This Week in Saigon: Best Events 6 April - 13 April
Spring has sprung and I’ve got some interesting events in Ho Chi Minh City to present this week. So many festivals and conventions! Seems ‘tis the season to get together with like-minded people for extensive events. However, if you’re not in it for the long haul, there are still a few short events to get your feet tapping and your lips smacking. Let’s see what’s up with Angee the Diva’s Best Events of the Week for 6 to 13 April.
DOWN FOR THE CAUSE
Human Trafficking Volunteer and Info Meet-Up
Saigon has no shortage of charitable and conscious causes to offer your time and attention. Yet another worthy cause is that of Hope Unending, an NGO in Saigon dedicated to helping abused and sexually exploited populations through education, intervention and prevention. This Sunday, join Hope Unending at Nha Hang En Tea House & Restaurant for an information sharing and volunteer meet up aimed at getting more people in Ho Chi Minh City involved in the fight against human trafficking. If you’ve been wondering about human trafficking in Vietnam and Asia and you want to see where you can help, please attend this informative session.
FESTIVALS AND FAIRS, CONVENTIONS AND COMPETITIONS
The 2nd Annual Wedding Fair
Are you planning your dream wedding? What better place to start than the 2nd Annual Wedding Fair! Hosted in the beautiful Diamond Ballroom at the Sofitel Saigon Plaza, luxury wedding suppliers, designers, and service professionals converge to bring the best of the wedding industry in Saigon. Wedding suppliers such as Hacchic Bridal Dress, Guu Make Up, Traqué Studio, Kiba Studio, Dream Wedding and Chocolate Graphics Vietnam will be showcasing their best to couples. The peak of the event will be the mini fashion show presented by Hacchic Bridal with premier Vietnamese supermodel, Ms. Lan Khue. In addition to several discounts, souvenirs and prizes, couples can enter to win luxurious prizes, like a 2-night honeymoon stay at Swissotel Nankai in Osaka, Japan. Additionally, there will be games, talk shows, and make up classes all day long. Don’t miss this spectacular event at Sofitel Saigon Plaza to get your wedding planning started right.
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Krossing Over Arts Festival 2019
Krossing Over Arts Festival 2019 is taking over Saigon! This event takes place at several venues across the city to explore this years’ theme: Roots. The artists hope to encourage exploration of heritage and family connections to the past as well as growth in the audience members through the lens of contemporary dance, exploratory arts, films, and other artistic media. Through this look back, they also hope to invoke a sense of gratitude for the foundation of our lives. This is sure to be a powerful and thought provoking series of events. Venues include Youth Cultural House, IDECAF, DanCenter, A.Farm, Yoko Cafe, Salon Saigon, ISHCMC, The Factory, and Saigon Opera House. Take part in this offering by some of Vietnam’s talented student and professional performers. Tickets for each event can be purchased on TicketBox.
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Pet Weekend 2019
Bring your fur baby down to Crescent Mall for the Pet Week-End, presented by City Zoo and Royal Canin. This will be an event your pet will never forget! Puppy pals can enjoy the pet park, ball party, and pool party as well as compete in the agility contest. Pet owners can learn about pet care and engage in the talk show from experts. Pick up some free gifts and do some shopping for your pets. Be sure not to miss the professional dog performance either! Head down to the front of Crescent Mall to make some fun memories with your favorite pooch.
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RMIT Indoor HAT 2019
Here’s a unique way to get your sports fix this week! The RMIT Ultimate Frisbee Club - SGS welcomes players to the The Third Annual RMIT Indoor HAT 2019 held at RMIT Sports Hall. Four teams of five players will compete in three phases to win medals for Champion and Best Spirit. There are only 48 spots for players, so hurry to register here. Be sure to read up on the official ultimate frisbee rules before the big game. The only required gear is sports shoes suitable for the indoor court and a winning attitude. Registration includes lunch with beverage, fruit, and medals for Champion and Best Spirit. Get your work out this week in a fun and competitive way with some ultimate frisbee.
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Vietnam Tattoo Convention
The best suppliers and tattoo artists in Vietnam unite for the 3rd Annual Vietnam Tattoo Convention at Queen Plaza Ky Hoa. Watch as artists compete in several categories each day and one very special talent will be awarded Best of the Show. In between the competitions, there will be live rap performances and a panel discussion by top Vietnamese artists. Vendors and tattoo artists will be on hand all weekend as well. Seems a great event to get inked or just see some cool unconventional art in an alternative space. Grab your tickets and find more information on the website.
DINNER AND SOME SHOWS
Chef’s Table Saigon: The French Connection Dinner
Chef’s Table Saigon is back for another pop up dinner at Eddie’s New York Diner. This time they welcome Chef Caroline McLane for the French Connection Dinner. Chef Caroline currently lives in Saigon as Chef to the Australian Consulate. Born in America and raised in France, the chef creates her culinary masterpieces by drawing on her rich history and experience. On April 12, Chef’s Table Saigon will start with a wine tasting of American and French wines, then present a mouth-watering menu including 4 small places, a choice of main entree, and dessert. There is very limited seating for this one-night special event, so call or text for reservations.
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Ready for some head banging action? "Filthy Lies" presented by Hehemetal, will be a first Metal show in Saigon since Tet holiday. Metal heads can expect a mix of sub-genres from groove to black metal. Bands on the line up include Nuclear Factors, Lolotica, Rot, and Infecated. Head down to Woodstock Bar, Saigon’s live music hub, for a night of extreme metal and mosh pit madness.
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Locally Trapped Wildlife #15: Weekend Matinee Party
Locally Trapped Wildlife is back again with another pop-up alternative music showcase in HCMC. This time, they bring together live original music from OPN AIR DRG MKT (Saigon), SheS (Hanoi), and Monoheart (Hanoi) to the cozy space of Zigzagger. Part of the fun will be finding this secret venue in Saigon, located just one floor above The Loft on Pasteur Street. Come hear some great original music while sipping drinks and sampling snacks in the artsy and eclectic but comfortable lounge of Zigzagger.
Image source: facebook.com/locallytrappedwildlife
There you have it! Angee the Diva’s Best Events of the Week is full of opportunities to meet people and have some fun doing what you love, whether its arts, music, shopping, eating or putting some time in for a worthy cause. 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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