Festivals and events in Singapore
It’s Monday once more and you might have a long week ahead of you, but what’s in store this coming weekend will be sure to cheer you up and keep you going – there’s the return of the Singapore Food Festival, an inaugural Singapore Cat Festival, and a chance for you to slurp up over 20 different kinds of oysters!
1. Singapore Food Festival 2018
Source: Chinatown Food Street
It’s the time for $0.50 hawker favourites again! Back for its 25th edition, the 17-day Singapore Food Festival 2018 is split into 4 categories – Modernity, Arts, Culture, and Tradition.
A spread from last year’s 50 Cents Fest! Source: Chinatown Food Street
There’ll be a total of 20 events happening under these categories, including the usual highlights like the 50 Cents Fest and STREAT, where you can expect both traditional and reinvented hawker fare by local culinary talents.
Source: District 1 Yoga
New events consist of Park Bench Deli Collaborations, where you can expect creations like char siew banh mi and premium char siew bossam, Beer Yoga & Citylights, which combines an hour of yoga with a bottle of limited-edition beer from craft brewery Trouble Brewing, as well as McDonald’s Love Local Campaign, where a specially-crafted, local-inspired menu will be made available during this period!
Check here for more details on these events.
Date: 13th – 29th July
2. Singapore Cat Festival 2018
Source: Singapore Cat Festival
Cat lovers, this one’s for you because it’s the first-ever Singapore Cat Festival! Feel free to bring your furry friend and sit for educational talks by cat experts and sharing sessions between owners, watch a breed showcase, or shop around for cat-related products from both local and international brands.
There’ll also be cat-themed trinkets for us to bag home, like Kittea with their cat-themed teas, and Purrballs and their adorable illustrations!
Note: This is a dog-free event to avoid scaring the cats, so remember to leave your pooches at home!
Address: Level 1 Atrium, Kallang Leisure Park, 5 Stadium Walk, Singapore 397693
Date & Time: 14th – 15th July | 11AM – 9PM
3. Happy Ever Laughter
Source: Dream Academy
They say that laughter is the best medicine, so reinvigorate yourself at Happy Ever Laughter, the biggest live stand-up comedy event in Singapore! A showdown between 12 of our best local comedians like Kumar, Preetipls, and Fakkah Fuzz, prepare to watch hilariously painful jabs fly across the stage as they roast and burn each other.
Tickets are selling fast, so purchase yours here ASAP!
Address: Capitol Theatre, Capitol Piazza, 11 Stamford Road, Singapore 178905
Date: 11th – 29th July
Ticket Pricing: $60 – $160
4. DurianBB Party
If you’re a durian fan, go forth and conquer at DurianBB Party, an all-you-can-eat durian bonanza that’s all the rage in Hong Kong, Macau, and Malaysia! Dig into their signature Durian Tasting Platter that consists of 5 different premium cultivars – the Musang King, Golden Phoenix, D13, D101, and Jiang Hai – and then feast on free-flow Musang King, D101, and D13 for the rest of the 2-hour long event.
Source: Durianbb.com Singapore
It’s your chance to become a durian connoisseur as well, because there will be durian experts filling you in on the history of Malaysian durians, and teaching you how to appreciate the delicacy properly!
Each session is only limited to just 100 pax, and 2 out of 6 sessions have already sold out – act fast and book your seats here!
Address: Agrobazaar, Lot 37–43, Sultan Gate, Singapore 198485
Date: 14th – 15th July
Ticket Pricing: $68
5. Cake Club by Marina Square
Source: Marina Square
For those of you who absolutely love cake, head down to Cake Club at Marina Square, where there’ll be all sorts of bakes and sugary delights on sale at the pop-up Cake Bar, including ones by Bloomsbury Bakers, Inthebrickyard, Milk Moons, and My Sister Bakes.
Source: My Sister Bakes
Pair them with freshly brewed tea served by The 1872 Clipper Tea Co., and try your hand at cake decorating, cookie painting, and piping of buttercream flowers at their exclusive workshops if you’re interested in baking!
Note: The pop-up event is only on weekends.
Address: #03-03, Marina Square Glasshouse
Date & Time: 14th July – 26th August | 12PM – 9PM
6. Sentosa GrillFest 2018
Singapore’s only 1km-long food street by the beach is back again for its 2nd edition, and as usual, the Sentosa GrillFest boasts over hundreds of dishes by more than 20 restaurants, cafes, and 2nd-generation hawkers.
