Introducing our mega list of all the exciting things to do in Singapore this October 2019!
From Halloween to Deepavali, October is teeming with fun events. Enjoy a month full of theatre shows, festivals, street parties and takeovers and exciting culinary experiences. Presenting your Honeycombers guide to the best things to do in Singapore in October.
Culture: Deepavali Open House 2019
26, 27 October
Celebrate the festival of lights with myriad activities at the Indian Heritage Centre. Held over three weekends leading up to Deepavali, the open house will include cooking demonstrations, saree draping workshops, a special edition of a Little India heritage trail, live band performances and even free tea and snacks. Of course, don’t forget to explore Little India and the lovely light up at night and taste some decadent Indian sweets that are bound to get you on a sugar high.
Deepavali Open House 2019, 19, 26 Oct: 10am-6pm; 27 Oct: 11am-3pm, Indian Heritage Centre, 5 Campbell Lane, Singapore 209924
Drink: Hendrick’s Orbium
Step into an alternate universe with Hendrick’s Orbium, the gin label’s new experimental, quininated gin. Hendrick’s alter-ego, if you must. One sip and you’re hit with a familiar taste, now layered with hints of floral notes. That’s ‘cos it’s infused with quinine, wormwood and blue lotus blossom extract along with the usual base of cucumber rose and 11 botanicals. We tried four cocktails during the launch and were drawn to the martini, which had the perfect balance of bitter and sweet. Hendrick’s Orbium may not be available for sale, but you can try experimental cocktails made with this juniper juice at 16 participating bars across the island.
Mo Bar (pictured above), has created Lupus, a concoction of hops-infused Cocchi Americano, Manzanilla sherry and blue lotus tea tincture (available till the end of the month). Other places such as Manhattan, Jigger & Pony, Tippling Club and 28 HongKong Street will also be whipping out Orbium cocktails till the end of October. Can’t make it in time? IB HQ, Atlas, Madame Fan, Oxwell & Co and Nutmeg and Clove will be adding Orbium cocktails to their menus.
Hendrick’s Orbium, available at select bars islandwide
Shop: Vintagewknd’s pop-up
Till 27 Oct
Touted as one of the most wallet-friendly vintage stores in town, Vintagewknd is hosting its birthday pop-up at Plaza Singapura. Spot the container store and stock up on the sweetest vintage dresses, tops, skirts and blouses.
Vintagewknd’s pop-up, 12pm-10pm, Plaza Singapura (outdoor space), 68 Orchard Road, Singapore 238839
Drink: Monkey 47 pop-up, A Wilden Affen Adventure
25 – 27 Oct
Join eccentric scientist, Dr. Affen, at the Wild Monkey Inn as he unveils his latest tipple: Monkey 47’s brand new gin. Located at a secret space, the three-day pop-up will be held in 30-minute sessions, holding up to 25 people each time. Enjoy gin cocktails specially concocted by leading restos and bars including the likes of Idlewild, Fat Prince, Employees Only, 28 HongKong Street, Burnt Ends and Manhattan. Mingle with the bartenders as you indulge in the aromatic flavours and complexities of this artisanal gin.
Monkey 47 pop-up, 25 Oct: sessions from 7pm-9pm; 26 Oct: sessions from 2pm-9pm; 27 Oct: sessions at 7pm & 8pm
Drink & Dine: Nouri x Nyetimber Masterclass
29 – 30 Oct
English sparkling wine purveyor Nyetimber is collaborating with Michelin-starred restaurant, Nouri, for two fabulous masterclasses featuring a five-course pairing menu. Clink your glasses to four cuvées: Classic Cuvee, Rosé, Cuvee Chérie, Blanc de Blancs, all expertly paired with bar bites prepared by Chef Ivan Brehm and his team.
Nouri x Nyetimber Masterclass, 7pm, Nouri, 72 Amoy Street, Singapore 069891
Experience: Neon Jungle at Gardens by the Bay
18 – 27 Oct
Honestly, we’ll take any excuse to go wander around Gardens by the Bay. This time, we’re off to catch Neon Jungle after dark. Much like the name suggests, expect psychedelic lights and illuminated wildlife figures lurking in the Gardens along with a cool night market, street performances, music, upcycling workshops and more.
