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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:


10am - 5pm: Bacon, Freud and The School of London at the Hungarian National Gallery

A new exhibition at the National Gallery brings the School of London to Budapest for the first time. The highlight of the show, arranged in collaboration with Tate Britain, are works by a pair of key representatives of this 20th-century movement, Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud.

1pm - : Hungarian Sausage Festival in the park at the Hungarian Railway Museum

Between Friday and Sunday, carnivorous crowds gather around the park at the Hungarian Railway Museum in Budapest’s District XIV to immerse in the peculiar countryside tradition of pig-slaughtering. Visitors can discover the country’s long-standing culinary customs while devouring a delicious feast of pork-based dishes. A shot (or more) of pálinka should help digest hefty meals. Family events, folklore shows, musical performances and presentations make the festival complete.

4pm - : Kürtőskalács (chimney cake) Festival at Gesztenyés Kert

Autumn’s most aromatic food festival celebrates Hungary’s traditional sugar-dusted pastry, chimney cake, between Friday and Sunday the Gesztenyés-kert in District XII. Sprinkled with cinnamon, cocoa, walnut, coconut, vanilla and everything sweet, various versions of this tasty treat will be here for you to sample, while the festival also presents the age-old methods of preparing chimney cake from baking them over hot coals to frying them in oil.

6:30pm - : First Man Pre-premiere screening at the Puskin Cinema

On Friday and Saturday, First Man screens before its Budapest premiere in original English audio and Hungarian subtitles at the Puskin Cinema. The multiple Oscar-winner La La Land team of lead Ryan Gosling and director Damien Chazelle have got back together to produce the captivating story of NASA’s Moon-landing mission. First Man concentrates on Neil Armstrong and the 1960s, and was based on the book by James R Hansen.

7pm - : Tereza Hacienda Opening Weekend at Tereza

Over the summer, Tereza impressed Budapest with authentic Mexican food. Now, they close their spacious garden for the colder months, but only to move into the indoor restaurant. The opening weekend presents the new menu items and specials.


8am – 2pm: Czakó Piacz at Czakó Kert

Czakó Piac is a farmers’ 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 meats, 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 lunchesfrom the delicacies available here while the market is open.

2pm - 10pm: Olaszriesling Tasting event at the Corinthia Hotel

The year’s biggest Olaszriesling tasting event showcases more than 200 varieties from nearly 80 wineries, a must for all oenophiles. Olaszriesling is the most widely produced white grape in Hungary, considered highly terroir-expressive, meaning that the character of these wines is greatly influenced by their place of origin.

7pm - 9pm: Hungarian National Ballet: Three Dances at Müpa

On Saturday night, the Hungarian National Ballet performs three choreographies by three seminal artists of modern ballet, Johan Inger, Sharon Eyal and William Forsythe. With new forms of movement and individual outlooks, all three pieces salute classical tradition and technique.

8pm - : Ibaaku at Instant

Senegalese multi-instrumentalist musician, composer, DJ and producer Ibaaku is a trendsetter in modern African music and an iconic figure of Afro-Futurism, addressing the African diaspora through the prism of science fiction. His style is a blend of electronica and traditional African music. On Saturday he performs at Instant.

11pm - : Intergalactic Gary and Pasiphae at Lärm

Two Dutch DJs hit the stage at Lärm on Saturday. Intergalactic Gary and Pasiphae are both well-known members of Holland's club scene and often collaborate on records or play live together.


10am - 1pm: Yoga Brunch at the Rudas Baths

Start your Sunday with invigorating exercise amid a soothing atmosphere and splendid panorama. The Rudas Baths await everyone with a 60-minute yoga session, and a hearty and healthy brunch as a reward afterwards.

10am - 6pm: Vegan Sunday Market at Anker't

A small vegan market warmly welcomes the followers of a vegan or healthy lifestyle with countless healthy treats. Pamper your taste buds with wonderful vegan products and meet new people at this cool community centre. The event is child- and dog-friendly, and also comes with cooking workshops.

4pm - 6pm: David Lynch: Eraserhead at the Hungarian National Gallery

David Lynch’s surreal universe came into being with his debut movie, Eraserhead.Lynch, who is also an active painter, often mentioned that the career of Francis Bacon had great influence on his works. On Sunday, Eraserhead screens at the Hungarian National Gallery, organised in connection with the exhibition Bacon, Fraud and the School of London.

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