Introducing our mega list of all the exciting things to do in Singapore this September 2019.
We’re officially edging towards the last quarter of the year and it’s probably the most exciting one yet (before the festive season reels in, of course). So what if there’s no public holiday this month? We’ll be keeping ourselves busy with a bevy of concerts, shows on stage and of course, all things Formula One. So take a break from your binge-watch list, get off your butts and enjoy the most exciting things in store, this September!
Experience: Epistēmē by Aesop
19 – 29 September
Beat the haze and encounter a sensory installation by luxe skincare brand, Aesop. Aesop is premiering three short films that dramatise the skin’s response to three of its skincare favourites – the Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Facial Hydrating Cream, Blue Chamomile Facial Hydrating Masque and Lucent Facial Concentrate. After watching these films, make your way to the Aesop store in basement three to experience these products for yourself.
Epistēmē by Aesop, 10am-10pm, Ion Art gallery, L4 ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn Singapore 238801
Watch: Bandaloop at Ion Orchard
20 September to 6 October
We can’t believe that this luxury mall in Orchard Road is celebrating 10 years. Time flies! As part of the celebrations, the mall is throwing a series of exciting events and pop-ups including a spectacular show by US vertical dance troupe, Bandaloop. Feast your eyes on an interactive light and music display against an outdoor backdrop. Showtimes are at 7pm, 7.45pm and 8.30pm every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Bandaloop at Ion Orchard, select days from 20 September to 6 October, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801
Beauty: Diane Bonheur pop-ups
23 – 29 September
We’ve heard of farm to table concepts but “farm to hair”? Piques your curiosity, without a doubt. Diane Bonheur drops an artisanal craft shampoo formulated with 100% plant-derived ingredients from trusted farmers around the globe. Think cold-pressed oils like sweet rose de mai and refreshing orange flower neroli fragrances from Grasse in southern France. Discover the range via “The Origins of Bonheur” experimental pop-up where you can also enjoy special promos and bag free samples. As part of its sustainability approach, Diane Bonheur is working with BYO Singapore. So, bring your unused totes bags to take part in the collection drive or opt for a preloved tote bag instead of a paper bag with your Diane Bonheur purchase.
Diane Bonheur’s pop-ups, 9-15 Sep at Bugis Junction Level 1; 23-29 Sep at Orchard Central Level 1
Eat: Auntie’s Mala Dinner at Andaz Singapore
If you love the numbingly spicy Szechuan goodness that is mala, a visit to Auntie’s Wok and Steam is a must. Sweat it out with auntie’s mala claypot set ($60++ for two pax) with a choice of barramundi, Kurobuta pork collar or Australian wagyu beef along with stir-fry lotus root slices, shimeji mushrooms, wood ear mushrooms and cabbage; a side of firecrackin’ fried chicken, steamed rice and a bucket of four Andaz Pale Ales to cool down. Wanna go solo? Get the a la carte mini claypot set ($25++).
Auntie’s Mala Dinner, 6pm-10pm, Auntie’s Wok and Steam, Andaz Singapore, 5 Fraser St, Singapore 189354
Theatre: Singapore Repertory Theatre presents Caught
10 September – 6 October
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
Watch: Emily of Emerald Hill
4 – 28 September
One of Singapore theatre’s most iconic characters is taking to the stage once again. Book your tickets to witness the life of Emily Gan, an abandoned girl who eventually took her place as the matriarch of a distinguished Peranakan. Catch a glimpse into the 1930s – widely regarded as the golden age of Straits-Chinese culture – as actor and founder of Wild Rice Ivan Heng makes the role of Emily his own. See you at her mansion…
