Budapest

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, w
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 an
For the latest on arts events, consult the entertainment listings of the English-language press. Their entertainment cal

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.

Tickets 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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  • 1. Budapest Festival Orchestra

    Óbuda | Music

    World-renowned conductor Iván Fischer, who is still music director, formed the group with famed Hungarian conductor Zoltán Kocsis in 1983. The...Read More

  • 2. Liszt Ferenc Zeneakadémia

    Andrássy út | Music

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

  • 3. Magyar Állami Operaház

    Andrássy út | Dance

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

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  • 4. Művészetek Palotája

    Dance

    In southern Pest, at the foot of Rákóczy (aka Lágymányosi) Bridge, right beside the similarly grand National Theater, this monumental (750,000...Read More

  • 5. Fonó Budai Zeneház

    South Buda | Music

    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 music house...Read More

  • 6. Fővárosi Nagycirkusz

    Városliget | Circuses

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

  • 7. Hungarian State Folk Ensemble

    Batthyány tér | Dance

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

  • 8. Jegymester

    Tickets

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

  • 9. Nemzeti Színház

    Theater

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

  • 10. Rajkó Folk Ensemble

    Keleti Train Station | Dance

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

  • 11. Ticket Express

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    Whether you are planning to go to the Budapest Spring Festival, a performance, or even a sporting event, most people in the city look to this...Read More

  • 12. Trafó Kortárs Művészetek Háza

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    A former electrical transformer station in Pest, the Trafó building today showcases contemporary and alternative dance, theater, and music...Read More

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