Weekend Warrior: May 24-26

The “No More Free Space?” exhibit
The “No More Free Space?” exhibit

A quick digest of the coolest weekend happenings in Singapore.


Friday, May 24

Cocobolo Weekend Poolside Barbecue Buffet

As the sun sets on weekends, the poolside grill at Cocobolo heats up with a spread of meat and seafood, alongside salads, sides, and desserts. Dishes on offer include shrimp paste stingray, snapper steak, saffron-spiced tiger prawn, and pork belly, and you can add cocktails like cucumber or orange Belvedere spritz to your meal for an extra $15 per glass.

Every Fri & Sat, 6:30pm-10:30pm at Cocobolo Poolside Bar + Grill, Park Hotel Clarke Quay. Adults $72, children $36.

Godzilla Monster Curry

In anticipation of the upcoming Godzilla: King of the Monsters flick, Monster Curry gets inspired by the Japanese beast for its new menu. Items on the line-up include the Godzilla Combo Curry ($28.80/two) with pork katsu, tempura shrimp, tori karaage, and beef steak, and the Godzilla Katsu Curry ($14.80), a hulking plate of curry, rice in the shape of the behemoth, pork katsu, and takoyaki. You can also get the Godzilla Volcano Honey Toast ($12.80) with berries and ice cream to share, and “meet” the 1.8m-tall mascot from Japan at selected outlets.

Until July 15 at Monster Curry outlets. 

French Animation Film Festival

The eighth edition of the fest screens 10 short films and five premiere movies, alongside fringe activities like a masterclass with an animator and a VR art exhibition. Titles on the line-up include Dilili in Paris, The Tower, Phantom Boy, and The Horn Quartet.

Until May 26 at Alliance Française. $8-$19/screening.

Klook’s Thai Open House

Done in collaboration with the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Klook’s first Thai Open House aims to show there’s more to explore in Thailand other than Bangkok and its shopping/street food. Here, you can discover Thai cities worth visiting, browse through a tiny Chatuchak-inspired retail marketplace, grab a bite to eat from restaurants like Gu Thai Boat Noodles and Baan Ying, watch cultural performances, attend travel talks, and check out a photo exhibition.

Until May 26; 10am-10pm at Plaza Singapura Atrium. Free.


The lobster buffet returns to Lime starring the crustaceans in egg yolk butter cream, 5-pepper sauce, chilli sauce, and laksa noodles. At the outdoor grill corner, the lobsters come in sauces like sambal belacan, peanut sauce, and scallion spring onion. Other items in the seafood spread include prawns, black mussels, and golden clams.

Until June 30; 6:30pm-10:30pm at Lime, Parkroyal on Pickering. Adults $99-$108, children $49-$58.

Maduro’s Opening Weekend

A new music lounge and bar dedicated to the classics, Maduro is run by a classically-trained pianist and first-time F&B operator who’s now in his 60s. It’s got two live music nights: 1819 Tuesdays and Tiara Friday Club, each with its own character. To celebrate its opening weekend, the joint is bringing in Melissa Tham on Friday for covers of familiar tunes by Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald, followed by jazz veteran Alemay Fernandez with Chok Kerong on the piano the next day.

Fri & Sat 9pm-midnight at Maduro. Free entry.

No More Free Space?

This exhibit shows how Singapore-based architects, urban planners, and place-makers have brought free spaces to the city despite its physical constraints. With 12 projects that borrow from natural resources, the showcase features highlights like a cloud-like installation made of acrylic knots suspended in the air. Besides hearing about the designers’ inspiration in a forum discussion, visitors can also sign up for a clay hand-building workshop by local studio Usually Usual.

Until June 30; daily 9am-9pm at L1 National Design Centre. Free.


The solo exhibition, publication, and performance piece by Jason Lim was created during a 10-day residency in Kjerringøy, Norway, using the artist’s body to showcase natural materials found in the landscape.

Until July 11 at Telok Ayer Arts Club. Free.

Singapore Lager Beer Giveaway 

Trouble Brewing, under its new concept Tuas Brewing Co., has created a new craft beer meant for everyday drinking, and it’s got a pretty straightforward name: Singapore Lager. To promote the new brew, they’re giving it away for free at select locations across town for anyone who asks for it. 

May 24 (6-8pm) at Pandora’s Garden; May 25 (2-4pm) at Panamericana; May 31 (6-8pm) at Summerlong. Free. 


Saturday, May 25

AIA Glow Festival

Billed as a health and wellness event, the all-day event at Sentosa offers yoga sessions by Marysia Do and Patrick Beach, performances by Belgian DJ Lost Frequencies and London outfit Rudimental, a morning 5km run around Sentosa, a marketplace with “wholesome” twists on festival food, and more.

7am-11pm at Sentosa. $59-$149.


The two-day event covers wellness and an all-natural lifestyle, with an essential oils corner, a home and living zone offering toxic-free household products, a health and nutritional section hawking supplements, and cooking demonstrations by celeb chef Angela May, who’ll teach visitors how to incorporate essential oils into food. Yoga classes, massage technique training, and workshops teaching you to make your own natural beauty products are on the program as well.

Until May 26; 9am-7pm at Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Hall B. Free entry.

Shawn Mendes Album Anniversary Pop-up

Before Shawn Mendes performs his already sold-out gig at the Indoor Stadium this October, fans can gather with like-minded fans for an 88-minute pop-up fan meet to mark the singer-songwriter’s first album release anniversary. Admission is free and doors open at 2pm, with complimentary coffee and cupcake redemptions for the first 150 to arrive. Photo ops and discount deals will also be available.

2pm-3:28pm at Swee Lee Social Club at Star Vista. Free entry.

Weekend Farmers’ Market at Jalan Besar

If you love your farmers’ market, or at least as close as you can get to one in Singapore, check out this latest one by Chye Seng Huat Hardware. Goods on display include Portuguese canned fishes and wine from Alentasia, fruit and veggie chips by HeyHah Chips, organic quinoa and cacao from Superlifeco, and more.

Until May 26; 10am-3pm at Chye Seng Huat Hardware. Free entry.


Sunday, May 26

Camp Kilo x The Drinkery Present: Camp Brew

Al fresco barbecue joint Kilo Kitchen brings in craft beer distributor The Drinkery to co-host this upcoming edition of its boozy outdoor cookout, which will see over 20 varieties of craft beers on sale. They’ll be offering a “buffet spread” of beer that gives people the option to choose any five brews for $50, but if you’ve got less money and shame to lose, then there’s also their “10 seconds to win it” challenge that gives you 10 seconds to grab as many beer cans as possible, for $30. Live music from Random Slices, plus DJs Blaze and Justo.

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

Migrant Hero Festival

With a spotlight on the migrant community, this event includes dialogues with migrant workers, a complimentary dinner, and performances of song, dance, and poetry.

6pm-9pm at Clarke Quay Central. Free entry.


[Editor’s note: This article was updated to correct inaccurate information about the Shawn Mendes fan meet. We apologize for the error.]

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