October is monstrous and filled with exciting things to do in Singapore. Think Halloween, fashion swaps, goofy shows and movies under the stars.
Wanna hear a scary story? We’re just three months away from 2019! Distract yourself from the inevitable with great food, new bars, memorable weekends and everything in-between. September was cray, but October is taking it a notch higher.
Party along the river
22 Oct onwards
The Singapore River Festival promises a little bit of (almost) everything: the largest bazaar by the Singapore River, outdoor circus performances, an aerial LED kite performance, a Halloween street party featuring local myths and homegrown bands, and an AR play area by the Clarke Quay fountain. Now that’s our weekend plans sorted for a month!
Singapore River Festival, Till 11 Nov, 12 Eu Tong Sen Street #05-162 The Central, SOHO 2, Singapore 059819
Explore a neon jungle
19 – 28 Oct
Neon isn’t just taking over Instagram feeds, it’s also taking over the jungle with this exhibition at Gardens by the Bay. Venture into the Supertree Grove after dark to admire the neon light installations that depict endangered Southeast Asian animal species. Photo-worthiness aside, these installations were created to shed light (no pun intended) on the impact of deforestation, which puts more than 100 wildlife species at the risk of extinction each day.
Neon Jungle at Gardens by the Bay, Supertree Grove, 8 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953
Show yourself a little love
Real talk: between work, family and friends (and let’s not get started on parenthood), the juggle is real and looking after yourself often comes last. To help us find our peace and sanity, we’ve invited three kickass women to share their insights on empowerment, getting sh**t done and the importance of self-care over canapes and prosecco. Find out more about our next edition of HoneyTalks and join the discussion!
HoneyTalks: Be Strong, Stay Sane, Keep & Commune, Level 2, 237 South Bridge Rd, Singapore 058786
Feed your mind with inspiring tips from wellness entrepreneurs
Are you keen to start a wellness company or simply curious about the industry? The Welltodo Founder Series welcomes you to find out more. With insights from the Co-founder of Supernova and The Music Run (and more kickass entrepreneurs to be announced), hear about the future of wellness, leadership in an entrepreneurial environment and sustainability in the wellness space. Who knows, this might just provide the spark to kick off your wellness startup idea.
Welltodo Founder Series, multiple locations including Core Collective and The Working Capitol
Thrills and spills at the circus
25 Oct – 23 Nov
Now, this doesn’t happen every day: The Great Moscow Circus is back in Singapore after more than a decade! Expect nothing less than an awe-inspiring show with gravity-defying stunts, epic motorcycle displays, and classic clown and juggling acts. With no animals used, the show consists entirely of human acts that will make “How did they do that?” the catchphrase of the day. If you’re looking for something that’ll take your breath away, this is it.
The Great Moscow Circus, Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956
Challenge your perspective of the SQ Girl
26 – 28 Oct, 2 – 4 Nov
Just as iconic as the Merlion but also a fodder for social criticism is our very own Singapore Girl. Is she still relevant? Delve into an exploration of the identity and meaning of the SQ Girl through The Substation’s month-long lineup including an interactive exhibition and an alternative runway. We’re especially excited for the headliner, a variety show titled She’s A Great Way to Fly, an experimental mash-up of performances like yoga in a kebaya and thought-provoking monologues. This show was produced by another national icon: award-winning actress and producer Tan Kheng Hua – who you’d be familiar with from her appearance on Crazy Rich Asians.
Singapore Girl or Heritage Deployed, The Substation, 45 Armenian St, Singapore 179936
Fireworks and fun by the bay
26 – 28 Oct
Singapore’s largest reservoir, Marina Barrage does more than just supply water. With a breezy lawn and a spectacular view of the city, it attracts water sports junkies and picnic-goers alike. And what better way to celebrate the 10th anniversary of this engineering feat than with river cruises and live music? The grand finale this weekend will see fireworks too – way to end with a bang!
Marina Barrage 10th Anniversary Celebrations Finale, 8 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018951
Celebrate togetherness through the arts
27 – 28 Oct
The Shantanjali Festival of Arts (SFA) is returning with a barrier-breaking, dialogue-provoking arts fiesta featuring works by 25 independent artists and local arts institutions. Reimagining poetry through music, Temple of Fine Arts collaborates with Zakir Hossain Khokan (winner of the first inaugural Migrant Worker Poetry Competition) to showcase his admirable spirit; while Maya Dance Theatre and DADC (dancers with diverse abilities) join hands to create a piece that demonstrates the harmonious coming together of differences to create something amazing.
