Say what you will about Jakarta, but nobody can accuse the capital of being boring. We have put together this city guide with plenty of great suggestions on things you can do to fill your days with thought-provoking art exhibitions, cool events and much more! We update this page every Monday and Thursday so feel free to bookmark it.
Argentinian Black Angus at Bistecca
Some said that Argentina is a mecca for meat lovers, as the country is said to have some of the finest steaks in the world. Embrace the art of asado with slabs of grass-fed Argentinian Black Angus prepared by Bistecca’s Chef Luca Pezzera this weekend. There will be exclusive dishes highlighting the meat, namely Tenderloin Strips Salad, Homemade Pappardelle with Tenderloin Strips, and Homemade Sirloin Ravioli.
Friday, July 29 at Bistecca SCBD, 18 Parc Place and Saturday, July 30 at Bistecca PIK Avenue from 5pm onwards. Reservations and enquiries via WhatsApp at +62 812 9873 7378 (SCBD) and +62 812 1037 8088 (PIK Avenue). More information is available on Bistecca’s official Instagram page.
Back in The Days at Dragonfly
This Saturday, DJs Anton and Hogi Wirjono of the long-running club night brand Back in The Days will be spinning some club classics at Dragonfly all night long.
Saturday, July 30 at Dragonfly, Graha BIP, South Jakarta from 10pm onwards. RSVP via phone call at +62 857 1080 0003.
Jakarta Tea Passport
Let’s embark on a fragrant adventure at Jakarta Tea Passport, an event dedicated to all things tea. Buy tea blends or tea-based products from various participating local brands, try unique tea creations at bar takeovers, and learn from tea experts at workshops during the event. You’ll get a tea passport when you attend the event, collect stamps from the vendors that can be exchanged with tea-rrific prizes.
Saturday, July 30 to Sunday, July 31 at LEMONDISCOFISH Gelato & Cakes, Kemang, South Jakarta from 10am-5pm. More information is available on LEMONDISCOFISH’s Instagram page or Jakarta Tea Passport’s Instagram page.
Jakarta X Beauty 2022
Shop skincare and makeup products from over 200 local and international brands with special prices at Jakarta X Beauty 2022, one of the biggest beauty events in the region. You can also meet your fellow beauty enthusiasts, and attend talk shows featuring your favorite beauty influencers and celebrities.
From Thursday, July 28 Until Sunday, July 31 at Jakarta Convention Center (JCC) Hall A & B, Central Jakarta from 10am-10pm. Daily pass at IDR30,000 and 4-day pass at IDR70,000 per person, available online on Blibli or Beauty Studio by Female Daily. Event schedule and more information is available on JXB’s official website and Instagram page as well as Female Daily Network’s Instagram page.
White Shoes & The Couples Company’s DJ set and Dekadenz Records at ZODIAC
Rad DJ sets are awaiting you at ZODIAC Senopati at the end of this week. There will be a DJ set by indie darlings White Shoes & The Couples Company tonight with their timeless grooves. On Friday night, dance to tunes by Dekadenz featuring DJs Aditya Permana, Jonathan Kusuma, and Ridwan, among others.
Thursday, July 28 and Friday, July 29 at ZODIAC Space & Bar, Senopati, South Jakarta, doors open at 6pm. RSVP via WhatsApp at +62 878-8896-3422. Instagram
Infinite Illusions exhibition at Art:1 New Museum
The exhibition space, which specializes in contemporary Indonesian painting and sculpture, is hosting “Infinite Illusions”, a group exhibition by six female abstract artists. The showcase opens this Saturday at 3pm and will run through Aug. 20, 2022.
From July 23 to Aug. 24 at Art:1 New Museum. IDR75K entry fee for adult Indonesian citizens, and IDR100K for foreign tourists.
Get your kimchi, jjajangmyeon, and bibimbap game on at the K-Food Festival at Lotte Shopping Avenue. Participating tenants include Fume, Twist ‘n’ Go, and Ushi So. Attendees who check in using the PergiKuliner app are entitled to free samples from a tenant of their choice.
Hail the king of fruits at Durian Fest
From local variants to the fabled Musang King, gorge on the king of fruits at Durian Fest this weekend. The smell may be a thorny, divisive issue, but few can deny the popularity of durian in Indonesia and across Southeast Asia, so expect a packed event featuring fresh fruits, as well as desserts like the durian boba and durian choux.
From July 21 to 31 at Gandaria City mall. Free entry. Click here for more info.
