From Singapore River Festival to Affordable Art Fair, November is packed with exciting events and activities that'll keep you entertained as we draw closer to the end of '16
While we’re almost reaching the finishing line, 2016 is still flooding our calendar with a stream of over-the-top events in Singapore that you shouldn’t miss, such as the International Rugby Sevens, Singapore Writers Festival, and the highly anticipated Neon Lights music festival. As if that’s not enough to hype up your November, you can also immerse yourself in a Michelin Chef showcase, pamper yourself for a whole weekend at The Westin Singapore, participate in a challenging vertical marathon, hit up a dingy warehouse rave and more. November’s looking to be quite a month!
1. Shop till you drop at an independent designers showcase
Get excited, peeps, our favourite pop-up event is ba-aack! The Boutiques Fair returns to the Pit Building next month with an impressive lineup of designers showcasing super stylish products – yeow! Mark your calendars for 4 and 5 November, and get down to Boutiques at the Pit Building. For further information on this fair, click here!
2. Wind down along the Singapore River
It’s no River Thames, but it’s just as charming, if you ask us! The Singapore River Festival 2016 is a three-day extravaganza – with a running theme dubbed “River Connections” – that celebrates the Singapore River with immersive attractions, including a mind-blowing tightrope performance, an outdoor pop-up cinema, and a riverside carnival featuring acrobatic performances and fun festival activities.
3. Get ruff and ready for a cause
Gents, spend the month celebrating that stubble in the name of Movember. You know the rules: save the shave from 1 to 30 November to help raise awareness of testicular and prostate cancer. And ladies, you can show the love too by signing up as a “Mo Sista”. The more the merrier (or in this case, hairier) – register online!
4. Be entertained by a comical symphonic performance
We’re certain even Beethoven would’ve chuckled at this! Witness a comical symphonic performance called Mozart Madness that cleverly fuses comedy with classical music. Performed by the MozART Group, a string quartet from Poland, this giggle-worthy show will entertain you with melodious tunes and hilarious entertainment.
5. Attend a local Michelin Chef showcase
Follow Michelin’s monthly culinary series that shines the spotlight on Singapore’s Michelin-starred chefs. This November, explore different types of Peranakan (Straits native with mixed local and foreign ancestry) cuisine with Chef Malcolm Lee of one-starred restaurant, Candlenut.
6. Get wet and wild at It’s The Ship 2016
It’s The Ship 2016, the massive, out-of-this-world EDM music festival, is back to rave and roam the open seas. Imagine endless days and nights of non-stop partying to club hits and hip-hop anthems, jumping into pools and hot tubs with beach-ready ravers, recharging on free-flow food and cruise services, and repeating the cycle over and over again; why do you think we’re so darn stoked?
7. Celebrate the community of makers with Art Club
A collaboration between BBQ restaurant Camp Kilo Charcoal Club and Common Creatures, Art Club caters to art and music lovers who embrace the DIY spirit. This communal shindig is aligned with those who regard themselves as “makers”, “doers” and “craftspeople”, or with others who are simply keen on supporting the movement! Art Club presents a day of kumbaya-like fun with an artist market showcasing brands like Forest Child, Selva Foods and Unusual Felines.
8. Booze up at this brand new bar
The Belljar (a new bar not too far from the rowdy Circular Road) boasts a three-tiered experience distributed across its three floors. While shoppers and diners will likely be engrossed with the retail and resto space on the ground floor, booze guzzlers will wanna adjourn to the whisky lounge and cocktail bar on the second, where they can rely on the bartenders for bespoke-slash-curveball tipple requests.
9. Enter an underground rave in Bukit Merah
Interested in an underground rave that will be held in a dingy, drab industrial estate in Bukit Merah? A far cry from your sheltered club rave, this shady shindig is a team-up between Zig Zach, Jägermeister, and the folks behind The Henderson Project. Read our interview with Escape 56 promoter and local DJ, Zig Zach to find out more.
10. Witness the crowning of the champion of Singapore Cricket Club Rugby Sevens
Get ready to rock, ruck and rumble at Singapore Cricket Club Rugby Sevens as the world’s top rugby team from England, Fiji and France tackle their way to the try line at the historical Padang field.
11. Go loco at Dia De Muertos Singapore
You’ve heard about the madcap, outlandish revelries that surround Mexico’s notorious Day of the Dead festival, but have you always wondered about how it’d be like to attend one? Happening at the immersive hub of Kult Kafé, Dia De Muertos Singapore hopes to conjure the spirit of this Mexican phenomenon, with Mexican DJs, Mexican dancers, as well as Mexican food and drinks that would make your appetites go loco.
12. Reminisce the good ol’ days at Jiak Kim Street
Zouk, the popular, hip party den at Jiak Kim Street (for the last 25 years!) is finally migrating to its new spot at Clarke Quay. And in commemoration of all the euphoric moments that went down at its former headquarters, the Zouk Run 2016 is inviting everyone for a 3km fun run that will bring you down memory lane through its exhilarating route around the vicinity.
13. Check out Zouk’s new bar-resto as well
Check out Zouk Singapore’s all-new restaurant bar concept that is bound to liven up Clarke Quay’s already vibrant foodie scene. At Red Tail, you’ll get to tuck into Head Chef Chan Kar Meng’s modern Asian sharing plates like Scotch century egg, seabass nori taco and even a yun cheong (Chinese sausage) thin crust pizza. Also, this being a wild Zouk venture and all, you can expect to quench your thirst with quirky cocktails inspired by nightlife regions across the globe.
