Wonderfruit or no Wonderfruit, here's how to live your best life in Bangkok this weekend. 

FESTIVALS

Wonderfruit Festival

It's back! This environmentally-friendly festival puts a big emphasis on social responsibility and sustainability. Beyond music, the festival also brings art installations, food, workshops, wellness, family activities and talks on sustainability, which last year resulted in being presented with a certificate from Thailand Greenhouse Gas Management Organization (TGO) for reducing their carbon emissions to zero. The four-day festival's fifth edition takes place at The Field, Siam Country Club, Pattaya, with a lineup including British hip-hop producer Nightmares on Wax, drum ‘n’ bass pioneer Goldie, rising Chicago rapper Kweku Collins, Thai-Swedish pop singer Sirintip, genre-hopping Amsterdam DJ Young Marco, reggae-loving New Zealand producer and multi-instrumentalist Lord Echo, Thai reggae legends Job2do, Malaysian R'n'B singer NJWA and Burning Man-approved Fleetwood Mac remix project Fleetmac Wood. See website and Facebook page for updates.

Thursday-Sunday, Dec 13-16. The Fields at Siam Country Club, Pattaya. B5,800-6,800 on wonderfruit.co.

 

Coca-Cola presents Siam Music Festival

An outdoor music festival in the middle of the city featuring over 50 familiar names like Thaitanium, Slot Machine, Scrubb, Paradox, Lomosonic, Retrospect, Tattoo Colour, Moderndog, The Yers.

Saturday-Sunday, Dec 15-16, 1pm. Siam Square, 388 Rama I Rd., 02-255-9999. Free.

 


NIGHTLIFE

Jarreau Vandal 

New York-based label Soulection brings the Dutch DJ and music producer to play hip-hop r’n’b beats.

Thursday, Dec 13, 9pm. Beam, 1/F, 72 Courtyard, Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thonglor), 02-392-7750. B300 in advance at Ticketmelon or B500 at the door.

 

Saint Vincent (Bed Supperclub) at Mustache

Relive the good old days of Bed Supperclub for one night as its old resident DJ spins groovy beats.

Friday, Dec 14, 10pm. Mustache Bar, 544/5 Ratchadaphisek Soi 7, 081-844-7080. B250 after midnight includes 1 drink.

 

Grand-Opening Rooftop Party PURA VIDA

Join the launch event for a new rooftop cocktail bar that’s replacing craft beer bar Fat Cow on the Roof.

Friday, Dec 14, 5pm. Pura Vida, 8/F, Metro Pratunam Boutique Hotel, 1091/236 New Petchaburi Soi 35. Free.

 

Night at The Musem 8 Night Club City in The Sixties

Visit the beloved Old town museum in the evening when everything gets transformed into a '60s-style clubbing scene.

Friday-Sunday, Dec 14-16, 4-10pm. Museum Siam, 4 Sanam Chai Rd, 02-225-2777. Free.

 

Trasher: Generation K: Sorry Sorry I Kissed Dek Mee Panha

The city's gay-friendly party organizer promises hits from Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Rihanna and plenty of K-Pop stars.

Saturday, Dec 15, 8pm. Muang Thai GMM Live House, 8/F, CentralWorld, 999/1 Rama 1 Rd. B600.

 

Counting Sheep Corner Fifth Anniversary

Our favorite Ekkamai cafe and craft beer bar celebrates its fifth birthday with afternoon BBQ, yard sale and music.

Saturday, Dec 15, 3pm. Counting Sheep Corner, 26/1 Sukhumvit Soi 61, 02 714 4477. Free.

 

Evil Man Blues Speed Dating – Goodbye 2018!

Spend your night talking to 10 strangers who might end up being your friend or special someone later.

Saturday, Dec 15, 11pm. Evil Man Blues, G/F, 72 Courtyard, 72 Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thonglor), 02-392-7740. B300 includes 2 drinks.

 


LIVE MUSIC

The Russian Pieces

Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra conducted by Charles Olivieri-Munroe and a special guest soloist Poom Prommachart on the piano.

