Put your pride face on for a month of exciting happenings including Singapore Coffee Festival, Street Eats, Singapore Night Festival, Army Daze 2, Civic District Outdoor Festival, Beerfest Asia, Foo Fighters and more!
First thing’s first: Happy 52nd, Singapore! Art and food festivals celebrating all things Singapore are in full-swing this month of August, but don’t be swayed by these mega events; there are plenty of live music concerts, theatrical plays, running marathons and themed parties to check out! Highlights include a spectacular display of fireworks on National Day, the return of the Epicurean Market, an Army Daze sequel, and a Foo Fighters concert – yup, you read that right. Planning to keep yourself busy? Here are 30 ways to make the most of your August this year.
Party to spectacular NDP fireworks
It’s that time of the year again where we wish Happy Birthday to this small yet stoic isle nation. You might’ve already bagged tickets for the annual National Day Parade, or you’re probably rubbing your bellies after having a feast at one our recommended National Day dining promotions… or maybe, you haven’t figured out how you’re gonna show your local pride just yet. Here are 10 ways you can celebrate National Day and tap into your true blue (or red and white, if we’re being specific) Singaporean.
Perk up with all kinds of coffee blends
From 4 to 6 August, sip your way through cuppas at the Singapore Coffee Festival, and check out the festival’s other attractions like barista competitions, workshops, and demonstrations. And because live music is absolutely essential for any festival, visitors can expect a selection of live local music acts as well as live art performances.
Step into the homes of strangers
The Singapore International Festival of the Arts (SIFA) 2017 is all about opening doors, literally. Part of SIFA’s programme this year is Open Homes, where over 30 families and individuals open their doors to the public. Visitors will now get the opportunity to explore the lives of others living in Singapore, through the stories they tell in their homes from 5 to 20 August.
Grab your popcorn for an outdoor movie screening
Coming soon to a park near you (specifically, 3 to 20 August) is the return of Singapore’s premier, open-air cinema event, Films At The Fort. From Oscar-nominated dramas like “Moonlight” and action-comedies like “Baywatch”, to feel-good classics like “Life Is Beautiful” and old-school musicals like “Grease”; this marathon of films appeals to film-lovers of all ages. And if you missed “Get Out” in the cinemas, watch it here to get rid of your #FOMO.
Show your love for the arts
Aside from the signature attraction of Night Lights where dazzling, kinetic visuals are projected onto the façade of the National Museum of Singapore, you’ll also find roving artists and pop-up installations, turning this district into a playground Lewis Carroll would approve of. This year, the Singapore Night Festival will be bringing back 10 local acts that made their marks in past editions; a homecoming that’s set to amaze, inspire, and even shock spectators.
Go on a gastronomical adventure
The Epicurean Market returns to Marina Bay Sands from 11 to 13 August with more gourmet fine dining food from award-winning and Michelin-starred chefs. This culinary fest turns it up a notch with a line-up of contemporary dishes and cocktails inspired by local flavours, Shop for gourmet food and take masterclasses hosted by top culinary talents while you’re at it.
Roll out to this high-octane event
Have a morbid fascination with destruction, especially between giga-sized monster trucks? Enter Monster Jam, a spectacle that sees 3.5 metre-tall monster trucks race against each other, crush cars and soar up to 12 metres in the air! Featuring 10 of their most recognisable trucks in the world – including Grave Digger®; 11-time world champion Max-DTM, and Monster Mutt® Dalmatian – you’ll be on the edge of your seat as you behold these star-powered beasts on 19 August!
Report for duty on stage
One of Singapore’s most iconic plays is coming back with a long-awaited sequel, 30 years after Army Daze debuted on stage. Army Daze 2 will see old characters return, now as proper, working adults while a new generation of recruits take their places serving the nation. The play is set to take the stage on 4 to 20 August, and will feature Hossan Leong, Shane Mardjuki, Chua Enlai, Ebi Shankara, and more.
Get a dose of the Oh Wonder’s Ultralife
Ever wondered how two people can influence thousands? Simply direct your attention to this intimate duo from London. Boasting stirring duets, feel-good production and an on-stage chemistry that makes the duo delightful to watch, Josephine Vander Gucht and Anthony West will tug at your heartstrings with their indie-pop earworms.
