Upcoming Events in Taipei, May 17-26

Here a few activities to look forward to over the coming week

(photo by Unsplash user Timo Volz)

(photo by Unsplash user Timo Volz)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Summer is well on its way, and there are plenty of activities across Taipei this month for you to enjoy. Here are some recommended events happening between May 17 and May 26.

The Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art is hosting a special art and music exhibition that starts this week and will run through July 7. The title of the exhibition is “Where Have All The flowers Gone” (查無此人—小花計畫展). It is the product of 10 different artist groups and musicians who have come together to create a multi-media interactive experience for museum visitors. Check out the Facebook event page for more info.

This weekend (May 17-May 19), the Taipei Tourism Expo (TTE) is happening at the World Trade Center in Taipei. Travel agencies and industry insiders from over 21 countries are expected to participate in the expo. If you are looking for vacation ideas, or some excellent tour packages the TTE is the place to be this weekend.

To celebrate International Museum Day on Saturday (May 18) museums in Taipei, including the National Palace Museum (NPM), Taipei Fine Arts Museum (TFAM), National Taiwan Museum, and many others will offer free entry. Some have organized special activities that echo the theme of this year’s event, “Museums as Cultural Hubs: The Future of Tradition.” For a complete list of participating museums and activities check here (Chinese).

This weekend (May 18-May 19) National Taiwan University will be hosting a music festival with over 25 performers. The “Flowers” music festival begins Saturday evening at 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. It will resume on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. and run until 9:30 p.m. in the evening. Tickets are NT$400 to enter, but cheaper if bought in pairs or groups. Check out the event page for detailed information.

For fans of hip hop, on Saturday (May 18), don’t miss the Ultra Spirit vol. 5 “Hip Hop 1on1 Battle on the Floor.” Come check out the talented MCs of Taiwan’s hip-hop scene challenge each other in a freestyle competition. The event is taking place at 32b One Garage near the Minquan West MRT station. Doors open at 4:00 p.m., battles begin at 5:00 p.m. Tickets are NT$500 at the door.

For those interested in Peking Opera, don’t miss the chance to see “The Grand Mansion” (大宅門) being performed at the National Theater in Taipei this weekend (May 17-19). The story is about strife between three aristocratic families living in Shanghai during the 1880s. It is adapted from a popular television show by Guo Baochang, which aired in China in 2001. There are still tickets available for each of the three performances.

Saturday and Sunday (May 18-19), the artists at Treasure Hill Artist Village (寶藏巖國際藝術村) near Gongguan MRT will be hosting a village wide “Made at Treasure Hill” exhibition and fair. There will be many different artists showcasing their works, along with live music and unique dance performances, from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

On Saturday and Sunday (May 18-19), 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., fans of manga, anime, cosplay, and related games and crafts should check out the “Petit Fancy 30” (亞洲動漫創作展30) market, fashion expo, party and cosplay event, happening at the Expo Dome (花博爭豔館) near the Yuanshan MRT station.

On Sunday (May 19), community organization MOWES in Da’an District will hold a free clothing exchange. The event is a great opportunity to get rid of some infrequently used clothes from your closet, and perhaps find something new.

The restaurant Mr. Sausage’s Kitchen in Taipei is hosting a sausage tasting and book swap event on Sunday (May 19). Come trade off some of your old books, and make some new friends over beer and sausages. Sausage tasting is free.

(Photo from Mr. Sausage Facebook)

On Sunday (May 19) at the National Concert Hall, the Taipei Symphony Orchestra will perform its 50th anniversary Celebration Concert. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. performance are still available.

Also at the National Concert Hall in Taipei, the National Symphony Orchestra has a number of upcoming performances on Friday (May 17), Saturday (May 18), and Thursday (May 23). This weekend’s performances are Mozart and Windman, while next Thursday will be a performance of “Das Lied von der Erde."

Next weekend, foodies should take note that starting May 24 and running through May 26 the 2019 Wine and Gourmet Taipei Expo along with the International Sweets Snack Fair will be taking place at the Taipei World Trade Center Exhibition Hall No. 3. NT$500 will get you access to both events.

On Saturday (May 25) PBR Taiwan and East Drinks West will be hosting a “Summer Kick-off Pool Party” from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m at Road Castle Water Park (洛德城堡) in Zhongzheng District. There will be a number of excellent food vendors on site along with a happy hour from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Cost is NT$350 to join, which provides access to the whole water park.

For wine lovers, Saturday (May 25) there is a wine tasting event hosted by G9 Cool (基酒庫) at Waypoint Saunte in Songshan Dsitrict. Guests will have the opportunity to try a great selection of Brazilian, French and Australian wines. Note: reregistration and a NT$500 participation fee are required to join, in addition to each glass of wine. Check the Facebook page for more info.

On Sunday (May 26) from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Kafnu Taipei will host the “Kafnu Flea Market” near Zhongshan Junior High School MRT Station. Come check out a wide array of vintage goods, antiques, jewelry and quality second hand fashions.

Hip Hop International Taiwan is hosting the 2019 Taiwan Hip Hop Dance Championship on Saturday (May 25) through Sunday (May 26). Come checkout some of the hottest dance teams in Taiwan as they compete for prizes and international recognition. The event is happening at Butterfly Hall (台北花博舞蝶館) in Taipei’s Fine Arts Park near Yuanshan MRT. Tickets are available here.

Next weekend, starting May 24 and running through the end of May, the National Concert Hall will host a series of performances as part of the 2019 Taiwan International Percussion Convention (TIPC). Various percussion groups from around the world will convene in Taipei for the event, with the theme of “You May Say I’m a Dreamer."

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.