Budapest Performing Arts

For the latest on arts events, consult the entertainment listings of the English-language press. Their entertainment calendars map out all that's happening in Budapest's arts and culture world—from thrash bands in wild clubs to performances at the Opera House. Hotels and tourist offices generally have copies of Where Budapest, which contains details of cultural and other events, on hand.

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can be bought at the venues themselves, but many ticket offices sell them without an extra charge. Prices are still relatively low. Ticket availability depends on the performance and season—it's usually possible to get tickets a few days before a show, but performances by major international artists sell out early. Tickets to Budapest Festival Orchestra concerts and festival events also go particularly quickly.

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Budapest Festival Orchestra

World-renowned conductor Iván Fischer, who is still music director, formed the group with famed Hungarian conductor Zoltán Kocsis in...

Fonó Budai Zeneház

Although it's a bit of a trek from the city center to Fonó, on the outskirts of Buda, it is a great place to see live folk acts. The...

Fővárosi Nagycirkusz

At the Fővárosi Nagycirkusz, colorful performances by local acrobats, clowns, and animal trainers, as well as by international artists,...

Hungarian State Folk Ensemble

The 30-member ensemble, formed in 1951, performs at the Hagyományok Háza (Hungarian Heritage House). Choreography is based on authentic...

Jegymester

An online ticket resource offering tickets to concerts, sports events, theatrical performances, museums, and more. ...

Liszt Ferenc Zeneakadémia

This magnificent art nouveau music academy presides over the cafés and gardens of Liszt Ferenc tér. Along with the Vigadó, it's one...

Magyar Állami Operaház

Miklós Ybl's crowning achievement, built between 1875 and 1884, is the glittering neo-Renaissance opera house. It's Budapest's main...

Művészetek Palotája

In southern Pest, at the foot of Rákóczy (aka Lágymányosi) Bridge, right beside the similarly grand National Theater, this monumental...

Nemzeti Színház

Round and colonnaded in front and square in back, Hungary's massive, preeminent national theatrical venue is a spectacular blend of modern...

Rajkó Folk Ensemble

This fiery group of 60 dancers uses both ballet and modern dance forms as well as combining folklore and operetta programs. They perform...

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