Assemble at Marvel Studios’ A Universe of Heroes
What do Iron Man, Scarlet Witch, and Thanos have in common? They’re key characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and they’re all present in one form or another at A Universe of Heroes — touted as the largest Marvel exhibition ever presented in Southeast Asia. Step into an immersive, multi-sensory experience that chronicles unforgettable moments from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
From June 3 to Sept. 14 at Pondok Indah Mall 3 City Hall. Open from 10am to 10pm daily. Tickets start at IDR101K. Click here to buy.
Get carnivorous at Jakarta Meat Festival
Jakarta will never be short of meat specialists. Keep up to date with the freshest and best local restaurants the capital has to offer at Jakarta Meat Festival, which is hosting the likes of Saltboy, Biggies BBQ, and Bali’s Sate Babi Bawah Pohon.
From July 14 to 31 at Hublife Food Market. Open from 10am to 10pm daily. Check Qraved’s Instagram page for more details.
Wahana Pengabdi Setan
Can’t wait for Pengabdi Setan 2: Communion? While we wait for its cinematic release on Aug. 4, pump up your adrenaline by meeting Ibu and her scary friends at Wahana Pengabdi Setan. At this haunted house attraction, you can experience what it’s like to be trapped in a rusun (subsidized apartment) full of terror where in each of the nine rooms, you have to solve mysteries so that you can get out.
From July 16 to Aug. 28 at Mall of Indonesia (MOI) 2nd floor, Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta. IDR50,000 per person, tickets are available to purchase on Tiket.com, Tokopedia, or on the spot.
Botanical Art: Evoking the Beauty of Science
The Indonesian Society of Botanical Artists and The National Gallery of Indonesia (Galeri Nasional or Galnas) are holding an exhibition that features a variety of botanical art with native Indonesian plants as subjects. This exhibition will be a treat of the arts as well as aesthetic scientific archives that can be enjoyed as an education for botanical science. There will also be a number of public programs that are free of charge as part of the exhibition.
Building with Nature: architecture exhibition with biobased materials
The Building with Nature exhibition illustrates the possibilities of natural building materials to create a sustainable living environment for future generations. The center of the exhibition is Dutch and Indonesian houses in 1:10 scale created by Pascal Leboucq and Lucas De Man from Company New Heroes in collaboration with Indonesian design connector PLAYO, with more than 50 designers from both countries. The houses are based on their project, The Exploded View, which is a home built with 100 natural materials on a 1:1 scale. There will be a presentation day and discussion with experts from Indonesia, the Netherlands, and Belgium this Friday at 7pm, details can be found here.
Until Aug. 27 at Erasmus Huis, Kuningan, South Jakarta, with exhibition opening on Tuesday, July 12 at 7.30pm and open atelier until the same date. Free entry, more information is available on Erasmus Huis’ Instagram page.
Exhibitions at Museum MACAN
Spend a day learning about Indonesian history through works by Indonesian leading artists at Museum MACAN. There are three exhibitions currently running at the art museum: Agus Suwage: The Theater of Me (until Oct. 15), Pose (until Sept. 18), and Theresia Agustina Sitompul: Traveling Blues (until Sept. 18) at the Children’s Art Space.
Tumbuh: An exhibition by Syaiful Aulia Garibaldi
Tumbuh (grow) is a solo exhibition by contemporary artist Syaiful Aulia Garibaldi, which centers around grassroots as a subject matter. In his works, Garibaldi uses Eleusine indica, a specific type of grass. The accompanying text for the artworks are written by poet/journalist Goenawan Mohamad.
Until July 31 at ROH Projects, Jl. Surabaya No. 66, Menteng, Central Jakarta at 11am-7pm daily (closed on Monday and public holidays). RSVP on Goers, free of charge.
Distrik Seni x Sarinah: Berdikari!
Distrik Seni, which brings together the concept of cultural practices with the art market, has recently opened their doors to the public along with their first exhibition, Berdikari! The term is a portmanteau of Indonesia’s founding father Sukarno’s motto “Berdiri di Kaki Sendiri” (standing with your own feet), and the exhibition is inspired by his aspiration for Sarinah, which is the country’s first ever shopping center. The exhibition features various Indonesian artists and art collectives such as A.D. Pirous, Dolorosa Sinaga, Eko Nugroho, Gardu House, and Syagini Ratna Wulan, among others.
Until Aug. 22 at Sarinah Community Mall, 6th floor. More information about the exhibition and online ticket sales are available on Distrik Seni x Sarinah’s website.