We’re having an all-rounded weekend! With Pink Dot, Sunday yoga sustainable shopping, durians and grilled food… there’s something for everyone!
Across the beauty-verse
Did you really think Sephora will be celebrating its 10th birthday without a party? As if! Spectacularly topping its birthday celebrations this summer, Sephora Singapore is all ready to launch the biggest beauty playground event in Singapore which will go on for ten glorious days from 20th to 29th July! Sephora Playhouse is the first-ever beauty interactive funhouse in Singapore and Southeast Asia. A home for beauty, this beautyverse is bursting at the seams with individually themed rooms – custom-built and inspired by our favourite beauty brands, fully interactive and on-trend. Each room has a striking and distinct aesthetic theme that relates creatively to beauty and delivers Insta-ready opportunities, as well as physical fun.
Sephora Playhouse, 21-29 July, Civic Plaza, 391 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238873
Eat your heart out at the Singapore Food Festival
Serious foodie or not, this is one event you wouldn’t wanna miss. Paying homage to Singapore’s rich food diversity, here’s where you can embark on a culinary journey. Think top local chefs, pop-up events, and multi-sensory dining experiences. It’s not all about stuffing your face though, explore food-inspired art, attend workshops, and even sample new dishes. Grab your tissue packets and chope your seats and put on your baggy jeans, brace yourself for a food galore!
Singapore Food Festival, 13-29 July, various locations.
The Red Dot is all for the Pink Dot
If last year’s edition taught us anything, it’s that this momentous occasion only gets bigger every year. Pink Dot is our little red dot’s largest LGBTQ event, and over the years has served as a reminder that everyone deserves the freedom to love. More specifically, it advocates inclusiveness in our society and declares that love can transcend all borders. Head down to Hong Lim Park and watch it be transformed into a sea of pink where the notion of openness and acceptance will fill the air. As part of this year’s Pink Dot, you can also look forward to PinkFest. Happening from 7-21 July, this festival aims to take the expression of love up a notch, and will include an exhibition of portraits by Leslie Kee and heartfelt stories on diversity and inclusion by local indie cinema The Projector.
Pink Dot, 21 July, New Bridge Road, Singapore 059299
Stuck in the same old Sunday rut? Get out of it! Shake things up with some yoga, gourmet eats, and an outdoor market featuring some of Singapore’s best sustainable brands. After finishing off your warrior poses, it’s time to grab some superfoods from The Bakening and Chufala and then it’s off to pick some candles from Hush and metal straws from The Sustainability Project.
Sunday Market Flow, 22 July, M Social, 90 Robertson Quay, Singapore 238259
Don’t get up my Grillfest
We usually know Siloso beach for its raucous beach parties. But for three weekends in July, these shindigs can take a backseat, it’s time to feast. F&B operators and second-gen hawkers will be plying their trade along a 1km stretch along Siloso beach, with a massive array of food ranging from Jumbo Hokkien noodles and traditional naan platters. Grab a calamansi or an ice-cold beer and soak in the gentle breeze and live music, we’re sure you’re not gonna want to leave the place at the end of the night.
Sentosa Grillfest, 20-22, 27-29 July, Siloso Beach Walk
It’s durian season!
It’s clear we have a love-hate relationship with this fruit. We claim it’s our national fruit, we have a building with its shape, yet we don’t allow it on buses and trains. But good news for the durian lovers, it’s time to get messy. RWS will be having a durian pop-up stall where you can whet your appetite at the durian appreciation workshop. Alternatively, attend durian cultivars where you will learn all about this fruit – from the legendary Mao Shan Wang to lesser-known types such as Black Pearl and D13.
Durian Pop-Up Stall, 6 July onwards, RWS, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
Let’s get botanical
Crazy plant ladies in the making and aspiring urban gardeners, here’s one for you. Enter into the magical world of interesting garden designs and a variety of floral creations as Singapore goes into full bloom this July. Horticulture lover or not, this festival will enchant you as you roam around the picturesque Gardens By The Bay. Be sure to visit the special orchid segment where you will be captivated by the our country’s national flower. For those looking to give your balcony a beauty makeover, the balcony gardens exhibit is for you, where you can take in the dazzling displays and inspire yourself to transform your balcony into a vibrant enclave.
Singapore Garden Festival, from 21 July, Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953
Meet me in Chinatown
Written by award-winning playwright Jean Tay, Chinatown Crossings explores the rich heritage of the area in the form of a site-specific theatre performance. Get acquainted with Kunalan – an Indian man who grew up in a Chinatown shophouse in the 1960s – as well as the feisty landlady’s daughter Ting Ting and his domestic helper cum surrogate mother Fong Cheh. Explore the nooks and crannies around the neighbourhood, experience the inside of a shophouse, witness some of the lost and forgotten practices of this colourful community and even relive the olden days through a soundscape.
Drama Box presents: Chinatown Crossings, all month, 48 Pagoda Street, 059207
The Love Ball soon will be making another run
In the mood for more love, love, love? After Pink Dot, there’s the The Love Ball! It’s been 10 years of Pink Dot after all and after a decade, it’s time to pay homage to the years that helped paved the way. Lip sync to your most loved big-voiced diva anthems of the 70s, 80s, 90 and 00s. Remember to dress up! Nothing’s too loud or crazy for the night.
The Love Ball, 21 July, Hard Rock Cafe, 50 Cuscaden Road, HPL House, Singapore 249724
Shop till you drop at GSS
No lies, this is our favourite time of the year. But we’re sure we aren’t the only ones who love the GSS more than our work. Whether you’re in need of retail therapy or not, you can’t deny that this massive sale is the perfect time to stock up on daily essentials and a chance to up your fashion game. It’s not uncommon to see retailers offer up to 70% off on clothing and other accessories. Keep an eye out for the Orchard Road area but don’t forget the smaller boutiques along Chinatown and Little India. The best part? This event runs for 10 weeks so you have plenty of time to go broke. Check out our guide to our GSS faves to get you started.
Great Singapore Sale, whole month, various locations