We’re hitting up all the exciting things to do this weekend in Singapore – including a nature walk at Pulau Ubin, a day out with furbabies, visiting the last bookstore and chilling by the Singapore River.
How amazing was that long weekend? The National Day festivities may be over but boy do we have more things to do this weekend in Singapore! For starters, our Honeycombers x Auchentochan’s whisky pop-up party this Wednesday night is the perfect celebration for the short week. And whether you’re planning to stay indoors or explore the great outdoors (with your furbabies!), there’s plenty to do!
Outdoors: Pet and plant lovers unite at Gardeners’ Day Out & Pets’ Day Out
17 August, Saturday
NParks is combining its annual Gardeners’ Day Out with the first-ever Pets’ Day Out and we’re squealing with joy. Plant and pet lovers, buckle up for a fun-filled day of talks, demos, garden tours, along with storytelling and handicraft workshops for the kiddos. We’re looking forward to shopping from over 90 vendors at the Gardener’s Market and Food Bazaar, and many nature guides. Bring your furbabies for free pet health checks and micro-chipping services and watch them have the time of their life at the open pet playground. You can even adopt a furry friend from one of the animal welfare groups.
Gardeners’ Day Out & Pets’ Day Out, 9am-3pm, Hortpark, 33 Hyderabad Road, Singapore 119578
Arts and culture: LumiNation hones in on the theme, “Building Identity”
National Day might be over but it’s always nice to discover lesser-known stories of our heritage and history. LumiNation explores building an identity with our personal relationship with the nation and with facts from Singapore’s history through talks, performances, film screenings and even an exhibition. Check out a photography exhibition by indie artist Deanna Ng, as she compares old photographs taken at Haw Par Villa from the 60s to 80s with restaged photographs at the same spot in present day. Or watch a documentary called “In Time to Come”, a time capsule featuring little moments from the past we’ve long forgotten. Stay for a post-show dialogue with director Tan Pin Pin.
LumiNation 2019, 15-18 August, 10am-10pm, The Arts House, 1 Old Parliament Lane, Singapore 179429
Festival: Let’s go down to the riverside! The Singapore River Festival is here
Take us to the river! Here are some extra excuses to make it down to the Quay this August. Live music, great street food & drinks, fireworks, boat cruises and more are on the cards. This weekend, Stream@Clarke Quay 2019 will see homegrown musicians like Yung Raja and Fariz Jabba taking the stage. Of course, there will be locally inspired food and drinks like rendang pizza, chilli crab with mantou, milo dinosaur shooters, laksa popcorn chicken and ondeh ondeh float.
Singapore River Festival (SRF 2019), 16 -17 Aug: 7pm-12am; 18 Aug: 10am-10pm, various locations along the Singapore River.
Watch: Your last chance to catch Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities
Until 18 August
You’ve not seen anything until you’ve witnessed Cirque du Soleil’s spellbinding shows. Not only does it set the bar really high, but you’re also immersed into a world of acrobatic acts. Celebrating the greatest inventions of the 19th century, step into the works of an ambitious inventor and forget everything you know about the laws of time, space and dimensions. Rest assured, you will be #mindblown. Psst…there are various discounts in-store so don’t forget to check out the website for sweet deals.
Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities, various timings, 6 July –18 August, Under The Big Top, Bayfront Avenue, Beside Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Sports: Support Team Singapore at the FINA Swimming World Cup Singapore 2019
16 August – 17 August, Friday to Saturday
There’s something about watching Singapore’s best that has us beaming with #SGpride. Not sure what we mean? Experience it at FINA Swimming World Singapore 2019. Watch Singapore’s top swimmers, including Joseph Schooling, battle it out in the water with Olympians and World Champions from around the world. It’s the perfect preview for some live swimming action before next year’s Tokyo Olympics.
