Weekend Warrior: July 26-28

Photo: The 50 Cents Fest
Photo: The 50 Cents Fest

A quick digest of the coolest weekend happenings in Singapore.


Friday, July 26

Drop It Like It’s Haute

The Asian Civilisations Museum takes the couture route this weekend by diving into the world of maximalist fashion, with creative workshops, hands-on activities, film screenings, and more.

Until July 27; Fri 6pm-10pm, Sat noon-10pm at Asian Civilisations Museum. Free; $6 for entry into Guo Pei: Chinese Art and Couture.

La Mariposa Borracha

The Drunken Butterfly is a performance about one Patient X, who escapes from the hospital to put on a final show with her troupes, despite encountering multiple obstacles and surprises along the way.

Until July 28; various timings at Gateway Theatre Black Box. $30.

Orchid Extravaganza – Our Singapop Edition 

This year’s orchid showcase gets inspired by local pop culture with a mix of floral artistry and pop art. Expect to see landmarks and familiar objects given a creative spin by Dick Lee and designer Yang Derong, amidst a sea of more than 15,000 blooms in the dome.

Until Sept 15; 9am-9pm at the Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay. Admission fees apply.

This, That.

The first solo artist exhibition by local musician/lecturer/DJ Ginette Chittick features her newest series of works made with hand-spun yarn, wood, and acrylic. The pieces aim to blur distinctions and elude definitions, and the showcase is part of her continued exploration into the devaluing of what’s traditionally considered women’s crafts – stuff like crocheting, embroidery, and knitting.

Until Sept 5 at Telok Ayer Arts Club.


Saturday, July 27

Antony & Cleopatra and King Lear Screenings

Esplanade’s National Theatre live screenings this weekend include two Shakespeare classics, with the famous couple of Antony and Cleopatra caught up in a web of politics, passion, and power, as well as Ian McKellen’s take on King Lear, one of the greatest tragedies ever penned.

Sat & Sun, 2pm at Esplanade Theatre. $20-$28 per day.

Argentine Night

Argentine ambassador Frederico Barttfeld takes up a special guest shift at rooftop bar Lantern for the night, shaking up cocktails like Fernando, a mix of fernet branca and Coca-Cola.

7pm-late at Lantern, The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore.

Bingo Extravaganza

This weekend’s Bingo night is hosted by the sassy Mona Kee Kee, with two rounds of the game in between her NSFW jokes and fabulous costumes. Canapes will be served, along with bottomless bubbly and unlimited cocktails throughout the night, and the winners get a staycation for two at the waterfront hotel.

7pm-10pm at Woobar, W Singapore – Sentosa Cove. $75, includes canapes and free flow bubbly and cocktails. 

Curie Me Away

Touted as the first-ever “chemistry science musical” by Matheatre from the US, this performance is based on the life of scientist Marie Curie, who paved the way in the field of physical chemistry.

11am-noon at Annexe Hall, The Annexe, Science Centre Singapore. Adults $9.90-$21.90, children $9.90-$17.90.

Music Woven In

The second session of Fred Perry’s collab with White Label Records gives guests a preview of the latest Amy Winehouse collection with the fashion brand, along with Amy-inspired flash designs by Iron Fist Tattoo, tunes by DJ Grassae, and craft beers from Lion Brewery Co.

1pm-10pm at White Label Records. Free entry.

D9 Saturday High Tea Buffet 

In celebration of the nation’s 54th birthday, Hilton Singapore’s cake boutique gets inspired by the country in its dessert creations. The high tea session, which includes roast meats, local dishes, seafood, dim sum, and pizzas, spotlights sweets such as soya bean curd tart, salted egg yolk and red bean coconut macarons, and pralines in flavors like gula melaka pandan and Horlicks jackfruit.

Every Sat, noon-3pm at D9 Cakery, lobby level of Hilton Singapore. Adults $48-$83, children $24.  

Eurasian Festival

Stop by Our Tampines Hub for the cake-cutting of a 40kg sugee cake, then check out the cultural exhibition to learn more about traditional Eurasian handicrafts. You can also watch performances of Eurasian folk dances and participate in kampong games at this fest.

2pm-6pm at Our Tampines Hub. Free.

Foodie Nation by Design Orchard x The Local People 

Local-centric retail space Design Orchard hosts a food and music fair this weekend, with cakes from Old Seng Choong, crystallized rock sugar from Jewels by Cheng, Batterlogy’s macarons, and bakes by Pastry Pantry. Plus, the feasting continues with yakitori sticks by Citizen’s Food and burgers and tots from Burp Kitchen & Bar. On the drinks menu, Made Cold will be serving its cold brew coffee, while Take a Bite SG will attract IG enthusiasts with its White Rabbit Sweet and brown sugar milk boba beverages.

Also keep an ear out for music performances by the likes of Jill-Marie Thomas, Joyce Gan, Steph Yeap, and Vuzu, alongside Foodie Haiku’s interactive poetry experiences and a balloon food bowl workshop.

Until July 28, 1pm-10pm at Design Orchard. Free entry; food prices start from $5.

Singapore Cat Festival

The only festival around here devoted solely to cats returns for its sophomore edition at Great World City, bringing together international pet brands and local artists and craftsmen for two days of talks, family-friendly activities, cat meet-and-greet sessions, and adoption drives. So bring your furry pets along to stock up on treats, accessories, and more by brands such as The Cat People, Purrballs, Muffinsaurs, King Catnip, Furrplay, Sneaky Whiskers, and more.

Until July 28, 11am-9pm at L1 Atrium, Great World City. Free admission.

The 50 Cents Fest

The annual food fair returns with a spotlight on Hokkien heritage, featuring more than 40 stalls hawking over 50 varieties of sweet and savory dishes, all ranging between $0.50 and $3. From Hokkien-style rice and noodles to snacks and desserts, the menu includes ang ku kueh, ngoh hiang (five-spiced pork roll), sng bao (ice popsicle), rojak, laksa, and more.

Until July 28, 11am-11pm at Chinatown Food Street, Smith St.


Sunday, July 28

Actually Affordable Artist Market

The Sunday market is back with more affordable art below $300 by the likes of Chirashi Bomb, Bleak Illustration, Wildlife Prints, Kildi Photo, Send Noods, and Yamini Naik. Here’s where you can hang out with the artists, munch on roast meats, and lounge around to chill tunes.

2pm-7pm at Camp Kilo Charcoal Club. Free entry.


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