Whether passing through or living in the city, there are plenty of annual events in Taipei to keep expats entertained. From celebrating of Taiwanese traditions to showcases of local artistic talent and global fairs, foreign residents in the city have numerous opportunities to engage with local culture.

Below are some of the most popular yearly events in Taipei for expats to enjoy.

Annual events in Taipei

Lantern Festivals (February/March)

Taiwan is famous for its romantic lantern festivals, which are held all over the island on the fifteenth day of the first month of the lunar year. Expect elaborate fireworks displays, thousands of sky lanterns and entertaining events on the ground.

Hakka Tung Blossom Festival (April/May)

To celebrate the onset of spring, a series of spring-related events take place across the island. Take in the riot of colours and smells by biking, hiking or taking a train through popular spots in the countryside.

Taipei Arts Festival (September/October)

The biggest arts and culture festival in Taiwan, the Taipei Arts Festival holds local film, art, music and cultural events in a number of venues across the city.

Taipei International Travel Fair (October/November)

A showcase for Taiwan’s travel industry and a platform for global industry exchanges, the fair sees more than 60 countries take part in an event that invites the world to Taiwan. The fair gives expats a fascinating opportunity to see displays and performances representing cultures from around the world.

Taiwan Cycling Festival (October/November)

This event is a cycling festival featuring a round-island race and several shorter cycling events that sees many international names in cycling descend on the island.

Golden Horse Film Festival (November/December)

The most important event of its kind in Taiwan, the festival and awards ceremony showcases the latest in Chinese-language cinema. It is considered one of the leading film festivals in Asia.