Best Things To Do in Jakarta This Weekend (Dec. 2-4)

Indonesian R&B singer/songwriter NIKI and rapper Rich Brian. Photo: Instagram/@nikizefanya and @brianimanuel
Indonesian R&B singer/songwriter NIKI and rapper Rich Brian. Photo: Instagram/@nikizefanya and @brianimanuel

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 Thursday so feel free to add it to your bookmarks.


Head in the Clouds

Photo: Instagram/@hitcjakarta

NIKI, Rich Brian, and Stephanie Poetri are among the global superstars from Jakarta who are performing at the capital’s inaugural Head in the Clouds festival by the label 88rising.

Hometown heroes NIKI, Rich Brian, Stephanie Poetri and Warren Hue confirmed for Head in the Clouds Jakarta
We’ve all expected it, but we now have official confirmation that 88rising’s Indonesian stars will indeed star at the upcoming Head in the Clouds festival in Jakarta. Read more.
Hometown heroes NIKI, Rich Brian, Stephanie Poetri and Warren Hue confirmed for Head in the Clouds Jakarta
We’ve all expected it, but we now have official confirmation that 88rising’s Indonesian stars will indeed star at the upcoming Head in the Clouds festival in Jakarta. Read more.

The festival is set to take place in Pantai Indah Kapuk (PIK). Other 88rising superstars such as Joji and Jackson Wang are also confirmed for the festival, while there’s huge excitement for guest stars Voice of Baceprot as well.

Dec. 3 & 4 at Community Park PIK 2. For more information and tickets, head over to the official HITC website.


Indonesian Composers Week

Photo: Instagram/@jakartscouncil

After conducting online shows throughout the pandemic, Indonesian Composers Week is back with its live event at Taman Ismail Marzuki this weekend. This festival is bringing together some of the country’s best composers, as well as those from Thailand and Malaysia.

Dec. 3 & 4 at Taman Ismail Marzuki.


Yang Yang Cai at Erasmus Huis

Photo: Instagram/@erasmushuis_jakarta

Chinese-Dutch award-winning pianist Yang Yang Cai (@yang.yang.cai) is in Indonesia to play a series of shows starting at Erasmus Huis this weekend. Yang Yang obtained her bachelor’s degree in piano with the highest final mark at the Conservatory of Amsterdam in 2019.

Dec. 3 at 7:30pm at Erasmus Huis. Free of charge and no reservation required.


Chairil Anwar exhibition

Photo: Instagram/@komunitas_salihara

Head on over to Salihara Arts Center for the final few days of an exhibition dedicated to celebrated Indonesian poet Chairil Anwar. The poet, perhaps the finest the country had ever seen, dealt with various themes, including death, individualism, and existentialism in his works.

Until Dec. 4 at Salihara Arts Center. IDR35K for general ticket and IDR25K for students. Get yours on the spot or via the official website.


The Soul Trembles at Museum Macan

A visual installation by Chiharu Shiota. Photo: Instagram/@museummacan

Museum Macan finally reopened on Nov. 26, showcasing Japanese visual artist Chiharu Shiota’s exhibition The Soul Trembles — her first in Indonesia. Shiota often confronts fundamental ideas regarding human existence in her works, such as life, death and relationships.

Opens Nov. 26 at Museum Macan. Get your ticket here.


Chill and relax at Chillax

Photo: Instagram/@chillax.jakarta

Jakartans sure love an Instagrammable spot. Chillax, a European-style outdoor mall/culinary hotspot, opened on Nov. 1 in the heart of downtown Jakarta on Sudirman, offering a new space for Jakartans to chill and relax. Tenants so far include Heirloomarket, N.O.B. patisserie, Gion Sushi, and more.

Follow Chillax on Instagram for updates and events. You can find the space here.


World Cup nobar

Even though Indonesia is not taking part, you can be sure that World Cup fever will spread through the nation nonetheless. The 2022 World Cup in Qatar kicked off on Nov. 20, and it has become tradition in Indonesia for fans to come together for nobar (watch together) sessions. Pasren Asthana, a new lifestyle and sports hub in Kemang, is offering nobar sessions for all 64 matches, up to the final on Dec. 18.

Follow Pasren Asthana on Instagram for the full nobar schedule. You can buy tickets starting from IDR79K here. Pasren Asthana is located here.

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