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SG Weekend: 26 fun things to do in Singapore (Oct 6-8)

A trippy GIF festival, a delicious food pop-up at Telok Ayer and more

By Adam Kerr | Oct 05, 2017

  • SG Weekend: 26 fun things to do in Singapore (Oct 6-8)
    Sunday Social Market. Photo credit: Camp Kilo Charcoal Club's Facebook page

We would’ve been watching the whimsical Postmodern Jukebox and indie rockers STRFKR this weekend if they didn’t cancel—the former was because of a scheduling conflict and the latter, because of their "positive views on marijuana". But that’s okay; nothing Spotify can’t do. Also, that just means we have more time to check out art festivals like the totally trippy Noise x GIF Fest over at Gillman Barracks or go to Park Bench Deli on Sunday to eat a juicy cheeseburger made by Yardbird’s head chef.

Friday, Oct 6


Artwork by Ella Tay (@designerinsingapore), for Noise x GIF Fest

PARTY
Bangladesh-born and New York City raised, indie-electronic artist Jai Wolf takes inspiration from hip-hop to classical music and even punk rock for his music. His track, "Ease My Mind", was picked up by multi-instrumentalist Skrillex, and the rest was history. He'll be commanding the decks at Phuture. Oct 6

EXHIBITION
For the first time ever, you can bring your beloved cats and dogs to take part in the world's first pet-dedicated art exhibition. Happening at the School of the Arts, the PAW-sitive: Interactive Art for Pets by Wellness exhibition aims to use interactive art to improve overall wellness of pets, specifically dogs and cats. Through Oct 8

FILM
Esplanade's annual da:ns Festival returns on Oct 20-29, but prior to indulging in some powerful performances from around the world, The Projector has once again partnered with Esplanade to screen three dance-related films for Cineda:ns. If you've always wanted to catch a dance film that isn't Step Up, Grease or Dirty Dancing, then this festival is for you. Through Oct 8

ACTIVITY
Escape rooms are fun and all but Warner TV is taking it up a notch with a couple that are themed after shows like The Big Bang Theory, Lethal Weapon, Gotham, DC's Legends of Tomorrow and Blindspot over at Causeway Point. Through Oct 8

FESTIVAL
Celebrate the Mid-Autumn festival amongst flora and fauna at Mid-Autumn @ Gardens by the Bay, set up with sprawling lantern displays amidst a lush garden setting. Stroll through extravagant lantern sets in both the indoor and outdoor exhibits, or simply enjoy the nightly cultural performances, a food street featuring Asian delights, and craft booths offering activities like lantern decorating and umbrella painting. Through Oct 8

FILM
Golden Village's annual LGBT-centric Love & Pride Film Festival returns for 12 days, screening films curated by the Singapore Film Society at their Suntec City and Great World City outlets. We're pretty excited about Being 17, an intense French drama film about a boy's mother in his son's bully under her care because his mother has fallen ill (obviously romance ensues after). Through Oct 8

ART
The collectively beloved graphic interchange format (GIF) takes center stage at this year’s Noise x GIF Fest, which spotlights the artistic medium and its role in digital art, entertainment and creative communication through over 50 original GIFs done by both professional and amateur artists in SIngapore. Through Oct 11

FESTIVAL
The island’s annual festival celebrating architecture is back—this year with the theme "Building Agency". Held across multiple venues, Archifest 2017 will see a lineup of more than 50 curated exhibitions, tours, talks and installations, to bring the public closer to appreciating our built environment. Through Oct 11

EXHIBITION
The Substation asks all the tough questions with Discipline The City, a three-act exhibition exploring the politics of space, control and access in Singapore, through a series of experiential installations from local and international artists. Be prepared to leave disillusioned and wondering: who really owns the city? Through Oct 22 (Act ii)

FESTIVAL
Now on their seventh edition, Universal Studios Singapore’s Halloween Horror Nights returns on select nights, all circling the central theme of the seven new incarnations of sins present in modern society—cruelty, deception, malice, manipulation, narcissism, perversion and obsession. Through Oct 29

FOOD
Shuck away at Ginett Restaurant & Wine Bar’s self-proclaimed Oysters Festival, which will roll out the finest oysters from the French ocean, including the Grand Cru de France, a vintage, special deep-cupped oyster that’s earned the title “Royal Oyster”.Other signature oyster varieties that will be available include oyster La Royale N1, La Royale N3, Wild oyster N3 and Fine Selection, with prices starting at $5. Through Oct 31

