Weekend Warrior: June 7-9

Aloha Beaches. Photo: Bugis Junction
Aloha Beaches. Photo: Bugis Junction

A quick digest of the coolest weekend happenings in Singapore.


Friday, June 7

Aloha Beaches

The beach comes to Bugis Junction with a sandy lounge area, pastel “palm trees”, beach brollies, and bites by The Swag Social, Rollet, and the Doughboys. There’ll also be an outdoor movie night every evening at the beach-like cinema space showing titles such as Beauty and the Beast and Avengers: Infinity War. To get those first-come-first-served tickets, you’ll have to spend a minimum of S$5 in one receipt at the participating F&B vendors.

Also on the programme: performances by local musicians Benny and Allie on weekends, pin customization services from Havaianas, retro wear by Vintagewknd, and apparel from Fresh by Grace.

Until June 30 at L1 Bugis Square, Bugis Junction. Free entry.

Cine65 Festival

The inaugural festival features shorts by local filmmakers revolving around Singapore stories, including Ervin Han’s premiere of 1299.

Until June 9 at various venues. Free entry; registration required.

Circle of Life Festival

In anticipation of Disney’s upcoming remake The Lion King, which hits cinemas here on July 18, the wildlife parks of Singapore are inviting visitors to come see the real life inspirations behind those iconic characters. Highlights at the zoo include a savannah-themed moving tram with musical performers passing by animals like meerkats and lions, as well as a wildlife tour with interactive animal feeding sessions.

Over at the Night Safari, guests can get their face paint on with glow-in-the-dark animal designs, and watch feeding sessions of the park’s lions and spotted hyenas. Plus, all the Lion King merch you can snap up at the retail stores.

Until Aug 31 at Singapore Zoo and Night Safari. Admission fee applies.

Culinary Creations

Ion Orchard’s fifth edition of this food-centric initiative features limited edition treats such as the collaboration chocolate bar with Awfully Chocolate, a passion fruit tea-infused macaron from TWG, Yoku Moku’s 50th anniversary Revival Tins, longan paradise tea mocktails from The 1872 Clipper Tea Co, and a Whisky x Museum Night Tour at The Grande Whisky Collection on July 11.

Plus, the mall will also host two experiences for the next couple months: Kaleidoscopic Playhouse and Travel the World with Lego bricks. The former is a glittering display of mirrors and lights on the third floor, and the latter is a multimedia show that takes you to famous landmarks across the globe displayed in the form of digital Lego wall murals.

Until July 28 at Ion Orchard.

Food Fiesta

The open atrium area at Takashimaya Square hosts a new fair this month, bringing in street food from across Asia. Think Thai snacks, Japanese desserts, local favorites, Taiwanese bites, sakes, wines, and a stretch of bubble tea stores that includes a popular pop-up by soon-to-arrive-in-Singapore brand, Xing Fu Tang.

Until June 16 at B2, Takashimaya Square. Free entry.

In Bad Co. x Good Times: Stay Back

Stay back, not in school or at work, but with the folks of In Bad Company this Friday. With the beat backdrop of funk, soul, and hip hop, you’ll be munching on snack platters and sipping on wines and craft beers. Just don’t forget to show up in your “most delinquent school gear” with your crew to get a six-pack beer for free when the results are announced at 11pm.

6pm-late at In Bad Company.

Rose Romance

If you’ve overdue for a break from work (or life), stop and smell the roses at Gardens by the Bay’s European floral setting, which features more than 40 varieties of the flower in colorful hues. The blooms will lead you through arches and castle ruins to a scene straight out of Romeo and Juliet.

Until July 14; daily 9am-9pm at Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay. Admission fee applies.

RWS Summer Matsuri

Resorts World Sentosa’s first Summer Matsuri brings in cultural performances, film screenings, Hokkaido delectables, Japanese alcoholic beverages, traditional street lantern showcases, and loads of Japanese food including donburi bowls, ramen, and grilled seafood.

Until June 9; daily 5pm-11pm at B1 The Forum, Resorts World Sentosa. Free entry.

