October's the month to go out and paint the town red - just check out all these events you need to schedule in.
Get eco-friendly at Green Is The New Black
Whether it’s shopping sustainably, eating healthy, or even going green with our beauty regimen – you’ll find all of this at conscious festival, Green Is The New Black! GITNB is returning to Singapore in on the 1 October with a new roster of exciting things where fun and social responsibility goes hand in hand (Psst: Honeycombers readers get 15% off the ticket price to talks at GITNB!).
Time to party up at Oktoberfest
It’s time of the year again to get festive, the Bavarian way. Oktoberfest is going to be a big deal in Singapore with all the free-flow deals on festive brews and craft beer being rolled out, meaty snacks like sausages and crispy pork knuckle to accompany the drinks and everyone being merry – and we’ve got the lowdown on where the parties are at.
Need new cafe hangout spots?
If you live for the weekends like we do, you’d get our total addiction for coffee, brunch and cafes. Scouring for new cafes is a habit we can’t kick (and don’t intend to). For October’s Hot New Cafes, we’ve got a couple of exciting ones in store, including a pastel ice cream wonderland, a home decor garden centre slash cafe, and the famed Ometosando Koffee. Have fun cafe-hopping!
Reminisce about your rock days with Dream Theater
Tearing through arenas since 1985, these rock legends are undeniably a pioneer of the progressive metal sound – a fusion of the unhinged energy of heavy metal and the amplified, guitar-driven style of classic rock. They will be in Singapore on 3 October as part of their extensive Images, Words & Beyond Tour, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their milestone second album.
Backstreet’s back, alright!
Backstreet Boys’ larger than life (see what we did there) Singapore show at the National Stadium will be the only show in Asia for the band, which makes it even more special. The last time they were here in 2015, it was a sold-out affair at The Star Theatre so you might want to camp out (online) to get tickets for this show on the 21 October. Superfans, take note: upgrades for a meet and greet opportunities are also available on the band’s official site.
Cool Jams with Talib Kweli at Kilo Lounge
Come 5 October, hip-hop legend Talib Kweli will be busting catchy bars and profound lyrics at Kilo Lounge. One of the greatest rappers to ever grace this planet, Talib Kweli gained recognition when he teamed up with fellow Mos Def to form Black Star in the ‘90s. He has also collaborated with other artists such as Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Just Blaze and Mary J. Blige, and has supported Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole and more.
Be Brit and cool at Fred Perry Subculture Live
British heritage fashion brand’s music initiative — Subculture — is known for discovering the best new global sounds, and is back with Fred Perry Subculture Live on 13 October at the Esplanade’s Annexe Studio. Headlining the music event is an exclusive DJ set by The Libertines’ drummer, Gary Powell, as well as Singapore’s very own trailblazing shoegaze band, Astreal, and indie-rock four-piece outfit, The Betts, accompanied by the trippy, brain-melting projections of visual artist, Empyreal (Amanda Tan).
Making Noise at Haw Par Villa
This festival showcases the best of Singapore’s music and the creative arts in perhaps one of country’s freakiest places (and is spookily held in the Halloween month on 28 October). You’re also encouraged to rock up to the festival in your most outrageous costumes. The diverse killer line-up includes jangly-pop band M1LDL1FE, R&B artist Sam Rui, post-rock veterans Amateur Takes Control, and more yet to be announced. To satiate the culture vultures, there’ll be an art market, a platform for dance, a chance to collaborate with graffiti artists Slac Satu and Freaky Fir to transform a wall into a work of art, and of course, a food street.
Celebrate Women in Photography
The spotlight is on eight international women photographers as issues of domesticity, family and feminine identity is explored through their medium. From 13 -19 October at the Objectifs Gallery, check out the work of Singapore documentary photographer Bernice Wong will be focusing on a single mother of seven children, Jannatul Mawa from Bangladesh will be documenting the relationship between housewives and housemaids in her home country, American photographer Nancy Borowick will show that last days of her parents who suffer from cancer – just to name a few. Poverty, hardship, motherhood, war and society become subjects in the work of these photographers.
Happy Halloween Horror Nights
The scariest event of the year returns – and we’re not talking about the Hungry Ghost Festival – with even more ghouls and haunted houses at the seventh edition of Halloween Horror Nights, from 29 September to 29 October 2017 at Universal Studios Singapore. Chilling thrills and a fresh batch of spooky ghouls await us at the Halloween Horror Nights 7 as you explore haunted houses and scare zones.
