Fridge Festival is basically a snow show, winter sports fair, party series and festival in Budapest, the capital city of 2 million people in Hungary. The festival takes place close to the city centre some time in October / November every year attracting thousands of winter sport fans.
There are live concerts, the party music is mostly electronica, D&B, goa, psychedelic, breakbeat, downtempo. In addition to the tremendous music, there are of course the winter sports events, competitions and exhibitions, ski schools, skate schools, freeline skate show, longboard limbo, fire juggler show, etc.
Fridge Festival Budapest is highly recommended for the young tourists, winter enthusiasts and party goers. To keep you warm, there will be loads of hot drinks, from innocent tea, to traditional Hungarian brandy called (palinka, and other herbal bitter remedies like Jagermeister, Unicum, as well as the festive mulled wine, etc.).
Although Hungary is a pretty flat country and not that really a ski and snowboard paradise, the organizers of the Fridge Festival build fantastic winter sport facilities just for the Fridge Fest. It must be really cool to stand on top of the ski jump hill and have a look over the Heroes’ Square attractions, Gabriel archangel soaring on top of the millennial column, the equestrian horses, the 19th century museums and Andrassy Avenue (part of the UNESCO World Heritage). But this exclusive view is only for competitors (and builders). Still, the Fridge Festival is quite spectacular and a great party.
Some of the DJs and bands who made the crowds happy at Fridge Festival: Infected Mushrooms, Freestylers, Scooter, Pendulum, Parov Stelar etc. and of course lots of Hungarian DJs, musicians and bands.
There is a big open air artificial ice rink just by Vajdahunyad Castle in the City Park (you can rent skates on the spot, if you don’t have your own, which is very likely if you are a tourist).
Date: October or November
Venue: the Artificial Ice Rink by the Vajdahunyad Castle in the City Park (Városliget), right next to the Heroes’ square and a slew of Budapest attractions)
Getting there: take M1 yellow metro line and get off at Heroes’ Square metro station (in Hungarian: Hosok tere)
Ticket prices: daily tickets range from approx. HUF 2,500 to 4,500 (free for children under 8 years old, HUF 1,000 for kids between 8 and 13 years old). 4 day passes start from about HUF 9,500.
Official website: Fridge.hu
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