There are so many things going on in March that you shouldn’t miss: the Budapest Photo Festival, a Mike Shinoda concert, the St Patrick’s Day Parade and more. In this events round-up, 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
Between February 28th and April 20th, the Budapest Photo Festival honours Hungary’s pictorial heritage with more than 40 exhibitions – most notably an intriguing display of images by David Lynch. In addition to exhibitions, museum-based educational events, workshops, photo shoots, portfolio reviews and other exciting attractions await shutterbugs all around Budapest over the next two months. More details
In 2019, the Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Arts celebrates the 30th anniversary of its foundation in Budapest. The public collection created by Irene and Peter Ludwig in 1989 was the first contemporary museum in Hungary – and the first behind the Iron Curtain. Since its opening, several hundreds of exhibitions and events have been held here, but the aim is the same: to bring contemporary art closer to the public and make it more understandable in an exciting and new way. On the occasion of this anniversary, a series of exhibitions focuses on the museum’s history, its present and its future. More details
On 2 March, renowned British DJ and record producer John Digweed plays a set at the Akvárium Klub. Over the course of his long career, starting at the age of 15, he gained global fame and forged his name in the history of dance music. More details
At the eco-friendly Kiskertpiac floral fair on 3 March, fragrant flowers, plants and beautiful bouquets await visitors. Enthusiastic gardeners gladly provide everyone with creative inspiration, plus tips and tricks. Gastro and design products also feature. More details
Afro Cuban All Stars
The story of the band Afro Cuban All Stars, led by Juan De Marcos González, is inseparable from that of the legendary Buena Vista Social Club. It was González who first brought together both groups of musicians and now tours with this formation. The Afro Cuban All Stars pay tribute to classic songwriters such as Miguel Matamoros and Arsenio Rodríguez, while also evoking the evergreen hits of the Buena Vista Social Club. They play at the Müpa on 6 March. More details
International Women's Day
Every year on 8 March, Budapest is in bloom as gentlemen express gratitude for the ladies in their lives by giving them fragrant bouquets and delightful gifts. 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 discounts or small surprises at venues around the city. 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.
WAMP Design Fair
On 10 March, the first WAMP market of the year is being held at the Millenáris. WAMP is a meeting spot for young talent in the fashion industry. This huge indoor expo will feature more than 100 up-and-coming Hungarian designers who showcase their works. In the spirit of spring, the theme of this sale is healthy and sustainable living. Workshops, talks and charity events also feature. More details
Singer, rapper and founding member of Linkin Park Mike Shinoda visits Budapest on 12 March, playing at the Papp László Sport Aréna as a stop on his world tour, Monster Energy Outbreak. Since the death of his bandmate and close friend Chester Bennington, Shinoda has been using music as a therapy to work through grief. His first solo album, Post Traumatic was released in June and gained wide critical acclaim from the New York Times and Rolling Stone. More details
On 15 March, many Hungarians don red-white-and green cockades over their hearts to mark the 1848 Revolution against Habsburg rule. This special day is honoured with solemn celebrations countrywide, especially in the capital where the uprising broke out. After the flag-rising ceremony at 9am at Parliament, you can follow the procession towards the National Museum. There, a performer recites Sándor Petőfi’s revolutionary poetry. Several day-long fun-filled festivities are held citywide, attracting families to destinations such as at Buda Castle, City Park or Parliament. Bear in mind that all shops and businesses will be closed – but a number of attractions are free to enter. More details (in Hungarian)
St Patrick's Day Parade
Perfectly poured Guinness and intoxicating Irish fun await on 17 March, St Patrick’s Day. Budapest dresses up in emerald, and face-painted people in funny hats join leprechauns, bagpipe groups and folk dancers at central Szabadság tér for a day-long 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. More details