Budapest Event Calendar – March 2012

Budapest Event Calendar – March 2012

Budapest Event Calendar for March 2012

Budapest spring is finally here!  So how is Budapest doing in March 2012? We at TopBudapest.org have picked a few events that might be worth seeing in Budapest to help you plan your exciting March trip to Budapest, Hungary. The list is far from complete, Budapest has a truly rich cultural life, so when in Budapest, check current events with your tour guide, receptionist, programme booklets (Funzine is an English event guide booklet), etc. Alternatively, You can contact us for personalized Budapest visit planning.

Night of Baths Budapest, Spa Bath Party with DJs

Night of Baths Budapest with DJs (photo by Balint Jaksa)

Music Events in Budapest – March 2012

  • Night of Baths Budapest is an annual one-day bath festival on March 10, 2012 – splash, water dance and relaxation with loads of music and concerts at 5 of the big thermal spa baths in Budapest: Szechenyi Bath, Rudas Bath, Gellert Bath, Lukacs Bath, Kiraly Bath. Live acts and DJs-Vjs at the pools of the 5 baths. Don’t miss the spa bath party. Tickets are 399o HUF (a dirt cheap multiple pass for all 5 baths!), so expect a happy dancing crowd in the water from 1o pm till 3 am. More details at the official Facebook page of the Night of Baths (Fürdők Éjszakája)
  • The Budapest Opera House offers opera and ballet performances – almost every day throughout March, 2012. For the detailed March programme, visit the official site. Cosi fan Tutte, Tannhauser, Tosca, Arabella, La Traviata, Don Quixote (ballet) and the Hungarian historical opera Bank Ban are on the menu in March, 2012.
  • dEUS (B), Little Trouble Kids (BE), Wattican Punk Ballet (ARM) concert at A38 ship music club and restaurant in Budapest, March 3 at 8 pm – Belgian indie rock concert.
  • Persian Music at Trafo Saeed Farajpouri & his band plays beautiful and unique music, go to a Persian concert at Trafo Budapest, March 4: besides the sounds of Iranian violin you can listen to traditional percussion instruments like daf, dohol and tombak
  • Budapest Festival Orchestra concert conducted by Ivan Fischer – Bach, Bruckner concert at the Palace of Arts, Budapest, March 5 at 7:30 pm – classical music concert.
  • Esa-Pekka Salonen & the Philharmonia Orchestra Sibelius and Beethoven concert conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen at the Palace of Arts, Budapest, March 5 at 7:30 pm – classical music concert.
  • Sierra Maestra (Cuba) concert at the Festival Theatre of the Palace of Arts, Budapest, March 10 at 4 pm and 7:30 pm – world music, jazz concert.
  • Melanie Pain (Nouvelle Vague/FR) concert at A38 ship music club and restaurant in Budapest, March 10 at 8 pm – rock, world music, folk concert.
  • Stanton Warriors (Punks/UK) concert at A38 ship music club and restaurant in Budapest, March 10 at 11 pm – electronica concert.
  • Budapest Festival Orchestra concert conducted by Ivan Fischer – Bach, Bruckner concert at the Palace of Arts, Budapest, March 10 at 7:45 pm – classical music concert.
  • Desert Slide (India) concert at the Festival Theatre of the Palace of Arts, Budapest, March 13 at 7:30 pm – world music, jazz concert. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt’s recent band (learnt from Ravi Shankar)
  • Grigory Sokolov – Piano concert Mozart, Brahms & Rameau concert at the Palace of Arts, Budapest, March 14 7:30 pm – classical music concert.
  • Rita Redshoes (PT) concert at A38 ship music club and restaurant in Budapest, March 15 at 8 pm – rock, world music, folk concert.
  • Basque Percussion - Ttukunak (Maika & Sara Gómez)

    Basque Percussion - Maika & Sara Gómez (photo by Michael Hoefner)

    Basque Percussion  concert – Sara Gómez, Maika Gómez – at the Palace of Arts, Budapest, March 18 at 6:30 pm – world music, jazz concert. The concert is part of the Budapest Spring Festival so tickets may quickly sell out.

  • Chic Corea (piano) and Gary Burton (vibraphone) concert at the Palace of Arts, Budapest, March 18 at 8:30 pm – world music, jazz concert. Check out the Crystal Silence album to get some idea about their music. The concert is part of the Budapest Spring Festival so tickets may quickly sell out.
  • Gypsy – Indian World Jazz Project  concert at the Palace of Arts, Budapest, March 19 at 8 pm – world music, jazz concert. The concert is part of the Budapest Spring Festival so tickets may quickly sell out.
  • Fates Warning (US) concert at A38 ship music club and restaurant in Budapest, March 19 at 8 pm – heavy metal concert.
  • Russian National Orchestra Rachmaninoff & Scriabin concert at the Palace of Arts, Budapest, March 22 7:30 pm – classical music concert. The concert conducted by Mikhail Pletnev is part of the Budapest Spring Festival so tickets may quickly sell out.
  • I Musici Di Roma Vivaldi concert at the Palace of Arts, Budapest, March 24 7:30 pm – classical music concert. The concert is presented by the Budapest Spring Festival so tickets may quickly get sold out.
  • Konono nº1 (Congo) Concert at Trafo, Budapest, March 24: Konono got its Grammy award in 2011, and previously received a World Music award from the BBC. Many of their instruments are made out of items salvaged from junkyards. Enjoy Bazombo trance music with dances at Trafo.
  • Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra Stravinsky & Bartok concert at the Palace of Arts, Budapest, March 25 7:30 pm – classical music concert. The concert conducted by Zoltan Kocsis is part of the Budapest Spring Festival so tickets may quickly sell out.
  • The Subways (UK) concert at A38 ship music club and restaurant in Budapest, March 26 at 8 pm – rock concert.
  • Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Beethoven & Dvorak concert at the Palace of Arts, Budapest, March 26 7:30 pm – classical music concert. The concert conducted by Charles Dutoit is part of the Budapest Spring Festival so tickets may quickly sell out.

