Wanna know what the month has in store? Here’s our definitive list of top things to do in Singapore this September!
We’re almost there! Just a few months left of this eventful year before we welcome in the festive season. Are you all geared up for the new month ahead? We can’t wait to munch on delish mooncakes during the Mid-Autumn Festival and check out exciting activities at the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix. Read on for the juicy deets on awesome things to do this September in Singapore…
Best things to do in Singapore: September 2023
1. Shop: Harvey Norman’s Urban Furniture range
Looking to revamp your living space with stylish and functional furniture? Embodying contemporary design and practicality, this collection offers an array of pieces that are ideal for modern homes. We’re eyeing the Alora dining table and its unique height adjustable function. This versatile dining table seamlessly transitions from a traditional dining height to a coffee table height with just a simple adjustment. Switch from a party table for entertaining guests to a functional table for movie snacks on an intimate date night in a jiffy!
Match your height adjustable dining table with a statement sofa from the Urban Furniture collection. The fabric sofas feature sturdy FSC-certified wood internal frames and OEKO TEX-certified recycled covers, making them an eco-conscious and sustainable choice. Plus, complete your interior with dining chairs and other furniture essentials from this collection, which are expertly crafted to suit compact homes and contemporary living. Shop all these and more at the Harvey Norman Millenia Walk Flagship Store!
Harvey Norman, multiple locations including Suntec City, Northpoint and Westmall
2. Shop and explore: City Square Mall’s Mid-Autumn celebrations
1 September – 1 October
As September rolls around, you can’t miss the Mid-Autumn celebrations. At City Square Mall, make the experience special with a carousel lantern or moon terrarium making session, happening on 22 September and 23 September respectively. There are also irresistible promotions for health, beauty, and wellness. Score an Ogawa Genix 2.0 Hybrid Pro Massage Chair with a $1,000 rebate (U.P $4,280), four for 25% off at Holland & Barrett on selected supplements and more.
Plus, with a minimum spend of $120, you’ll receive a voucher pack and an exclusive CDL foldable eco-bag, featuring the winning design from the City Eco Bag Design Competition 2023. There are more festive highlights to explore, so make your way to City Square Mall!
City Square Mall, 180 Kitchener Road, Singapore 208539
3. Entertainment: Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix 2023
15 – 17 September
As the barriers go up and the street circuit starts taking shape, you know that Formula 1 season is upon us. Of course, it’s a highlight when September hits in Singapore. Expect more than 100 hours of entertainment across the three-day weekend. Think performances, roving acts, plus tons of art installations and activities to keep you busy. The explosive event will also feature exciting stage acts by Post Malone, Jackson Wang, and Atarashii Gakko. Are you ready to rumble?
Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix 2023, Marina Bay Street Circuit
4. Exhibition: Gardens by the Bay Mid-Autumn Festival
15 September – 1 October
Celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival with friends and family at Gardens by the Bay. This year’s theme is Garden of Blooms, which celebrates the reunion between loved ones. Get a load of 80 varieties of flowers, with 10 new specimens making their debut in Singapore. Coupled with the dazzling lanterns inspired by Chinese myths and legends, it’ll be a day to remember. Be sure to snap some pictures to show off the impressive installations!
Gardens by the Bay Mid-Autumn Festival, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
5. Entertainment: Ronny Chieng Live
12 – 13 September
Ronny Chieng is a familiar face in the world of comedy. You’ve probably seen him in several flicks like Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, American Born Chinese, and Joy Ride. Or you might’ve caught snippets of his Netflix special on TikTok. But how about catching him in person for a live performance? Back in one of his favourite places (aka Singapore), he’ll be bringing his sharp wit and blunt jokes to The Star Theatre. Psst: the show’s in such high demand that he’s added a second date, so snap up your tickets!
Ronny Chieng Live, #04-01, The Star Theatre, The Star Performing Arts Centre, 1 Vista Exchange Green, Singapore 138617
6. Things to do: Mandai Wildlife Run
23 – 24 September
In celebration of its 50th Golden Zoobilee, Singapore Zoo is hosting its much-loved back-to-nature run (previously known as the Safari Zoo Run). You’ll get the chance to spend the morning jogging and soaking up the sights and sounds of animals. Running enthusiasts can gun for the 5km Competitive Challenge, while those with little ones can opt for the 3.5km Ranger Buddies Family Dash. And for the seniors (or anyone who doesn’t wanna run), take a leisurely stroll to appreciate the wildlife. Now, that’s one healthy way to spend your September in Singapore.
