We’re finally getting into the August grind. Well-rested after last week’s long weekend, and perhaps already looking forward to the next one — hint: happy early Mother’s day! — many of us are probably feeling oddly energised and ready to take on the month ahead. Whether you’re feeling up to making a start on that new goal, or kicking a bad habit, we’re all set to help you stay in that productive, motivated zone. And what better way to get inspired than by checking out some of the best happenings taking place in the city?

Art lovers should be sure to mark River City Bangkok’s newest multimedia exhibition on their calendar, along with the charity photo exhibition taking place at Restaurant Cajutan, with proceeds going towards Bangkok’s homeless cats and dogs. In other news, this week also sees an exciting Explorers Fair over at Bitec Bangna Hall — lovers of The Great Outdoors, this one’s for you! — as well as the return of the world’s biggest book sale ever. Scroll to see your plans!

ART & CULTURE — In a plight to find new homes for Bangkok’s homeless cats and dogs, 21 talented photographers have donated their work to put together a charity exhibition, organised by Dax Ward Photography. Visitors will have the opportunity to purchase the photos, all of which are priced at THB3000. All proceeds from the sale of prints will go directly to the non-profit PickAPet4Home Bangkok animal rescue and adoption organisation, whose mission is to find homes for Bangkok’s numerous homeless animals, as well as provide care for those currently supported by their shelter. 

Until August 31, 2019. Restaurant Cajutan, Sukhumvit soi 18. To find out more about the exhibition, visit the official Facebook event page.

NEWS & EVENTS — The National Geographic Thailand is hosting a creative fair, complete with products and services that’ll take you to explore the world. Perfect for lovers of adventure, expect a wide array of travel equipment, exciting new gadgets, and products suited for The Great Outdoors. The event will also include exhibitions and interesting activities hosted by the National Geographic Thailand, in collaboration with their partners.August 7 – 11, 2019. Bitec Bangna Hall 105. To find out more, call 0 2422 9999 ext. 4252, or visit the official Facebook event page

ART & CULTURE — After the success of From Monet to Kadinsky, River City Bangkok is back with yet another mind-blowing multimedia exhibition. Now presenting the reputed work of four so-called titans of the Renaissance — Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Botticelli — expect a showcase of timeless masterpieces, proving that the legacy of these artists live on, nearly five centuries later. Throughout the course of the exhibition, special talk sessions by art experts will be held, along with interesting activities over the three month duration.

August 8 – October 31, 2019. River City Bangkok. To find out more, visit zipeventzapp.com

NEWS & EVENTS — Avid readers, here’s a fair you don’t want to miss. The world’s biggest book sale, the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale, is returning to Bangkok, bringing with it 3 million exciting new English books at the kind of prices that’ll make you want to splurge even more than usual. What’s best is the sale runs for 24 hours, over the course of 10 days, giving you plenty of time to indulge your inner bookworm. 

August 9 – 19, 2019. Impact Forum, Muang Thong Thani. To find out more, visit the official Facebook event page

ART & CULTURE — Combining photography, playful colours and cleanly illustrated lines, Pamda brings everyday events to life while simultaneously offering a fresh new perspective. There’s a sense of unpredictability that’s oddly humorous — at times bordering on the bizarre. She’ll be displaying her artwork — tales of open-ended stories and fleeting moments — at TCDC, offering a glimpse into her world of mysteries and free-flowing narratives.

10am-6pm, August 10, 2019. TCDC, Central Post Office, Charoenkrung. To find out more, visit the official Facebook page of Pamda Bure.