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Budapest Weekend Guide 27-29 October

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.

Friday, 27 October

MOTO Pizza Birthday Party

Attention, lovers of Neapolitan pizzas! On 27 October (5 pm to midnight), MOTO is celebrating its birthday with a house party at their Madách square joint, a stone's throw away from Deák Ferenc tér. And they are also giving away a free beer for every pizza. Top-notch food and cool drinks will be matched with music, too.

More details here

TO BE Continued – Exhibition

Get your daily dose of art at TOBE Gallery in Budapest's 8th district. This fine art gallery focuses on Ibero-American and Hungarian contemporary photography and has been hosting exhibitions for a decade now. To celebrate their 10th anniversary, they are displaying a special collection featuring new or not-yet-exhibited pieces by their favourite artists.

More details here

Kamay Ko Launch Party

If you are curious about local brands and don't mind a nice drink or a laidback party, join Kamay Ko's launch event. They are an 'environmentally conscious brand for honest, unusual and magnificent people', just about to release some new pieces. At downtown gallery Létminimum Bázis, you can try on wool vests, knitted sweaters, beanies, workwear coats, massive scarves and designed sweaters, but also check out the classics like their kimono dress, skirts, shirts and many others.

More details here

Free Jam Session Night

If you are a jazz enthusiast, you will be glad to hear that one of the main centres of Budapest’s local live music scene, Budapest Jazz Club, is hosting free jam sessions regularly. Just steps away from Jászai Mari tér, you can enjoy a laid-back and joyful evening with friends or family.
More details here

Halloween in the Zoo

Whether you've been to the Budapest Zoo & Botanical Gardens or not, their upcoming Halloween event is not something you'd want to miss. On 27 October, when the night falls, you can explore another side of the gardens: catch scuba diving at the Shark School, pet snakes, admire fire performances, learn about bats, join a frightening scavenger hunt, or carve pumpkins.

More details here

Saturday, 28 October

Flea Market at Szimpla Kert

If you enjoy the dusty potential and childish excitement of a flea market, head to Szimpla Kert on 28 October. First of all, it is Budapest's most famous ruin bar, which is worth a visit on any occasion. Second, it will transform into a proper flea market for a whole afternoon (12 pm - 5:30 pm), where you will most definitely find a souvenir much better than a magnet.

More details here.

Vingardium in the City – Wine Festival

To all wine lovers out there: on 28 October, you can sip on excellent wines and enjoy music at Bálna Budapest. The indoor wine festival Vingardium is offering nearly 150 types of vinoes from more than 30 wineries. The ticket allows you to sample as many bottles as you wish, and you can match it with a tapas plate, too.

More details here

Halloween at the Bem Cinema

Budapest boasts a very cool repertory cinema, which welcomes Halloween in style with spooky/scary/horror films. From 28 October, you can get the creeps from classics such as The Shining, Psycho, or The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

See the programme here.

Lucky Girl – Theatre play in English

Enrich your Saturday with culture and dark humour at Mind Reset Theatre's thought-provoking black comedy. 'Lucky Girl' explores our interaction with technology in an entertaining way, providing us with more than just a play. It promises a journey of self-discovery, humour, and high-vibe energy. The authors delicately point out key societal pitfalls without judgment, leaving it to the audience to draw their own conclusions. The language of the play is English.

Get tickets here

Budapest Charity Pumpkin Festival 2023

On 28 October, you can bring your artfully carved pumpkins to the iconic landmark Heroes' Square where hundreds of Halloween pumpkins are traditionally lit. Beginning at 7 pm, anyone can place their jack-o’-lanterns around the semi-circular colonnade of historic Hungarian heroes. Participants are also encouraged to bring a few cartons, cans or boxes of non-perishable food – festival organisers will deliver these edible donations to children in need. 

More details here

Sunday, 29 October

Halloween at the SUGAR! shop

Downtown sweets heaven SUGAR! shop is going extra this Halloween (27 October - 1 November), spoiling us with spooky-looking desserts, cakes, macarons, cookies, and other delicacies. We are definitely opting for the Wednesday collection, but the three smoking Halloween menus sound equally delicious. Though you can order them online or get them for takeaway, we encourage you to pop in and stay, as the whole shop will be decorated with bloody eyeballs, skulls, giant snakes, spiders, frogs, bats, and death's head gummies. You can also stock up on sweets for some trick-or-treating by browsing nearly a hundred varieties of colourful candies, gummy candies, and lollipops.

More details here

Charms of Seoul Exhibition

The first guest exhibition at the Museum of Ethnography comes from Seoul, South Korea. Opened recently, it explores the history of the South Korean capital and links it to the present day through the lens of changes in dress and home culture. It is important to note, however, that the exhibition, entitled Charm of Seoul – What we wear, where we live, is not primarily concerned with the history of the country but with the Korean lifestyle, the similarities and differences between the old and the new, the continuation of traditions, and the partial modernisation of the past.

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Recirquel: Solus Amor

Be part of an extraordinary performance which combines dance and circus, and will surely sweep you off your feet. 'Solus Amor'the latest production of contemporary circus company Recirquel, tells of a feeling that holds the universe together: love. The curiosity is that the dancers move together with a monumental and lifelike creature, a bear puppet designed by the world-famous South African artist Janni Younge.

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Día de los Muertos Party at Doboz

Día de Los Muertos, the Mexican 'Day of the Dead', is traditionally celebrated on November 1st or 2nd. However, downtown ruin bar Doboz is throwing a Latin fiesta at the end of October. On Sunday, you can indulge in a carnival-like celebration with matching decorations, welcome shots, and a discount on tequila!

More details here.

MonoNeon (USA)

MonoNeon, one of the world's most talented bass players, is coming to Budapest! On 29 October, the American bassist, experimental musician, and singer-songwriter, who was one of the last to play with Prince, is hitting the stage at downtown Akvárium Klub, where you can experience his talent in person.

Get tickets here


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