Get the lowdown on the most incredible things to do this weekend in Singapore!
Who’s is ready to hit the cinemas this weekend? On top of that, we’ve got fun online events for the homebodies, from a dramatic opera show to a slew of French flicks to fun jazz acts. We’ve also thrown in a few delish hotspots for foodies and workout ideas for fitness geeks.
Top things to do this weekend
It’s not goodbye but see you later for Oxwell & Co
18 July, Saturday
After seven glorious years of hearty roasts and weekend debauchery, Ann Siang Hill’s Oxwell & Co will shut its doors this Saturday (18 July). In the meantime, it’ll be searching for a new home in hopes of making this closure a hiatus instead of a proper farewell. While the new locale is yet to be known, don’t forget to hop on over for one last hurrah and tuck into its iconic weekend roast dishes one last time through its delivery service, Boxwell & Go.
Oxwell & C0, 5 Ann Siang Road, Singapore 069688
Enjoy French films in the comfort of home
Teaming up with Shaw Organisation, The Embassy of France in Singapore is bringing its first online French film festival to the virtual cinema – KinoLounge by Shaw Theatres. Rent from a selection of 16 flicks, including popular hits such as The Lost Prince and Ballerina, plus new titles like The Painter and the Thief. You can also get access to exclusive Q&A sessions with the directors and cast.
It’s a jazzy July!
Calling all cool cats! The annual jazz festival, Jazz in July, is going digital this year with performances from the Esplanade Concourse live-streamed on its site and Facebook page. This weekend, you can catch duo performances from local and international artists, including Japanese pianist Aya Sekine and Singaporean drummer Aaron James Lee, as well as American jazz maestro Richard Jackson and local keyboardist Tan Wei Xiang.
Unfold fabled tales
The annual storytelling festival, StoryFest Online 2020, is back with a slew of virtual events. Revisit ancient tales through A Dance of Stories and The Heart of Story, learn the healing properties of mandala with art therapist Chan Shu Yin, and take a closer look at the craft of story slam in an interview with Anna Ong, founder of What’s Your Story Slam.
Watch an epic opera performance
18 July, Saturday
Singapore Symphony Orchestra is presenting a one-act opera show, La Voix Humaine (The Human Voice), on Sistic’s online viewing platform this weekend. For the uninitiated, the play is about Elle (portrayed by soprano Jennifer Lien), a heartbroken girl coming to grips with her breakup from her lover. Streaming on a pay-as-you-wish basis, the masterpiece will pull at your heartstrings.
Get in! We’re going to the cinema
It’s time to give your streaming platforms a short break as cinemas are finally open to the public. Catch newly released movies like Train To Busan: Peninsula or classic flicks such as Inception and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom on the big screen.
Stay fit and do good for the community
19 July, Sunday
Able (Abilities Beyond Limitations and Expectations), a social service agency that supports individuals with disabilities, is organising a virtual pilates class. The founder of The Moving Body, Audrey D’Cotta, will helm the 45-minute workout. And the best part is, all proceeds will help Able to continue its good work!
The dining scene is heating up
Spend this weekend checking out the best menus and restaurants with our July edition of Hot New Tables. Want something more luxurious? We’ve got a lip-smacking list of the best lobster dishes in town. We’ve also sussed out the best spots for Filipino food, laksa and chilli crab. For the local foodie, check out our guides to traditional kueh and iconic Singaporean food.
Virtual parties for cool cats
Scratch your party itch with A Phat Collective. Every weekend, retro arcade clubs Nineteen80 and Pinball Wizard will be throwing a fun virtual club night right at the comfort of your home. The theme, you ask? It’s all about the 80s at Nineteen80, so form a team with your best pals and get ready to boogie. As for Pinball Wizard? Resident DJs will be hitting you with the coolest hip hop tunes, so bring the roof down with your best moves (i.e. twerking, grinding or krumping). Also, no virtual party is complete without a little booze action. Get your fill of cocktails, including the classic Long Island Iced Tea, the potent Poison Ivy and insanely fun glitter shots such as Crouching Tiger and Peanut Butter & Jelly.
Welcome to the jungle
Miss the wildlife of Singapore? No, we’re not talking about the uber-cute otters or the intimidating wild boars. The parks of Wildlife Reserves Singapore (River Safari, Jurong Bird Park and Singapore Zoo) are open to the public at 25% capacity. But here’s the catch. All tickets have to be bought online before visiting.
A ride to remember
Adrenaline junkies, Universal Studios Singapore is back in action. While street performances are on hold at the moment, you’re more than welcome to ride on the world’s tallest duelling roller coasters, Battlestar Galactica: Human vs. Cylon or the head-spinning indoor Revenge of the Mummy ride through the cursed pyramid.
What’s good in the ‘hood?
Walk off the calories by exploring the city’s heritage enclaves, including the vibrant Little India, charming Chinatown, hip Haji Lane and old school Tiong Bahru. Or wander through the quiet eastern neighbourhoods of Tampines, Joo Chiat, Bedok and Siglap to escape the hustle and bustle.
Enjoy the great outdoors
Explore the garden city, one park (or island) at a time. That includes our lovely hidden green spots in every nook and cranny – add ’em to your bucket list for fun under the sun. Oh, and Singapore Botanic Gardens makes for a picturesque day out, too! Another option? Hop on your bicycle and cycle through the countless bike routes around the city. If you’re yearning for an island vacay, grab your swimmers and head to one of the many pristine beaches or public swimming pools across the city. It’ll be a splashin’ good time.
For those who are still a little anxious about heading out, that’s totally cool too! While you wait for the crowds to simmer down, there are plenty of things to do at home – at this point, we’re the ultimate pros.