Long winter days in other countries might mean days packed with indoor entertainment and binging on TV shows, but as the unseasonable heat continues all year round in Bangkok, the city is always abuzz with outdoor activities and gatherings. From Michelin dining pop-up to a fun-filled block party that will let you eat, drink, and mingle, there are just plenty of ways to make the most of your weekend in town.
Featured image credit: Art Center, Silpakorn University
Cirque Du Soleil Toruk the First Flight
When: 14–24 June; Mon-Sun: 3.30pm-6.30pm, 7.30pm-10.30pm; Sat-Sun: 1pm-4pm, 5pm-8pm
Inspired by James Cameron’s film Avatar, Toruk — The First Flight is a tale of the catastrophe that nearly destroys the Tree of Souls. A surreal theatrical display of acrobatics courtesy of the Cirque Du Soleil, one of the world largest theatrical producer, you will experience Pandora coming to life just before your eyes. Bring your friends along and revisit the fictional universe of Avatar this weekend through the extravagant projection, colourful costumes, amazing puppetry and most importantly, the talented acrobatic performers.
IMPACT, IMPACT Arena, Muang Thong Thani, Amphoe Pak Kret, Nonthaburi, +662 833 4455
When: 4 June-27 June, 9am-7pm
Silpakorn Universit’s Art Centre presents ‘Luminous’, a fascinating and passion-filled exhibition that illustrates the significance of light and the role it plays in art creations, featuring award-winning works from six leading artists: Chakrabhand Posayakrit, Preecha Thaothong, Suvichan Thaothong, Phong Sengking, Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook and Asanee Chooarun. As part of the Art Collection season three curated by Kritsada Duchsadeevanich, the whole project was initiated with the goal of encouraging people to learn and understand art through different topics.
Art Center, Silpakorn University, Silpakorn University, 31 Na Pra Larn Road, Bangkok, +662 221 3841
1 Michelin-starred Dinner: Chef Michael Dyllong for Park Society
When: 21-23 June, 6pm-11pm
Chances are, you will be out on the weekend searching for something to satisfy your roaring stomach anyway, so why not opt for the best while you are at it? With Park Society of SO Sofitel Hotel being awarded the winner of European category of Bangkok’s Best Restaurant Awards 2018, the restaurant is set to impress us again with its 1 Michelin-starred dinner this weekend. Bringing you Chef Michael Dyllong, the talented Head Chef from Palmgarden, Germany to cook you a dashing degustation menu, you’ll get to savour six of his beautiful creations priced at THB 5,000++ with wine pairing. The menu features chef Michael’s culinary feat including Kiss From A Rose, thesignature dish prepared with chard, beetroot, dashi, and clear yoghurt; New York cheesecake made with pear, oat, and thyme to cap the meal right with luscious flavours. Undoubtedly, the chef will dazzle a culinary experience you won’t forget.
SO Sofitel Bangkok, Park Society, SO Sofitel Bangkok Hotel, Bangkok, +662 624 0000
theCOMMONS Block Party #3
When: 23 June, 2pm-late
Opting to connect with people from within and outside the neighbourhood, theCOMMONS, a cosy slash chic community mall in Thonglor is hosting an amusing block party packed with workshops, food, drinks, and live music this Saturday. The wide-reaching activities include: Infused water workshop by Pure Luck Bangkok, all-day vendors, face-painting, herb planting with Patom Organic Living, free community ride with Absolute Cycle, and storytime reading by Little Pea Kids Commons. Came nightfall, the revelry will start with the open-air screening and live music by JOOX Thailand from 7pm onwards. theCOMMONS will also unveil their new community map which includes loads of special deals from the shops in the neighbourhood. Limited maps are available, so make a smart move and register now to save yourself a copy.
theCOMMONS, 335 Thonglor 17, Sukhumvit 55 Bangkok, +6689 152 2677
Biryani Festival by Charcoal Tandoor Grill & Mixology
When: 15-29 June, 6pm-12am
Ready to stuff Biryani to your heart’s content? An elegant rotisserie that emphasises royal Indian cuisine and modern Indian-fusion cocktails, Charcoal Tandoor Grill & Mixology is bringing you the Biryani Festival, where you can indulge in seven special aromatic spiced rice dishes cooked in an enclosed vessel inspired by the flavours of South Asia. During the 15-day festival, you will find the Memoni Biryani in the menu — a blend of rice cooked with succulent chicken, potatoes, dry fruits and crunchy nuts. For a vegetarian delight, get the Kathal Ki Biryani made of basmati rice cooked with jackfruit, spices, chillies, and tangy yoghurt. In addition to meat, the restaurant also offers a fabulous lamb shank version of biryani that will melt in your mouth. Also, enjoy the cosy lounge setting and savour a cocktail when you are there, too.
Charcoal Tandoor Grill & Mixology, 38/8 Sukhumvit 11 Rd., Fraser Suites Hotel, 5th Fl. Bangkok, +662 038 5112
Tea Salt Scrubs Workshop with TE
When: 16-24 June; 2pm-4pm, Sat-Sun
Step up your skincare regime with these DIY scrubs workshops co-hosted by TE, the premium tea vendor and ECOTOPIA, the eco-friendly shop within Siam Discovery selling naturally made products from home decors to fashion accessories. This event will show you how to craft a variety of salt scrubs using traditional Asian loose tea leaves to nurture your skin. Sign up fast to secure your spot before it’s gone.
Siam Discovery, 989 Rama 1 Road, Bangkok, +662 658 1000