Aside from celebrating Singapore’s birthday at the National Day Parade, August is also filled with a slew of fun-filled events – from Epicurean Market to Singapore Night Festival!
Happy Birthday, Singapore! This month, join us as we celebrate our nation’s 51st birthday at the National Day Parade. What’s more? See Singapore come to life with the sights and sounds of cultural festivities at Pesta Raya, Malay Festival of Arts, and revel in the celebrations of Art at the Singapore Night Festival and Singapore International Festival of Arts. Also, not to be missed is the oh-so-popular Epicurean Market where a rare gastronomic affair awaits at Marina Bay Sands. But the fun doesn’t stop there – with plenty more exhilarating gigs, parties, shopping events and new restaurants on the horizon, August is gonna leave you breathless, that’s for sure!
1. Celebrate Onitsuka Tiger’s 50th year anniversary at Pedder on Scotts
If you’re a shoe aficionado, come join this popular Japanese sportswear brand’s 50th anniversary celebration with an exclusive Mexico 66 commemorative showcase at shoe haven, Pedder on Scotts. The exhibition will feature collaborations with 50 diverse Singapore-based personalities to reinterpret the shoe.
2. Hunt down 10 must-try dishes at the newly opened Japan Food Town
Food alert! A new nexus of Japanese food in Singapore, the Japan Food Town in Orchard Road is where you can relish delectable teppanyaki, okonomiyaki, sushi, ramen, chirashi-don, shabu shabu, sake and loads more.
3. Up your cool factor with Fred Perry Subculture Live
Indie music enthusiasts, look this way! Fred Perry relaunches a gig in Singapore like no other, with a hush-hush location, and featuring local bands, DJs, and a special showcase from Friendly Fires this August. Do keep your eyes and ears open for more deets.
4. Check out a new watering hole at Lime House
Broaden your horizons (and your repertoire of tipple conquests) at this new vibrant rum lounge at Keong Saik’s Lime House. The colonial-decor lounge appeases with an appetising side of fish goujans and a glass of Dark & Stormy, which is a dark mix made with white rum and lime angostura bitters. Or if fruity bubblies are more your thing, the Kingston gives a smooth hint of tangy orange but ends with a heady finish.
5. Get livin’ la vida loca with Latino Fridays at Terra
One of our go-to rooftop bars at the mo’, Terra gets Latino-lovin’ this month with a series of parties every Friday called Noche De Fiesta, complete with addictive Latin American street food and stupor-inducing cocktails. Resident DJs, Kenneth Francis and Ramesh K, will be engulfing the beautifully designed space with jaunty vibes, flaunting a repertoire of funk, soul, bossa and even Afrobeat.
6. Immerse yourself in a cultural festival this Hari Raya season
Bring your entire family to this annual cultural festival, held after Hari Raya Puasa (a holiday that celebrates the end of the Ramadan month of fasting). Pesta Raya – Malay Festival Of Arts pays tribute to the Malay arts and heritage with an array of music, dance and theatre performances.
7. Play some upsized games at this Games Festival
What’s better than games? Super-sized games, of course. Join in the Giant Games Festival 2016 for a larger-than-life experience where you can play super-sized games like pick-up sticks and a car-sized dart board with family and friends.
8. Get grooming with the help of Beauty Room
Have stubborn unwanted hair that you desperately need to remove? Make a visit to Beauty Room at Dhoby Ghaut and give the salon’s non-invasive facial quick fixes and IPL treatments a test. Read our beauty writer’s review on it here.
9. Hit up an organic cafe in the CBD for a guilt-free feast
Hop on the health bandwagon with Kitchen by Food Rebel, a new organic café-bistro in the CBD where you can enjoy flavoursome (yet healthy!) fusion of Western and Asian cuisines made with natural, unadulterated, sustainable, and locally sourced ingredients.
10. Learn basic brush lettering with Dark Horse Vintage
Heads up, vintage lovers! Pop-up retailer, Horse Vintage, is celebrating its 1st anniversary with an exciting basic brush lettering workshop. Learn a thing, or two, on how to hand-letter in beautiful brush script style. Limited slots available, so book your spot soonest!
11. Indulge yourself in heavenly tasting milkshakes
Patissez has finally made its way to Singapore, and its arrival comes bearing good news: its unapologetically calorie-laden milkshakes piled with all manner of sweet treats – from chocolate covered pretzels to slabs of brownies and mint choc cookies. Do yourself a favour and indulge; forget about your calorie counting if just for one day.
12. Explore the biggest fitness spot in Singapore
Whether you’re a thrill-seeker or fitness buff (or probably both), get acquainted with Singapore’s newest and largest multi-specialist sports and wellness centre, The Yard, where you can do acrobatics, parkour, trampolining, yoga, and pilates.
13. Get your Uptown Funk on with Mark Ronson
Punters were startled a bit when they caught wind that Zouk’s and Ismaya Live’s Beach Beats Fest had been cancelled. But thankfully, those keeping theirs fingers crossed to catch tropical house upstart Sam Feldt, deep house deckster Hayden James, urban beat-tripper Ta-ku, and the legendary uptown funkster Mark Ronson, will get their second shot at the We The Citizens Fest, an unofficial ‘National Day’ party. Where ’em party patriots be at?
