A quick digest of the coolest weekend happenings in Singapore.
Friday, Aug 2
A twist on the saying “love at first sight”, this exhibition wants people to take a deeper look into things to discover new possibilities. It features new work by Khairullah Rahim and Leonard Wee, as well as writing by Samantha Yap.
Until Aug 9; noon-8pm at Coda Culture.
This nightly dinner buffet spotlights local Singaporean grill favorites such as sambai stingray, BBQ prawns, and smoky satays. On National Day, Town Restaurant will live stream the National Day Parade and have specials such as a claypot station and grilled lobster.
Until Aug 11, 6:30pm-10:30pm at The Fullerton Hotel. Fri & Sat $85 for adults, $43 for children; Sun $59 for adults, $30 for children.
Artist Vincent Chua has created a stand-alone exhibition debuting over 20 pieces that depict stability between Chinese interpretation and Western realism. With the manipulation of both Western and Chinese techniques, Chua is able to create his signature pieces. A portion of the proceeds from the exhibition will go to ArtSE, a social enterprise that focuses on an inclusive community through the arts.
Until Oct 28, 11am-8pm at Public Art Space at Pan Pacific Singapore.
Have an evening under the stars accompanied by great films and a glass of wine. Pack a picnic or snacks to enjoy as you watch flicks like Hotel Mumbai (Friday), The Talented Mr. Ripley (Saturday) and Bohemian Rhapsody (Sunday).
Until Aug 18, 7:45pm at Fort Canning Park. $31.80/ticket.
Throughout the weekend, Flowerlounge will be offering various experiences, whether it’s doing yoga surrounded by flowers, indulging in a multi-sensory dinner, going for a botanical treatment, or a smoke ceremony.
Until Aug 4; Various times, prices, and locations.
There’ll be a Polynesian buffet spread at the Dutch Pavilion and Garden Terrace of Shangri-La Hotel this weekend, along with Hawaiian music and dance performances by the likes of Jeff Peterson and dancers from Kuma Hula Rich Pedrina.
Until Aug 3; Fri & Sat 6:30pm-10pm, Sun noon-3pm at Shangri-La Hotel. $188 for Fri & Sat dinner, $148 for Sun brunch.
Finalists of the very first MasterChef Singapore held last year will join Ding Dong’s head chef Miller Mai to create an eight-hands dinner menu. The guest chefs are: winner Zander Ng, runner-up Genevieve Lee, and finalist Aaron Wong. Dishes include “sanshui” chicken (chicken terrine, ginger-garlic gelée and scallion oil) by Wong, otah-otah with kaffir lime gel by Ng, roasted duck with taro croquettes by Lee, as well as deserts like chendol and Mao Shan Wang pandan chiffon by Mai.
Until Aug 3; 6:30pm-8:00pm & 8:30pm-late at Ding Dong. $100/person.
Hugo x Liam Payne Capsule Pop-Up
This ten-piece collection designed by former One Direction singer Liam Payne and clothing brand Hugo takes to the streets this week and will offer workshops throughout its time in Singapore. This weekend’s ones include Vinyl Clock Making (Saturday) and Design Your Own Laptop Sleeve (Sunday).
Until Aug 12, 10:30am-10pm at Ion Orchard L1 Atrium. Admission is free; workshops are priced separately.
Instakindness with Singa is an art exhibition hoping to promote kindness and graciousness throughout the community. To celebrate the country’s 54th, there will be 54 Singa the Lion figurines atop a model birthday cake on the third level of Raffles City. This family-friendly event offers activities for all ages such as a ball pin ($1 for two jumps) and a mini Singa decorating station.
Until Aug 18, 10am-9pm at Raffles City Shopping Center, L3. Admission is free.
Later is an integrative art show and film screening. The lounge shows an 18-minute narrative that gives insight into the lives of five individuals. During the two-night installation, the film will be presented by the actual cast and crew.
Until Aug 3; 7:45pm-10pm at Kult Gallery.
Presenting artistic responses that unload gender relations, cultural politics, and class affiliations, this exhibition challenges the common stereotypes about Malay identity. It features work from three up-and-coming artists: Farizi Noorfauzi, Norah Lea, and Zulkhairi Zulkiflee.
Until Sept 2; Fri & Sat noon-7pm, Sun noon-4pm at Chapel Gallery, Objectifs. Admission is free.
A group exhibition with a borrowed title, Poor Imagination features fifteen artists. The collaboration of these artists work together to showcase what they believe creates Singaporean national identity today. As a way to commemorate Singapore’s bicentennial, the themes of multiculturalism, diaspora, intimacy, language, and more will be displayed through art at this exhibit.
Until Sept 1 at Chan + Hori.
