Boba Fest | Semasa di Balai Kota | A Russian Night | Cool Things To Do in Jakarta This Weekend (Sep 27-29)

Several participating boba brands at Boba Fest. Photos: Instagram/@guluguluid, @heychaofficial, @kokumi_id, @xingfutang_indonesia, @tigersugarindonesia
Several participating boba brands at Boba Fest. Photos: Instagram/@guluguluid, @heychaofficial, @kokumi_id, @xingfutang_indonesia, @tigersugarindonesia

Boba Fest

Photo: Instagram/@gandariacity
Photo: Instagram/@gandariacity

If you want to go on a quest to try every new boba place in town, then Boba Fest may just hit your sweet spot. At Boba Fest, there will be more than 25 participating boba brands, including homegrown chains Fat Bubble, Fat Straw, Gulu-GuluHeycha, and Kokumi; renowned Taiwanese brown sugar boba specialists OneZoTiger Sugar, and Xing Fu Tang; as well as more established players like Chatime and Koi Thé. Malaysian boba brand Daboba, which hasn’t opened any outlets in Jakarta, will also make an exclusive appearance at the festival. Read more about the event here.

The event is currently running until Sunday, Sep 29 at Gandaria City mall’s ground floor premium parking area. Free entry.


Semasa di Balai Kota

Tri-monthly bazaar Semasa is back, and this edition will take place at Balai Kota (Jakarta City Hall). There will be more than 60 curated fashion, lifestyle, and creative brands as well as 20 F&B tenants at the event. You can join the historical walking tour around Balai Kota and watch traditional dance and music shows at the venue. If you drive your own car or motorcycle, you can park at IRTI Square Monas, but public transportation (TransJakarta bus Corridor 2, get off at Balai Kota) and ride-sharing services better, hassle-free options to get to the bazaar. The event accepts payment by cash, credit card, debit card, and Go-Pay.

Saturday, Sep 28 – Sunday, Sep 29 at Balai Kota Jakarta, Central Jakarta from 10am-6pm. Free entry.


Festival Sketsa Indonesia: Sketsaforia Urban

The Indonesian Sketch Festival is held by Galeri Nasional, incorporating sketch communities and sketch artists from Indonesia and China. There will be an exhibition that displays archives and over 600 sketches in various mediums, as well as workshops, discussions, sketching sessions, and omore.

This exhibition is currently running until Oct 12 at Galeri Nasional, Central Jakarta. Free entry


Jamu Mixology Workshop

At this workshop, you can learn how to make jamu (traditional herbal drink) with ingredients such as vegetables, fruits, and more to make healthy and delicious concoctions.

Saturday, Sep 28 at Suwe Ora Jamu, South Jakarta from 10am-1pm. IDR450,000/person including starter kit, snack, and drink. RSVP via Whatsapp to Christy at +62 812 9005 0091.


Film screening and discussion: Xu Bing’s Dragonfly Eyes (2017)

Since 2015, surveillance cameras in China have been linked to the cloud database. Chinese artist Xu Bing and his team collected about 10,000 hours of surveillance camera footage and attempted to use bits and pieces of reality to create a story.

After the film screening, join a discussion on art, technology, film, and human civilization in the digital era with film critic/moving image preservation and presentation consultant Lisabona Rahman and award-winning film critic and writer/Universitas Multimedia Nusantara lecturer Makbul Mubarak.

This film contains violence and nudity that may not be suitable for viewers under 17. Viewers discretion is advised.

Saturday, Sep 28 at Komunitas Salihara, South Jakarta. Film screening: 2.30pm-4.30pm, discussion: 4.30pm-6pm. Free entry, reserve your spot on Museum MACAN’s website.


A Russian Night

Jakarta Simfonia Orchestra presents A Russian Night — a night of musical pieces by renowned Russian composers Dmitri Shostakovich and Sergei Prokofiev. The orchestra will be led by conductor Rebecca Tong and Stephanie Onggowinoto on piano.

Saturday, Sep 28 at Aula Simfonia Jakarta, North Jakarta from 5pm onwards. Tickets starts from IDR150K (student up to 21-year-old, student ID needed upon ticket collection) to IDR1,500,000. RSVP by phone at +62 21 6586 7808 or +62 877 7100 2009, or email:

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