Festivals and events in Singapore
If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed by the fact that it’s already 2019, not to worry – you’re not alone. This weekend’s lineup is all about healing and relaxing your mind, so there’s Artbox’s food counterpart Eatbox 2019 and a Hokkaido food fair to feast at, a yoga festival to wash the stress away, and an award-winning comedy show about horror dating stories to put a smile on your face.
1. Eatbox 2019
Artbox 2019 isn’t happening any time soon, but its food-centric sibling Eatbox 2019 is finally here! Featuring over 50 local and regional F&B brands, live music curated by Eatmepoptart’s resident DJs weelikeme and KIDG, and Instagrammable art displays, it’s yet another exciting pop-up to look forward to.
Crowd-favourite street food mainstays like Beef Bro, Saiko, and Broti will be present, but keep your eyes peeled for newer vendors like Inariku, a trained chef from the Tokyo Sushi Academy who will be serving lobster inari, ramen, and bentos, and RUMI The Poet’s Cup, where decadent drinks like Hazel Malt and Caramel Cream come with a special poem and message written on a scroll!
Address: Downtown East D’Marquee Open Plaza 1 & 2, 1 Pasir Ris Cl Downtown East, Singapore 519599
Date & Time: 11th – 13th & 18th – 20th January | 3PM – 11PM
2. Winter Hokkaido Fair
For those of you who wish you were on a holiday overseas right now, Takashimaya’s annual Winter Hokkaido Fair is back again to “transport” you momentarily to Japan. Occupying the Food Hall at Basement 2, the fair will feature some of Hokkaido’s signature delicacies, including giant King Crab legs, grilled scallop skewers, crab and uni croquettes, Hokkaido soft serve, and of course, plenty of fresh seafood.
Here are some of the food available at last year’s edition! Source:Takashimaya Departmental Store
Besides food, shoppers can also browse from various beauty and lifestyle products. Prepare to go on a mini shopping spree, because there’ll be exclusive items on sale like lavender pillows from the Furano Lavender Farm, horse oil products, and their famous all-purpose peppermint oil.
Address: B2 Food Hall, Takashimaya Singapore, 391A Orchard Rd, Singapore 238873
Date: 5th – 16th January
3. Pusheen Cafe
Cat lovers, the world’s first pop-up Pusheen Cafe is now open at Kumoya! Available till March, it’s a bright pastel Pusheen paradise with decor exclusively designed by the creator of Pusheen herself, Pusheen-inspired dishes by Little Miss Bento, and plenty of the adorable grey tabby plushies everywhere.
While Kumoya is no stranger to themed pop-ups, this round’s include new dishes like truffle pasta, fruitcake burgers, and a chocolate ball that melts to reveal a surprise dessert when you pour steamed milk on it.
There’s even a claw machine outside the cafe filled with plushies for you to catch!
Address: 8 Jalan Klapa, Singapore 199320
Date: 6th January – March 2019
Opening Hours: Tue – Thurs, Sun: 12PM – 9.30PM | Fri: 12PM – 10PM
4. Yogafest W.E. (World Edition)
It doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned yogi or a beginner who just discovered an interest in the sport – Yogafest (World Edition) is a 2-day yoga festival that has everything for everyone, with various forms of yoga to try out, mass workout sessions by yoga masters from around the world, and a marketplace to shop from.
Fee Zard in an inversion pose. Source:@yogafest_w.e
These include Aerial Yoga, AcroYoga, Intro to Handstands, HIIT Yoga, and more, and notable names such as America’s Sean Phelps, Australia’s Fee Zard, and local yoga guru Yang Jiamin will be some of the yogis sharing their expertise with the crowd.
Each ticket will grant you full-day access to the festival and classes, the Well+Good Market that will house over 50 brands of healthy food, the Craft Room, where you can make your own sustainable crafts, and a Wellness Goodie Bag worth $60!
The schedule for each day changes, so refer here for more details and purchase your tickets here.
Address: Urban Park @ Tanjong Pagar Centre, 1 Wallich Street, Singapore 078884
Date & Time: 12th January: 12PM – 9PM | 13th January: 9AM – 6PM
Ticket Pricing: From $88
5. Story Party Tour: Story Party Singapore
From tinder horror stories to awkward first dates, dating has never been easy online or offline and Story Party Singapore | True Dating Stories is a side-splitting ode to this tumultuous journey of ours.
Having toured over 50 different countries with their repertoire of hilarious real-life dating tales, catch the award-winning Story Party for #relatable recounts of ghosting, unwanted nudes, cat-fishing, and that awkward situation when you want to go dutch but don’t know how to not to seem cheap.
