A quick digest of the coolest weekend happenings in Singapore.
Friday, Dec 7
The pop-up dining concept debuts for the first time this year at the iconic bridge with views astride the Singapore river. The festival gathers 15 restaurants and food vendors from the Clarke Quay district and plops them all into one spot, with loads of liquid libations to accompany the street-style nosh.
Until Dec 9; 6pm-11pm at Read Bridge Clarke Quay. Free entry, $10-$32 for special tasting prices.
The local singer-songwriter had an impressive 2018 run, including performing his modern, chic update of a classic National Day tune in front of tens of thousands. He’ll be capping off the year with a grand concert at The Star Theatre with a stellar lineup of guest musicians to perform new songs and new takes on old classics.
8pm at The Star Theatre. $58-$88
The homegrown merch and food market returns to the halls of Suntec, gathering both F&B vendors (expect loads of hype food) and independent retailers hawking their wares in a family-friendly outing with movie screenings, games, and activities for children. Oh, and apparently there’ll be snow as well — no idea how they’ll be doing it though.
Until Dec 9; 10am-10pm at Suntec Convention Centre Hall 401-402. Free.
This theatrical event is still going strong since it was first launched in 2003. Teater Ekamatra invites patrons to witness impassioned monologues by various performers as they pontificate on death and dying as a crucial component of life and living.
8pm-10pm at Wisma Geylang Serai. $35
The captivating stage production from the United Kingdom comes to Singapore. Should be a treat for kids — it’s musical live theatre about friendship and sharing the spirit of Christmas.
Until Dec 9; various timings at SOTA Drama Theatre. $42-$62.
Essentially a bouncy castle playground for adults — the world’s longest inflatable obstacle course arrives in Singapore for grownups to play on. If not, there’s always drinks (even booze) to polish off and treats to munch on. Wear something comfy though.
Until Dec 9; 8am-11:59pm at Palawan Green, Sentosa. $37-$47 if you want to take on the course, free entry to F&B zone.
Saturday, Dec 8
Asia’s largest gin festival comes to an end in Singapore after a week of events including masterclasses and bar collabs. The grand finale is none other than the Gin Lane, an entire alleyway of booths from participating bars and bartenders presenting their takes on G&Ts.
5pm-11:30pm at 30 Maxwell Road. $20 entry, $15 if you bring your own mugs.
Organized by sociopolitical advocacy group Function 8, the festival features local and international films revolving around human rights, societal marginalization, culture, the environment and more.
Until Dec 9; 12pm-8pm at The Projector. Free entry.
Kilo Lounge has been a great venue for amazing acts from around the world since it moved to Tanjong Pagar, but woefully, its beloved Kilo Kitchen remained missing since Kilo’s reincarnation — that is, until Saturday, when the restaurant reopens nearby at 97 Duxton Road.
6pm-10pm at 97 Duxton Road. Reservations advised.
Oniatta Effendi, founder-designer of clothing line BAJU by Oniatta, presents a two-day pop-up event that will take patrons through the art of batik and how it became the cornerstone of her brand. Expect a fashion show, live performances, storytelling sessions, and batik-making demonstrations.
Until Dec 9; 12pm-6pm at Camelia & Co. Free.
Prominent figures in the local arts community take on the topic of diverse representation and the creative processes involved when pushing down walls and dodging stereotypes.
5pm-6pm at Sing Lit Station, 22 Dickson Road, #02-01. Free admission till capacity.
Techno party tastemakers The Council teams up with homegrown electronic music label Darker Than Wax for a night at Tuff Club with leftfield dance music extraordinaire Frits Wentink. Expect jazzy grooves alongside techno and electro.
11:30pm-4am at Tuff Club, 138 Robinson Road. $25 cover charge.
A wholesome weekend of craft, nature and family-friendly outdoor activities alongside movie screenings, F&B vendors, and a workshop that’ll teach you the basics in the art of circus.
Until Dec 9; 10am-10pm at Esplanade Park. Free.
Sunday, Dec 9
‘Ori Tahiti Singapore and School of Hawaiian Hula Singapore team up to pass down the historic, traditional art forms of Polynesia to the local community and the younger generation in a night of cultural appreciation.
7:30pm at Blackbox Goodman Arts Center. $20-$25.
Bonus: Wednesday, Dec 12
This one’s happening middle of next week, so filing under “Weekend Warrior” is a bit misplaced, we know — but it’s a good one, so we’re willing to look a little sloppy here. Repeat RuPaul’s Drace Race star Shangela (who was handpicked by Lady Gaga for a small role in A Star Is Born) is coming to Singapore for a 75-minute one-woman show at the Shine Auditorium. Here’s a “Best Shangela Moments” compilation to give you an idea of what to expect. It’ll probably be fabulous af.
8pm at the Shine Auditorium. $78-$138.