Festivals and events in Singapore
When it comes to plans for the weekend, partying is at the top of most people’s list – but if you’re tired of the usual bars and clubs, this week’s lineup of events has everything from craft beer and tea festivals, to artsy carnivals, and even a creative bazaar that might just be bigger than Artbox.
1. CREATIVE MILLENNIALS YOUTH KARNIVAL (CMYK)
Dive into a food and retail wonderland at the Creative Millennials Youth Karnival (CMYK), a massive creative bazaar with a whopping 500 pop-up stalls from countries like Australia, Hong Kong, Thailand, and the Philippines!
Organised to celebrate and encourage entrepreneurship among youths, the extravaganza boasts over 100 food vendors that’ll dish up both traditional and Instagrammable snacks, and more than 300 retail stalls that’ll sell unique handcrafted goods.
Nokkajib at Artbox 2018. Source: Nokkajib
These include Thailand’s Nokkajib, local sunglasses store TYSABELLA, bubble tea joint LiHO, photo-worthy Cereal Citizen, and Korean-inspired sandwiches from Egg Stop!
That’s not all either – besides the stalls, there’ll be plenty of musicians and artists performing live, interactive games, trick art installations, photo booths, and a beer garden as well. The best part? Admission is free!
Date & Time: 20th – 23rd September | 3PM – 11PM
Address: Bayfront Event Space, 12A Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018970
2. Art After Dark x 6th Anniversary Celebrations
Last year’s Art After Dark. Source: Gillman Barracks
Artsy folks, Gillman Barracks is turning 6 and they’re having a birthday extravaganza in conjunction with their signature Art After Dark open house! Spanning across the entire Gillman Barracks precinct, expect live music performances, interactive art installations, F&B stalls, as well as brand new gallery exhibitions at the Art After Dark x 6th Anniversary Celebrations.
A Bacon, Egg & Cheese Breakfast Sandwich by Park Bench Deli! Source: Park Bench Deli
Jam to a wide range of tunes by local Rock ‘n’ Roll trio THE PINHOLES, indie group Pleasantry, and eclectic punk rock band Tiramisu, and dig into a variety of savoury bites and sweet treats by vendors like Handlebar, Park Bench Deli, and more.
One of the exquisite designs available at the Porcelain & Crafts Fair – the Kutani Crane porcelain cup. Source: Supermama Store
The Supermama Porcelain & Crafts Fair will also be happening at Gillman Barracks, so make sure to pop by if you’re looking for some unique and premium home decor to spruce up your crib with!
Address: Gillman Barracks, 9 Lock Road, Singapore 108937
Date & Time: 21st September | 7PM
3. Craft Singapore 2018: The Drinking Edition
Source: Trouble Brewing Singapore
Beerfest Asia might be over, but craft beer connoisseurs can still knock yourselves out at this year’s 3-day craft festival – Craft Singapore 2018: The Drinking Edition! With a focus on craft beer, the festival will feature both local and international brewers, new and unique blends, beer-brewing masterclasses, as well as boutique and handcraft spirits.
Source: Menabrea UK
Some of these breweries include Daryl’s Urban Ales, which specialises in seasonal brews, Menabrea Beer, one of the oldest continuously producing brewery in Italy, and That Singapore Beer Project, a 4-month-long social brewing project that has concocted a beer inspired by the preferences of Singaporeans!
Smoked Ssamjang Pork Belly with Kimchi Slaw. Source: Vatos Urban Tacos (Singapore)
Of course, delicious snacks from Vatos Urban Tacos, Sidecar Sausages, and The 1925 Brewing Co. will also be available to go with your ice cold beers, and other craft vendors like Artisan & Fox, Fairé, and Green Nomad will be present with ethical and stylish accessories, clothes, and handmade goods for sale.
Handwoven straw bags from Artisan & Fox. Source: Artisan & Fox
Tickets for each day start from only $20, so purchase yours here.
Address: 30 Maxwell Road, Singapore 069114
Date & Time: 1st – 23rd September
Ticket Pricing: $20 – $200
4. Singapore Tea Festival
Source: Singapore Tea Festival
If you’re a tea lover, indulge in all things tea at the Singapore Tea Festival 2018! Featuring 30 tea and tea-related brands from all around the world, you’ll be able to sample over 100 different types of tea, discover unique tea flavours and rare blends, and try your hand at workshops hosted by some of the best in the industry.
