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  • We Love Budapest

26/08/2022 12.13pm

Shows, concerts and cultural attractions – Budapest is always buzzing. Each week, we gather all of the important happenings taking place in our favourite city so you can plan ahead. Go out and get involved!

Friday, 26 August

Photo: Gioli & Assia

Night of Zoos
Seal shows
, elephant training and fire jugglers, there are all kinds of attractions when the city's menageries, including Budapest Zoo and Budakeszi Wildlife Park, take part in Friday evening's nationwide Night of Zoos. Along with animal feeding, at Budakeszi, you can also get to know the wonderful world of ants and nocturnal insects, with tests of courage involved! Events start at 7pm, 6.30pm at Budakeszi. More details 

Historical Tales with GIOLI & ASSIA
Italian musician-producer Giorgia Giolí Lipari and singer-songwriter-DJ Assia Nania have been making music together for several years. Its complexity is spiced up by the exciting choice of locations for their music videos. They have already filmed in the ruins of the medieval Andromeda Theatre and in the craters of active volcanoes. One of today's most exciting live electronica duos will now perform at the renovated Lion's Courtyard in Buda Castle. Things kick into gear from 6pm. More details

Óbuda Craft Beer Festival
On the main square of picturesque Óbuda, local artisanal breweries present their beers and reveal the secrets of their craft. On stage, acts such as Supernem and the Ivan&The Parazol acoustic duo tread the boards. A playhouse awaits children in the Esérnyos courtyard, with a fire juggling show by the Firebirds and a participatory recycling workshop both scheduled. More details

Saturday, 27 August

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Szimpla Plant Exchange
The Indoor Plant Fair & Exchange at ruin bar Szimpla kert on Saturday is the perfect place to buy and exchange perennials and other greenery, with all kinds of tipsinfo and items available to help every urban gardener. More details

HopTop Birthday at Főzdepark
The local HopTop Brewery celebrates its sixth birthday in style on Saturday with lots of beer and communal events. You can take part in a brewery visit, taste a Locked Down cocktail, enjoy a burger courtesy of the Billog Food Truck, and in the evening sip special beers to the backdrop of live music. This year, the dress code is pink to match the Tropical Swinger Club labelAdmission free. More details

Budapest Roller Disco
On the last Saturday of August, a roller disco allows newcomers to learn the steps and the more experienced spinners to hit the floor as DJ Suhaid and DJ Husky Joe spin tunes. A light show brightens up the surrounding buildings. The event is free, and organisers also provide skates on-site. More details

St Stephen’s Day fireworks
Held over from last Saturday, 20 August, the firework party to celebrate the national holiday of St Stephen’s Day will now take place this Saturday at the usual time of 9pm. The spectacular half-hour show takes place in Hungary's national colours of red, white and green, shot from the quays and the river roughly between Liberty Bridge and Margaret Bridge. Whether you position yourself on the Buda or Pest embankment, you should have a great view, but bear in mind that it gets extremely busy with thousands of bystanders watching. If you'd like to climb higher, Gellért HillBuda Castle and Fishermen's Bastion are always good options. More details

Sunday, 28 August

Photo: Makers Of Budapest - Facebook

Makers’ Market Budapest
Makers' Market Budapest is a monthly fair where the shoppers can find unique designer products and meet their creators. After a longer summer break, on the last Sunday of August, it returns to the Fény utca Market in Buda, with delicious snacks and great coffee provided by local cafés and eateries. More details 

Guided Tour – Monet, Gauguin, Pissarro in the Gallery
This guided tour in English continues a series of presentations at the Hungarian National Gallery focusing on art after 1800s. The 19th-century rooms, running from late Romanticism through to Symbolism, are where you'll find works by Monet, Gauguin, Pissarro and their contemporaries, in the spotlight for this hour-long visitTickets are 1,500 forints on top of the standard admission fee to the gallery. More details

Hungarian Jazz Day
On Sunday, you can celebrate Hungarian Jazz Day with several concerts and performances at the House of Hungarian Music. This one-day event begins with an informative talk in Hungarian about how jazz works, followed by shows by the Sárközi Dina Quintet, the Dresch Quartet and, to finish the evening, Attila László's Fusion Circus. More details

Tash Sultana
Still in her twenties, Aussie Tash Sultana is an incredible talent. In her music, you can find lo-fi sound as well as R&B flavours and psychedelic guitar riffs. She loves collaborating with other musicians – such as Milky Chance and Matt Corby – and now she’s bringing a full live band to Europe. You can experience her magical sounds on Sunday at Budapest Park. More details

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