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October is here. Do you feel the chill in the air? The crisp fall leaves underfoot? The pumpkin-flavoured everything?
Just kidding! This is Singapore – a.k.a., the land of endless summer. But, that’s no reason not to celebrate fun, typically fall-season festivals the world over: namely, Halloween and Oktoberfest (which actually started last month).
October is also big for the arts on the Red Dot, featuring various dance festivals, theatre performances and live music shows. Like wine? Don’t miss a popular, annual event all about vino. Into fitness for a cause? We’ve got three opportunities to give back while getting sweaty.
Find out all of the details in the gallery here!
A five-time Tony Award-winner and Broadway production, Peter and the Starcatcher is a hilarious, and heart-warming prequel to the Peter Pan legend. Set in late-1800s Singapore, with Southeast Asian artforms and music thrown into the mix, the Pangdemonium productions will also feature an almost all-male cast, with the exception of the character of Molly, played by newcomer Carina McWhinnie. It also stars familiar faces to Pangdemonium and the local theatre scene: Thomas Pang, Andrew Marko, Salif Hardi, Benjamin Chow, Daniel Jenkins and more. Get your tickets online.
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Universal Studios Singapore’s annual scare fest Halloween Horror Nights has always been a widely anticipated event, and its eighth incarnation is no different. This year, though, it has upped its ante (and star factor) with a special collaboration with Netflix’s Stranger Things for one of its haunted houses. With twelve different rooms artfully recreated from the series (The Hawkins National Laboratory! The Byers home with eerie Christmas lights! The Upside Down Woods!), it’s bound to thrill any horror fan. The other four haunted houses come with an Asian twist and are no less sinister, featuring Chinese vampires and a pontianak, which is always scary. Bonus? You might even get to be part of a ritual sacrifice. Not one for the faint-hearted, you’ve been warned. Standard general admission tickets start from $58, nab them here before it’s too late.
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Raise your hand if Sam Smith’s velvety-smooth voice sends you into a weak mess every time he opens his mouth. Good news, he’s coming to town this month so you can experience the full force of his vocal prowess in real life! The English singer-songwriter, who rose to fame in October 2012 when he was featured on Disclosure’s breakthrough single “Latch”, has come a long way. With two albums and 27 awards including Grammys, the 26-year-old is at the peak of his career. Sing along to hit tunes such as “Too Good at Goodbyes” (2017), “I’m Not The Only One” (2014) and “Stay With Me” (2014). We suggest bringing a date, as you’re going to get all the feels. Tickets are still available for the 3rd, which start from $128. Visit here for more information.
Tony is waiting for enlistment into National Service. Instead of doing part time-time work or picking up a new skill like any normal Singaporean teenager, Tony does what Tony does best: He stays at home and uses the flat-screen TV bought by his over-achieving, scholarship-yielding older sister. Then, the TV starts talking to him. Directed by Toy Factory’s Stanley Seah, tickets for Watching are available online.
Watching by Toy Factory
4 to 6 October, multiple timings
NOWPlaying@17, 17A Smith St, 058931
Despite its provocative title, Kinky Boots is a heartwarming story about an unlikely friendship between a cabaret performer and an heir to a shoe factory. The pair team up to produce a line of high-heeled boots in a bid to save the factory’s business, proving they are not too different after all. This boisterous Broadway hit comes to Singapore this month, and you can be sure you’d be thoroughly entertained. Best of all, it features original songs by Grammy and Tony award winner Cyndi Lauper, so you can expect catchy tunes you can bop your head to. Tickets start from $65, buy them from Sistic.
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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which means it’s the best time to wear pink to support this meaningful campaign! Its goal is to spread awareness of this life-threatening disease and advocate early detection, with month-long activities culminating in its signature event, the Pink Ribbon Walk. You can choose either to walk the 3.5km route ($40) or run the 5km route ($50). Both routes allow you a wonderful scenic view of the Kallang Basin, and come with a pink unisex t-shirt and drawstring bag. Visit their website to sign up.
If you love to cut a rug on your living room floor, you’re in luck. This October, Esplanade brings back its Da:ns Festival, a joyous 13-day event which celebrates the spirit of movement. As always, expect plenty of opportunity to boogie with a series of masterclasses, footwork and workshops, such as the Masterclass by Lip J which will see you get down and learn a few new moves from the sassy veteran dancer. Even if you think you have two left feet, you can still get in on the action with the comprehensive list of ticketed performances, such as Until the Lions and International Stars of Ballet. Visit Esplanade’s website for more info.
