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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 involved!

Friday, 24 February

7th Indoor Beer Festival

You can taste more than 100 types of draught beer during the Beer Festival at the Budapest Marriott Hotel on 24-25th February. The selection will be generous: APA, IPA, Stout and the rest of the family will all join the party. Think craft beers from small breweries and brews from well-known brands. With the entrance ticket, you can try as many variations on the tap as you like and you can even pair the drinks with dinner (starting at 7 pm on both days).

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Kerala Dust concert

Kerala Dust, a band formed in London in 2016, is coming to Budapest on February 24th to hit the stage at Akvárium Klub. They grew up on the sounds of CAN, The Velvet Underground and Tom Waits, while spending blurry mornings in nightclubs, so they combine those disparate influences of psychedelic rock, blues and techno into one. Their live performances are a constant conversation around the sounds from the studio. Pieces are re-interpreted, looped, dismantled, and put back together again, resulting in unique tunes.

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Masquerade ball at Ötkert

Although the carnival season (farsang) is officially over, the downtown club Ötkert extended its celebration. On the night of February 24th, you can join a mysterious masquerade ball, with everyone wearing a mask, and DJs playing danceable tunes. You can even reserve a VIP table to go exclusive.

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Saturday, 25 February

Flea Market at Szimpla Kert

To all the antique and vintage lovers out there: if you like a good flea market, head to Szimpla Kert on the last Saturday of February. First of all, this is Budapest's most famous ruin bar - which is worth a visit on any occasion. Second, it will turn into a proper flea market for a whole afternoon (12 pm - 6 pm), where you will most definitely find a souvenir much better than a magnet.

Carnival and Farmers' Market

Carnival celebrations are popping up on Saturday too. For example on Hunyadi Square, paired with a local farmers' market. You can fill your shopping basket with homemade marmalades, honey, hams, and other products made by local producers. In addition, in the spirit of the carnival, churros and doughnuts will be offered as well. You can gorge on goodies such as hot chocolate, hot tea or mulled wine, while a DJ is playing live. Children can get a nice face painting between 10 am and 12 pm.

Carnival at Tereza

And the last farsang-related fiesta of the year is brought to you by the Mexican restaurant Tereza. The place will host a 3-day-long carnival with loads of music, dancing, eating, and drinking (starting on Friday). Dressing up is not obligatory but highly recommended, as everyone wearing a costume will get their first Margarita shot for free. And you can even win a HUF 100,000 voucher to use at the restaurant later. 

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Night Run in Kamaraerdő

The team of RUNaway will lead a community run in Kamaraerdő, which you can join free of charge. Just show up on February 25th at 6 pm in Kamaraerdő's parking lot, close to Ifjúsági Park (type Norman-Kert Kft into Google Maps). The distance is 8 km, and the pace is slow enough for you to appreciate (and take some photos of) the view. It is a night run, which makes it all the more exciting, and the team will bring a bunch of extra head torches too. In case of any questions, email at info@runaway.hu.

Sunday, 26 February

Visit the Ludwig Museum

If you like modern art, it has never been easier to make the most out of your Sunday. Head to the Ludwig Museum (the Museum of Contemporary Art), and start with the solo exhibition of Zsófia Keresztes, called After Dreams: I Dare to Defy the Damagewhich seeks to explore the ambivalent relationship of past and present to the future and the stages of finding identity in four major units. Then at 4 pm, join a guided tour (in English) taking you through the Time Machine exhibition.

Cleansing yin yang flow yoga in a salt cave

Prepare your body and soul for the spring by joining the cleansing session in Sóker Salt Cave. In this special yoga class (starting at 5.30 pm) energising flow meets stretching yin poses, while the sea salt spray helps your breathing. The practice ends with deep relaxation, accompanied by calming sounds.

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Casablanca at BEM Cinema

BEM Cinema (our favourite repertory cinema screening big classics) brings us another masterpiece on Sunday; the iconic Casablanca. The black-and-white American movie from 1942, will be screened in its original language with Hungarian subtitles, starting at 7.30 pm.

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