From stuffing your face with delicious food to unleashing your inner shopaholic to going crazy while watching the FIFA World Cup, here’s the roundup on the top happenings this July...
This July, it’s time to chuck the weighing scale in the corner and max out that credit card because the dynamic duo of the Singapore Food Festival and the Great Singapore Sale are happening. Throw in the annual Pink Dot and some football action and you can be sure it’s gonna be one crazy month! Check out this city’s July event lineup…
If last year’s edition taught us anything, it’s that this momentous occasion only gets bigger every year. Pink Dot is our little red dot’s largest LGBTQ event, and over the years has served as a reminder that everyone deserves the freedom to love. More specifically, it advocates inclusiveness in our society and declares that love can transcend heteronormative borders. On the 21 July, head down to the lush and green Hong Lim Park and watch it be transformed into a sea of pink where the notion of openness and acceptance will fill the air. As part of this year’s Pink Dot, you can also look forward to PinkFest. Happening from 7-21 July, this festival aims to take the expression of love up a notch, and will include an exhibition of portraits by Leslie Kee and heartfelt stories on diversity and inclusion by local indie cinema The Projector.
Pink Dot, 21 July, New Bridge Road, Singapore 059299
Sprout isn’t your ordinary farmer’s market, this inaugural event celebrates sustainable agriculture, urban farming and of course, a range of good and clean food. We assure you that you will be spoilt for choice at this festival, with a lineup of six sessions such as sprout & grow where you can learn about urban farming and sprout and buy where you can purchase local produce. For those into healthy cooking at home, you’ll get a chance to take your recipes up a notch by attending live demo cooking sessions.
Sprout, 7-8 July, 1 Raffles Boulevard, Suntec City, 039593
Singapore Food Festival (SFF)
Serious foodie or not, this is one event you wouldn’t wanna miss. Paying homage to Singapore’s rich food diversity, here’s where you can embark on a culinary journey. Think top local chefs, pop-up events, and multi-sensory dining experiences. It’s not all about stuffing your face though, explore food-inspired art, attend workshops, and even sample new dishes. Grab your tissue packets and chope your seats and grab your baggy jeans, brace yourself for a food galore!
Singapore Food Festival, 13-29 July, various locations
SFF’s signature event, Streat is a two-day event of gastronomical proportions. We are all excited for the product of a collaboration between Michelin-star chefs Emmanuel Stroobant Haikal Johari. Adding to the indulgent experience, feast on traditional and modern takes from establishments such as Lolla, Xiao Ya Tou and Fishball Story. If all these delectable food is making you thirsty, you’re in luck. For the first time ever, Streat will feature a dedicated bar in the form Asia’s best bar 2018. Yes, you got that right! Manhattan will be on-site to ensure you’re never without a drink.
Streat, 13-14 July, 10 Empress Place, Empress Lawn, Singapore 179555
Beer Yoga and Citylights
13, 20, 27 July
If you’re thinking beer and yoga are like chalk and cheese (we can testify that it’s actually really therapeutic), you need to head down to the SFF. The euphoria you feel when you drink beer and the meditative energy from yoga combine to give you an energizing experience like no other. Whether you’re a hardcore yogi or the alcoholic in denial, this new exercise trend is in town to bring you to a new level of consciousness.
Beer Yoga and Citylights, 13, 20 & 27 July, Clifford Square, 1 Fullerton Square, Singapore 049178
13-15, 20-22, 27-29 July
We usually know Siloso beach for its raucous beach parties. But for three weekends in July, these shindigs can take a backseat, it’s time to feast. F&B operators and second-gen hawkers will be plying their trade along a 1km stretch along Siloso beach, with a massive array of food ranging from Jumbo Hokkien noodles and traditional naan platters. Grab a calamansi or an ice-cold beer and soak in the gentle breeze and live music, we’re sure you’re not gonna want to leave the place at the end of the night.
Sentosa Grillfest, 13-15, 20-22, 27-29 July, Siloso Beach Walk
Curry Day 2018
Lover of all things curry? Curry Day 2018 is just what you need. Brought to you by Old Chang Kee, this curry puff mecca at Velocity@Novena Square will be celebrating Curry Day 2018 with a spread of curry chicken, curry buns, and of course its famous puffs. To make things even more enticing, Old Chang Kee has said it will be releasing two new flavours of their signature curry puffs. While they’ve kept it up with the suspense, we’re expecting something delicious.
