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Events Horizon: what’s happening in Budapest – April 2018
Photo : Krisztián Bódis / WLB

There are so many major things going on in April that you shouldn’t miss: I Bike Budapest, the BANFF Mountain Film Festival, the Spring Etyek Picnic and much more. In this events roundup, we collate all of the important happenings taking place in and around Hungary’s capital in the upcoming weeks, so you can plan the month ahead. Get out there and enjoy everything that Budapest has to offer!

Akvárium Spring Terrace Titanic International Film Festival  VinCE Budapest Wine Show BANFF Mountain Film Festival Oldtimer Show Budapest Hungarian Folk Dance Festival and Fair  Spring Etyek Picnic 33rd Telekom Vivicitta Spring Half Marathon Budapest Art Week International Book Festival Budapest  Hyperspace Electronic Music Festival   I Bike Budapest

Akvárium Spring Terrace

Photo: Budapest Spring Festival

A warm spring evening, a glass of wine in hand, a group of friends or your special someone and an acoustic alfresco gig in the heart of Budapest. What could sound better? Akvárium Klub in Erzsébet Square presents a special free event series for the month of April – between 1st and 22nd. Shaking up sunshiny spring evenings, they set up a temporary stage to welcome popular Hungarian musicians and up-and-coming artists to give acoustic shows and other exciting performances every evening on the lively terrace. On Sundays, family-friendly events entertain the little ones. This year’s special guest is Spanish DJ and music producer José Padilla, who takes the stage on April 7th. More details

Titanic International Film Festival 

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Between April 4th and 13th, the Titanic International Film Festival brings the best of the world in film to Budapest. Titanic specializes in features not yet distributed in Hungary or which will be available only later, balancing arthouse with mainstream. Altogether 47 films from 34 countries will be screened, with original audio and in most cases Hungarian subtitles, at arthouse film theaters and eminent event venues citywide. Altogether only nine movies compete for the prestigious main prize, the “Breaking Waves Award”, to be decided by a jury that includes Alexandra Borbély, who won the European Film Award for Best Actress in 2017 for her performance in On Body and SoulMore details

VinCE Budapest Wine Show

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Between April 5th and 7th, Budapest’s beautiful Castle Garden Bazaar fills with top tipples from Hungary and Central Europe. Altogether 160 exhibitors showcase their best wines, while various kinds of pálinka brandies can also be sampled. To fill the belly, gourmet products such as cheeses, olive oils and sausages will be served with wine biscuits. Seated wine tasting, master classes and interactive workshops also await connoisseurs. More details

BANFF Mountain Film Festival

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Massive rock formations, fast-flowing waters and snow-capped mountains. Embark on an adrenaline-filled escapade to exotic places and explore the wonders of the world out there through exciting adventure documentaries brought to Budapest by the BANFF Mountain Film Festival. Taking place between April 11th and 13th, this film festival presents a selection of adventure documentaries at a historic Budapest movie theater, the Corvin Cinema. The films discuss a wide range of topics, but they all have something in common: a love of outdoor sports and a reverence for nature and human achievement, all from a uniquely artistic point of view. More details

Oldtimer Show Budapest

Photo: Oldtimer Show Budapest

Honk honk! Between April 13th-15th, Budapest’s Railway History Park fills with an abundance of century-old motorbikes, cars, trucks, military machines, buses, lorries and steam locomotives. Altogether some 500 extremely rare veteran vehicles will be showcased, originally produced at factories all over the world, with a number of particular curiosities from the USA.

Hungarian Folk Dance Festival and Fair 

Photo: Hungarian Folk Dance Festival and Fair

During April 13th-15th, you can view a diverse range of traditional shows onstage, performed by musicians, dancers and artists from all over the Carpathian Basin at this vibrant folklore festival. Besides the live concerts, visitors can join varied workshops or purchase traditional folk-art merchandise including apparel and accessories. More details

Spring Etyek Picnic

Photo: Etyek Pikni

The picturesquely rustic wine village of Etyek – about 30 km west of Budapest – is full of excellent boutique wineries, with friendly, small-batch family producers amid wonderfully green vineyards. The region is mostly known for crisp whites, and some of the country’s best Pinot Noir. This adorable bijou village hosts homey picnics four times a year, presenting top wines and gastronomic treasures typical of each season. The spring picnic, taking place on April 14th-15th at Újhegy (New Hill), welcomes visitors with delicious wines, tasty dishes, family activities, outdoor cooking and fantastic folk concerts. Guests can stroll the unpaved roads of Újhegy, popping into various cellars to sample distinctive tipples, amid the musty aroma of oak barrels and tantalizing bouquet of wine.

33rd Telekom Vivicitta Spring Half Marathon

Photo: Vivicittá

The Spring Half Marathon entices enthusiastic runners to Budapest’s beautiful Margaret Island to complete diverse distances in inspiring surroundings on April 15th. Within the framework of this two-day jogging jamboree, runners can attempt a ten-kilometer Vivicitta and a 21-kilometer half marathon on the Sunday, while on Saturday the focus is on shorter races ranging from 750 meters to seven kilometers. The route of the half marathon passes by many of Budapest’s major sights, such as the Chain Bridge and Parliament. Refreshments are provided every 4-5 kilometers, and several musical points make the race a little more fun. More details

Budapest Art Week

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An exciting festival of fine arts is taking place between April 17th and 22nd around Budapest. A special wristband grants access to many of the city’s museums and art galleries, featuring almost 100 exhibitions and cool cultural events. Meet the artists, join gallery tours and see newly installed displays over this enlightening series spanning six days. More details

International Book Festival Budapest 

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This free Budapest festival and intellectual forum – taking place April 19th-22nd – annually celebrates literature by gathering authors from all around the world and book lovers to Buda’s Millenáris Park. Bestsellers and recently published editions, roundtable discussions, concerts, book-signing sessions and other cultural events accompany the festival. This year, prominent German writer Daniel Kehlmann appears as guest of honor. More details

Hyperspace Electronic Music Festival 

Photo: Hyperspace

World-class DJs spin dance tunes and revelers let loose on the dance floor at this surreal electronica extravaganza taking place on the Hungexpo premises on April 21st. Headliners include Dave Clarke, Oscar Mulero, Julian Jeweil, Klaudia Gawlas, Enrico Sangiuliano, Hot X and many other prominent local and international music masters. More details

 I Bike Budapest

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On April 22nd, a huge group of bikers takes to the streets on two wheels, on a quest to promote cycling in the city. Several roads of Hungary’s capital will be cleared of cars for this special event, making the most spectacular sights of the city more accessible by bike. This immensely popular mass-cycling extravaganza began in Budapest in 2004, and by 2013, more than 100,000 people turned up to draw silent attention to the continuing need for creating better bike routes around town. Hop on your bike and come for a ride. More details