Weekends are for incredible BBQs, design-lovin’ block parties, X’mas shopping, art steeping and channelling your inner Freddie Mercury
Design-lovin’ block party to hit up
Heads up, The Tan Boon Liat Building is throwing a bash! This design mecca is hosting the second edition of #TBLblockparty and everyone’s invited. It’s filled with design showcases, in-store parties, four lucky dips worth $250 and even Christmas bundles (because it’s never too early to plan for Christmas, right?). Don’t miss Ethnicraft Online’s one-of-a-kind wooden treasures, Journey East’s photography exhibit and rare museum-worthy Persian rugs at Hassan’s Carpets. Plus, there’s a fun Christmas bazaar to shop at Emperor’s Attic while over at The Providore, you can fuel up on drinks and hot dogs at their pop-up bar. Oh and you can expect tons of free bites and drinks along with massive deals and discounts at several stores including Hommage Lifestyle, Ethnicraft Online, The Beuro, The Past Perfect Collection and more. And that’s what we call a win-win!
#TBLblockparty 2018, Tan Boon Liat Building, 315 Outram Road, Singapore 169074
Chill out with beer and grills
We couldn’t ask for a better way to chill this weekend than beer, live music, and BBQ? The Great Grill Out by Guinness has landed in Singapore for the first time ever and we’re anticipating a weekend of stuffing and chugging on loop. This is where you sample the best beer and grilled meat pairings from some of Singapore’s best restaurants like Artichoke, Camp Kilo Charcoal Club, Red Eye Smokehouse, Sidecar, Decker Barbecue and more. It doesn’t stop there, you can even learn a thing or two here. Professional chefs will be revealing their best-kept secrets and showing you how to incorporate Guinness stout into your recipes. Bet you didn’t know how versatile this beer was until now!
The Great Grill Out by Guinness, Emily Hill, 11 Upper Wilkie Rd, Singapore 228120
Take it to the theatre
In a mood for drama? Go on a dark but entirely humorous journey with two friends who had one job. Get a load of Guards at the Taj, an award-winning and critically acclaimed play that’s complete with frisky dialogue and a witty script around the myth that “nothing so beautiful shall ever be built again”.
Guards at the Taj, 14 Nov – 1 Dec, KC Arts Centre – Home of SRT, 20 Merbau Road, Singapore 239035
If you’re feeling festive already (who can blame ya!), book tickets to the opening weekend of W!ld Rice’s A $ingapore Carol that’s a hilarious and local take on Charles Dickens’ classic tale. Meet SK Loo, the richest businessman in town thanks to his all-in-one app and watch as get he haunted by the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. And yeah, it’s a musical!
W!ld Rice’s A $ingapore Carol, 23 Nov – 15 Dec, Victoria Theatre, 9 Empress Pl, Singapore
Go all shades of green on Black Friday
It’s almost Black Friday and Swapaholic is colour correcting. At The Green Friday Swap, refresh your closet with a new load of clothes, bags, shoes, jewellery and accessories donated by brands like Victoria’s Secret, Beyond the Vines, Mandarin Galleries’ stores as well as your favourite influencers. Plus, there’s a sustainable fashion show on the lineup along with an illustration workshop by Vix Harris, creator of #50rebelwomen.
The Green Friday Swap, 23 Nov, Fri, 2-5pm; 24 & 25 Nov, Sat-Sun, 11-2pm, 4-7pm, Mandarin Gallery, 333A Orchard Road Singapore 238897
Get your zzzzz on
Saturday, 24 Nov
Sleepless in Singapore? We feel ya. Perhaps GuavaPass and Ascend Yoga Therapy’s new session might do you good. Perfect for busybodies who don’t get enough rest, Full Moon Sleepscape is five hours of blissful sound therapy, yoga and meditation. Expect three hours of incredible sound therapy including binaural beats, a didgeridoo, crystal bowls, rav vast drums, the lute and the gongs – all to lull you to a deep state of sleep.
Full Moon Sleepscape with GuavaPass and Ascend Yoga Therapy, 7pm – midnight, 82 Boat Quay Level 3 Singapore 049870
Stretch all of those creative muscles
Saturday, 24 Nov
What if we told you there’s a barre class this weekend that’s drenched in Yuletide vibes. Aude from Ask a French has collaborated with WeBarre to host one unique exercise-workshop sesh. Learn how to put together an incredible Christmas wreath while increasing your flexibility and mobility at a Stretch & Technique class. And once all your real and creative muscles are put into action at the Webarre Christmas Wreath Workshop, treat yourself to some French tea and cakes.
WeBarre Christmas Wreath Workshop, 9-11.30am, Ask a French Atelier in Tiong Bahru
Shop like it’s almost Christmas
Brace yourself, it’s time to up your X’mas gift from last year. And with all these incredible festive markets and bazaar, it’s going to be a breeze. Cluny Court Christmas Fair is back for the fourth year and promises to be a treasure trove of goodies. You will find your real pine or fir tree here along with a jolly Santa. Then there’s A Jolly Holiday Christmas Fair with 70 vendors to rile up your shopping game including sustainable labels like Neis Haus, Fabricate and Vegepod. Also, hit up the Danish Christmas Bazaar 2018 for handmade decorations, festive treats, open-faced sandwiches, beers and live music.
All aboard the Hogwarts express
Pack your wand, Potterheads of all ages… it’s a magical Christmas at Changi airport. The world’s best airport has recreated iconic sets to make every Harry Potter fan ecstatic. Think Hogwarts, Diagon Alley, and Hogsmeade Village. Make a weekend out of it – play Quidditch while balancing on broomsticks, practice your spellcasting (It’s leviOsa, not levioSA), get fitted at Madam Malkin’s Robes for All Occasions and loiter around Diagon Alley like you’re up to no good.
A Wizarding World Holiday at Changi Airport 16 Nov – mid-Feb 2019
Party like you mean it
Saturday, 24 Nov
Themed bars are all the rage this season and so are themed parties. If you’re a Queen fan (who isn’t, ammiright?), hop over to Lavo’s Saturday Soiree to worship all thing Mercury. Taking over the music, DJs Ginette Chittick and Eden Cai will be playing indie-rock and electronica renditions of Queen’s classics. Dress up like Freddie, get free entry and dance the night away like you want to break free.
Lavo Singapore, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018956
If you like it glitzy, time travel to the 20s-30s at Electro Ball 2018. Wear your blingiest flapper outfit and sharpest tuxedos for this Hong Kong Glitz themed rager complete with electro swing music (and a rare jazz set), speakeasy and mahjong room, drag performances and a lot more. It’s an evening where jazz, Hollywood film music and Chinese folk melodies turn Madame Fan into a Hong Kong ballroom from way back when.
Electro Ball 2018: Hong Kong Glitz, Madame Fan 32 Beach Road, Singapore 189764
Soak up the arts
So the Arts Weekend Civic District is back to drench the city with culture. This weekend is jam-packed with interesting things to do and most of them are free of cost. Chill out on the Empress lawns to listen to music by Houg, Bennett Bay and Theodora or hop over to Kalaa Utsavam at Esplanade for an immersive dive into Indian arts and culture. Saturdays are for family fun at the Asian Civilisations Museum and everyone talking about Minimalism: Space. Light. Object at the National Gallery and ArtScience Museum. So what are you waiting for?
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