3 Festivals That Will Make You Want To Visit Jakarta in 2017

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It is hard to believe 2016 is almost over, (though I think many of us are glad to see it go!), but it is that time again to start planning for a new leaf and a new year.  As some of you may remember, I am not the best at resolutions, but there is plenty of time after the holidays to decided if this is the year I finally shed those extra college pounds or start up hot yoga again, but in the meantime I’m focusing on something a little more fun; 2017 travel plans!  Here are a few reasons you should consider adding Jakarta, Indonesia to your 2017 travel itinerary.

Java Jazz Festival in Jakarta, Indonesia : Photo Credit; Daniel Giovanni

Photo Credit: Daniel Giovanni

The Java Jazz Festival

Every March Jakarta hosts a large music festival in the JIExpo Convention Center.  Next year’s line up has already confirmed over 40 acts, and with more likely to be added there’s sure to be something for taste.  The dates for the 2017 Java Jazz Festival are March 3-5 with tickets costing only Rp. 750,000 (apx. $55 USD) for a 3 day pass and a Rp. 300,000 (apx. $22) for any single day.  More information about the specific line up as well as how to purchase tickets can be found on the Java Jazz Festival Website.

The Jakarta Food and Fashion Festival (Photo Credit; hendrikMINTARNO)

Photo Credit; hendrikMINTARNO

The Jakarta Food and Fashion Festival

This festival is hosted by The Jakarta Tourism Office every year from the end of April to the end of May.  The 2017 dates have not been officially announced, but 2016’s festival was from April 22 – May 22, so showing up anytime from late April – mid-May is a good bet.  The festival is comprised of 3 separate events; The Food Festival featuring over 200 items representing both traditional Indonesian and international cuisines, The Fashion Festival featuring a series of fashion shows, model and designer contests, and the Gading Nite Carnival, a huge party and parade to kick off the festival.  All of the festivities take place in the Kelapa Gading neighborhood, making the Grand Whiz Kelapa Gading the perfect place to stay in the heart of the action.

Shopping in Jakarta, Indonesia. Photo Credit; VasenkaPhotography

Photo Credit; VasenkaPhotography

The Jakarta Great Sale

From early June to mid-July Jakarta becomes a shoppers paradise with the Jakarta Great Sale.  A government sanctioned event where 78 malls and 20 local markets come together to offer special events such as midnight sales and door prizes.  And if 70% off sales at high end retailers isn’t enough to satisfy your inner shopoholic, during this month+ long festival, visitors are also met with several cultural and charity events.

With so much to see and do in Jakarta in 2017 it is impossible to pick the perfect time to visit Indonesia, but you can check out Wonderful Indonesia for more things to see and do in Jakarta and the rest of Indonesia to make your decision a little easier.  Once you decide on the perfect time, you can surf over to Traveloka Hotel Deals to compare hotels and find a great place to call home during your stay in Jakarta, Indonesia.  Happy Travels!

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21 thoughts on “3 Festivals That Will Make You Want To Visit Jakarta in 2017

  1. The jazz festival and the Great Sale would keep me busy AND entertained for quite awhile. No wonder Jakarta is a popular destination! Have you been? What did you enjoy the most?

    • Mags

      Tami, I haven’t actually been. I was just kind of “planning out loud” for next year. I’m still kind of undecided about what time of year I want to go!

  2. I’d be game for the food festival. I’ve never been to Indonesia and it would be a neat experience to try so many unfamiliar foods.
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  3. So fast 2016 has gone. and 2017 is on the horizon and upon us, how time flies! These festivals of Jakarta are so colourful and vivid and representative of its rich and varied culture. Hope 2017 draws me to Jakarta to watch these fascinating festival.

  4. The jazz festival sounds like a bargain, 3 days for $55. Totally in!

  5. I have been to Bali, but not Jakarta. Seeing these colorful photos makes me want to hop on a plane now.

  6. I spent a month in Indonesia earlier this year but, I will admit, I had zero interest in visiting Jakarta. However if I go back I will definitely pop by for a few days. The Food and Fashion festival looks like it would be fun to check out. I LOVED some of the traditional outfits I saw in Bali during a festival week I happened to be around for. So colourful and elegant!

  7. I would have thought of going to Jakarta for a Jazz Festival! Bet it is a great time to be in the city. I also wouldn’t mind attending the Great Sale. I will just need to make sure not spend my entire trip budget there.

  8. Great to know. I would definitely be interested in the food part of the food and fashion festival. I was in Jakarta earlier this year so good to know what else I could do here.

  9. Chrysoula

    I would love to go to the Jakarta food and fashion festival.I would love to try all these traditional dishes. Keeping an eye for the actual dates!

  10. The Jakarta food and fashion festival looks amazing! Never been to Indonesia but I love the food. I bet it’s amazing in country!

  11. I was just in Indonesia last year and skipped Jakarta due to lack of time and the assumption that there isn’t much to do there. I loved the food in Indonesia though, so I’d definitely be interested in attending the food festival if I return! The jazz festival also sounds like a lot of fun!

  12. Who doesn’t love a good sale? 😀 Thanks for the tip about the time frame of this sale – will certainly keep in mind for future travels!

    I love Asia for the food, shopping (and because it’s home ofcourse)

    Supriya

  13. I think I’d have to pick going to the the food and fashion festival. I made it to Bali this year and definitely want to go back and explore more if Indonesia.

  14. I would love to visit Jakarta for food and shopping festival. I agree these 3 festivals have the ability to make anyone want to travel to Jakarta next year.

  15. The jazz festival sounds right up our alley, thanks for letting us know! And it looks like shoppers and foodies will absolutely delight in the other two! Who knew Jakarta was such a hub for fun and fantastic events 🙂

  16. The food and fashion festival sounds very interesting. I imagine the textile industry is booming there and we could get a sneak peak at upcoming trends as well as a truly international culinary event. Thank you for sharing and we’ll keep these dates in mind when it is time to schedule a trip to Jakarta.

  17. Wow, didn’t know about some of these traditions! Sure looks like fun. Now I’ll have to plan a trip in March 😉

  18. I’m shocked at how inexpensive the tickets for the jazz festival are. Wow! And that sale sounds amazing! Thanks for the tips!

  19. I’m sold. They have a Jazz fest. I am hoping to get to go to one of the Jazz fests in New Orleans this year. Fingers crossed that works out.

  20. I simply love these festivals of Jakarta, and the food out here is just yummyyyyy!!! with a hell out off different cuisines.
    Keep sharing such posts
    Cheers:-)

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