What’s Happening in Saigon: November Events

I don’t meant to scare anyone, but it’s November. Like, the second last month of 2018. Ensue panic about how fast the year has flown by.

This is the second round up of “What’s Happening in Saigon” (check out the last one here) but if you didn’t catch it, here is what you can expect from these posts:

Ho Chi Minh City is such an exciting and vibrant place to live and a big part of my love for living in Saigon is thanks to the amazing arts scene, abundance of events and things to get involved in every month. If you’re new to the city, looking for something fun to experience or simply a traveler passing through looking to sample the expat social-scene then you’ve come to the right place!

November is set to be an exciting month – the weather is starting to transition into dry season and with that the last two festivals of the year are taking place! Buuuut even if you’re not heading to Coracle or Quest there are a ton of exciting things happening in Saigon. Let’s get into it!

By no means are these all the events that are happening in the city – these are some that I felt were worth highlighting and that would be of interest to expats living in Vietnam like myself.

November Events in Ho Chi Minh City

Saigon Reggae Festival #5

After 4 editions at Cargo, Saigon Reggae Festival is ready to embrace its new base at Schiller Saigon. The laid out vibe of this venue is perfect for a day and night of live music, art, food stalls and craft beer. Tickets include 1 drink.

When: 2pm-2am | November 3rd  2018 (Saturday)

Where: Schiller Saigon, 30 Đường Số 10 P. Hiệp Bình Chánh

Tickets: 150-250k VND (presale and on the door prices)

Facebook Event

Dia de Los Muertos

Dia de los Muertos, Day of the Dead, is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico. Saigon Outcast are hosting a day dedicated to celebrating Mexican culture complete with food stalls, a parade, costumes, wrestling and more! If Saigon Outcasts “Taco Fest” earlier in the year is anything to go by, then this will be an event not to miss!

When: 4-10:30pm | November 4th  2018 (Sunday)

Where: Saigon Outcast, 188 Nguyễn Văn Hưởng, Thảo Điền, District 2

Tickets: 100k VND (buy tickets online here or at the door). Each ticket can be exchanged for 2 tacos.

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Drag Queen Charity Bingo for Little Rose Bakery

“Prepare to be entertained by Drag Divas, Surprise performances, musical interludes, witty jokes and more.” All proceeds go towards the Little Rose Warm Shelter, an all girls orphanage in district 7.

When: 6-9pm | November 4th  2018 (Sunday)

Where: Malt South, Greenview, 35 Nguyen Luong Bang, District 7

Tickets: 400-500k VND

Facebook Event

Life Drawing Capturing Form

Artistic but needing a little push to get the creativity flowing? Saigon Outcast hosts a series of life drawing sessions every Tuesday night throughout November, and for the foreseeable future. The atmosphere is relaxed and while guidance is on offer, you can take it or leave it if you’d rather be left to do your own thing.

When: 7pm | November 6th/13th/20th 2018 (Tuesday)

Where: Saigon Outcast 188/1 Nguyen Van Huong, District 2

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Soma Screening | McQueen

A free showing of McQueen, the rags to riches story of the fashion designer Alexander McQueen at Soma Art Cafe!

When: 8-10pm | November 6th  2018 (Tuesday)

Where: Soma Art Lounge, 6b Le Van Mien, District 2

Tickets: free

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TRỜI ƠI – Poetry Zine Launch Party

“Inspired by the sights and sounds of this city, we got a crew of writers, scribblers and dreamweavers together to write love letters to Saigon then put it together in a handmade bilingual zine for your pleasure.” Sounds like a beautiful evening is to be had at Cu Ru Bar in D1.

When: 8-11pm | November 8th  2018 (Thursday)

Where: Cù Rú Bar, 40 Đường Nguyễn Công Trứ, District 1

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Open Air Cinema Club: Frida

Join The Hive coworking space in Thao Dien for a rooftop viewing of Frida: “A biography of artist Frida Kahlo, who channeled the pain of crippling injury and her tempestuous marriage int her work.” Tickets include a drink and snack which is pretty jammy.

When: 7-9pm | November 9th  2018 (Friday)

Where: The Hive, 94 Xuan Thuy, Thao Dien, District 2

Tickets: 100k VND (purchase tickets here)

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Saigon Tattoo Expo 2018

Open to both professionals and the general public, Saigon Tattoo Expo brings together hundreds of local and foreign tattoo artists!

