BUSAN, South Korea — The time has finally come when the city gets overtook by cinefiles, actors and actresses and movie-types from all over the world. But BIFF isn't the only game in town, and there are plenty of other options for those staying away from the Haeundae crowds.
The first full weekend in October brings a new issue of Haps, and we're celebrating it with a launch party Saturday night at the Blue Monkey bar near Kyungsung. There's also some great music, a raw fish festival and a German Opera in town this weekend. Or you could always just go to the beach and check out the events down at BIFF with concerts and guest appearances scheduled all weekend.
You can check out the Haps Calendar for everything going on around the area. Enjoy!
SOB 2012 @ Basement - Genius and Soon-su and the Innocents kick off this year's School of Basement Battle of the Bands, which runs through the middle of November. Saturday, 7 p.m., Basement, PNU.
Alpine Decline @ Club Realize – Los Angeles rockers Alpine Decline hit Busan as part of their Korea tour at Club Realize and it's a good chance to listen to their hypnotic sounds and pick up their latest release. Saturday, 7 p.m., Club Realize, Kyungsung.
Haps Issue 21 Launch Party @ Blue Monkey – Come on out and listen to the beats of Griff and the Professor and dance the night away enjoying great drink specials, and pick up the latest issue of Haps. Saturday, 9 p.m., Blue Monkey, Kyungsung.
Anthony Garcia @ Sharky's Haeundae – Head on out for a night of fun, music, drinks, great food and a special evening that only the sounds of the acoustic guitar and Anthony can bring. Friday, 8 p.m., Sharky's, Haeundae.
Red Carpet Night @ The Back Room - Head on out for some red carpet treatment at the Back Room, Busan's secret New York Style Bar, with Jameson Night on Friday and a Red and White Party on Saturday. Friday and Saturday, 9 p.m., The Back Room, Haeundae.
Busan IPark vs. Suwon – The IPark's season is winding down, so check out some great K League action as the Suwon Blue Wings hit town this weekend. Saturday, 3 p.m, Asiad World Cup Stadium, Sajik-dong.
NFL Football @ Sharky's and HQ – Replays of Sunday night games have become a big hit on Monday evenings for those interested in catching up and the latest NFL football. Monday nights, 6 p.m., various locations.
Opera – The Magic Flute @ Busan Culture Center - The German opera Die Zauberflöte is in town for a three-day run at the Busan Cultural Center. Friday 7:30 p.m., Saturday 5 p.m., Busan Cultural Center.
Gwangalli Raw Fish Festical @ Gwangalli Beach - Come get a taste of what makes Busan famous as the second edition of the raw fish festival takes place on the beach. Saturday, 10:30 a.m., Gwangalli Beach.
Friday – Partly Sunny; 24'C/75 'F
Saturday - Sunny; 24'C/75'F
Sunday - Sunny; 22'C/72'F
Don't see your event listed? Well, ya didn't put it on the calendar. Go, now, put it up on the calendar! ^^