Shantanjali Festival of Arts (SFA) 2018, Kallang Community Centre, 45 Boon Keng Road, 339771
Go for an animation marathon
The first and largest animation festival in Southeast Asia, Cartoons Underground is revving up for another edition to end the year. The lineup includes spirit-lifting films that you’d typically associate with cartoons, as well as darker concepts that offer commentaries on our society today. Fittingly, this year’s bash is held at Kult Kafe, Wilkie Road’s unofficial hangout for creatives – the bar and cafe is located within a gorgeous colonial building and features a performance space (along with The Super Suckerlord exhibition). Be sure to also snag some hidden gems at the artist market after your film sesh!
Cartoons Underground, Kult Kafe, 11 Upper Wilkie Road, Singapore, 228120
Swap don’t shop at a designer auction
The Fashion Pulpit – Singapore’s first permanent clothes swapping space and pre-loved clothing boutique – is out to prove that fashion doesn’t have to come at the expense of sustainability. At the Auction Swap, names like Style Tribute (a boutique of beautiful, pre-loved luxury goods), Matter (known for telling heritage stories through textiles), and August Society (amazing swimwear with an excellent fit) will be donating stylish pieces for you to bid on. The twist? You’ll need to bring items to swap: you’ll then gain points you can use to bid at the auction. Honeycombers Ed Selina was at Fashion Pulpit’s inaugural auction and this is one seriously fun night sustainably minded fashion lovers can’t miss.
Fashion Auction Swap at The Fashion Pulpit, 117 River Valley Road Liang Court, Singapore 179030
For more fashion-related events, see our round-up of events for shopaholics.
Shop all things batik
Calling all batik lovers: The Batik People are holding a mini popup later this month with vendors like men and womenswear brand Think Batik; ready-to-wear modern batik label for women, Savi; and batik baby slings and apparel store, By Ms Dainty.
Mini Batik Pop Up, City of Tomorrow, CityLink, 1 Raffles Link, #B1-47/47A/47B/47C, Singapore 039393
Catch a movie by the moonlight
26 – 27 Oct
There’s something incredibly freeing and relaxing about watching a movie under the stars – and when rare opportunity to do so comes along, take it, we say. This month, Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) and Gardens by the Bay brings us two free outdoor film screenings leading up to the film festival: My Girl (USA, 1991) on 26 Oct and My Girl (Thailand, 2003) on 27 Oct – two coming-of-age movies.
SGIFF Presents: Moonlight Cinema, Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
What is life-changing design?
Our built environment is one of those things that we typically take for granted. Celebrate the architectural works around us with Archifest, Singapore’s Architecture Festival. The Projector is joining as a partner to screen films delving into designs that impact lives – from showcasing the journey of Swiss Architect Mario Botta to exploring Singapore’s housing program.
Archifest at The Projector, The Projector, 6001 Beach Road #05-00 Golden Mile Tower, Singapore 199589
Be a part of the ‘Oscars’ of photojournalism
Till 28 Oct
The old adage ‘a picture speaks a thousand words’ rings true – often, a story is made more powerful when it is told with, or in the form of a photo. And to celebrate the photojournalists that captured gripping images of important moments in history, the World Press Photo Exhibition has landed in Singapore to share the most compelling stories told through photojournalism. Head to the National Museum of Singapore to admire the photography from the 61st annual World Press Photo contest.
World Press Photo Exhibition, National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Rd, Singapore 178897
Get comfortable with silence
29 Oct – 14 Nov
Ashidiq Ghazali has had a pretty storied career, from being part of a local hip-hop group in the 90s to an award-winning advertising creative. And now, he returns home from his London base to make his debut as an artist and reigniting his passion for spinning the decks. Join the opening reception on the 28th to meet the man himself, or simply drop by the exhibition to test how comfortable you are with the petrifying silence.