Neon Jungle, 4pm-11pm, Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953
Shop: Sustainability Fair 2019
22 – 23 Oct
Another event to get you on the sustainability route, this fair has everything you need to get started. Sustainable brands like The Body Shop, Ugly Food, Unpackt will be making an appearance. Get schooled on climate change, plant-based diets and a zero-waste lifestyle. There will also be preloved books and clothes for some retail therapy. Who’s in?
Sustainability Fair 2019, 11am-6pm, Block B Student Hub 461 Clementi Rd, Singapore 599491
Concert: Jaden Smith
With two albums under his belt, Jaden Smith is a rising star and will be making his debut performance in Singapore at nightclub behemoth Zouk. More than just a rapper, he has also made appearances on the silver screen such as Karate Kid alongside his celebrity father, Will Smith and Netflix series, Get Down. You are going to get a full-blown performance.
Jaden Smith, Zouk, 3C River Valley Road, Clarke Quay, #01-05 to #02-06, The Cannery, 179022
Eat: L’Espresso’s signature English Afternoon Tea Buffet in support of Breast Cancer Foundation
Till 31 Oct
It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month and L’Espresso’s offering a special edition of their signature English Afternoon Tea Buffet in support of Breast Cancer Foundation (BCF). Tuck into a pink-themed English Afternoon Tea Buffet complete with a chocolate fountain, a concoction of ivory mousse and lingonberry confit and french-inspired pastries such as a dainty Rose and Lychee Delight. L’Espresso will be giving out pink ribbon pins worth $2 to diners and will contribute the total value of the number of pins to BCF.
L’Espresso’s signature English Afternoon Tea Buffet in support of Breast Cancer Foundation, various timings, Goodwood Park Hotel, 22 Scotts Road, Singapore 228221
Experience: Zedtown Asia Battle of Singapore
*Alexa, play Thriller by Michael Jackson* Zombies have taken over Singapore! Roll up your sleeves and gear up for Asia’s first-ever zombie survival game. Battle it out with other survivors against zombies at a post-apocalyptic Nerf battleground. Here’s how it works: battle it out as a survivor (you’ll be equipped with a Nerf gun) and look out for lurking zombies. Too slow? You get infected and become a zombie. Join the dark side by infecting other survivors.
Zedtown Asia Battle of Singapore, 12pm and 6pm, National Stadium, 1 Stadium Dr, Singapore 397629
Party: Dirty Circus Feat. Cirque Le Soir
Did Bill Skarsgård’s portrayal of the iconic bloodthirsty clown Pennywise scare the brave out of you in the cinemas? If you’re in for a similar thrill, Ce La Vi has something creepy in store. The spectacular rooftop nightclub is bringing back London’s Cirque Le Soir on 26 October, to dazzle us with magicians, sword swallowers, acrobats, exotic dancers and freaky clowns (the worst!). On Halloween day itself, the lounge will bring you glow-in-the-dark fun with its Neon Jungle theme. Smear some neon paint and party the night away with hip hop beats.
Dirty Circus Feat. Cirque Le Soir, 10pm-5am, Ce La Vi, SkyPark, Marina Bay Sands Tower 3, 1 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018971
Experience: Halloween Horror Nights 9
27 Sep – 31 Oct (select nights)
Bring on the screams and scares! Halloween Horror Nights is back to rock your evenings this month. The ninth edition has five haunted houses, two scare zones and two live killer shows – including a haunted house (Curse of the Naga) conceptualised by the directors of the terrorising Thai horror films, Shutter and 4bia. Sidetrack: Shutter’s climax scene still gives us the chills. A little closer to home is The Chalet Hauntings featuring the most extensive collection of Southeast Asian ghosts in #HHN history. Can’t make it for the event?
Halloween Horror Nights 9, from 7.30pm, Universal Studios Singapore, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
Shop: In Good Company x Diana Beltrán Herrera – A Modern Aviary
Till 30 Nov
Local label, In Good Company collaborates with paper sculptor, Diana Beltrán Herrera. From now till the end of November, drop by the gorgeous boutique at Jewel Changi Airport to witness a modern aviary installation. You’ll notice the artists’ attention to detail and bold, geometrical attractions through the artistry of paper. See something you like? These sculptures are available for sale.