Singapore’s nationwide dance movement, Got to Move is back for its fourth edition to celebrate the diversity of dance in Singapore. An initiative by the National Arts Council to grow appreciation for dance in Singapore, Got to Move 2018 explores creative ways of bringing Singaporeans from all walks of life together to discover dance and movement.
Got to Move 2018’s anchor festival opens with Got to Move ISLANDWIDE, a two-week festival which runs daily from 12 to 28 October, featuring a wide range of ground-up dance programmes happening around the island. Some of the new highlights this year include Singapore’s first social dance-cum-street dance party, a special co-choreographed piece between a hearing and a hearing-impaired choreographer, and other activities that allow participants to learn more about dance in interesting and fun ways. Visit the website for a full event schedule and updates.
Got to Move 2018
12 to 28 October
Fancy a little cosplay? Then, get ready for a weekend of heart-thumping action as the annual game convention GameStart Asia 2018 is back in Singapore for the fifth time! This extravaganza promises a day of quirky fun, where you get to don costumes and spend the day indulging in tabletop gaming as well as indie and retro games. If you’re one for competition, participate in the SEA Major 2018, one of Southeast Asia’s largest fighting game tournament – you might stand a chance to win over US$60,000 in prizes (but you’d have to fight real hard to get there)! For more information, check out their Facebook page here.
If you like plays that have plenty of philosophical dialogue but not a lot of action, then Waiting for Godot is for you. This tragicomedy follows the lives of nomads Vladimir and his friend, Estragon, as they wander along a barren country road while waiting for a man called Godot who (spoiler alert!) never arrives. Voted the “most significant English language play of the 20th century” in 1990 by the British Royal National Theatre, the play explores themes such as the meaning of human existence. Tickets start from $58 to $88. Buy them from Sistic.
As The Finder blogger Andrea McKenna Brankin wrote, “Inspired by the Bavarian tradition of Oktoberfest, there will be celebrations all over the island city this 18 to 21 October, 2018. … The biggest of the SG bier parties – Oktoberfest Asia 2018 – will be hosted in an aircon tent in Bugis at the corners of Tan Quee Lan Street, Rochor and North Bridge Road.” What to expect? “Lots of “oompah” music, food and bierkrugs (steins) of heavy German lagers, pilsners and ales.” Its Main Event runs from 18 to 20 October, with a Family Day event following on the 21st (but only if you buy tickets ahead of time).
For those who are aficionados of architecture and/or history, consider spending your morning at the Black & White Houses Tour – a cultural journey where you get to visit iconic black and white colonial houses and learn about their stories. With the houses set in lush greenery, they are the site of idyllic tranquility and are bound to take you back in time. Tickets cost S$90 per person and it includes transportation and refreshments. Visit here for more information.
Black & White Houses Tour
Dear Zoo, the timeless children’s book, makes its stage premiere! Rod Campbell’s best-selling lift the flap book has delighted generations of young readers since it was first published in 1982, and has sold more than 8 million copies worldwide. This production will delight all those who have read the book (both young and old) as it unfolds, with engaging puppets, music and lots of audience interaction. Get your tix on SISTIC.
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Raise your glass, vino lovers! Wine Fiesta Singapore – one of Singapore’s biggest annual wine festivals – is heading indoors for the first time. So instead of sweating it out in the humid weather, you get to sample more than 250 wines and enjoy stunning views of the waterfront in the comfort of air-conditioning! Hungry? There will be a delectable spread of gourmet treats whipped up by renowned local and international chefs that will pair well with your drinks. You can also attend expert-led classes and stories shared by winemakers, so expect a fulfilling wine-filled weekend. Cheers to that! Visit their website for more info.
Take a trip down memory lane as you sing along to British-Norwegian boy band A1’s syrupy-sweet tunes. They are back in town for a one-night only gig after two years to mark the band’s 20th anniversary (gasp, who else feels old?). This time, the band will also see the return of former member Paul Marazzi for the first time since 2002! He quit the band abruptly then, citing personal reasons. Expect to hear hit songs such as “Take on Me” (2000), “Same Old Brand New You” (2000), “Everytime” (1999) and “Like A Rose” (2000). Tickets start from $98. Buy them from Apactix.
