(image: Courtesy of National Heritage Board)
National Day falls on just a Thursday, but celebratory events will be happening throughout the month.
With two public holidays — National Day on 9 August, and Hari Raya Haji on 22 August — this month, there will a fair amount of leisure & activity time for your fam and you. Why not get to know more about SG at a museum, dine on yummy food and drinks at F&B fairs, and party at music concerts and SG’s annual Night Festival? And once you are done, get back into shape at a run and a wellness event before the next month of fun rolls around.
Have the sale blues or missed out bargains during the Great Singapore Sale? Do not fret — look to Cluny Court to solve all your retail woes. The boutique shopping destination will be holding a mall-wide annual Great Summer Sale from 3-26 August 2018. Look out for lingerie on discount at CHANGE Lingerie (up to 70-percent on selected items!), kids shoes on end-season promotions at Hopla! Kids Shoes, 15-percent on dry-cleaning services at Jeeves Singapore, and more. Mark the dates on your calendar and go! Look up its website here and Facebook for the full deets.
3-26 August 2018
501 Bukit Timah, 259760
This outdoor event will screen movies like romance must-watch The Notebook, to more recent releases like the horror masterpiece A Quiet Place. Presented by wine maker Casillero del Diablo, one of the best-known Chilean wine brands in the world, the Films At The Fort event will feature pre-film activities like DJ and instrumentalist sets. Get there early, or lose out on a good spot to park yourself once the film begins. Tickets are $29.80, with a free inflatable cushion (available on a first come, first served basis) on offer. Book your tix here and do it quick ‘cos some screenings are sold out!
3-19 August 2018, from 7:30 p.m.
Fort Canning Green, Fort Canning Rd, 179618
(image: courtesy of Krafers’ Paradise)
Concrete is not just something to be stepped on. Express yourself and try hands-on casting to create your own concrete art work. Learn the basics of mould assembly, casting and post-treatment, and work with varying tools and methods (like a proper artist-sculptor). Plus you get to bring home your piece of work! Held at art studio & gallery Krafers’ Paradise, the workshop consists of 2 sessions, and is priced at $70 per person. Sign up here.
4-5 August 2018, 2-5 p.m.; 6-9 p.m.
180 Kitchener Rd, City Square Mall #04-19/20/21, 208539
The Tambourine Man a.k.a. The Bard a.k.a. Bob Dylan has released 38 studio albums in his illustrious 56-year career, and picked up the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016. So if you really love your music, you need to catch the legendary American folk singer when he blows into town to perform at The Star Theatre.
The 77-year-old, known for songs like Blowin’ In The Wind, The Times They Are A-Changin’ and Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, last performed here in 2011 at the Timbre Rock & Roots music festival. Tickets to his gig are $128 and up, and you can score them here.
6 August 2018, 8:30-10 p.m.
The Star Theatre, The Star Performing Arts Centre, 1 Vista Exchange Green, #04-10, 138617
Hailed as a music rebel — ask your tween daughter or younger cousins — Halsey is best known for her dark and gritty electro-infused tunes. The pop star bringing her Hopeless Fountain Kingdom World Tour to Singapore. The Grammy Award-nominated singer was first here for the F1 Grand Prix in 2016, and her The Star Theatre gig marks the first time the New Jersey native is performing a full show on these shores. Expect to hear hit songs like “Ghost”, “Colors” and “Gasoline”. For tickets ($78 and up), visit APACTix.
8 August 2018, 8-9:30 p.m.
The Star Theatre, The Star Performing Arts Centre, 1 Vista Exchange Green, #04-10, 138617
Get educated about the island-state as you and your boo celebrate Singapore’s Birthday at the National Museum of Singapore. What to expect: Fun programmes inspired by Singapore’s icons; exhibitions about SG’s history and culture; live music performances by local guitar plucking duo Jack & Rai; and a showcase of the 15 Shorts film initiative. Your LO can also take part in interactive family-friendly activities such as a colouring competition, scavenger hunt and craft activities. Round off the day by watching a live telecast of the National Day Parade at the museum’s Glass Atrium and The Salon!