In Good Company x Diana Beltrán Herrera – A Modern Aviary, Jewel Changi Airport #01-214/215/216, 78 Airport Boulevard, Singapore 819666
Feast: Sichuan Adventure at Edge
1 – 26 Oct
Love the spicy aromatic flavours of Sichuan? Edge at Pan Pacific turns up the heat for a buffet of well-loved Sichuan specialities such as Szechuan dan dan noodles, cold chicken in red chilli oil, Chong Qing baked sea bass, fish fillet with pickled mustard greens and stir-fried frog with pickled chilli. Cool down with silky beancurd with beancurd skin and mango sago with pomelo. Drown yourself in unlimited servings of teh tarik and cendol with durian ice cream.
Sichuan Adventure at Edge, 6.30pm to 10.30pm, $88 per adult; $44 per child, Pan Paciﬁc Singapore, 7 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square, Singapore 039595
Backstreet Boys: DNA World Tour Live in Singapore
*Sings backstreet’s back, alright! on repeat* Don’t mind but the 90s kid in us is squealing inside as this boy band is coming to town! Sorry, One Direction who? BSB will be performing 20 years of smash hits and anthems including “Quit Playing Games With My Heart”, “I Want It That Way”, “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)”, “Incomplete”, “Shape Of My Heart” and “Show Me The Meaning Of Being Lonely”. Bless our souls.
Backstreet Boys DNA World Tour Live in Singapore, Singapore Indoor Stadium Singapore 500038
Art & Dine: Voilah! France Singapore Festival 2019
3 Oct – 17 Nov
Fawn over the fine artworks of French artist Jisbar Planche as he curates four unique pieces inspired by the late Karl Lagerfeld. These vibrant artworks will be on display (and available for purchase!) at the front lobby and La Bibliotek, a library curated by Karl Lagerfeld himself, for the hotel. Held in partnership with Miaja Art Collections, the collection also features some of the artists greatest work inspired by pop culture. The exhibition opens with a fab night of French arts, food and wine on 4 October.
Voilah! France Singapore Festival 2019, SO/ Sofitel Singapore, 35 Robinson Road, Singapore 068876
Drink & Explore: The Bubble Tea Factory
19 Oct – 18 Dec
Bubble tea lovers, here’s your chance to dip your toes into the world of bubble tea. Enjoy a multi-sensory and immersive experience with 10 immersive experiences featuring Asia’s favourite beverage. Tickets are already selling fast so get crackin’!
The Bubble Tea Factory, Mon-Fri: 4pm-10pm; Sat, Sun, PH, eve of PH: 10am-10pm; *SCAPE, 2 Orchard Link, Singapore 237978
Exhibition: World Press Photo Exhibition 2019
7 – 27 Oct
The World Press Photo Foundation will be making a stop in Singapore as part of its worldwide tour. Marvel at intriguing photos from the 2019 World Press Photo contest, as well as the World Press Photo of the Year and Story of the Year. Trivia: the winners were chosen from a whopping 78,801 photographs from 129 countries.
World Press Photo Exhibition 2019, 10am-7pm, National Museum of Singapore 93 Stamford Rd, Singapore 178897
Art: City Hall: If Walls Could Talk
Be one of the firsts to catch City Hall: If Walls Could Talk, an immersive exhibition that puts the spotlight on lesser-known stories of Singapore’s pivotal moments. Get front-row seats to key moments like the swearing-in of the first President and the unveiling of the national flag and anthem, way back in 1959 – thanks to interactive digital elements and augmented interactive content.
City Hall: If Walls Could Talk, 10am-7pm, the exhibition ends in 2020, City Hall Wing, Level 3, City Hall Chamber, National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrew’s Road. Singapore 178957
What you missed
Theatre: Singapore Repertory Theatre presents Caught
10 Sep – 6 Oct
Imagine this: you arrive at the gallery and get a drink. Next, you take in a specially curated exhibition and meet fugitive Lin Bo. So what’s his crime, you ask? A mere work of art. After listening to his story, you’re the only way his story can live on… and so the evening begins! Be prepared to be tested on figuring out what’s fact and what’s fiction. After all, there are two sides to every story, isn’t it? For Caught, Singapore Repertory Theatre has commissioned award-winning director Ed Sylvanus Iskandar to create this acclaimed immersive evening featuring this exclusively curated art exhibition. You do not want to miss this one!
