Whether you’re Irish or not, you’re in luck this March.
For starters, there’s an entire month of St. Patrick’s Day festivities to enjoy. Come 4 March, explore not one, but two weeks of family-friendly Singapore Design Week events. Then, on International Women’s Day (8 March), you can honour your strong sister-friends in two wildly different, yet equally inspiring ways.
And, the music? O.M.G. There are scream-your-face-off pop concerts, DJ dance parties, classical virtuoso performances and more.
The Fair started in circa-1990 Singapore with just 20 vendors. Today, it still organises popular expat fairs, including this Spring 2019 edition of The Indian Bazaar. With an exclusive collection of international vendors, it will offer the best of South Asian fashion, decor, accessories, jewellery and more. Look forward to lucky draw prices every hour along with sumptuous Indian snacks and drinks.
Thoughtfully designed and open to all, Potato Head’s laid-back rooftop space invites good times and creative collaboration. Inspired by a philosophy of “Local Spirit, Tropical Soul”, the Potato Head Rooftop Sessions work with emerging talent from around the region as well as like-minded global artists like Balearic DJ Jon Sa Trinxa, offering an eclectic experience in this foodie nabe.
Potato Head Rooftop Sessions: Jon Sa Trinxa
1 March, 5 to 11.30 p.m.
36 Keong Saik Rd., 089143
Design Orchard, a new mall dedicated to showcasing local designs and labels, is hosting a weekends-only pop up cafe. Helmed by sugar manufacturer Jewels Rock Sugar and fashion brand Ying the Label, the event is also supported by food and beverage brands Kombynation Co., Six Foot Coffee, Rainbow Lapis and The Quarter. So, feel free to take a break from shopping with some kombucha, coffee or other treats. Best of all, you get to #supportlocal.
Pop Up Cafe
1 to 17 March (Fridays to Sundays only)
Design Orchard, 250 Orchard Rd., 238905
Well, you should. Though the holiday – commemorating the death of Ireland’s patron saint – actually falls on 17 March, there are events and specials throughout March, including:
- Gan Ainm kicks off Paddy’s season at Molly Malone’s Irish Pub with an “absolute WALL OF SOUND” from 8:30 p.m., March 1. Find out more.
- Guinness’s “All Hail Pats” campaign pays homage to lads and lassies named Pat, Patrick, Patricia, Patsy, Patrice and even Patty in Singapore with exclusive discounts on Grab, Redmart and, of course, Guinness all month! Find out more.
- Irish indie rock band Kodaline will be performing live in Singapore at Zepp @ Big Box Singapore March 5. Tickets via SISTIC are $128.
- St. Patrick’s Festival, also hosted by the iconic beer brand, will be 16 March at 30 Maxwell Road, and full of exciting experiences, live music and Guinness Masterclasses. Find out more.
- St. Patrick’s Ball, hosted by the St. Patrick’s Society Singapore at Shangri-La Hotel 16 March from 7 p.m. onward, will feature live music, a DJ and Irish dancing. Find out more.
- St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival is back from 15-17 March for it’s 14th edition! Admission is free. Head over to Circular Road to get in on festivities. Find out more.
- Say “Sláinte!” when toasting at Bread Street Kitchen from 14 to 18 March. The bar will be serving the O’hara Stout and O’hara Red Ale on drought at half-price, as well as the popular Leprechaun cocktail whisky concoction from Dublin. For reservations, email BreadStreetKitchen.Reservations@MarinaBaySands.com or call 6688 5665.
- Gavin James headlines the live music stage in a free concert at McGettigan’s Clarke Quay’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, which run from 15 to 17 March and include 6 Nations Rugby Live, performances from a local Irish dance troupe, beer specials and more. Find out more.
Éirinn go Brách!
Or, “Laissez les bons temps rouler“, as they say in New Orleans, which will be partying it up during the annual Mardi Gras festival (1 to 6 March, 2019). While Fat Tuesday isn’t as big a deal in SG as it is in Louisiana, the Caribbean, South America or France (where it’s called Carnival, just SYK), you can get a taste of the action at “Ode to Mardi Gras”, hosted by 1880 this 2 March.
