Make the most of Jakarta this November by practicing your yoga moves at Namaste Festival, learning how to build your startups at Tech in Asia conference, watching your favourite musical come to live at La La Land concert, and many more.
It seriously feels just like yesterday that we entered the year 2017, and in a blink of an eye, here we are now at almost the end of the year! Get the best of November with many fun happenings like Thanksgiving celebrations, La La Land musical concert, Tech in Asia conference, Namaste Festival, and many more. Honeycombers is even throwing our first ever Secret Dinner Society dining event in Jakarta! We may not have any public holiday to go out of town, but worry not because you can have just as much fun in Jakarta with these 30 exciting things to do on the second last month of 2017.
1. Learn about exciting startups and the tech industry at the Tech in Asia conference
Tech in Asia returns to the capital on 1-2 November at Jakarta Convention Center. Gain knowledge and insights from industry insiders and meet a new wave of startups. Looking for an investor for your business? Join the startup-investor speed dating service, where you can submit your pitches to over 50 investors. The fun does not end there, as you’ll get to build your network over a pint of beer at their Night Crawl venues after the conference ends.
2. Get a taste of Italy with Michelin-starred Chef Giuseppe Iannotti
You don’t have to travel all the way to Italy to enjoy delicious Italian cuisine. Book into Rosso in Shangri-La from 1 to 5 November, where Michelin-starred Italian Chef Giuseppe Iannotti from Kresios in Telese Terme will prepare special set menus for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Want to have some wine to end the week? Come on Friday night for the chef’s special wine-pairing dinner.
3. Extend your Halloween celebrations with your loved ones at Portico
Just because October is over doesn’t mean you can’t still celebrate Halloween! And luckily, because Halloween falls on Tuesday this year, we have an excuse to extend the spooky celebrations all week long! Enjoy a special secret dessert menu by Chef Odie Djamil at Portico during from 1 to 5 November and bring your kids along to join the kids’ costume party and trick-or-treat parade on Sunday 5 November.
4. Shop the highly-coveted H&M x Erdem collection
The wait is finally over – H&M x Erdem collection launches on 2 November! The famous retailer is collaborating with Erdem Moralioglu to design a floral-themed collection of tweed suits, PJ sets, combat boots, slip-ons, statement gowns, floaty pleated tops and many more. And here’s another good news: this will be Erdem’s first collection for men! Getting your hands on the collection will be tricky though – you will only be given 10 minutes to shop and are only allowed to buy one per item. We’re pretty sure you don’t want to miss it, so here’s a tip: get in the queue at H&M’s flagship store in Grand Indonesia before it opens at 8 AM!
5. Release your inner shopaholic at Brightspot Market
Shopping spree alert: Brightspot Market finally returns this month! While prior years have seen the famous pop-up market held in South Jakarta, Brightspot Market is changing directions to bring the festival up north to PIK Avenue Ballroom. Aside from the usual fashion and culinary booths, there will also be live music performances, art market and installations, workshops, talks and film screenings. The market is open to public from 3-5 November.
6. Catch Museum MACAN’s inaugural exhibition
For those of you who have been waiting for Museum MACAN to open, we have good news for you! The first international modern and contemporary art museum in Jakarta will finally be open to public on 4 November, revealing its inaugural exhibition titled “Art Turns. World Turns. Exploring the Collection of Museum MACAN.” The exhibition, co-curated by Charles Esche and Agung Hujatnika, will continue to run until 18 March 2018.
7. Dance the night away at Pon Your Tone’s 3rd anniversary party
Pon Your Tone, the underground music festival founded by the famous DJ Dipha Barus, is celebrating its 3rd anniversary on 4 November at The Establishment. With the theme “Gegap Gempita”, Pon Your Tone, together with Ismaya Live, invites you to dress up in your best costume. The festival is headlined by Dipha Barus himself and Diskoria, and features a fantastic line-up of DJs and local musicians like Jidho, Kallula, and many more.
8. Celebrate the grand opening of Union PIK Avenue at Union Bay Sailing Club
Join Union as they celebrate their latest bistro’s grand opening at PIK Avenue. Called the Union Bay Sailing Club, the festivity invites you to party at its Hamptons-style maritime summer bash on 4 November. Dress up in a nautical-themed outfit and get ready to dance the night away to the eclectic tunes played by ICONS, DJ Kulki and DJ Glen.
9. Take part in helping children in need with Red Nose Foundation at Festival of Laughs 2017
Help children in need by joining the Red Nose Foundation’s Festival of Laughs 2017, where proceeds will be donated to Yayasan Hidung Merah for its education programme in Jakarta. The event will be held on 4 November at Ayana Hotel Midplaza, where you can sing along to singer Sandhy Sondoro, awatch exciting performances by stand-up comedians and the Hidung Merah Performance Troupe.
