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Friday, 14 April
Nibble on taco and chimichanga
Be part of a special gastronomic and cultural experience at downtown restaurant Tereza. The place turns into a Tex-Mex city for four days (13-16 April), adding specialities with an American-Mexican fusion to its menu. Expect tacos, tortillas, and chimichanga as part of the themed weekend.
More info and reservations here.
Watch a Hungarian film with English subtitles
If you are up for a Hungarian film experience and are a fan of rap music too, watch the drama called Larry at Művész Cinema (an art cinema on Grand Boulevard). It is far from being a breezy rom-com, it is a film that will shake you and stick with you for a while."It tells the story of Adam who lives in isolation due to his stuttering, and hip-hop is the only way he can get rid of his speech impediment." IMDB
Get tickets online on the Hungarian site here or on the spot.
Join Budapest Ritmo festival
Budapest Ritmo, a gem of city festivals ever since 2016, will offer a real musical expedition between 12-15 April. On Friday, Emilíana Torrini & The Colorist Orchestra lead you into their special world with their latest album, Racing the Storm. Then Tamikrest shakes you up with their psychedelic music and brave political stance. One concert hall away, hope, connection, and cross-border similarities unfold in the performance of a Ukrainian and a Polish girl: Daga and Dana, i.e. DAGADANA. Closing the night, DJ Koulla P. Katsikoronou & DJ Kraaaouuu will give you a taste of the Cypriot party scene.
See the programme here and get your daily ticket here.
Saturday, 15 April
Hunt for vintage clothes on Madách Square
Things will liven and brighten up in the city centre on April 15th when second-hand and vintage clothes take over a chunk of Madách Square. Hipster hotspot and bar Telep welcomes visitors to their spring sale: you can spend a pleasant - hopefully warm - Saturday afternoon buying stuff and searching for hidden treasures.
Celebrate cherry blossoms at the ELTE Botanical Gardens
Things will look rosy this weekend at the ELTE Botanical Gardens. The Sakura celebration is an annual tradition here (you can chill on blankets among cherry blossoms, picnic-style), and this year the two dedicated weekends are 15-16 April and 22-23 April. These days, you can also learn about Japanese culture, join language classes and workshops, listen to music, or try martial arts. The students of MOME (a Budapest-based university for artists, designers, and creators) will exhibit ceramics inspired by the Eastern country.
Read more and get tickets here.
Catch an improv theatre performance
Momentán Improv Theatre Company (Hungary’s most popular improvisational theatre, which established the genre in the country) dedicated its upcoming show to celebrating spring and all the fun it brings. On April 15th, you can tune into a cheery mood with their Re: Verse performance, where songs are born on the spot. The actors fuse genres and create lyrics based on everything from headlines, automatic translation engines, guest complaints, and inspirational quotes. You can even get involved and throw in ideas for them to work with.
The language of the performance is English. Get tickets here.
Go to the Eels concert
After more than 30 years of music and 14 albums, Mark Oliver Everett and his changing line-up are finally coming to Budapest. The Eels' concert is what you might call an Important Music Event. We hope they will not only play their latest music from the last few years but also all the big hits and catchy tunes that have been released since 1995 when they recorded their first album.
Get tickets here.
Sunday, 16 April
Meet local designers at the Makers' Market Budapest
The Makers' Market Budapest is a monthly fair where you can get your hands on contemporary, artsy and designer products made by Hungarian designers. While at it, you can also chat with them and learn more about the items, which can make beautiful souvenirs too. Their upcoming event is on April 16th (10 am - 5 pm), and apart from stocking up on super cool designer goodies, you can also join workshops and listen to live acoustic music at the Fény utca Market.
Taste wine at the Spring Picnic in Etyek
Etyek is a picturesque village (a 35-minute drive away from Budapest) famous for its wine production. Vineyards dot the landscape, so a trip here always comes with stunning views. Every spring, a traditional picnic is hosted, livening up the hills and the Gastro Promenade with music, local products, seasonal food, wine tastings, and a vibrant atmosphere. This year, the Spring Picnic is on 15-16 April.
More details here.
See contemporary art the Budapest Photo Festival
Fresh Meat is part of the Budapest Photo Festival. Between 3-23 April, you can see the winning works of the young photographer generation in the Klauzál6 Project Gallery. Exhibitors include Flóra Dobos, Csilla Fodor, Zsófia Fügedi, Franciska Legát, Alan Ieong, Ádám Schór, and Adrienn Szövérffi. Entry is free.
Buy yourself flowers at the Kiskertpiac plant fair
Kiskertpiac is a seasonal plant fair in downtown Budapest, aiming to bring plant mamas, papas and wannabes together. On April 16th, you can tap into the flower power: from colourful stems to home decor and yummy bites, you can stock up on charming things under the trees of Mad Garden Buda.