There’ll be live jazz and hip hop music for you to shake your booty the night away in this luxe member’s club. The event is free for members and from $48 for guests of members. Minimum spend from $1,000 for a table for 10. Reservations are required.
Ode to Mardi Gras
2 March, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
1880 Club, 1 Nanson Rd., level 3, 238909
SingaPlural 2019, organised by the Singapore Furniture Industries Council, is based on the theme ”Unnatural Phenomena”, which explores the origin and evolution of extraordinary hybrids when disciplines collapse, mix and morph in shared pursuits. It’s free to see at the National Design Centre throughout Singapore Design Week (4 to 17 March). Sadly, the accompanying Master Lectures (read about the awesome speakers here) are already sold out. Sob!
4 to 17 March, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
National Design Centre (Atrium, Level 1), 111 Middle Rd., 188969
The Textures festival returns for a second year to spotlight Singapore literature with a theme of “Love and Loss (and some things in between)” this 7 to 10 March at The Arts House. Co-commissioned with #BuySingLit and supported by the National Arts Council, Textures 2019 delves into how words capture and decipher a spectrum of emotions, with a curated lineup of programmes that transcend traditional literary art forms.
7 to 10 March
The Arts House, 1 Old Parliament Ln., 179429
Three-time Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum band Maroon 5 will bring its “Red Pill Blues” Tour to Singapore this 7 March at the National Stadium. This will be the band’s largest show in Singapore to date! Tickets went on sale last September, but some General Onsale tix ($118) are still available. Get ready to sing along with Adam Levine, as he croons #1 hits like the band’s latest “Girls Like You” and other instant earworms such as “Sugar”, “Moves Like Jagger” and “Payphone”.
Maroon 5 “Red Pill Blues Tour” Live in Singapore
7 March, 8 to 11 p.m.
National Stadium, 1 Stadium Dr., 397629
Don Quixote is a Spanish classic novel written by Miguel de Cervantes. Published in 1605, it is a story of whimsical twists, love, betrayal and eternal devotion. The Singapore Dance Theatre will restage its highly lauded production which will see a story filled with toreadors, flamenco dancers and dryads. Tickets cost $40, $60 or $80; buy yours via SISTIC.
MeshMinds 2.0: ArtxTechforGood returns to the ArtScience Museum with a lineup of 24 interactive and visually enthralling installations from 7 to 17 March. Local artists will present immersive pieces that seek to tackle global sustainability challenges outlined by the UN Sustainable Development Goals, such as climate change, rising inequality and pollution. Go on experiential journeys like the vast ocean floor, or even to the distant future!
MeshMinds 2.0: ArtxTechforGood
7 to 17 March
ArtScience Museum, 6 Bayfront Ave., 018974
National Arts Council’s Art In Your Neighbourhood is back for its twelfth run and the focus is Tampines — Singapore’s third largest new town, and a former rubber plantation and site to sand quarries (learn about the history and current haps of all of SG’s nabes here!).
While most of the festivities are occurring in Tampines, including pop-up music stage Tiger in Tampines and a roving music truck by Ding Yi company, there are activities lined up islandwide. For full programme info, click below.
Arts In Your Neighbourhood
7 to 24 March
International Women’s Day has always been a time to reflect on the achievements made by inspiring women. Let’s toast to their/your successes this 8 March by going the races! Indulge in a private buffet of local and international cuisines, as well as free flow wine and beer throughout the evening.
Bee tee dubs: Ultima Horse Club is one of the largest corporate boxes at Singapore Turf Club with a VIP view to watch the race both indoors from a private balcony and up close near the tracks. Tickets are $158.85, and come with tonnes of awesome prizes and goodies bags to be had. Buy yours here (and fast!).
