You might be able to get tons of information on top tourist attractions, best local restaurants and best cafes with view etc on many travel websites and blogs available on the Internet to plan your trip in Vietnam.
Instagram is my number one place to find amazing local restaurants and hidden gem recommendations. I follow many local IG accounts and you can check the list of most helpful ones in my article “6 Best Local Instagram Accounts for Food and Restaurant Inspirations“.
For interesting events and cool markets happening in town, Facebook events are the best. Every week, there’s something happening in Hanoi. There are local-targeted and expat or both targeted events, mainly for those living in Hanoi. For travellers who want to explore something beyond the tourist attractions and zones, I think it’ll be fun to check out some of those events to merge in with the people living here as a local.
So if you’re looking for some cool and fun things to do in Hanoi, awesome opportunities to mingle with locals and expats living in Hanoi or maybe escape the normal travel pattern to explore something unique, check out some of the events on Facebook. Below are some of many events happening this week here!
Veg & Vegan Festival 2019
A perfect event for a foodie or vegetarian / vegan travellers. It is organised by Melting Pot Hanoi, which is a monthly food market event, this event is held in partnership with Fab-Eventor, which was covered once in my previous article for amazing events held regularly. It’ll be a 12-hour long event full of yummy dishes prepared by different cooks and chefs with great passion for cooking and all along with live music.
Date: 24th Nov 2019
Location: The 100 Beer Garden, 68/238 Âu Cơ, Quảng An, Tây Hồ, Hà Nội
Facebook Event Link: Veg & Vegan Festival 2019
Open Running Event – Chinh Phục Hồ Tây
It is a weekly running event around the biggest lake of Hanoi – West lake. The name of the event is called Chinh Phục Hồ Tây, which means conquer West lake. The event’s pure purpose is to help people conquer the 15km run around the beautiful lake. So if you’re a runner, you can join them to run together or even join for a nice walk around the lake.
Date: Every Sunday – 24th Nov 2019
Location: 189 Nguyễn Đình Thi, Thuỵ Khuê, Tây Hồ, Hà Nội
Facebook Event Link: Chinh Phục Hồ Tây
Perhaps you’re a creative soul? There’s a weekly watercolour workshop perfectly suitable for beginners because they teach some basic skills, but it seems great for non-beginners to join for practice as it’ll be held in an artistic studio with that arty atmosphere. This week, they’ll have a Vietnamese watercolour artist, Tu Anh joining the workshop.
Date: Every Saturday – 23rd Nov 2019
Location: Ngõ 394 Lạc Long Quân, Tây Hồ, Hanoi (Follow specific instructions on their booking site)
Facebook Event Link: Watercolour Workshop
Saturday Piano Evening
An amazing piano event is happening at one of my favourite cafes in town. Tranquil Books & Coffee is one of the hidden gem cafes in Hanoi I love to go and work or read. The atmosphere of the place is literally ‘tranquil’ and I can just imagine the sounds of piano painting the cafe beautifully.
Date: 23rd Nov 2019
Location: 18B Nguyễn Biểu, Quán Thánh, Ba Đình, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam
Facebook Event Link: Saturday Piano Evening
…..many many more
Only this single weekend, there are so many events, workshops, classes, gatherings etc. From socially-responsible and meaningful events such as Walk for Hope in support for raising awareness of domestic violence to live jazz band performances and many more. Hanoi is a city full of engaging and fascinating places and people. So check the events calendar out yourself and have fun here!