How do you feel about mooncakes? ‘Cause you’re going to see them a lot this month.
Thanks to the Mid-Autumn Festival, which takes place 24 September and comes with various legends and lanterns, you should have the time to sample from dozens of different flavours and styles of mooncakes. (Find out the 17 best of the 2018 season here!)
But, September is also an exciting time because of the annual Singapore Grand Prix, which brings the world’s best Formula One racers to the Little Red Dot, and the month ends with everyone’s Instagram-favourite fitness event The Colour Run.
There’s also not just one but two photography festivals, a funnyman’s “Ultimate, Gold, Greatest Hits World Tour” and even the Bard’s “Globe Tour”. If you want to be bored this month, that’s totally up to you. If not, check out the gallery below!
Southeast Asia’s sand-sculpting festival is back, and this time we can expect to see a few familiar faces — Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Iron Man and more from the Marvel universe. There’s more for festival-goers, such as sand sculpting workshops for kids, a 180-degree video booth where you can pose like a superhero and a test of strength at “Hulk Smash”. Stay on after sunset to kick back on beach chairs under the night sky with Movies by the Beach. Entry to the event is free, but you’ll have to register on-site for workshops.
Sentosa Sandsation: MARVEL Edition
Siloso Beach, Sentosa, Siloso Beach Walk
The 23rd edition of the ever-popular Ballet Under The Stars will run over two weekends. The first instalment will feature neo-classical international choreography from the likes of George Balanchine, credited as the “father of American ballet”; and François Klaus from France. The second weekend will see Singaporean dance prodigy and choreographer Goh Choo San’s Unknown Territory, Schubert Symphony and Fives being showcased. Tickets are at $35, buy them here and prepare for outdoor magic on the stage.
The sixth edition of the Singapore International Photography Festival (SIPF) is its biggest edition yet, with 11 exhibitions and various public programmes centred around the theme Like You, Me, Everybody Else. SIPF 2018 will showcase works of esteemed and emerging contemporary photographers to a growing local and international audience as well as a record number of 50 workshops, seminars, portfolio review, film screenings and opening parties tailored to suit a diverse audience. Visit the website for more deets. Festival Passes can be purchased online.
Singapore International Photography Festival
This is a photographer’s dream as lauded names, from Russel Wong to Paolo Solari-Bossi and Stephen Schaub will be showcasing their works and appear for talks as well. Wong in particular, who’s shot a breathtaking list of celebrities — from Jackie Chan to the late Lee Kuan Yew — is one not to be missed. This art fair aims to bring together experienced and amateur international photographers and practitioners to showcase the vibrancy of global art. Best of all, it’s free! But do visit the website to register.
X Edition Asia’s Largest Photography Hotel Art Fair
Level 6, Regent Hotel Singapore, 1 Cuscaden Rd, 249715
You’ll see more than the usual flower domes and Supertrees, as Gardens by the Bay lights up and coming alive with mythical creatures and larger-than-life flora and fauna for the Mid-Autumn Festival. Be amazed at the complexities and intricacies of the lanterns on show, and bring on your own lantern to fully revel in the joyous atmosphere. Walk through the festive marketplace near the Supertree Grove, where traditional arts performances will liven your spirits. There will, of course, be food on offer, as well as a showcase of Chinese crafts (such as stone engravings).
Learn all about SG’s research, innovation, creativity and enterprise at one-north Festival 2018. Over two days, this event welcomes the public to immerse in science and technology through fun interactive displays, inspiring talks, workshops and tours. The theme for this year’s festival is “AI and I”, deals with the rapid developments in Artificial Intelligence (AI) capabilities, and how it will enhance everyone’s lives, work and play in our society. Head down to hear from and interact with scientists, innovators, media creators and entrepreneurs.
More then 100 of South Korea’s most popular idols will take to the stage at Southeast Asia’s biggest K-Pop festival, and you can anticipate performances by Apink, TAEYEON (who will be making her first solo appearance in Singapore), Wanna One, and literally many more. Ticket-holders will be entitled to free daily afternoon showcases or even get a chance to meet their idols. If you’re a singer seeking a breakthrough, go for an audition with top Korean entertainment companies who’ll be there. Tickets are from $148, buy them here.
In association with Apple Music, Music Matters Asia is a music festival that’s also a gateway for emerging artists. Running over 5 nights, you’ll be able to check out showcases from 30 rising stars who hail from 14 countries in South-east Asia, America, and Australasia. Venues span from Timbre outlets to venues in Clarke Quay. Entry is free.
Music Matters Asia
Various locations, check the line-up for where to go
EtonHouse International Preschool at 718 Mountbatten is a well-established, high quality preschool for children between 18 months and 6 years. The school has a longstanding, outstanding reputation amongst expat families and the wider SG community. The school’s IB curriculum develops in children all the necessary skills and attitudes required to succeed as global citizens of the future. Interested in learning more? Sign up online for the school’s Open Day and receive 50 percent off of its registration fee (terms and conditions apply).
