Make the most of March by joining Women's March, partying in a forest, going on a furniture hunt, releasing your inner bookworm at the city’s biggest book fair, and loads of other fun stuff happening in the city.
You can always find something to do in this busy city of Jakarta, and March seems like the perfect time to have fun. Whether you’re catching up on exciting concerts and music festivals, celebrating the lives of fellow women at Women’s March, wishing to learn about beauty trends from the experts, or looking for imported books to binge-read, these exciting happenings in the city will keep you entertained during the whole month of March.
1. Sing to Sheila On 7’s greatest hits at The Pallas
90s kids, don’t miss Sheila On 7 in concert at The Pallas on 1 March. Fans of the legendary band will be brought back to reminisce the good old golden days. Originally from Yogyakarta, this alternative rock band will play all-time favourites from their first self-titled album “Sheila On 7” to the last album titled “Musim Yang Baik” in celebration of their successful career in Indonesia’s music scene.
2. Catch screenings of award-winning movies during Plaza Indonesia Film Festival
Catch the annual Plaza Indonesia Film Festival before it ends on 2 March, where Cinema XXI will screen some of the best award-winning movies from Cannes Film Festival 2017, Berlin International Film Festival 2017, and Festival Film Indonesia 2017. Featured films include The Gift, Loving Vincent, Laut Bercerita, and The Square.
3. Dance to Cosmic Gate during Tranceformation at Colosseum Club
Call yourself a trance music fan? Head to Colosseum Club on 2 March and dance the night away to Cosmic Gate, who will return to Jakarta for Tranceformation. The German duo will also be joined by local DJs like Six Pratama, Marquee, and DJ Trillions.
4. Get the taste of AER’s very own Ashish Sharma’s cocktail creations at Nautilus Bar
Flying all the way from India, Hotel Mixologist and Beverage Manager Ashish Sharma from AER at Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai will take over Nautilus Bar at Four Seasons Hotel Jakarta, presenting his art of cocktail-making that combines classic ingredients with a unique twist. AER is ranked at number 37 at Asia’s 50 Best Bars in 2017, so you won’t want to miss this exciting offer, available only for two days from 2 to 3 March starting from 7pm. For reservations, call +62 21 2277 1888.
5. Listen to jazzy tunes at this year’s Java Jazz Festival
Jazz fans in Jakarta should rejoice because the annual Java Jazz Festival returns on 2-4 March at Jiexpo Kemayoran. The event is headlined by renowned international artists such as Goo Goo Dolls, Lauv, Daniel Caesar, Avery Sunshine, and JP Cooper. The exciting line-up will also include famous Indonesian singers like Andien, Kunto Aji, Teddy Adhitya, Yura Yunita, and many more.
6. Snatch great deals on travel packages at Astindo Travel Fair
For those of you planning for your next holidays, don’t miss Astindo Travel Fair on 2-4 March, another travel expo to get excited about this month. Secure great offers on flight tickets, hotels, tours and travel packages to popular tourist destinations all around the world and Indonesia during the event, which will be held at Jakarta Convention Center.
7. Join workshops, go on a shopping spree and score cheap travel packages at Werkspace Marketspace
Located in Pluit, Werkspace will hold a Marketspace, where you can enjoy various workshops like brass necklace making with From Tiny Islands, how to arrange a rustic hand bouquet with Petale Flowers, and many more. Held from 2-4 March, the event will also bring together your favourite fashion and F&B brands like The Watch Co., Chlorine, and Chipslah, as well as a “mini travel fair” by Fun Holidays Tours and Travel, offering various affordable travel packages.
8. Celebrate the International Women’s Day at Women’s March Jakarta
In celebration of the International Women’s Day, Women’s March Indonesia will be holding the annual Women’s March Jakarta on 3 March. The march is open for free to people of all genders, cultures, religions, and races, who will walk along the route that starts from Sari Pan Pacific at 8am all the way to Taman Aspirasi Monas, where there will be exciting entertainments and oration about the importance of women’s right. Don’t forget to bring your posters, wear pink, and put on your most comfortable shoes!
9. Learn about love and how to choose the right one from the founder of Setipe.com
Are you single? Before getting yourself ready to mingle, you may want to learn a thing or two about relationships by joining this love-themed talk show with GoWork and Setipe.com. The founder and CEO of the local online dating site, Razi Thalib, will be sharing his tips on how to discover your true self, what to expect from love, and how to develop a heathy relationship. Titled “Redefining Love and Choosing The One”, the sharing session is held on 3 March at GoWork at Chubb Square 8th floor.