Mandai Wildlife Run, River Wonders, Night Safari, and Singapore Zoo, 80 Mandai Lake Road, Singapore 729826
7. Eat & drink: Argentinian Takeover at One-Ninety Restaurant and Bar
From Buenos Aires to Singapore, One Ninety Restaurant and One Ninety Bar welcome a South American brasserie pop-up into their spaces. At the restaurant, Brasero Atlantico will feature an a la carte dinner menu and seven-course Chef’s Table dinner experience created by Alex Resnik. Look forward to asado (Argentinian barbecue), empanadas and more.
At the bar, Renato “Tato” Giovannoni helms the pop-up by Floreria Atlantico (#18 on the 2022 World’s 50 Best Bars list). Try cocktail classics like the Negroni Balestrini made of gin, Campari, Amaro Averna, eucalyptus, pine and seawater. Or sip on El Dorado, a refreshing blend of cachaca, Manifest, house-made mate terere, sugar cane juice and tropical fruits.
Argentinian Takeover at One-Ninety Restaurant and Bar, Four Seasons Hotel Singapore, 190 Orchard Boulevard, Singapore 248646
8. Concert: Lauv: The Between Albums tour
Multi-platinum certified singer, songwriter, and pop visionary Lauv is back in Asia with his The Between Albums tour. Fans fell in love with his magical singles that played to the tune of 11 billion streams. Known for tracks like I’m So Tired and ****, I’m Lonely, he’s collaborated with the likes of Troye Sivan, BTS, and Anne-Marie. Watch him perform live during his concert at the Singapore Indoor Stadium and soak in all the vibes.
Lauv: The Between Albums tour, Singapore Indoor Stadium, 2 Stadium Walk, Singapore 397691
9. Nightlife: GrooveTop presents Tatoun, Cristal No.5, and Rattle at Phuture
Pop-up party series GrooveTop is hosting its first-ever club show at Phuture, and we’re so excited! For this special occasion, two international guest acts from Paris and Bali will spin tunes for you all night long. We’re talking hip hop, R&B, afro, baile funk, and future beats. We hear this might be the biggest blowout yet so get your tickets and don’t miss it.
GrooveTop presents Tatoun, Cristal No.5, and Rattle at Phuture, Zouk, 3C River Valley Road, Singapore 179022
10. Things to do: Durian Confidence Course
Clueless about durians? Let the pros at 99 Old Trees guide you in their expert ways. Our favourite durian store has launched the first workshop of its kind to help you become a connoisseur in all things stinky. The 90-minute interactive experience ($128 per person, or $99 each for a minimum of two tickets) is a crash course with a tongue-in-cheek twist. You’ll learn essential life skills like how to crack open a durian, choose the best ones, and avoid scams.
Best of all, it ends with a decadent durian tasting session. Yes, we’re talking about all the Mao Shan Wang your heart desires (though your stomach may disagree). Plus, you’ll get a platter of six different cultivars. On our visit, we tried everything from Jin Feng and Tekka to Red Prawn and XO to taste the difference. Fret not if you’re worried about getting a headache after – there’ll be drinks like coconut water or cooling water to beat the heat.
Don’t forget to pick up your goodie bag before you head off! Each participant gets a CID (certified in durian) tee, a durian-shaped squishy, and a durian Swiss roll. The workshop dates aren’t set in stone yet, so keep an eye out for upcoming slots on the store’s website.
Durian Confidence Course, 1 Too Hong Road, Singapore 088321
11. Drink: Essence of Water course by Singapore’s first female water sommelier
We’ve heard of wine sommeliers, but have you ever met a water sommelier? Caryn Tang is Singapore’s first female water sommelier, and she brings her expertise to this unique course. Delve into the captivating world of water and its diverse categories, significance, and profound impact on your well-being. But if you can’t make it for this one, no worries. More courses will roll out in the latter half of the year, so keep your eyes peeled.
