Introducing our mega list of all the exciting things to do in Singapore this November. Spoiler alert: It’s going to be massive!
Oh, will you look at that? Just two more months till we bid adieu to 2020. As much as the year has been nothing like we’ve imagined, that shouldn’t stop us from making the most out of it. In this guide to the best things to do in November, we celebrate Deepavali, enjoy exclusive tipples from Singapore’s best bars and usher in the festive season.
Best things to do in November
HoneyTalks: How to Start a Business the Right Way
Our next free online event is for those of you wanting to start a side hustle or launch your own business. We’ve gathered six inspirational business owners (including our founder!) for a frank discussion about mistakes they made along the way to world domination. At this event, business owners will learn some valuable tips about what not to do when starting your own business. Planning to launch in Asia right now? Here’s your chance to ask all your burning questions. Sign up ASAP to save your spot as seats are limited!
How to Start a Business the Right Way, 11am-12pm, register online
Handmade with Honeycombers: Get Festive with Resin Play
16 – 18 November
This festive season, we’re all about getting hands-on with resin to make gorgeous designs. So let loose your artistic side and check out our resin art workshops hosted by Resin Play in November. This uniquely fun workshop gives you an introduction to resin art. You can choose between a canvas, two coasters or three Christmas ornaments. It’s quite a therapeutic time – perfect for winding down after a hectic 2020. Plus, the possibilities are endless, as you can use your fave colours and pigments to create marble or galaxy effects in your one-of-a-kind resin pour design.
Participants get to collect their artworks a day after the two-hour session, so you can display it as decor to spruce up your space or gift it to a loved one this festive season. Each workshop will host a maximum of six people, and safe distancing measures will be put into place, so you don’t have to worry about a thing.
Handmade with Honeycombers: Get Festive with Resin Play; $85 per person (U.P. $100); Monday to Wednesday; two sessions per day, 10am – 12pm and 3pm – 5pm; Resin Play, #02-02, 37 Beach Road (at the end of Purvis Street), Singapore 189678; get your tickets
Eat: Jurassic World Cafe
6 November onwards
Travel back to a time when dinosaurs roamed the globe at the new Jurassic World Cafe – a first in Southeast Asia. This two-month pop-up sees its walls plastered with dinosaurs, with a T-Rex photo spot, a retail corner and a life-sized velociraptor replica in the space. Plus, it’s situated up high at Ion Sky, which means you get to enjoy spectacular skyline views as you dine on dinosaur-themed food.
On the menu, you’ll find goodies like Volcano Curry (pork, pea tendrils, rice), Jurassic World burger (bacon, mushroom, potato wedges), nasi lemak and curly fries. For dessert, dig into the Fossil Excavation Cake (sponge cake, berries, ice cream), lava cookies or ‘Geologic’ Parfait. If you love your lattes hot, you’ll enjoy the matcha, mocha and coffee versions with dinosaur images floating atop the foam. Oh, and just for Christmas, the December menu features a meat platter (glazed pork ribs, honey chicken wings) and a cranberry mint chocolate drink.
Jurassic World Cafe, Ion Sky, Level 56, Ion Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801
Entertainment: Baybeats 2.0
6 – 8 November
The indie music festival returns with live streamed performances from Esplanade’s concert hall. Highlights include the debut of the Baybeats Budding Bands who’ll perform after a two-month mentorship. Be a part of the concert experience with a two-way live streamed set. Vibe hard to the beats of indie rock band Astreal, all-star group Hanging Up The Moon and hip hop stars TheLionCityBoy featuring Amthakid and Abangsapau.
Baybeats 2.0, watch online and via the Facebook page
Shop: Beyond The Vines is now a design studio
Local label Beyond The Vines has now rebranded into a design studio. Aside from minimalistic womenswear, the brand has now expanded its collection with a permanent menswear line and lifestyle items like reversible bucket hats, AirPod cases, pullovers and of course, its iconic dumplings bags.