Curry Day 2018, 27-28 July, Velocity@Novena Square, 238 Thomson Road, Singapore 307683
The 50 cents fest
Transport yourself back to the 1930s where life was tough and simple but everyone was happy. A tribute to the yesteryears, talk a stroll through Chinatown and take your pick from an extensive range of food from the golden era. The best part? Prices start from 50 cents! Indulge in dishes that are no longer sold in this day and age – Kerabu bee hoon (a stir-fried spicy, sweet and sour bee hoon dish. Think, dry mee siam), fish molee (a fish curry stew), and many other decadent dishes. Apart from that, you can revel in entertainment acts such as traditional opera performances. Bring your grandparents along, this fest promises to be nostalgic for them and amazing for you.
The 50 cents fest, 28-29 July Chinatown Food Street, Smith Street, Singapore 058938
Happy Yoga 2018
Ready to enter into a Zen-like state? Grab your mats and head down to the Singapore Botanic Gardens for a morning of meditation with Adam Fazlur where the fresh air and lush greenery will definitely make for an invigorating experience. Don’t leave your lil’ ones out too, it will be tranquillity for the family this July!
Happy Yoga 2018, 1 July, 1 Cluny Rd, Singapore 259569
Actually Affordable Art Market (AAAM)
Your chance to get your hands on beautiful (and affordable) artwork. The best part? It’ll all be work from local artists! Get artsy at the acrylic pour workshop and the flower embroidery workshop. Feast on hearty roasts, soak in the chill tunes and bask in the chill vibes. Don’t miss out on this chance to kick your July off on the right foot.
AAAM, 1 July, 66 Kampong Bugis, Ground Level, Singapore 338987
Peanuts fan? This 5km run is your chance to reconnect with your favourite characters. Charlie Brown, Lucy and the world’s most famous pet beagle will all be on-site to cheer you on as you enjoy the scenic Bedok Reservoir route. Oh, we heard there will be a giant inflatable Snoopy, so make sure you come camera-ready!
Snoopy Run Singapore 2018, 1 July, Bedok Reservoir Park
3 & 4 July
At long last, this pop-ballad queen will be gracing Singapore with her majestic presence. As a testament to her legendary abilities, Celine Dion has experimented with a plethora of genres throughout the years, from gospel to R&B and even classical. Winner of multiple Grammy awards, fans will be in for a treat with her top songs ‘My Heart Will Go On’ and ‘I’m Your Angel’. Alas, all good things come at a price. The tickets to her concert start at $150 and can go up to $1200 for VVIP sitting. Our hearts just sank faster than the Titanic.
Celine Dion live in Singapore, tickets via Sistic
The Singapore Theatre Festival 2018
Since 2006, this event has been celebrating contemporary Singaporean local theatre through the development of new and original local writing. This year is its sixth edition, and you can expect to be treated to life stories in the form of productions such as Press Gang, which talks about journalism and When The Cold Wind Blows, which is a poignant story about Singapore’s military service.
The Singapore Theatre Festival 2018, 5-22 July, Lasalle College of the Arts, 1 McNally Street, Singapore 187940.
Durian Pop-up stall
6 July onwards
It’s clear we have a love-hate relationship with this fruit. We claim it’s our national fruit and we have a building with its shape but we don’t allow it on buses and trains. To make matters worse, half of the younger generations despise it and the other half love it more than their spouses. Sigh, why didn’t we choose an apple? But good news for the durian lovers, it’s time to loosen your belts and prepare to be messy. RWS will be having a durian pop-up stall where you can whet your appetite at the durian appreciation workshop. Alternatively, attend durian cultivars where you will learn all about this fruit – from the legendary Mao Shan Wang to lesser-known types such as Black Pearl and D13.
Durian Pop-Up Stall, 6 July onwards, RWS, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
Urban Ventures x Street Party
Take to the streets this July. For one day only, Temple Street will be transformed into a bustling district featuring art, music and culture. It’s guaranteed to be an absolute spectacle – a medley of street performances, salsa under the stars, and a steady flow of beats from DJs and live performers. If these extravagant celebrations aren’t to your liking, there’s also yoga on the streets, a free manicure and – get this – an underground market where celebrities including Jade Seah and Venetia Sng will be selling their apparel at a steal. And yes, there WILL be food. Renowned F&B names such as Brotzeit and HVRST will be there to complete a perfect experience.