10. Watch your favourite musical performed to a live orchestra at La La Land in Concert
Fans of the Hollywood musical La La Land, get excited, because the movie’s live concert is coming to Jakarta from 4 to 5 November! What’s even more exciting is that Jakarta is the only city in Southeast Asia that the concert will be visiting throughout its world tour! Enjoy live musical and dance performance as the film’s Oscar-winning composer Justin Hurwitz conducts a full orchestra of the movie’s famous songs like “City of Stars”, “Someone in the Crowd”, and “Mia & Sebastian’s Theme”. You won’t be seeing Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling live in action here at Ciputra Artpreneur, but don’t worry because they will still accompany you during the live symphony orchestra as the film will be projected onto a giant screen.
11. Satisfy your craving for ice cream at Ice Cream Festival 2017
Are you an avid ice cream lover who can’t live without ice cream? If that sounds a lot like you, don’t miss the Ice Cream Festival 2017 on 4-5 November, because you can have it as much as you want at Aeon Mal BSD City! The first of its kind in Indonesia, this all-you-can-eat Ice Cream Festival will bring 80 variants of ice cream with unique flavours such as cendol, pisang ijo, cincau hitam, and cinnamon apple.
12. Explore the meaning of “Jiwa” at Jakarta Biennale contemporary art exhibition
After two years, the international contemporary art exhibition, Jakarta Biennale, finally returns from 4 November to 10 December. Titled “Jiwa”, the exhibition will feature artworks by 51 artists from 17 countries that will explore the meaning of soul that drives people and nature. The main exhibition will be held at Gedung Sarinah Ekosistem, and at several local museums such as the Jakarta History Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts and Ceramics.
13. Learn more about business from the entrepreneur himself, David Soong of Axioo
Want to become an entrepreneur but don’t know how to start? Well, you can always research about it, but hearing a real-life experience from successful entrepreneurs themselves is always something else. If you’re curious to know more about the journey of building a business, join this session with David Soong, founder of Axioo Photography, as he shares his experience in becoming an entrepreneur. The workshop is held at GoWork Coworking Space on 7 November.
14. Support local young artists at Artotel Week
Artotel is hosting Artotel Week from 8 to 11 November at Gedung Cipta Niaga in Kota Tua. Its theme “Stance of Youth,” promotes works by young local artists who will also share their experiences with art entrepreneurship. The art exhibition, curated by Safrie Effendi, features works from 12 artist and Artotel Studio. There will also be music festival for music enthusiasts, held outdoor at the open-air stage.
15. Practice your yoga moves at Namaste Festival
Calling out all yogis, Namaste Festival returns to Jakarta on 10-12 November. Held at The Sultan Hotel, this 7th edition of Namaste Festival is themed “Manifest your dreams through wellness” and features famous local and international yoga instructors. There will also be talk shows with experts, kids’ yoga activities, and a special bazaar of healthy food and drinks.
16. Learn how to make your own jewellery at Indoestri
Don’t know what to do on the weekend? Instead of doing your usual routine of going to the mall, why don’t you try something new like learning how to make your own jewellery? While a lot of us like wearing bracelets, not many of us know how to make one. At Indoestri, you can make your own silver bracelet at their jewellery-making class on 11 November with Sendra Ramadhan of Kal Akkara, who will teach you the basic silversmithing skills and other related techniques.
17. Watch the child prodigy Joey Alexander Trio in concert
Young jazz pianist Joey Alexander Trio may only be 14, but he plays music beyond his years. After watching him rock the stage at the Grammy Awards, here’s your chance to finally watch him live at his concert on 12 November at Indonesia Convention Exhibition (ICE) BSD City.
18. Watch the classical orchestra at Aula Simfonia Jakarta
Are you a fan of orchestra and classical music? Then don’t miss this upcoming concert by Aula Simfonia Jakarta, featuring two famous pieces, Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Major by Dvořák and Symphony No. 5 “Reformation” by Mendelssohn. On the piano is Jessie Chang, who plays alongside Formosa String Quartet from the United States and Jakarta Simfonia Orchestra. Held on 12 November, the orchestra will be conducted by Jahja Ling.
19. Be part of the young generation who dares to dream at Konser Indonesia Bermimpi
Indonesia Bermimpi, the organisation that encourages the young generation to dream and contribute to the country, is holding Konser Indonesia Bermimpi as the first and only Indonesian music concert run by disabled community. Join the crowd at The Pallas on 16 November, where they will sing along to Glenn Fredly’s sweet romantic songs in a live concert.
20. Satisfy your appetite for good food and drinks at Ismaya’s Jakarta Culinary Festival
Ismaya does it again with another exciting festival, but this one is made for Jakarta’s foodies. Spoil your appetite at Jakarta Culinary Feastival 2017, held from 16 to 19 November at Senayan City, where you can taste various dishes, learn how to cook, go behind the scenes in cooking theatre, taste wines and cheese, quench your thirst with beer and cocktails made by renowned mixologists, and plenty of other food-based activities. Get your little ones involved too at the little chef cooking class and dessert garden.
21. Be the first to catch Justice League at cinemas near you
DC Comics lovers, the day you’ve been waiting for will finally arrive: Justice League is out at cinemas near you on 15 November! Watch your favourite heroes – Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cybord and the Flash – in action, as they gather together to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.
