This Week in Saigon: Best Events 27 April - 4 May
This week’s events in Ho Chi Minh City are all about celebration. With two Vietnamese holidays, a Mexican one, and a couple of other surprises for the summer, it looks like a great time to get your body moving to your favourite beat. No matter where you reside in Saigon, there is something for you in Angee the Diva’s Best Events of the Week for 27 April to 4 May.
LIBERTY, UNITY, AND THE PURSUIT OF PARTY
Liberation Day Celebration
Beirut Restaurant & Lounge is ready to celebrate Liberation Day with you! For five days, they will keep the entertainment going with a live DJ show, Latino dancers, and belly dancers. And when you’re ready to chill out, try some of the best shisha in Saigon. On 29 April, you even receive free flow drinks with a shisha order! From 5-8 daily, take advantage of buy 1 get 1 draught beer, house wine and cocktails. And don’t forget to enjoy the fireworks show on 30 April from the comfort of Beirut Restaurant & Lounge. For more details and a schedule of events, please visit the Facebook event page.
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Afro Reunification Day
Broma: Not a Bar welcomes you all to its gorgeous rooftop bar in Ho Chi Minh City for a celebration like no other. Get your hips swaying to the African-influenced beats for this 44th Independence Day of Southern Vietnam. Get in early to watch the fireworks display at 9:00pm and stay for a foot tapping, booty swinging good time. Live afro percussion from the highly talented Keith Beber and Sammy Kwegyir, plus deep and soulful bumpy house grooves supplied by DJ Stu Miller. Get into the spirit of the music by jamming with the supplied maracas or tambourines, or simply shake your tail like there’s no tomorrow! Also, be sure to grab a cocktail or two, expertly mixed by Broma’s fun staff. Don’t miss this special edition of Afro Tuesdays at Broma: Not a Bar.
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A Royal Night Out
Gotta love Saigon for its inclusive attitude! Even away from home, there’s always a place to party for the holidays of your home country. On 4 May, head down to No Vacancy to enjoy Dutch King’s Day 2019. No party is complete without good music and refreshing drinks, so No Vacancy has you covered. Enjoy free flow beer all night long with “The Fellas” and DJ Maxwell. Whether you’re Dutch or not, this is a great time to mingle with the members of Nederlandse Vereniging Vietnam, learn something new about a different culture, and have loads of fun at No Vacancy in District 1. For tickets, visit Pasteur Street Brewing Company on 2 May from 7:00pm to 9:00pm or get in touch with Nederlandse Vereniging Vietnam members: Anniek Voesenek, Inge-Jo Striet, Raffy van der Burgt, Josine Opstelten or Hester Eggink.
LA FIESTA EN SAIGON!
Cinco de Mayo at Gringo Tacos y Cantina
Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican (and somewhat American) holiday in celebration of the Mexican army’s underdog win over the French Army in 1862. This year, Gringos Tacos y Cantina brings the celebration to Saigon. They’re loading up with specials all day long including Buy 2 get 1 free tacos, all-day happy hour, and 75 free shots of tequila per day. You’ve gotta dine in to get these special deals, so grab some friends and get ready for la fiesta at Gringo Tacos y Cantina!
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Cinco de Mayo Dinner Buffet
Hotel Equatorial Ho Chi Minh City, 242 Tran Binh Trong, D5
Facebook; firstname.lastname@example.org; +84 28 3839 7777 ext 8000
3 to 5 May | 8:30pm to 12:30am | VND878,000++ for adults with free flow; VND395,000 for kids 6-12 years
In Puebla, Mexico and much of the United States, people celebrate Cinco de Mayo by dressing in red, white, and green, hosting parties, and listening to traditional Mexican mariachi music. But for many people, Cinco de Mayo is about the food! Hotel Equatorial Ho Chi Minh City is pulling out all the stops with a delicioso Mexican buffet accompanied by various flavours of margaritas. Don’t miss out on all the traditional Mexican and American Tex-Mex favourites like tacos, fajitas, and tortilla chips. And maybe burn off some of those calories with some salsa dancing to the Mexican music. Be sure to book early to get a great table next to the buffet at Hotel Equatorial!
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AnCham’s Cinco de Mayo Festival 2019
Cinco de Mayo is a much bigger celebration in the United States than it is in Mexico. Friends get together, enjoy a Mexican meal, and drink - a lot! And the American Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam is keeping the tradition going. Come out and party with AmCham at District Federal in Thao Dien with a delicious buffet and free flow frozen Patron margaritas. Wood-fired Mexican favourites and tequila are the only way to get in the spirit of Cinco de Mayo this year! Purchase tickets at this link.
SAIGON LONG WEEKEND CELEBRATIONS OF A GRANDER SCALE
1st Vietnam International Magic Convention
Magicians aren’t just for kids parties and Las Vegas shows. This weekend, magic is coming to Ho Chi Minh City. Palmas Nguyen, the president of the International Brotherhood of Magicians (IBM) Ring 397 and the International Magicians Society (IMS) Ring 372 in Vietnam, welcomes international magicians from around the world for a magical conference experience. At the first ever Vietnam International Magic Convention, indulge in lectures, competitions, and shows from worldwide talents. And don’t leave empty handed - check out all the vendors to get supplies for your own magic tricks. This is sure to be a fun weekend for all magic enthusiasts in Saigon. Visit the website for more details and to register.
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Festival Hoa Lan | Orchid Festival 2019
Celebrate summer at Ho Chi Minh City’s Orchid Festival 2019 amidst a forest of colour. Tropical orchids abound in dazzling displays for all to enjoy. The festival will include lectures and workshops on growing, maintaining, and decorating with orchids. Also, there will be flower arrangement, bonsai, and design competitions. Buy supplies for your own orchids at vendors and booths of agricultural enterprises and farms from around Vietnam. Of course, no festival is complete without entertainment and food for the entire weekend. So, get those selfie sticks ready for fabulous pictures of the season at the Festival Hoa Lan / Orchid Festival 2019 at Tao Dan Park in Saigon’s District 1.
FANCY FUN WITH FRIENDS IN HO CHI MINH CITY
Sunset Boat Party
Kick off your summer with an intimate boat party! Hosted by MJ Events, the evening starts with with happy hour at the picturesque The Deck Saigon. At 5:00pm, it’s time to launch. This boat party is rocking with music, free flow drinks and catering. After a wild 2-hour ride around the Saigon River, the boat will dock back at The Deck for the afterparty. This is one special way to celebrate riverside fun! Get your tickets early by messaging MJ Events, because this event is limited to just 20 people.
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Glorious Tuesday Ladies Night
Tuesday nights are Glorious for the ladies at Chloe Gallery. They encourage women to free their souls and truly enjoy life. And what better way than with friends in a beautiful setting with delicious cocktails and food. Enjoy the music, connect with your besties, make some new friends, or just take in the calm of nature by Crescent Lake in District 7. Perhaps you can even take a trip to the Chloe Anna Sanctuary Wellness Spa while you’re there. Don’t hesitate to call or message Chloe Gallery with any questions or to make reservations. Ladies night in Saigon just got a lot more luxurious.
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So which celebration will you attend this week? Angee the Diva’s Best Events of the Week has so many options, so you might want to plan your week carefully. Take a pic and tag #iAMHCMC on Facebook or IG. We’d love to see you out having a great time in Saigon. And say, “Hey!” if you see me around any Ho Chi Minh City happenings!#YoureWelcome 😘
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