Best things to do in Bangkok this weekend (Oct. 7 – Oct. 9)

Want to get out this weekend but not sure where to go? Whether it’s comedy, a plant-based flea market, speed dating, interactive exhibition, sake-chocolate pairing or a clothing swap, we’ve got you covered. 

This list is updated every week, so feel free to bookmark the page.

Ongoing

6 Oct: Facing Demons

The never-published-before works by Thai photographers who witnessed the slaughter of dozens of students and activists at Thammasat University will be on display until mid-November. Alongside the exhibition, the venue will host a panel discussion touching upon topics including injustice, torture, and forced disappearances.

11am-9pm, now until Nov. 13. Kinjai Contemporary. Admission is free.

Walking Through a Songline

Enter the dreaming when a multi-sensory digital art installation arrives in Bangkok for one month, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in Australia’s indigenous arts, culture, and creativity. The installation takes visitors into light projections that create a representation of a songline – also called a “dreaming track” – that’s used in Aboriginal culture to navigate the land by repeating words of a song. 

Read more: Wander Aboriginal dreamscapes at immersive exhibition coming to Bangkok

10:30-7pm, now until Nov. 6. Thailand Creative & Design Center. Admission is free.

Endless Escape: Fleeing Myanmar to Thailand

Since Myanmar’s 2021 coup, many have been displaced from home and across borders. The photo exhibition, hosted by SEA Junction and Asia Democracy Network, shows a series of photographs depicting the cross-over of Burmese refugees into Thailand. A panel discussion will take place at 5pm this Sunday. 

Now-Nov. 6, 4th floor, Bangkok Art and Culture Centre. Admission is free.

Friday

Tunes & Tingz On The Roof!

Five DJs and a violin hit a Latin-inspired rooftop bar in Phrom Phong. Expect reggae, dub, hip-hop, dancehall, and more. Entry buys you an hour of free-flow drinks for this sundown party. The event is also 420-friendly.

6pm-late, Oct. 7. Mojjo Rooftop & Bar. Tickets are THB420 (including one-hour free flow).

Electric Funeral, Spitting Dicks, and Silly Machine

Three bands take the stage on Friday night at Bangkok’s favorite live music venue in Thonglor. Expect Sabbath covers, nu-metal, and stoner rock. 

8:30pm-late, Oct. 7. Speakerbox. Tickets are THB150.

The Comedy Gong Show

It can be brutal. You, the audience, get the say on who does stand-up and who sits down at this comedy event in Phrom Phong, with special guest Charles the French. If the audience judges you unworthy, your time is up.

8pm, Oct. 7. Comedy Club Bangkok. Tickets are THB280 when purchased in advance or THB400 at the door.

James Hype @ Onyx RCA

English DJ James Hype, best known for dance megahits “Ferrari” and “More Than Friends,” will take over the decks at RCA venue Onyx.

9pm-10:30pm, Oct. 7. Onyx RCA. Tickets are THB800. 

Saturday

Chum Chon: Music & Arts Festival

A brand new music festival will come to Brownstone in the On Nut area, bringing some of the best artists and rising talents in Bangkok’s indie scene. Apart from music performances on two stages, vendors will be selling jewelry, candles, herbs and more. A gyro eating challenge will also start at 8:30pm. The event is 420-friendly, too.

4pm-late, Oct. 8. Brownstone. Tickets are THB500 (advance purchase), THB650 (at the door).

Bangkok Plant-based Fair 2022

Photo: Plantiful

Dozens of vendors will come together to shop from a huge selection of plant-based food, drinks, desserts, and sustainable products. More activities to expect are live music, “inspirational” talks, and giveaways.

11am-10pm, Oct. 8-Oct. 9. Bambini Villa. Admission is free.

Conscious Clothing & Halloween Costume Swap

Coffee, clothes, and charity — what more could you want? Bangkok Recycling Chain is throwing another group swap event at Udomsuk’s specialty cafe La Mesa Coffee Co. It’s a chance to declutter, bring what you wish to pass on to others, and welcome a new-to-you sustainable wardrobe. Expect a styling corner with fashion designer Carla Soledad Rivera, Halloween props, and drop points for cosmetics and personal care items to be donated to help remote villages. 

Twenty percent of monetary proceeds will be donated to Bangkok Community Help Foundation. Kids 12 and under can attend for free. 

1pm-5pm, Oct. 8. La Mesa Coffee Co. Admission is THB500 at the door (including one free drink).

RCB Film Club: Leonardo The Works

River City Bangkok will show the 2019 documentary Leonardo: The Works for a second time this Saturday. The Phil Grabsky-directed film takes an in-depth look at Leonardo da Vinci’s life as well as his most celebrated works.

4pm, Oct. 8. River City Bangkok. Tickets are THB150.

OMG! Single Over There: Speed Dating

Break the ice. Engage in funny and/or deep conversations with strangers through speed dating, and maybe find a match. All single 28- to 43-year-old expats and Thais welcome. ATK test required before entry.

6-10pm, Oct. 8. Core Wine. Tickets are THB899 at the door (including one free drink.)

Pool Brunch

Dip in the pool and scarf down delicious Mexican food at the Rembrandt Hotel’s Mexicano Restaurante Autentico. Come for 4, pay for 3.

Noon-3pm, Oct. 8. Mexicano Restaurante Autentico, Rembrandt Hotel. Entry is THB999++ per person. Book now.

Nirvana Fest

Come as you are to this flannel-laden 10th anniversary of Nirvana Fest at Mischa Cheap in the renewed Khaosan Road, where seven bands will make the best of the days of grunge.

5pm, Oct. 8. Mischa Cheap. Tickets areTHB300/THB350 at the door.

Beats by the Pool

For two years, the hot and beautiful Bangkokians had nowhere to wear their bikinis or swim trunks, but that life of woe is over with W Hotel Bangkok’s Beats by the Pool party set to come back this Saturday

2pm-9pm, Oct. 8. W Hotel Bangkok. Tickets start from THB990.

Sunday

Salsa Sundays

If you missed ladies night and the DJs over Saturday and Sunday, head into Havana Social for free dance lessons by DJ Alex Teodorescu. New Latin American dance styles – salsa, cha-cha, bachata, merengue and reggaeton – will rotate every week.

9pm-late, Oct. 9. Havana Social. Entry is free.

Karaoke Night at VHS

Want to end your weekend with a bang? Pop in to neon-lit VHS to belt out your faves to a crowd of disinterested people trying to drink — who are about to become your biggest fans because there’s a drink promo where THB1,000 will buy you seven drinks. 

9pm-midnight, Oct. 9. VHS. Admission is free.

Sake and Chocolate Pairing

Sipping hot sake while nibbling on chocolate on a Sunday afternoon? We think, yes. Phrom Phong’s chocolate hub 31 Degrees by Kad Kokoa is hosting a chocolate and sake pairing event this Sunday comprising five chocolates, five sake shots, and five pastries.

2pm-3:30pm, Oct. 9. 31 Degrees by Kad Kokoa. THB1,290 per person.

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