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SG Weekend: 31 awesome things to do in Singapore (Aug 18-20)

The arts scene reigns supreme this weekend, with a showcase of night lights, Southeast Asian traditions and literature, as well as works by transgender Singaporeans

By Adam Kerr | Aug 16, 2017

  • SG Weekend: 31 awesome things to do in Singapore (Aug 18-20)
    Invasion at Singapore Night Festival 2016

Half of Singapore’s population will probably be making their way over to the arts district this weekend to check out the the annual Singapore Night Festival, which will be celebrating its tenth year. While you’ll probably be hustling your way through crowds to check out all the flashy displays on various heritage buildings, don’t forget that Beerfest Asia is still on over at the southern part of Marina Bay, as well as the screening of LGBT-centric films at the third annual IndigNation Queer Films Festival.

Friday, Aug 18


Beerfest Asia

DRINK
This year's Beerfest Asia is shaping up to be not just bigger, but better than last year's edition, featuring over 100 new beers that will be making their debut in Singapore, as well as all-time favorites and other specialty brews. Through Aug 20

DRINK/WELLNESS
Uh oh, beer yoga has finally arrived on our shores. Sign up for a class where you'll learn how to pair the pleasure of drinking beer while practicing the mindfulness of yoga. Bonus: great views of Singapore's skyline. Aug 18

FESTIVAL
The annual Singapore Night Festival is back for its tenth edition. This year, they're bringing back fan favorites from recent years to tie in with the theme "10 Magical Years", with acts like Bloco Singapura and Grapple MAX Dojo. And yes, there'll still be your usual dazzling projections on heritage buildings. Aug 18-26


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EXHIBITION
Cyborgs, superhumans and clones have taken over ArtScience Museum, and you're invited to take a peek into a future world where the lines between fiction and reality are blurred at the exhibition, HUMAN+: The Future of Our Species. Come with an open mind and interact with Nadine, the life-like humanoid and find out how robots are already living among us. Through Oct 15

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FILM
The third annual IndigNation Queer Films Festival kicks off this weekend, opening with the moving dramedy Front Cover, which centers around an ambitious, openly gay fashion stylist who has to work with a difficult movie star from China, who later comes out after a couple of social interactions between each other. Aug 18-20

CONVENTION
If you're into anything that's two-wheeled, don't miss out on the Singapore Bike Show 2017, Asia's first-ever show for motorcycles, scooters, bicycles, e-scooters and e-bikes. Aug 18-20

THEATER
Witness the melding of two distinct art forms as award-winning cartoonist Sonny Liew and theater veteran Edith Podesta collaborate to produce Becoming Graphic, where a two-dimensional graphic novel about ageing and mortality gets brought to life on stage as part of this year’s Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA)Through Aug 19

FILM
Following last year's successful first edition, the Middle East Film Festival is back with films that will delve deeper into the lives of people living in the troubled region. No screenings in the week, but you can look forward to catching the last three films on the weekend—I Still Hide To Smoke, Beauty And The Dogs, and the festival's closing film In The Last Days of the City. Through Aug 20

THEATER
Ah Boys to Men might be the current reference when it comes to depictions of National Service, but for anyone old enough to remember the '90s, nothing can compare to Army Daze. Thirty years on, playwright Michael Chiang is giving us a sequel. Through Aug 20

FILM
Singapore's annual open air cinema Films At The Fort returns to natural amphitheater Fort Canning Park with a total of 15 great films. This final weekend’s screenings include films like Moonlight, Grease and The Big Sick (tickets are sold out but we’re sure you know someone who can get you in; or you could check Carousell). Through Aug 20

FOOD
Japanese beef specialty restaurant Fat Cow is offering a special five-course set dinner designed to showcase some of Japan's seasonal specials this summer. Feast on tantalizing somen, salmon and scallops, and of course, the star of menu, the prized Hida wagyu. Through Aug 31

EXHIBITION
Lego has teamed up with the Piece of Peace executive committee (made up of Parco Co. Ltd., Lego Japan and Bau Communications) to showcase the various UNESCO world heritage listed sites built using Lego blocks as part of ASEAN’s 50th anniversary celebrations. Singapore is the first Southeast Asian country to host this once-in-a-lifetime UNESCO world heritage art exhibition. Through Sep 3

Saturday, Aug 19


FestivalForGood

FESTIVAL
Singapore's only social enterprise festival, FestivalForGood, is back for its second edition to bring together socially conscious products, interactive workshops and live performances, celebrating the innovation and giving spirit of these businesses. Aug 19

