A quick digest of the coolest weekend happenings in Singapore.
Friday, Aug 23
The island’s largest free alternative music fest returns for its 18th edition, with the sounds of indie rock, hip hop, and more. Local bands to look out for include Stopgap, Rudra, Lew, The New Modern Lights, No Rest For The Weary, Cinnamon Persimmon, and Mannequins, while regional acts include Malaysia’s Golden Mammoth, Indonesia’s Reality Club and Speak Up, Slapshock from the Philippines, and Moja from Japan.
Until Aug 25, various timings at Esplanade. Free.
The popular emo music party celebrates its third year of rocking out with more alt rock tunes for you to dance late into the night.
11pm-3am at Esplanade Annexe Studio. Free.
This traveling display of artworks by six established Southeast Asian artists takes inspiration from the region’s weaving heritage. At the showcase, you’ll get a peek at the livelihood and creative talents of traditional weavers living in rural areas of Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, and Malaysia.
Until Sept 8; daily 10am-7pm at National Museum, The Concourse.
The one-off wine dinner curated by Chef David, the culinary director of Capella Singapore, and Brendan Carr, winemaker at Xanadu Wines, features a four-course degustation menu made with ingredients from Australia’s various regions, paired with Margaret River wines. Dishes on the line-up include smoked petuna ocean trout and wagyu beef cheek.
7pm at The Knolls, Capella Singapore. $148/person with wine pairing.
National Day may be over, but Singapore Bicentennial events continue on, like this exhibition spotlighting 200 years of philanthropy in the country, taking details off eight research papers from 1819 to 2019. The showcase is divided into five eras, from the 19th century colonial times, when efforts were focused on primary needs like basic healthcare, to the post-war and nationalism period, to the nation-building era with social services for those in need.
Until Oct 31; weekdays 8:30am-9pm, weekends and PH 11am-5pm at Temasek Shophouse. Free.
The festival returns for two weekends this month, lighting up the facade of museums and bringing roving acts to the streets. Highlights include 16 light art works scattered around the Bras Basah.Bugis area and Argentinean troupe Fuerza Bruta’s 360-degree show, which features suspended “stages”, aerial acts, and bucket loads of confetti.
Until Aug 31, various timings and locations around the Bras Basah.Bugis area. Free and ticketed.
The KrisShop Exhibition
Singapore Airlines’ travel retailer KrisShop has undergone a rebranding, and it’s showing off new initiatives at an interactive pop-up exhibition this weekend. Expect to see an LED installation room, a spotlight on homegrown brands, a concept store with various services and wellness treatments, and more.
Until Aug 24, 10am-7pm at Raffles Hotel, Palm Ballroom.
Over the weekend, you’ll get to try three pintxos from two of the most popular pintxo bars in the Basque city of San Sebastian, along with items from the bar’s regular menu. The special dishes include bacalao with green beans and scallops with ajoblanco from Casa Urola, as well as pintxo de foie from Txuleta bar and restaurant.
Until Aug 25; 6pm-10pm at TXA Pintxo Bar at The Alkaff Mansion.
For the Mid-Autumn festival, the mall is putting up five whimsical lantern zones at its Sky Park for visitors to tumble down the rabbit hole into an illuminated realm. The themes include the Tunnel of Soldiers, A Mad Tea Party, and The Queen’s Castle.
Until Sept 22 at VivoCity, Sky Park L3.
Saturday, Aug 24
As part of Potato Head Singapore’s fifth year celebrations in Singapore, it’s organizing a beach clean up this weekend, in an attempt to rid the shores of plastic and waste. It’s hoping to gather 500 volunteers and clear up 5,000kg of trash.
9am-12:30pm at Constant Wind, 11 Changi Coast Walk.
The fourth outlet of Little Farms has turned one, and it’s offering deals and promos for the weekend. Activities include face painting and balloon sculpting for the little ones.
Until Aug 25; 10am-6pm at Little Farms Holland Village. Free.
At this farmers’ market, you’ll find goods by vendors like Kind Kones (vegan ice cream), Kroodi (vegan cheese), LVL (plant-based superfood powders), The Little Rice Company (low GI rice), and lots more.
3pm-8pm at Core Collective Dempsey. Free.
Sunday, Aug 25
Jam at Siri House opens up its backyard for its first BBQ party, with DJs Drem and Arms1 from the Matteblacc Collective spinning the beats. The menu includes grilled meat and seafood platters, draught beers, and more.
11:30am-9pm at Siri House at Dempsey. Free entry.
This Hush Candle workshop will be hosted on a monthly basis, turning old or unwanted jars, bowls, or containers into upcycled candles. Customers can walk in on the day itself and pay a fee based on the volumetric weight of the jar they’ve brought or chosen from the donated pool.
10am-3pm at The Botany at Robertson Quay. $20/100ml jar or vessel.