Essence of Water course by Singapore’s first female water sommelier, Ibis Singapore on Bencoolen, 170 Bencoolen Street, Singapore 189657
12. Things to do: Survive the Collapse: A scavenger hunt
It’s 2060 and Singapore is now an unbearable wasteland. There’s a shortage of water due to a terrifying drought, and it’s pushed the government to move into the newly discovered planet Bootopia. Cue panic and chaos as Singaporeans are left struggling to survive in a society with dwindling resources. The only way for your team to survive is to fight, but will you survive? Well, put yourself to the test!
Survive the Collapse is a collaborative outdoor scavenger hunt that requires you to collect resources and interact with narrative characters. The game is played via an app and it’ll guide you while keeping track of your score. Play with friends and family or meet your team on the day itself and make some new connections.
Survive the Collapse: A scavenger hunt, begin at Merlion Park
13. Nightlife: Oktoberfest Party at Boaters’ Bar
We’ve got plenty of things to do in Singapore this September ‘cos it’s also the start of Oktoberfest. And Boaters’ Bar is celebrating early. Toast to this festival of beers with German brews, Bavarian cuisine, and live entertainment. And admire the beautiful view of the marina. You can also look forward to a fresh new menu featuring an impressive selection of Japanese delights that add to the izakaya-style experience. Order skewers, Japanese-style pizzas, and bar snacks to go with your drinks.
Oktoberfest Party at Boaters’ Bar, One°15 Marina, 11 Cove Drive, Singapore 098497
14. Drink: Ippudo Umeshu Festival
7 – 9 September
Get plummy with Singapore’s largest umeshu tasting ever. Expect over 30 different types of umeshu flown directly from Japan at Ippudo. To celebrate Japanese food and culture, Ippudo and spirit retailer Umeshuya are bringing in umeshu labels from different prefectures. That includes newly launched flavours and an exclusive selection previously unavailable in Singapore. There’ll also be food so you’ll be prepped and ready for a night of umeshu tasting.
Ippudo Umeshu Festival, #01-04, i12 Katong, 112 East Coast Road, Singapore 428802
15. Shop: Shop Small Pop-Up Market
25 September – 1 October
Want to support local? Check out this pop-up at Suntec City to browse through goods by 16 homegrown businesses including Woods in the Books, Cat Socrates, Retrocrates and Drips Bakery. Look forward to fun activities like a candle-making workshop by Nine Wicker Ave, a bracelet-making session by SSFW, a tea-making demonstration by East Inspirations, a meet-and-greet with Baby Shark (the little ones will love that!) and a blind ice cream taste test by Creamier. Plus, buskers such as Sheng Li, Daniel Sid and Fyrdauz Macbeth will keep you entertained with their performances over the weekend.
Psst: American Express card members who spend $50 or more will receive a goodie bag of vouchers and merch worth over $130.
Shop Small Pop-Up Market, Suntec City Atrium, Tower 1 and 2, 3 Temasek Boulevard, Singapore 038983
16. Things to do: Sunda Festival
30 September – 1 October
Swing by this alternative dance music festival to enjoy fun activities, workshops, dishes by food vendors, and music by more than 30 regional DJs and live acts. You’ll be grooving to house, disco, techno and modern jazz melodies by Kuniyuki, Bottlesmoker, Di Linh, Batavia Collective, Merve and the like.
On the wellness side, there’ll be a cacao ceremony, dream interpretation workshop, mindfulness meditation session, Chinese tea tasting, sound healing and more. Families can check out the field games, a scavenger hunt, and craft workshops for entertainment. Don’t forget to fuel up on sandwiches by Monument Lifestyle, java and Asian-inspired grub by Maxi Coffee and Offtrack, and grilled sausages by Sidecar Handcrafted. Top it all off with booze at the Bombay Sapphire Bar or Heineken Silver Bar and you’ll be partying all night long. Oh, and kids 12 and below get to attend the festival for free!
Sunda Festival, Sat 1pm – 4am, Sun 10am – 11pm; Sarimbun Scout Camp, 70 Jalan Bahtera, Singapore 719921
Bring on September with these exciting and interesting things to do in Singapore!