Festivals & Fairs in Budapest – March 2012

Night of Baths Budapest, 2012 - Spa Bath Party with DJs

Night of Baths Budapest, 2012 - Spa Bath Party with DJs

  • Flavors of Hungary Gastro Fair (Kézműves Magyar Ízek Vására) at the Millenaris Park, on the Buda side of Budapest will be held from March 9 to March 11 so you can still grab some nice foods and genuine Hungarian snacks and more at this spring gastro fair (or why not buy some gifts to take home from Hungary?). The gastro weekend is from Friday to Sunday, Opening hours as follows: Mar 9: 11 am – 9 pm, Mar 10: 9 am – 9 pm, Mar 11: 9 am – 8 pm. The entrance fee is very affordable, 1,900 HUF (yeah, Hungary is still not in the euro zone, so buy some Hungarian forints)
  • Night of Baths, March 10, 2012. The Night of the Baths (see the poster on the right), Budapest is an annual one-day bath festival with loads of music and concerts at five big thermal spa baths in Budapest: Szechenyi, Rudas, Gellert, Lukacs, Kiraly. Live acts and DJs-Vjs at the pools of the 5 baths. Don’t miss the spa bath party. Tickets are 399o HUF (a dirt cheap multiple pass for all 5 baths!), so expect a happy dancing crowd in the water from 1o pm till 3 am. More details at the official Facebook page of the Night of Baths (Fürdők Éjszakája)
  • Design Fair, WAMP – Budapest Mar 11, 2012  – as the name suggests you can buy all kinds of artistic design items from Hungarian designers, artists at the Millenaris Park, Budapest. Open from 1o am to 6 pm. Entrance is free.
  • Budapest Spring Festival launches on March 16. Budapest Spring Festival is mostly a music event with all the high quality jazz, classical music, folk programmes etc. that Budapest can offer – March 16-26, all over Budapest (Opera House, Palace of Arts, Papp Laszlo Sport Arena etc.). In addition to Hungarian ensembles, you can enjoy international performances like the Moiseyev Dance Company from Russia.
  • St Patrick’s Day Parade Budapest, March 17, 12pm (noon). The parade will take place in the heart of the city, on Szabadsag square, a very nice and green square / park close to the Parliament and the river Danube in Budapest. There will be a Guinness World Record attempt to gather the most leprechauns in costume in one place… Not to be missed, right? :) Anyway, the exclusive Irish St Patrick’s Day gala dinner will be in Hotel Le Meridien from 7 pm (England vs Ireland rugby match from 6 pm in Adria Bar) – Irish menu, music and dancing (limited places!) To get some more Irish in Budapest, you can go to the bar Guinness House (Irish and Hungarian cuisine) in the 5th district of Budapest (Pilvax köz), or to the Becketts Irish Pub also in the 5th district (Bajcsy Zsilinszky út) or to the Irish Cat Pub, another 5th district Irish pub (Muzeum korut)
  • Macaron Day in Budapest is a gastro event for you if you like desserts/ have a sweet tooth. The French pastry, Macaron is round, crunchy, filled with a soft cream inside. Yummy to be short. March 20, 2012. The Hungarian Macaron Day starts at 5pm, and besides eating Macaron at the fair, you can learn how to bake it, there are kids programmes, you can learn about Pierre Hermé, the most famous maker of macarons. Go to the city centre of Budapest and follow the macaron smell. You can take part in the Macaron making competition too, shoot an email to [email protected]

Exhibitions – Art Events in Budapest – March 2012

  • Erker Studio – Hans Hartung, Antoni Tàpies and Günther Uecker etc. – St Gallen Adventures at the Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest (from March 21)
  • The Birth of Art Photography – From Pictorialism to Modern Photography 1889-1929 exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest (from March 30, 2012)
  • Art Deco & Modernism – Interior Design in Hungary 1920–1940 – Museum of Applied Arts March 16 – September 3o
  • Bakos Rita Ackermann Exhibition at Ludwig Museum Budapest  (until March 18)

Miscellaneous Events in Budapest – March 2012

Hungarian Hussars  - Procession on March 15 National Day, Buda Castle, Budapest

Hungarian Hussars in the Castle on March 15, Budapest (photo by Zsolt Bugarszki)

  • National Holiday, March 15 Budapest, Hungary: March 15 festivities include a historical enactment (of Hungarians proclaiming their freedom from the Austrians in the mid 19th century) at the National Museum in Muzeum korut, as well as a Hussar procession (19th century style Hungarian soldiers on horses) to the Buda Castle, etc. But please be aware that in recent years national holidays, especially March 15 celebrations, are interwoven with demonstrations protesting against … well, all sorts of things going in the political and economic spheres of Hungary. No matter which is the ruling party or government, democracy in Hungary is still in its infancy, so national holidays are not really ideal tourist days to visit Budapest.
  • Contemporary Dance performances – Compagnie Pal Frenak  at Trafo, Budapest on March 29, 30, 31 – Hymen is their new performance so tickets may get quickly sold out
  • Experimental Theatre – Theatre Tap, Cinderella by Eszter Kalman: the story of Cinderella shown through a string of audiovisual experiences relying on videos, sounds, moving props but no actors or actresses at Trafo, Budapest on March 14, 15
 
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