Best Things To Do in Singapore This Weekend (May 25 – 28)

Munch on sandos at a back door party or witness the best dancers from Singapore’s schools battle it out and many more in our list of things to do this weekend!

Ultimate List of Concerts and Festivals Happening in Singapore
We compiled all the best upcoming concerts in the city-state to put in your gig calendar. Read more.
Ultimate List of Concerts and Festivals Happening in Singapore
We compiled all the best upcoming concerts in the city-state to put in your gig calendar. Read more.

Catharsis Through The Back Door

A Baroque house on Rowell Road is hosting a sando party with Last Saturdays, Club Sando and Kult Yard. Its DJ lineup will have Tasha, Jiang, Omar Kenobi, Ash Le Tigre, Tom Shellsuit and Decemberkid.

Tickets are at S$25, more information is available on their page.

Happening May 27 from 2:30pm to 10:30pm at 29 Rowell Road, 207984

Singapore International Festival of Arts

The Anatomy of Performance – Some People is this year’s Singapore International Festival of Arts where it will delve into the spectrum of the human experience with works that encompass those who grieve, transform, remember, dominate, disappear, feel, prevail, linger, shimmer, observe, reclaim, endure, dare, and transcend.

Organized by Arts House Limited and commissioned by the National Arts Council, the festival will see collaborations between international and local artists across theatre, circus, acrobatics, dance, burlesque, animations, and written works.

This is a ticketed event, more information can be found on their page.

Till June 4 at various locations.

Momentum Dance Festival 2023

Republic Polytechnic is holding the Main Showcase for its Momentum Dance Festival 2023 this weekend with performances from the best dancers of Singapore’s schools.

There will also be dance workshops, a contemporary dance masterclass, a dialogue session and a choreographer showcase.

Tickets are at S$11, more information can be found on their page.

Happening May 26 and 27 at 8pm at TRCC Theatre, The Republic Cultural Centre – 9 Woodlands Avenue 9, Republic Polytechnic, S738964

GIFFEST III’s ‘Imperfect’

The #GIFFEST by EYEYAH! and DesignSingapore Council returns to the National Design Centre for its third edition with a new set of GIFs by 50 local and international creatives.

Peep artworks that explore imperfection from artists such as John Holcroft, Mojoko, Russell Taysom, Anngee Neo and many more.

There are also creative workshops, talks and interactive programs suitable for all ages.

Admission is free. Check out their page for more information.

Till Aug. 26, open 9am to 9pm at National Design Centre Level 1 Atrium, 111 Middle Road, Singapore 188969

Eat Sum Thing

From the team that brought you the Headquarters, Tuff Club and XXL parties, Thugshop now offers a new concept called Eat Sum Thing at Boat Quay.

No, it doesn’t serve dim sum but a selection of food intricately made by fine dining chef Brandon Lee who has worked in Les Amis restaurants like Au Jardin.

Its food is not what you’d expect to be served in the Boat Quay stretch filled with watering holes. Highlights include mains such as the Miso Cod, which is served in umami-rich miso and brown butter broth similar to cai poh pickled daikon; the Grilled Chicken With Cauliflower & Zucchini made with sous vide chicken glazed with onion jus and served with cauliflower hummus.

There’s also the addictive Ayam Bakar Karaage doused in sweet kecap manis with a sambal mayo dip, and the Grilled Caesar served with brown butter anchovy sauce and a pistachio spread.

The gastro bar’s happy hour includes S$10 nett natural wines and beers from Off Day and Garage Project.

Open Tuesday to Saturday 5pm to 11:30pm, closed on Sunday and Monday at 66 Boat Quay, Level 1, Singapore 049854

Tiong Bahru Bakery opens 13th outlet at Anchorpoint

Brunching this weekend? Check out the new breezy TBB outlet at the revamped Anchorpoint Shopping Center and make some space for its famed croissants. While at it, treat yourself to the launch exclusive Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie as well.

Open daily from 7:30am to 8pm at 370 Alexandra Rd, #01-13A Anchorpoint Shopping Center, Singapore 159953.

BHC Chicken opens at Marina Square

Dubbed as South Korea’s largest fried chicken chain, BHC Chicken has opened in Marina Square with its variety of chicken, as well as popular Korean delicacies.

Try the Bburinkle Chicken which is coated with cheese and vegetable-flavored seasoning with a sweet dip, the Classic Gold King which combines Korean soy sauce, sweet honey and garlic, or the spicy Red King with hot chili peppers and garlic.

There are also cheese balls, cheese sticks and Sotteok, Korean sausage with rice cake.

BHC (which stands for Better & Happier Choice) uses high oleic sunflower oil which contains less saturated fatty acid and less trans fat.

