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Things to do this weekend in Singapore (17-19 Aug)

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It’s back to the mundane work grind after our refreshingly long national day weekend. Can someone say hump day?

But don’t despair, we’re already halfway through this week! Why not start planning your perfect weekend to cheer yourself up? Here’re 10 events and places you can hit up to get that well-deserved break.

1. Baybeats Festival (17-19 Aug)

Photo Credits: Baybeats Singapore

There’s no debate about this. This festival is packed with acts from all genres. It never fails to feature the very best of our local music scene.

Photo Credits: Tung Pham/The Projector

Relieve some stress with Caracal’s crashing, rocky riffs or groove along to some synthpop at Disco Hue’s set. Maybe they’ll even perform their new single which dropped last week. It’s a banger.

Address: Esplanade stages differ according to sets

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Time: Timings differ according to sets

Ticket pricing: Free

2. Singapore Night Festival (17-25 Aug)

Photo Credits: Singapore Night Festival

Light up the not so starry night with Singapore Night Festival’s exhibits! You can even become one with this year’s art by playing around in interactive installations.

Photo Credits: Singapore Night Festival

Create your own stunning shower of sparks at Ember Rain by pedalling on a bicycle or take The Leap of Faith by crossing a staircase illuminated in tricky spots.

Address: Differs according to exhibits

Time: 7.30PM – 12AM

Ticket pricing: Free

3. Orchid Extravaganza Floral Display (Now-22 Aug)

Photo Credits: Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay’s Flower Dome is transformed to a blooming orchid wonderland with more than 14,000 orchids of over 120 varieties.

Get your cameras ready, because these gorgeous flowers are displayed against the backdrop of colourful Peranakan shophouses. It’s a visual delight.

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Address: Flower Dome, 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953

Time: 9AM – 9PM

Ticket pricing: Admission charge to Flower Dome applies

4. Emonightsg: The Second Anniversary (Aug 17)

Photo Credits: Emonight Singapore

Say goodbye to Zouk and hello to Esplanade! Emonight’s second anniversary party takes over a new location for you to suffocate in. Of course, we will always tahan the lack of oxygen for some pop punk goodness.

If you don’t get hyped up chanting along to all the songs from your child/teenagehood, you’re probably dead inside.

This is their first all ages event, so in their words: “IF YOU’RE ONE OF THOSE 17 YEAR OLDS THAT KEEP TRYING TO SNEAK INTO EMONIGHTSG: THE B-SIDES EVERY MONTH, HAVE NO FEAR NO NEED ALREADY!”

Address: Esplanade Annex Studio, 1 Esplanade Drive, Singapore 038981

Time: 10PM – 4AM

Ticket pricing: Free

5. Take part in a Harry Potter quiz night (Aug 17)

Photo Credits: Geektyrant

Think you’re an expert on all things Harry Potter? Team up with your fellow Hufflepuffs and Slytherins to battle it out in this magic-filled trivia night!

There’ll even be a themed cocktail – actual alcoholic butterbeer, anyone?

Address: Tree Lizard, Blk 25 B1-01 Dempsey Road, Singapore 249670

Time: 7PM – 9PM

Ticket pricing: $8 per person

6. Create your own travel journal  (Aug 18-19)

Photo Credits: The Social Space

If you’re wanderlost at how to even begin journalling, or you always gaze enviously at those beautiful travel sketches on Instagram, head down to The Social Space.

This workshop will equip you with all the skills you need to craft your perfect travel journal. Besides a talk and demo, you’ll even head on a guided walk around Chinatown for some live sketching practice!

Address: The Social Space, 333 Kreta Ayer Road, #01-14, Singapore 080333

Time: 9AM – 11AM

Ticket pricing: $65, inclusive of art materials, drink & cake

7. Make Italian biscotti with your partner (Aug 18)

Photo Credits: BakerzatWork Academy

Baking and cooking with your significant other is never a bore. Get your hands dirty and create delightfully crunchy double chocolate and almond biscotti!

Perfect to pair with morning coffee, or to load in a jar as a thoughtful homemade gift.

Address: BakerzatWork Academy, 100 Beach Road #02-19 Shaw Tower, Singapore 189702

Time: 10AM – 1PM

Ticket Pricing: $35 per person, $70 for two people

8. Watch a film directed by Banksy at The Projector (Aug 18)

Photo Credits: The Projector

Does that name sound familiar? This enigmatic man is the brains of Dismaland, the dystopian pop-up Disneyland back in 2015.

He put his brains behind another project in 2010. Titled Exit Through The Gift Shop, his documentary screened at our homegrown theatre gives insight into the extent artists go to in order to produce and present art.

Address: The Projector, 6001 Beach Road #05-00 Golden Mile Tower, Singapore 199589

Time: 8:30PM – 10:30PM

Pricing: Standard $13.50, Concession $11.50

9. Farmer and Healers Market (Aug 19)

Photo Credits: Open Farm Community

Enrich both your body and soul with workshops that teach you how to set up your own edible garden anywhere.

