Upcoming Events in Taipei, May 4-12

Here are some exciting events happening around town in Taipei

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(Photo by Pexels user Timo Volz)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) –There are always lots of activities happening around Taipei, including music, theater, exhibitions, and market events, for people to enjoy. Here are just a few of the interesting activities happening around town from May 4 to May 12.

From Friday, May 3 to Monday, May 6 at the Taipei World Trade Center, will be the 38th annual Young Designers Exhibition (YODEX). According to the event website, “Every year, over 4,000 entries and 9,000 young designers from 140 departments of over 60 schools participate in the exhibition.” Come see some of the cutting edge designs from students at Taiwan universities and top international design schools. Tickets are NT$200 to enter the exhibition.

Starting on May 4, the d/art studio in Taipei’s Wanhua District will be hosting an exhibition of artwork by Krenz Cushart, a Taiwanese artist famous for his painting techniques and character designs. The exhibition opens at 11:30 a.m. and will run daily until the beginning of June.

At the National Concert Hall’s Experimental Theater May 3 through May 5 there will be four performances of “The Island” by EX-Theatre. Tickets are NT$700 and available here.

A local rock music festival is taking place on May 4 and May 5 with over 50 bands in the line up. The “Breaking Mud Fest. - Factory so Chill” (爛泥發芽之鐵皮卡Chill) event is taking place in New Taipei’s Taishan Dist, and will cost about NT$1,800 for both days.

At MAJI Square on Saturday, May 4 Taipei’s first ever Slavic Bazaar will be happening, hosted by Sourdough Bread Taiwan and Easton Inc. There will be fun for the whole family with a mix of Slavic Food, Live Music, Folk, Art, and Dance Performances, according to the Facebook Event page.

On the evening of May 4, fans of Hip Hop should check out a special event showcasing some of Taiwan’s most talented female MCs and DJs at the TRAP GIRL Party, taking place at the club Venue near Zhognshan MRT station. Doors open at 6:50 p.m., and tickets are NT$550 at the door.

National Taiwan Normal University’s Wind Band will hold their annual concert at Taiwan’s National Concert Hall on May 4, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost NT$200 or NT$300 and can be purchased here.

The 13th International Ballet Star Gala will have two performances at the National Theater in Taipei, one on Saturday, May 4 and one on Sunday, May 5. A range of ticket options are available, and may be purchased here.

For people interested in anime, manga, video games, collectible toys, and game or comic related merchandise, there will be a second hand market happening on May 5 at Sphere 29, from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

For lovers of classical music, on Monday, May 6, the Taipei Century Symphony Orchestra will be performing selections from Mozart at the National Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m.. Tickets for the performance, at a range of prices from NT$300 to NT$1,000 are still available, and may be purchased here.

For those interested in seeing a musical theater performance, check out the work “Meant to Meat” at the National Theater’s Experimental Theater Hall, with performances happening May 9 through May 12. The production is about the pressures and triumphs of a woman trying to balance work and love and reflecting on her decision throughout her life. Tickets and show information available here.

On Friday, May 10, the renowned pianist, Anatol Ugorski, will be making his debut in Taiwan at the National Concert Hall. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. and tickets may be purchased here.

Each Friday in May, the Big Apple Swing Studio is hosting a Big Apple Swing Social Night. Grab a friend, put on your dancing shoes, and hit the dance floor in Taipei’s Zhongshan District. It’s only NT$150 to join, and beginners are more than welcome. The social night on May 10 starts at 8:00 p.m. Check out the Facebook event page for more info.

On Saturday, May 11, the Ooh Cha Cha board game café will be hosting a “Board Game Language Exchange” from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Anyone is welcome to come make friends and practice their foreign language skills over drinks and a wide selection of board games. Check out the Facebook event page for more info.

To celebrate the approaching legalization of same-sex unions in Taiwan, BLUSH and B1 will be hosting a party on Saturday, May 11 called the “Red Wedding.” Couples or singles are encouraged to dress in red to mark the occasion, in the spirit of celebration for the upcoming wedding season for many gay couples in Taiwan. For more info on the event, check out the Facebook page.

On May 11 and May 12, folks in Taipei will have the chance to enjoy an amazing variety of Japanese fruit wines at the Tenma Tenjin Plum Wine Festival, being held at the Huashan 1914 Creative Park. The festival will last from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. each day, with over 100 varieties of quality plum wines and other special Japanese brews made from various fruits and other ingredients.

Speaking of Japanese alcohol, Sunday, May 12 in Taipei, there will also be the 2019 Sake Commune market taking place in Taipei’s Xinyi District, from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. This will be the third annual Sake Commune market event, which will also include a variety of Japanese sake and some cultural performances. Check out the event page for more info.

Also on May 12, the Red Point Brewing Company’s Taproom near Zhongxiaofuxing MRT station will be hosting their monthly pub quiz event “Inquizition” in cooperation with Top Shelf Games. Teams of 3 to 4 players can form a team, and should contact Top Shelf Games through the event page to pre-register and secure a table. NT$100 to enter, and the competition begins at 6:00 p.m.

Regular Hangouts

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.

Karaoke nights are held every Tuesday at Triangle near Yuanshan MRT for those who more enjoy Western bar-style karaoke.

Every Wednesday, Republic of Comedy Taiwan Standup host an open-mic comedy night at My Yacht Taproom near Songshan Culture and Creative Park.

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.

Bobwundaye bar near Liuzhangli MRT hosts Wednesday Open Mic Nights for those looking to share their musical or artistic talents with an audience. Performances begin at 10 p.m.

Everyone’s favorite Irish bar in Gongguan near NTU, James Joyce, is also hosting live music every weekend.

Those who love Indian food and culture can stop by Mayur Indian Kitchen on Songjiang Road to watch regular dance performances and hear Indian music while dining on Saturdays.

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.