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.
Uniqlo Fitfest 2022
Get up and get moving at Uniqlo Fitfest 2022, a sports festival for all by the Japanese fashion retailer. Join public workout classes with your friends and family such as yoga with Fajar Penyogastar, Pound Fit with Rima Melati Adams, Zumba with Laila Munaf, a community running competition, and many more.
June 25-26 from 7am onwards at Plaza Barat GBK, Senayan, Central Jakarta. Free entry and no registration required, more information available on Uniqlo Indonesia’s Instagram page.
Jalur Nusantara Market
Shop spices, cute ethnic clothes, and wooden watches from various local brands at Jalur Nusantara Market from Thursday to Sunday at Sarinah Community Mall. You can also enjoy Indonesian food and join talk shows at the event.
June 23-26 at Sarinah Community Mall 1st floor, Central Jakarta at 10am-9pm. Free entry, more information is available on Pasar Keliling’s Instagram page.
The Other Festival
Watch your favorite local indie acts at The Other Festival this weekend. Organized by Double Deer Experience, the lineup for the festival is packed with household names in the local indie scene, such as .Feast, Danilla, The Panturas, Diskoria, Kelompok Penerbang Roket, Sajama Cut, and Vierratale.
June 24-25 at M Bloc Space, Blok M, South Jakarta. Tickets are priced at IDR160,000 for 1-day pass and IDR320,000 available for online purchase on Goers. More information is available on The Other Festival’s Instagram page.
The Big Spill at RUBANAH
The Big Spill is a solo exhibition by artist Ella Wijt, which is curated by Kurt D. Peterson. During the creation of The Big Spill, it was important to Ella that this installation reflects her most honest capacity of ability and limitations at this time in her life. The exhibition invites visitors into a space where they may simply be human, and where they may quietly reflect upon that humanity.
Italo Disco at Roma
Dance under the sparkly lights with Roma’s special cocktail in your hand as DJ Bergas, one of Jakarta’s dance scene mainstays, spins one of his favorite genres, Italo Disco. The genre is a hybrid of pop, electronic, and dance music that emerged in Italy in the late ’70s and mainly produced in the early 1980 — promising highly danceable tunes with groovy, futuristic sounds.
Friday, June 24 at Roma Osteria & Bar, Sequis Tower ground floor, SCBD from 7pm onwards. Reservations and inquiries can be made through phone call at +6221 2709 1888 or WhatsApp at +62 813 8830 8688. More information is available on Roma’s Instagram page.
Pantjoran Tea Festival 2022
To celebrate the International Tea Day that falls on May 21 each year, Glodok’s famous tea house Pantjoran Tea House is holding its own tea festival. During weekdays, you can choose between Tea 360 Experience at 1pm, 3pm, or 5pm to learn about the history of Chinese tea, tea ceremony Gong Fu Cha, and tea tasting. Another activity called Tea Traveling invites you to explore three tea variants from three regions with their in-house specialist at IDR128,000++ per person from 10am-7pm daily.
Until June 30 at Pantjoran Tea House, Pinangsia, West Jakarta. Book your spot for the tour via WhatsApp at +62 822 5006 0076, more information is available on the tea house’s Instagram page.
archUPH wave 2022: Hybridtual
The Architecture program at Pelita Harapan University is collaborating with RSP Architects Planners and Engineers and M Bloc Academy to hold their annual architecture exhibition, archUPH wave. The event consists of activities such as international workshops, student exhibitions, and presentations from architects, among others. This year’s theme is Hybridtual, which will touch on the hybrid between the analog and the digital as well as physical and virtual habits that have been accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
From June 17-26 at M Bloc Space’s Creative Hall, Blok M, South Jakarta. Information about the event and registration forms are available here.
Crazy Burger Festival
If you’re planning on trying all the capital’s best burgers in one concentrated location, then the Crazy Burger Festival is the event for you. According to the event’s poster, there will be 20 participating burger joints from different areas in the capital gathering at Hublife, a mall in West Jakarta.
From June 17 until July 3 at Hublife. More information regarding the festival and promos are available on the Instagram pages of Hublife or Jakarta city guide JKTGO.
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.
Europe on Screen 2022
After two years of exclusively virtual screenings, Europe on Screen (EoS) is set to return in a hybrid format starting this Thursday. This year’s EoS will feature 69 films across various genres from 25 European countries, a special Retrospective section of the legendary Italian director and screenwriter Federico Fellini, as well as one Indonesian short film compilation that was selected from their Short Film Pitching Project (SFPP) competition. As usual, all screenings and side events at EoS are free of charge.
June 16 to 26 for offline screenings at various cultural spots such as Erasmus Huis, GoetheHaus, and Institut Français Indonesia (IFI) Thamrin, as well as Festival Scope for online screenings from June 20 to 30. More info and schedule is available on EoS’ official website and social media pages such as Instagram.
Jakarta Fair 2022
Things are gradually going back to normal and with that, the annual Pekan Raya Jakarta (PRJ) or Jakarta Fair returns after a two-year absence. As usual, there are many activities for you and the whole family to enjoy, such as shopping at the never-ending choice of tenants and food markets, letting your kids be kids at the playground, as well as watching live music performances. We strongly advise that you buy your tickets online prior to your visit to avoid long queues and higher prices for on-the-spot tickets.