A quick digest of the coolest weekend happenings in Singapore for those who failed to get NDP tickets (again).
Thursday, Aug 9
Unleash your kiasu side at this seafood buffet, where customers can chow down on oysters, mussels, clams, and more from their perches high above the CBD. After all that gorging, buffet-goers can stumble over to Empire, where they’ll get free entry to the party (and a view of the fireworks, if they make it in time).
6pm-9pm at Angie’s Oyster Bar. $115; additional $35 for free flow beers and selected wines.
If bubblegum pop and Top 40 hits is how you like to celebrate your public holidays – well, here it is. Free flow drinks from 11pm to 2am for the ladies at this one, too.
11pm-late at Avry. Free for ladies; $20 for men, includes one drink.
Changi Inspires Art Fair
Displaying the works of individuals with disabilities, this art fair highlights 30 art pieces including batik art, watercolor paintings, and photographs of familiar Singapore icons.
Until Aug 12 at T3, Departure Hall, Changi Airport. Free.
It’s Bar Rouge’s first National Day party — that means beats by DJs Aurora and Kane Ian, plus a bird’s eye view of the city skyline from 71 floors above ground. If you’re feeling patriotic, they’ll being doing Singapore Sling ($20) cocktails to sip on plus complimentary kachang puteh snacks. And since it’s ladies’ night, females get free entry and free flow drinks from 10pm to 1am.
3pm-10pm at Bar Rouge. Free for ladies; $25 for men after 10pm, includes one drink.
Surround yourself with nature at Gardens by the Bay, where you’ll participate in a morning yoga session, watch film screenings at the pop-up cinema, try your hand at the game booths, and dance the night away at a silent disco.
Various timings at Gardens by the Bay. Free.
This exhibition showcases oil paintings of nature and human beings, done by over 15 well-known artists from Singapore and China, with works dating as far back as 1961.
Until Aug 12; daily 10am-10pm at Ion Art Gallery, L4 Ion Orchard. Free.
Get jiggy at the National Gallery to the tunes of house, disco, funk, and soul, with drink promos and light bites like fries, chicken wings, and tacos to fuel you up. Of course, ice cream also makes an appearance, with Udders flavors like Bailey’s Boubon and Rum Rum Raisin, as well as a limited edition one-for-one vanilla with Naked Grouse Whisky flavor.
3pm-11pm at Gallery & Co bar. Free.
Check out the creative products made by local designers and makers at this market, with items like SGAG’s tongue-in-cheek tee collection and quirky accessories.
Until Aug 13; 10am-10pm at VivoCity Southeast Boulevard.
The beach-side BBQ returns with bites like chicken wings, cheese fries, chicken satay, and beef steak, with screenings of movies like Zootopia and The Good Dinosaur across the weekend, as well a prime view of the RSAF’s fly past and a live screening of the National Day Parade.
Until Aug 12; 6pm-11pm at Palawan Green, Sentosa. Free.
The rooftop club lounge goes family-friendly for the day, with old school game stations featuring pick-up sticks and Old Maid cards, as well as BBQ bites and a backdrop of soul, house, afro-latin, and nu disco melodies. Once the sun sets, take a swig of your cocktail while you wait for the fireworks to light up the sky after 8pm.
Noon-5pm, $20 for entry voucher valid on F&B; 5pm-10pm, $28-$38, includes one drink; at CÉ LA VI.
The Orchard hotel goes local with its all-day buffet spread, which includes kaya toast and pan-fried carrot cake with chicken floss at breakfast, rojak at high tea, and nasi lemak gateaux at lunch and dinner. Also look out for locally-inspired ice cream flavors like chendol, salted egg, and kaya toast at the dessert section.
Breakfast: 6:30am-10am; Adults $32, children $20. Lunch: noon-2pm; Adults $58, children $36. High tea: 3:30pm-5:30pm; Adults $42, children $27. Dinner: 6:30pm-9:30pm; Adults $78, children $46. Carousel at Royal Plaza on Scotts.
