What To Do This Weekend? 1 - 4 September

Daily News - Saigon/HCMC: Sept. 1, 2017

The week is nearly over so what better way to celebrate its end than by enjoying a glorious long weekend and Vietnam’s independence day? Whether you’re up for celebrations, watching movies, learning to draw or just chilling and getting away from it all, we’ve got you covered.

Here’s a short and handy guide on everything you can possibly do over the weekend.

You’re welcome.

Party

Friday

Catch some modern funk, boogie and disco tunes on vinyl from one of the true pioneers of the Bangkok underground scene, Boogie G at The Observatory (Nguyen Tat Thanh, D4, HCMC) for Bangkok Weekend Part 1.

Over at Piu Piu (Hai Ba Trung, D1, HCMC), Da Localwave features an array of underground Vietnamese Hip Hop artists with rappers and DJs showcasing what they’ve got.

The underground trance scene in Vietnam goes a step higher with Future Trance by Chillgressive Saigon at Spark Nightclub (Pasteur, D1, HCMC), featuring an array of local and international trance and psytrance DJs showcasing their sets on Spark’s powerful sound system.

Saturday

It’s National Day and the fireworks will be back in the skies. Of course, it’ll also be a night filled with parties all across the city.

Lush (Ly Tu Trong, D1, HCMC) is hosting its own National Day Party with Las Vegas-based DJ Ikon, who has played at some of the hottest nightclubs around the world and has worked with big names like 50 Cent, Chris Brown and Jeremih.

Over at May Cay (Nguyen Trung Truc, D1, HCMC), Andy Lucas and Tini will lure you in with their signature reverse techno-logy pre-show at Fechno Tish the Pre-Show.

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The Observatory (Nguyen Tat Thanh, D4, HCMC) will be hosting part 2 of Bangkok Weekend, this time featuring Giant Swing artists Masa Niwayama & NKchan from Japan.

If you’re looking for some old school Vietnamese music, head down to Indika (Nguyen Van Giai, D1, HCMC) for their Vietnamese Independence Day Celebration, where DJ Ivy Phi will spin a collection of Vietnamese classics.

Saturday - Monday

The Deck (Nguyen U Di, D2, HCMC) is celebrating Independence Day with a huge party that will last throughout the weekend. Enjoy some special promotions on food and drinks, as well as music from DJ Edge Pamute.

Sunday

Since it’s a long weekend, Sunday shouldn’t necessarily be the day for recovery. In fact, you can start early at Broma (Nguyen Hue, D1, HCMC) for Vitamin D - Day Party, with non-stop live music from sunrise til sunset.

Catch some soulful hip hop, electronic, R&B and downtempo house at Rogue (Pasteur, D1, HCMC), as DJ Coh-hul will be taking over the decks at their Sunday Session.

Concert

Saturday

What better way to celebrate freedom than with independent rock music? Catch three of the best local rock bands in the country: The A Plan, Sinco Band and Autosave Band, at Independent Rock Night at Yoko (Nguyen Thi Dieu, D3, HCMC).

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If you’re looking for something lighter, head down to La Fenetre Soleil (Ly Tu Trong, D1, HCMC) for Geckos on the Wall with Aaron James for an array of tunes ranging from blues, reggae and funk to indie rock originals.

Art

Saturday

A line drawing workshop will be held at Art Space (Xuan Thuy, D2, HCMC) with renowned teacher Martin Constable for those of you looking for an opportunity to practise and improve your drawing skills.

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Ongoing

Head to Salon Saigon (Ngo Thoi Nhiem, D3, HCMC) to check out Future Bodies of ASIA, featuring video works by local artists, installation art and performances by three artists from Japan.

Markets

Ongoing.

The Saigon Central Market at 23/9 park is always an option, with more than 50 stalls and a whole assortment of interesting items on sale.

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Others

Friday

Show Stopper, happening every friday at Chill Skybar (Le Lai, D1, HCMC), is a series of shows ranging from musical and visual acts that will feature fire dancers, laser shows, VJs and magicians.

Saturday

Craft beer is getting pretty popular in Saigon with breweries popping up in recent years, but are you interested in checking out how these beers are made? This weekend you have the chance to visit two of these breweries for a tour. East West Brewery Tour & Lunch is hosting visitors at their brew house (Ly Tu Trong, D1, HCMC), and just down the road Beer, BBQ, Brewers & Brewery Tour will take place at Heart of Darkness (Ly Tu Trong, D1, HCMC).

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Films

There are two kinds of films: the ones you catch in the cinema with everybody else and the ones you catch with those who really love the art of filmmaking. Here, we’ll provide you with recommendations for both.

The roster for cinemas this weekend features a mixture of genres ranging from adventure to horror. American Made, The Nut Jobs 2 and Ghost House are some of the English-language films currently showing. For local fare, check out Kiss and Spell and Nang 2.

Indika Cinema Room is screening the Vietnamese film The Scent of the Green Papayas on Sunday as part of it’s new weekly showcase of films by Vietnamese filmmakers that show a side of Vietnam rarely seen in films.

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And over at Heart of Darkness, catch the screening of Heat, a 1995 crime film starring Robert De Niro and Al Pacino.

Have a good weekend, everybody.

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