Things to do This Weekend in Singapore (8 – 10 Nov)

1. Journey through the Nordics at Poinsettia Wishes 

Source: Gardens by the Bay

Source: Gardens by the Bay

This Christmas, journey through five Nordic countries as Gardens by the Bay presents its first ever Nordic-themed floral display. Expect to see some of the most iconic Nordic landmarks, such as the Bolgen building in Denmark, Santa Claus Village in Finland, Vennesla library in Norway and more! There will also be 7,500 Poinsettia plants of over 30 varieties, including those cultivated in the Netherlands. 

Date: Till 5 Jan 2020

Address: 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Gardens by the Bay

Opening hours: 9am-9pm

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2. Appreciate art at Arts In Your Neighbourhood

Source: National Arts Council

Source: National Arts Council

Punggol folks, this is your time to shine. Arts In Your Neighbourhood returns this year for its 13th edition with a spotlight on Punggol. Organised by the National Arts Council, this initiative invites everyone to rediscover the neighbourhood through various art forms, be it music or dance. Highlights this year include a mobile web-based game where you have to hunt five giant stones hidden in a map of Punggol. 

Date: Till 24 Nov 2019

Address: All around Punggol 

Opening hours: Timings vary across locations 

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3. Laugh along with Marcus Ryan

Source: Sistic

Source: Sistic

Need to unwind this weekend? Sit back and let award-winning comedian, Marcus Ryan, do the job. Known for his debut one-man show, Love me Tinder, Ryan will be bringing his best jokes to town at The Merry Lion Comedy Cafe and Bar. Tickets at $20 for presale and $30 at the door. 

Date: Nov 8 and Nov 9 2019

Address: 8b Circular Road, The Merry Lion 

Opening hours: 6pm-11pm 

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4. Start prepping for Christmas at Providore’s Christmas market

Source: Providore

Source: Providore

Kickstart your Christmas shopping with food conglomerate, Providore’s second Christmas pop up. Look forward to festive cheese platters, artisanal wine, Kombucha from Australia and more. Not intending to buy anything? That’s fine as well, as there will be cheese and champagne up for tasting! 

Date: 8 Nov 2019

Location: 6A Shenton Way, OUE Downtown Gallery, #B1-07

Opening hours: From 6pm 

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5. Shop till you drop at Twilight Flea & Feast

Source: Twilight Flea & Feast | Facebook

Source: Twilight Flea & Feast | Facebook

Everyone’s favourite market is back! In case you didn’t know what Twilight Flea is, it’s a flea market inspired by Australia’s hawker scene and aims to bring the tastiest street food around the globe to Singapore. This edition’s theme is Safari Adventure, so expect everything wildlife right from the food to clothes! Brands to look forward to include Kira Kira Kandy and Meat My Meat. Admission is free. 

Date: 8-10 Nov 2019

Location: Suntec Convention Centre (Halls 401-402)

Opening hours: 10am-10pm

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6. Support local businesses at the Bayfront Pop Up Market

Source: Gardens by the Bay

Source: Gardens by the Bay

Support local businesses and social enterprises at Gardens by the Bay’s pop-up market, happening weekly starting this weekend. Get to shop a plethora of lovely items, such as handmade jewellery, paintings, soft toys and more! 

Date: Till December 29 2019 

Location: 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Bayfront Plaza (beside Bayfront MRT) 

Opening hours: 11am-9pm

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7. Get cursed at Kursed

Source: Cerebral

Source: Cerebral

Haven’t had enough of scary Halloween fun? This weekend’s your last chance. Participate in interactive outdoor horror experience, KURSED, at Sentosa. In your team of eight, embark on a dark and twisted mission to escape a long abandoned kampong where the island’s oldest pontianak resides. Only for those aged 16 and up. Tickets at $58/pax. Get your tickets to Kursed here

Date: Till 17 Nov 2019

Location: Somewhere on Pulau Belakang Mati, Sentosa 

Opening hours: 8-9pm/9-10pm/10-11pm

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9. Support young talents at Reflections Art Festival 2019

Source: Republic Polytechnic | Facebook

Source: Republic Polytechnic | Facebook

Republic Polytechnic’s annual three-week community art festival, Reflections, is ending this week, so check it out before it’s gone! This event, supported by over 600 RP student producers, gives local talent a space to display their creative expressions. The theme for this year is EthniCity, which showcases our cultural diversity and traditions. 