Snag a front row seat by the bay and settle in for the firework show at OverEasy Fullerton, alongside crowds of fellow merrymakers.
5pm-10pm at OverEasy Fullerton. Adults $30, children $15, includes one drink.
Throw on your best red and white threads for a day at the museum, where activities include a showcase of the 15 Shorts film initiative, a scavenger hunt, craft sessions featuring national icons, music performances by Jack & Rai, and a live telecast of NDP.
10am-8:30pm at National Museum of Singapore. Free.
Chill at the National Gallery Singapore rooftop bar, where there’ll be a buffet spread of local dishes from Hainanese chicken rice to laksa, alongside cocktail concoctions.
5pm-late at Smoke & Mirrors. $68, includes buffet with two drink coupons; additional $35 for free flow non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks.
The street food fest returns for its second edition, firing up local cuisine from across Southeast Asia with 29 stalls, including Indonesia’s Pork Star Bali, Malaysia’s Hong Cha, and Thailand’s Baan Phad Thai. Also look out for a flying roti canai performance and cooking demonstrations.
Until Aug 19; Mon-Thurs 11am-9pm, Fri-Sun and public holidays 9am-10pm at Malaysian Food Street, Waterfront L1, Resorts World Sentosa. Free.
Celebrate the nation’s birthday, Mexican-style, with free flow bites and drinks (from 5:30pm-8:30pm), piñata bashing, beats by DJ KFC and, of course, great views of the evening fireworks.
5pm-late at Super Loco Customs House. From $124.99.
Get active at the Sports Hub with activities like cardio-fusion dance workouts, a kopi quiz, local heritage bingo, and a picnic with the National Day Parade screened live.
Noon-9pm at OCBC Square, Singapore Sports Hub. Free.
Stock up on (mostly) Japanese nibbles at this snack fair, including items like grilled edamame, cheese almonds, caramel corn matcha milk, fruit gummies, grilled ebi, wasabi mocha, and loads more.
Until Aug 12; 11am-9pm at Suntec Convention & Exhibition Centre, L3 Concourse. Free.
Friday, Aug 10
Lim Charlotte’s first solo art exhibition revolves around the human body, with semi-surreal manipulations of placement and size.
Until Sept 17; daily 11am-7pm at UltraSuperNew Gallery. Free.
Saturday, Aug 11
The massive flea market returns with a “Local Pride” section to showcase up-and-coming individuals from the creative scene, alongside quirky Instagram zones and craft workshops.
Until Aug 12; noon-9pm at Marina Bay Sands, Exhibition Hall A & B. Free.
This hip-hop cookout features hot dogs, beer and, er, cheng tng, with names like Darren Dubwise and Intriguant from the Syndicate crew and MZA from Choice Cuts Goods + Coffee behind the decks.
3pm-11pm at The Refinery. Free.
The Swedish DJ/producer arrives on our shores to unleash dizzying beats and addictive synths on the dance floor of Zouk, supported by Hong.
10pm-late at Zouk. Ladies $35, men $45.
Composer Tze Toh and TO Ensemble return from their European tour with a concert of new works inspired by the cities of Amsterdam, Delft, Trondheim, and Szczecin.
7:30pm-9pm at Esplanade Recital Studio. $20-$35.
Sunday, Aug 12
The block party goes through an eco-friendly revamp to focus on sustainability and ethical living with vendors like Saltwater Atelier, The Sustainability Project, The Alternative Store, and TheMindGardener. There’ll also be music by the likes of James Selva and Julien Brochard, as well as tarot reading sessions, workshops, and carnival games such as beer bottle ring toss and ping pong Nerf target.
2pm-10pm at Camp Kilo Charcoal Club. Free.
Watch Wes Anderson’s latest, Isle of Dogs, at the casual Blu Jaz Café for a chill end to your weekend.
7pm-9:15pm at Blu Jaz Café.