With September comes a slew of exhilarating activities, from cultural to educational to plain good fun. Whether you’re a race-car fanatic or looking for some family fun, September is the month with something for everyone. So go out there and revel in the festivities. These events will keep you entertained throughout the month.
Snow Patrol, the award-winning Northern Irish indie-rock band, returns to Singapore in light of its comeback album, Wildness. Remember when Chasing Cars came out in 2006 and everyone was singing along to it on the radio? The gig’s sold out, but if you’ve been a fan of the band since then, you should have already snagged a ticket to the band’s first concert tour after its seven-year hiatus. Frontman Gary Lightbody and co. will delight fans with an acoustic performance of favourite hits such as Chocolate, Open Your Eyes, and of course, the classic Chasing Cars.
On Sept 1, 8pm, at University Cultural Centre Hall, 50 Kent Ridge Crescent, Singapore 119279. Visit LAMC’s websitefor more info.
Following its success last year, award-winning Marques de Casa Concha wines is returning with the second edition of the ‘Marques Perfect Match’. Season Two of the ‘Marques Perfect Match’ will see the return of a selection of last year’s participating restaurants as well as exciting new additions for an epicurean wine and dine experience. Catering to all palates for any occasion, the pairing programme spans a range from casual to upscale restaurants, and from cafes to bars. The full list includes: Chef’s Table by Chef Stefan, Dusk Restaurant and Bar, Mitzo Restaurant and Bar, News & Gossip, Praelum, Rabbit Carrot Gun, Ristorante Luka, Salt Grill & Sky Bar, Smoke & Mirrors, The Botanic, White Grass and Wine Universe. The Marques Perfect Match Season 2 is on now until the end of October or December depending on the restaurant.
The ZALORA Fashion Festival is happening on 7 September at the beating heart of Singapore’s dynamic art district, the DECK. Discover the limitless world of Fashion, Beauty, Music and Innovation in this one-day fiesta for the fashion and beauty fans! Dress to the nines and kickstart the fashion month on a high and have a social media feast on our surprise interactive rooms specially curated by varios ZALORA’s partner brands and dance to the groove of Singapore’s social media style star and DJ, Linda Hao. Get your mobile phones ready and snap away on festival grounds, as the most creative social posts using the official hashtag #ZALORAFashionFestival will win ZALORA shopping vouchers. The FIRST 100 guests on 7 September gets a special goody bag from their partner brands. Sign-up and RSVP on the event’s Facebook page to receive updates about the festival.
On September 7, 2019 from 12PM to 9PM at the DECK, 120A Prinsep Street.\
Log in to https://zlrasg.com/ZFF for more details.
Fans of art and Aesop will appreciate the sensory world of Epistēmē at the ION Art Gallery. Featuring three new short films created in collaboration with Dutch artist Bart Hess, this art-meets-beauty experience dramatises skin’s response to three of Aesop’s skincare favourites: Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Facial Hydrating Cream, Blue Chamomile Facial Hydrating Masque, and Lucent Facial Concentrate. 19-29 September at ION Art Gallery
Why shop when you can swap your clothes for someone else’s? This method of sustainable shopping is free and reduces waste. Rifle through other people’s wardrobes to find your new favourites at Swapathon, the very first sustainable fashion marathon that the Swapaholic team is organising in partnership with Marina Barrage and Terra SG, a social enterprise.
At Swapathon, before swapping clothes with other participants, you have to first earn ‘swap points’ by taking part in workshops and green vendor booths while enjoying snacks provided and grooving to live music at the Sustainable Village. You can also hone your swapping skills at the plant, book and beauty swap before diving into the main fashion swap. (Different types of clothing cost different amounts of swap points.) Register here to secure your spot.
On Sept 7 from 2pm – 8pm, at Marina Barrage, 8 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018951. Visit its website for more info.
Satisfy your Jurassic Park dreams with the biggest dinosaur show in the world, Walking With Dinosaurs, at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. This family show has been enjoyed by more than nine million people in over 250 cities all over the world, and now you can get up close to the dazzling $20-million production of 18 life-sized dinosaurs from nine different species — from the Brachiosaurus to the Tyrannosaurus Rex — animated by jaw-dropping state-of-the-art technology. The showcase is based on the eponymous award-winning BBC TV series. Look forward to scenes of interaction between dinosaurs such as an eye-opening depiction of how carnivorous dinosaurs evolved into two-legged creatures. Tickets range from $78 to 148.