Indulge in an evening of cross-genre music with this charming band. The Times describes Pink Martini as “one of the world’s most elegant live bands” and it’s no wonder why. This “little orchestra” plays infectious music that is a blend of classical, latin, jazz and old-fashioned pop. Tickets were sold out here back in 2010 and 2015, so get yours soon before they run out. Prices start from $48. Visit here for more info.
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End-of-year feasting will soon be upon us, so why not prevent that by getting in a little exercise now? What’s more, the CSC Run by the Bay will be happening in the evening along the scenic waterside of Marina Reservoir, so you get to stay in shape and enjoy a spectacular sunset view. Worth it? We say yes! Go for the 6km non-competitive run ($58) for something more manageable, or if you’re feeling adventurous, sign up for the 12.8km ($72) or 21.1km ($84) route. Visit here for more information.
Boasting the world’s most dangerous and death-defying acts, including the Wheel of Death and the Motorbike Sphere of Fear, The Great Moscow Circus sees the mighty red and white circus big top transformed into an astonishing, high octane, fun-filled entertainment destination. The circus returns to Singapore for the first time in over 10 years, with over 45 performers – acrobats, clowns, jugglers, daredevils – all circus stars renowned world-wide for their theatrical flair and breath-taking talents. Book your tickets on SISTIC.
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Are you a Japanese food connoisseur or just a lover of all things Nihon? Then you have to go to this dedicated Japanese F&B showcase happening end of the month. It’s ASEAN’s largest one and it promises to be a showcase of the finest in Japanese seasonal produce and delicacies. Expect a line-up of anything and everything oishii, from sashimi to an array of Japanese tea. You can also sharpen your kitchen skills by observing culinary demonstrations by Japanese chefs or trying your hand at cooking classes there. If you’re interested, entry tickets are priced at $4 which will be sold on-site. Visit their website for more info.
The Finder Kids Trick-Or-Treat Halloween Hunt 2018
26 October, 3-6 p.m.
Cluny Court, 501 Bukit Timah Rd, Level 2, 259760
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About 10,000 people are expected to converge on Pasir Panjang Power Station for Sole Superior 2018, Singapore’s annual sneaker convention. This year’s sneaker convention will include about 100 streetwear and sneaker vendors, music performances, art installations and food vendors. There will also be fringe activities targeted at sub-culture enthusiasts and urban-art fans. These include communal karaoke and creative workshops on making GIFs (graphics interchange format), sneaker art and neon print-making. Visit Sole Superior’s Facebook page for event updates, schedules and more.
Sole Superior 2018
Pasir Panjang Power Station, Pasir Panjang Rd, 117537
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Looking to add another sparkly thing to your jewellery box? The annual Singapore Jewellery & Gem Fair is probably your best bet. Back for its 6th edition, the fair aims to provide luxury pieces and stones at affordable prices direct from the source, so you can be sure you’d get the best deal. With over 200 exhibitors from 25 countries, you’d be spoilt for choice, whether you are looking for something luxurious or a simple wearable piece. If you love local products, head to the new Designers Atelier Pavilion which will be showcasing items from Singaporean jewellery designers such as Carrie K. and Sara Tan. Do remember to pre-register at the fair’s website before you make your visit.
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Awake the elements in you at the Asian Civilisations Museum’s (ACM) well-loved annual Halloween event. Be spooked by thrilling performances, a movie screening, paranormal talks and fiery activities on this free family-friendly evening. Hear haunting tales by the river and make a souvenir to bring home. Unravel your special element in our spooky trail. Mystery prizes await the three best-dressed ghostly visitors! All this and more await you at the ACM After Dark event. Visit the ACM website for more details. Admission is free.
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American singer and songwriter Jason Mraz will be here for a one-night-only gig — in fact, it’s his only concert in Asia this year. How honoured are we?! Held in conjunction with the final edition of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore, the guitar-toting Grammy winner’s effortless vocals and penchant for riffs will surely send good shivers down your spine. Croon along to some of his best acoustic, pop and soul hits, such as “Lucky” (2008), “I Won’t Give Up” (2012) and “I’m Yours” (2008). Tickets start from $108. Buy them from Apactix.
By Sean Tham and Xie Huiqun / Additional Reporting by Hazel Vincent De Paul and Sara Lyle Bow, 31 August 2018.
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