Emily of Emerald Hill, The Ngee Ann Kongsi Theatre @Wild Rice, Kallang
Experience: Halloween Horror Nights 9
27 September – 31 October (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. Who’s ready to get spooked?
Halloween Horror Nights 9, from 7.30pm, Universal Studios Singapore, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
Workshop: Brass Lion Distillery introduces its first and only Gin School in Singapore
Local gin distillery, Brass Lion Distillery has recently launched its first Gin School (also the only school in Singapore) and we were invited to concoct our own gin. A perfect date idea or cool weekend activity, the three-hour gin workshop gets you a welcome drink and your very own bottle of gin to take home. Identify your gin profile (such as spice, heat, floral, citrus, herbal or juniper), select your favourite herbs, spices and dried fruits from the massive apothecary cabinet and the herb garden; prep the ingredients and distil your mixture with a mini copper pot still. After 20 to 30 minutes, your gin is ready to be labelled. Need help? The friendly ginstructors will be there to assist. Who’s ready to get schooled?
Brass Lion Distillery’s Gin School, $198, available on Sundays at 2pm, 40 Alexandra Terrace, Singapore 119933
Exhibition: 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: Yuki Ellias’s Elephant in the Room
An acclaimed play from India is making its way to Singapore for one night only. Watch Yuki Ellias in a one-woman show as she plays over eight characters in a humorous and touching reimagination of the tale of the Hindu god Ganesha. Follow the story of a bewildered protagonist who wakes up in a forest with the head of an elephant!
Elephant in the Room, Drama Centre Black Box Level 5 National Library of Singapore, 100 Victoria St, Singapore 188064
Eat, Play & Party: Bites & Vibes
Enjoyed Foodpanda’s first Bites & Vibes last year? Block out your Sunday afternoon as the folks are back with its biggest one yet. Tuck into delish grub (featuring Telok Ayer and Amoy Street mainstays such as Chico Loco, Sarnies, Don Ho, Fill a Pita), bop your heads to music by KiDG, Barirumbles Brass and Bakers In Space; and burn those calories with free workout sessions by A-lab Singapore and BalletBody. The new shaded canopy is the place to be if your agenda includes chilling with tipples from Ginett Singapore, Asia Pacific Brewery and William Grant & Sons. Planning to bring the kids? They’ll be fully entertained at the face painting station and games like giant Jenga, ring toss and Connect 4. Bites & Vibes also continues its plastic-free mission by providing water dispensers along the street so bring your reusable bottles along! All vendors will also continue to use biodegradable packaging. Double yay.
Bites & Vibes, 12pm-10pm, Amoy St, Singapore
Experience: Walking with Dinosaurs – The Live Experience
29 August – 5 September
Look who’s walking! Dinosaurs roamed the Earth 65 million years ago and now they are making an appearance in Singapore… using state-of-the-art technology, of course. Based on the award-winning BBC Television series, 18 life-sized dinosaurs will keep you on the edge of your seat. Catch the prehistoric creatures in one of the biggest and best dinosaur live shows in the world.
Walking with Dinosaurs – The Live Experience, Singapore Indoor Stadium 2 Stadium Walk, Singapore 397691
Shop consciously: Swapaholics’ first-ever Swapathon
Brace yourselves, the mother of all swapping events has arrived. Enjoy six hours of shopping responsibly and pure swapping goodness at Swapaholics’ first-ever Swapathon. Clothes-swapping begins at 5 pm but prior to that, hit up the Sustainable Village, for various workshops on upcycling jewellery and creating fabric coasters and cup holders. Also try your hand at swapping beauty products, books and plants or tour the Sustainability Singapore Gallery. Psst… The more events you attend, the more swap points you’ll receive to use during your clothes-swapping session. Who’s in?
Swapathon, 2pm-8pm, Marina Barrage, 8 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018951
Experience: Singapore Science Festival
30 August – 14 September
The annual Singapore Science Festival makes a comeback and boy, are we spoilt with a multitude of activities. Mark your diaries for over 50 shows, exhibitions, workshops and activities that bring science to life in the most unimaginable yet intriguing ways. Follow the Singapore Science Festival’s Facebook page for cool science facts – and important stuff like a sweet bubble tea drinking technique so you don’t end up finishing the tea before the boba.
