The best things to do in Singapore this month – June 2023

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Trumpet Flowers - i Light Singapore 2023
Trumpet Flowers - i Light Singapore 2023

Despite being a small island country, there’s definitely no lack of things to do in Singapore. This vibrant city-state is often buzzy with pop-up events and exhibitions that engage locals and tourists alike. From dining at the newest cafes, restaurants and hawker centres to museum hopping, you’ll definitely find activities to do for the weekend. Read on for our picks on things to do and see in Singapore in June 2023.

What to do in Singapore – June 2023

i Light Singapore 2023

Symphony 1 - i Light Singapore 2023
Symphony 1 at i Light Singapore 2023. Image credit: i Light Singapore

For 2023, the annual sustainable light festival returns with 22 artists from eight countries coming together to present 14 artworks curated to the festival’s theme of A New Wave. Many of the artworks use sustainable materials to focus on the environment’s natural blue spaces like oceans and rivers.

A highlight is local artist collective DP Design’s Blumiwave artwork. The ‘crashing’ sculptural waves are made with common building materials like scaffolding and safety nets salvaged from construction sites. This artwork aims to raise awareness of blue energy – an alternative renewable energy source harnessed from the sea and river waters.

Visitors can also interact with particular pieces like Aquatics by Berlin-based multidisciplinary artist Philipp Artus. One can design their own sea creatures on a tablet and see them come to life in an animation projected before them. The artwork’s purpose is to capture the beauty of biodiversity and emphasize the importance of preserving marine ecosystems.

i Light Singapore 2023 happens till June 25 at Marina Bay. Admission is free, while some programmes are ticketed.

Now Boarding: Experiencing Singapore through Travel, 1800s–2000s

Now boarding travel exhibition Singapore National Museum
Now Boarding: Experiencing Singapore through Travel, 1800 – 2000s travel exhibition. Image credit: National Museum Singapore

Singapore is known for its top-notch award-winning airport and national aircraft carrier Singapore Airlines. Wonder what’s the magic behind their success? Head down to this travel-themed exhibition that traces the evolution of Singapore’s identity as a popular travel destination, through the eyes of those who have arrived at our shores from the past to the present.

Through four thematic sections aligned to the themes of transport, accommodation, food and beverage, and sights and shopping, Now Boarding showcases a specially curated selection of ubiquitous material and artefacts evoking powerful memories of travel to and from Singapore. This includes the iconic analogue flip board that was previously located at Changi Airport, as well as a showcase of the history-making Singapore Airlines’ A380 prestigious Suites Cabin seat.

Now Boarding: Experiencing Singapore through Travel, 1800 – 2000s happens at National Museum of Singapore, Exhibition Gallery, Basement Level, till November 19. Admission is free for Singaporeans and PRs.

Gastrobeats 2023

gastrobeats 2023
Gastrobeats teams up with Carlsberg for the 2023 edition. Image credit: Gastrobeats/Facebook

If you’re into good food and live music, there’s no better place to be than Gastrobeats. Held in conjunction with i Light Singapore, this year’s edition will feature space-themed bouncy castles by Jumptopia, alongside over 50 F&B stalls and live music performances. Munch on a wide variety of mouthwatering global cuisine from featured vendors like Papi’s Tacos, Gyushi, and Earle Swensen’s before washing them down with refreshingly cold Carlsberg beer while grooving to electrifying tunes from local bands on Mandopop Night (8 June) and Thai Pop Night (15 June).

Gastrobeats 2023 happens till June 25 at Bayfront Event Space, 12A Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018970.

‘Gathering of The Greats, A Wave from The East’ high tea at SKAI

SKAI Hokusai Setup Dining Area
Hokusai setup at SKAI’s dining area. Image credit: SKAI

Fine art and food converge at SKAI’s latest high tea offering. In collaboration with ARTiSTORY and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, delve into a bespoke high tea experience inspired by Katsushika Hokusai’s iconic woodblock print series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji.

Titled Gathering of The Greats, A Wave from The East, diners can savour bites influenced by Hokusai’s floral prints. Marvel culinary art – like Salmon, Celeriac, Chocolate Fuji, and Vanilla Cloud Mousse – created by Senior Executive Sous Chef Paul Hallett and Executive Pastry Chef Yong Ming Choong.

‘Gathering of The Greats, A Wave from The East’ high tea happens till July 1 at SKAI, Level 70, The Swissotel Stamford.

Waga Mari’s Sea Spirits: Sunset Cocktail Cruise by Distilled

Waga Mari Yacht Distilled Cocktails Sea Spirits
Waga Mari x Distilled – Sunset Cocktails. Image credit: Waga Mari Yachts

There’s no better feeling than holding a well-shaken glass of cocktail in hand while watching the glorious sunset. Waga Mari and Distilled LLP come together to make this picture-perfect setting possible.