Photo Credits: Citizen Farm

Formulate your very own organic beauty blends, or even create delicious alcohol mixes with herbs and botanicals like blue pea flower and speciality mint. Psst: It’s a pet-friendly event. Bring those paws out.

Address: Open Farm Community, 130E Minden Rd, Singapore 248819

Time: 10AM – 6PM

Pricing: $50 for general admission

10. Singapore Peranakan Buffet (Now-Aug 31)

Photo Credits: Conrad Centennial

Indulge in tender, braised ginger garlic pork belly (tau you bak), crunch into those cute little Nyonya chicken kueh pie tees and sink your teeth into a juicy Buah Keluak beef burger.

Chef Alex of Conrad Singapore collaborated with renowned and award-winning Singaporean Chef Shermay Lee to create these yummy dishes at Oscar’s buffet line.

Full time NSmen get 30% off lunch and dinner every day except Sundays! Just flash your SAF card.

Address: Conrad Centennial Singapore, Two Temasek Boulevard, Singapore 038982

Time: Lunch – 12PM – 2:30PM, Dinner – 6PM – 10PM, Sunday brunch – 12:30PM – 3.30PM

Pricing: Mon – Sun (Lunch): Adult: S$59++, Child: S$29.50++

Sun – Thurs (Dinner): Adult: S$78++, Child: S$39++

Fri – Sat (Dinner): Adult: S$88++, Child: S$44++

Sun Brunch: Adult: S$98++, Child: S$49++

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Neon Lights festival returns for a three-day celebration of the best indie acts

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Singapore’s biggest indie music festival, Neon Lights, is back for a third instalment this November with a stacked line-up spanning three days. The festival returns to Fort Canning Park from November 9 to November 11, complete with headline acts and indie legends from all around the world.

Photo: Neon Lights

After successful runs in 2015 and 2016, local indie fans were left disappointed when Neon Lights took a break last year. The organisers made a promise the festival would return in full strength in 2018 and that it did. Festival director Declan Forde said they were thrilled to be returning and had put a lot of thought into the line-up to ensure both quality and diversity so everyone could enjoy the festival to the fullest.

Photo: Neon Lights

Kicking things off on November 9 is Malaysian singer-songwriter Yuna who will be serenading the crowd in her first public performance in over a year. 

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Photo: Neon Lights

Fans of Interpol are also in luck because the band from New York will be making their Asian debut with a full set on November 10. 

Photo: Neon Lights

Other acts include the likes of Caribou, Riot !n Magenta and Cigarettes After Sex amongst others. For the full line-up, as well as schedules, head on down to the website.

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Neon Lights runs November 9 to November 11, 6pm to 1030pm on November 9 and 2pm to 1030pm on November 10 and 11. Individual day tickets start from $99 for adults and $25 for children and can be purchased via the website or SISTIC. 

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Things to do this weekend in Singapore (21 Sept – 23 Sept)

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This week’s an exciting one. We’ve got a 2000-2018 dance party, art exhibitions (some all the way till 3am) and something for all you tea-lovers out there. With these many options on your plate, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

1. Art After Dark x 6th Anniversary Celebrations (21 Sept)

Photo Credits: Gillman Barracks

Celebrate Gillman Barracks’ 6th anniversary with another run of their Art After Dark! It’s the perfect way to kick off your weekend – there’ll be live performances, interactive art experiences and delicious food served all the way till 3am.

Photo Credits: Park Bench Deli

When you’re done exploring the two new gallery openings presented by Ota Fine Arts and Yavuz Gallery, or traversed through our very own Nguan’s photography, you can rock out to the tunes of Pleasantry and The Pinholes. Definitely grab that late night bite from the likes of Park Bench Deli and Handlebar.

Address: Gillman Barracks, 9 Lock Road, Singapore 108937

Time: 7pm onwards

Ticket pricing: Free

2. Singapore Tea Festival 2018 (21 Sept – 23 Sept)

Photo Credits: Singapore Tea Festival

Quench your thirst with this year’s comeback of Singapore Tea Festival. With more than a hundred blends of tea, 30 tea and tea-related brands, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

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There’ll even be dialogues and workshops where you’ll about learn skills such as modern kombucha making from industry leaders. To redeem a complimentary Yixing Purple Clay glazed porcelain cup, all you’ve got to do is register at teapasar’s booth!

Address: ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801

Time: Fri: 3PM-10PM, Sat & Sun: 10AM-10PM

Ticket pricing: Free

3. V A N I T A S Group Art Exhibition (21 Sept – 23 Sept)

Photo Credits: Sarah Thursday Illustrations

This brings a group of talented women into the spotlight. Featuring six independent female artists, VANITAS is a group show which explores themes like mortality, the transience of life and the futility of pleasure.

Be wowed by the dark art styles of @sarahthursday, @erikartoon, @mothhead_, @peithedragon, @yelselogy and @sanatoriium. Remember to bring some spare cash to purchase some of their merch!

Address: kult, Block C2-5, Emily Hill, 11 Upper Wilkie Road, Singapore 228120

Time: Fri: Opening Night @ 5pm, Sat & Sun: 12PM-8PM

Ticket pricing: Free

4. Xiao Kopitiam #2 (22 Sept)

Photo Credits: 21Moonstone

Pop by this reimagined kopitiam for maybe the chillest weekend you’ve had in a while.