Dance into the synth-pop world of LANY
Good on you if you managed to snag tickets to this 10 August gig before it’s sold out. Soaked in synths and bobbing atop clean beats, the sound of LANY salutes and milks what’s hot in the modern pop world, and takes it to a higher level with infectious singles like “Good Girls” and “Super Far”. Topped off with the silky-smooth vocals of Paul Klein, this trio is rising swiftly to the top.
Don’t close your eyes to this British indie band
Back with his commanding vocals (and gravity-defying hair), Dan Smith returns to Singapore on 14 August after two years, along with his Bastille mates. Dominating the indie-pop airwaves with anthems like “Pompeii” and “Things We Lost In The Fire”, this UK group continues to be on the rise with sing-a-long hooks and larger-than-life showmanship.
D.A.N.C.E to this electronic duo
Daft Punk aren’t the only ambassadors of French electronic music; fans of the electro and French house movement of the noughties can attest to that. Making everyone do the D.A.N.C.E. for over a decade is the revered Justice, a duo that recently made a comeback while sounding as magnificent as ever. Brace yourself for big synths on 15 August.
Fall in love with noir dream-pop tracks
Close your eyes, and be whisked away by the intimate lullabies of Cigarettes After Sex. Expect the opposite of a large-scale concert here; this band is known for their tender, downtempo, dream-pop numbers cradled with reverb-soaked guitars and Greg Gonzalez’s hushed, guy-next-door vocals.
Bop along to Joe Jonas’ new band
You might as well wear a dunce hat and sit in a corner if you miss this gig – especially if you’re a fan of Joe Jonas. The charmer from the Jonas Brothers has carved a niche of his own with his bandmates from the disco-pop outfit, DNCE. With hits like “Cake By The Ocean” and “Toothbrush”, this cutting-edge crew is reshaping the boundaries of pop music.
Headbang to pop-punk
Helping fans get out of their lowest points for over a decade are these veterans from Baltimore. One of the pop-punk scene’s most popular ambassadors, All Time Low makes another comeback to Singapore with a seventh album, Last Young Renegade, in tow. With supercharged rock arrangements and earnest lyrics that hit close to home, this band will take you along on an all-time high.
Learn to fly with Foo Fighters
Wipe away your tears from the disappointment that was 2012, when the Foo Fighters’ much-anticipated show at the Padang was cancelled. These rock legends have confirmed their Southeast Asian tour dates – and will be playing in Singapore on 26 August at the National Stadium, making good on their promise to return since their last show more than 20 years ago.
Sing along to throwback hits
If you grew up in the ’90s, chances are, you would’ve had a one-man mosh in your bedroom to these punk-rockers. The Canadian rascals behind hits like “In Too Deep”, “Fat Lip”, “The Hell Song” and “Pieces”, Sum 41 makes their return to our sunny shores on 24 August with a beefed-up ensemble and cantankerous numbers laden with shredded riffs and energetic harmonies.
Let the SSO serenade you
Sit back and enjoy some of the best classical pieces from Haydn and Mozart composed for both royalty and aristocracy from 11 to 12 August. Be treated to Haydn’s Emperor Quartet, Austria’s national anthem from 1797 to 1918, and Mozart’s Prussian Quartets, which were written for the Prussian King. This concert also features an intimate and cosy setting with a handful of select musicians taking the stage so you’ll be able to listen to the crystal-clear sounds of each instrument.
Douse yourself in pints of beer
For the first time, Beerfest Asia will be held at Marina Bay Cruise Centre, an air-conditioned 8,000-square feet space that will make sure you don’t turn into a sweaty mess. Filling up this gargantuan hall will be over 500 selections of beers and ciders, including homegrown brews from Archipelago Brewery, The 1925 Brewing Co., Brewlander & Co and more. You can also learn how to make your own DIY brew with Beerfest Asia’s daily beer workshops!
Break away from your usual routine at Sentosa
Heads up, thrill-seekers, bike enthusiasts and athletes alike: you’ll be impressed by these off-road motorcycles competing on rough terrains around a customised circuit (designed by the great MX trainer, Pablo Toribio) from 26 to 27 August at the Singapore MX Beach Race 2017. Look forward to heart-stopping sharp turns, jaw-dropping jumps over steep dirt hills and more. And if being in the audience isn’t enough of a rush for you, sign up for this extreme sport and race against other motocross athletes.