Beyond The Vines, #B1-42/46, Takashimaya Shopping Centre, Ngee Ann City, 391 Orchard Road, Singapore 238801
Arts & Culture: Singapore International Photography Festival
5 November onwards
Kickstarting this month, the Singapore International Photography Festival explores the theme, Departing and Arriving. TL;DR: It spotlights our sense of belonging and identity amidst uncertain times, delving into our past and belief systems along the way. Enjoy a line-up of international, regional and local artists. You’ll also spot the Inside Out mobile photo booth – a street art gallery made famous by anonymous French artist JR – for the first time in Singapore. The project aims to debut 1,000 portraitures of stories of people in Singapore. These portraits will be exhibited around the city from 2 November.
Singapore International Photography Festival, various locations; The Inside Out truck can be found at DECK, The Substation, 37 Emerald Hill, Tekka Centre, Kreta Ayer Square and ION Orchard from 30 October 2020 onwards, 12pm-7pm (except for Kreta Ayer Square from 11am-6pm)
Culture: Singapore Writers Festival
Until 8 November
Singapore Writers Festival is back. This time, it explores the theme of intimacy and the meaning of relationships and interactions during the pandemic. How apt! In its digital edition, SWF offers interactive programs, workshops and cross-cultural dialogue with special literary guests.
Singapore Writers Festival, 30 Oct – 8 Nov 2020, online
Drink: Singapore Cocktail Festival 2020
From 1 November
The cocktail festival makes a return with splendid activities and engaging programmes. Singapore Cocktail Festival kicks off with the SGCF City Takeover, where 21 bars around the city – 28 HongKong Street, Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall, Barbary Coast and Native, to name a few – come through with signature cocktails inspired by neighbourhoods. At $18 each, the exclusive cocktails are going to be a steal. Remember to register to participate!
Want to enjoy your tipples at home? Most cocktails will be available via the online store and even come with a free can of Perrier. Masterclasses by four 50 Best Bars 2020 recipients will be held online too. Craft your own creations at home with the help of bartenders from Hope & Sesame in Guangzhou (#36 on the list), Maybe Sammy in Australia (#43), Tropic City in Bangkok (#24) and Indulge Experimental Bistro in Taipei (#4).
Singapore Cocktail Festival 2020, 1 Nov – 31 Dec, register online
Celebrate: Deepavali 2020
Notice those gorgeous lights at Serangoon Road? It’s the season of Deepavali. Covid-19’s not going to stop the festivities. From an online bazaar to virtual cultural events to exciting pop-ups from local Indian brands, this Deepavali’s going to be lit. For a full list of activities, bookmark our guide to Deepavali in Singapore.
Eat: Three Buns Singapore
Who’s up for free-flow booze? Gather your drinking buddies and head to the burger joint’s breezy riverside space for mid-week fun and fab promos. On Wednesdays, from 5pm to 8pm, the Fries Before Guys ladies’ night deal offers house fries and unlimited bevvies for $59.90. You’ll be sipping on cosmopolitans, apple martinis, Wilfred’s sangrias, house wines, prosecco and draught beers. Oh, and if you reserve a table for four by Tuesday, with all of you purchasing the promo, you get a free eight-slider platter on the house.
On Thursdays, from 5pm to 8pm, the Bros Before Foes promo offers free-flow house pours with mixers, house wines and draught beers at the same price. Just like the ladies, if you reserve a table for four the day before, you’ll also get the slider platter at no extra charge. Cheers to weekday boozing!
Three Buns Singapore, #01-01, 60 Robertson Quay, Singapore 238252
Drink: New happy hour deals at Bayside Drinks & Eats
Cool down with an ice-cold Aperol Spritz by the bar with Bayside Drinks & Eats’ new offering. Every Wednesday to Sunday, enjoy its Sunset Hour promo from 5 to 7pm with two-for-one Aperol Spritzes or house beer, wine and spirits at 2 for $20. Usher in the weekend with a special free flow Saturday deal from 5 to 10pm at $70. That’s five hours of bottomless tipples! Adjourn to the breezy alfresco bar, take in panoramic views of Marina Bay and sip on a range of Aperol Spritz.