Photo Credits: 21Moonstone

Dig into LAD & DAD’s comfort British fare – think bangers & mash and beef stew (we can attest to the amazingness of this dish), get a intricate henna design from the famous @henn.drawn or just grab a personalised haiku at the typewriter.

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Address: 21 Moonstone Lane, Poh Leng Building #09-01, Singapore 328426

Time: Lunch: 3PM-10PM

Ticket pricing: Free

5. The Passion Pop-Up (22 Sept)

Photo Credits: Haikini

Support your local businesses and female entrepreneurship at this pop-up. Try out delicious treats from That Vegan Cake, juicy burgers from Hustle Co and more.

 

The Passion Panel, filled with names like Isabel Lee of An Acai Affair and Beckie Liu of Haikini,

Photo Credits: Hustle Co

will delve into how they sparked off their passion for entrepreneurship, developing it into an actual business. It’s not all work, though. Play beer pong or sign up for a HIIT session with Charity Chan, a personal trainer!

Address: 52 Craig Road, Singapore 089690

Time: 11AM – 4PM

Ticket pricing: Free

6. High School Never Ends (22 Sept)

Photo Credits: HopHeads

Blast it back to your childhood or travel all the way to the present at HopHeads’ latest escapade, featuring 2000s-2018 electronic dance pop and the hottest radio hits.

Their parties are so popular that all their online tickets have been sold out. Your best bet is to head straight to the door for a ticket, then straight into the most nostalgic night of your life.

Address: 178 Clemenceau Ave, Haw Par Glass Tower B1-00, Singapore 239926

Time: 10PM – 4AM

Ticket pricing: Door tickets $20, inclusive of one drink

 

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Tokidoki x River Safari: A Whale of a Time Awaits

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What do you call something that provides comfort, is pleasant to have and is part of a larger establishment? A manatee (amenity)!

Jokes aside, manatees are the co-stars of the event at River Safari this September, as tokidoki’s Mermicorno characters are making a splash at Asia’s first and only river-themed wildlife park.

Designed by Simone Legno, the characters of the internationally recognised lifestyle brand are featured within the park as 10 life-sized sculptures, including the three newest members Submarino, Jade and Fortuna.

Hop on the Mermicorno x River Safari Trail and win exclusive, limited-edition tokidoki x River Safari enamel pins. All you have to do is answer two questions that are rotated each week. (they’re really easy, but I shan’t reveal them so as to not take away your fun.) Unfortunately, three of the five weeks have passed — but you still have the chance to bring Cerulean (week 4) and Jade (week 5) home. They run out of stock very quickly, so be sure to get there early!

Mermicorno x River Safari Trail

Venue: Around the park

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Timings: 10:00am – 5:00pm

(Weekends only)

 

Joining Mermicorno and Manatee are mermaids, whose graceful performances and bubbly interactions in the aquarium are not to be missed. Watch as they swim elegantly among the manatees, nature’s very own mermaids of myth.

Mesmerising Mermaids

Venue: Amazon Flooded Forest
Timings: 12:45pm, 1:45pm, 2:45pm (20 minutes)

(Weekends only)

Make sure you and your loved ones catch a photo op with Canola, our lovable mascot. Fun fact: Canola, the actual manatee and animal icon of River Safari, just turned four in August!

Meet our Manatee Mascot

Venue: River Safari Entrance
Timings: 10:00am & 4:30am

 

Other activities include Colour Us Cute at the Mermicorno meets Manatee colouring wall, River Trail Encounters, where the park guides will share stories about the manatees along with their quirks and habits, and Amazing Encounters Await, granting you the opportunity to get up close in behind-the-scenes tours, Manatee Mania and Amazing Amazonia.

Colour Us Cute

Venue: River Safari Entrance:
Timings: 10:00am – 5pm(Weekends only)

River Trail Encounters

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Venue: Amazon Flooded Forest
Timings: 12:15pm & 5:30pm (20 minutes)

Amazing Encounters Await*

Venue: River Safari Visitor Services Counter
Timings: Manatee Mania – 9:30am, Amazing Amazonia – 1:30pm (1 hour)
*Additional tour fees apply, and pre-registration is required.

At the end of your enjoyable day out, don’t forget to grab tokidoki collectibles such as plushies, key chains and blindboxes from the River Safari retail store to complete your Mermicorno experience!

There’s also an Instagram contest giveaway — all you have to do is share your most creative posts tagged #tokidoki and #RiverSafari on your public Instagram account for a chance to win a Manatee Mania tour and River Safari admission tickets for 2 adults worth $300.

Water you waiting for? Dive right in!

Activities runs until September 30, 2018, on weekends only, unless otherwise stated. For more information, please visit http://www.riversafari.com.sg/tokidoki.

River Safari

Address: 80 Mandai Lake Road, Singapore 729726
Opening hours: 10:00am – 7:00pm (last entry at 6:30pm) daily
Ticket prices: Adult – $32, Child – $21

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