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Jakarta’s cultural and entertainment scene is as diverse as its people, customs and neighbourhoods. From shopping fairs to music festivals, Jakarta's annual events are popular among the expat and local populations and will satisfy the craving for entertainment.
Annual events in Jakarta
Chinese New Year (January/February)
Chinese New Year is a big event for which Jakartans prepare well in advance by shopping and decorating their homes. The best place to take part in the festivities and fun events is in the Glodok area.
Java Jazz Festival (March)
This annual event is one of the world's largest jazz festivals, bringing world-class musicians and artists together with local up-and-coming bands in a three-day festival of music, art and entertainment. Artists share their talents on several stages all across the festival grounds.
Highland Gathering (May)
The Highland Gathering is a festival full of Scottish tradition and flair that includes several highland games, a golf tournament, live music and entertainment for the whole family. It is a very well attended event where the expat community gets together with the locals to enjoy a day of concerts, games and great food.
Indonesia International Motor Show (April)
Car and speed enthusiasts will greatly enjoy this annual automobile and motorcycle show held over the course of several days. Exhibitors from all around the world present cars, motorcycles and parts in a well-organised show that includes entertainment and demonstrations.
Jakarta Fair (June/July)
This fair celebrates the anniversary of Jakarta's founding and exhibits a wide variety of goods from across the country, including speciality food items and handmade crafts. Attendees can also enjoy music performances and amusement park rides.