Bayside Drinks & Eats, #01-12, One Fullerton, 1 Fullerton Road, Singapore 049213
Eat: Sentosa GrillFest
Until 22 November
Back with a home edition, the Sentosa GrillFest offers over 80 delish offerings for both dining in and delivery this year. Satiate your cravings with juicy burgers, grilled platters, BBQ delights and more from participating restaurants. Sentosa GrillFest has also partnered with Singapore Chefs’ Association (SCA) to offer local delights and Asian faves. DIY lovers can fire up the grill with Grill-It-Yourself kits by Angliss Singapore. Or bag cooking tips, deals and discounts on Sentosa GrillFest’s flagship store on Lazada.
Sentosa GrillFest, every Thursday – Sunday, order online or make a res at selected F&B outlets
Concert: Majulah Live
Jazz up your weekend with Majulah Live, a one-night virtual concert featuring some of the most sensational local artists in town. Initiated by Zendyll and Collective Minds, and supported by National Youth Council, the stellar line-up includes artistes, Aisyah Aziz, Estelle Fly and Jon Chua JX, amongst others. Plus, expect to laugh till your bellies ache with a performance by the Sons & Sister of Singapore Comedy Quartet – Fakkah Fuzz, Rishi Budhrani, Jinx Yeo and Sharul Channa.
Majulah Live, book tickets online
WFH: Work at a Gold Class lounge
Golden Village unveils a new work from lounge concept at GV Suntec. Z.E.S.T @ Gold Class offers all the things you’ll need for a productive day – six hours of Gold Class lounge access and high-speed Wi-Fi access as well as water, a cup of coffee or tea, and popcorn for munchies. You can also enjoy a movie for less. Need some shut-eye? The Zen Zone program allows you to recharge on Gold Class plush recliners from 12pm to 1.30pm or 2pm to 3.30pm.
Z.E.S.T @ Gold Class, from $25, GV Suntec City, 3 Temasek Boulevard, Singapore 038983
Fitness & entertainment: Zouk turns into a spin studio and cinema club
To diversify its offers and experiences, the nightclub has transformed its main room into a spin studio by day and cinema club by night. Enjoy a class or two by Absolute Cycle together with Zouk’s club setting and heart-pumping beats. As for movie buffs, Zouk will host movie screenings and curated theme nights featuring new releases and cult classics. Stay tuned for more deets! Is this the future of clubbing? We’ll have to wait and see.
Zouk x Absolute Cycle, book online
Eat: The Best of Lime
1 – 26 November
Travel the globe through culinary delights with Lime Restaurant’s new buffet line-up. Served a la carte, The Best of Lime highlights local delights, international favourites and new creations. Feast on plates like salted egg lava tempura seafood hand roll, Pickering lobster laksa and caramelised mini angus beef sirloin. Drop by on Fridays and over the weekend for hawker delights from Hong Lim Food Centre including Tai Wah pork noodles (a Michelin Bib Gourmand 2018 recipient) and Morning bak kut teh.
The Best of Lime, 6.30pm-10pm, from $68 (adults), $34 (child); top up from $25 for free-flow beer, wine and prosecco; Parkroyal Collection Pickering, 3 Upper Pickering Street, Singapore 058289
Shop: Shopee 11.11 Big Sale
Until 11 November
Get a kickstart in your shopping game with the 11.11 sales. Ready your plastic for up to a million dollars worth of discount deals, 30% cashback and 20% off vouchers on skincare, makeup and food and beverage.
Shopee 11.11 Big Sale, online
Eat & Play: Rasa Sunset in Paradise
Who needs Bali when you can have a sunset BBQ right here in Singapore? Rest your legs for a special poolside BBQ dinner with scrumptious BBQ platters, coconut cocktails and mocktails at Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa. Beach access, sun beds, swimming pool access and sea sports activities like kayaking and pedal boating are also available.