Get to know the most creative minds in town this International Women’s Day at “Fearless Females: Queens of Their Craft”. WeWork will gather top female artists, creators and entrepreneurs (a.k.a., the Queens) in cutting-edge fashion, Nu-disco beats, interactive art installations, deliciously crafty bakes and other fields for an exclusive panel session++.
The Queens will share their journeys as founders and creators, plus what continues to inspire them to be Queens of their craft. The event is free, but you need to RSVP.
Fearless Females: Queens of Their Craft
8 March, 7 to 10 p.m.
WeWork (Suntec Tower 5), 5 Temasek Blvd., 038985
Bianca Del Rio, the inimitable winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 6 and star of Hurricane Bianca, returns to Singapore for a second outing. Expect the drag queen’s brand of derisive humour, as she pokes fun at issues encompassing life, travel, family and social media. Tickets are $108 and up on SISTIC. Don’t miss seeing Ms. Clown Realness in the flesh!
Nine-time Grammy winner Wynton Marsalis returns with his Lincoln Center Orchestra for two nights. In this showing, they’ll be paying tribute to jazz greats, Duke Ellington and Count Basie. Expect jazz classics that will have you up on your feet. Tickets are $58 and up from SISTIC. #wortheverypenny
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
8 and 9 March, 7:30 p.m.
Esplanade Concert Hall, 1 Esplanade Dr., 038981
As part of Singapore Design Week, Street of Clans is set to be a vibrant creative festival bringing together Bukit Pasoh Road’s colourful history and Singapore’s creative communities, inspired by the age-old clan values of kinship and unity.
Expect a kaleidoscopic explosion of things to do, see and play with — from artist takeovers and intimate conversations to fashion and design and music and more!
Street of Clans
8 to 10 March
Bukit Pasoh Rd.
Everyone’s favourite free, midday concerts at the Asian Civilisations Museum are back… with a twist. For the first time ever, this season features music inspired by ACM’s galleries. Get ready for enriching and enrapturing Fridays, brought to you by ACM and Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music.
Lunchtime Concerts at ACM
Fridays, 8, 15, 22 and 29 March; 5 and 12 April; 1 to 2 p.m.
Asian Civilisations Museum, 1 Empress Pl., 179555
Back at Fort Canning Park for a fifth year, the Garden Beats festival brings together up-and-coming artists who bridge indie, R&B and electro music genres, along with eco-heroes sharing their inspiring stories in Conscious Circle talks on Saturday, 9 March.
What’s new? The venue moves from the Fort Gate to Fort Green to accommodate up to 8,000 festival goers. And, Garden Beats 2019 will introduce its first Zen Garden, a well-being oasis where festival goers can soothe their minds, bodies and souls. Bonus: Get crafty with a wide selection of eco-workshops. Tickets range from $128 (till midnight 8 March) to $198 (VIP, until stock lasts); only those age 16 and up to be admitted. Get tickets here.
Garden Beats 2019
9 March, 1 to 10:30 p.m.
Fort Canning Park, River Valley Rd., 179037
International Furniture Fair Singapore (IFFS) is ASEAN’s leading furniture fair, and a must-go during the annual Singapore Design Week for anyone in the market for new furnishings or just a fan of good product design. This well-curated, four-day event is tailor-made for businesses and connoisseurs alike!
The theme of IFFS 2019 is “UrbanAsia – the Future of Urban Living”, and will focus on understanding major challenges and identifying sustainable solutions for an ever-growing population of urban dwellers. Admission is free, but registration is required.
International Furniture Fair Singapore 2019
9 to 12 March, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sands Expo and Convention Centre, 10 Bayfront Ave., 018971
Lovers of all things Nippon, listen up. Soak in three weeks worth of Japanese culture and entertainment at the Sakura Matsuri, a cherry blossom festival, at Gardens by the Bay. View blooming sakura blossoms at the Flower Dome while enjoying Japanese food, products and games from the country at the Nippon Street, where you can even rent the traditional yukata (a summer kimono).
