Best Things To Do in Jakarta This Weekend (Aug. 12-14)

Toyota at GIIAS 2022. Photo: Toyota Astra Motors
Toyota at GIIAS 2022. Photo: Toyota Astra Motors

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.

The future is bright at GIIAS


Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS), the largest auto exhibition in the country, returns to ICE in BSD City this year, offering renewed focus on the latest tech developments, particularly in the field of electric vehicles. Of course, expect new car model launches, as well as cool concept cars on display.

From Aug. 11 to 21 at Indonesia Convention Exhibition (ICE) in BSD City, Tangerang regency. For more info and tickets, click here.

Crazy hot at Caspar

Sizzle up your weekend at Spanish cocktail bar and restaurant Caspar, which is hosting two nights of thumping beats accompanied by great food, namely Loco Loco on Friday and Fuego on Saturday. Caspar may be known for its modern take on Spanish comfort food, but do yourself a favor and imbibe (responsibly) the bar’s creative mixes.

For reservations, go to Caspar Jakarta’s official website.

Sala takeover of Leon Goldstein

Photo: Instagram/@leongoldstein_jakarta

Underground music collective Sala is taking over South Jakarta bistro Leon Goldstein this Friday for their August release party. Sala, which comprises local DJs and creative artists, has carved a niche and enthralling visual experiences for their cool beats.

Friday, Aug. 12. To RSVP, head on over to Leon Goldstein’s Instagram page.

Taste of independence at Meatsmith

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Heading into Indonesia’s Independence Day on Aug. 17, restaurants are clamoring to put out special dishes to celebrate the holiday. Perhaps none are as enticing as Meatsmith’s offering. Teaming up with renowned culinary storyteller Ade Putri Paramadita (@misshotrodqueen), the American BBQ and steakhouse has added an Indonesian-inspired menu for the month of August, featuring the likes of Beef Short Ribs Pamarrasan and Ayam Taliwang Flat Bread.

Also Read — Review: New smokehouse Meatsmith sure knows how to craft great steak

Until Aug. 31. For more info and reservation, click here.

Jagantara at Ashta District 8

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Celebrate Indonesian culinary, artistic, and cultural heritage at Jagantara by Warisan Budaya Indonesia ( Held at Ashta District 8, you can explore and retrace the country’s rich gastronomical roots in a culinary exhibition, as well as sampling (or devouring) your favorite local dishes. Fashion shows, music performances, and traditional dances round up an unmissable event.

Until Aug. 21 at Ashta District 8. For more information, click here.

It’s art season at Salihara

Photo: Instagram/@komunitas_salihara

After two years of shutdowns and lockdowns due to the pandemic, starting this week, Salihara Arts Center is holding a series of exhibitions, performances, and discussions about the arts in Musim Seni: Berseni Kembali.

Musim Seni events are conducted online and on-site at Salihara Arts Center until September. For the full program and tickets, click here.

Infinite Illusions exhibition at Art:1 New Museum

Photo: Instagram/@art1newmuseum

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 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.

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.

Building with Nature: architecture exhibition with biobased materials

Photo: Instagram/@erasmushuis_jakarta

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

Installations at ‘The Theater of Me’ exhibition, with ‘Monument That Guards Hankamnas’ (2012) seen at the back. Photo courtesy of 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.

Museum MACAN, Wisma AKR, West Jakarta, opens Tue-Sun from 10am-4pm. More information is available on the museum’s official Instagram page and tickets can be purchased on their website.

Distrik Seni x Sarinah: Berdikari!

The ‘Berdikari!’ exhibition at Distrik Seni x Sarinah features various Indonesian artists and art collectives. Photo: Instagram/@distrik.seni

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.

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