Urban Ventures x Street Party, 7 July, along Temple Street
Hello Kitty Run
Hardcore Hello Kitty fans, it’s time to hit the ground running. The iconic cartoon character will be making a return to Singapore and will be bringing along a fruity theme for this year’s manageable 5km race. While we don’t know what surprises are in store for us yet (although fruit punch at every kilometre would be nice), you can expect loads of fun!
Hello Kitty Run, 15 July, The Promontory at Marina Bay, 11 Marina Blvd, Singapore 018940
Singapore Garden Festival
From 21 July onwards
Crazy plant ladies in the making and aspiring urban gardeners, here’s one for you. Enter into the magical world of interesting garden designs and a variety of floral creations as Singapore goes into full bloom this July. Horticulture lover or not, this festival will enchant you as you roam around the picturesque Gardens By The Bay. Be sure to visit the Orchid extravaganza where you will be captivated by the our country’s national flower. For those looking to give your balcony a beauty makeover, the balcony gardens exhibit is for you, where you can take in the dazzling displays and inspire yourself to transform your balcony into a vibrant enclave.
Singapore Garden Festival, from 21 July, Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953
International Champions Cup
26, 28, 30 July
Our National Stadium is usually dismally empty but come this July, you can be sure it’s gonna be a full house. Little wonder why, gargantuan teams Arsenal, Paris Saint Germain, and Atletico Madrid will be gracing our football field with their presence. For the football fans, this is your chance to get up close with your favourite players as these teams battle it out for the International Champions Cup.
International Champions Cup, 26, 28 & 30 July, Singapore Sports Hub, 1 Stadium Drive, 397629
Great Singapore Sale
No lies, this is our favourite time of the year. But we’re sure we aren’t the only ones who love the GSS more than our work. Whether you’re in need of retail therapy or not, you can’t deny that this massive sale is the perfect time to stock up on daily essentials and a chance to up your fashion game. It’s not uncommon to see retailers offer up to 70% off on clothing and other accessories. Keep an eye out for the Orchard Road area but don’t forget the smaller boutiques along Chinatown and Little India. The best part? This event runs for 10 weeks so you have plenty of time to go broke. Check out our guide to our GSS faves to get you started.
Great Singapore Sale, whole month, various locations
Drama Box presents: Chinatown Crossings
Written by award-winning playwright Jean Tay, Chinatown Crossings explores the rich heritage of the area in the form of a site-specific theatre performance. Get acquainted with Kunalan – an Indian man who grew up in a Chinatown shophouse in the 1960s – as well as the feisty landlady’s daughter Ting Ting and his domestic helper cum surrogate mother Fong Cheh. Explore the nooks and crannies around the neighbourhood, experience the inside of a shophouse, witness some of the lost and forgotten practices of this colourful community and even relive the olden days through a soundscape.
Drama Box presents: Chinatown Crossings, all month, 48 Pagoda Street, 059207
FIFA World Cup 2018
Missed out on the first few matches? It’s never too late to join the football frenzy. Cheer for your favourite team alongside your friends and family. If you found subscribing to the channel an unworthy investment, check out our list of sports bars. Nothing better than ice cold beer and pub grub when it comes to the FIFA World Cup.
FIFA World Cup 2018, all month
Poetry Festival Singapore
Poetry lovers are in for a rhyme of their life. Over the last weekend of the month, surround yourself with fellow poets and poetry buffs to watch original plays, participate in spoken word workshops as well as listen to engaging talks on multilingual poems and reading performances. Head to The Art House for migrant worker poetry readings sessions and catch Benches, a coming-of-age, two-person poetic play, with an intriguing premise. What do you take away from it all? Hours well-spent steeped in art and maybe a made-to-order poem banged out on a typewriter by Poetry Proletariat Factory.
Poetry Festival Singapore, 27-29 July , The Arts House, 1 Old Parliament Lane Singapore 179429
Singapore Cat Festival
14 & 15 July
If you’re crazy about cats, this might be the purrfect way to spent the weekend. At this giant celebration of all things feline, expect everything – cat-themed trinkets, cat care sharing sessions and tons of stuff to pamper your fluffy partner in crime. Cat ladies and gents can even bring their cats along for an a-meow-sing day out in the park. The event is free to attend but you have to RSVP.
Singapore Cat Festival, 14 & 15 July, Kallang Leisure Park, 5 Stadium Walk, Singapore 397693
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