This Week in Saigon: Best Events 23 March - 30 March

activities - Saigon/HCMC: March 20, 2019

A fair, a festival, and one massive competition - head to these events for some family fun

Three traveling musicians of various genres and one very interesting artist bring beats and more to Saigon

Limited edition, gourmet, and delicious - these foodie events are not to be missed

Are you ready for a week packed with events in Ho Chi Minh City? This week, I’m bringing you yummy food and beverage events, festival fun for the family, and some music from international artists. Read on to see what tickles your fancy. Here’s Angee the Diva’s Best Events of the Week for 23 to 30 March.

FAIR AND FESTIVAL FRENZY

Holistic Fair 2019

EtonHouse, E-Masison International Preschool, 42 Street 10, D2
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24 March | 9:00am to 3:00pm | FREE

La Holista and EtonHouse host the Holistic Fair 2019. The fair will include free talks and workshops all day about to support wellness, veganism, and sustainability for children and adults alike. Additionally, dozens of vendors, practitioners, and healthy living advocates will be in attendance to sale goods and services for those wishing to practice a healthier lifestyle in Saigon. Bring the whole family out for a day of fun, conscious shopping, and holistic learning.

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Saigon Burger Festival 2019

Saigon Outcast, 188/1 Nguyen Van Huong, D2
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23 March | 7:00pm to 11:00pm | FREE

Burger Fest is back again at Saigon Outcast! A full day of burgers, beer, music and special performances awaits the people of Saigon. Delicious burgers of all kinds will be on offer from Drinking & Healing, Heart of Darkness Craft Brewery, MAD Burger, Marcel Gourmet Burger, Phátcatkitchen, Pullman Saigon Centre, Rogue Saigon, ROLL, Soul Burger, Surf Shack Saigon. Judges will award prizes for four categories, including “Burger Beauty Queen”, “Most Original Burger”, “Best Vegan Burger”, and “BEST BURGER 2019”. This is a fun annual event for the whole family!

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Saigon Boulder Beat 2019 Climbing Competition

Vertical Academy, 789D So 1, D2
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23 March | 1:00pm to 10:00pm | VND250,000 before 22 March, VND300,000 after 22 March

Join in on an exciting climbing competition at Vertical Academy with the largest climbing community in Saigon. There will be fun for the whole family at the climbing gym in District 2 with 40 exciting routes appropriate for all levels and categories for youth (ages 12-17), female, beginner males, and open males. Climbers will compete for awesome prizes by climbing as many routes as possible to collect points. The competition is complete with a DJ for entertainment and a delicious all-you-can-eat BBQ dinner. If you register at this link before 22 March, tickets are VND250,000 for the competition plus VND200,000 for the BBQ dinner. After 23 March, tickets are VND300,000 for the competition plus VND250,000 for dinner.

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ART AND MUSIC ON THE MOVE

AfroLatino Party with DJ Savage

Piu Piu, 97 Hai Ba Trung, D1
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30 March | 6:00pm - 10:00pm | VND100,000

Saigon is quickly becoming a hub for underground electronic music. But sometimes, you just want to hear something a bit different. Enter DJ Savage, direct from Hanoi, with Afrobeats, Latin grooves, and Dancehall sounds! And he will be accompanied by another underground heavy-hitting music master, The Stinking Bishop of the Banana Hustle Crew, to bring you international tribal, reggae, and tropical music that moves the body and soul. Head up to the colorful rooftop of Piu Piu for a night of dancing with delicious cocktails overlooking the sparkling city lights. Tickets include a free shot at the door to get you in the right mood to sweat and dance all night long! This party is sure to be unlike anything else you can attend all weekend in Ho Chi Minh City.

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Arcan Presents Black Bird with Elisa Do Brasil

Arcan, 236/43/21 Dien Bien Phu, Binh Thanh District
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30 March | 10:30pm - 4:30am | VND50,000

Arcan opens its club room doors to welcome underground drum and bass lovers to experience the sounds of Elisa Do Brasil. Born in Brazil but raised in France, Elisa Do Brasil is renowned for her passionate expression of electronic music and her unbelievable stamina as a DJ. For years, her all night sets have been legendary in France. And now, she is gracing the decks at Arcan to present her techno project, Black Bird. Elisa Do Brasil will be accompanied by French electromusic hard hitter, DBP Basslines, as well as house and tech groove maker, 1Dan. Head to Arcan for good music, cold drinks, and a great time.

