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, 5 April

Bartók Spring International Arts Week

Bartók Spring brings classical and popular music, theatre, dance, literature, and visual arts to Budapest. Kicking off on April 5th, you can enjoy a cultural buzz for over a week (April 5th-14th). See performances by world stars and cutting-edge local artists, hosted by exciting venues – starting with the exhibition of Hungarian photographers who emigrated to the United States, an enchanting dance performance of Cinderella by Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, and the album release concert of three boldly experimental musicians; Hungarian singer Júlia Karosi, Estonian pianist Kristjan Randalu and Canadian trumpeter Ingrid Jensen.

See the full programme here.

National Dance House Festival

Immerse yourself in Hungarian folklore this weekend (April 5th-7th) at the National Dance House Festival. At the vibrant get-together, which has been organised annually since 1982, you can learn dancing, join handicraft workshops, browse a folk crafts market, enjoy concerts, and involve the little ones in musical activities, dances and games.

More details here.

Day Trip: Tulip Picking at the Danube Bend

Flower aficionados, attention! On April 5th, the TulipGarden Dunakanyar opens its gates at the Danube Bend (Northern Hungary), and the short trip will be so worth it. Picture a field of 70 thousand vibrant tulips, where you can not only stroll but also pick your favourites (bring your own gear if you can). The entry fee is HUF 1,000 and you need to pay HUF 300 per stem. 

More details here (Hungarian-only).

Saturday, 6 April

Vinyl and Crafts Fair at Szimpla Kert

Budapest's most renowned ruin bar, Szimpla Kert, is transforming into a market on Saturday. Between midday and 6 pm, you can not only shop local designers' jewelleries but also vinyls.

More details here and here (Hungarian only).

Sakura Celebration at the ELTE Botanical Gardens

ELTE Botanical Gardens, Budapest's oldest botanical garden nestled in the heart of the 8th district is a must. This time of the year, you can not only feast your eyes on the pretty blossoms but also spread your picnic blanket beneath them. During the first two weekends of April (6th-7th and 13th-14th), Sakura celebrations bring additional activities too, giving you the chance to learn more about Japanese culture.

More details here (Hungarian-only).

Winelovers Grand 2024

The first wine festival of the year is here, and it's taking place in no less fabulous place than the Corinthia Budapest's ballroom. It will be bustling with more than 150 Hungarian exhibitors showcasing more than 700 wines. You can also sample an international selection and spirits if you feel like it or join master courses or pop-up lectures.

More details and tickets here.

Carson Coma 5th Birthday

Carson Coma is the new craze taking the scene by storm. Hailing from Hungary, this alternative pop-rock band has been captivating concert venues for a while now. Next up, they are taking the stage at MVM Dome to throw their biggest birthday party ever. So if you're eager to discover emerging local talent at a crazy show, here is your chance.

Get tickets here.

 Sunday, 7 April 

Kiskertpiac Plant Fair

Kiskertpiac is a seasonal plant fair in downtown Budapest, aiming to bring plant mamas, papas and wannabes together under one roof. On April 7th (10 am - 4 pm), the taproom MADHOUSE will be filled with lush greenery once again, so you can stock up on lush plants and other plant-related goods (such as jewellery and prints) to welcome spring properly. And also neck a beer or two.

More details here.

Sunday Brunch at Spago Budapest

No better way to start a Sunday than with brunch! If you'd like to make it luxurious, head to the stunning Matild Palace, where Spago Budapest awaits with a sumptuous selection between midday and 3 pm. Prepare yourself for a culinary journey blending Hungarian fine dining with the vibrancy of Californian cuisine. Impeccable flavours are ensured by MasterChef Wolfgang Puck and Executive Chef István Szántó.

Book a table here.

ReMarket Flea Market

If you're a fan of vintage treasures, set off on an adventure at ReMarket's upcoming flea market. The location, Budafok, might not be central (hop on bus 133E at Astoria station), but this is where the map marked the hidden gold. And by gold, we mean gorgeous antique homeware, books, vintage furniture, clothes, accessories, paintings, frames, and other goodies awaiting their second life. The best bit is that while shopping and saving an old piece, you also do something nice for Mother Earth. So browse away!

More details here.

(Cover photo: Norbert Hartyányi - We Love Budapest)