From Aug 29 to Sept 8, at Singapore Indoor Stadium, 2 Stadium Walk, Singapore 397691. Get tickets fromwww.sportshub.com.sg/WWD2019
The Singapore River Festival (SRF) makes its return for the fifth year with exciting activities happening during the weekends from August to September to celebrate our cultural diversity, heritage, people and places. As Singapore marks its Bicentennial year, the festival sees an exciting lineup that will be held at Boat Quay, Clarke Quay and Robertson Quay, from local food fairs to performances by homegrown musicians.
For the month of September, revel in the Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations as the river transforms into a luminous, festive wonderland for the season of reunions. With a host of family-themed events and fringe activities such as the Lantern Walkabout, which takes place through Robertson Walk, followed by a cruise down the Singapore River on a riverboat. Tickets for the goodie bag (inclusive of boat ride) are priced at $25 per person or $80 for a group of four.
On Sept 14 to 15, at Robertson Quay. Visit its website for more info.
The second installation of LATINADA, Singapore’s first Latin American Food Festival, promises to be bigger, bolder and better. The brainchild of Peruvian chef Daniel Chavez, who helms the OLA Kitchen Group, LATINADA was created to showcase the culinary and cultural diversity of notable regions in Latin America. The annual festival will see 11 chefs and 13 restaurants from Peru, Colombia, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, Puerto Rico and Chile gather to whip up dishes to take you on a week-long Latino adventure. Think hearty Mexican street food, Chilean barbecues, tapas parties, cocktails inspired by the diverse islands of the Central Americas and four-hands dinners showcasing Latin American flavours.
The festival will kick off with “Domingo Tropical!” at Camp Kilo, with the Charcoal Club transforming into a mini street food festival, where you can indulge in favourites such as tacos, roasted pork, ceviche and themed cocktails, while bumping along to the heart-pumping sounds of Latin America – Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Latin Pop and more.
Gear up for a turbo-charged weekend at the Marina Bay Street Circuit this F1 season. The premier motor-sport event in Singapore will see headliners British rock band Muse, EDM group Swedish House Mafia, and Californian rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers take over the night race’s entertainment stage. Also in the lineup are some of the biggest names in music — pop icon Gwen Stefani, DJ Fatboy Slim, legendary composer and musician Hans Zimmer, American roots rock duo Larkin Poe and more.
Beyond the music gigs, the Singapore Grand Prix also features many talented drivers from all over the world, including world champions and winners such as Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso. Tickets are priced from $38 for single-day platforms and $98 for single-day grandstands.
From Sept 20 to 22, at Marina Bay Street Circuit, Connaught Drive, Singapore 179861. Visit its website for more info.
The Mid-Autumn Festival, which falls on the fifteenth day of the eighth lunar month, is one of the most popular Chinese festivals (hello, mooncakes!). In Chinatown, festivities kick into full swing starting from the light-up on Aug 31 (6.30pm – 10pm). Admire a colourful display of traditional lanterns and street decorations displayed along the cultural stretch and soak in the festivities during the traditional Chinese festival. Fringe activities such as a lantern painting competition, mass lantern walk, lion dance performances, a festive bazaar, and nightly stage shows by local entertainers and overseas performing troupes will also keep you well entertained. As you go on the heritage and food trail, munch on festive goodies such as mooncakes and pomelos, and shop for handicrafts and ornaments from street-side stalls.
From Aug 31 to Sept 28, at various locations in Chinatown. Visit its website for more info.
Organised by the Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA) and curated by Formwerkz Architects, the annual Archifest is a celebration of local architecture and the built environment in Singapore.
This year’s festival revolves around the theme of Craft. Discover what went behind designing the various buildings around Singapore, and learn from the masters of the craft through an immersive line-up of master classes, lectures, exhibitions, panel discussions, architectural tours and hands-on workshops hosted by local artisans and makers. Sign up for the exclusive Architours and explore how materials, space and form are crafted into spatial realities.
From Sept 27 to Oct 9, at URA Centre and various locations. For more information, visit www.archifest.sg
Get stepping this September with Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore (CPAS)!
Organised by CPAS, Steptember is a fitness and charity initiative to raise funds for CPAS’ education, training and therapy services for people living with cerebral palsy. For Steptember, aim to take 10,000 steps a day for 28 days – from Sept 3 to 30 – and contribute to the cause. Choose from a range of 40 activities — swimming, cycling, yoga and more — and have the activity converted into steps to count towards your 10,000-step goal. Disability-friendly activities are also included so everyone can take part.