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DoubleTouch at MGallery Hotel des Arts

Hotel Des Arts Saigon MGallery Collection, 76-78 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, D1
Facebook+84 283 989 8888
24 March | 12:00pm | Contact for tickets

Double Touch is a collaboration between pianist Van-Anh Nguyen music producer/DJ/drummer Mark Olsen. They will be performing an eclectic musical blend of sounds that fuzes classical music with electronic beats. MGallery opens its doors again for this annual show at their Sunday Brunch. Van-Anh Nguyen is a world class concert pianist and composer who tours globally. She has won several international music awards and currently has 6 recorded albums. You definitely don’t want to miss this unique event in Saigon. Be sure to contact Hotel des Arts MGallery for tickets because this show usually sells out.

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Scenography: Storytelling through Space

The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre, 15 Nguyen U Di, D2
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27 March | 7:00pm - 9:00pm | VND40,000 adults, VND30,000 students, FREE for children under 16

The wonderful thing about art and expression is that we can do it through a variety of mediums. Scenography: Storytelling through Space presents the art of scenography which encourages viewers to experience a message through experiential, spatial and visual elements like weight, light, sound, color, and flow. The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre welcomes Patrick Wong Mui for a talk on the history of scenography. His goal is to help the audience understand how a scenographer can think and imagine space and make it tangible to the viewers. He will also talk about his current installation at The Factory, “Machine is Nature”. This is a rare opportunity to engage with the artist of a unique artform. Tickets can be purchased on site at the event.

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FANCY FOOD

Whisky Tasting Experience with Craigellachie

Firkin Bar, 20 Mac Thi Buoi St, D1  
Facebook; +84 93 131 2723 or +84 76 457 7359
23 to 30 March | 5:00pm to 12:00am | VND350,000 to VND2,500,000

Calling all whisky lovers to the Craigellachie single malt scotch tasting at Firkin Bar. Since 1891, the Craigellachie single malt Scotch whisky distillery has only released a few official bottlings, but the products produced mostly are used for Dewar’s blended whisky. However, in 2014, the distillery released 13, 17, 19, and limited 23-year-old bottles, and in 2017, they also released 31 and 33-year-old bottles as well. As the winner of “Best Single Malt of the Year 2017”, Craigellachie now brings their exclusive bottlings to Saigon for a tasting. The whisky is prized for its heavy character yet aromatic drams with notes of orchard fruit and sherry-cask spice. For this special event, half and full dram flights of the 13, 17, and 23-year-old bottlings are available as well as glasses of those plus the 31-year-old bottling. Savour this opportunity to sample these limited edition fine liquors at Firkin Bar.

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Sunday Roast Carvery

Hotel Equatorial Ho Chi Minh City, 242 Tran Binh Trong, D5
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Every Sunday | 12:00pm - 3:00pm | VND245,000 children over 12, VND495,000 adults

Every Sunday, enjoy the delectable Sunday Roast at Hotel Equatorial. The all-you-can-eat buffet will be overflowing with appetisers, desserts and cheeses. For the carnivores, there will be an abundant variety of roasted meats with all the trimmings including Yorkshire pudding and roast potatoes. No worries for the vegetarians either with plenty of plant-based offerings. Adults can enjoy a complimentary mimosa or bloody mary welcome drink and all meals include free flow house wine, beer and soft drinks. With a kids play area as well as free use of the pool, this brunch is a delight for the whole family.

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Angee the Diva’s Best Events of the Week  in Saigon is overflowing with options this week. What are you going to get into?

Take a pic and post under the link if you attend one of these. We’d love to see you out having a great time in Saigon. And say, “Hey!” if you see me around Saigon! #YoureWelcome 😘

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