On board the 45-foot luxury catamaran Waga Mari (Honour the Sea), guests can enjoy a free flow of food, beverage and live entertainment during the course of its three-hour cruise around the southern islands of Singapore. Of course, the highlight will be the cocktails curated by the bar team from Mortar & Pestle, which is located at The Great Room on South Bridge Road. Expect spirits like Amaro Montenegro, Select Aperitivo, High West Whiskey, Old Young’s Gin and Vodka and Ron Colón Salvadoreño Rum.

Waga Mari’s Sea Spirits: Sunset Cocktail Cruise by Distilled LLP is currently ongoing at an introductory price of SGD$188nett till June 30. It will cost SGD$228nett from July 1 onwards.


GIFFEST 2023 Artist yanandjun Artwork motion
IMPERFECT artwork by artist Buro UFHO/@yanandjun. Image credit: @yanandjun/Instagram

Returning for its third edition, GIFFEST by EYEYAH! focuses on GIFs as a medium to explore the world of the ‘IMPERFECT’ through stunning new works by 50 visionary local and international creatives. This exhibition, curated by Steve Lawler, invites visitors to discover the beauty and value of imperfection as an essential aspect of human creativity and expression.

The ‘IMPERFECT’ theme spotlights the prevalent social issue of perfectionism and its impact on society, challenging expectations and attitudes. Highlights include immersive works by artists Takahiro Komuro (@tkomfactory), Buro UFHO (@yanandjun), and Arya Mularama (@aryamularama).

GIFFEST by EYEYAH! happens from May 18 to August 26 at the National Design Centre Level 1 Atrium.

CÉ LA VI Singapore Global DJ series at Club Lounge

CE LA VI Club Lounge Marina Bay Sands Singapore
Credit: Marina Bay Sands Singapore

Don’t be a wallflower. Plan an exciting night out with friends at CÉ LA VI Singapore this June. In theme with Pride Month, the Club Lounge presents two glitzy and unforgettable events along with tunes spun by world-renowned DJs. Greek native and Marlin Ibiza resident DJ Angelos will get the floor moving with Disco and House tunes while African nomad and world traveller DJ Floyd Lavine curates his unique blend of House with African Rhythms. On June 10, get fabulous at Glam Bash with resident DJs pumping up the crowd with Pop and Top 40s and end the month (June 24) with SLASSY, a carnival filled with sass and glamour featuring Singapore and Malaysia’s iconic queens.

Club Lounge’s Global DJ series happens at CÉ LA VI Singapore on June 9-10, 16, and 24.

Glamping in the Wild at The Singapore Zoo

Singapore Zoo Glamping - Tent exterior
Singapore Zoo Glamping. Image credit: Mandai Wildlife Group

Connect with nature and animals at The Singapore Zoo via the return of their glamping experience. This refreshed ‘Glamping in the Wild’ programme will feature behind-the-scenes tours like insights into animal healthcare and the working processes at Wildlife Nutrition Centre. The day ends in your dome tent as Mother Nature coaxes you to sleep with the soothing sounds of the Upper Seletar Reservoir.

Glamping in the Wild happens at The Singapore Zoo from April 1 onwards.

Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience

Van Gogh The Immersive Experience Starry Night
(Image credit: Exhibition Hub, H&B, Fever and Resorts World Sentosa)

Ever wondered what it’d be like to see the majestic artworks by celebrated artist Vincent van Gogh come to life? Give your senses a treat at Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience in RWS. Seen by more than five million visitors worldwide since 2017, the exhibition finally makes its Southeast Asian debut in Singapore.

Experience the iconic Dutch painter’s works including Starry Night and Sunflowers through a mix of stunning replicas, cutting-edge digital projections, Virtual Reality (VR), and mesmerising atmospheric light and sound across thematic zones like ‘About the Artist’, ‘Anamorphose’, and ‘Japonisme’ (a first for the exhibition).

Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience happens daily except Tuesdays from March 2023. Tickets start from SGD15 for children and SGD24 for adults.


AIR by Michael Murphy Sneakertopia
AIR by Michael Murphy. Image credit: Sneakertopia

After successfully launching in Los Angeles, the sneaker-centric experiential and street culture exhibition will make its Asia debut in Singapore. Founded by Emmy Award-winning producer Steve Harris and Silicon Valley tech entrepreneur Steve Brown in 2019, Sneakertopia will showcase more than just limited edition hyped kicks (we’re talking more than a hundred pairs).

There will also be close to 50 murals, installations, designs and displays from 13 renowned American creatives such as McFlyy, Michael Murphy, and Mimi Yoon, which explore American street and pop culture. The spotlight will also shine on Singapore and Southeast Asia’s creative practices. This dedicated section showcases works by 16 Singaporean and locally-based creatives including artists Jahan Loh, Sam Lo, Soph O, and contemporary art and design collective PHUNK.

Sneakertopia happens from Feb 25 to July 30 at ArtScience Museum Singapore. Ticket prices start from SGD18.

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