Moreover, you can immerse yourself with cultural programmes such as the wadaiko (Japanese drums) and chado (tea ceremony). To finish, behold performances by celebrity cosplayers, anime singers and pop culture performances.
Sakura Matsuri, Garden Dome
9 to 31 March
Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Dr., 018953
Last held in 2017, the family-friendly Singapore Festival of Fun is held in three parts. It kicks off with The Street Fest, on from March 14 to 19 at the Clarke Quay Fountain Square. Expect street circus and acrobatic performances from local and foreign artists. Don’t miss the International Comedy Festival on March 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23, and where comedians like Imran Yusuf and Tom Green are set to take the stage.
The Nickelodeon Fiesta will take place on March 23 and 24, and kids will be thrilled with the game booths featuring themes from familiar shows like Dora the Explorer and SpongeBob Squarepants. Events are free, except for the comedy shows.
Show support for persons with Down syndrome by attending this event at Our Tampines Hub. With the theme “Leave No One Behind”, the event is organised by the Down Syndrome Association Singapore (DSA), and it marks the 14th year the World Down Syndrome Day has been commemorated in Singapore. Aimed at raising awareness and building a more inclusive society, the event will begin with a community walk launched by Minister of Education Ong Ye Kung.
A family carnival will also be held, with activities and entertainment that include aikido and zumba performances by members of the DSA. The funds raised will contribute to the DSA’s support services, educational and enrichment programmes.
World Down Syndrome Day celebration
14 March, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Our Tampines Hub, 1 Tampines Walk, 528523
In the adventure documentary A Plastic Ocean, journalist Craig Leeson starts off searching for the elusive blue whale and instead discovers plastic waste in what should be pristine ocean.
Watch Craig team up with free diver Tanya Streeter and an international team of scientists and researchers, as they travel to 20 locations around the world to explore the fragile state of our oceans, and reveal solutions that can be put into immediate effect. This free screening is hosted by Seven Clean Seas at WeWork the evening of 14 March. Register here.
A Plastic Ocean – Free Screening by Seven Clean Seas
14 March, 6:15 to 9 p.m.
WeWork, 8 Cross St., 048424
Singapore Urban Design Festival, conceptualised by LOPELAB and as part of Singapore Design Week, aims to champion sustainable urban development through education and unique experiences. With live entertainment, exciting workshops and an ’80s Roller Disco, the festival will take over a multistorey carpark in the heart of Jalan Besar! Tickets go for $10 and $20 (one day or two-day); get yours here.
Singapore Urban Design Festival 2019
14 to 17 March
100 Tyrwhitt Rd., Multistorey Carpark, 207542
Conceptualised and designed by actor and arts educator Noorlinah Mohamed, KidsConnect is a unique arts carnival hosted by young people for young people. In fact, the kids will be doing all of the hosting, facilitating and performing at the two-day, peer-to-peer carnival at creative space Playeum!
Families, get excited about: dance and drama performances, storytelling, roving buskers, a rock concert plus an interactive play world. Tickets are $25 per child (3 to 14 years) and $25 for adults (or buy a bundle at $80). Some performances are already sold out, so don’t delay! Buy yours here.
15 and 16 March, 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Playeum, 47 Malan Rd., 109444
Mari buat lau jiat (“let’s make merry”) at the Peranakan Museum with the crowd-fave Armenian Street Party! To kick-off this year’s Singapore Heritage Festival, it will let party-goers taste, feel and embrace the vibrant living Peranakan culture under the stars with performances, dancing, crafts and a bazaar full of food and shopping over two nights. Great for families and totally free!
Armenian Street Party: Living Peranakan
15 and 16 March, 6 p.m.
Peranakan Museum, 39 Armenian St., 179941
On 16 March, however, HASSELL throws open the doors of its Singapore studio and welcomes families to work with its award-winning team to create the future of their dreams. Each mini-designer will be invited to use sustainable materials to create individual parcels, which will be assembled into a grand masterplan. Admission is free; fun is mandatory!
