The best time to visit Taipei, March is when spring begins in Taiwan and the weather is both sunny and cool, making it pleasant to engage both in outdoors and indoors activities. Art-related events such as the Taipei Arts Awards and La Fête are aplenty this month. Fret not if you are not big on art; be a spectator at the World Junior Figure Skating Competition or participate in the Holi Festival. There is something for everyone this March.

March 1 - 19 | Taipei Arts Awards

These are the last few weeks to catch the 2016 Taipei Arts Awards, an annual art competition and exhibition, held at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum. The Awards serve to highlight the dynamism of Taiwan's contemporary art development, and acts as a predictor of future art trends. Art lovers will surely not want to miss out on the chance to see the outstanding creations of the twelve featured artists. More information can be found here.

March 11 | La Fête: Natural Woman 2017

La Fête: Natural Woman 2017 is a celebration of International Women’s Day, held annually on 8th March. A free event for women held at the Red Room on March 11, participants can expect a day-long “rich mix of conversation, music, movement and meditation.” It will be easy to keep entertained and inspired, with a key part of the day devoted to the sharing of visual, audio, body movement, installation, and any other forms of work which illustrate participants’ perceptions of the ‘living woman’. More information can be found here.

March 12 | Holi Festival Taipei

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Known also as the Festival of Colors or the Festival of Sharing Love, Holi is a wildly entertaining Hindu Spring Festival celebrated in India and Nepal. Taipei’s homage to the festival is understandably more scaled-back, but don’t think the organizers only do things by halves. Your NT$200 ticket will include a supply of colored paint to “makeover” everyone, dance and musical performances, and a serving of Indian food. Come in your brightest whites, and expect to get very, very messy. More information can be found here. Get your directions to the event here.

March 15-19 | World Junior Figure Skating Championships

The best junior figure skaters in the world will gather in Taipei this month to compete in the World Junior Figure Skating Championships. The event is one of the four major figure skating championships organized by the International Skating Union’s (ISU) each year. Competition will no doubt be fierce amongst the 200+ talented young skaters, who will all vie for the top titles in single skating, double skating, ice dance and related groups. More information can be found here.

March 25-31 | Treasure Hill Light Festival

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‘You are the sunshine of my life’ is this year’s theme for the 2017 Light Festival. Held at one of Taipei’s best art hubs, artist village Treasure Hill, the festival will showcase artworks and installations related to, or inspired by light. In an interesting move to add authenticity to the theme, only artists who are partnered or married to one another have been invited to share their artistic interpretations. Performances, an outdoor cinema, and an outdoor market are further draw cards to this jam-packed event. More information can be found here. Get your directions to the event here.