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What to Do This Weekend! Trivia, A 200th Celebration, and the Chungjang Festival!

Hello Gwangju!

Is it fall yet? It does seem like it’s cooling down a little, which gives us a great excuse to go out and do something. Let’s see what’s happening in our city.

Thursday, October 4th

Courtesy of Speakeasy

Courtesy of Speakeasy

Thursdays in Gwangju means Trivia Night at Speakeasy! There will be six rounds with topics ranging from movies and music, to current events. You can get together a team of your friends (max. 5 people), or find a team to join when you get there. It only costs 5,000 won to play, and you’ll have a chance to win cash, and free shots. The second place team will get their money back, and the first place team will get the rest. Quizmaster Nate will be in charge of all the fun, so come on down to Speakeasy for a great night of questions and answers! For more details, please go to their Facebook page here.

Friday, October 5th

Courtesy of the city of Gwangju

Courtesy of the city of Gwangju

One of Gwangju’s biggest festivals begins today! The 15th annual Chungjang Festival runs until Tuesday, October 9th. Their will be a parade, musical perfromances, dance acts, and other entertainment from around the world. That’s great Bill, but will there be food? Of course there will be! You’ll be able to enjoy everything from your favorite street food, to kebabs, and much, much more. It will be a fantastic time for the whole family in downtown Gwangju. For complete information, please go to the official festival website: donggu.kr (link for the English page is on the top). Don’t forget, Tuesday the 9th is a holiday!

Courtesy of Gwangju News

Courtesy of Gwangju News

When I first came to Gwangju, a valuable source for news about the city was Gwangju News. Nine years later it still is a great resource for news and views about Gwangju. To commemorate the publication of their 200th issue they are having a party, and you’re invited! Current editors and contributors, as well as some from the past, will speak about the impact of Gwangju News on the community. Come and help them celebrate their 200th issue this Friday at the GIC. The party will take place from 5:00 p.m., until 7:00 p.m. For more details, please go to their Facebook event page.

Courtesy of Tequilaz

Courtesy of Tequilaz

Tequilaz is the place to start your Friday night right! Their specials are very popular, and for good reason. You can enjoy their famous tacos for only 3,000 won each. You’re going to need something to drink with those tacos, so how about unlimited drafts for 12,000 won? If you prefer cocktails, then you can get unlimited rail cocktails for only 20,000 won. All specials run from 9:00 p.m., until midnight, and are cash only please. If you need more info, then please go to their Facebook page.

Courtesy of Loft 28

Courtesy of Loft 28

Loft 28 is home to the only weekly open mic night in Gwangju. If you are interested in performing, all you need to so is bring your own musical instrument, and they will provide the rest. Some people might need a little encouragement, so Loft will give one free drink to all performers. You can see some of the best local talent performing at Loft on Fridays! If you need more details, please go to their Facebook page. While you’re there, make sure you check out their menu. Their food is delicious! The performances will begin starting at 11:00 p.m.

Sunday, October 7th

Courtesy of Gwangju Yoga

Courtesy of Gwangju Yoga

If you want a calm and relaxing way to end your weekend, then you will want to check out the yoga class at the GIC. You will need to bring your own mat, and they encourage a donation of 5,000 to 10,000 won. The class is taught by Emily, who received her training in yoga teaching in America. The class will run from 11:00 a.m., and will go for an hour. If you need more info, please go to their Facebook event page.