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The weekend starts here – gigs, films, festivals & more


  • We Love Budapest

05/08/2022 12.42pm

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. Get out and get involved!

Friday, 5 August

Koop Oscar Orchestra

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Kevin Smith’s cult indie smash from 1994 was shot for under $30,000 in the same convenience and video stores where he worked at the time. Hilarious dialogue and everyday interaction between the two slackers behind the counter carry the film, as various characters and customers come and go. Picked up by the later tainted Miramax company, it went on to make $3 million at the box office. Shown in original (and quite explicit!) English with Hungarian subtitles at the Bem cinema. More details

Koop Oscar Orchestra
One of the most characteristic innovators of nujazz, Sweden's Koop Oscar Orchestra, return to the A38 stage after six years. The original duo of Oscar Simonsson and Magnus Zingmark created innovative music that is largely rooted in jazz, but also contains elements of hip hop. The KO Orchestra reinterpret this material alongside new, unreleased tracks. Special guests Perpētuum play experimental music with a pop and rock foundation. More details

The Anahit
Adopting a more cheerful approach since their more melancholic earlier works, Hungarian band The Anahit still offer impressions of everyday life in their lyrics. They've also moved into singing in their own language, as illustrated by recent singles Szétcúsztam and Meg nem faj. With a few old tunes thrown in, their Friday night show at popular floating nightspot PONTOON should get everyone in a party mood for the weekend. More details

Saturday, 6 August

Margaret Island

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Gardrób Communal Fair  
On the first Saturday in August, at the ELTE Hall, you can sell your clothes banished to the depths of the wardrobe or products that you might have made. If you just want to browse, it could be that what someone else has cast aside will become your summer favourite. More details

Clothes & knick-knack fair at MANYI
If there are piles of clothes in your wardrobe that haven't been worn in months, then head over to MANYI on Saturday where cast-off togs and accessories change hands. Also available will be cold lemonade and delicious veggie lasagneVendors can rent a spot for 3,000 forints – register at More details

Margaret Island
Viki Lábas and Margaret Island need no introduction to the domestic audience. Full of female energy, the group with acoustic and folk roots join several other musicians such as Pandóra ProjektBrenka and Solére, for a mini-fest at Budapest Park. More details 

Open Air LUNAR
Encouraged by the success of their first outdoor partyOpen Air LUNAR organisers are staging another, the last one of the summer. The theme is as before: houseprogressive house and melodic techno by day, followed by hard and industrial techno after dark for 14 hours of sounds. The DJ line-up includes George Jr., Envase, David Temessi and Mzperx. More details

Sunday, 7 August

Budapest Zoo

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Zoo Festival
Celebrating its birthday, Budapest Zoo is organising a multi-day festival over a long weekend with family activitiesguided walks, children's concerts and evening shows for grown-ups when bands such as Paulina and Ivan & The Parazol take the stage. More details

Farmer’s market & burger showcase  
At this Sunday's regular Pancs – Gastroplacc farmer's market, burgers take centre stage as well as local producers. Szabi will create his special baked goods, and you can always find vegan delights by Füves KataYumma TeaSzorgos Gazda and Bodor Estate. For details of other farmer’s markets around Budapest, see our special feature here. More details 

Once Upon a Time in the West
Sergio Leone and Ennio Morricone combine once more in this classic Spaghetti Western starring Jason Robards, Henry Fonda, Claudia Cardenale and Charles Bronson. Slower and more sombre than others in the genre, this two-and-a-half-hour epic of good versus evil shot in widescreen cinematography should provide perfect entertainment for a Sunday evening. Shown from 7pm in English with Hungarian subtitles at the wonderful Bem cinema, with Hungarian subtitles. More details

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