The Peranakan Festival

Back for its third edition, the festival starts off with an opening gala dinner and a 13-course meal prepared by guest chefs like Damian d’Silva (from Folklore) and Liza Kassim (from the Asian Food Channel). Plus, there’ll be an opening bazaar on June 7 from 4pm to 6pm at the Marina Mandarin Ballroom and cultural talks held at The Peranakan Gallery, as well as special set menus at The Peranakan restaurant.

Until July 31 at various locations.

Uncles Love Monuments

The uncles of Singapore sure love to sketch national monuments — so much so that there’s actually an exhibition displaying their artworks. Artists Francis Theo, Steven Seow, and Tony Chua will showcase 18 drawings at this traveling exhibition, which kicks off at the Jurong Regional Library. Landmarks captured on paper include the Sri Mariamman Temple and former Telok Ayer Market — these were some of the first few national monuments to be gazetted in 1973.

Until June 29 at Jurong Regional Library, after which it will move to places Marine Parade Public Library and Cheng San Public Library till Dec 30. Free entry.


Saturday, June 8

Haw Par Thrilla

A collab between party collective Ice Cream Sundays and DJ crew Mugic, this outdoor party brings DJs, projection visuals, and pop-up F&B stalls to the hellish theme park. There’ll also be a “social mural” for guests to paint, plus a decorative installation and a bar on site.

3pm-10:30pm at Haw Par Villa. $10-$20.

Jazz It Up! A Jazzy Celebration of Chinese Songs

The Jazz Association Singapore Orchestra, led by music director Jeremy Monteiro and associate music director Weixiang Tan, will perform jazz versions of iconic Chinese songs from the repertoire of Joanna Dong, Jasmine Chen, and Melissa Tham. Tunes on the set list include “Lover’s Tears”, “The Moon Represents My Heart”, and “Voices From The Heart.”

Until June 9; Sat 8pm-10pm, Sun 7pm-9pm at Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre. $38-$88.

Ultra Singapore

We’re just two days away from Ultra Singapore, but the music festival is still dealing with the logistics of its last-minute move from the outdoor Ultra Park to the basement Sands Expo and Convention Centre in Marina Bay Sands. No Phase 3 artistes or schedule have been released yet, and even the reason given for the venue swap (“severe weather”) sounds dubious. Plus, headliner Martin Garrix has announced the cancellation of all his shows for the next few weeks, but there’s been no official confirmation on Ultra’s side. Only time will tell how the festival will play out, we suppose.

Until June 9 at B2 Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands. $238-$268/two-day ticket.

Why Not?

An exhibition and runway performance, this event looks at the future of fashion as shaped by youths, and delves into the concerns and observations about the contemporary fashion industry in Singapore.

7pm-10pm at The Substation. Free entry; registration required.


Sunday, June 9

Green Day Out

Al fresco barbecue joint Camp Kilo, in collaboration with EarthFest Singapore, is hosting a full-blown food and lifestyle event for all you tree-huggers out there. On the market side, there will be vendors selling sustainable food, home decor and wellbeing products — plus fashion and accessories — and workshops covering DIY upcycled designs and all-natural perfumes. As for food, the kitchen’s prepped an entire menu of vegan plant-based dishes, including a grilled Beyond Meat burger.

2pm-10pm at Camp Kilo Charcoal Club. Free entry; food and drinks priced a la carte.

Sunday Night Hustle

The Sunday edition of Capital’s Thursday Night Hustle will be headed by resident DJ Nash D, with a playlist full of hip hop classics.

10pm-late at Zouk. Free entry and express queue for Ultra guests; first drink on the house for ladies.

Tea & Tequila

Mitsuhiro Nakamura, head bartender at Peter Bar at The Peninsula Tokyo and Patrón Perfectionists Japan 2018 winner, will take over Mo Bar for the night to concoct three of his signature cocktails at $20 each. Drinks include The Best Promise (Patron Reposado, sherry, mead, and tepache syrup kukicha), Ritual Margarita (Patron Silver, Patron Orange, lime, chardonnay, matcha powder), and Horizon (Patron Silver, hojicha, Patron XO Cafe, campari, kyoban cha.)

5pm-late at Mo Bar, Mandarin Oriental, Singapore. 

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