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32 unmissable things to do in Singapore this June

This month calls for a trip to Geylang, live gigs, and a couple of food-centric and film events

By Adam Kerr | May 26, 2017

  • 32 unmissable things to do in Singapore this June
    Ultra Singapore. Photo credit: Colossal Photos

Islam's holy month of Ramadan has begun, which means a trip to Geylang Serai Bazaar is a must-do at least once, especially when there's going to be over 1,000 stalls selling all sorts of things, from traditional goodies to decorative items and costumes, and even the yearly selection of unique-looking and -tasting snacks. But apart from that, June brings with it a long weekend on the last week (so go get them travel plans in check), as well as a plethora of music events (like the highly anticipated Ultra Music Festival), Negroni Week, live gigs, foodie things and exciting parties. Also, make sure you leave room in your schedule to check out Yayoi Kusama’s exhibition at the National Gallery.


Honne, live at Esplanade Annexe Studio on Jun 2-3

CONVENTION
The annual PC Show returns this month at the Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre, showcasing crowd favorite brands like Dell, Creative, Samsung and more. Jun 1-4

SPORT
The organizers for this year's DBS Marina Regatta are pulling all the stops this year, making history in Asia with the first public intel drone light show. Other firsts include the region's largest pop-up urban  beach, Singapore's largest inflatable water obstacle and largest pop-up interactive art experience. Jun 1-4

FILM
The returning Mexican Film Festival at The Projector takes a darker turn this year. Among the five films are two black-and-white features, one of which is 2015 film Bleak Street, a dark comedy about two elderly sex workers who had to rob the twin dwarf lucha libre wrestlers to make ends meet, directed by Arturo Ripstein. Jun 1-4


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Big-time electro music festival from Miami, Ultra, is back with the second full-fledged Singapore edition. Returning to the open field beside Marina Bay Sands, the festival has outdone itself this year with a dizzying list of huge international acts like KSHMR, Pendulum, Steve Angello and Hardwell making the bill. While the EDM-centric Phase 1 was received with much fanfare, the second phase drums up even more hype with 17-year-old Indonesian rapper Rich Chigga, who’ll be making his debut at the festival’s Live Stage, alongside local acts like singer-songwriters Jasmine Sokko and Sam Rui. Jun 10-11


PARTY
Enjoy the unparalleled views of Singapore's sunset at Ce La Vi Club Lounge and let Singapore-based French DJ Max Verrier take you into the night with his repertoire of deep house music. Jun 2

FOOD
Part of The Lo & Behold Group's first-ever month-long festival, two of Singapore's most notorious chefs Ming Tan (F&B director of Grain) and Artichoke's chef-founder Bjorn Shen, will be pitted against each other for the ultimate pizza show down at Extra Virgin Pizza. The best part? You'll get to eat their masterpieces for the first two hours of the competition and vote for your favorite. Jun 2

CONCERT
English music duo Honne has captured the hearts of many around the world with their brand of dance-y yet heartfelt, personal songs. James Hatcher and Andy Clutterbuck will bring their A-game for their Singapore debut at Esplanade Annexe Studio. Tickets have sold out, but you can try checking Carousell or their Facebook event page. Jun 2-3

FOOD
The all-white, super chi-chi pot luck dinner, Le Diner en Blanc, returns for its fifth edition in Singapore. It'll be held at a secret location that will only be revealed at the last minute (last year, it was held at Old Kallang Airport). Jun 3

WELLNESS
Make sure you free up some time to exercise, and if you're looking to pick up something new, try a basic yoga class at Oasis Yoga, where you'll learn and practise the basics of yoga asana. Jun 3-4

FOOD
Enjoy the best Polish dishes made by six Polish chefs at various restaurants, along with an array of movie screenings, parties and a concert at Singapore Botanic Gardens at the first-ever Polish Food Festival. Through Jun 3


Photo credit: Camp Kilo Charcoal Club

PARTY
Camp Kilo Charcoal Club is back with their infamous day-to-night BBQ block party. As usual, they'll be preparing a variety of BBQ delights and while you wait, dance to the tunes of DJs Oliver Osborne, Jeck Hyde and more. But to make sure you're never idle at the party, they've collaborated with The Local People who'll bring in vendors like Yolky Chips, Visual Mass and Death By Bricks. Jun 4

FOOD
Head up Emily Hill to for a special edition of Kult Kafe’s Sunday on the Hill, as Hard Rock Cafe brings their well-known World Burger Tour to share 200 different mini burgers, including the delicious-sounding Athens Greek Burger topped with eggplant salad and haydari yogurt sauce, crisp lettuce and vine-ripened tomato on premium grade beef patty. Jun 4

EXHIBITION
The photography series "Hong Kong Shop Cats" by Dutch visual artist and photographer Marcel Heijnen has garnered quite a following since 2016. This year, the exhibition will be held outside of Hong Kong for the first time, right here at Artistry. Through Jun 4

ART
The first-ever Faber-Castell Art Festival will see a range of craft workshops take place. But the main draw (pun intended) here is the 5-meter long color marker mosaic depicting the Singapore skyline and which uses 25,000 connector pens to make. The massive artwork is set to go down in history as the biggest mosaic done using color markers in Singapore. Try spoting your favorite Singapore landmarks at this massive installation. Through Jun 4


Negroni Week: Her Royal Highness by Loga Raj (Fat Prince)

DRINK
One of the most anticipated events in Singapore's cocktail calendar, Negroni Week, is back with about 50 bars and restaurants participating this year, including Manhattan, Fat Prince, Bitters & Love and more. Jun 5-11