When: 9:30am – 10pm | November 10th  2018 (Saturday)

Where: Ho Xuan Huong Sports Club, 2 Ho Xuan Huong, District 3

Tickets: 180k VND/day ticket

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Thrift Market

Soma are hosting an indoor thrift market where you can browse pre-owned items like clothes, books, shoes and accessories. PLUS they have a special offer on Mimosas all day!

When: 11am – 4pm | November 11th 2018 (Sunday)

Where: Soma Art Lounge, 6b Le Van Mien, District 2

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Sofar Sessions

Sofar are back with another secret “sessions from a room”. Sign up on the website for the change to get tickets to this intimate and exclusive music event. Perfect for discovering new artists living or travelling through. A must attend for music lovers in Saigon!

When: November 16th  2018 (day)

Where: TBC

Sign up on the website

Thao Dien Flea Market

Thao Dien Flea Market is a collection of pop-up stalls selling a range of gifts, unique clothes and handmade things. In addition to browsing through the market you can grab some grub and a drink and enjoy the market atmosphere.

When: `12 – 7pm | November 17th 2018 (Saturday)

Where: Saigon Outcast 188/1 Nguyen Van Huong, District 2

Cost: 20k VND ($1) includes 1 beer

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La Holista Hike at Nui Dinh

La Holista’s monthly hike is taking on an intermediate route at Nui Dinh, also called Heaven mountain in English. Described as a trek surrounded by lush green foliage, this is sure to be the escape you’ve been craving from the city.

When: 7am – 4pm | November 17th 2018 (Saturday)

Where: Ba Ria, near Vung Tau

Tickets: 525k VND

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Belgian Beer Festival HCM 2018

Join Saigon Outcast in celebrating all things relating to Belgian Beer!

When: 3-11pm | November 24th 2018 (Saturday)

Where: Saigon Outcast, 188/1 Nguyen Van Huong, District 2

Tickets: 50k VND

Facebook Event

Soma Screening – Twister

After the crazy typhoon we experience in Ho Chi Minh City over the weekend, Soma are putting on a last minute screening of the 90s movie Twister, which followers storm chasers as they hunt down a Tornado.

When: 8-10pm | November 27th  2018 (Tuesday)

Where: Soma Art Lounge, 6b Le Van Mien, District 2

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Stand-Up Comedy

Join the acclaimed International comedians Garrett Millerick (from the UK) and Ben Frank (from the US) for an evening of comedy with Saigon International Comedy

When: 8-110pm | November 28th  2018 (Wednesday)

Where: Saigon International Comedy, 181 Nguyen Cong Tru,

Tickets: 250k VND on the door / 200k VND in advance

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Tofu Workshop

Every Wednesday Saigon Outcast run Free Food Wednesdays, but this week they’re putting on something extra special. Come along to learn how to prepare traditional Vietnamese Tofu dishes!

When: 8-9:30pm | November 28th  2018 (Wednesday)

Where: Saigon Outcast, 188/1 Nguyen Van Huong, District 2

Tickets: Free food, but you should purchase a drink.

Facebook Event

Digital Nomad Meetup: Saigon

Check out the new Hive Villa co-working space in Thao Dien and meet other location independents as well as aspiring nomads. Perfect from anyone looking to network!

When: 7-9pm | November 29th 2018 (Thursday)

Where: The Hive Villa, 29 Nguyen Ba Lan, Thao Dien, District 2

Tickets: free, plus a free welcome drink

Facebook Event – Must RSVP via: events@thehive.com.vn

Tall Tales Saigon

“Tall Tales Saigon is a themed English storytelling night, where you get to see stories will come to life, and participate in a new moment of sincerity.” This is the first episode of Tall Tales, so in keeping the theme for the night is “first times” and having seen the line up of comedians performing its sure to turn into an interesting evening.

When: 8-10pm | November 29th  2018 (Thursday)

Where: The Dinner V, 27A Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Dakao, District 1

Tickets: 100k VND

Facebook Event

Outdoor Cinema: A Star is Born

Head to the Saigon Outcast openair cinema to grab a viewing of the recent release, A Star is Born, in which Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga fuse their considerable talents to depict the raw and passionate tale of two artistic souls coming together. Its an emotional tale and set to be popular with the community in Saigon so head early to grab seats.

When: 8-10pm | November 29th 2018 (Thursday)

Where: Saigon Outcast, 188/1 Nguyen Van Huong, District 2

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Know of any other cool things happening in Saigon this month? Please drop them in the comments so I can check them out and add them!


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1 Comment

  1. Megan says: Reply

    I love thrift markets.

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