Your October will hardly be dull, thanks to a bunch of exciting events such as Singapore Fashion Week, WTA Finals, Singapore Wine Fiesta, Singapore Restaurant Week and lots more!
Can you believe it? In a blink of an eye, we’ve already entered the last quarter of the year (give yourself a pat on the back!). With that said, waste no more time and make the best of what you have left with 2016. Take out your calendar now and start filling the dates with cultural celebrations like Deepavali and Halloween, and exciting festivals like Singapore JewelFest and Oktoberfest. But the fun doesn’t stop there; from musicals and plays to workshops and exhibitions, there are plenty of fun-filled activities happening in Singapore this month that you’ll surely regret if you miss them.
1. Beat the heat with this BBQ pool party
Back for another splash bash in the heart of the CBD, this monthly pool party organised by Eyes To The Front looks to beat the heat. Boasting a bevy of homegrown and international talents – Dan Stoneman, Seng Wei, Shane O’ Neil, DJ Passion, Jordan Odovan and Oliver Osborne – this wet and wild party also dishes out BBQ goodies like beef sliders, wings, truffle fries and vegetable brochettes. How else will you keep your energy up on the dancefloor, right?
2. Walk for a good cause
Start the month by doing some good and join the Pink Ribbon Walk organised the Breast Cancer Foundation. Rally your troops and show your support to women diagnosed with and survivors of breast cancer by participating in this empowering walk against breast cancer with friends and families.
3. Satisfy your cake cravings at Butterknife Folk
Whether you’re looking for a beautiful, scrumptious cake or craving a delightful bowl of creamy gelato, Butterknife Folk is the new place to check out. Located along River Valley Road, Butterknife Folk specialises in gelato and French-inspired cakes. And don’t forget to grab a cup of toasty hot chocolate with home-made marshmallows to complement your delicious cakes.
4. Get your creative fix at Archifest
Here’s one for the architecture buffs! Archifest 2016 makes it comeback with a technicolour Pavilion that’s designed with the theme ‘Exhale’ – transforming Raffles Place Park into a bustling gallery and event space filled with exhibitions, conversations, markets, architecture tours and lots more.
5. Celebrate Deepavali with family and friends
Join in the merrymaking as the Hindus in Singapore celebrate the ‘Festival of Lights’ with Henna art, performances, and plenty of shopping in Little India and beyond. The vibrant ethnic enclave will also be decorated with rows of elaborately designed arches, and thousands of stunning lights – so don’t forget your camera!
6. Glam up for a royal ball this Deepavali
Make this year’s Deepavali even more memorable by scoring a place at the red carpet Royal Deepavali Ball at One Farrer Hotel & Spa. Aside from relishing delectable food fares and enjoying free-flow beverages all night long, you’ll be entertained by first-class entertainment like the multi-talented Bollywood star Anushka Manchanda, India’s MTV DJ Ankanksha and more.
7. Catch music prodigy Dan Deacon at ArtScience Museum
Part of the ArtScience Museum’s new monthly event series, ArtScience Late, this Baltimore producer swings by with his schizophrenic, shape-shifting repertoire. His experimental songs vary between hyperactive chiptune and otherworldly freak folk, and also glitchy renderings of synth-pop. Whatever Dan Deacon chooses to pull outta his bag of tricks come show day (and trust us when we say he has a colourful live show), you’d best keep an open mind for it!
8. Get goosebumps at Halloween Horror Nights
Singapore’s most highly anticipated scare affair, Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios, is back for the sixth year running and, boy, does it promise to be one helluva spook-fest! Five horrifying haunted houses, two terrifying scare zones, and two outrageous shows – this ghostly fear-feaster will surely send shivers down your spine.
9. Check out the revamped “dude-Sin” menu at iconic rooftop bar, Loof
Dudes, where you at? Hustler of his self-coined “dude-Sin” cuisine, Bjorn Shen – the chef-owner of Artichoke and Bird Bird – has his sights on iconic rooftop bar, Loof. He’s just unveiled a new Asian bar food menu, and this features mind-boggling, yet appetite-teasing surprises like bacon lollipops, Twisties charred corn, California crackers, and BLT fried rice. Ever the genius, Bjorn!
10. Attend enriching Cat Care workshops by Neko No Niwa
Not only does the cosy shophouse space houses a clowder of 13 adorable kitties, Neko No Niwa also conducts workshops for cat lovers and the like. This October, sign up for its Cat Care workshops – perfect for cats-owner-to-be.
11.Be dazzled by gorgeous collections of jewels at Singapore Jewelfest
Need some sparkle in your life? Singapore JewelFest 2016 is the perfect spot for the ultimate holiday gift that’ll charm your loved ones. Hop in for edgy necklaces, bracelets and earrings or simply be bedazzled by stunning collections of the best jewels and gems from around the world.
12. Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the famous musical, RENT, with Pangdemonium
Local theatre company, Pangdemonium, closes its 2016 Season of Love with the famous Tony award-winning musical, RENT. Its adaptation of this ultimate rock musical will take you on a journey of discovery and love through its themes and characters. But don’t take our word for it; check out our interview with local celebrity, Tabitha Nauser, who plays a lead role.
13. Dance and dig through this weekend at Field Vibes
Expect a fun-filled field day with this one! This noon-to-sundown event at Cafe Melba (it’s more than just a lazy brunch spot!) is more than just a daytime rave – courtesy of local DJs like KFC, Brendon P and Nazir. This fiesta is also a tie-in with Tanjong Goodman’s Weekend Market, so you can get both dance and retail therapy while supporting its handpicked charity, the Singapore Children’s Society. And yes, the kids will be entertained here too with bouncy castles, face-painting and kid sports.