9 August 2018, 10 a.m.-8.30 p.m.
National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Rd, 178897
Foodies should be so happy this August as Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) brings back its popular food event “RWS Street Eats” for the second year. Held at the Malaysian Food Street and the Waterfront at RWS, the 11-day event assembles renowned hawkers and eateries from Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore under one roof. They will be whipping up authentic Southeast Asian delicacies and offering tantalising hawker fare, snacks and desserts – making this a must visit for the whole family.
9-19 August 2018, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. (Mon-Thu); 9 a.m.-10 p.m. (Fri-Sun & Public Holidays)
8 Sentosa Gateway, Resorts World Sentosa, 098269
Get together with the rest of SG to fly the flag high because the nation-state is celebrating 53 years of independence. The theme this year is “We Are Singapore”, reminding citizens that their identity is harmoniously built on different cultures coming together as one. But don’t worry if you don’t have tickets to the official parade (or even the Preview 2, held on 4 August)? You can catch views of the Red Lions, the aerial fly-bys and the fireworks from great vantage points around town, such as the Singapore Flyer and the Esplanade, as well as various rooftop spots.
9 August 2018, 5-9 p.m.
The Float @ Marina Bay, 20 Raffles Ave, 039805
The Singapore Night Festival (SNF) returns to light up the Bras Basah.Bugis precinct from 17 to 25 August 2018, with more of the same riveting performances and provocative installations that have enthralled the public throughout the years. For its 11th edition, the Festival’s theme Bring on the Night, will be showcasing people from different disciplines and backgrounds – including those outside the arts sectors – who are coming together to create and collaborate.
The “highlight”? Night Lights, featuring 16 mesmerising light installations by local and international artists, sited at unique pockets of spaces within Singapore’s arts and heritage district. And while you are viewing so and need to rest, head to CHIJMES for its many varied restos (plus it will be hosting one such installation on its grounds). Festival attendees will also get treated to some 27 performances, an eclectic array of F&B options and artisanal craft wares.
17-25 August 2018, 7:30 p.m.-12 a.m.
Multiple locations within the Bras Basah.Bugis Precinct
Carouselland – Singapore’s largest indoor marketplace bazaar – is back this National Day weekend, bigger and better. With the theme “Trails & Treasures”, the 2-day event in Aug will feature 500 curated booths with a wide range of new and pre-loved items, including retro collectibles and games, handmade gifts and vintage fashion. Discover local treasures, get crafty at workshops, and shop from the best of Carousell’s marketplace. Find all the deets here.
11-12 August 2018, 12-9 p.m.
Marina Bay Sands, Exhibition Hall A & B, 10 Bayfront Ave, 018956
In SG, the Mid-Autumn Festival is traditionally a time for reunion – symbolised by the full moon that will light up the night sky on 24 September 2018 – and the enjoyment of mooncakes. This year, Goodwood Park Hotel is presenting, as part of its snowskin collection, a brand new Blue Pea Flower with White Lotus Seed Paste and Melon Seeds, a gorgeously-hued masterpiece.
Also, back by popular demand and sporting a new “skin” is the Almond Beancurd with Longan (a tropical soapberry fruit), last introduced in 2010 as part of the hotel’s 110th year anniversary celebration, and Soursop with Calamansi, an inspired local take on a similar version that was created in 2009. Or, you can just opt for the evergreen D24 and “Mao Shan Wang” durian snowskin mooncakes, alongside other traditional baked favourites, all freshly made with no preservatives. Check out the full offerings at the hotel’s promotions site.
18 August-24 September 2018
22 Scotts Rd, Goodwood Park Hotel, 228221
Runners, this one’s for you. Join this year’s Shape Run and race in the 5-kilometre or 10-kilometre competitive race categories. Or, sign up with two of your besties for the Squad Relay (3 runners x 5 kilometres). It might be a fun event for the whole family, too, since there’s the 1.8 kilometre Family Fun Run (but you do need to have at least one member of the family be 13 years of age or below by the race date). Tickets start from $53. For more information, visit here.
19 August 2018, 6:45-9:30 a.m.
Gardens By The Bay East, 11 Rhu Cross, 437440
The 10th anniversary of Beerfest Asia — Beerfest Asia 2018 X Edition — is here! Gather your fellow beer lovers at The Meadow at Gardens by the Bay, and get ready for five different tents of music and booze. There will be over 600 beers at the event, with 10 types of limited edition Beerfest Asia Birthday Beers which can only be found at this event.
