This weekend is for authentic experiences, museum-hopping, non-stop parties, fierce fights and great cocktails
Uhh… did someone say long weekend? Honestly though, is there anything more exciting than a Monday off? The month of May has been good to us and this long weekend is tempting us with more delicious cocktails, museum-hopping plans, traditional food and the arts. Want to up and leave? Just hop on a flight and squeeze in a quick 72hr Southeast Asian adventure instead…
Experience: Geylang Serai Bazaar 2019
No sad lobster rolls and rainbow sprinkled anything, we’re sticking to traditional food, thank you very much. This Ramadan the Geylang Serai Bazaar is working extra hard to bring you an authentic experience. For starters, 60% of the stalls will be serving up delish traditional Malay and Indian Muslim treats. Plus, all food vendors are halal-certified, Muslim-owned or fulfil the halal criteria set by consultants. If you’re in the vicinity, how about exploring the neighbourhood?
Geylang Serai Bazaar 2019, 4pm – midnight, 32 Onan Road, Singapore 424484
Party: Zouk’s The Art Of Clubbing
Look who’s turning 28! To celebrate, Zouk is going all out with a weekend-long blowout. The Art Of Clubbing party. Swedish trio Brohug will take over Zouk on Friday night, bringing in the weekend with their fresh take on club music. Taking it to the next level, Dutch DJ and record producer Fadil El Ghoul a.k.a. R3HAB will be spinning on Saturday and you’ll be sorry if you miss this. You bet we’ll be out on Sunday night too (yay long weekend!) for an epic Mambo Jambo sesh that’s possibly one of the longest running party concepts on the island.
Zouk Singapore, 3C River Valley Road, The Cannery Singapore 179022
Arts: Singapore International Festival of the Arts
If all things theatre, dance, music, film and visual arts give you life, block out your calendar for Singapore International Festival of the Arts (SIFA) that kickstarts this Saturday and continues all the way till 2 June. Back for its 42nd edition with an interesting lineup of performances, screenings, artists talks and workshops, you’re bound to find something that’ll pique your interest. This weekend catch the emotionally-gripping play Beware of Pity set against the Austro-Hungarian Empire at the turn of the WWI, watch the award-winning, family-friendly adaptation of Peter and the Wolf, see Japanese avant-garde sound artist Asuna’s 100 keyboard performance, explore a selection of indie films from Singapore and around the world and more.
Singapore International Festival of the Arts, 18 May – 2 June, various locations and timings
Culture: International Museum Day
Saturday, 18 May
Psst, turns out this Saturday is International Museum Day. Set time aside to feed your curious mind and soul this weekend. Pick a couple of spots to visit from our guide to all the incredible museums in Singapore. Trust us, you won’t regret it.
Eat: Singapore Hummus Festival
The annual Hummus Festival is back for round three and they’ve heard all your requests. This time, the team behind Beirut Grill is bringing back top four flavours from last year along with new flavours, creative hummus dishes and their signature kebabs – all paired with a great mix of wines. Stay on for belly dancers, drummers, singers and loads more.
Singapore Hummus Festival, 12pm-10pm, Beirut Grill Fine Middle Eastern Cuisine, 72 Bussorah Street, Singapore 199485
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Festival: Singapore Cocktail Festival
Till Saturday, 18 May
The Festival Village may be over but there’s still plenty to do at Singapore Cocktail Festival. The festival continues till Sunday, 18 May with a slew of bar tours, bar takeovers, masterclasses, guest shifts award-winning bars like Nutmeg & Clove and such. But first…get that iconic cocktail passport via the Sluggr app. Highlights include Neon Pigeon’s ‘Kyoto 75’ ($16++), Mitzo’s ‘Monkey’s Best’ ($18++), and Smoke & Mirrors’ ‘Peel and See’ ($20++), and new entries, Cook & Tras Social Library, The Dempsey Cookhouse & Bar, Madame Fan and FOC Hong Kong Street.
Singapore Cocktail Festival Village, various locations
BTW, did you hear? 11 Singapore bars made it to Asia’s 50 Best Bars list!
Shop + Workshops: Dempsey Village Farmers Market @Siri House
Saturday, 18 May
Get to know all about local farmers, craftsmen and artisanal producers at the Dempsey Village Farmers Markets located at Siri House’s beautiful space. Bring your notebook, cash and a big appetite ‘cos there will be plenty of workshops, cookouts and cookoffs plus a pop-up booth featuring homemade salts and garnishes to take home. Workshops go from $60 but entry to the market is free. Bring your own shopping bags, there’s going to be plenty to snap up.
Siri House Dempsey, 9am-5pm, 8D Dempsey Road #01-02, Dempsey Hill, Singapore 249672
Experience: Thai Festival
The Royal Thai Embassy is where to be this weekend. Enjoy the best of Thailand – stock up on Thai food, fashion and witness cultural performances like Muay Thai. Psst…spend more than $20, you might stand a chance to win a trip to Bangkok.
Thai Festival, 11am-9pm, Royal Thai Embassy, Singapore, 370 Orchard Road, Singapore 238870
Sports: ONE: Enter the Dragon
Friday, 17 May
Need some solid mixed martial arts action? You’re in luck – ONE Championship returns to Singapore this Friday with ONE: Enter the Dragon. With four-time ONE Lightweight World Champion Shinya Aoki and six-time Pankration World Champion Christian Lee headlining the match, it’s safe to say this is the biggest one yet. That’s not all. Stay tuned for the crowning of the ONE Super Series Lightweight Kickboxing World Champion and other nail-biting tournaments by big names like Nieky Holzken and Regian Eersel as well as multiple-time World Champions, Giorgio Petrosyan, Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex, and Andy Souwer. You seriously shouldn’t miss this.
Perks: enjoy 15% off category 2 – 4 tickets with the promo code ONEFAN.
ONE: Enter the Dragon, 6.30pm, Singapore Indoor Stadium, 2 Stadium Walk, Singapore 397691
Experience: Drunken Farmer flower moon party
Friday, 17 May
Current obsession: natural wines at Drunken Farmer. This travelling wine bar is celebrating the flower moon this Friday to rejuvenate the mind and body. Feel the power of the moon with a HIIT workout by Haus Athletics or opt for night yoga with Roxanne Gan. Once you’re pumped up, get a rep from Spa Esprit’s Super Vibrator to read your body’s energy map while sipping on natural wines at just $10 per glass.
Drunken Farmer flower moon party, 6pm till late, 130 E Minden Road, Singapore 1248819
Shop: CelebFest’s Ramadhan Edition
17 – 19 May
If you’re planning to finish your Raya shopping in one big sweep, you’ll probably want to start at CelebFest. With over 300 brands spread across three halls, you’ll definitely be spoilt for choice. It is touted to be the biggest shopping event this Ramadhan, after all. Gather your friends and family, select your fave baju and meet over 70 local and regional celebrities. Psst… check out the Instagram page for a complete list of special celebrity performances and appearances.
CelebFest 2019: Ramadhan Edition, 10am-10pm, free admission, Suntec Convention Centre, Halls 401-403, 1 Raffles Blvd, Singapore 039593