MARKET
Refresh and declutter your wardrobe and swap your pre-loved clothes and accessories for something else at Swapoholics without having to pay a single cent. Part-time yoga instructor Stephanie Bovis and Miss Singapore World 2017 participant LaanyaEzra Asogan will also be there to swap their goods. Aug 19

PARTY
The unapologetically Mexican bar and restaurant Piedra Negra will be turning Haji Lane into a party spot for their first Latin Fiesta street party. Be one of the first 100 there and get a free shot to get you ready to groove to the sounds of DJ Kartik Keyan. Aug 19


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FESTIVAL
Get your weekly dose of arts at Aliwal Arts Night Crawl this weekend. Now in its fifth edition, the festival shines the spotlight on the Southeast Asian tradition of wayang kulit and performances by a wide-ranging combination of both traditional and contemporary artists. Highlights include a wayang kulit performance featuring larger-than-life shadow puppets by Sri Warisan, which tells the story of Ramayana and other Malay legends, an energectic percussion performance by NADI Singapura, and an opera performance in a Turkish light shop. Aug 19

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SPORT
For the first time in Singapore, catch huge monster trucks display jaw-dropping gravity-defying feats at the National Stadium. Monster Jam will see 10 of the most internationally recognized trucks like the Grave Digger, 11-time world champion Max-D and El Toro Loco battle it out in an ultimate off-road competition. Aug 19

MARKET
Fresh produce, organic cheeses, jams and wine—these are a few of everyone’s favorite things; and also what’s on offer at the Farmers’ Market at Loewen Gardens. Taking place one Saturday a month, the market will feature stalls set up by talented home bakers, who come armed with treats and baked goods, in the event that your sweet tooth starts itching. Aug 19

FOOD
Resorts World Sentosa will be turning its Malaysian Food Street into the epicenter of Southeast Asia's diverse offerings of local grub for their inaugural Street Eats pop-up, featuring 11 stalls from countries in the region on top of the nine that are already at the enclave. Through Aug 20

PERFORMANCE
The signature big top circus tent of Cirque du Soleil will be erected once more in Singapore next month, this time, bringing their new production Kooza to our shores for the first time. This will mark the world famous Canadian troupe’s fifth foray here. Through Aug 20

OPEN HOUSE
Check out Changi's new Terminal 4 and all its swanky, cutting-edge technologies and art works before everyone else this month at their two-week open house. Through Aug 20

THEATER
After its original staging in 2002, followed by two more sold-out runs in 2003 and 2006, Singapore Repertory Theatre (SRT) and Esplanade are bringing back Forbidden City: Portrait of an Empress for a limited time this month. It tells the story of a legendary Empress Dowager of China, and her trials and tribulations she goes through only to become a victim of lies and rumors. Through Aug 20

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, Aug 20


Pusang Gala by Auggie Fontanilla, one of the art works at Kult's new "From the streets" series

WELLNESS
Urban yogi Johanna Lehmann will be leading a Hatha Yoga class for another edition of Pop Up Yoga; this time at beautiful and serene premises of the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Aug 20

ART
Take a look into the creative minds behind transgender Singaporeans at Transit 2: An Evening of Trans Art and Culture, where a selection of literature and art works by Marla Bendini, Cassandra Thng, Lune Loh and more will be showcased at Artistry. Aug 20

EXHIBITION
Kult Gallery's launching a new series to showcase the urban art scene from other countries. Titled "From the streets”, the first of its series will shine the spotlight on the Philippines, featuring the works of more than 20 artists. Through Aug 26

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. Through Sep 3

ART
Now that The O.P.E.N. is over, check out the 90 different talks, workshops, plays and other boundary-pushing performances at this year's Singapore International Festival of the Arts (SIFA). Through Sep 9

FOOD
After a great first run, local Szechuan cuisine pioneer Si Chuan Dou Hua is bringing back last year’s well-received vegetable-based menu. This time, expect dishes rarely seen in a Chinese restaurant, like the Portobello Mushroom with Truffle and Orzo Pasta served with Szechuan Chilli Sauce, served as part of a course menu ($78-$98) that is filled with meatless (not strictly vegetarian) creations. Through Sep 15

FOOD
The popular Singapore Restaurant Month is now a full-fledged festival, thanks to the Restaurant Association of Singapore bringing together more than 200 chefs who will be preparing a locally-inspired dish at their respective eateries for the very first Singapore Restaurant Festival. Through Sep 30

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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