On Sunday (September 2), Beerfest Asia will transform into a family carnival, with inflatables and game stalls that are suitable for children and pets. If you love running, join in the Beer Run of 3-kilometre fun run (non-competitive) around the Gardens, with booze stops at every kilometre mark. The Run Kit includes entry to the festival, a welcome Beer, Beer Run t-shirt and beers along the route. You can purchase tickets to Beerfest Asia 2018 X Edition here. Bonus: Readers like you enjoy exclusive SPH Magazines ticket prices if you use the promo code “SPHM18” – see more here
30 August to 2 September, 2018, various timings
The Meadow, Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953
Organised by homegrown apothecary spa Spa Esprit, the Farmers And Healers event features workshops, such as Sonic Flow yoga with musician, DJ and yoga teacher Amanda Ling (pictured), who’ll lead you through a series of dynamic and yin stretches. Or try a Tibetan singing bowl workshop, hosted by the Shima Healing Institute, where you can learn how to clear the energy of your living space through the use of sound.
Veggie lovers and urban farmers can try a paid workshop ($60 per person) by Edible Garden City, where you’ll get hands-on experience in creating your own edible garden, whether you’re sowing from seeds, or propagating plants from stem cuttings. Registration is required. For more information, and for a finalised full line-up of activities, follow @spaesprit and @openfarmcommunity, or, visit the Facebook page here.
19 August 2018, 10 a.m-6 p.m.
Open Farm Community, 130E Minden Rd, 248819
(image: Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures)
This is the movie opening you need to catch. Based on the book Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan, this Hollywood-produced movie is set in Singapore, and features a strong Asian cast. Henry Golding, Constance Wu and Michelle Yeoh may play the leads, but also look out for Singapore stars like Pierre Png (those abs!), Fiona Xie (hilarious as Kitty Pong!), Tan Kheng Hua, Selena Tan, Janice Koh, Amy Cheng and more.
This extravagant Jon M. Chu movie is gorgeously shot, with fashion to drool over, and set in locations all over the isle. Want to stake out the gala premiere? The glitzy affair is happening on August 21 at the Capitol Theatre where you just might just spot the likes of Pierre, Fiona and perhaps even the director Jon on the red carpet. Head there by 6.30pm to catch a glimpse of these stars.
21 August 2018, 6:30 p.m. till late
Capitol Theatre, 17 Stamford Rd, 178907
Get (re)acquainted with the songs of one of Singapore’s best-known and highly respected personalities in the arts scene and pioneer of musicals, Dick Lee, in this two-night concert at the Esplanade Concert Hall.
Starring an all-star cast and alumni from the past batches of Lee’s various productions such as Alemay Fernandez, Sebastian Tan, Denise Tan, Dwayne Lau, Frances Lee, Benjamin Chow and Cheryl Tan, it will feature songs from musicals such as Fried Rice Paradise, Beauty World, Forbidden City, Sing to The Dawn, Nagraland and Snow Wolf Lake. Tickets (from $58) for Singapopera go on sale from 21 July 2018 at SISTIC.
25 August 2018, 7:30 p.m. and 26 August 2018, 5 p.m.
Esplanade Concert Hall, 1 Esplanade Dr, 038981
No matter time to binge then during this free-entry four-day event. Over 200 local and international F&B establishments will showcase the best of what they offer at World Food Fair 2018. Expect unique Taiwan specialties like pineapple tarts and cheesy fried chicken, freeze-dried fruits from Thailand, as well as deals and steals on all sorts of food products from around the world. Look for event updates on the event Facebook.
30 August 2018 to 2 September 2018, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Singapore EXPO Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hall 5, 1 Expo Dr, 486150
If you are in need of a spot of Bingo or wish to try it in SG, here’s your chance. On 31 August 2018, The British Club (Singapore) and Courts Singapore will be holding a Prize Bingo Night at the Windsor Arms restaurant at the former’s premises. Buy your tickets (priced at $35+ for The British Club members and $45 for non-members) on the night itself, dine at the resto, and get chances to win household products and appliances from Courts. Plus, a part of the proceeds will go to The British Club’s charities.
31 August 2018, 7:30 p.m. till late.
Windsor Arms, 73 Bukit Tinggi Rd, The British Club, 289761
By Sean Tham. Additional Reporting by Chris Ong, 31 July 2018.
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