Best Things To Do in Singapore This Weekend (Aug 4-7)

Singapore’s baby panda ‘Le Le’ showing off its chomps. Photo: Mandai Wildlife Group
Singapore’s baby panda ‘Le Le’ showing off its chomps. Photo: Mandai Wildlife Group

Grab your party pants and get out of your comfort zone this weekend because we got some Singapore-only things we need to celebrate!

Garden Party II at City Sprouts

Party up in the urban farms as the Garden Party is back by popular demand this Saturday. Kick back with sustainable booze and grubs and take home some artisanal handmade products, vinyls and vintage collectibles. In this latest edition, you can take part in farming after hours and try to escape their greenhouses in their after-dark Escape Room Challenge.

Tickets start at S$40. Happening Aug. 6 from 6pm to 10pm at City Sprouts, 102 Henderson Road Sprout Hub, 159562

Le Le’s 1st birthday bash

Singapore’s baby panda ‘Le Le’ showing off its chomps. Photo: Mandai Wildlife Group
Singapore’s baby panda ‘Le Le’ showing off its chomps. Photo: Mandai Wildlife Group

Singapore’s favorite panda turns 1 this month and all of you are invited to celebrate. Bear witness to various elaborate displays like Le Le’s very own bamboo-inspired birthday cake that sparks fireworks, as well as other light displays around River Safari.

READ MORE: Singapore, you’re invited to baby panda Le Le’s first birthday bash

Tickets start from S$36. Happening every Friday to Sunday from Aug. 5 to Sept. 11, River Wonders, 80 Mandai Lake Road

Iconic landmarks light up in celebration of National Day

The National Museum of Singapore in red and white. Photo: National Heritage Board
The National Museum of Singapore in red and white. Photo: National Heritage Board

Buildings, too, can join in to celebrate Singapore’s big day! Six landmarks around the Bras Basah Bugis precinct will light up in patriotism for the month.

Organizer National Heritage Board said the landmarks reflect citizens’ “shared heritage” and “national identity.”

READ MORE: Catch six Singapore landmarks lit up in patriotism

Till Aug. 27 from 7:30pm to midnight. Places include the National Museum of Singapore, Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, Central Fire Station, The Cathay, National Design Centre and the Stamford Arts Centre.

Patricia Piccinini: We Are Connected

Human-animal hybrid sculptures by Patricia Piccinini. Photo: Patricia Piccinini and Institute for Cultural Exchange
Human-animal hybrid sculptures by Patricia Piccinini. Photo: Patricia Piccinini and Institute for Cultural Exchange

These hyper-realistic sculptures might give you the creeps but Australian artist Patricia Piccinini vows that her works share a mutual loving connection between humans and animals.

Now at ArtScience Museum, Piccinini’s bizarre creatures explore a future where hybrids exist cohesively for the better rather than at an expense of other species.

The over 40 works are exhibited throughout six sections of the space in sculptures, installations, videos, and collages.

READ MORE: ‘Bizarre’ but ‘beautiful’: Hyperrealistic works coming to ArtScience Museum

Till Jan. 29 at the ArtScience Museum, 6 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018974, last entry is at 6pm.

‘Spectrum’ group exhibition by Art Porters

An upcoming group exhibition at Art Porters Gallery by artists from Southeast Asia is here for an entire month. Local artist Jacelyn Zhen, Thai artist Rukkit Kuanhawate and Indonesian artists Sulung Widya Prasastya and Siam Artista will be exhibiting artworks that explore the range of possibilities, different applications and the significance of colors.

Zhen’s works are expressed through abstract forms with soft pastel palettes, Sulung combines geometric and symmetrical shapes, Siam merges traditional Cirebon visual forms with popular culture references and Rukkit focuses on figurative, geometric animal forms in bold hues.

Till Sept. 4 at Art Porters Gallery, 64 Spottiswoode Park Rd, Singapore 088652. For more info check out their catalog.

Total Defence SG57km Challenge

Challenge yourself by cycling 57 kilometers all around Singapore to celebrate the country’s 57th birthday.

The route is specially designed to bring contenders through the NDP Heartland carnival locations and sites around Singapore including Wisma Geylang Serai, Punggol and the Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park.

Besides feeling accomplished, participants can stand a chance to win S$20 GrabFood vouchers.

Till Aug. 14. For more information, you can visit their website.

Singapore Garden Festival 2022

The annual Singapore Garden Festival is back after a four-year hiatus. From 30 July, elaborate flower displays will be shown at ION Orchard, Ngee Ann City and the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

Keep your eyes peeled on floral installation displays and floral competitions held at the venues.

Till 9 Aug. Check out more information on their website.

Nothing is Forever: Rethinking Sculpture in Singapore

National Gallery is presenting its first major sculpture exhibition in 30 years with an interesting set of art including tombstones from Bukit Brown cemetery and a morbid interpretation of Sir Stamford Raffles that encapsulates sculpture’s history and evolution in Singapore.

READ MORE: Sculpted Singapore: National Gallery exhibit shows the art all around

Till 5 Feb 2023 at National Gallery Singapore’s Ngee Ann Kongsi Concourse Gallery and The Spine Hall, 1 St Andrew’s Rd, Level B1 Basement Concourse in the City Hall Wing.

Shop The Change at Design Orchard

The Textile and Fashion Federation of Singapore have launched a fashion sustainability retail activation at Design Orchard. A range of local sustainable fashion and lifestyle brands like ChopValue, Dirty Manners, Commenhers, Nyananyana Eco, Chokmah, August Society, Protesta, As Intended, Nost, Little Match Girl and Powder Shampoo, will be featured.

