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What to Do This Weekend: Open Mic, A Holiday Party, and Cabaret!

Hello Gwangju!

Looks like as we get closer to Christmas, the temperatures are dropping. Will we have a white Christmas? Let’s see what there is to do this weekend.

Thursday, December 14th

Courtesy of GIC Zumba with Thando

Courtesy of GIC Zumba with Thando

There are only two more Zumba classes before the holiday break so don’t miss out on the chance to get your weekend started on a healthy note!  Zumba is a fun cardio class that is open to any level. It takes place at 7 p.m., and is led by certified instructor Thando Mlambo. Make sure you wear comfy clothes, bring a towel, and a bottle of water because you’re going to need it. It will also keep you energized on these cold, winter nights! For more details, please go to the Facebook event page here.

Friday, December 15th

Courtesy of Tequilaz

Courtesy of Tequilaz

If you’re looking for a great place to end your work week, then look no further than Tequilaz. Friday is quickly becoming one of their best nights with their drink specials. Bottomless drafts are available for 12,000 won (cash only), and bottomless rail cocktails for 20,000 won (again, cash only). The specials begin at 9 p.m., and go until midnight. Don’t forget about their menu of fantastic Mexican dishes too. For more information, please check out the Tequilaz Facebook page. Gwangju’s only weekly open mic night takes place tonight at Loft 28! If you are interested in performing, all you have to do is show up and bring an instrument. Loft will provide the sound system, and microphone for performers to use. Those who participate will also receive a free drink as well. Even if you don’t play an instrument, come on down and enjoy some great local talent. Open mic night begins at 11 p.m., and if you need more info, then please go to Loft’s Facebook page.

Saturday, December 16th

Courtesy of City Hall

Courtesy of City Hall

I know there are a lot of ice skating fans out there, and this Saturday is the day you’ve been waiting before! The skating rink next to city hall opens on the 16th, and will continue to operate until the 31st of January. The admission is a very reasonable 1,000 won. Weekend hours will begin at 10:00 a.m., and go just until 8:30 p.m. Weekday hours will also start at 10:00 a.m., and go just until 6:00 p.m. There are close to a dozen different buses that will take you there, so just look at the picture above the post. Keep in mind though, weekends is when it will be the busiest. Get ready to hit the ice for the holiday season!

Courtesy of the GIC

Courtesy of the GIC

The GIC is holding their annual end of the year party today. There will be cultural experiences, food and drinks, Christmas crafts, and even a raffle! It’ll be a great way to celebrate with fellow Gwangju residents at the place that has done so much for the city. The party will begin at 1:00 p.m., and go until 5:00 p.m. You don’t have to worry about getting tickets because this is a free event! For more details, please go to the GIC’s website. You can also check the GIC’s Facebook page for more details.

Courtesy of the GPP

Courtesy of the GPP

Don’t forget that you still have time to make reservations for the GPP’s fourth annual Cabaret on the 16th! Reservations for the dessert package will be accepted until Friday, December 15th. To book your tickets, please email: gpptickets@gmail.com. Don’t wait until the last moment because tickets are selling fast! Please check the event’s Facebook page to see if there will be any standing room only tickets available.

Sunday, December 17th

Don’t think just because it’s getting cold outside that our four legged friends don’t need some exercise. On Sundays a group of volunteers go to a local animal shelter to walk and play with dogs. For more details on how to join them, please check out their Facebook page.