Upcoming Events in Taipei, March 1-10

Spring is in the air, and there is plenty happening around Taipei over the next two weeks

(Photo from unsplash user Banglu Cheng)

(Photo from unsplash user Banglu Cheng)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Winter is all but over, and Spring is on its way. Here are a few things to look forward to, happening in Taipei at the beginning of March.

For an afternoon of modern, independent Taiwanese music, check out the “Factory Ballroom” live show happening Saturday, March 2, in New Taipei’s Xinzhuang District at the Surrounding Sound Live House (環音現場). There will be performances from Hello Nice, Accuesfive, Elephant Gym, and Midnight Ping Pong. Music starts at 4:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased here.

There is a special market event happening just for cat owners and cat lovers on Sunday, March 3, at Mica Yun-mu (Mica雲母) in Taipei’s Da’an District. The "2019 Cat Person Market" will have over 15 stalls displaying a variety of products just for cats and cat owners. “The cats have gathered to invite humans to join in helping to expand the cat slave universe,” reads the Facebook event page.

On Friday, March 1, the Mayur Indian Kitchen Restaurant and MIK-6 Live house, along with Taiwan Observer will host the very first “Taiwan Taster, Social Eating Club,” which aims to “take guests on a culinary adventure,” while also offering a friendly opportunity to network and make friends. There will be some live music, and a chance to win tickets to the 2019 Indian Holi Taipei festival. Early registration for the event is required and can be done through the Facebook page.

Spring is almost in the air, and the LEIT group is hosting a Spring Singles Party for all those lonely hearts out there in Taipei. Join other singles on Saturday, March 2, at the Living Mall in Songshan District, which features a “romantic lounge area” overlooking Taipei 101. Make some new friends, and possibly meet a future life-long partner, or a future ex. NT$500 for guys, and NT$300 for gals.

In Ximen on Saturday, March 2, the Driftwood taphouse and Taihu brewing will be celebrating Driftwood’s second anniversary. Special buy one get one free specials for Taihu brews and three unique cocktails will be on offer. There will also be live music, and the first 100 guests through the door will get a commemorative Taihu brewing pin.

On Sunday March 3, Top Shelf Games is hosting another Triple B Social of BBQ, Beer, and Board Games. Come for a relaxing Sunday of friends and fun at the Flip Flop Hostel Lab. The cost is NT$200 per person. The event kicks off at noon, and will run till about 9:00 p.m.

Saturday March 2 and Sunday March 3, a unique market is taking place in Taipei’s “Seclusion of sage,” visual merchandising studio. Across four floors of the venue, guests can check out a variety of goods including innovative lifestyle goods, and vintage items for sale. Check out the "old meets new," and "East meets West," at the “Island Party Market” (物產豐饒的小島派對之旅).

The Grand Holi Taipei 2019 celebration is happening on Saturday, March 9 at Green River Park in New Taipei’s Yonghe District. Get ready for fun with Bollywood DJs, water colors and water guns, dance performances, and Indian food stalls. Tickets for the events are available at a number of Indian restaurants around Taipei. Check the Facebook event page for more details.

The Taipei Biennial 2018, which began in mid-November, will only run until March 10. Hosted by the Taipei Fine Arts Museum and the Goethe Institut Taipei, this year’s theme is “Post Nature: the Museum as an Ecosystem.”

Another Latin Fiesta, organized by Latinos Taiwan & MAJI, is taking place at MAJI Square located near Yuanshan MRT Station next Saturday, March 9. For a family friendly time with excellent Caribbean food and music, come check out the MAJI Fiesta, March 9 from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 9 will also be the annual WoMen March and WoMen Fest, an annual event celebrating Women’s Da, sponsored by the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei. There will be a parade from Hua Shan Central Park, to Liberty Square, and then on to the Hsin-Yi Family Square Theatre, where there will be a party with live musical performances.

Another cool market event happening soon is the Urban Apothecary vintage and antique market, which will take place on March 9, at Ted Dessert afe near Guting MRT Station. Come check out an array of unique goods from earlier times.

Fans of Hip-hop and break dance, be sure not to miss the 2019 KOD TAIPEI x HHI Worlds Battles Taiwan, taking place on Sunday, March 10 near Taipei's Shuanglian MRT Station on the red line. Check the Facebook Event page for more info.

Japanese digital artist ANDAERφ is holding an art exhibit in Taipei, that will run through March, 24 at the d/art gallery. ANDAERφ is known for fantastic landscapes and character drawings, which have been featured in a number of popular anime and videogames.

Regular Hangouts

Every Tuesday night in 2019 at Triangle, near Yuanshan MRT station, there will be a Karaoke night for those who enjoy the western style bar karaoke over the Taiwanese KTV style.

Every Wednesday the Republic of Comedy Taiwan Standup group will plan to host an open-mic comedy night at My Yacht Taproom near Songshan Culture and Creative Park. Come out for a few laughs, and maybe try out a few jokes of your own.

If you want to put your English to use and enjoy an open forum to discuss different topics and hear presentations in English, check out the iEnglish Club English Gathering every Saturday.

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 beginning of 2019, 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.

Two Three Comedy continues to host stand-up comedy open mic nights every Monday at bar 23 Public. The show begins at 9 p.m. but those wishing to sign up should be sure to arrive early.

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.