Ramadan month will soon be wrapped up with the festive Eid celebration. In Indonesia, it is the long-awaited time for millions of urban people who are making a living in Jakarta, to head back to their beloved hometown in all across the archipelago. This massive migration is known as the annual Mudik tradition!
Those who are familiar with the super busy life and the crowded traffic in this metropolitan will surely notice something different in Jakarta on this year’s 10 days long holiday.
During these locally called Lebaran moments, Jakarta will breathe and loosen up, away from the hustle and bustle it endures throughout the rest of the year. Only on these short period that you will get a rare chance to explore the heart of Jakarta without being stuck in a traffic jam.
Now, are you thinking about where to go in these time of advantage?
Jakarta Fair 2018 in Kemayoran is the best place! Where you can mingle with the genuine diversity of this capital city. A one-stop, full of excitements held from May 24th - July 1st. Here is the list to get you started on enjoying one of South Asia's most prestigious annual event held at a 125.000 m2 exhibition area of JI Expo Kemayoran:
1 | First, let’s locate the super cool hangouts
There are simply too many spots to tell you here, but here are some of the most exciting events on the venue. At Dunia Pesta Bola, you can join the screams of excited football fans getting together to watch the live match of 2018 World Cup series on Gambir Expo area. Next, you can head to the 9D Virtual Reality Cinema and jump on an exciting adventure such as breathtaking roller coaster and the heart-pounding haunted houses.
But if virtual reality isn’t good enough for you, then head to Rumah Riana. A step closer to the house of Riana, winner of the 2017 Asia’s Got Talent, who captivated thousands of audience with her mysterious look. If you don’t know who The Sacred Riana is yet, then this place will be perfect to start.
JFK Carnaval is also one of the coolest show to see. Scheduled twice every week, the carnival feature iconic figures like Ondel-ondel, traditional dancers, marching bands, Barongsai, LED percussion and attractive cosplay participants that you can’t miss!
2 | Check out the music concert schedule
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Dozens of musicians from across the genre also participate to rock the multiple stages set across the venue. Some of the line ups are; Wendut, Superman is Dead, Jamrud, PAS band, Souljah, Maliq and D’essentials, Slank, Tipe X, Endang Soekamti and Sheila on 7. Just tune in for some cool vibes and dance to the rhythm!
3 | Take a spin at the playground
Jakarta Fair 2018 also make sure that children are welcome and entertained. Spot the fun rides and exciting play areas that might also bring back the kid in you!
Teaming up with the famous Fun World, Jakarta Fair 2018 make sure that you can easily find playground zones on several areas, like the B3 hall, The open arena on F entrance and Gambir Expo area. There are indoor games ranging from arcades to car racing. Outdoor games are equally attractive with exciting rides such as the Canoe River, Bumper Car, Samba Plane and Inflatable F1 area. You can also enjoy the fun merry go round!
4 | Fuel up and explore the traditional culinary feast
Have you tried Kerak Telor or Soto Betawi? Don't leave Jakarta Fair 2018 without having a taste of this famous local food from Jakarta. There are 4 main culinary zones, namely the Arena Terbuka ( open arena ), Pasar Malam ( night market ), Kuliner Bali ( featuring Balinese cuisines ) and Kuliner Betawi ( highlights the best of Betawi cuisines ).
Beside those iconic dishes, you can find a plethora of choices to try all day long. There are at least 5 unique dishes that you definitely should get a taste of ; Led it Glow ( fun and refreshing smoothies in unusual packing of lamp bulb and twinkling LED straws ), Kebab Pisang ( Banana Kebab with various toppings ), Kurma Spagetthi ( Spaghetti with bolognese and dates sauce ), Pyopyo ( light snack with fun smoky effects made from infused liquid nitrogen ) and American Donut. Wonder why the donut is special? It is the only original brand that has always participated in Jakarta Fair since its first exhibition in 1968. It’s a tasty classic absolutely worth try!
5 | Get bargain price on its variety of exhibitions
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Jakarta Fair is famous for its big discount, promo packages, and incredible prizes. Stroll along its many exhibition halls and hunt for the items that you have been eyeing for a while, and maybe if you are lucky, you might be surprised and get some on crazy deals.
Each hall have a specific theme to make it easier for you to navigate through. From the A hall that features interior items, the B and C hall with tenants ranging from home appliances to automotive, the D hall for some sporting goods and multi-products, the E hall for food courts and more area highlighting sponsor merchandise, fashion products, and branded items.
6 | Hunt for an iconic signature souvenir
Take a moment to browse through the souvenir shop and get yourself something to remember this experience by. From plush toys to unique trinkets, all are available at reasonable prices that ensure you to collect more than one item.
7 | Don't miss its spectacular fireworks party!
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June 22nd is Jakarta's 491st anniversary that is usually celebrated with Barongsai performances and music concerts. The night before, the final show of Miss Jakarta Fair beauty pageant will be performed live on stage.
Jakarta Fair 2018 will close the 40 days exhibition with an eye-catching fireworks show on July 1st, which will be one of the most anticipated highlights throughout the event. Make sure you get a good viewing spot to enjoy the colorful night sky!
So, wait no more and quickly plan your special visit to the 51st Jakarta Fair 2018! For further details on updates and schedules, you can visit jakartafair.co.id, download its app, or follow the official Instagram @jakartafairid. We hope to see you there soon!