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Arriving in Budapest March 15 - any special events for holiday

We are arriving in Budapest the afternoon of March 15 - Spring Uprising Day . Are there any special events such as fireworks, light shows, concerts that we should look for? We will also be there on Saint Patrick's Day - anything we should look out for.
Also suggestions of restaurants, bars , things to do in the WestEnd City Center area would be appreciated.
We are active but like to stay near hotel sometimes after a full day.
Thanks

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We have found ourselves in town for this on a couple of occasions. Here this might help give you an idea. With no additional information I would just go don to the Danube Corso. I bet you will see first hand what is going on. http://visitbudapest.travel/budapest-events/march-15th-national-holiday/

There will undoubtedly be protests. Don't sweat them. Its just democracy in action.

The best thing to do at WestEnd is .................. leave it. Yes, there is a sort of outdoor restaurant bar sort of courtyard thing across the street from the train station and some local clubs, but for a tourist night out??? You didnt say where you were staying so I am going to guess the Hilton. So you will need to work your way to the front of the train station and get on the tram heading towards the river, go one stop, get off and look across the street for the end stop of the No2 tram. That will take you to the Parliament and beyond. ONce you go past the Chain Bridge, get off an you are on the Danube Corso. Lots of restaurants, strolling, drinks, etc.... beautiful, a bit cool in March, but still beautiful.

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Option: Take that first tram the opposite direction one stop to the Oktogon. This is Andrassy ut. Again, great evening strolling, drinks, food, wine bars, etc.... Beautiful architecture to boot.

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You are staying in a sort of awkward location. When you go sight seeing most of your trips will be centered at a place called Deak Ferenc ter. To reach that you will need to find the M2 metro line out in front of or on the side of the train station. Look for a big red M. I think it's about 3 stops to Deak Ferenc ter. 75% of the sightseeing radiates from this point by foot, or tram or metro.