Grouped into categories like local Modern Blends, single-origin Classic Blends, Lifestyle Brands, and Beyond Our Shores, keep a lookout for Kindred Teas, which has tea leaves that blossom into beautiful floral masterpieces, SUCR and The 1872 Clipper Tea Co., which offer uniquely Singaporean blends such as Durian Tea and Nonya Kaya Tea respectively, and Brew Me, which sells organic teas rich in volcanic minerals that hail from a plantation in Bali!
Workshops on the basics of tea cupping and how to make your very own Kombucha are also filling up fast, so register ASAP here if you’re interested!
Address: ION Orchard Basement 4, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801
Date & Time: 21st September: 3PM – 10PM | 22nd – 23rd September: 10AM – 10PM
5. The Balvenie House of Craft
Source: The General Co
Show your support for handcrafted goods at The Balvenie House of Craft, a gathering of skilled and aspiring craftsmen from all over Asia! Held across 4 weekends this September in an old industrial block, this unusual pop-up will showcase craft workshops, intimate dinners prepared by young local chefs, and indie movie screenings.
Source: House of Craft
The hands-on workshops available this weekend include leather pouch making, botanical watercolour illustrations, and terrarium designing, and booths by artisan vendors like bean-to-bar chocolate maker Fossa Chocolate will also be around!
One of Cherin Sim’s masterpieces. Source: House of Craft
To top that off, exclusive bespoke creations will also be up for grabs – think hand painted leather bags by professional Marquage painter, Cherin Sim.
Check out the full list of programmes here!
Address: 115 King George’s Ave #01-01 Singapore 208561
Dates: 7th – 9th, 14th – 16th, 21st – 23rd, 28th – 30th September
Opening Hours: Fri: 7PM – 11PM | Sat: 12PM – 11PM | Sun: 12PM – 5PM
Source: On The List (Singapore)
For those of you who missed Luxasia’s Mega Beauty Bazaar, not to worry – OnTheList is a flash sale event for luxury brands that originated from Hong Kong and it is now on our shores for the very first time!
Juicy Couture accessories were part of their past flash sales too! Source: @onthelist_official
Set to take place in the heart of Orchard, shoppers can expect huge discounts of 75% on average on brands like Diane Von Furstenberg, Dr. Martens, Fjällräven, Salvatore Ferragamo, Ted Baker, and Giorgio Armani. Meant to offload the luxury brands’ excess inventory in a more sustainable way, that’s one more reason why you should mark your calendars for this great sale!
Do note that OnTheList is for members only, so sign up here to receive an invitation!
Address: #14-04, Ngee Ann City Tower B, 391 Orchard Road, Singapore 238873
Date & Time: 19th & 20th Sep: 8AM – 8PM | 21st Sep: 10AM – 8PM | 22nd Sep: 10AM – 5PM
7. Singapore by Nguan
Source: Singapore International Photography Festival
With 150k followers on Instagram, local photographer Nguan is no stranger to most shutterbugs and photography enthusiasts. Known for his pastel, dreamy-looking street photography, you’ll be able to view his decade-spanning series “Singapore” in a physical exhibition as part of the Singapore International Photography Festival 2018.
Meant to examine the themes of longing and regret against a backdrop of soft and delicate hues, the photos will be bringing out some thought-provoking narratives and emotions about the complexity of our daily Singaporean lives, so be prepared!
Admission is free, so feel free to drop by even if you’re simply looking to get out and about!
Address: #02-21, Blk 9, Gillman Barracks
Date & Time: 8th September – 28th October | Tues – Sat: 12PM – 7PM, Sunday: 12PM – 5PM
8. Mid-Autumn at Gardens by the Bay 2018
Source: Gardens by the Bay
Celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival at Gardens by the Bay! Specially transformed into a fantasy land with exquisite lantern installations of mythical creatures and flowers, there’ll even be a breathtaking light show and interactive zones for you to eat, play, and shop at.
Be prepared to be dazzled by massive lanterns that stretch up to 70m long, let a lighted lotus lantern float down the Dragonfly Lake, and drape well-wishes over a magnificent Golden Wishing Tree!
Relive your childhood with traditional games like Kuti Kuti and Goli while you’re there, and feast on an impressive array of local and Asian delights at the Supertree Grove Food Street when you get peckish!
Refer to the programme schedule and check where the various activities are located here.
Note: Programmes are free unless otherwise indicated.
Address: Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953
Date & Time: 6th – 24th September | Mon – Thurs: 6PM – 10PM, Fri – Sun: 6PM – 11PM
9. Rainforest Lumina
Source: Rainforest Lumina
We’ve never had the chance to see the sun setting at the Singapore Zoo, but in celebration of its 45th birthday, we can now do so with their brand new 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.
Source: Rainforest Lumina
Source: Rainforest Lumina
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)