As we clear away the decaying pumpkins and cobwebs of Halloween, we look forward to a month of activities in and around Budapest to get you out of the house, stimulated, excited and involved. Some are more suitable for all the family than others. You decide. Several include a sausage.
Please, be aware of the current pandemic restrictions in November; most indoor activities require a vaccination or immunity certificate. Always check the current regulations.
Pálinka and sausage party
Have you ever been to a Pálinka and Sausage Party before? If not, then here is your chance to party with friends in a slightly different way. The Pálinka and Sausage party is happening from Thursday to Sunday, 11th to the 14th of November on SHO Beach (Bíró László József körút 4.).
There will be a smorgasbord of artisan sausage types to choose from and enjoy, including pork, beef, buffalo and wild boar. As if that wasn’t enough to tempt you to party, there will also be around 30 different pálinkas from three national distilleries. Other food and drink can also be found from the MAK Terrace. Live music will also accompany the fun on Friday and Saturday. The entry is free.
Community sausage stuffing
More sausages and pálinka! Brilliant! This time, instead of just eating sausages and washing them down with a pálinka of your choice, come to this event with your friends and colleagues to mix up some fun with some team-bonding, stuffing sausages. All the tools, meat and herbs are provided. Free breakfast is included in the cost per person of 4900 Ft.
As a visitor and non-sausage-stuffer, you can come and spectate whilst enjoying a drink at the bar. The sausages that are made by the group can be bought at the end of the day for 3000 Ft / kg, grilled or smoked. The event is going to be held at ATNO Forge, Zsilip utca 17 on Saturday 27th November. Free breakfast with the sausage team at 10 am followed by briefing at 10:30 and then sausage making commences at 10:45 until the afternoon.
Winter Wonderland (Family)
From the 14th of November to the 31st of December, come and get excited about Christmas at the Westend Rooftop Garden. There will be a craft fair to get all your stocking fillers, a cosy carousel so you can snuggle up with someone special, ice-skating for all, roasted chestnuts and mulled wine.
The opening hours in the week are from 12:00 – 22:00, and at the weekend from 09:00 – 22:00 (closed on 24th December). Christmas is coming!
Teddy bear making workshop (Family)
If you would like to learn the art of teddy bear making, from the sewing to the stuffing, then this is for you. A teddy bear making workshop on Saturday 20th November from 12 until 5 pm at BBBKultPont Community Square, Bartók Béla utca 46.
It will cost 14900 Ft for each person making a teddy bear and for this you will learn the basics of sewing by hand, find out how to give your bear its own personality, and, also, how it will move. How about making your own teddy bear for someone special this Christmas?
Vintage Clothes Fair
If you would like to find vintage and recycled clothes and accessories, chat to vendors and the makers of recycled fashion, contribute to a more sustainable future away from over-consumerism by buying second-hand clothes, then head to Szimpla Kert, Kazinczy utca 14 on Saturday 13th of November from midday.
With the festive Christmas period approaching, what better way to mark the festive season than to take the whole family to see the Nutcracker ballet. Tchaikovsky’s much-loved music is the background to a story which is set on Christmas eve, and the journey of Clara and her Nutcracker to the Land of Sweets.
This ballet was first performed in December 1892 and is still a must-see every year, even to this day. This year we are very lucky to have several options to see slightly different versions of the Nutcracker in Budapest. From the 26th of November to the 31st December, the Erkel theatre will present a classical version of the fairytale ballet, but with a few modern visuals and dance moves.
From 18th to the 28th of December the graduating Hungarian Dance Academy will star in their version of the Nutcracker at the Budapest Operetta Theatre. And finally, you can go and watch a recorded version of the original Bolshoi Ballet Moscow company at the Urania National Film Theatre on 26th December.