10. Enjoy classical music at Maestro Domenico Nordio’s solo violin concert
In collaboration with the Italian Embassy, The Italian Cultural Institute, Jakarta will present a solo violin concert by Maestro Domenico Nordio, who is one of the most acclaimed Italian contemporary musicians. Featuring music from Say, Bach, and Petrassi, his performance will be held on 7 March at Gedung Kesenian Jakarta, which will become the violinist’s first destination of his Asia tour.
11. Check out the newly opened lounge RTL Jakarta
You know Hot New Table Lalla, but have you heard of RTL? Situated just next door, RTL – aka Regional Tasting Lounge – will be your next favourite destination to chill and simply have fun with friends over drinks and hip-hop music. Happy hours run from 4pm to 8pm for selected drinks, with different music genres and DJ performances rotating daily. For more information, follow @rtljkt on Instagram.
12. Enjoy the taste of Southern Thailand at Palm Court
Thai food lovers should pop over to Palm Court, where the team from Koh Thai Kitchen and Bar from Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui takes over Four Seasons Hotel Jakarta to present a range of authentic Southern Thai dishes for lunch and dinner. Created by Thai Chef de Partie Sainoi Prommas, the special buffet highlights will be available from 8 to 11 March, featuring favourite classic dishes spicy prawn soup, slow-cooked beef curry, and green papaya salad. For reservations, call +62 21 2277 1888.
13. Shop your favourite fashion pieces at H&M’s new store at Pacific Place
In case you missed it, H&M has just opened its new store at Pacific Place in SCBD! Just like the famous retailer’s other branches, this store features fashion and stylish looks for the entire family, including fashion must-haves for women, men, sports, teens and children. The new store is situated on the shopping mall’s first floor.
14. Be the first to visit Sisterfields Jakarta
Visits to Bali, or Seminyak in particular, will not be complete without a visit to Sisterfields. This popular Bali dining spot has always been the crowd’s favourite when it comes to brunch, and after what seems like forever, the Australian cafe will finally set foot in Jakarta early this month. Located in PIK Avenue, Sisterfields will bring their all-time favourites like Sisterfields Dirty Burger and Pancake & Red Berries, and we just can’t wait to have them here in Jakarta!
15. Support our local furniture industry at Indonesia International Furniture Expo
As many as 50 furniture exhibitors will gather for this year’s Indonesia International Furniture Expo (IFEX), held at Jiexpo Kemayoran from 9 to 12 March. This must-attend show’s theme is “The Essence of Infinite Innovation”, and will feature a wide range of products from the finest rattan to outdoor furniture and home décor.
16. Party in the forest at LaLaLa Festival
If America has Coachella in the desert, then we have LaLaLa Festival in the forest. Get ready to pack your bag for the fun international forest festival in Bandung on 10 March, where you can enjoy music and the mother nature at Orchid Forest Cikole. Surrounded by tall pine trees, the show’s line-up includes Blackbear, Oh Wonder, Tom Odell, Wafia, RKCB, Blonde, and Bondax, who will share the stage with local talents like The Groove, Pusakata, Dipha x Kallula x Nadin, and many more.
17. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at St. Patrick’s Annual Ball 2018
In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, the Irish community in Jakarta under St. Patrick’s Society will hold the St. Patrick’s Annual Ball 2018, held on 10 March at Shangri-La Hotel. The ball, which proceeds will support various Indonesian charities like The Rawinala Foundation, Yayasan Goodwill International, and House of Hope, will start with a three-course dinner and free-flow drinks, after which there will be various entertainments like traditional Irish music, dance, and DJ performances. For more info, follow @stpatssocietyjakarta on Instagram or email email@example.com.
18. Watch music and ballet performances by Jakarta Simfonia Orchestra
Love music and ballet? Get the best of both worlds at Aula Simfonia Jakarta on 10 March, where Jakarta Simfonia Orchestra will present Clementi’s Piano Concerto, Bizet’s Carmen Suites, and Reinecke’s Symphony No. 2. The concert, which is conducted by Dr. Billy Kristanto, will be accompanied with a ballet performance by Mudamove.
19. Catch the free concert of Storksky at Erasmus Huis
A project by Dutch vocalist and guitarist Michiel Claessen, Storksky will be flying to Jakarta for a free concert at Erasmus Huis on 10 March. Don’t miss the chance to catch the rock duo as they promote their debut EP that puts low-frequency, grunting guitar riffs over killer grooves and falsetto vocals.
20. Watch Fifth Harmony live in concert
Braving the traffic on a Monday night on 12 March will be “Worth It” because the ladies from Fifth Harmony will perform live in Jakarta for the first time. The girl group behind the famous hit “Work From Home”, who won third place during the second season of the American X Factor, will be bringing their PSA Tour to The Kasablanka Hall, promoting their latest self-titled album to the fans in Jakarta.