Caught, Miaja Gallery 9 Muthuraman Chetty Rd, Aps Building, Singapore 238931
Shop: Sustainable summer pop-up
3 – 5 Oct
We’ll never say no to a sustainable pop-up and this is one fine example. Grab your summer essentials while discovering local and sustainable labels such as eyewear label Truth&all, functional swimwear from UBU Swimwear and ethical footwear by Indosole Singapore. Visit the space and you might just walk away with exclusive event deals.
Sustainable summer pop-up, 10am-8pm, Cluny Court 501 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259760
Eat & Do Good: Green is the New Meat
Kitchen Movements is keeping it green for its third instalment. Watch four passionate home cooks battle it out to become the favourite Kitchen Mover of the evening. The best part? You be the judge. Mingle with like-minded folk, try delectable main courses and desserts made from sustainably sourced ingredients and give back to a local charity. The event is in support of Daughters of Tomorrow, a non-profit that aims to support underprivileged women in their journeys back to work. Plus, enjoy wines from Havalina Wines, cured meats sampling from Bar-Roque bar and grill and granola from Plain Vanilla Bakery.
Green is the New Meat, 7pm-10pm, Cookyn Inc, 31 Ah Hood Road, Singapore 329979
Eat: The Halia Celebrates 18 Years of Dining Experiences in the Ginger Garden
4 – 6 Oct
The Halia is celebrating 18 years of dining experience in the Ginger Garden with a “secret specials” menu curated by Chef Ciaran Armstrong. Tuck into Blackmore Wagyu beef tartare, On Land & Sea (surf and turf style of Angus tenderloin and Alaskan king crab) at just $18++ per dish. Wanna unlock the secret menu? Be sure to follow The Halia’s Facebook and IG account.
The Halia Celebrates 18 Years, 1 Cluny Road, Ginger Garden, Singapore Botanic Gardens (via Tyersall Avenue), Singapore 259569
Shop: Public Garden
Public Garden is back! Stay updated with the most amazing independent brands in various industries across Asia. You might just find some unexpected treasures here.
Public Garden, 1pm-7pm, Suntec Convention Hall 403, 1 Raffles Blvd, Singapore 039593
Urban Ventures 12: Keong Saik Street Carnival
Urban Ventures is taking over the lively Keong Saik neighbourhood for an exciting street carnival. Enjoy amazing grub and drinks, fitness classes, workshops, markets stalls, live art along with head-bobbing beats by the hottest DJs in town.
Urban Ventures 12: Keong Saik Street Carnival, 3pm-10.30pm, Keong Saik Rd, Singapore 089158
Theatre: Urinetown The Musical
27 Sep – Oct 13
Theatre company, Pangdemonium celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Tony Award-winning hilarious musical Urinetown. Imagine a world where pay-to-pee public toilets take over private lavatories and offenders who break the law are exiled to the mysterious “Urinetown”. What happens when citizens are hit with another “pee-fee hike”? They stage a revolution, led by the heroically handsome, Bobby Strong. Will he win the battle against the crooked corporate Caldwell B. Cladwell or will he be flushed down in history? You’ll have to watch this musical satire for yourself!
Urinetown: The Musical, various timings, Drama Centre Theatre, Level 3 National Library Building, 100 Victoria Street, Singapore 188064
Honeycombers Bar Hop: Siloso Beach Edition
Boy oh boy, we’ve got one helluva Friday sundowner planned out for you and friends on Friday, 18 October. The Honeycombers Bar Hop (get the lowdown here) is back and this time, we’re taking it to sunny Sentosa. Join us for one night of beachside drinks, laidback vibes, live music and one sandy launch party! Get your tickets asap, limited spots as always. See you there!
When: Friday, 18 October 2019 from 7 – 9pm
Where: Bikini Bar, Coastes and Sand Bar
Tickets: $30 includes entry to Sand Bar’s official launch party with free-flow drinks and bites from 8.20 – 9 pm. Two free drinks and bar bites (one at Bikini Bar and Coastes each). Get your tickets here!