Address: Kilo Lounge, 21 Tanjong Pagar Road, #01-02/04, Singapore 088444
Date & Time: 10th – 12th January | 7PM
Ticket Pricing: Early Birds: $50 | Standard/At the door: $60
6. OMM Goes to the Movies 3
Source:Orchestra of the Music Makers
If partying till the break of dawn isn’t your cup of tea when it comes to TGIF plans, head to OMM Goes to the Movies 3, an eargasm of some of the most iconic blockbuster soundtracks performed live by a symphonic orchestra.
The Orchestra of the Music Makers will take you on a journey to space with music from Star Trek and Star Wars, bring you into the magical realm of Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings, and relive the adventures of X-Men, The Avengers, The Incredibles, and Mulan, so sit tight and enjoy the show!
Purchase your tickets here.
Address: Esplanade Concert Hall, 1 Esplanade Drive, Singapore 038981
Date & Time: 11th January | 7.30PM
Ticket Pricing: From $12
7. Prudential Marina Bay Carnival
Singapore’s largest funfair is back for its 2nd edition! Occupying the Bayfront Event Space once more, the Prudential Marina Bay Carnival will feature plenty of photo-worthy street food, up to 50 different types of plushies to bag home, and more than 40 rides and games, which consists of both crowd-favourites and new additions.
Source:Prudential Marina Bay Carnival
Some of the popular attractions include the 35m-tall Star Flyer, heart-stopping Mach 5, and the Das Fun Schiff Viking ship, and the brand new centrepiece of this round’s carnival is the Wave Swinger, a giant carousel swing!
Source:Prudential Marina Bay Carnival
Admission to the carnival is completely free-of-charge so you can pop in and snap away with the many photo ops, but do take note that you’ll have to pay for the rides.
Source:Prudential Marina Bay Carnival
Note: Opening hours are extended till 2AM on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.
Address: Bayfront Event Space, 12A Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018970
Date & Time: 22nd December 2018 – 24th March 2019 | 4PM – 11PM Daily
8. One Piece Puzzle Hunt
The puzzle hunt map and collectible cards! Source:One Piece Puzzle Hunt
One Piece fans, Singapore’s first-ever One Piece exhibition might be over, but the augmented reality One Piece Puzzle Hunt is still taking place across the entire Sentosa Island. With an accompanying storyline that starts with you being shipwrecked, players will have to track down the stations via an app (iOS and Android) or a Supplement Board located at every checkpoint, and then solve their puzzles to move on to the next location.
As an added bonus, all players will receive an exclusive set of Straw Hat Pirate cards as a souvenir. The game will take approximately 2 hours or more to complete, and registration can be made in front of iFly at Beach Station.
Purchase your tickets here!
Address: Sentosa Island
Date & Time: 14th December 2018 – 13th February 2019 | 10AM – 7PM (Last registration at 5PM)
Ticket Pricing: $30
9. A Wizarding World Holiday at Changi
Potterheads, rejoice – the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is now in Changi Airport with life-sized mock-ups of the iconic Hogsmeade Village, Diagon Alley, Whomping Willow, and Newt’s Menagerie!
Some of these setups even have daily snow and light shows, and avid fans can try on Hogwarts robes and take GIFs in front of a Magical Photo-Taking Mirror. There are games for you to try your hand at too, such as the Wand Challenge where you’ll learn spell-casting movements, the Quaffle Toss, where you can challenge your friends to a game of Quidditch, and the Niffler Challenge Game, where you’re supposed to stack as many coins as possible atop a giant Niffler replica!
As an added bonus, fans can bag home exclusive Harry Potter merchandise as well, which include Wizarding World-inspired plush toys, scarves, and travel pillows. The best part of all? Admission is free!
Address: Terminal 3, Departure Hall, Public Area
Date & Time: 16th November 2018 – mid-February 2019
10. Mystical Time at Joo Chiat
Source:Picotin Joo Chiat
There’s something about magic shows that awake the inner child in you and let you forget about your worries for a while – so treat yourself to spectacular magic performances by Singapore’s most popular magicians up close as you dine at European bistro Picotin Express!
Only available every Saturday evening, be prepared to be stumped and awed by award-winning magician Tommillusions and “V.I.P magician” Ming Da, an up and rising star in the industry who is also the youngest Singaporean magician ever to complete a performance tour in the U.S.
Address: Picotin Express, 382 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427622
Date & Time: November 2018 – April 2019 | Every Saturday 7PM – 9PM
11. Rainforest Lumina
We’ve never had the chance to see the sunset at the Singapore Zoo, but in celebration of its 45th birthday, we can now do so with their latest attraction, Rainforest Lumina. It’s the first multi-sensory night walk in Asia, and the 1km light trail features over 10 interactive zones with various light installations and projections such as the Luminous Pathway, Shimmering Islands, and Lantern Passage.
A total of 7 time slots are available every night, so book yours here!
Address: Singapore Zoo, 80 Mandai Lake Road, Singapore 729826
Date: From 1st July 2018
Ticket Pricing: $22 (Adult), $16 (Child 3 – 12 years old)