FOOD
Mexican king of the (Duxton) hill Lucha Loco is stepping up with their first Taco Libre event, featuring tacos made by six of Singapore's top chefs like Artichoke's Bjorn Shen, Cheek by Jowls' Rishi Naleendra and Dave Pynt of Burnt Ends over 12 weeks (rotates every fortnight). These chefs will be vying for top suds as the "Ultimate Taco Champion". Through Nov 4

Saturday, Oct 7


"Songs from the North", for the Painting with Light film festival

MARKET
The trusty Farmers Market at Loewen Gardens is back this first Saturday of Oct, with a good mix of organic vegetables, bread, wine, olive oil and fresh honey on sale. Look out also for specialty brands joining the market with their healthy, artisan products—like bean-to-bar craft chocolatier Fossa Chocolate and artisanal ice cream brand Licktionary Ice Cream. Oct 7

SPORT
Serious marathoners, listen up. A beast of a run, the 2XU SG Ultramarathon has more than earned its title—with a 50km marathon cut off at 10 hours, and a 100km run at 20 hours. There are also 10km and 21km race categories, but then again that’s not why you signed up, is it? Oct 7

WELLNESS/CHARITY
This year’s Pink Ribbon Walk marks 20 years of breast cancer awareness, so to celebrate, the Breast Cancer Foundation has organized an all-new Pink Ribbon Parade to enliven the festivities and celebrate solidarity. There’s the 3.5km walk and a new 5km run; or you could just soak in the positivity (and pinkness) at the Pink Ribbon Walk Carnival. Oct 7

EXHIBITION
The ION Art Photography Series returns for its fourth edition, this time featuring the best of portrait, architectural, lifestyle, documentary, sports and street photography by eight renowned Singapore-based photographers such as Marc Tan, Justin Ong and KC Eng; all shot using Leica cameras and lenses. Oct 7-15

WORKSHOP
All you aspiring button pushers, this one’s for you. Swee Lee Music is hosting a DJ masterclass at Kilo in conjunction with the launch of the two new instruments. Joining them is Mike Wolf from Hong Kong’s leading DJ & music production platform Sol Passion and local house DJ Oliver Osborne. Oct 7

FILM
The National Gallery Singapore is messing with minds and shaking things up with Painting with Light, a showcase of more than 30 award-winning feature-length and short films exploring the multi-sensory medium of art. Oct 7-29

EXHIBITION
On the 75th anniversary of the fall of Singapore, the National Museum of Singapore remembers 1942, with their first large-scale, blockbuster war exhibition featuring more than 130 artefacts from 10 overseas museums and institutions. It’s the biggest collection of war stories to date, but go because the exhibition explores events and portrayals of World War II beyond just your textbook syllabus. Through Mar 21 (2018)

EXHIBITION
Asia's largest mirror maze has landed in Singapore as a new permanent installation at Science Centre Singapore. The visually-appealing maze features 105 mirror cells, more than 17 interactive exhibits and experiments on light, a bunch of holograms and fake exits. Admission is free but you'll still have to pay admission charges to the center itself.

Sunday, Oct 8


Rosita's Deluxe at Park Bench Deli. Photo credit: Jeff Claudio's Instagram (@jeffeclaudio)

MARKET
Music, fashion and food come together at Camp Kilo Charcoal Club’s Sunday Social Market. Shop fashion accessories, crafts and interior decor, taste from artisanal bakers and indulge in Camp Kilo’s hearty roasts while DJs Mack (UK) and Muto Masashi (Japan) spin house music to get you in the spending mood. Oct 8

FOOD/DRINK
Park Bench Deli is bringing back Rosita's Deluxe for its fifth pop-up this Sunday, featuring the head chef of popular Hong Kong yakitori restaurant Yardbird who’ll be grilling a couple of his signature cheese burgers in their kitchen, as well as beverage director of Yardbird, Sunday's Grocery, Ronin and Sake Central (all in Hong Kong), Elliot Faber, who’ll be serving up a selection of sake and whisky highballs. Oct 8

SPORT
Last seen in 2014 as a lead-up to the great SG50, the SIA Charity Run is back, as part of the charity activities held in conjunction with their 70th anniversary celebrations. Take your pick from 5km or 10km; all proceeds will go to the Community Chest of Singapore. Oct 8

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

FOOD
Here’s one for the carnivores: everyone’s favorite meat buffet restaurant The Carvery beefs up their menu with the return of the Great Meat Feast, featuring a new-and-improved, international line-up of pork cuts and beef carvings. Through Oct 22

EXHIBITION
Monsoon Song is Singaporean artist Fyerool Darma’s second solo exhibition, two years after he debuted with a series of paintings exploring the Malay identity and dissociation. His latest draws from the aesthetics of urban subcultures, traditional ceremonies and the folk craft of Singapore, Malaysia and the region. Through Oct 29

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