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SG Weekend: 31 awesome things to do in Singapore (Oct 13-15)

Friday the 13th is here, but so is this mish-mash of parties, exhibitions and films

By Adam Kerr | Oct 06, 2017

  • SG Weekend: 31 awesome things to do in Singapore (Oct 13-15)
    Zouk Singapore. Photo credit: Zouk Singapore

The superstitious will probably be sitting the start of the weekend out, especially since it’s Friday the 13th. But for the ones who don’t believe in such things, a whole smorgasbord of films, wine parties and exhibitions await.

Friday, Oct 13


"Story of the Forest". Photo credit: National Museum of Singapore

WORKSHOP
Learn more about the spirits you love with the peeps behind 28 HongKong Street every Friday this month at Proof Flat. For this week’s edition of at Salon Social, they’ll be sharing origin stories and production methods of vodka, some fun and engaging and engaging anecdotes of working with vodka and a cocktail recipe. Did we mention there's free-flow Prosecco throughout the workshop? Oct 13

CONCERT
British sportswear-slash-streetwear label Fred Perry Singapore will be bringing in Gary Powell, drummer of English rock outfit The Libertines, for an exclusive DJ set for the upcoming edition of the label's gig series, Subculture Live. Oct 13

DRINK/EAT
Fancy your Oktobinging 100 meters above sea level? Take the party to Mount Faber, where Spuds & Aprons is throwing panoramic views of Sentosa into the mix of free-flow Erdinger Weissbier and Tiger Beer, as well as German classics like the Pork Knuckle with Jus, roasted pork with mustard crust and more. Oct 13-14


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PERFORMANCE
Esplanade's 12th annual 
da:ns festival is just a couple of days away. But if you need something to tide you over, you should check out the world renowned German ballet company Stuttgart Ballet perform at this year's Esplanade's da:ns series. The celebrated company has been around since the 1600s, but it wasn't until the late South African born ballet dancer and choreographer John Cranko joined as artistic director that people started paying attention to them. For this series, the company will be performing Cranko's rendition of Shakespeare's famous tale of two star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet; showcasing elegant movements, emotion, humor and tragedy through Cranko's impeccable prowess in choreography. Oct 12-14   

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DRINK/EAT
New kid on the block Savourworld is joining in on the Oktoberfestivities with its very first edition of the festival. The beer of the ball is Maisel, one of Germany’s oldest breweries and the maker of a refreshingly dry, traditional wheat beer. They’re also bringing in a six-piece, live Bavarian Oompah Band in full lederhosen gear to perform. Oct 13-15

FESTIVAL
The National Museum of Singapore is celebrating its 130th birthday this weekend with interactive exhibitions that extends beyond October. Narrow down what to check out here. Oct 13-15

ART
Good things come in small packages—is what the folks behind iPreciation would like the growing art community in Singapore to know. Presenting the fourth edition of Portable Art Week, the local fine art company is once again spotlighting contemporary artworks from Singaporean and Asian artists. The catch? All the art on show is “small-sized” and collectible. Oct 13-21

EXHIBITION
The third edition of Objectifs’s Women in Photography group exhibition spotlights eight international and local women photographers and their works exploring domesticity and family. Follow Belgian photographer Bieke Depoorter around North America where she documents the homes of strangers who let her stay a night in I Am About to Call it a Day; or peruse uncomfortable portraits of Bangladeshi housewives and housemaids in Jannatul Mawa’s Close Distance. Oct 13-Nov 19

FILM
Co-presented with the Embassy of Finland, the Finnish Film Foundation and the Finland 100 team, the inaugural Finnish Film Festival will be held at The Projector, screening a variety of films that showcase their social and natural landscapes like Little Wing, a moving tale of a young girl who goes on to find her biological father after being raised by her erratic and immature mother. Through Oct 15

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. Through Oct 15

THEATER
In celebration of Sing'theatre's 10th anniversary, they're staging their own adaptation of Forever Young, a comical jukebox musical from the original European hit by Swiss writer Erik Gedeon, at the School of the Arts. Read our interview with director Hossan Leong here. Through Oct 21

DRINK/EAT
This year, Erdinger takes its annual Oktoberfest to the idyllic Summerhouse, for a full 17 days of food and fun. Wildseed Bar at The Summerhouse celebrates with a makeshift German biergarten (beer garden) and exclusive dinner menu of German treats (lots of meat and sausages); as well as live music and live stations of Bavarian weisswurst, pretzels, pork belly roasts, house-cured smoked salmon and sausages. Through Oct 22

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 14


Mox

OPEN HOUSE
We were excited when we heard about this brilliant hands-on communal space for creatives. This weekend, Mox will be hosting an open house from 10am-6pm where you can try out the specialty equipment like 3D printers and carpentry machineries, or take part in curated workshops and activities. Oct 14

DRINK
Indulge in a day of wine as the Winefamily Gathering returns at serene surroundings of Tree Lizard at Dempsey Hill. There's more than 100 wines from various regions around the world to try, along with cheese and other bites to go along and fun activities to take part in. Did we mention there's an after party too? Oct 14

PARTY
Whether you know them by the bleeps and bloops of their seminal track "Rej", there's a lot to be said about esteemed German tech house duo, Ame; especially after being in the scene for about 12 years now. But we'll let their live set at Zouk do the talking instead. Oct 14

SPORT
If you’re tired of concrete pavements and blackened tarmac, take to the (literally) unbeaten path of Salomon X-Trail Run’s ninth edition. Happening at Bukit Panjang, the run promises mud, dirt, gravel and some real, rough terrain to get your agility up and adrenaline pumping. Oct 14

HERITAGE
Take a walk down the colorful streets and back alleys of Little India and gaze at beautiful murals and street art while learning about the historical and cultural importance of the precinct at the Little India Heritage Trail, hosted by docents from the Indian Heritage Centre. Oct 14-15

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 15

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. Through Oct 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 15


The Great Meat Feast at The Carvery. Photo credit: The Carvery

SPORT
The City60 Bike-Run Challenge 2017 starts off with a scenic run along the Marina Bay waterfront, before a 12km cycling circuit on smooth, closed roads overlooking the city and skyline. Take it home wiht a closing run along the same first route, whether you choose the 6km, 15km, 30km or 60km run. Oct 15

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


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EXHIBITION
The cyborgs, superhumans and clones that have been residing in ArtScience Museum at the exhibition HUMAN+: The Future of Our Species in recent months, will be taking their leave; but not without a big celebration. Head down and try your hand at ordering a drink from an automated bartender, catch a series of films that touch on human emotions becoming entwined with artificial intelligence, or attend a riveting talk on about the evolution of technological inventions and innovations in our societies. The first 100 to purchase an All-Access exhibition ticket on Oct 14-15 will be entitled to a complimentary drink from the automated bartender at Fab Cafe. Terms and conditions apply. Oct 15

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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

CONVENTION
If you’ve always wanted to try the affordably priced products on Qoo10 (but feared they were too cheap to be true), now’s your chance to cast all apprehension aside. For the first time, the e-commerce retailer is taking the great deals offline for a Digital Fair at Plaza Singapura. Over 35 digital and IT stores will be participating. Through Nov 15

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