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


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

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