14. Witness an electrifying indie-rock concert from Morrissey
If you’re a loud and proud hipster, then this is one name that won’t fly over your head. Revered as the ex-frontman of ’80s jangle-pop game-changers, The Smiths, Morrissey has since cemented himself as a flamboyant and accomplished solo artiste. With his oozing charisma, bendy vocals and knack for spewing polarising opinions, there are few showmen in the world who can compete with this British rockstar.
15. Enjoy a hearty local breakfast
Opened by the folks of Tiong Bahru Pau, Sam Yat Coffee, a new Singapore-style café, champions humble yet palatable local food fare that the Lion City has to offer. From local breakfast favourite kaya and kopi sets ($4.20) to a hearty bowl of mee rebus ($2), your morning perk-me-up doesn’t get more Singaporean than this.
16. Have a tipple, or two, at Singapore Wine Fiesta
Presented by The Straits Wine Company for the ninth year running, Wine Fiesta 2016 is back as Singapore’s largest annual outdoor wine festival. On top of wine, you’ll also be treated to gastronomical delights by renowned chefs and electrifying entertainment by local music talents. Oenophiles, where y’all at?
17. Have some family fun at a kid-friendly Halloween event
Worried about scarring the lil’ ones with the heebie jeebies? This Halloween event looks to be tamer! The annual kid-friendly Halloween extravangaza, Safari Boo, returns to River Safari with the theme “Aliens & Monsters” – lined up with a slew of family-fun activities such as animal presentations and face painting.
18. Be mesmerised by a stunning light and water performance
Bring the gang, a picnic, and your cameras and head to Event Plaza at the Promenade where you’ll be awed by the Wonder Full: Light & Water show. Its swaying, shape-shifting streams, accompanied by a dramatic symphonic soundtrack, makes for perfect date night material.
19. Catch the best female racketeers battle it out at BNP Parbis WTA Finals Singapore
Come October, tennis will be on everyone’s lips as BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global returns to the court. The greatest eight players in women’s tennis are making their way down to the Singapore Sports Hub, so don’t miss out on this opportunity to get up-close-and-personal with these tennis superstars. Tennis action, served!
20. Celebrate the best in fashion at Singapore Fashion Week
Fashionistas and the like, look here! The annual fashion extravaganza returns to Singapore with a stirring lineup of events, which include runway shows by international and local designers, the Blueprint trade show, SFW Fashion Talks Series, and Fashion Futures.
21. Enlist the help of a top makeup pro this Halloween
Deemed the ‘master of makeup’, Kelly Bilimoria and her team are the ones to call for weddings, TV commercials, magazine shoots, fashion shows, special effects and body painting (perfect for Halloween!), and even makeup workshops if you’re keen to learn under her tutelage. Yes, she’s a whiz at hairstyling too – talk about doing it all!
22. Check out a conscious living and mindfulness festival
Get inspired, motivated, and empowered at Green is The New Black 2016. This first-of-its-kind festival in Singapore that focuses on conscious living features interactive workshops and talks, live music, local brands, foodie stalls, and more!
23. Catch a YouTube superstar live in action
Catch Daniela Andrade, YouTube sensation with over a million subscribers, in Singapore this October as she showcases her gentle, feathery vocals through her heart-wrenching renditions of timeless classics by Radiohead, Beyoncé, and even Nirvana. You can also catch her original material that shook the industry just a couple of months ago.
24. Celebrate your love for beer and anything German at Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest is back, which means there are plenty of beer-soaked, carnivore-skewed Bavarian bashes happening across Singapore. This Bavarian festival’s our culturally valid excuse to knock back giant steins, eat sausages, and tear apart pretzels.
25. Treat your tummy to the best fine dining restaurants
Foodies, listen up! The Singapore Restaurant Week is back for its 13th edition, featuring over a hundred of the best fine dining restaurants in Singapore like Olivia Cassivelaun Fancourt (OCF), Zafferano, and db Bistro; all of which will dish out set lunches ($28+) and dinners ($38+) at affordable prices.
26. Listen to great symphonic classics by the Australian World Orchestra
Classical music buffs, don’t miss this one night-only concert by the critically acclaimed Australian World Orchestra at The Esplanade, which features over 90 of Down Under’s best musicians. Take us away, maestro.
27. Discover Old Singapore with cultural tours
How well do you know about Singapore’s war-torn history? One of the fiercest battles that took place in Singapore during WWII is the Battle of Pasir Panjang, in which Second Lieutenant Adnan Saidi led the Malay Regiment soldiers against a 13,000-strong Japanese army. Relive this heroic clash at Reflections at Bukit Chandu by The National Heritage Board as you interact with historical artefacts and exhibits.
28. Rave at this Halloween EDM festival by the beach
Even ghosts and ghoulies have to party, and this is one Halloween-themed haunt that’s set to be a real thriller. Blackwhite Productions brings back Atlantis this month – a beach fest stuffed with an artillery of EDM, headlined by local, commercial-friendly DJs like Victoria, Inquisitive, Tinc and more. Whether you come sporting a bikini or Freddy Krueger outfit, you won’t feel outta place at this large-scale spectacle.
29. Relive your fangirling days with A1
You betcha: it’s A1, the one and the same! Back when pop was dominated by easy-on-the-eyes boybands with mushy ballads and feel-good anthems, A1 were one of the prime players who’d made fangirls teary-eyed. So if you’re still sentimental about hits like “Like A Rose” and “Same Old Brand New You”, this comeback gig will take you way back.
30. Rock out to Scorpions at Suntec Convention & Exhibition Centre
Crank it up to 11, and go back in time with these classic rock phenoms. Now on their 50th (!!) anniversary tour, Scorpions still have what it takes to rock you like a hurricane, so you bet you’ll be head-banging along to their wailing guitar solos and sky-rocketing vocals. These old-timers still sting!