16 March, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
33 Tras St., #02-01, 078973
From 16 March to 21 April 2019, KidZania Singapore will give three cheers for Singapore’s progress and achievements (hello, 200 years!) as part of its inaugural KidZ & Heritage event. Highlights include Chinese dance performances, a Heritage Photo Booth, Heritage Role-play Activities at the Courier Service, Newspaper Edition and Imaging Academy and more. Kids 2 and under go free; tickets for kids 3 to 17 start at $58.90 (online) and adults are $33.25 and up. Book your spots here.
KidZ & Heritage
16 March to 21 April
KidZania Singaore, 31 Beach View, 01/02 Palawan Kidz City, 098008
Yep! The fearless Polynesian princess along with Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and The Mouse Himself plus plenty of other Disney characters will entertain crowds at the Singapore Indoor Stadium for five days in Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Super Celebration.
Using Mickey’s Mouse Pad, show hosts will invite fans to be a part of the action and help the gang as they venture though Disney stories, sharing memorable moments from treasured tales. From Fantasia to Frozen, the show commemorates 90 years of Disney magic. Book your tickets here!
Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Super Celebration
20 to 24 March, various timings
Singapore Indoor Stadium, 2 Stadium Walk, 397691
Wag The Dog brings Bette Davis on the Edge to the Singapore stage for its Asian premiere. The one-woman show transforms a cinema icon into a visceral theatre experience, exquisitely written and performed by the tour de force that is Christine St. John. Tickets are $35; get yours from Peatix.
“Planes & Envelopes” is an art exhibition in which two artists (Ginette Chittick and Hazel Lim) collaborate for the first time to use of simple materials such as yarn and paper to create intricately woven, large-scale artworks that highlight the intersections of contemporary art, design and craft. Prepare to be amazed.
Local Indian dance institute Bharathaa Arts is staging a production based on ula, a body of Hindu literature that dates back to the Pallava period (273CE to 897CE). Images of the gods will come alive in this traditional dance performance. Music featured will be from the late Bhagavatulu Seetarama Sarma, who’s known for his contributions to dance and music, especially the dance-drama genre. Tickets at $25. Buy them on the Esplanade website.
Ula by Bharathaa Arts
22 and 23 March
Esplanade Theatre Studio, 1 Esplanade Dr, 038981
Jim Gaffigan – a Grammy-nominated comedian, actor, writer, producer, two-time The New York Times best-selling author, top touring performer and multi-platinum-selling father of five (phew!) – is known around the world for his unique brand of humor that revolves around fatherhood and other observations on life. And, he’s coming to SG!
Jim Gaffigan ‘Quality Time Tour’ Singapore
23 March, 8 to 11 p.m.
Capitol Singapore, 11 Stamford Rd, 178905
British synth-pop duo Pet Shop Boys, comprising Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, has sold more than 50 million records since its debut in 1981. This is a super throwback from the singers of West End Girls and It’s a Sin. Tickets are $128 and up from SISTIC.
Tom Odell, that precocious master of the ivories, is at the very top of his game. His debut album, 2013’s Long Way Down, topped the charts in the U.K., and his latest album Jubilee Road doesn’t disappoint! With every standout track – from breakthrough smash “Another Love” to “Grow Old With Me”, “Heal” and “Can’t Pretend” – public affection for Tom and his emotional delivery has only deepened.
In this 29 March Singapore performance, expect to witness Tom’s grandstanding melodies and more. Tickets are $98 and up; buy yours here.
Mother Nature, that is. Earth Hour – the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment – returns to Singapore with this must-go festival of music, art, food and lifestyle. What to look forward to: a multi-sensory Nature Mave, eco-conscious vendors, live music by local and international artists, food and bev that’s good for you and the planet plus an Interactive Art Piece by The Fashion Pulpit. Show up and join the largest movement in SG to protect nature!
By Sara Lyle Bow, Mizah Salik + Sharlyn Tan, February 2019
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