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Dear Reader, 

First up, here's a great variety of ideas for your free-time in May: 

1. Floralia Family Days, 10 – 12 May
2. Gourmet Festival, 16 – 19 May
3. Budapest Cafés Night, 17 May
4. Puccini Festival, On From 18 May
5. Special Museum Days, 18 – 19 May
6. 90's & Noughties Dance Festival, 18 May
7. Yosi Horikawa: Paracosmic Soundscapes, 18 May
8. Peter Pan Musical For Families, 19 May
9. Budapest Beer Week, 20 – 26 May
10. German Business Club Ball, 25 May

As always, you can find many more events to suit your taste in Xpat Calendar.

Now here's hoping you like what's in it for you below.

Best wishes, Team XpatLoop

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Vegan Food Festival In Budapest

This is the place to taste plant-based alternatives to Hungarian food favourites. You can also cool down with some dairy-free ice cream. There'll also be international cuisine presented in in vegan way, including vegan hot dogs...

9 May - Allee Shopping Mall, 1117 Budapest, Kőrösy József utca

Gül Baba Jazz Nights @ Opus Jazz Club

Vienna-based violinist Efe Turumtay will be accompanied by Tomáš Liška's dazzling bass lines, András Dés‘s moving rhythm partitions and melancholic tunes of Turkish fretless guitar virtuoso Cenk Erdoğan.

9 May - 1093 Budapest, Mátyás u. 8.

Harmony Workshop With Nikki Iles @ Budapest Jazz Club

According to The Times this is an intriguingly varied and very original programme, and one which marked Nikki Iles as an arranger of considerable talent and as a gifted composer.

10 May - 1136 Budapest, Hollán Ernő u. 7.

Live English Comedy: Chris Betts @ House Bar

Canadian Chris Betts is known for being both a quick-witted MC and a superb addition to any bill. He has received numerous accolades for his sharp material and relaxed stage presence.

11 May - 1065 Budapest, Nagymező u. 40.

Europe Day @ Szabadság Square

On May 12th European peace and unity will be celebrated in Budapest during this free event. Programmes for the whole family in the city center include afternoon concerts on 2 stages, workshops for kids, games & quizzes.

12 May - 1054 Budapest, Szabadság tér

National Philharmonic Series @ Castle Garden Bazaar

The musicians of the Hungarian National Philharmonic perform contemporary Hungarian chamber music, then the best musicians from the Hungarian jazz scene will present improvisations on the pieces.

13 May - 1013 Budapest, Ybl Miklós tér 2-6.

King Lear: Live From London's West End @ Uránia Budapest

See Ian McKellen’s ‘extraordinarily moving portrayal’ of King Lear live in Hungary on Tuesday. Jonathan Munby directs this ‘nuanced & powerful’ contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s tender, violent, moving & shocking play.

14 May - 1088 Budapest, Rákóczi út 21.

CEU Conference: Critical Approaches To Romani Studies

In spite of the increasing number of articles, studies, and books, Roma participation in shaping the discourses on themselves has remained limited. This conference explores the topic in depth and you're welcome to attend.

15 May - 1051 Budapest, Nádor u. 9.


Bistro Style Sunday Brunch At LÁNG Bistro, Hilton Budapest

The historical Castle District is a great place to enjoy a cosy bistro brunch. Up there where better than at Hilton, with all the great sights within reach, to take your pick from a buffet full of vibrant, international food. As well as the lovely view, there's live music & a kid’s corner to ensure an enjoyable experience for all.

Gundel Restaurant Presents: 1 Night, 2 Chefs, 5 Course Special

The 125-year-old iconic Gundel presents a joint dinner by Kálmán Kalla, legendary chef between 1992 and 2006, and Zsolt Litauszki, current chef since 2018. On 21 May you can taste Gundel's two exceptional chefs' creations in one menu. Click this headline to find out how to become one of the 125 guests.

Visit Deák St. Kitchen At The Gourmet Festival In Budapest

The annual Gourmet Festival, held this year between 16 - 19 May, is a celebration of the best Hungarian restaurants, wineries, chefs and confectioners, brewers and producers, and all of us gastronomy lovers. In case you attend be sure to visit Deák St. Kitchen’s booth!

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