have arranged a big load of nice local bands (Camp Koala, The Best Bad Trip, Amoeba Band, and Budapest Big Band, just to name a few) and deejays to perform outdoors in a lesser-known hilltop green space of Budapest, so you can dance with Mother Nature to acidic techno, pick a stem of grass and put it in your mouth while digging a rowdy garage-rock gig, or just simply get high on stargazing. Between June 16-19 at Pál Sztrilich Scout Center, you can feast on grilled goods, play football, sew patches at TheGardenStudio’s workshop, get lost in the woods, or enjoy the DJ sets of the residents of Technokunst, NIGHTDRIVE, Lick The Click!, Designer Drums, and others. 10am - 11pm: Vegan Food Fest at AlleeAre you curious about what a hamburger made of purely vegetable-based ingredients tastes like? Would you like to know how to get satiated with a vegan hot dog? Or have you perhaps ever wondered what raw vegan stuffed cabbage or fried vegan cheese can be like, and what they are made of? Or is it the superfood green smoothies that spark your imagination? In addition to these aforementioned delights, you can taste many other dishes and snacks made of vegetable ingredients between June 16th and 19th, at the first Vegan Food Fest, when the promenade next to Allee turns into a swirling outdoor gastro festival with the city, your friends, and you. On the palette of the first Vegan Food Fest in Hungary, you will find the country’s most popular vegan and raw vegan restaurants, food bistros, street-food places, and confectionaries showcasing purely vegan and raw vegan food.

6pm - 10pm: Budapest A Cappella Festival 2016 at Várkert Bazaar Hangvető will organize the Budapest A Cappella Festival for the second time; within the frameworks of the Dunapest Festival, you can meet with the most exciting Hungarian and international singing groups. The three-day-long program awaits everyone at the Öntöház Courtyard of Várkert Bazaar where traditional and contemporary a cappella groups will perform. On Friday, you can enjoy the concerts of Abagar, Vusa Mkhaya, and Jazzation.

7pm - 9.30pm: The Pillowman at Vallai GardenThe Budapest English Theatre presents Martin McDonagh’s multi-award winning play, The Pillowman, on Friday. In McDonagh’s dark comedy, a man is arrested and interrogated about a series of short stories that bear a striking resemblance to a series of local child murders. He denies knowledge of the crimes, but is he innocent? After two shows played to capacity audiences the performance, directed by Virginia Proud, returns one more time to Vallai Kert.

10pm - 4am: Insomnia Presents Vini Vici at Akvárium KlubVini Vici is the brand new project of Aviram Saharai and Matan Kadosh, both well-known and experienced electronic music producers for over a decade. The concept of Vini Vici was formed as an attempt by the boys to express their love for the old-school sound paired with their progressive ideas. After their first releases, Infected Mushroom already named them as one of the best psy trance upcoming artists and it’s not a surprise that they are signed to the also legendary Iboga Records.Saturday

8.30am - 10am: Beach Yoga at NapozóThe Muditayoga team couldn’t resist the coolest beach venue of the city, so they are bringing a special edition of Yoga Flow every weekend this summer.

If you want to start the all-day beach chill-out in a super-relaxed way, come early, bring a yoga mat (or send a message to the organizers through Facebook), and come on down dog! The entry (2,000 HUF) also includes beach entry for the whole day.

9am - : The Color Run 2016 at Kincsem Park This is a special color run, where sport meets multihued fun. With every kilometer the participants will covered by a different color cloud. Following the completion, the program ends with concerts. The Color Run aims to make a liberated, happy, healthy life event what motivates more people. The Color Run wants to put moving in a different perspective to enjoy sporting. The carefree atmosphere of the festival blended to create a unique and family-friendly entertainment.

12pm - :Goatling and fish roast at KisBíró restaurant Pamper your taste buds with local and international fish specialties at KisBíró, where every Saturday a new lunch menu presents a variety of local and international fish dishes. For this special weekend, guests can devour roasted Hungarian trout or indulge in a deluxe oyster delicacy. Besides the aquatic meals, those who are after heartier treats can opt for KisBíró’s goatling specialty, a four-course locally sourced organic fiesta available for lunch or for dinner every day from Tuesday through Sunday (one goatling serves four people and costs 7,000 HUF per person).
6pm - 10pm: Kenny G at MillenárisGrammy award-winning saxophonist Kenny G will make his way to Millenáris for one unforgettable night. Kenny G will perform a number of his hits from his extensive career such as “Songbird,” “Forever In Love”, and “Silhouette.” In a recording career that spans almost three decades and 23 albums, he has grafted elements of R&B, pop and Latin to a jazz foundation solidifying his reputation as the premier artist in contemporary jazz. Since the early ’80s, his combination of unparalleled instrumental chops and indelible melodies has resulted in sales of more than 75 million records worldwide and more than a dozen climbs to the top of Billboard’s contemporary jazz chart.

8pm - 10.30pm: 2001 – A Space Odyssey at Bem Cinema2001 – A Space Odyssey is a landmark science–fiction classic – and probably the best science-fiction film of all time about exploration of the unknown. Director Stanley Kubrick’s work is a profound, visionary, and astounding film (a mysterious Rorschach film-blot) and a tremendous visual experience. This epic film contains more spectacular imagery (about what space looked like) and special effects than verbal dialogue. Viewers are left to experience the non-verbal, mystical vastness of the film, and to subjectively reach into their own subconscious and into the film’s pure imagery to speculate about its meaning. Many consider the masterpiece bewildering, boring, slow-moving, or annoying, but are still inspired by its story of how man is dwarfed by technology and space. Original (English) audio, Hungarian subtitles.11pm - 6am: Izhevski at Corvin Club If you talk to DJs, Moscow keeps popping up as one of the global hotspots. Short of slipping beneath the former Iron Curtain, your best option will be checking out Izhevski – one of the brightest representatives of the Russian underground dance-music scene. Izhevski was a longtime resident of the Moscow Internet radio station, DeepMix Radio (and currently, Shanti Moscow Radio), and is currently a resident of the legendary club, Propaganda, where he moves between everything from classic deep house to peak-time tech house.Sunday

5am - 4pm:
Contra Mundum & Move Presents Afterhours at Corvin Bar
Budapest never sleeps – not even after a Saturday night spent dancing and drinking.

That’s why Afterhours came to life: a party series that takes place every Sunday beginning at 6am at Corvin Club, for those who still don’t want to leave the club scene, but instead spend some more time on the dance floor. This time Seldon, Smole and Po:ti will stand behind the decks.
10am - 2am:

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 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 = endless summer.
2pm - 10pm: Miutcá Picnic at Városliget Get the neighbors, call your friends! Have a picnic at City Park. What to bring: neighbors, relatives, buddies, sandwiches, a bottle of wine or a few cans of beer, a blanket, and some games.

6pm - 8pm: Hair at Bem Cinema Claude, a farm boy from Oklahoma, “believes in God, and believes that God believes in Claude.” Claude travels to New York as a patriot to join the Vietnam War. However, in Central Park he meets a group of hippies. Claude discovers freedom, drugs, and his first love Sheila. He gradually stops believing in everything he used to consider “right.” This film is an anti-war parable full of hippie tenderness, psychedelic fantasies, and outstanding music. Hair was written in the decade after the 1960s, when the revolutionary spirit of that time had become a nostalgic memory. Original (English) audio, Hungarian subtitles.

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