22. Watch the live performance of Bob Marley’s son at Jakarta Peace Concert
Are you a fan of reggae music? Then don’t miss the chance to watch Bob Marley’s son’s band, Julian Marley and The Uprising at Jakarta Peace Concert on 18 November. Held at Ecopark in Ancol, the festival will also feature special performances by Tony Q Rastafara, Ras Muhamad, Gangstarasta, and Nd White. Want a closer look of the legendary reggae singer’s son? Get the VIP ticket to have a special meet and greet session with Julian Marley.
23. Honeycombers Jakarta presents Secret Dinner Society
We are excited to announce that Honeycombers Jakarta is finally hosting the very first edition of Secret Dinner Society in Jakarta! Get your taste-buds prepared for a mind-blowing bite and beer pairing as we celebrate the festive dining season with lots of turkey at this stunning four-course Thanksgiving feast by Chef Aditya Muskita. Held at Attarine on Wednesday, 22 November 2017, the pop-up dining event kicks off with a hearty roasted pumpkin soup, followed by turkey done two ways: mushroom-stuffed turkey breast with roasted kluwak and wood-fired Brussel sprouts, and turkey leg served with caramelized sweet potato. To end on a sweet note, diners get to indulge in a caramelized peanut and pear pie for dessert. But wait – there’s more! A selection of intriguing craft beers by Stark will be matched to each course, and a Stark Craft Beer brewmaster will even be on deck to chat with diners about the ethos of this local brewery. To top things off, everyone gets a goodie-bag filled with a bottle of their award-winning Lychee Ale and Pilsner 1945 so that you can enjoy these exciting flavours at home. Call or WhatsApp +62 812 8602 6142 or email email@example.com to reserve your spot!
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24. Give thanks and celebrate Thanksgiving with your loved ones!
One of our most favourite end-of-year festivities is finally here – it’s Thanksgiving Day! Although it’s not really an official holiday here in Indonesia, this American holiday, which falls on 23 November this year, is always our favourite tradition to celebrate with loved ones over warm hearty meals. Obviously, Thanksgiving will not complete without having some turkey dinner, and that’s certainly one of the things we’re thankful for!
25. Plan your dream wedding at the Wedding Celebration Festival
Calling all brides and grooms-to-be! Still in the midst of planning for the perfect wedding of your lifetime? If so, don’t miss the 8th Wedding Celebration Festival from 24 to 26 November, featuring special deals from over 300 vendors for decoration, catering, photography, honeymoon package, and venues in Jakarta and Bali.
26. Get all nostalgic at The 90’s Festival
Are you true and true 90’s kid or simply an avid fan of the era? Then you will not want to miss the 3rd edition of The 90’s Festival, where you’ll get all nostalgic for famous foods, games, and musicians like Dewa 19, Ari Lasso, KLa Project, Reza Artamevia, Warna and many more. Held JIExpo Kemayoran on 25 November, the festival will take you back to the 90’s in a beautiful reunion.
27. Celebrate Pavarotti’s life as a maestro at Pavarotti Forever recital
In celebration of the 10th year of passing of the legendary Pavarotti, the Italian Embassy and Italian Cultural Institute are throwing a “Pavarotti Forever” recital for the first time. On 26 November, the concert will celebrate Pavarotti’s life by having Jenish Ysmanov, Alin Stoica, Sopranos Anna Petricevic, Elisa Balbo and Paolo Andreoli play some of the maestro’s famous songs at Ciputra Artpreneur, while screening unpublished videos of Pavarotti and exhibiting memorabilias from Pavarotti’s musical career. The wife of Pavarotti herself, Nicoletta Mantovani, will also attend the concert as guest of honour.
28. Watch South Korean indie band Hyukoh live in Jakarta
South Korean indie band Hyukoh is coming on a tour to Jakarta for the first time on 27 November. The concert is held at The Establishment in SCBD, featuring all four members, Oh Hyuk, Im Dong-geon, Lim Hyun-jae, and Lee In-woo, who quicky gained popularity after their appearance on famous Korean variety show Infinity Challenge.
29. Spend your hump day at the Wednesday is a Lovely Day event at The Pallas
After its successful first show featuring Kahitna and RAN back in March, Wednesday is a Lovely Day returns to The Pallas on 29 November. This time around, the event features Maliq & D’Essentials and The Groove, who will collaborate for a special performance by D’Essentials of Groove.
30. Join us and Jelajah Rasa on a culinary and heritage journey to the hidden gems of Sabang
If you’re bored with your usual weekend destinations – malls, cafes, cinemas, you name it – and have always been curious to try local food, join us for a fun, engaging culinary and heritage tour with Jelajah Rasa in November. The upcoming four-hour trip, which marks our 2nd collaboration with tour, will now bring us to the hidden gems of Sabang in Central Jakarta, where you’ll stop by at plenty of mouthwatering food stalls after exploring local heritage sites. More details are coming up, so check this space for more updates!