Ashidiq Ghazali ‘silent in the petrifying silence’, Telok Ayer Arts Club, 2 McCallum Street, Singapore 069043
Visit Deepavali Festival Village
There’s a celebration on Campbell Lane every single day as a built up to Deepavali, the Hindu festival of lights. Drop by to shop for ornamental decorations and wood carvings; try on intricate ethnic wear; taste traditional cookies; admire henna art (or get one yourself!) and more. The streets will also be decked out in colourful lights come nightfall.
Deepavali Festival Village, Till 6 Nov, Campbell Ln, Singapore
Construct a narrative
Walk around on this island and there are two things you cannot ignore even if you tried – food and architecture. Bite into Archifest 2018 – an annual festival that celebrates the build and the process of it all. This year’s theme is Design for Life so there’s a whole lotta room for exploring – 10 exhibitions, 12 talks, and 16 workshops and tours across various locations. Can’t decide? We’re hitting up these events: the great architecture bake-off (‘cos cake), Architours (‘cos design talks & strolling), the urban farming workshop and film screenings at The Projector.
Archifest 2018, various locations
Boo, it’s Eleven o’clock
Remember back in July when we teased you with info about Halloween Horror Nights 8? And now it’s time for a pilgrimage to Universal just to scare yourself silly. The spooktacular lineup includes five terrifying haunted houses, three live shows, two scare zones and zombie laser tag. Our faves? The iconic ghosts in Asian folklore and Stranger Things upside down haunted house, duh! Let us leave you with a word of advice – brace yourself, Pumpkin… you will never see it coming.
Halloween Horror Nights 8, Universal Studios Singapore, 8 Sentosa Gateway, 098269
Looking for more Halloween action? We’ve got the freakiest parties for you.
Feed your mind and the rest will follow
An annual pop-up that acts as a potent catalyst for ideas, Jalan Besar Salon’s is exploring the environment, green living and consciousness this year. Expect three exhibitions, two artist residencies and a series of educational workshops and talks that are bound to get the wheels in your beautiful head turning. Go ahead and serve yourself a handsome helping of food for thought.
Jalan Besar Salon, Emporium of the Modern Man, 60 Somme Road, #01-03 Singapore 207876
What you missed!
Drop the (house) beat
The weekend starts on a Thursday at Lulu’s Lounge. Head down to this New York-style bar at Pan Pacific Hotel for Groove City with their signature cocktails and bar bites from 9 pm. Spinmasters Alex Seda, Orio Leshem & Roee Roco Sasson (from Fat Fish Familia), and Max Verrier will be helming the decks all night long– so if you’re a sucker for house music, this would be just the party for you.
Groove City, Lulu’s Lounge, 7 Raffles Boulevard Pan Pacific Hotel, Singapore 39595
Step into the Time Warp
So you think you’re walking into the backyard a lovely black and white colonial bungalow? Wrong. You’re strolling into Dr. Frank N. Furter’s home for an all-out kooky show. Bring a picnic basket for a front row seat to a theatrical performance of the 1970s cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show. We’re teaming up with Jane’s Tours and Evolve Arts’ production for a frightfully awesome night! Come dressed up in your wildest costume.
Let’s Do The Time Warp Again: A Rockin’ Horror Of A Show In A B&W House
Breakfast like you mean it
Breakfast is life, and our bucket list of best brekkie spots in Singapore proves our love. On our top 15 places is Food Rebel and they want you to learn how to whip up a delicious breakfast that’s totally healthy. Their workshop includes a live demo, recipe handouts to take back as well as food tastings. Oh, and all the recipes are gluten, dairy & refined sugar-free. Chop, chop!
Healthy Breakfast workshop, Kitchen by Food Rebel, 28 Stanley Street, Singapore 068737
Eat. Exercise. Party. Repeat
Working out is always a bright idea. And this glow-in-the-dark experiential fitness party is all kinds of amazing. Puma and GauvaPass are ganging up to bring everything fitness and fun under one roof for one 12 hour long session. There’ll be 23 dynamic workouts – think everything from yoga, barre, boxing HIIT and even a KPOP jam. Need to fuel up? Snack on some healthy, guilt-free food and wind down with a dance party. Not before braiding your hair and getting in on some neon face-painting action. #Instagold!
