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What to do in Bangkok this August

Bangkok’s event scene is on point this month. For the next 30 days, the city is abuzz with all sorts of celebrations. And while the rain is pouring heavier than ever, Bangkok’s exciting happenings are still giving us more reasons than one to step out and brave the showers for a little diversion. From an invisible art exhibition and a sumptuous Mediterranean brunch to a fun-filled Brazilian night, there’s something to stir a little emotion in everyone. Check out our picks below to celebrate the season and make the most of it this August.

Graffiti art Exhibition at Sathorn 11

Graffiti Art Exhibition

When: 8–31 August

Sathorn 11, the hub for artists in Bangkok, presents a ‘Graffiti Art Exhibition’, bringing you the unique street art resprayed and painted in canvas form. Created by six leading artists including Kongsak Poonpholwattanaporn, Basid, Paintburi, Jeaks, SANTI, and KMIS3, the graffiti will be presented in a gallery setting. The exhibition will showcase several styles of spray-painted work through the various views and interests of each artist.

Sathorn 11, 404 Sathorn Soi 11, South Sathorn Road, Bangkok, ++662 004 1199

W Does Brunch: Mediterranean Summer

Mediterranean Summer Brunch

When: 18 August and 15 September, 12:30–3:30pm
Price: The Experience package THB 2,200++; Wine and Dine package THB 2,600++ (free flow wine)

Held the third Saturday of every month, the ‘W Does Brunch sessions’ over at The Kitchen Table within the W Bangkok Hotel have gotten a makeover this August with a new Mediterranean-inspired menu. This all-out feast features an ambitious selection of delectable treats, including braised lamb shank, slipper lobster, pot clams, mussels, oysters, and whole roasted salmon laced in lemon and fennel sauce. The huge buffet also includes many food stations filled with other goodies like cheese, cold cuts, carved meats, fresh salads, and delightful desserts. Vivid in taste and in Southern European vibes, diners will also get to enjoy a free flow of cocktails and mocktails. Available in two packages, diners can choose to go for the ‘The Experience’ option which is inclusive of unlimited cocktails, or the ‘Wine & Dine’ for a free flow of wine.

W Bangkok106 North Sathorn Road, Silom, Bangkok, +662 344 4000

Brazilian Night at Havana Social 

When: 10 August, 6pm–2am
Price: THB 300, including one drink.

There’s never a shortage of fun themed parties at Havana Social. This August, the sleek, pre-revolutionary 1940s Cuban bar located in Sukhumvit 11 is throwing a Brazilian night, where cocktail aficionados can enjoy not only the taste of creative concoctions, but also get into a carnival festival-like spirit. Down some drinks while DJ Pepe and DJ Mizuyo pump out upbeat Latin music, and the Dance Queens of Bangkok entertain you with their lively performances. Blasting fun tunes and a great atmosphere, it’s the most vivacious dance party you’ll attend this month.

Havana Social1/1 Sukhumvit Road Soi 11, Bangkok, +6661 450 3750

World Photography Day – Food Photography Workshop & Brunch

World Photography Day

When: 19 August, 10:30 am–3 pm
Price: Club Marriott Members THB 1,454++; non-Club Marriott Members THB 1, 954++.

In the social media world, Instagram has married the two that would never otherwise have met: photography and food. Yet if your friends are flooding their accounts with splendid food pictures, while you’re still figuring out how to get the perfect angle of your dinner, do not sweat. This month, the Westin Grand Sukhumvit is hosting a Food Photography Workshop taught by the talented Thomas de Cian from Fame Lights Studio to help food lovers and wannabe photographers get on the right track. Followed by the atelier is an all-you-can-eat Sunday brunch, which is included in the package. Advanced booking is highly advised as the event is limited to 30 participants only.

The Westin Grande Sukhumvit, Bangkok, 259 Sukhumvit 19, Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok, +662 207 8000

The Invisible Museum by Tentacles

The Invisible Museum

When: 11 August–10 September, 6–9pm

Known as the up-and-coming venue for Bangkok’s art lovers, Tentacles constantly holds fresh and awe-inspiring exhibitions organised by local artists and creative practitioners alike. This month, they’re hosting an ‘Invisible Museum’, a showcase of artwork presented through sounds rather than sights, and organized by Bhaknisha Kongruangkit. Armed with a pair of headphones, guests will listen to sounds of brushstrokes and frames, in order to imagine a painting before their eyes. The sensory experience will be unique to each person, as whilst everyone may be listening to the same sounds, the images in each individual’s mind may be wildly different. Blurring the lines between the real and the imaginary, head to this interesting art exhibition this month for a truly one-of-a-kind experience.

Tentacles, 2198/10-11 Soi Narathiwas 22, Yannawa, Bangkok, +6680 560 5405

Hero image credit: Sathorn 11

Kankanit Wichiantanon
Writer, Bangkok
Kankanit is a writer by day and a baker by night. If there’s one thing you should know about her, it’s that she can wax poetic about food 24/7. Her daily routine is writing, cooking, eating, repeat. They are the things that inspire her from morning 'til night.
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