Rasa Sunset in Paradise, Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa, Singapore; from 4pm-9pm, $95 (adult); $47.50 (child), available on Fri, Sat, Sun, eve of public holidays and public holidays
Pop-up: The Macallan Experience
Take your appreciation for whisky to greater heights with the swanky new Macallan Experience. It’s held at the grandiose Raffles Hotel Singapore, where you can dip your toes into the history of Macallan through a sensorial experience. The Sensory Cinema offers a one-of-a-kind tasting with immersive storytelling and a kinetic art installation. Highlights include an archival gallery that explores the rich heritage of the Scotch whisky brand.
Here, you’ll encounter some of the oldest and rarest whiskies such as The Macallan 72 Years Old in Lalique and even the Raffles Hotel Singapore Edition. Finally, have a taste of the exquisite single malts and curated cocktails at the whisky lounge. Don’t forget to snap some pics – you’ll want to remember this experience. Limited edition bottles are also available for sale.
The Macallan Experience, 26 Oct 2020 – 10 Feb 2021, #01-07-10, Raffles Arcade, 328 North Bridge Road, Singapore 188719
Arts & Culture: SAM Mini Mobile Museum
Drop by Woodlands Regional Library to explore the SAM Mini Mobile Museum’s latest commission. The Dream from the Other Side by Singaporean artist Melissa Tan is an installation that explores the mapping of Singapore over the years. The installation will morph from topographical maps from the 1950s to present day as it travels across Woodlands, Jurong and Tampines Regional Libraries. Pretty cool, eh? Families with kids can also enjoy interactive artist-led activities and digital games via SAM’s YouTube channel. Not living around the vicinity? You can check out the exhibition online.
SAM Mini Mobile Museum, the installation will be available at Woodlands Regional Library from 28 Oct – 13 Dec 2020; Jurong Regional Library (16 Dec 2020 – 31 Jan 2021) and Tampines Regional Library (3 Feb – 21 Mar 2021)
Eat: Hairy Crab Festival at Yan
Until 30 November
Crab fact: Did you know that hairy crabs are available during only the ninth and tenth months of the lunar calendar. You can now savour the buttery roe and sweet flesh of this seafood at Yan. Pile up on a la carte dishes such as the pumpkin broth, poached noodles and stewed bamboo pith and luffa with hairy crab meat, or go all out with the six-course Hairy Crab Feast set menu.
Hairy Crab Festival, from $22.80++ (a la carte dishes) and $158++ per pax (6-course set menu); Yan, #05-02, National Gallery Singapore, 1 Saint Andrew’s Road, Singapore 178957
Shop: UNIQLO Town
The three Uniqlo outlets in Orchard have combined to form a new retail destination – Uniqlo Town. Each outlet introduces three unique experiences for all ages. Hop over to the Plaza Singapura store to learn about the brand’s efforts in sustainability. The newly minted Sustainability Corner will highlight materials used on Uniqlo products, as well as showcase the local eco-community. Be greeted by rotating wall art installations by local artists at Ion Orchard. The brand has also collaborated with local skateboarder Pham and graphic designer and illustrator Wu Yanrong for a campaign. Finally, its Orchard Central flagship will see a t-shirt customisation service as well as a local brand spotlight corner.
UNIQLO Town, locations at Plaza Singapura, Orchard Central and Ion Orchard
Exhibition: Planet or Plastic?
The ArtScience Museum welcomes its first exhibition post-circuit breaker with a thought-provoking topic. Joining hands with National Geographic, Planet or Plastic? is a photography exhibition that uncovers the origins of plastic and its environmental impact through mass production. All 70 powerful photographs – shot by renowned photographers around the world – depict the global and local waste crisis. The exhibition also spotlights innovative marine scientists, ecologists, biochemists, conversationalists and even local beach clean-up community Seven Clean Seas for their efforts to solve this worldwide problem.
Planet or Plastic?, till 28 Mar 2021, ArtScience Museum, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956
And there you have it, all the best things to do in Singapore this November are right here…