Limited tickets available
Experience: Goodbye Merlion
Till 20 Oct
A part of us died inside (our childhood, probably) when we heard the bad news. Yes, Sentosa’s Merlion will be demolished to pave way for new development. Nonetheless, feel free to pay as many visits as you want till it ceases operations on 20 October 2019. Admission is 50% off for adults and children. Senior citizens aged 60 and above can enjoy free entry. That’s not all – you can also enjoy an exclusive light and sound show, interactive games and plenty of photo ops to treasure for life.
The Merlion attraction, until 20 October, Sentosa Island, 30 Imbiah Road, Singapore 099958
Festival: The Raffles Reopening Festival
You probably heard the good news – yes, Raffles Hotel Singapore has finally opened its doors after a two-year revamp. What happens when Singapore’s most beloved hotel springs into action? We celebrate! This four-hour festival will give you peek inside newly restored suites along with a showcase of local and international talents and a culinary extravaganza. Feast on celebrity chefs concepts – featuring BBR by Alain Ducasse, La Dame de Pic, Tiffin Room and Butcher’s Block. Psst… the hotel will be donating proceeds from tickets sales to adopted Community Chest, which supports around 80 social service agencies in Singapore.
The Raffles Reopening Festival, 7pm-11pm, 328 North Bridge Road, Singapore 188719 (entry via North Bridge Road)
Shop: My Little Marché with Ask a French
Ask a French opens its quaint flower boutique in Tiong Bahru for a pop-up featuring local and indie brands. Discover brands such as Esse, Hello Chocolate, Lost Guides and Pochi. Take home fabulous loot including sustainable womenswear, unique travel guides, hand woven bags, delish chocolates and of course, Ask a French’s signature dried flowers.
My Little Marché with Ask a French, 10am-4pm, RSVP to receive address
Beauty: My Japanese Beauty Pop-Up Store
Till 20 Oct
Beauty junkies who live for Japanese skincare will be thrilled to know that Shiseido and Watsons Singapore have joined forces for one massive pop-up. Located at a strategic location along Orchard Road, the pop-up showcases three amazing beauty brands – Anessa, Senka and Tsubaki. Discover the secrets of Japanese Beauty through various multi-sensorial rooms and purchase your fave items via a cashless vending machine or at an on-site store.
My Japanese Beauty Pop-Up Store, Weekdays: 11am-9pm; Weekends: 11am-10pm, Along Orchard Rd, outside Takashimaya, 391 Orchard Road, Singapore 238872
Talk: FastFwd Festival: Unlocking the Human Potential
One of the most important life skills that will carry you through life is exploring your physical, psychological and spiritual capacities. Come and discover your potential at NewCampus’s FastFwd Festival, Singapore’s largest life-long learning conference. Take down notes at the immersive roundtable discussions with thought leaders and breakout sessions helmed by four keynote speakers.
FastFwd Festival: Unlocking the Human Potential, 11.30am-5.30pm, JustCo Marina Square, #03-308 6 Raffles Boulevard Singapore 039594
Watch: The Love & Pride Film Festival
10 – 20 Oct
Golden Village’s annual Love & Pride Film Festival is coming back for its 11th run, with the theme being “sparking change”. Curated by the Singapore Film Society, all of the films strive to spark a conversation beyond the walls of the cinema. Expect films like, “Tremors”; a family man struggling with his faith and self-identity and “Giant Little Ones”, a coming-of-age film.
The Love & Pride Film Festival, various timings, GV Suntec City, 3 Temasek Boulevard #03-373 Suntec City Mall East Wing, Singapore 038983
Learn & Watch: Esplanade’s Da:ns Festival 2019
10 – 20 Oct
Game to learn a new skill or have a thing for dance? Tap into the world of this performing art at the Da:ns Festival. There will be workshops and masterclasses for a hands-on experience, free shows and ticketed events. Highlights include a rare appearance by international ballet star Carlos Acosta and Grand Finale, a bold and ambitious piece helmed by internationally celebrated choreographer, Hofesh Shechter.
Da:ns Festival 2019, various timings, Esplanade Theatres on The Bay, 1 Esplanade Dr, Singapore 038981