Run the distance in your Mizunos
The first of its kind in Singapore, Mizuno Ekiden sees teams of four runners competing in a relay race over distances of 42.195km and 21.1km for the Open Category, and 21.1km for the Corporate Category before finishing at a Japanese themed race village. Here’s how ekiden works: the first runner will kick off the race wearing a sash and pass it on to the second runner at a transitional point. This continues until the last runner has completed the race.
Put on those dancing shoes for a secret disco dinner
From 25 August, join Disco David for a series of outlandish, avant-garde rooms where you’ll meet eccentric characters such as Shaolin Lifeguard, the Swan Ballerinas, as well as arch-enemy, B-boy Goliath, and more. Get handsy with the interactive details found in each room, bust a move at the disco auditions, and be part of the Disco Crew. Then, boogie your way to a four-course meal and one complimentary cocktail. Best to expect the unexpected!
Enjoy works of theatre by young producers
From 1 to 4 August, strap onto your seats at the M1 Peer Pleasure Youth Theatre for a rollercoaster of young talent. Giving youths a platform at professional theatre, Triple Bill consists of three plays by youngsters. Watch Nonsense, a play performed by Down Syndrome Association of Singapore, focusing on the lives of refugees and The Box, about teenagers and the superficial world.
Fill your tummies with hawker favourites
You don’t have to hop around the region to try street food from every country – this nine-day festival at Resorts World Sentosa kicks off with Malaysian Food Street featuring food from more than 20 hawkers hailing from Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, and of course, Singapore. Hawker highlights at the festival include kuih from Nona Manis, Vietnamese favourites from Nha Hang Viet and Baan Phad Thai as well as Foon Ta Lop (famed for its som tam) from Chatuchak – hailed as the world’s best street food according to NBCNEWS Destination Travel.
Get flexin’ and make those fitspo dreams come true
On a road to a healthier lifestyle? Get wellness advice from experts, attend health talks and get active in yoga and fitness sessions at Revoilution 2017 on 3 August. Learn more about the power of essential oils and other ways to benefit your life before stopping by their Ningxia Bar for a shot of pure wolfberry.
Ignite your imagination at this exhibition
Eye-catching artworks by Japanese graphic artist, Takora Kimiyoshi Futori, will be displayed for your viewing pleasure at Scotts Square from 28 July to 10 September. The graphics-inspired artist will be presenting seven patterns, which are a kaleidoscope of bold colours and shapes, via textiles that are manually silkscreened by hand. This will also mark Takora’s first solo exhibition in Southeast Asia.
Watch this guitar hero bust legendary solos
Witness the multi-instrumentalist and vocalist as he performs in Singapore for the very first time to promote his 22nd solo album, Salting Earth. A record that was composed entirely by Richie Kotzen himself, it’s yet another spectacular collection of originals you have to catch live at the Esplanade Annexe Studio on 21 August.
Rub shoulders with yearly visitors
Every August, the (burning) smell of the Hungry Ghost Festival fills the city air. For all the best bits, head down to Chinatown where restaurants will be offering special promos and meal sets to mark this yearly occasion. There will also be outdoor dinners, auctions, Chinese operas and live performances (or ‘getai’) featuring traditional Chinese tales in heartland estates for all to enjoy – including a certain group of ‘special guests’.
Gather the squad for a weekend of arts
Witness the transformation of the Civic District as it turns into an outdoor festival not to be missed! Enjoy a weekend (or two), starting from 4 August, with spectacular displays of more than 50 art installations, art markets, street food stalls, multimedia, as well as stage and music performances. Plus, the Padang will be ready for you to lay your mat and unwind to snacks, arts and killer tunes.
Reach the peak of this film fest
Always dreamt of scaling great heights? And we’re not talking about Singapore’s Bukit Timah! The BANFF Mountain Film Festival is filled with thought-provoking films regarding mountain culture, sports and environment that is set to tour Singapore, it’s something acrophiles wouldn’t want to miss.