Open 11am to 10pm daily at 6 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square #02-332A & #02-332F, Singapore 039594

Quality Melts Relaunch Party

Quality Melts, maker of sloppy chopped cheeses and grilled goodness, has moved into its new home in Spiffy Dapper. 

The 1950s American diner-inspired joint is having a relaunch party on Saturday, May 13 and chopping up some sandwich melts, loaded tater tots and fries and chicken tenders.

Walk-ins only. Check out their page for more information.

Opening hours on regular days: daily except on Tuesday and Sunday from 11am to 3pm and 6pm to 10pm

Bird Paradise

Cascading waterfall at the new Bird Paradise. Credit: Mandai Wildlife Group
Cascading waterfall at the new Bird Paradise. Credit: Mandai Wildlife Group

Singapore’s newest animal park is now taking visitors! Meet the more than 3,000 birds (including the adorable penguins) in their new homes or join tours and get backstage passes to access the animal’s healthcare facilities.

READ MORE: First look: Birds moving into their new home at Singapore Bird Paradise (Photos)

Bird Paradise, open 9am to 6pm daily at 20 Mandai Lake Rd, Singapore 729825

See Me, See You: Early Video Installation of Southeast Asia

National Gallery Singapore presents a two-part series that explores a gap in the art history of Southeast Asia featuring video artworks from the 1980s and 1990s.

Works that were pivotal moments in video installation history will be showcased by Southeast Asian artists from Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Singapore.

The first edition which runs from May 5 to Sept. 17 will feature five video art installations from five Southeast Asian artists such as Johnny Manahan and Jean Marie Syjuco from the Philippines, Apinan Poshyananda from Thailand, Baharudin Mohd Arus from Malaysia and local artist Chng Nai Wee.

The second edition will run from Oct. 13 to Feb. 4 2024 with works by Heri Dono (Indonesia), Hasnul Saidon (Malaysia), Ray Langenbach (USA), Vincent Leow (Singapore) and Krisna Murti(Indonesia).

Admission is free. Check out their page for more information.

Till Sept. 17 at National Gallery’s Ngee Ann Kongsi Concourse Gallery, Concourse Level, City Hall Wing.

The space between us by Bbblob

Step into the world of Bbblob, a moniker by Singaporean visual artist Jacelyn Zheng, at The space between us exhibition from May 5 to 26.

Zheng lets guests into her world of emotional forms through a series of colorful paintings inspired by the relationships and interactions we create with one another.

The exhibit explores themes of harmony and rhythm, and features an interactive installation where guests can be one with her artwork.

Till May 26 at UltraSuperNew Gallery, 168 Tyrwhitt Rd, Singapore 207572

Hendrick’s Gin Popup at Caffe Fernet

Hendrick’s Gin will be serving up its Hendrick’s Flora Adora, the latest limited release, at a two-month-long popup collaboration with Caffe Fernet.

A selection of dishes that pair well with the flora-inspired spirit mixed into several different cocktails will also be available.

Till June 25 at the Hendrick’s Wildflower Garden at Caffe Fernet, 70 Collyer Quay, #01-05 Customs House, Singapore 049323.

Granny Q Penang Lemak Laksa popup

If there’s one dish to indulge in this weekend, it’s laksa – we’re calling it. Specifically from Granny Q Penang Lemak Laksa, is family-run restaurant located in Pulau Tikus in Penang.

Best part? You can now get it here. The store will launch as a pop-up at Rappu Handroll Bar every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12pm to 2:30pm for walk-ins only – and delivery on its website.

If you’re torn between Nonya laksa and the tangy assam laksa, Granny Q’s offering is a beautiful marriage of both, equally rich and spicy and also aromatic with fresh ingredients like mint leaves, torch ginger, cucumbers, and pine-apples.

The Supreme GQ version is piled up with premium seafood like crayfish, scallops, tilapia and prawns – and will set you back S$21 but you can opt for the humble Signature GQ bowl which is satisfying enough with fried or shredded spiced tilapia and prawns.

As a treat on opening day – April 29 – free bowls of GQ’s Signature Laksa will be given out to the public for dine-ins only till they run out.

Happening indefinitely, 12pm to 2:30pm at Rappu Handroll, 52 Duxton Rd, Singapore 089516.

Coach Cafe

Coach new concept store and cafe in Singapore. Photo: Coconuts Singapore
New concept store and cafe by Coach in Singapore. Photo: Coconuts Singapore

Check out the Coach Play Singapore Shophouse, a permanent concept store that is a mix of experiential retail and F&B on Keong Saik Road.

It houses a retail space, vintage store, a bespoke craftsmanship bar and also a cafe. 

READ MORE: Check out the world’s very first Coach Cafe in Singapore

Open 10am to 10pm daily except on Wednesdays at 5 Keong Saik Road.

