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Weekend Warrior: July 19-21

A quick digest of the coolest weekend happenings in Singapore.


Friday, July 19

A Public Square

The Substation’s year-long program takes a look at issues surrounding public space in Singapore, launching with the Parky McParkface Naming Competition, an online poll that alludes to the disastrous results that surface when authorities let the public name their spaces. Other activities include exhibitions called Space Oddities and Rejects, a two-day music festival with workshops that look at spaces of the underground, and a State of Love and Trust and Stars event, with music, dance, theatrical, and DJ performances.

Until Mar 2020; various locations and timings.

1664Terrace x Emerald Hill

Emerald Hill Road plays host to an open-air shindig this weekend, with jazz, hip hop, and R&B performances, a scent bar, and beer-infused bar bites to go with French beer 1664. You’ll also get a chance to design your own 1664 bottle, and those who register for the event can redeem a complimentary serving of beer and dessert.

Until July 20; 5pm-11pm at Emerald Hill Rd. 

Min Jiang’s Wine Pairing Dinner

Min Jiang’s Dempsey outlet is serving its Cantonese and Sichuan dishes with wines from across the globe for the next couple months. Pairings for the six-course dinner include the New Zealand Kapuka Sauvignon Blanc with an appetizer trio of pan-fried scallop with XO sauce, baked mushroom stuffed with crabmeat, and sliced pork with shredded papaya and black garlic, as well as the South African Stark-Condé Cabernet Sauvignon with braised 10-head abalone.

Until Sept 1 at Min Jiang. $148/person, min two pax; $108/person without wine pairing.


The ArtScience Museum’s event commemorates the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s moon landing, with storytelling sessions, poetry performances, workshops, film screenings of First Man and Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo, and talks by leaders of Singapore’s space technology industry.

Until July 20 at ArtScience Museum. Free.


TheatreWorks’ new three-week public project, Not Ordinary Work (N.O.W.), focuses on women creators, thinkers, and change-makers. It includes two free exhibitions — Apotropaic Texts by Marylyn Tan and Zarina Muhammad, and Power of Letters by Noorlinah Mohamed and Dahlia Osman — as well as films, performances, workshops, talks, and more.

Until July 28 at TheatreWorks.

Sentosa GrillFest

Sentosa’s food street returns for four weekends with 27 vendors like Ola Beach Club, Papis Tacos, Craft’B, Homeground Grill, and The Quarters offering 130 food and drink options. Highlights of the fest include a 3m-tall tepee BBQ pit, a gourmet market where you can choose your own raw ingredients and have them prepared by the chefs, roaming performers, and movies by the beach. Impossible’s plant-based burgers also make an appearance, alongside grilled durian, gelato bomb, and bamboo rice.

Every Fri-Sun until Aug 12; 4pm-11pm at Siloso Beach, Sentosa.

Sift & Pick Pop-up

The second pop-up by Singapore-based multi-label online store Sift & Pick, this showcase features indie fashion and beauty labels from Singapore, UK, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and France retailing men’s bags, natural beauty and skincare products, handcrafted goods, and more.

Until July 28; daily 11am-10pm at Changi Airport Terminal 3, B2 Event Space.

Simon Taylor

Aussie stand-up comedian Simon Taylor, who has written for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell, comes to town for a weekend of jokes and giggles.

Until July 20; 8pm at The Merry Lion. $20.

Singapore Tea Festival

Third time’s the charm for the tea fest, which takes its brews to a bigger space at Jewel for the weekend, where more than 50 tea, food, and lifestyle brands will show off their wares. Look out for bubble tea drinks, tea chocolate bars, tea-infused skincare goods, tea accessories, workshops, and loads more.

Until July 21; Fri 2pm-10pm, Sat-Sun 10am-10pm at B1 Atrium, Jewel Changi Airport. Free for public; VIP tickets $35. 

Start at Gillman Barracks

Aimed at aspiring art collectors, this event will offer affordable art for sale, as well as put on a series of educational workshops and film screenings.

Until July 21; Fri 4pm-10pm, Sat 11am-9pm, Sun 11am-8pm at Gillman Barracks. Free for Art and Design Fair; $5 for films; $10 for workshops.


Saturday, July 20

1880 Bingo Night

If you make it through five rounds of bingo (and earn extra credit), you’ll be rewarded with drinks on the house at 1880. The rowdy evening will be hosted by Gibran Bayboun.

8pm-11pm at 1880. Free entry; RSVP required.

Are You Coming Home?

Multidisciplinary artist Benedict Yu, who was born in Singapore and raised in Taiwan, showcases his first solo exhibition here. Using oil paint, markers, and digital painting, he explores his experience as a third-culture kid and probes deeper into the concept of home.

Until Oct 20 at Sprmrkt at Cluny Court. Free entry.

Bread Without Bags Fair

Bakeries present their signature breads, free of packaging, at this fair, along with interactive educational booths and stores to help you kickstart your green lifestyle. Just don’t forget your container and tote bag if you’re looking to make a purchase. Donations collected will go to Food From The Heart, and stores will give their excess goods to its Food Run program after the event.

11am-7pm at City Square Mall. Free.

Cosfest XVIII: A Link To Your Fantasy

The cosplay convention this year celebrates Batman’s 80th anniversary with a DC Cosplay Showcase, alongside a cosplay competition, performances, and an appearance by Canadian actress Lovina Yavari. Cosfest Waterworld also returns to Wild Wild Wet, with characters going all out for water-themed photo shoots.

Until July 21; 11am-7pm at D’Marquee, Downtown East. Free admission to Cosfest at D’Marquee. 

Moonshot 50 Exhibition

This exhibition takes you to space with the magic of augmented reality, and delves into the science behind our interest in the moon. It also features an ash-grey moon rock collected by Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin.

Until Mar 2020; 10am-6pm at Hall B, Science Centre Singapore. Entry fees apply before 4pm.


Sunday, July 21


If you’re still cruising on the magic of the recently released Will Smith movie, keep the buzz going with the Aladdin musical, as the cast graces the stage with iconic hits like A Whole New World, Friend Like Me, and Arabian Nights.

Until Sept 1; various timings at Sands Theatre at Marina Bay Sands. $68-$228.

Conscious & Mindful Living Pop-up

Chillax over nibbles and cups of coffee with a line-up of sustainable brands such as Hush Candle, Our Bralette Club, Greenie Genie, Wellness Within, Plantii Box, and more at Robertson Quay this weekend.

10am-8pm at Botany. Free entry.

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