Some of the vendors to look out for this year includes Kinsa Sushi and their signature Wagyu Beef Bowl, Fat Belly, who will be serving their popular medium-rare Mayura Signature Wagyu Tri-tip Steak, and Co+Nut+ink with their refreshing coconut ice cream!
Said medium-rare Mayura Signature Wagyu Tri-tip Steak! Source: @fatbellysg
Plus, besides sizzling meats and seafood, you can feast on local favourites with a twist as well like Lobster Hokkien Mee, Laksa Mentai Soft Shell Crab Tacos, and Otah Fries. If not, simply create your own meal at the Gourmet Discovery Market – there’ll be a wide range of fresh ingredients for you to choose from, and chefs to grill your dinner for you!
Here’s an added bonus – admission is free-of-charge!
Click here for a map of the venue.
Note: Island admission and car park charges apply.
Address: Siloso Beach
Date & Time: 13th – 15th, 20th – 22nd & 27th – 29th July | 6PM – 11PM
7. Singapore Theatre Festival
Source: WILD RICE
Play buffs, mark your calendars for this year’s Singapore Theatre Festival! Featuring a total of 8 local plays staged across 2 weeks, you’ll be in for some exciting and riveting stories about media freedom, surveillance, racism, heritage, love, and more. Some plays have already sold out, so make sure to book your tickets to Press Gang and Supervision – they’re selling fast too!
Address: LASALLE College of the Arts, 1 McNally Street, Singapore 187940
Date: 5th – 22nd July
8. Pink Screen at The Projector
Source: The Projector
For those of you who are proud advocates of the LGBT community, show your support and celebrate loving freely at Pink Screen at The Projector! Organised as part of Pink Fest 2018, there will be 4 specially curated films screening, which will be sure to tug on your heartstrings with themes focusing on acceptance, love, and growing up pains. These include award-winning film God’s Own Country and 120 BPM, which was nominated for the Palme d’Or at Cannes.
Purchase your tickets and check for screening times here!
Address: #05-00, Golden Mile Tower, 6001 Beach Road, Singapore 199589
Date: 7th – 22nd July
9. Greenwood Fish Market: 6th World Oyster Festival
Source: Greenwood Fish Market and Bistro
Indulge yourself with 22 different kinds of fresh oysters flown in live from all around the world at Greenwood Fish Market’s 6th World Oyster Festival! The month-long event kicked off on 1st July and boasts oyster variants uncommonly found here in Singapore, which includes the Mary Point and Kumamoto – the former boasts a huge flesh size, soft texture, and musky flavour, and the latter is mildly briny and sweet with a pleasantly surprising honeydew finish!
Here are some variants that you’ll be able to dig into! Source: Greenwood Fish Market and Bistro
Diners can choose to either sample a tasting platter with 9 pairs of the chef’s selection for $99, or order the oysters a la carte. View all 22 types here!
Outlets: Greenwood, Quayside Isle Sentosa Point, Valley Point, Dempsey Hill
Date: 1st – 31st July
10. L’Occitane Beauty Bar and Pop-Up Cafe: A Journey In Every Sense
An artist’s impression of the upcoming cafe and pop-up! Source: L’OCCITANE en Provence
Beauty and makeup junkies, this one’s for you – well-known for their floral-herbal skincare and body care products, French cosmetics brand L’Occitane is here in Singapore with a pop-up beauty bar and cafe!
This is the first time the famous L’Occitane Cafe will be on our shores, with outlets in both Paris and Tokyo, and it will have delectable desserts created by homegrown dessert maestro Janice Wong. Inspired by L’Occitane’s iconic natural ingredients, you can expect treats made with cherry blossom, verbena, bergamot, rose, and almond.
One of Janice Wong’s delectable creations! Source: L’OCCITANE en Provence
Plus, there’ll be an exclusive “texture bar” where you can sample products and enjoy free skin care and hair care diagnosis, as well as experience a 360-degree virtual reality hot air balloon ride above Provence’s famous lavender fields!
This is the last week that the pop-up will be around, so be sure to catch it before it’s gone.
Some of L’Occitane’s signature products that you can get your hands on soon. Source: L’OCCITANE en Provence
Address: ION Orchard, Level 1 Atrium
Date & Time: 3rd – 16th July | 10AM – 8PM
11. Rainforest Lumina
Source: 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 brand new attraction, Rainforest Lumina! It’s the first multi-sensory night walk in Asia, and the 1km light trail will feature 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)