TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – As November comes to a close and December begins, the social scene and entertainment in Taipei remain as vibrant as ever. Here is a list of some unique events worth checking out between Friday, Nov. 30 and Sunday, Dec. 9.
Friday, Nov. 30 will mark the start of the 2018 CKS Shilin Residence Chrysanthemum Show. In addition to the excellent opportunity for flower viewing and garden strolls, visitors can experience a taste of history as organizers aim to recreate the historic atmosphere of the Chiang family residence. The event runs through Dec. 16.
Taipei Water Park illuminated (Taipei Water Park image)
The annual Gongguan Christmas Month will kick off this Saturday Dec. 1, and feature a variety of events, light displays and musical performances in one of Taipei’s most popular commercial districts. Taipei Water Park, Road Castle, and Guanguan Waterfront Plaza will all showcase holiday displays from Dec. 1 to Dec. 22.
Saturday, Dec. 1 and Sunday, Dec. 2, at the 1914 Huashan Creative Park, a craft and music event called the “2018 A Simple Day Festival” is being hosted by Simple Life (單生活節). To see a wide variety of independent music and other performing arts acts, be sure to swing by the two day event and join in the celebration of living a simple life.
(Image from the Red House)
This week the iconic Ximen Red House will be celebrating its 110th birthday with a week of special events including music, craft markets, guided tours, and special exhibits. There are speakers on Dec. 1 to commemorate the event, and musical performances the following weekend, Dec. 8-9.
Friday night Nov. 30, those interested in hip hop, electronic music, and the art of the DJ should check out Red Bull Music 3Style National Taiwan Finals happening at Franny Taipei. See some of the best international and local Taiwanese DJs showcase their skills. The event starts at 10 p.m. and costs NT$700 for guys and NT$300 for girls, but entry is free before 11:00 p.m., according to the Facebook Event page.
(Image from Maison Temps Reves)
An exhibition by independent book sellers and artists is taking place in Taipei’s Guting district over the month of December. The exhibition includes four international publishers, Tralari from Spain, Bruaá from Portugal, Bandal from Korea, and Victionary from Hong Kong, as well as prints from independent European artists. Visit the STORY and ART (世界很大) Facebook event page for more information.
Each Saturday in December with weather permitting, the PS TAPAS Pop up store at Taipei City Hall will be hosting a relaxing day of food and music outdoors. Swing by to enjoy music from DJ’s, and have a quick bite or drinks with friends. Entry to the outdoor “SUNSET CHILL OUT PROJECT” is NT$350, and includes one free drink.
The Made in Taipei photography exhibition is wrapping up this coming weekend, Nov. 30 through Dec. 2, with a final showcase on Saturday, Dec. 8. Check out the creative works of 20 different skilled photographers, who each use their photography to construct 20 different conceptual views of “Taipei.” The exhibition, located at ONFOTOSTUDIO runs from 2:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. each day.
The Taipei Biennial 2018, which began in mid-November, is still going on and will run until March, 2019. Hosted by the Taipei Fine Arts Museum and the Goethe-Institut Taipei, this year’s theme is “Post Nature: the Museum as an Ecosystem.”
On Sunday, Dec. 2, check out the Triple B Social to enjoy some BBQ, Beer, and Board Games. If you’re a language learner, the social is also an excellent opportunity to scout for possible language exchange partners. In addition to the casual atmosphere and board games at the Flip Flop Hostel Lab, there are also a variety of music performances and group activities lined up throughout the day.
Looking to make some space in your home, and recycle some old appliances, household items, or knick-knacks? Then consider bringing your loot to the Community Things Swap. On Dec. 2, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the MOWES Co-op in Da’an, people are welcome to upcycle their stuff, trade old items for new, or just donate stuff to others that have a use for it. A minimum donation of NT$100 is requested to participate. Small and easily transported items only, and no clothing.
On Dec. 7 through Dec. 9, China Airlines will be hosting a special market event at the Songshan Cultural and Creative Park for the public that includes pop-up stands, travel deals, food, and entertainment. Check out the official page in Mandarin for more information on the China Airlines Paradise Market, and a schedule of promotional events and performances.
The Fintech Taipei Conference will be held Dec. 7 to Dec. 8 at the Taipei World Trade Center, and will showcase some of cutting edge developments in global Fintech with some of the world’s top companies in attendance. If you or your business has an interest in exploring the state of modern financial technologies, it is worth checking out. The conference is open to the public, but requires online registration for entry.
To get a jump start on the Christmas gift giving season, consider checking out the Pinkoi Market and supporting independent designers and businesses. The market is taking place from Dec. 7 to Dec. 9. An absolutely huge list of international vendors will be selling handi-crafts, clothing, and original artwork, with different vendors every day of the event at Huashan 1914 Creative Park. Tickets are NT$200 to enter, and should be purchased ahead of time.
Saturday, Dec. 8, the annual Tiger Mountain Ramble will also return for another year of merriment and music in the hills of northern Taipei. Come check out a family friendly outdoor festival, with great music, delicious food and drink venders, as well as a variety of performance artists and activities. Start the party early on Friday evening Dec. 7, at Triangle with the Tiger Mountain Ramble Pre-party “Band Night at Triangle.”
This weekend at the National Theater, Ivo van Hove and the International Theater Amsterdam will be performing Kings of War. It is a critically acclaimed performance that explores the mental states of three different kings who ruled England during war-time. Saturday’s performance is sold out, but Friday, Nov. 30 still has tickets available.
Next weekend, the national theater will present The Story of Xi Lou Ji, tale of love, music and poetry set in the court of the Ming dynasty, but presented from a “contemporary viewpoint.” See the promotional video below. Tickets are available for shows on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Dec. 7-9.
Next Sunday, Dec. 9, the 2018 Taipei City Marathon will take place. There is still time to register for the full marathon (42.195KM) or the half marathon (21.0975KM). Check out the Taipei Marathon Event page if you would like to participate. Race begins at 6:30 a.m.
If you're looking for a family friendly group to practice your English or your Chinese, consider checking out events with Language Exchange Taipei. They are having a free language exchange on Sunday afternoon at Lifehouse Taipei.
The LEIT Language Exchange group regularly hosts a huge number of activities. Check their events page for friendly hangouts and language exchange opportunities.
For the reminder of 2018, Taiwan's Bobwundaye bar on Heping Rd. in the Da'An District will be hosting Wednesday Open Mic Nights for anyone who wants to share a little bit of their musical or artistic talent with an audience. The floor is opened for performances beginning at 10:00 p.m.
Everyone’s favorite Irish bar in Gongguan near NTU, James Joyce, is also hosting live music every weekend.
If you have a love of Indian food and culture, then you can always stop by the Mayur Indian Kitchen location on Songjiang Road, where they have regular dance performances or Indian music for dining customers on Saturday nights.
For those new to Taipei, or those who have been here a while but still haven't seen all the city has to offer, consider taking a walking tour with "Like it Formosa." Tours happen regularly every week, with four different types of tours to choose from, depending on what you want to see.
And depending on your interests, check this list of meet up groups regularly to see if there is anything up your alley.