Singapore Zoo’s Glamping in the Wild

Photos: Adrian Lee/Coconuts
Photos: Adrian Lee/Coconuts

Singapore Zoo is giving the public a chance to spend the night glamping in the wild with its animals!

The 2D1N stay is packed with interactions with its animals as well as a peek into the zoo’s kitchen and healthcare facility.

CHECK OUT OUR REVIEW: We spent the weekend glamping in the wild with Singapore Zoo’s animals (Review)

Sneakertopia: Step Into Street Culture

Sneakertopia: Step Into Street Culture brings together sneakers, street culture, and art conceived by local and international artists, creatives, contributors and brands.

The showcase of over 100 limited-edition sneakers and 70 murals, installations, designs and original artworks at the ArtScience Museum is also its Asian debut after exhibiting in Los Angeles and New York.

Notable works include ones from U.S. creatives including McFlyy, Michael Murphy, Mimi Yoon, Tommii Lim, and Smoluk, as well as 17 Singaporean and locally-based creatives like Mandopop icon JJ Lin.

Tickets start S$18.

Till July 30 at the ArtScience Museum, 6 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018974.

Peranakan Museum reopens

The Peranakan Museum is now open after four years of being under renovation.

There are over 800 objects that were newly acquired and donated showcased in the museum’s nine galleries spanned across three floors. The museum now focuses on inclusivity and explores the multi-faceted diversity of Peranakan culture and communities.

Admission is free.

39 Armenian St, Singapore 179941.

Living your best (budget) life

After the recent budget announcement where we are told to not “rely” on the government, we came up with a list of alternatives you can make to your life.

Smart watches, convenience store coffees and hidden gems are the way to go.

READ: How to not ‘rely so heavily on govt support’ while still living your best life

Bar up at No Sleep Club

Ranked 15th in Asia’s Best Bars 2022, No Sleep Club is a Coconuts favorite when it comes to after-work dranks. So much so that we interviewed owner Jun to give the public some love advice based on some of the craziest dates she has seen as a bartender.

The bar also happens to be a hotspot for dates so if you’re looking to treat your loved ones to a great time, head on over!

READ MORE: Dating horror stories & biggest bar no-nos as told by the owner of No Sleep Club

HomeTeamNS’s adventure clubhouse in Bedok Reservoir

The longest indoor water slide in Singapore. Photo: HomeTeamNS
The longest indoor water slide in Singapore. Photo: HomeTeamNS

Bedok Reservoir is getting new developments in a recreational building that has opened to the public. Some facilities and activities include the longest indoor water slide, an indoor wet obstacle rope course, climbing walls and a relaxing laze pool.

There’s also a large infinity pool that overlooks the reservoir, barbeque pits and “Mancaves” where families can sing their hearts out in karaoke machines.

READ MORE: Slip and slide through the longest indoor water slide at Bedok Reservoir’s adventure clubhouse

Living Pictures’ at National Gallery Singapore

Browse through 150 years of photography in Southeast Asia at the National Gallery Singapore in a new exhibit that showcases a range of mediums and modes of photography, 3D displays and engaging hands-on activities.

Over 300 works are displayed from the mid-19th century until the present, captured by photographers from across the region.

Admission is free.

Check out more information on their website.

Till Aug. 20 at the Singtel Special Exhibition Gallery, Level 3, City Hall Wing in the National Gallery Singapore.

Future World and Digital Light Canvas Refresh 2022

Graffiti Nature – Red List. Photo: teamLab
Graffiti Nature – Red List. Photo: teamLab

ArtScience Museum’s permanent exhibition, Future World: Where Art Meets Science, as well as Digital Light Canvas by teamLab at The Shoppes, will reopen following extensive redevelopment works to reveal artworks that invite visitors to experience these dynamic spaces in a new light.

READ MORE: See the new teamLab digital interactive installations at Marina Bay Sands

ArtScience Museum, 6 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018974

Rifle Range Nature Reserve

Rifle Range Nature Park. Photo: NParks

Rifle Range Nature Park. Photo: NParks

Located along Rifle Range Road, the park is also the site of the former Sin Seng Quarry, which ceased operations in 1998. The area covers approximately the size of 123 football fields and visitors can embark on more than 7 km of trails and boardwalks – each offering a different experience.

READ MORE: Walk in the park: New nature reserve in Singapore features a former quarry and a 31 meter-tall deck

Get hiking!

The Lost Ark at Alexandra Woodland. Photo: Delfina Utomo
The Lost Ark at Alexandra Woodland. Photo: Delfina Utomo

Avoid the crowds at the usual hiking spots and divert into these seven locations we think you might enjoy!

READ MORE: 7 unexpected places for hiking and trails in Singapore

Candlelight Concerts

Immerse yourself in a series of candlelit classical concerts performed by string quartets, oriental strings and pianists at various iconic locations.

For the latest updates, ticketing details and the full lineup, check out their website.

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