FINA Swimming World Cup Singapore 2019 Presented By Yakult, 15-17 August, 6.30pm, OCBC Aquatic Centre, 7 Stadium Drive, Kallang, Singapore 397632
Music and outdoors: A picnic, jazz concert and doing good for doggos
18 August, Sunday
Enjoy a picnic and a jazz concert at the Singapore Botanic Gardens and do good for the stray and abandoned dogs in Singapore. It’s simple – the concert is free but order one, two or more picnic baskets to support these beautiful angels. A picnic basket includes wine, drinks, savoury snacks, dessert from Shake Shack and a limited edition Jazz for Dogs picnic mat. Bring your furbabies along so you can dress them up with an adorable Shake Shack Singapore bandana and pre-order a delish Furry’s Kitchen meal for them.
Jazz for Dogs 2019, 5pm-7.30pm, Singapore Botanic Gardens, 1 Cluny Road, Singapore 259569
Shop: Over 300 vendors at Carouselland
Carousell’s annual Carouselland is back and it’s far from any ordinary shopping event. Expect over 300 vendors in themed zones including preloved items from Nathan Hartono, Joanna Lim, Novita Lam and more, participate in a cool lucky draw and win up to $500 or take up a cool hobby through basic calligraphy, leather crafting and wellness workshops. There are also plenty of activities such as retro gaming and board games should you need a breather from all the shopping. Tip: best you wear comfy shoes for this. It’s going to be massive!
Carouselland, 16 Aug: 5pm-9pm; 17-18 Aug: 12pm-9pm; Marina Bay Sands Hall A & B, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956
Party: Prom night meets the tropics and a throwback to the 80s
17 August, Saturday
What do you get when your combine prom night, the tropics and a #throwback to the 80s? A major P.A.R.T.Y. of course! Join DJs, Weelikeme and Ya5th as they bust out earworms by Kylie Minogue, Cyndi Lauper, Michael Jackson, Prince and Wham. Put on your best tropical-inspired prom outfit and make sure to rehearse those awkward prom pictures. This is one for the (year) books!
Electric Feel: Adventures at the 80s Tropical Prom, 10.30pm-4am, Hard Rock Cafe, 50 Cuscaden Road, Hpl House #02-01, Singapore 249724
Experience: The World’s Loneliest Bookstore
Bibliophiles, have you ever imagined how the last bookstore in a post-apocalyptic world would look like? Come, see it for yourself and explore how the only woman in Singapore sets up this bookstore with scavenged bits and bobs. This other-worldly experience encourages a conversation on how physical books would play a part in the future. Bring your cash to add some second-hand books to your collection.
The World’s Loneliest Bookstore, 16 Aug: 6pm-1am; 17 & 18 Aug: 11am-6pm; The Library at Centre 42, Level 1 42 Waterloo Street, Singapore 187951
Outdoors: Take a walk along Chek Jawa Boardwalk in Pulau Ubin
18 August, Sunday
Are you the outdoorsy type? A trip to Pulau Ubin it is! Explore two hours of lush green mangroves, rare plants and fruit trees and of course, wildlife such as monitor lizards, fiddler crabs, spiders, birds, wild boar and mudskippers at this free guided tour. Remember to pack that insect repellent and sunblock!
Free guided walk at Chek Jawa Boardwalk, 9.30am, meet at Chek Jawa Information Kiosk, Pulau Ubin
Experience: The Art of Being Present through poetry
17 August, Saturday
Take a minute out of your busy life to explore the art of being present with poetry. Local poets Wai Kit Ow Yeong and Muzakkir Bin Samat will be sharing how to intertwine with the world and nature through their favourite verses from names like John Muir, Jane Hirshfield, Rumi, Basho, Han Shan and more. Wai Kit will be taking a page out of his personal practice under teachers like His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama to conduct a secular mindfulness practice sesh. You will leave feeling rejuvenated for sure!
Deep Cut: The Art of Being Present, 4pm-5pm, Littered with Books, 20 Duxton Road, Singapore 089486
Party: Tensnake and Daryl Knows heat up the dancefloor at Kilo Lounge
17 August, Saturday
German-based DJ Tensnake (aka Marco Niemerski) will be busting out fab remix work from noteworthy EPs such as “Keep On Talking”, “Machines” and “Desire and Freundchen”. Wear your dancing shoes for this. You won’t resist moving to his house and electronica tracks.
Kilo Lounge presents Tensnake with Daryl Knows, 10pm-4am, Kilo Lounge, 21 Tanjong Pagar Road #01-02/04 Singapore 088444