Saturday, Dec 15, 8pm. Thailand Cultural Centre, 14 Thiam Ruam Mit Rd., 02-247-0013. B400-2,000 at Thaiticketmajor.com

 

Needles and Pins

Catch rising Thai indie bands Napan & June, Quicksand Bed, Game of Sounds and Abstraction XL at Bangkok’s premier live music venue. A DJ set from Jay Hariguem Zaboy will complete the night.

Saturday, Dec 15, 7pm. De Commune, 1/F, Liberty Plaza, Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thonglor), 088-419-7380. B300.

 


ART

More or Less by MaisMenos and Talk with Headache Stencil

Portuguese artist Miguel Januário, aka MaisMenos, showcases the parallels in the practices of Thai and Portuguese street artists and the obstacles they resist: constraint of freedom of media, nationalism, the over-exercise of authority and the fragility of democracy. With talk alongside Headache Stencil on Dec 14, 7:30pm. 

Friday, Dec 14, 7:30pm. WTF Gallery & Café, 7 Sukhumvit Soi 51, 02-662-6246. Free.

 

Special Talk: The Art Of Mortality

A special talk by Associate Professor Kamol Phaosvasdi and Dr. Brian Curtin with Be Takerng Pattanopas under the topic, ‘The Nerve That Eats Itself.’

Saturday, Dec 15, 4pm. Gallery Ver, Narathiwat Ratchanakarin Soi 22, 089-988-5890. Free.

 

Rudolf Beger, solo exhibition at Tars Gallery

Colorful drawings with hidden irony and sarcasm that mocks the everyday life of people.

Saturday, Dec 15, 6pm. Exhibition runs till Feb 10, 2019. TARS Gallery 3 Soi Srijun, Sukhumvit Soi 67, 099-736-8672. Free.

 

Chungking Mansions: Book Launch and Talk by Nana Chen

Meet Nana Chen, author of Chungking Mansions, who will discuss her photos of Hong Kong’s last ghetto.

Sunday, Dec 16, 3pm. Open House, 6/F, Central Embassy, Phloen Chit Rd. Free.

 

Felipe Pantone W3-Dimensional & Current Work Exhibition

Argentinian-Spanish artist transforms an atrium into a temporary studio filled with his colorful graffiti artworks.
Through Jan 6. Siam Center, G/F, 989 Rama 1 Rd., 02-658-1000. Free.

 


FILM

Global Migration Film Festival

The annual Global Migration Film Festival by the UN Migration Agency is back for the third year in Thailand, screening movies that celebrates filmmakers, many of whom were immigrants themselves, who began making movies about a world on the move. Their films showcase stories of migrants to audiences through moving images and diversity in different cultures. This year promises seven critically-acclaimed and award-winning films like A Thousand Girls Like Me (Thailand Premiere), The Other Side of Dooman River, Sidney & Friends, Monsieur Lazhar, Heartbound (Bangkok Premiere, followed by Q&A with director Sine Plambech), Fremde Tochter (Thailand Premiere) and The Merger (Thailand Premiere). In the effort to raise awareness on migration issues amongst everyone, all movie screening will be free of charge. For screening time, please visit website bit.ly/2FJNZg7.

Friday-Sunday. Dec 14-16. Bangkok Screening Room, Saladaeng Soi 1, 094-125-9906.

 


MARKET

Winter Market Fest

The annual Sansiri outdoor market is back for its sixth year bringing over 170 vendors promising gifts, clothing, food and much festive spirit, as well as live music. 

Saturday-Sunday, Dec 15-16, 4-10pm. T77 Community, On Nut Soi 1/1.

 

Christmas Market

Buy locally made gifts such as decorations, jewelry, bags, kids goods, arts and crafts, in a lush Sathorn garden where there'll also be activities for kids. 

Sunday, Dec 16, 3-9pm. Blue Parrot, Sathorn Soi 10, 02-235-4822.

 


WHY NOT?

 

Bangkok Wild Watch 2018

Gather together to explore the concrete jungle and keep track of all the animals living in the park for a Green World Organization report.

Saturday, Dec 15, 7am. Vachirabenjatas Park (Rot Fai Park), Kampaeng Phet Soi 3. Free.