The launch of Paradise Molam's new album and Havana Social's 1st anniversary are just two of them.

NIGHTLIFE: Havana Social: One Year Anniversary 

The hidden Cuban bar celebrates its first birthday with an open bar form 8-9pm on top of live music all night long from resident band Carribesound and Entourage ft. Andre 'Saxman' Brown with support from DJ Justin Mills.

Dec 1. Havana Social, Sukhumvit Soi 11


The English electronic music DJ, who has recently appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire for services to music and young people, takes over the Bangkok underground club with some of his best tracks including "Sensual" and "Inner City Life". 

Dec 3. Glow, Sukhumvit Soi 23

FESTIVALS: Still on our Minds 

In tribute to the HM the King, Silpakorn University and Live Loop Asia throw a 2-day music festival with 11 local musicians and 4 visiting international acts, along with art installations, jazz performances of the king’s songs, live looping demonstrations and speakers discussing the king’s contributions to architecture, engineering, art and music. 

Dec 3-4. Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC), 939 Rama 1 Rd. 

GIGS: Yo La Tengo

As part of music organizers Have You Heard?'s last live gig of the year, the American indie-rock veterans, whose 14 studio albums combine folk, shoegaze, mellow surf-rock and electronic sounds, perform live with support from legendary Thai rockers Moderndog.

 Dec 4. Voice Space, 197 Viphavadi Rangsit 

SPECIAL SCREENINGS: Open Air Kino 2016/2017 

The Goethe Institut Thailand hosts its annual Open Air Cinema series of film screenings set in a breezy garden. The selected films are a combination of contemporary and classic films from Germany that span a variety of genres, including the opening film Tour de Force, directed by Christian Zubert.

Dec 6. Goethe-Institut Thailand, Sathorn Soi 1

GIGS: Animal Hospital

The music project by Kevin Micka takes over the old town project space for a night of live experimental music. The project is is based on the idea of building a piece of music up from scratch into a completely fleshed out arrangement.

Dec 6. Cho Why, Charoenkrung Rd., Soi Nana

ART: The Last Light 

Virunan Chiddaycha presents a solo exhibition of landscape shots capturing spaces that His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej developed a part of his Royal projects and innovations during his reign. The series not only captures the stunning landscapes at sunset, but also shows the effect it has had on peopel in the area.

Dec 8-25. Hof Art Space, W District, Sukhumvit Soi 67-71

SPECIAL SCREENINGS: By The Time It Gets Dark (Dao Khanong)

One of the most anticipated Thai movies of the year by director Anocha Suwichakornpong tells interwoven stories of several characters, including a film director, a waitress, a student activist and an actor, whose lives are all loosely connected with the backdrop of the Thammasat Massacre in 1976. Screened in Thai with English subtitles. 

Dec 8-25. Bangkok Screening Room, Saladaeng 1


The Grammy-nominated indie-electronic DJ, best known for his remixes of rock, electronica and dance tracks by various artists, takes over the Bangkok stage for one night only. Expect to hear some of his top tracks including "Back of the Car," "Let Go" and "Cheap Sunglasses". 

Dec 9. Future Factory Bangkok, 32 Foundation, Phahol Yothin Rd. 

GIGS: The Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band "Planet Lam" Album Launch

The Isaan band who has made it to Britain's Glastonbury Festival holds its new album launch at Thonglor's yadong and world music bar with Maft Sai and Dangdut Bange. Limited to 100 tickets only.

Dec 9. Studio Lam, Sukhumvit Soi 51. BTS Thong Lo 

THEATER: The International Butoh Festival Thailand

The Japan Foundation, BACC, Butoh Co-Op Thailand and B-Floor Theatre presents the 11th annual theater and dance festival, which this year returns under the theme "Evolution/Revolution". The performances will feature six artists from around the world who will take on the stage for three different programs during the festival, alongside a series of individual workshops.

Dec 9-18. Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, 939 Rama 1 Rd. BTS National Stadium

OUT OF TOWN: 808 Festival 

One of Bangkok's most popular EDM festivals, 808 Festival, has relocated to a new beachside venue this year, with headliners including some of the biggest EDM names from around the world like Carnage, Hardwell, Dillon Francis, W&W and Zedd with support from many more international and local acts, such as Borgore, Marlo and Valentino Khan.
Dec 10-11. Nong Nooch Pattaya Garden & Resort, Pattaya

MARKETS: Commons Block Party 

The community mall hosts its annual block party featuring food booths from special guests like Guss Damn Good, Dolly Churro, Chimp Tim and Chandon Thailand alongside activities like outdoor film screening, live music, communtiy art and carnival games.

Dec 10. The Commons, Thonglor Soi 17 

ART: Platform 10

Thai-Indian street photographer Rammy Narula presents his collection of photos captured on a single platform at Hua Lamphong station over a period of six months during the same time of the day. The photos have also been published by New Yorks' publishing house Peanut Press, and will launched at the exhibition. 

Dec 14-mid Feb. S Gallery, Sofitel Sukhumvit 

SPECIAL SCREENINGS: Global Migration Film Festival 

The International Organization for Migration, the UN Migration Agency, presents a film festival dedicated to films about the unique contributions that migrants have made to societies around the world. In celebration of International Migrants Day on Dec 18, the festival is part of the UN's "Together" campagin to promote diversity and inclusion. All screenings are free. 

Dec 14-18. Bangkok Screening Room, Saladaeng Soi 1

ART: Winter Blossoms

German-Thai fashion photographer Benya Hegenbarth presents a collection of coming-of-age images inspired by the years of portfolio-building every fashion industry creative must go through.

Dec 15. Quince, Sukhumvit Soi 45, 02-662-4478 

GIGS: Chlandi Chandi  

The Thai psychedelic, stoner rock band whose songs combine vintage Indian instruments, rock elements and lyrics influenced by religion and ideology, perform live with support from heavy psych DJ J (Strange Brew) and live visuals by Yellaban. 

Dec 16. Studio Lam, Sukhumvit Soi 51

MARKETS: Union Camp Flea Market 

Over 50 brands gather for this new flea market selling retro furniture, classic cars, motorcycles and vintage clothing from within tents set up with urban, grungy vibes. On top of the shopping, expect plenty of food, drinks and live music throughout the three day event. 

Dec 16-18. Acaman Ekkamai, between Ekkamai Soi 13 and 15

ART: Alive

Best known for graffiti pieces featuring his iconic three-eyed character wearing animal costumes, street artist Alex Face hosts a solo exhibition showcasing 30 of his latest artworks where the character is lost in a new world within a waterlily pond. 

Dec 21-Feb 19. Bangkok Citycity Gallery, Sathorn Soi 1

MARKETS: Zaap on Sale

The popular pop-up market returns for its year-end edition, featuring over 500 booths from online brands that will be offering huge discounts up to 90% off on their products. Ther also promises to be a food zone with booths selling food from some of the trendiest restaurants around town.  

Dec 24-25. Royal Paragon Hall, 5/F Siam Paragon.  BTS Siam 

NIGHTLIFE: New Year's Eve 2016-2017

The rooftop bar bids farewell to 2016 with a huge party featuring music from DJs Slomororo, DeLorean and Arin, who'll be spinning their best tracks towards the countdown from 9:30pm. 

Dec 31. Above Eleven, Sukhumvit Soi 11

Stay tuned for BK's roundup of New Year's eve parties.