Singapore Science Festival, various timings, 5 Science Centre Rd, Singapore 609081
Experience: Free entry to Jurong Bird Park
6 – 15 September
Jurong Bird Park is celebrating 10 years of bird conservation with a sweet treat! From now till 15 September, all locals permanent residents and FIN holders can enter the park for free. Charges still apply for gated aviaries, shows and Birdz of Play area but hey, what a steal!
Jurong Bird Park, 8.30am – 6.00pm, 2 Jurong Hill, Singapore 628925
Sustainability: Reduce Reuse Refill by Happy Earth & The Social Space
1 – 14 September
Happy Earth, an organic farm in Thailand that produces 100% natural body care products, has joined forces with The Social Space to promote reusing plastic bottles, all to reduce waste. The good guys at Happy Earth hope to only sell refills or closed-loop packaging and this campaign is a step in that direction. Between 1 – 14 September, drop off at least three used HDPE plastic bottles with lids (500ml and smaller) at The Social Space’s Marina One store. Post a picture of yourself holding the bottles on social media and show it to the folks at The Social Space to receive 30 ml (+ 10ml for each extra bottle) of free refill of Happy Earth Farm’s No-Poo Head to Toe Wash.
The Social Space, 5 Straits View, #01-03 (Garden Tower), Marina One Residences Opposite Marina Bay MRT, Singapore 018935
Theatre: Shakespeare’s Globe
10 – 15 September
Hailing from London, Shakespeare’s Globe is bringing us three exciting plays that encompass themes such as refuge and displacement. Shows to all plays – The Comedy of Errors (a tale of two pairs of twins!), Pericles (the first of Shakespeare’s late romances) and Twelfth Night (the whole shebang of drama, romance, comedy and poetry) – are available at least twice a week. There’s also an audience choice every Tuesday, where you have the power to vote for what you want to see. All you have to do is cheer as loud as you can for your fave. The play with the loudest cheer wins. It’s quite an exhilarating experience if you ask us!
Shakespeare’s Globe, various timings, Victoria Theatre 9 Empress Place, Singapore 179556
Sustainable: Pay with Plastic at Tiong Bahru Market
Tiong Bahru Market will be offering massive discounts at ALL hawker stalls from 8am. All you need to do is bring clean plastic bottles of any size, exchange them for food coupons at the WWF booth (each bottle is worth 50 cents) and enjoy a delish hawker meal. They will be giving out 1000 coupons of 50 cents every hour so there’s plenty to go around! But wait, there’s more – bring a reusable container to enjoy an additional dollar off your meal. You might need to prep for this one but rest assured, it’s easy peasy. Also makes you realise how much plastic we use on a daily…
Pay with Plastic at Tiong Bahru Market, 8am-6pm, Tiong Bahru Market, 30 Seng Poh Road, Singapore 168898
Play: Sentosa’s Sandsation channels Star Wars
31 August – 15 September
The force awakens at Siloso Beach as Star Wars takes over the largest sand sculpture festival in Singapore. Travel to a galaxy far, far away (alright, not THAT far) with 20 of your favourite Star Wars characters through the coolest sand sculptures. Enjoy three weeks of free entry into Sentosa, sand sculpting workshops, surprise performances, free movie screenings, and watch the professionals compete at the Sentosa International Sand Sculpting Competition. Who knows, you might even get a chance to meet sand sculptors like Singapore’s Vincent Sand Gogh, JOOheng Tan.
Sentosa Sandsation: The Star Wars Edition, 10am-8.30pm, Siloso Beach, Sentosa
Festival: Celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival 2019
30 August – 15 September
Y’know, Mid-Autumn Festival is more than just chowing down on mooncakes. Discover the origin story, partake in a massive lantern walk (featuring a spectacular LED dragon), enjoy cultural performances, take a walk around the first giant revolving lantern and fawn over the magnificent 120-metre display of floating lanterns at Gardens By The Bay. Make sure to back up your phones with a portable charger. Plenty of IG-worthy moments in store.