Till August 18, Design Orchard, 250 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238905

Ayka Go’s ‘Of Shadows and Collected Time’

Filipino artist Ayka Go is holding her first solo exhibition in Singapore at the Yavuz Gallery from 16 July. Go’s works evoke personal memories from a nostalgic childhood using colorful three-dimensional paper folding and trompe l’oeil paintings on canvas.

They reference the Japanese notion of ‘mono no aware’ and the Zen concept of Wabi-Sabi.

Check out more information on their website. Till 14 Aug, Yavuz Gallery, Gillman Barracks, 9 Lock Road, #02-23, Singapore 108937

10th World Oyster Festival at Greenwood Fish Market 

The annual oyster festival returns at Greenwood Fish Market with 29 different varieties (the most ever) flown in from seven countries.

For one whole month, slurp their oysters offered in tasting platters (8 pairs for S$109.95) or pick and choose ones specifically from countries like France, Ireland, Japan and Canada.

The oysters are available for dine-in, takeaways and delivery at all Greenwood Fish Market outlets.

The festival has been extended for another month due to popular demand!

Till 31 Aug. For more info check out their website.

KOBEPI delivers halal Japanese-inspired pizzas and pies

KOBEPI’s Mentaiko Seafood pizza and Truffle-Teriyaki Shabu Beef pie. Photo: KOBEPI
KOBEPI’s Mentaiko Seafood pizza and Truffle-Teriyaki Shabu Beef pie. Photo: KOBEPI

Feast on savory Japanese-inspired pizzas and pies made available to all. From the creator of the once popular Oishi Japanese Pizza restaurant, the halal-certified brand now introduces new flavors like mentaiko and wasabi seafood.

READ MORE: KOBEPI delivers unique halal Japanese-inspired pizzas and savory pies to Singapore

Open for delivery, pickups and takeaways 11am to 7pm Monday to Saturday; closed Sunday, Level 2, Aqueen Hotel Paya Lebar, 33 Jalan Afifi

Off / On: Everyday Technology that Changed Our Lives

See how far we’ve come with the tech we used to use back in the 70s to the 00s! A treasure trove of vintage memorabilia like early IBM and Apple computers, pagers and typewriters are being displayed all in one place. Even touching and pushing all buttons are encouraged.

Read more: Retrotech: Return to the analog age at Singapore National Museum

Until Oct. 30 at the National Museum of Singapore. Open 10am to 7pm daily, last admission 6:30pm. Free for Singaporeans and children under 6. For more info go to the OFF/ON exhibition website.

Superfluous Things

Superfluous Things exhibition poster

Many people consider paper to be a disposable material, its only real worth derived from the things written or drawn upon it. But in the right hands, paper can be manipulated into remarkable works of art all on its own. Superfluous Things is an exhibition featuring incredible paper-based creations from a number of artists such as Cheryl Teo’s Just a Little at a Time feautring dozens of whimsical, precisely constructed matchbox-sized sculptures, and Li Hongbo’s Land of Fairy Tales,  a large scale installation featuring an imaginary map of the world with continents constructed from layers of paper meticulously glued together in a honeycomb-like structure.

Until 14 August at at Gallery 2 of the Singapore Art Musuem at Tanjong Pagar Distripark. For more information go to:

Resorts World Sentosa’s Ocean Restaurant reopens

The main dining room at Ocean Restaurant at Resorts World Sentosa. Photo: Resorts World Sentosa
The main dining room at Ocean Restaurant at Resorts World Sentosa. Photo: Resorts World Sentosa

The underwater-themed dining spot is reopening with a new Michelin-star chef and seafood-focused menu. Dine in with the fishes again while being surrounded by views of S.E.A. Aquarium’s 40,000+ marine animals. 

READ MORE: Dine with the fishes again at Sentosa’s Underwater Ocean Restaurant
Ocean Restaurant, open 11:30am to 3pm for lunch; 6pm to 10:30pm for dinner, Equarius Hotel

Little Farms opens in Tanglin Mall

The grocer that takes pride in catering all-natural and organic produce has opened a new flagship store in Tanglin Mall. The store is equipped with a butcher counter, deli counter, a department specially for cheese, a wine shop and an artisanal bakery in partnership with bakery Starter Lab.

There is also the brand’s dining spot where shoppers can enjoy a menu made with ingredients from the grocer with vegan and gluten-free options.

Little Farms, open daily 7:30am to 9:30pm, Tanglin Mall, 163 Tanglin Road

Amoy Street’s Flamingo launches Mediterranean menu

The bustling street coffee bar that encourages day drinking has launched a new Mediterranean food menu to accompany its chill seaside-themed space. Take a break from the financial hub’s chaotic mornings and chow on some pita bread with hummus dips, refreshing salads and heavy salmon lasagna while sipping on light cocktails and coffee made from Ethiopian and Brazilian beans.

Flamingo, Open 8am to 4pm Monday to Saturday; closed Sundays, 69 Amoy Street

Opus Bar and Grill launches free-flow Sunday brunch

The steakhouse in Voco Orchard Singapore has launched its Sunday Brunch menu with a buffet featuring a spread of international cuisine and an option to keep the alcohol flowing.

Grab plates from the charcuterie plate, the cold seafood counter, the Japanese section serving sushi and sashimi, the French area with a foie gras station and an Italian counter with freshly cooked pasta.

Prices start at S$98 per adult and S$59 per child, or go for free flow alcohol packages like Prosecco, wine and beer for S$148, and the Champagne Laurent-Perrier Brut and access to a DIY Mojito bar for S$178.

Available every Sunday from 12:30pm to 3:30pm. Reservations can be made on their website.

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