Gather your friends and sign up in teams of two to four. Alternatively, you can sign up as a company to do a team-bonding activity for a cause. Then, set a fundraising target for your team (you will automatically get your very own fundraising page when you register). Ask friends, family members and colleagues to sponsor you by making an online donation or you can even hold mini fundraisers as you track and share your progress on social media.
Registration is $25 per person, where you’d receive a Steptember Kit, which includes an info flyer and an exclusive Steptember Singapore wristband. Early birds may opt to receive a pedometer, while stocks last.
From Sept 3 to 30. More details can be found at its website.
B.Y.O. Cinema returns for its second run with five outdoor movie screenings alongside free-flow popcorn, churros and candy floss. Instead of Hollywood blockbusters, B.Y.O Cinema features local titles — from comedies to zombie apocalypses to nostalgia-driven tales — such as Lulu the Movie, It’s a Great, Great World, and Zombiepura.
Held at various locations such as the Singapore Botanic Gardens, Fort Canning Green, Grange Road carpark, Design Orchard’s rooftop and Esplanade Forecourt Garden, you can cosy up on a picnic mat and watch a movie under the stars. Admission is free.
From Aug 31 to Sept 28, at Fort Canning Park, Fort Canning Road, Singapore 179618, and other locations. Visit thewebsite for more info.
The sensational Formula One Singapore Grand Prix roars back into town this September
in its 12th edition. Gear up for thrilling nights of spectacular action at Zafferano on 21
and 22 September 2019, Saturday and Sunday. Fuel up for the evening’s qualifying sessions on Saturday with Zafferano’s free flow Champagne Party Brunch from 12pm to 3pm. On Sunday, get ready and pump up for an exciting night of action at the final rounds with a pre-race decadent free flow bubbly affair from 2pm to 5pm. Come sundown, the urban tracks twisting around Marina Water Front light up with the thrills and spills of the night races. Soak in the electrifying atmosphere coupled with a breathtaking city skyline at Zafferano’s Terrace Lounge at its 43rd level perch with unlimited pours of spumante, house wines, and beer.
On Sept 21 and 22 at Ocean Financial Centre, 10 Collyer Quay, Level 43.
Organised by Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, Wan Qing Mid-Autumn Festival is an annual cultural event for the community to discover and experience the customs and traditions observed during the celebrations. This year’s festival presents an exciting weekend of offerings suitable for the young and the young at heart, including heritage trails around the Balestier precinct, guided tours of the museum’s galleries, mooncake tasting, lantern-making workshops, storytelling of Mid-Autumn tales, alfresco concert performances, and more. The Memorial Hall’s lantern installation also promises to make for great photo-moments under the stars. Produced by local artist and sculptor Lee Yun Qin in collaboration with the Memorial Hall’s youth volunteers, “Moonflowers of Mid-Autumn” is a luminescent outdoor art installation that pays homage to this ancient Mid-Autumn folklore and symbolises the desire for union during this festive season. Featuring over 250 stalks of sustainable glow-in-the-dark flower sculptures crafted from intricate wire mesh and solar-powered LED bulbs, this installation transforms the Memorial Hall’s lawn into an enchanting mid-autumn flower garden in celebration of this much-loved festival.
On Sept 7 and 8, at Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall
Architecture and Interior Design firm MIAJA Design Group is opening its doors to the public for a unique ‘Art meets Design’ exhibition. It will feature a collection of artworks by four Filipino Artists, Allain Hablo, Gus Albor, Rosscapili and Larry Calderon. Visitors to the exhibition will not be walking into an art gallery – instead they will experience the artworks at MIAJA Design Group’s design studio at the APS Lifestyle Building, midst of the daily workflow of creativity. The Artworks featured in ARCHIPELAGO are curated in collaboration with Miaja Gallery and Miaja Art Collections – Contemporary Art Gallery.
From Sept 5 to Oct 3 at Miaja Design Group Pte Ltd , 9, Muthuraman Chetty Road, APS Building, Level #03-01.
From the romantic Turn Left, Turn Right, coming-of-age That Girl in a Pinafore, to the heartwarming Home Run, indulge in a weekend of local films at the Mid-Autumn Movie Marathon. Bring along a picnic basket and make it a date with your loved ones – popcorn and cotton candy is on us!