14. Celebrate Singapore’s birthday at the beautiful Gardens by the Bay
Don’t miss the celebration of our nation’s 51st birthday at Gardens by the Bay, where you can have plenty of sporty fun at its sporting carnival and fitness party, or chill with family and friends as the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Central Band and Swiss Military Small Band perform familiar patriotic tunes.
15. Gobble as many chilli crab baos as you can
Put yourself to the test with a food challenge by Red House Seafood that gives you the chance to binge-eat its signature chilli crab bao. What’s in it for you? $3,888 cash (!) if you consume the most number of chilli crab baos!
16. Shop at a flea market that celebrate locals
What better way to celebrate National Day than to support (read: buy) Singaporean brands, eat local food, and catch homegrown bands at The OYAY SinGalore Weekend Market. Here, you can also walk down memory lane with nostalgic decorative installations of familiar icons such as the Merlion, mobile ice cream cart, and the old-school dragon slide.
17. Join in the biggest birthday bash for Singapore at the National Day Parade 2016
Of course, the biggest highlight of the month is the National Day Parade. Expect to see crowd-pleasers such as the State Flag Flypast and spectacular fireworks display on 9 August.
18. Watch a film under the stars at Fort Canning Park
Take your date to Fort Canning Park for Films At The Fort presented by Casillero del Diablo. This wildly popular open-air cinema that oozes ambience combines award-winning films with gourmet food and wine in the beautiful setting of Fort Canning Park.
19. Discover boldly blended Eastern and Western cuisines at Robertson Quay
Whimsical design and creative East-meets-West dishes come together in this cosy, unpretentious Robertson Quay resto at M Social Singapore. Settle yourself down on its plush couches and low tables, as Beast & Butterflies’ unpretentious atmosphere and price point is an invitation to let your hair down and kick back – one we’re sure will be hard to resist.
20. Get panicky with Panic! at the Disco
Panic! at the Disco die-hard fans, time to rejoice! This month, this famous American pop rock band is making its way to Singapore to put on a mind-blowing one-night only show at Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre. Get ready to panic!
21. Treat yourself to gourmet food and wines at the Epicurean Market
Go on a gastronomical weekend of gourmet food and wine appreciation at this annual food and wine fair, which features top international restaurants, wineries and leading brands. Savour signature dishes from award-winning chefs, taste exquisite wines, shop for gourmet foods and take a masterclass from top culinary talents.
22. Appreciate a multi-disciplinary concert of video, dance and music
Witness a multi-disciplinary concert that incorporates video, dance and music by local instrumentalists, The TENG Ensemble. This contemporary production consists of 10 collaborative works that draw inspiration from Singapore’s heritage and Southeast Asian folk songs.
23. Skank away at a reggae party
Both a gig and rave of the Rastafarian sort, the lions behind Dub Skank’in Hifi Soundsystem are throwing yet another reggae-rousing fest. Alongside swaying DJ sets from Austria’s Me.Layan, Sir Edy from Big Up Soundsystem and Lady Emma from Singapore Soul Club, this bashment is being headlined by esteemed ska vocalist, Denny Frust, who will be backed by superband, Reggae Remedy. Get your skankin’ shoes ready!
24. Rock on to electrifying alternative rock music performed by Weezer
You might probably know these seminal alt-rockers for dancing with ‘The Fonz’ on Happy Days, or simply because of gen-defining anthems like “Hash Pipe”, “and “Beverly Hills”. Yes folks, Weezer is finally coming to our shores for the first time ever!
25. Wow your senses at the Singapore Night Festival
The ninth edition of the Singapore Night Festival continues to lure throngs of crowds with its spectacular performances, light art installations and a myriad of activities – from art to food – at the heart of Singapore’s art district for all to enjoy over two whole weekends.
26. Explore the Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA)
Directed by Ong Keng Sen, embark on an artistic adventure like no other at Singapore’s pinnacle arts event. Themed ‘Potentialities’, the 2016 season matures into a creations festival decked with 20 productions, of which a record-breaking 15 will be brand new creations!
27. Support local music at The Singapore Rhapsodies Concert
Celebrate Singapore’s emerging musicians and pop talents at The Singapore Rhapsodies Concert in Sentosa. This picnic-carnival will be graced by well-known music acts like Charlie Lim, Daphne Khoo and Nathan Hartono.
28. Cycle through the city’s large network of park connectors
Go on a leisurely 11-km ride through the city’s large network of park connectors, and then end your cycling adventure with an outdoor movie at East Coast Park’s Parkland Green. Not keen on cycling? Head straight to the final destination for the screening at 7.30pm.
29. Witness the crowning of Manhunt Singapore 2016
Ladies, if you wish to be in a room full of confident men with Greek God bods, this one might pique your interest. Catch 20 Manhunt contestants battle it out with their perfect physique for the Manhunt Singapore 2016 title!
30. Staycay at the new Oasia Hotel Downtown
Piercing towards the skies amidst the lacklustre terrain of grey commercial skyscrapers, is a new hotel that’s hardly an eyesore – a towering garnet pillar with a steep domed peak, with massive, angular spaces carved into its anatomy, and green vines dangling across its 27 storeys like a dystopian daydream come true. Read our editor’s review on this gorgeous staycay haven.