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Events Horizon: what’s happening in Budapest – March 2018
Photo : Sándor Csudai / WLB

There are so many major things going on in March that you shouldn’t miss: the Budapest Photo Festival, a Son Lux concert, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and much more. In this events roundup, we collate all of the important happenings taking place in 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!

Budapest Photo Festival Travel Exhibition Son Lux Budapest Fish Festival International Women's Day Enrique Iglesias National Holiday St. Patrick's Day Parade Macaron Day Budapest Spring Fair

Budapest Photo Festival

Photo: Sandro Miller / Budapest Photo Festival

Between February 28th and April 20th, the Budapest Photo Festival honors Hungary’s pictorial heritage while bringing together acknowledged representatives of the art and their audience. In addition to various exhibitions – most notably an intriguing and witty display of images of John Malkovich by Sandro Miller – museum-based educational events, workshops, photo shoots, portfolio reviews and various exciting attractions await shutterbugs all around Budapest over the course of two months. More details

Travel Exhibition

Photo: Hungexpo

Between March 1st and 4th, Budapest’s huge exhibition space, Hungexpo, fills with stands offering tips to help you plan your next trip. Focusing on digital tourism, the 2018 Travel Exhibition draws local and international industry professionals together to mingle with globetrotters. The first day of the event is geared towards professionals in the tourism sector, then the exhibition welcomes anyone with an interest in travel. Whether scheming up your next adrenaline-filled adventure, a family holiday, a romantic getaway or city break, you’ll find everything you need here. More details

Son Lux

Photo: Son Lux

Ever so stunning Son Lux are coming to Budapest on March 2nd! Taking the stage at a cool downtown club instead of a large concert venue, the American trio will create a particularly intimate atmosphere and give a show to remember. Heartbreaks, failure or lonely Saturdays, Son Lux’s biggest hit, Easy  – featured in a highly-praised and beautiful 2015 drama with Vincent Cassel, Mon Roi  – is always there to get you through the worst. As a taster, here’s a special version with Woodkid for you to discover. Tickets have been sold out for this event for a long time, but you may still be lucky on (legal!) ticket-swapping websites or perhaps on the night. More details

Budapest Fish Festival

Photo: Budapest Fish Festival

Hungary no longer has a sea but there’s still plenty of tasty fish in local lakes and rivers. To indulge yourself in the fine piscine cuisine, head to Heroes’ Square between March 2nd and 4th and try both local and international fish dishes over the weekend. The festival will be taking place in the car park next to the Kunsthalle. More details (in Hungarian)

International Women's Day

Photo: ARAZ Budapest

Every year on March 8th, in the wake of spring, Budapest is in bloom as gentlemen express gratitude for the ladies of their lives by giving them fragrant bouquets and delightful gifts in honor of International Women’s Day. This celebration draws attention to women’s social, political, economic and cultural achievements and the age-old struggle of womankind for fair treatment and equality. While Women’s Day is a global event, here in Hungary it is observed with remarkable enthusiasm. In lighthearted fashion, Magyar men await their female colleagues with a symbolic present, schoolchildren pick flowers for their mums and lady teachers, and women are often offered various discounts or small surprises at various venues. However, if there is a special lady in your life, scarlet is the colour to choose to express deep affection. Read this article to find out more about Women’s Day.

Enrique Iglesias

Photo: Enrique Iglesias

Good news for Iglesias fans: the King of Latin Pop performs in Budapest on two consecutive nights, on March 11th and 12th. You can shake those hips and sing made-up lyrics instead of real Spanish words at the Papp László Budapest Sportaréna. Iglesias last appeared in Budapest in 2000. Since then, he has performed around the world, but only now returns to the Hungarian capital to start his Enrique Iglesias Live! tour that also takes in Russia, Brazil and Argentina. More details and tickets

National Holiday


On March 15th, many Magyars don red-white-and green cockades over their hearts to mark Hungary’s 1848 Revolution against Habsburg rule. This special day is honored with solemn celebrations countrywide, especially in the capital where the uprising broke out. After the flag-rising ceremony at 9am at Parliament, anyone interested in this proud part of Hungarian history can follow the procession of one of the greatest revolutionaries, Sándor Petőfi, and his fellow rebels as they roamed the streets and squares of Budapest towards the National Museum. There, a performer generally recites Petőfi’s revolutionary poetry. Several day-long fun-filled festivities are held citywide, attracting families to destinations such as at the Buda Castle. Bear in mind that all shops and businesses will be closed. More details (in Hungarian) 

St. Patrick's Day Parade

Photo: Renáta Jakubek / St. Patrick's Day Parade

Perfectly poured Guinness and intoxicating Irish fun await on March 18th, the first Sunday after St Patrick’s Day. Budapest dresses up in emerald colors, and face-painted people in funny hats join leprechauns, bagpipe groups and folk dancers at central Szabadság Square for a daylong festive parade. Everyone is welcome to join the jolly march of the shamrock flock as it weaves its way through the heart of the city, likely arriving at a local pub where the party goes on late into the night. Those in favor of a more sophisticated celebration can enjoy a gala dinner at the Marriott Hotel on March 17th. More details

Macaron Day

Photo: László Balkányi / WLB

March 20th is dedicated to the flavorful round-shaped French delight that makes mouths water the world over: macarons. On this day, sweet-toothed fans can head to Tesla, where a wide variation of the tasty and colorful meringue-based little cakes will be offered by creative local confectioners. You can try as many flavors as you like, and a professional jury will pick the macaron of the year in two categories. More details (in Hungarian)

Budapest Spring Fair

Photo: Budapest Spring Festival

Between March 23rd and April 22nd, Budapest’s central Vörösmarty Square fills with stands and stalls crammed with hundreds of handcrafted Hungarian products for the Budapest Spring Festival. Besides the traditional and modern folk-art displays, visitors can sample local flavors prepared on-site, while cultural and artisanal events, folk music and folk dance shows also entertain visitors. Afterwards, the Budapest Spring Festival kicks off on March 30th, offering countless exciting cultural events across Budapest for the best part of a month. Read more about the festival in details in our next Events Horizon. More details