BONUS: In collaboration with Singapore’s Infocomm Media Development Authority and the cyber security experts from Blue Phish, EtonHouse International School Orchard is hosting a free workshop called “Parenting the Online World” 13 September, from 9-11 a.m. Find out more here.
EtonHouse International Preschool Open Day
Saturday, 8 September, 2018; 9:30 a.m. to noon
EtonHouse International Preschool, 718 Mountbatten Rd, 437738
(image: The Japanese Association, Singapore)
A feast for the senses awaits at the Japan Summer Festival, which will be held at the National Stadium. The stadium premises will be transformed into a gigantic festival ground with more than 100 Japanese F&B, games, and merchandise booths as well as a center stage featuring 25 sensational stage performances by 24 groups and organisations from Japan and Singapore. These include a Taiko drum performance; Yosakoi – a unique style of dance typically performed at festivals in Japan; Domobics – an aerobics dance performance named after the beloved Domo, official mascot of Japan’s public broadcaster NHK and more.
As one of Singapore’s most anticipated sale events, Glamorous Giving is a truly local initiative, which promotes small business and gives back to the community – and it’s back again! Organised by award winning jewellery brand Stones That Rock, and held in support of the Singapore Committee for UN Women, more than 55 local fashion and lifestyle brands take part, offering bargains at knock down prices.
British comedian Jimmy Carr is gonna pop by Singapore to stir sh*t up! Having performed nine sell-out tours to 2 million people across 4 continents, Carr’s dark humour with deadpan delivery had The Guardian proclaiming that he’s “a comedy hero for our time”. For this show, Carr is gathering a selection of his best stand-up jokes along with brand new material for the ultimate night of classic British banter that should have you in stitches. Tickets are from $88, buy them here.
Jimmy Carr: The Best of Ultimate, Gold, Greatest Hits Tour
Kallang Theatre, 1A Stadium Walk, 397689
This ever-exciting night race is back for its 11th consecutive year. Revving engines aside, the spectacular off-track East x West line-up featuring Mandopop king Jay Chou and British band The Killers will set the entertainment stage alight. World No. 1 DJ Martin Garrix is also expected to drop his award-winning beats while Britian’s new pop darling Dua Lipa will close out the three-day show. Tickets are from $78, buy them here. Read more highlights of the 2018 SGP here.
The ultimate A-list F1 after-party! Each year, The Podium Lounge hosts F1 drivers, celebrities, ambassadors and more. Rub shoulders and party with the gliterrati — Boyzone, Good Charlotte and The Black Eyed Peas have all attended this party in the past. Don’t miss out on the Lounge’s signature Fashion Circuit, where you’ll see models and celebrities clad in new collections of hip-hop inspired and luxury streetwear. Tickets are from $188, buy them here.
Gear up, and get ready to party at full speed with Zouk’s Checkpoint, a three-day F1 after-party inspired by the zenith of 8-bit video games. It is aimed to evoke a strong sense of nostalgia reminiscent of the joystick and button-smashing days, so you can expect a race down memory lane with visuals and photo opportunities drawn from retro games of the past. The weekend-long party kicks off with veteran DJ Hong’s CODE on Friday. On Saturday, a Total Recall throwback party where Britney Spears and Westlife hits will play on in Capital room, but don’t miss Dutch DJ R3HAB’s turn on the decks in the main rooms. British singer Jay Sean will perform a live set on Sunday. Tickets are from $20 to $60 here.
Zouk Presents Checkpoint: The F1 Weekend Super Sprint
Zouk, 3C River Valley Road, The Cannery, 179022
By the light of the Autumnal moon, you can see the star-spangled sky. Under an inflatable dome, the Planetarium Show by the Science Centre Singapore, will enable you to experience the beauty of the universe and learn how the ancients locate their positions and distinguish the seasons by looking at the stars. In addition, the Astronomy Exhibition will enhance your knowledge of the solar system and the moon. Learn all the scientific and cultural aspects of the moon at one go. Visit the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre website for updated timings and to reserve your slot.
BONUS: On the same day at the Chinese Culture Centre, watch your favourite Mid-Autumn characters come alive with Paper Monkey Theatre’s Tales by the Moonlight, from 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., or Tales of Houyi, which showcases the best of Teochew Opera, from 2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
“Starry Night” Planetarium Show & Astronomy Exhibition
15 September, multiple timings
Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre, 1 Straits View, 018936
American musician and music arranger Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox (PMJ) project features a revolving cast of performers who have racked up crazy views on Youtube. They’re known for putting vintage spins on modern pop hits and at their live show, you can expect choice material from the 1980s until now. A PMJ show is a theatrical and musical spectacle, as PMJ’s 3.5 million subscribers on Youtube would know. The videos, by the way, have amassed over 925 million views. Tickets are from $98, buy them here.