Date: Till 9 Nov 2019

Location: Republic Polytechnic 

Opening hours: 8am-7pm 

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9. Connect with music lovers at Tropika Afterhours

Source: Tropika | Facebook

Source: Tropika | Facebook

Do you believe that music is a universal language? Then you’d fit right into Tropika Afterhours, a new monthly music party that merges both electronic and organic sounds. The first party will be held this Friday, featuring Tropika’s very own Ramesh, Darker Than Wax’s FUNK BSTRD and Pushin’On & kult kafé’s Tom Shellsuit. A cover charge of $10 applies. 

Date: 8 Nov 2019

Location: 15 Phillip St, #04-00

Opening hours: 10pm-3am 

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10. Stock up on booze at Wine & Whisky Week

Source: The 1855 Shop

Source: 1855 The Bottle Shop

The alcohol market by 1855 The Bottle Shop is happening once again at Suntec City East Atrium. Over 500 labels will be on offer, including The Prisoner Wine Company, Belvedere and Johnnie Walker. There’ll also be two limited edition whiskies inspired by Game of Thrones — A Song of Fire and A Song of Ice. 

Date: Till 17 Nov 2019

Location: Suntec City East Atrium

Opening hours: 11am-10pm 

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11. Experience a fairytale with Disney: The Animation

Source: Frozen

Source: Frozen

Whether you’re a Disney fan or not, we think you’d enjoy this exhibition. Appreciate what goes on behind-the-scenes in the drawing room and marvel at over 500 original paintings and sketches from over the course of 90 years, curated by the Walt Disney Animation Research Library. From timeless classics like Steamboat Willie (1982) to recent blockbusters Moana (2016), the exhibition pays homage to the artistry and technological innovation that have brought Disney’s world-renowned characters to life. 

In addition, get to see exclusive artworks from the upcoming Frozen 2! Tickets are highly in demand, so to avoid disappointment, book them before going down. Prices start from $19. 

Date: Till 29 Mar 2020

Address: ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands

Opening hours: 10am – 7pm

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12. Indulge in the hairy crab season at Goodwood Park Hotel

Source: Goodwood Park Hotel

Source: Goodwood Park Hotel

Award-winning Chinese restaurant, Min Jiang, at Goodwood Park Hotel celebrates the hairy crab season with a delectable selection of the prized crustacean prepared in different styles. Choose between à la carte options or two set menus. Highlights from the à la carte menu include the Steamed Hairy Crab with Glutinous Rice served in Bamboo Basket ($82++ per portion) and Baked Hairy Crab with Ginger Rice Wine wrapped in Lotus Leaf ($80++ per portion). The set menus are priced at $148++ and $168++ per person and apart from crabs, include signature dishes like Pan-fried King Prawn with Minced Garlic Chilli Sauce. 

Date: Till 10 Nov 2019

Address: 22 Scotts Road

Opening hours: 11.30am – 10.30pm

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13. Durian dessert buffet

Source: Goodwood Park Hotel

Source: Goodwood Park Hotel

Eat to your heart’s content at Goodwood Park Hotel’s Dessert Buffet with Mao Shan Wang and D24 Durian Delights. This year’s lineup include signature mainstays such as D24 Ice Cream and D24 Pandan Lapis Coconut Cake, a durian mousse layered between moist pandan sponge. Other exciting items include D24 Éclair; D24 Pudding; D24 Chendol Pudding; D24 Hazelnut Crumble Tart; Mao Shan Wang Swiss Roll, and a ‘live’ Mao Shan Wang Pancake station. From $46.80++ per person.

Date: Till 10 Nov 2019

Address: 22 Scotts Road

Opening hours: 12pm – 10.30pm 

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14. Have a hella good time at the Bubble Tea Factory

Source: The Bubble Tea Factory | Facebook

Source: The Bubble Tea Factory | Facebook

At the bubble tea factory, you don’t just drink bubble tea. Get ready to whip out your cameras as this whole place is filled with plenty of IG-worthy spots, from a forest-themed one to blue coral utopioca. There’s even a bathtub filled with ‘cash’ and a bubble tea airline section! 

Here’s the best part – you get to bring home a cup of bubble tea for free! If you wish to bring home some memories, bobba-themed merchandise are available for purchase, including bubble tea-centric snacks. 

Admission costs $24/pax on weekdays and $28/pax on weekends

Date: Till 18 Dec

Address: Scape underground Orchard

Opening hours: 10am-10pm (Sat-Sun), 4-10pm (Mon-Fri)

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