A weekend for the artsy, the foodie, and the big-hearted.
ART & MUSIC
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Bangkok’s hottest light festival features over 39 lighting installations depicting this year’s battle with Covid-19, plus three silent discos, all located in various locations on and around Charoenkrung Road.
Through Dec 20, 6-11pm. Charoenkrung Rd.
Is Bangkok the reflection of a beautiful dream or the product of a dystopian nightmare? Find out at this narrative photography exhibition that examines the ever-changing Bangkok landscape.
Through Feb 17, 6:30-8pm. Galleria 3 2/F River City Bangkok, 23 Charoenkrung Soi 24. Free entry
Have a jolly, family-friendly afternoon at the Sofitel Sukhumvit this Sunday. Leave the kids with some helpful elves while they enjoy a magic show, gingerbread cookie decorations, face painting, and storytime with Santa.
Dec 20, 2-5pm. Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit, 189 Sukhumvit Rd.
Explore the connections between humanity, the use of modern technology, and the simulation of reality from robotics and artificial intelligence with an exhibition of more than 50 pieces of various artistic disciplines.
Through Dec 20, 8am-7pm. 4/F Bangkok Art & Culture Center (BACC), 939 Rama 1 Rd.
FOOD & NIGHTLIFE
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There are plenty of chances to do some good this year, but few that include free alcoholic beverages or free soft drinks for the kids. Support rural education development projects directed by ICare Thailand this weekend while gorging on the all-you-can-eat buffet.
Dec 19, 3pm. The Londoner, 1178 Phatthanakan Rd. B500
Celebrate Cagette’s second birthday by filling your bellies (and hearts) with enticing French food, free drinks, and a little charity: Half of the income from the day will go toward giving orphaned children in the community a Christmas to remember.
Dec 21, 6-11pm. Cagette Canteen & Deli, 15 Yen Akat Rd.
Thonglor’s creative hub and bar celebrates 10 years in business with a two-day block party, featuring visual projections, DJ sets, food from the likes of Soul Food Mahanakorn and Err, and lots of cold adult beverages.
Dec 19-20, 4pm-late. 7 Sukhumvit Soi 51.
The latest bar from the Rabbit Hole group officially opens its doors with two hours of free-flow Monkey Shoulder whiskey and Hendrick’s gin (6-8pm), plus DJ sets all night.
Dec 18, 6pm-late. 946/9 Thonglor Soi 20, 065-464-6925. Free entry
Thonglor’s Root Garden (Suan-Kru Angoon) hosts a sustainable food festival, featuring super-fresh seafood and seafood bites from seven fishing communities across Thailand: Satun, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Trang, Ranong, Songkhla, Nakhorn Sri Thammarat, and Chantaburi. There will also be organic oranges from the North, live folk music, games for all ages, and more at this farm-to-consumer event.
Dec 18-19, 9am-9pm. Root Garden, 67 Thonglor Soi 3 (Sukhumvit Soi 55). Free entry
WORKSHOPS & MARKETS
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For all those with denim in their hearts and jeans in their wardrobes, the much awaited Denim Day is here. Empty your pockets at Lido Connect this weekend on Thai-made jean products, secondhand denim collector’s items, and delicious food.
Dec 19-20, 11am-8:30pm. Lido Connect, 256 Rama I Rd.
Spread some love in the season of giving by bringing home an adorable kitten this Sunday at PAWS Bangkok’s Christmas-themed adoptable cat cafe.
Dec 20, noon-5pm. UnionSpace Thailand, 30 Sukhumvit Soi 61
Wondering if your kid could be the next Sondheim? Find out at the five-day Create Your Own Musical Workshop, where kids will write their own shows, create the backdrops, and choose their own music for their own unique musical.
Dec 19-23, 9am-2pm. The Hop, 252/8 Silom Rd. B6,500
Track down the perfect gift and enjoy plenty of chocolate truffles, cakes, dim sum, and more. You can even take home a puppy from The Adoptable Puppy Cafe.
Dec 19, 11am-6pm. The Hive Thonglor, 46/9 Klang Alley. Free entry
Sermsuk Warehouse hosts a three-day market featuring secondhand clothing and other goods, with food and drinks to match. There will also be live music from up-and-coming bands like Stoondio, H3F, and Gym and Swim.
Dec 18-20, 2:30pm onwards. Sermsuk Warehouse (Pepsi Pier), between Charoen Nakhon Soi 13 and 15. B100
The horrendous air quality in Bangkok may have opened your eyes to our responsibility to the environment. Help plant our way to a cleaner, greener Bangkok, one tree at a time, in Bang Krachao.
Dec 19, 8am-2:30pm. Wat Bang Nam Pheung Nok, Bang Kobua. Free entry
Sansiri returns with its annual winter fest at the T77 community space in On Nut. Expect workshops, mini-concerts from the likes of Maft Sai, advice on healthy eating and gardening, lots of food, and much more.
Dec 19-20, 3-10pm. T77, Sukhumvit Soi 77. Free entry
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The three-day festival in Phuket returns to the recently reopened Blue Tree, combining music, fashion, arts and crafts, and, of course, food. The community festival brings together some of Thailand’s most celebrated artists and welcomes all with the promise of three days of fun.
Through Dec 19, 10am-8pm. Blue Tree Phuket, 4/2 Srisoonthorn, Srisoonthorn Rd. Free entry
Enjoy a five-course Sunday brunch courtesy of Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai in collaboration with local organic restaurant Terra with stunning views atop Doi Samoeng.
Dec 20, 11:30am-2:30pm. Samoeng Mountain. B3,500++ (B4,500++ with free-flow sparkling wine and cocktails)