Fancy being given the power to choose the play to be performed? Shakespeare’s Globe returns with three of William Shakespeare’s most popular works — Twelfth Night, The Merchant of Venice and The Taming of the Shrew. On the last day of the show (Saturday, Sept 22), new artistic director Michelle Terry will feature the 16-century Shakespearean tradition of letting the audience “cast their vote” by shouting or applauding so that their desired play will be performed. Tickets are from $88, buy them here.
Shakespeare’s Globe Tour: Iconic Plays and Audience’s Choice Performances
School Of The Arts Concert Hall, 1 Zubir Said Dr, 227968
The Expat Fairs presents Wine Discovery Night, happening every third Wednesday at Winestone. Explore new and old world wines from 25 international merchants and spend $25 for optional tapas pairings, which entitles you to 25 percent off for an a la carte dinner voucher. You’ll also get to enjoy a discounted corkage fee when you purchase wine for consumption at the venue. Email email@example.com for the tapas menu and group bookings, or visit The Expat Fairs websitefor terms and conditions, individual dates and times, and more.
This premier traditional Chinese arts festival celebrates Chinese heritage and tradition through a spectacular showcase of performances inspired by legendary figures from works like The Creation of Gods and Journey to the West. There are more than 60 free programmes to choose from for those young and old. Expect street opera performances along the waterfront and storytelling sessions that are sure to captivate.
Retail is allowed on holy grounds at the Singapore Design Fair, held on the premises of the Danish Seamen’s Church on 22 September 2018. What to expect: Specially curated SG brands like travel footwear specialists Anothersole and eco-conscious childrens’ wear label Hunter + Boo; workshops, a playground and a covered playroom for the kids to learn and play; and delish food and beverages such as hot dogs and draft beer. Pay an entry fee of $2 to get in on all the Danish “hygge” fun — update yourself on the fair’s activities here.
The weekend-long event will feature an exciting array of festive offerings and celebrations. Feel young at heart again while trailing through lantern walkabouts, or get artsy in craft workshops. There will also be evening music performances ranging from the traditional to contemporary.
The Piano Guys will be returning to Singapore to perform! Made up of a marketing genius that does video, a studio engineer that writes music, a pianist that had a successful solo career, and a cellist that does pretty much everything, The Piano Guys quickly rose to fame on YouTube, and has since surpassed 1 billion views and garnered 6 million subscribers on their channel. Be sure not to miss them performing their trademark classical renditions of the latest hit songs on September 25, 2018, at The Star Theatre, The Star Performing Arts Centre! Tickets are available on SISTIC.
The Swiss Club has been proudly hosting this early 19th-century Bavarian tradition for the past 18 years. You’ve gotta love an event where one is encouraged to go dressed in authentic alpine attire and funky lederhosen. The mission: To booze it up on German beers on tap and partake of the Bavarian buffet spread (think ginormous crispy pork knuckles). Dance to award-winning Musikkapelle Partenkirchen brass band’s catchy tunes with an ice-cold beer in hand while shouting “Prost!” to everyone around you. Tickets are available from $65, buy them here.
Brace yourself for “infinite fear” at the 8th edition of Universal Studio’s annual scarestorm. Running for 18 nights across weekends, the featured five haunted houses, three live shows, and two scare zones will have you screaming in absolute terror. Universal Studios Singapore is making Asian ghosts its highlight, with pontianaks and vengeful Edo-era Japanese spirits seeking out victims, and blood-thirsty vampires haunting the halls. This edition also features a collaboration with Netflix’s Stranger Things, and one haunted house will be have thematic rooms that draw on the series’ storyline. Tickets are from $50, buy them here.
The GREAT Food Festival, now in its second year, is where you’ll get to watch Michelin-starred chefs transform the simplest ingredients to the most mind-blowing dishes at “Star Chef Arena”. But also, put on your best pair of fancy pants and go for samplings of wine, meat, and cheese pairings. The “Feast of Kings” on the second day of the fest is one where you’ll see celebrity chefs, live musicians, and even skilled jugglers coming together to entertain in one spectacular showing. Various ticket types are all available on the website. Tickets are from $30, buy them here.
This year’s Color Run is designed to be different, featuring an all new participant kit and new course elements where organisers say you can double your fun (and colours!). Aside from the totally Instagram-worthy pictures you’ll be uploading from the “Happiest 5k on the Planet”, there will also be a music festival to head to after you’re done running. Get set for a sweaty, colourful, amped-up time where you can let loose. Tickets are from $65, buy them here.
The Color Run
Palawan Green, Sentosa, Siloso Beach Walk
By Elly Chaw / Additional Reporting by Hazel Vincent De Paul and Sara Lyle Bow, 31 August 2018.
More on The Finder:
Don’t miss out! Like our Facebook page for event updates and more.