Marina Bay Sands’ annual charity drive is back. For three days, all proceeds from the ArtScience Museum, Sands SkyPark Observation Deck, Sampan Rides, and Digital Light Canvas will be donated to 80 local charities. There will also be a charity race to the SkyPark on Sunday with prices for the winning team.
Until Aug 4; Various timings at Marina Bay Sands.
Singapore Bicentennial 2019 Exhibition
Part of the ION Art gallery’s A Journey to Remember, the Singapore Bicentennial exhibit commemorates the anniversary of Sir Stamford Raffles’ arrival in Singapore and will feature art pieces from various periods of Singapore’s discovery.
Until Aug 13; daily 10am-10pm at ION Art Gallery, L4.
Back for the fifth year in a row, the River Festival offers activities at each point of the river, set to the theme of “Your River Your Vibe”. There will be food, drinks, and music to celebrate the river’s heritage and the nation’s bicentennial. Each quay will offer different events and street foods, so walk along the water for the full experience.
Until Sept 15, Fri & Sat 6pm, Sun 10am at Robertson Quay, Boat Quay, and Clarke Quay.
Wine Lust is back for the third time starting this weekend, with wine dinners and free corkage at various restaurants around the Lion City for the next month. Some of the restaurants participating in this year’s festival include Mimi at Riverhouse, The Outpost Hotel, The Summerhouse, and more.
Until Aug 31, Various times, prices, and restaurants.
Saturday, Aug 3
For its fifth birthday, Bang Bang is inviting partygoers to attend its pyjama party with local and international DJs. Expect a big pillow fight and the Bang Bang mascots dressed in onesies as usual. Ladies who RSVP will receive two free drinks upon entry.
10pm-late at Bang Bang.
For the sixth year in a row, Beerkini Rocks is hitting the beach this weekend with a wide variety of drink promotions for the party. From 3pm onwards, live bands The Good Karma and O.K Ready!, as well as vocalist Sza Sza Scorpion, will perform.
3pm-late at Bikini Bar, Siloso Beach. Admission is free.
The food-meets-design festival makes a comeback with bites by Boufe Boutique Café, Dohkie, Haritts Doughnuts, and more. There will also be special National Day themed goodies and a chance for kids to create their own marbling pattern on a cake.
Until Aug 4; noon-7pm at Naiise Iconic, Jewel Changi Airport. Admission is free.
Lulu’s A Night in Cuba themed party will be headlined by Cuban and Latin American band Havana Social Club, with featured performances by your usual Lulu residents. A new cocktail, the ‘Che Che Che’, has been crafted for the event and will be sold for $20.
9pm-5am at LuLu’s Lounge.
This weekend, the fourth edition of Music For A Cause will host various events with local artists, including a Cross Fit Challenge by Operation Broken Wing, live music performances by 13 artists such as Joanna Dong, Yao, Gareth Fernandez and the Momma Shop, 53A, Fauxe, and Charlie Lim, and Yoga for a Cause by the Breathe Movement x Eat Train Love. The event seeks to raise awareness for 16 social causes like Alzheimer’s Disease Association, Happiness Initiative, and Limitless.
Until Aug 4; times vary based on class, at OCBC Arena Park.
Starting Your Urban Garden
Hang out with local farmers and learn how to grow an urban garden at this session, where you’ll learn the necessary techniques needed to grow your own produce and get insights to soil combinations, seed treatment, sowing methods, and more.
10am-1pm at Mercure Singapore on Stevens.
Three young Singaporean artists, working mainly with film and photography, have designed an exhibition to represent three different ways of city living – current, abstract, and imagined. All these perspectives by Ernest Wu, Dave Lim, and Sean Cham were encouraged by the living conditions of Singapore.
Until Aug 28, 9am-5pm (closed Sunday) at City Canvas L3.
The National Youth Council Singapore presents Youthx, an event that aims to display youth dynamism and aspirations. Key highlights from the weekend festival include arts, sports, and e-sports, and it seeks to raise awareness on youth causes, community, and culture. There will be various activities to participate in throughout the day, so check the schedule for more deets.
Until Aug 4; Sat 12:30pm-10:30pm, Sun 1pm-9:30pm at the Singapore Sports Hub.
Sunday, Aug 4
Singapore-based, socially responsible bedding company Sunday Bedding will be hosting a pop-up offering shoppers the option to recycle their old bed linens in an effort to reduce textile waste. A portion of the donated bed sheets will be repurposed into industrial cloth in a team effort with GreenSquare, and the rest of it will be used for the brand’s upcycling initiative. Those who bring in their linens can get a 10 percent discount off the products in the showcase.
Until Sept 2 at The Social Space at Marina One. Register to attend the pop-up via Facebook.