Check out (and buy) Bold and Beautiful Art
Online art marketplace Tatinis comes to life at exhibition space The Deck in from 26-29 October with an interactive exhibition of more than 150 artworks for sale and three themed art nights. More than 30 locally-based artists, including 20 children artists and 12 senior citizen artists will be involved over the few days. Admission is free but all donations for the event will go towards Connect Corners, an organisation that supports children and families from marginalised communities and developing countries.
Connect with the Human Archive Project by Nicola Anthony
The Human Archive Project happening from 6-29 October is a collaborative piece between artist, Nicola Antony, the inmates of Changi Women’s Prison, at-risk youths, members of the general public, and more who were invited to contribute stories about themselves. The two-part presentation by the artist explores the human condition and threads of commonalities despite our differences. The Human Archive Project provides a glimpse into lives of others, especially the disenfranchised voices in our society whose stories we do not hear very often.
Support the Yellow Ribbon Community Art Exhibition
The Singapore Art Museum, in partnership with the Yellow Ribbon Project, will be showcasing individual and collaborative artworks over 7-22 October by 25 male and 17 female inmates who were guided by artist-mentors Barry Yeow, Kim Whye Kee, and Nicola Anthony. The Yellow Ribbon Community Art Exhibition is titled For Better Endings and New Beginnings and the works will highlight the inmate’s rehabilitative journey through art.
Want to experience Hell, Purgatory and Paradise?
Based on Dante’s 14th century epic poem, Divine Comedy which details the afterlife journey of the soul toward God, Pakistani artist Adeel uz Zafar’s solo exhibition probes and asks questions about the personal, social, political, religious and philosophical, while retaining that sense of whimsy skepticism seen in his previous works. Showing until 20 October at Fost Gallery in Gillman Barracks, the exhibition will also showcase the artist’s self-developed unique technique of etching on vinyl with the use of different tools. The scale of the new works are also much more intimate than his previous works, reminiscent of the traditional miniature paintings of South Asia.
Join the Pink Parade
Pink Ribbon Walk 2017 celebrates 20 years of breast cancer awareness and outreach this year with a Pink Ribbon Parade this 7 Oct at the Waterfront Promenade – and is the first to happen here. With 1,850 women being diagnosed each year, breast cancer remains Singapore’s most common cancer among women so join in the walk against breast cancer and show your support.
Punk’s not dead in the city
Part of Discipline the City showcase, which pays homage to the underground punk culture in Singapore, All Curators Are B_____ is a series of guided tours throughout the month, from 7 October at The Substation. Exploring alternative experiences and perspectives of life in the city. Each tour is a unique portrait built upon each punk guide’s own relationship with the city. While both tours and guides are slightly unconventional, audiences can be assured of a delightfully engaging and humorous experience, and will go away with new ways of navigating both the exhibition and ideas surrounding urban space.
K-poppin’ with Korean superstar Taeyang
Known for songs such as “Eyes, Nose, Lips”, “Wedding Dress” and “Look Only At Me”, mega popstar Taeyang will be performing in Singapore on 27 October at the Star Theatre as part of his Asian tour that will see him cover Bangkok, Manila, Hong Kong, Jakarta and more. Fangirls, activate!
Swap clothes at Marina Barrage
Declutter that closet and bring your clothes down to Swapaholic on 8 October at the stunning Marina Barrage. At the same time, you can even refresh your wardrobe with new old items you might be picking up at the swap! As a bonus, celebs like Aarika Lee and Hanli Hoefer will be giving away stylish items from their own closets!
Urban Ventures Street Party is the people’s party
Art, music and and culture meet at the hippest street in Singapore. The 7th edition of Urban Ventures Street arty will see wordsmiths, drag queens, shopping, beer, free manicures and more flock to Keong Saik Road on 21 October. Dress in whatever you adore and let’s celebrate individuality!
Never been to the opera?
Join ArtBlue Studio in Tiong Bahru for a unique evening of opera recital in their art gallery on 7 October. The event will combine in a beautiful harmony, the melody of the opera and the vibrant emotion of their Vietnamese paintings, thanks to the voice of the Belgian soprano Lilith Verhelst accompanied by the Singaporean pianist Khoo Hui Ling. Get artsy!