Check Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre website for the screening schedule
13 September – 8pm to 10pm | 14 September – 3pm to 5pm, 8pm to 10pm
Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre Ho Bee Concourse, Level 1
Revel in a night of music at Mid-Autumn Pop Symphony! Featuring the sweet vocals of YES933 DJ Gao MeiGui, the energetic vocals of MICapella Peter Huang, and the powerhouse vocals of veteran getai singer Xie Jin Shi and his daughter Lindy Xie, the singers will bring the house down with symphonic renditions of Mandarin and dialect classic hits such as 《如燕》and《心头肉》. Accompanied by the Asian Cultural Symphony Orchestra conducted by Adrian Chiang and Dedric Wong, this is a refreshing take on familiar tunes and a treat for the ears.
14 September, 7pm to 8.30pm
Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre Far East Organization Auditorium, Level 9
Ticket at $12 per ticket via SISTIC
Conducted in English and Mandarin.
Skip the long queues at bubble tea outlets, and learn how to brew your very own cup of osmanthus honey bubble milk tea! From preparing pearls to mixing ingredients, it will be a delicious hands-on session where you can create your unique concoction!
14 September, 7pm to 8.30pm
Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre Roof Garden
Tickets at $20 per pax via SISTIC
Conducted in English.
No visitor to the Moon Vault in search of the secret recipe for the Divine Mooncake has made it out in the past 50 years. Will you be the lucky one? Gather your friends and plan a heist to break into the vault at this mass game activity.
13 September 2019, 7pm to 10pm (half hour interval) 14 September 2019, 1pm to 6pm | 7pm to 10 pm (half hour interval)
Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre Zhong Sheng Jian Recital Studio, Level 6
Tickets at $5 per pax via SISTIC
Conducted in English and Mandarin.
Advisory: Activity will be conducted in a dimly-lit space.
Feel your way in the dark and challenge yourself to make a customised handy pouch! Pick up the basics of calligraphy and complete your pouch to make it uniquely yours!
13 September 2019, 7pm to 10pm (hourly intervals)
14 September 2019, 4pm to 6pm | 7pm to 10pm (hourly intervals)
Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre Multi-purpose Hall, Level 7
Tickets at $5 per pax via SISTIC
Conducted in English.
Advisory: Activity will be conducted in a dimly-lit space.
Mucciaccia Gallery exhibits twenty-seven artworks by to retrace the artistic production of the great American artist, David LaChapelle, displayed from his most recent pictures through to the 1980s when he abandons working for high fashion magazines and other publications to pursue his interest in contemporary art.
Mucciaccia Gallery, Singapore
26 September 2019 – 12 January 2020
Tue–Fri 12–7, Sat 11–7, Sun 11-6;
Closed on Monday and Public holidays
Join Gillman Barracks for its annual birthday bash as the precinct celebrates its 7th anniversary with its signature open house event, Art After Dark, on Friday 20 September 2019! From live performances to interactive arts experiences, old and new fans of Art After Dark alike can look forward to another evening of precinct-wide art activities and programmes from 7pm till late. Visit exciting exhibitions featuring a strong brigade of local and international artists, and take part in programmes by Gillman Barracks’ resident galleries, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore and Playeum. A F&B pop-up will also offer a delectable variety of food and drinks as we celebrate the 7th anniversary of Singapore’s very own visual arts precinct.
Friday 20 September 2019 | 7pm till late
Gillman Barracks, 9 Lock Road, Singapore 108937
Tim Kobe designed the Apple Store in 2001, pioneering a retail concept which has since revolutionised the way consumers interact with products. Since then, he has brought his work on innovation and branded experience to companies such as Apple, Virgin Atlantic Airways, Nike, Coke, Knoll, and Citibank. A global leader in design thinking, Tim is now writing a book about “return on experience”, which examines the phenomenon where companies who focus on the experience people have with their brand, do better. Join the chat with Tim Kobe about how the “return on experience” is the new ‘return on investment’, how exactly innovative brands and companies are moving toward a consumer-focused, experiential approach, and ultimately, how DESIGN is integral to everything we do. As a special treat, Tim will also be giving an exclusive, sneak-preview reading of a section of his new book “Eight Inc.: Return on Experience”, which is due to be released in 2020.
Tuesday, September 24,
5PM – 7PM
TENCEL™ Studio at The Cocoon Space
250 Orchard Road