14. Channel your inner geek at Singapore Writers Festival
As one of Asia’s premier multi-lingual literary events, the Singapore Writers Festival (SWF), presented by The National Arts Council, is bound to feed your inner culture vulture. Featuring almost 330 Singapore and international literary talents, the festival’s 19th annual edition evaluates the state of the world through its first ever non-English theme, “Sayang”.
15. Pick up a French phrase, or two, at French Cinema Singapore
Love all things French and wanna get savvy with the lingo? Then don’t miss Rendezvous with French Cinema Singapore that conducts various premier showcases of French films at four different venues – The Capitol, GV Plaza Singapura, Alliance Française and The Projector.
16. Get in the year-end festive mood
For spectacularly elaborate Christmas lights that stretches across 3.8km, there’s always Christmas on a Great Street – an annual attraction that lights up Singapore’s famous shopping street, Orchard Road. Prepare to marvel at innovative set pieces and decorated mall facades that are participating in the annual best dressed mall contest. There are also plenty of Christmas delights and promotions in store!
17. Get stuffed and sloshed at the Amoy Street Bloc Party
The hip area of Amoy Street has everything you need for a good time – hidden speakeasies with killer cocktails, boozy bars with fantastic happy hour deals, and more gourmet restos than you can shake a stick at. And on the 20th of November, all that we love on this exciting street will come together for the first ever Amoy Street Bloc Party by Spa Esprit Group.
18. Get lost in an open-air festival at Old Kallang Airport
Our favourite parties are the ones that you don’t expect to happen, which is what makes this One Solid Day Out so darn extraordinary in our books. Essentially, an elite ensemble of local DJs and musicians havecome together to throw a full-day jamboree on the derelict, gritty grounds of the Old Kallang Airport, exuding the spontaneous and guerilla vibe of an open-air festival – a concept that’s extremely rare in Singapore.
19. Immerse yourself in authentic Italy Espresso culture
Here’s one more to add to your cafe-hopping calendar! Apart from offering the concentrated, bittersweet Espresso from its 1882 Espresso blend, Caffè Vergnano 1882 – situated in the basement of South Beach Avenue – is a new cafe that provides other heavenly espresso-based beverages including Caffè Gianduja (Italian thick hot chocolate topped with whipped cream), and Delizioso (foamed milk topped with nutella and whipped cream).
20. Score affordable artworks at Affordable Art Fair
Go shopping for inexpensive art pieces at this recurring artsy event. The artworks, which include paintings, sculptures, prints and photographs, start from $100 and cost no more than $15,000.
21. Challenge yourself at a vertical marathon
Participate in the Swissôtel Vertical Marathon, a gravity-defying run that will have you race all the way to the top of Singapore’s tallest hotel with a jaw-dropping 73 floors in total. Definitely not for the faint-hearted!
22. Party the night away at Skyline Club & Lounge
You don’t need to flee far to find an escape from the CBD; Skyline Club & Lounge has emerged right on your doorstep at the Singapore Land Tower – 45 storeys up high, no less! Think live DJs dropping cruising house music, glitzy bottle service (yes, sparklers and all!), free cocktails for members, and a ladies night that you and your gal pals will definitely take advantage of.
23. Appease your inner film buff
Movie buffs, Singapore International Film Festival returns to our sunny island this November! Get in line for this 12-day film festival that highlights a series of movies from all over the world, with a focus on the avant-garde of Asian flicks.
24. Dress up as your favourite Anime character
Fans of anime and Japanese popular culture are in for a big treat at Anime Festival Asia Singapore 2016 – a three-day extravaganza that features all-things manga and more. There’ll be more than 100 booths on the festival grounds, plus live performances and lots of cosplay action.
25. Visit a new bar in hip Keong Saik
Phat Cat Laundry is a new bar in the Keong Saik area packs quite a sense of humour with its philosophy that parodies the notoriety of American Chinese takeout. However, the food here actually sounds mighty tempting – Brontosaurus char siew beef rib, and mushroom and bone marrow fried rice, anyone?
26. Have family fun at River Safari
The festive spirit comes to River Safari, where visitors can get up close to the park’s wild inhabitants while revelling in activities such as mascot meet-and-greet sessions, special performances, and fun craft activities.
27. Get ready for a kick-ass outdoor music and arts festival
Neon Lights 2016 – a music and arts festival – that took Fort Canning by storm is coming back with a star-studded line-up that would make any hardy hipster thrilled. Joining the headlining ranks of Foals and Sigur Rós, are ‘gothtronica’ rebels Crystal Castles, chill-wave cruiser Neon Indian, r&b crooner Blood Orange, and plenty more.
28. Enjoy a healthy weekend break at The Westin Singapore
This end of November, The Westin Singapore offers a wellness escape that promises to leave you feeling recharged. This feel-good overnight break is decked with a myriad of zen activities including a sunrise yoga sesh, energising walks, and healthy eats.
29. Shop for bomber jackets
Without a doubt, 2016 has witnessed the meteoric and trendy rise of bomber jackets. So fellas, if you’ve yet to own this soon-to-be sartorial essential, it’s not too late! Psst.. ladies, this’d make a perfect Christmas gift for your boyfriend, hubby, dad, or brother.
30. Throw a fabulous Thanksgiving party
Yup, it’s time of the year once more to throw a fabulous party to express your love and gratitude towards your friends and family. Need a turkey? Whether you like it ready-to-eat or ready-to-roast, check out our list on the best places to snag a turkey in Singapore. Or holding a big get-together but don’t have time to cook? Book these top-notch caterers and personal chefs-for-hire!