Puma Train #24Seven!, Suntec Convention Hall, 1 Raffles Boulevard, Suntec City, 039593
Smell the scent of endings
5- 11 Oct
We check out Byredo’s first ever popup in Singapore and you’ve got to attend. Catch their latest fragrance titled Eleventh Hour, a range of candles and perfumes as well as fragrance samples to try out. Eleventh Hour is distinct in its scent, opening with peppery and citrus accents that take you to Nepal’s highlands, easing into the heart note of wild fig. Here’s the fascinating and somewhat dark story behind this fragrance: it explores the ‘smell of things ending’, inspired by the idea that hostile places will become the last places of refuge from the dangers of rising ocean levels – food for thought, huh?
Byredo popup, 290 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238859
Get a taste of Margaret River
Until 12 October
One of Australia’s ultimate food and wine destinations, Margaret River in Perth, is giving Singapore foodies and wine lovers taste of the region’s best this month. Margaret River on Tour kicks off at Seasons on the Hill on 11 October at Tamarind on the Hill restaurant – an iconic black-and-white bungalow that will host renowned and emerging winemakers such as Vasse Felix, Cullen Wines and Oats Ends for one wine tasting session you don’t want to miss. Fine food producers will be there, alongside West Australian chefs Evan Hayter and Tony Howell, who will be presenting dishes made from fresh regional produce. Tickets are $68 for the event, which runs from 6pm-9pm. Got a taste for more? There are wine masterclasses, special dinners at Salted and Hung and Gunther’s and a chance to win a trip to Margaret River!
Get more details and book at www.margaretriverontour.com.
Bag a vintage steal
12 – 14 Oct
With vinyl records, objets d’art, home decor, haute couture, kitschy keepsakes and more, Retro Factory’s regular flea at Katong Square is the go-to for all things vintage, including one of our fave boutiques A Vintage Tale (pictured top). Hot tip: this market is great for going treasure hunting through trays of antique and retro jewellery. There will also be live music by seven DJs to keep you pumped throughout all the crate digging!
Katong Square Lifestyle & Vintage Market, Katong Square 88 East Coast Road Singapore 423371
Eat like you’re in Bali
19 – 20 Oct
Wish you were in Bali? Even if you can’t feel the salt ocean breezy on your tanned face, at least you can eat like you’re on vacay. Our Honeycombers Bali team’s favourite restaurant Cuca is hosting Swig & Nibbles, a two-day pop-up on our urban island. Head to Pan Pacific’s atrium by the reflection pool or poolside bar to feast on 20 sweet and savoury canapes paired with incredible tipples, all crafted by chef Kevin Cherkas.
Cuca’s Gastro Tour: Swig & Nibble, Pan Pacific Singapore, 7 Raffles Boulevard Singapore 039595
Be crowned King Pong
Think you can beer pong? Put your hand-eye coordination to the test at Overeasy’s ultimate beer pong showdown to vie for the King Pong crown as well as prizes like a 2D1N stay at The Warehouse Hotel and vouchers from cool restaurants and bars including Overeasy, The White Rabbit, Loof, The Black Swan, Tanjong Beach Club and more).
The Ultimate Beer Pong Showdown, Overeasy Orchard, 541, Orchard Road, #01-01, Liat Towers, 238881
Retail therapy that leaves you feeling good
20 – 21 Oct
The biggest pop-up market in Asia for social enterprises is back and we’re swooning over the lineup. Handcrafted jewellery made with tree bark? Check. An ethically sourced cup of joe? Check. Live performances? Check. There’ll be over 90 brands selling and showcasing their work at the Festival For Good, which translates to a ton of fashion, dining, and performance options for you to enjoy. An opportunity to indulge in retail (and food) therapy for social good? We’re sold.
Festival For Good 2018, Marina One, 5, 7, 9 Straits View & 21, 23 Marina Way, Singapore 018978
Catch the boy who wouldn’t grow up
Till 20 Oct
How did Peter Pan become… Peter Pan? Catch Peter and the Starcatcher, a five Tony award-winning play, that’s a prequel to the legend of Pan. Witness the life of an orphan and his mates, join them on a faraway island ruled by an evil tyrant and find out how they discover their safe place, their happily ever after in Neverland.
Peter and the Starcatcher, Drama Centre Theatre, #03-01 National Library Building, 100 Victoria St, Singapore 188064