Mid-Autumn Festival 2019, 6pm-11pm, Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
Shop: Glamorous Giving Fashion & Homewares Clearance Sale
18 – 19 September
We love sale that also gives back to the community. Glamorous Giving, the mega fashion, accessories and homewares clearance sale is back with 60 independent and local labels offering up massive deals and discounts. And it’s all in support of the Singapore Committee for UN Women. Sweet!
Glamorous Giving Fashion & Homewares Clearance Sale, 18 Sept: 6pm – 9pm, 19 Sept: 10am – 7pm, Orchard Rendezvous Hotel 1 Tanglin Road #05-10 Singapore 247905
Party: Haji Lane Block Party
Mark your diaries for the biggest block party in Kampong Glam. Come on down to Piedra Negra at Haji Lane for hours of Latin, 90s, R&B, hip-hop and top hits spun by DJs Titus Singam and Shaifudin Suhaimi; backed by Havana Social Club and Fungkimunkees. There will be lucky draws, face painting sessions and free tequila shots for the first 200 attendees. Best to wear your dancing shoes for this.
Haji Lane Block Party, 5pm-11.30pm, Piedra Negra, 241 Beach Road, Singapore 189753
Party: Singapore Grand Prix VIP Parties at Amber Lounge
21 September – 22 September
Ain’t no party like the Amber Lounge Singapore Grand Prix after-party! Rub shoulders with the who’s who of the Grand Prix – we’re talking about F1 drivers, teams, celebrities, royalty and influencers – at the iconic Amber Lounge. This year, The Amber Lounge Fashion Show, featuring Motorsport Fashion will be on for one night only, showcasing local couture brands such as Frieda Brides and Mr. G on 21 September from 11 pm onwards. Dance the night away as international DJs and artists perform into the wee hours. Save some energy for round two, as the festivities continue into the wee hours of 22 September.
Singapore Grand Prix VIP Parties at Amber Lounge, 21 Sept: 11pm-6am, Fashion Show & After Party; 22 Sept: 11pm-6am, After party; Temasek Reflection, Millenia Walk, Temasek Ave 1, Singapore 039192
Party: The Podium Lounge
20 September – 22 September
The F1 season has rolled around again and you know what that means: It’s time for another bash at The Podium Lounge! Rev up for the likes of Melanie C (we’re still not over the Spice Girls!), The Cuban Brothers (expect lots of risque antics from this musical comedy troupe), and Raleigh Ritchie (any GOT fans here?) taking the stage, plus the yearly Fashion Circuit that’s bound to be dripping in glamour.
The Podium Lounge parties, 20 – 22 Sept, 10pm to 4am nightly, The Grand Ballroom – Level 1, 7 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039799
Concerts: Music Matters Live 2019
13 – 18 September
Back for its 14th edition is the famous (and free) Music Matters Live. This event brings more than 50 aspiring artists and musicians from all over the world to perform in Clarke Quay. For three nights, enjoy the musical stylings of J-pop idols Dear Kiss (Japan), Billy Davis (Australia), I Wear* Experiment (Estonia), Amazing Show (Taiwan) and many more. Most of the shows will take place on the Fountain Stage, but duck into other participating venues to see what’s going on. Pop into Crazy Elephant, The Crossroads, Le Noir, McGettigan’s, The Riverhouse, Warehouse, Zouk, Timbre Group Venues & Choice Cuts… sounds like there’s a lot happening!
Music Matters Live 2019, Clarke Quay, Fountain Stage and various venues, Singapore
Race: F1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix 2019
20 September – 22 September
September is almost synonymous with the F1 Grand Prix festivities. The night races have a reputation for exciting pre and post-racing entertainment, but this year’s concert lineup (how does Red Hot Chili Peppers, Gwen Stefani, Muse and Swedish House Mafia sound to you?) is simply next level. A definitive guide to the F1 Singapore Grand Prix is underway but in the meantime, get acquainted with who’s coming this year!
F1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix 2019, various timings, Marina Bay Formula 1 Street Circuit Singapore 038975