PARTY
Unleash your inner teenage angst and bust out them eyeliners and skinny jeans for the Linkin Park edition of Emo Night. Expect a lot of screaming, a bit of moshing and one-for-one deals on beers and housepours all night long. Jun 8

FILM
The first-ever Doctor Without Borders Film Festival arrives in Singapore, bringing you three documentaries that promise some heart wrenching stories. In a bid to highlight the challenges and realities faced by frontline humanitarian workers, these three films—Affliction, Access to the Danger Zone and Living in Emergency—each show their line of work in different situations. Jun 9-11


©Yayoi Kusama, courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Victoria Miro, David Zwirner 

EXHIBITION
Enter the whimsical world of Yayoi Kusama at National Gallery Singapore, the first big-scale survey of her work in Southeast Asia. Yayoi Kusama: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow curated by the Gallery's Russell Storer and Adele Tan, will showcase more than 120 paintings, sculptures, videos and installations spanning over seven decades--some of which have never been shown before. Jun 9-Sep 3

CONCERT
Young English singer-songwriter and former The Wanted member Nathan Sykes' vocals will leave you swooning when he makes his solo debut at this year's edition of myVillage's "A Rooftop Affair". Spend $100 at the mall to redeem a ticket, or $180 for two. Jun 17

FESTIVAL
Claymore Connect will host the inaugural Peranakan Festival, where performances, arts workshops and exhibitions have been lined up over four weekends to promote the Straits Chinese community's heritage. Through Jun 17

CONCERT
Local sultry singer-songwriter Ffion has been on a roll this year, having performed at library@esplanade and at Poptart's second edition of LoveLive. She also released her new, super sensual single, "Rumours", ahead of the launch of her debut EP, "Bad Habits". Supporting her at The Substation for the launch is fellow alt R&B singer-songwriter (and her close friend) Of Methodist, who recently dropped the army-themed track, "Sar 21", in late May. Jun 23

PARTY
Put your best foot (and hand) forward and take part in possibly the longest running party in Singapore's nightlife history, as Zouk’s Mambo Jambo revels in classic anthems of yesteryears. Jun 25


Geylang Serai Bazaar

MARKET
Make sure you make a date to head down to this year's Geylang Serai Bazaar, whether it's to look for traditional goodies and costumes, or to find the next big trending food item among the 1,000 stalls at the Bazaar. Through Jun 24

EXHIBITION
Calling all Harry Potter fans—if you’re in withdrawal after reading Cursed Child and Fantastic Beasts, time to ooh and aah over some Harry Potter stamps, prop replicas, toys and other memorabilia from private collectors all around the world at the Singapore Philatelic Museum. Through Jun 25

EXHIBITION
Slither over to the Singapore Zoo if you like your reptiles as they will be launching their new exhibit, Reptopia, over several weekends. Expect charm-eleon greet and meet sessions, workshops, and if you're really into scaly fiends, go for their Camp Fest over the weekend of May 27-28 where you can snooze with nightlife of the wild kind. Through Jun 26

EXHIBITION
Eitaro Ogawa and Tamae Iwasaki, the husband and wife duo and their partner, Tomohisa Miyauchi, behind the 700-page soft cover photobook, HDB Homes Of Singapore have turned their project into a photo exhibition at SPRMRKT on 2 McCallum Street. HDB Homes Of Singapore: The Photo Exhibition will showcase selected images from their collection of photos. Through Jun 27

SPORT
The retirement of long-time crowd-favorite The Undertaker (aka Mark Calaway) last April and the death of "Ninth Wonder of the World" Chyna last year may have broken the hearts of many fans, but the show must go on. Instead of weeping, take heart that WWE Live will be coming to Singapore for one night only at Singapore Indoor Stadium. Jun 28

FOOD
The second coming of Michelin Guide Singapore will be revealed this month at the iconic Fullerton Hotel. While the first edition was received with much pomp and circumstance, the results did cause a bit of a stir within the local food scene. Will there be a better representation of our talented born-and-bred-in-Singapore chefs, or will they be snubbed once again? The ticketed event is open to public. Jun 29

CONCERT
Eighteen years after her debut album ...Baby One More Time dropped, fans of Britney Spears in Singapore will finally get to see their princess put on a full-length concert. There are still many tickets available for the pop queen's one-night-only gig at Singapore Indoor Stadium, priced from $188-$568. Jun 30

FOOD
Goodwood Park Hotel's annual durian festival returns, unfrazzled by the suspension and food poisoning cases last year, with all-time favorites like durian puffs and crepes and and new creations like designer cakes shaped after the fruit itself. Through Jul 31

FOOD
Because crab parties are the best kind of parties, Ah Hoi's Kitchen at Hotel Jen Tanglin is throwing a Festival of Crabs where you can feast on not one, not two, but 10 different styles of meaty Sri Lankan crabs. There’s no way to eat all of them (in one go at least), so be smart and get your claws on the Salted Egg and Crispy Yam Crab, Glass Noodles and Chinese Wine Crab or Claypot Crab Beehoon. Through Jul 31

EXHIBITION
Robots have invaded the ArtScience Museum and everyone’s invited to take a peek at what the future of cybernetics, artificial intelligence and genetic modification might look like at the HUMAN+: The Future of Our Species exhibition. Come with an open mind as you interact with life-like humanoids and find out how robots are already living among us. Through Oct 15

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