Play tourist in Singapore on the new Downtown Line
From Tampines West to Fort Canning Park, the MRT’s entire Downtown Line (DTL) is opening for business on Oct 21. As a treat, Singapore’s commuters get to travel for free along the entire DTL on Oct 21 and 22. The new additions to the line includes areas in Tampines, Bedok, Bencoolen, Fort Canning and more.
Vino lovers, let’s get together
Drop whatever you’re doing, and listen up: Wine Fiesta, Singapore’s biggest outdoor wine festival, is making its way to Marina Bay on 27-29 October. For the tenth year running, the folks at the Straits Wine Company are bringing us the best wines from around the world. The event’s highlights read like a vino lover’s dream – a lavish gourmet spread served alongside premium labels, a mega-tent full of the most delectable wines, and an exciting after party which everyone is invited to. Cheers to that!
Even museums are onboard for Halloween
Asian supernatural and beliefs come to life at Asian Civilisation Museum’s well-loved annual Halloween offering on 26 Oct. Be thrilled by activities and performances inspired by the objects from the galleries and Asian folklore. Enjoy a ghostly movie screening, hear haunting tales in the galleries, and make your own spooky souvenir to take home.
Go Mr Big or go home
The 90s hard rock icon MR. BIG is heading back to Singapore on 15 October for a one-night only performance at Kallang Theatre. With a career spanning nearly three decades, the American band has produced a string of chart-toppers like “To Be With You,” “Just Take My Heart,” “Wild World,” “Nothing But Love,” and “Green-Tinted Sixties Mind”. Apart from these crowd favourites, the band will also be playing new tracks from their newly released ninth studio album, Defying Gravity.
Risque business with Crazy Horse
From 11 October, Singapore will once again get to experience the cabaret phenomenon Crazy Horse and its latest show, Forever Crazy, as it high-kicks into town. Contrary to what some people may say, no, Crazy Horse is not just about boobs. Through the years, the brand has collaborated with artists, musicians, and creatives alike to present an overall tasteful extravaganza at the Marina Bay Sands.
No party like Mambo Jambo
The Zouk classic Mambo Jambo transcends the dancefloors, and has evolved into an enduring relic of Singapore pop culture. What’s with the hype? You’ll spot the most ridiculous charades-like dance moves synced in unison to cheesy yet timeless ’80s new-wave classics from Bananarama to Rick Astley. Leave your pretentiousness at the door on 17 October; it ain’t that kind of party.
Halloween at CÉ LA VI
Did Bill Skarsgård’s portrayal of the iconic bloodthirsty clown Pennywise scare the heebie jeebies out of you in the cinemas? If you’re in for a similar thrill, CÉ LA VI has something creepy in store. The spectacular rooftop nightclub is bringing back London’s Cirque Le Soir this Halloween, to dazzle us with magicians, sword swallowers, acrobats, exotic dancers and freaky clowns (the worst!). Come in your best Halloween gear on 28 October: If you’re not scary enough, there’s a Halloween makeover booth for a hair-raising transformation.
Welcome to The Upside Down Party
If you’re all about Netflix and chill, here’s one to Netflix and shrill. One of our favourite riverside club, Canvas, will play host to the Upside Down party, presented by Flash. As the name suggests, you can either turn up on 28 October as a character from Stranger Things, or from other hit Netflix series like The Get Down, The Defenders, Orange is the New Black, and more, for a free entry. Bust a move or two to your favourite throwback hits – we’re talking early ‘80s to the naughties. Do you really need 13 Reasons Why?
Running is the new Blacklight
We’re all about fun runs, and this is no exception. Dubbed “the brightest, most fun 5K out there” and known as Asia’s most Instagrammable run, Sketchers’ Blacklight Run 2017 on 28 October turns into a party you’ll never forget, decked with LED shutter shades, LED rings, UV glow powder, Blacklight glow shoelaces and a BLR glow baton. Get in the mood with its pre-party, as well as its after-party with DJs from around the region bringing high-energy beats and banging tunes. You best believe it’s going to be lit — literally.
Take the Newton Challenge
Are you a morning person? If yes, then this run on the 29 October for you! Get flexin’ and challenge yourself to Newton Challenge 2017’s brand new category – 10km. But if 10km is too easy for you, flag off at the Marina Barrage with other running categories, including 21.1km and 32.195km. Enjoy the loyalty rate and the early bird rate from now ’til 31 August.
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