21. Write about the history of art in Indonesia at Museum Macan’s Open Source History gathering
Interested in Indonesian art and history? Join Open Source History: Mapping Art Exhibitions in Indonesia, a collaborative effort by Museum Macan to develop an open source timeline of exhibitions in Indonesia. By joining the gathering, which is held at the museum on 13-14 March, you and the other participants will work together to write about art exhibitions in Indonesia from the 1900s to 2000s, which will later be accessible by the public through Wikipedia pages.
22. Join the charity golf game at St. Paddy’s Annual Charity Golf Day
Think you (and your friends) got a knack for golf? Join St. Paddy’s Annual Charity Golf Day, held by Murphy’s & Molly Malone’s Irish Pubs and St. Patrick’s Society Jakarta at Cengkareng Golf Club on 15 March. You can enter the charity game as either a team or an individual, where you can also enjoy drinks, lunch, and dinner. All of the money raised from the event will go to St. Patrick’s Society Jakarta’s charity fund. To register, call +62 813 1503 3022 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
23. Learn more about beauty at Beautyfest Asia
Beauty enthusiasts will not want to miss this year’s Beautyfest Asia, held from 16 to 18 March at Ciputra Artpreneur. The beauty event, which is the biggest beauty conference and exhibition in Southeast Asia presented by Popbela, will feature latest beauty products, current trends and innovation across the beauty influencers, as well as global and regional beauty influencers like Ssin, Changmakeup, Tasya Farasya, Vinna Gracia, and many more.
24. Indulge on a Bvlgari-themed Afternoon Tea at Peacock Lounge
Dedicated for all fashion lovers, Fairmont Jakarta’s Peacock Lounge has launched Forever Love Bvlgari Afternoon Tea, their latest fashion-themed afternoon tea in collaboration with Bvlgari. Available until 22 March at the price of IDR 588,000++ per set, the menu is inspired by the colours of the brand’s Spring Summer 2018 leather goods and accessories collection, featuring a selection of petit fours, scones, tea sandwiches, and canapes. Another exciting news is you can get 10% discount at Bvlgari for every afternoon tea set you order and 20% discount on this afternoon tea set for every purchase made at Bvlgari. For reservations, call +62 21 2970 3333.
25. Learn about Organic Botanical Styling at Indoestri
Create your own flower arrangement by joining the Organic Botanical Styling workshop at Indoestri on 24 March. Led by Christyna Theosa from Cosa Project, the class is designated for beginners who will be taught to arrange fresh-cut flowers with botanical organic rustic style, which you can bring home to decorate your own table as a centre piece.
26. Catch Lany’s solo concert in Jakarta
Missed Lany’s first gig in Indonesia at last year’s We The Fest? Make amends this year by catching their live show in Jakarta, held at The Pallas in SCBD on 27 March. Famous for their hits “Super Far” and “ILYSB”, the American indie-pop band will be back to promote their self-titled debut album.
27. Get inspired with the latest fashion trends at Indonesia Fashion Week
Indonesia Fashion Week will return for its 7th edition from 28 March to 1 April, held at Jakarta Convention Centre. The week-long fashion festival, held in collaboration with Tokopedia to promote the e-commerce industry, will feature fashion shows, seminars, workshops, talkshows, competitions, and trade shows that focus on the unique features of Indonesian culture.
28. Score great deals on imported books at Big Bad Wolf
Book worms, get excited because the annual Big Bad Wolf will make a return to Jakarta from 29 March to 1 April. After receiving some 300,000 visitors last year, this book sale event, which has become one of the world’s biggest book fair, will be coming back to ICE BSD, offering 60% to 80% discounts on more than 5.5 million options of imported books for 280 hours non-stop!
29. Sing your heart out at The Chainsmokers’ concert
The Chainsmokers is coming to Jakarta and we want “Something Just Like This”! Get ready to sing your heart out to “Closer”, “Paris”, and “Don’t Let Me Down”, as they will be making a return to the Big Durian for their solo concert. The famous EDM duo, consisting of Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart, will perform on 30 March at Jiexpo Kemayoran.
30. Watch famous Indonesian singers live at Sounds Festival 2018
Watch your favourite Indonesian singers as they gather together for the second edition of Sounds Festival on 31 March, a festival that combines music with food, community, and fashion. Held at Summarecon Mal Bekasi’s Parking Ground, the event’s exciting line-up includes Sheila On 7, Tulus, Naif, Kahitna, Maliq & D’Essentials, FourTwnty, Sisitipsi, and Tressomnia.
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