If you thought your months have been eventful so far, get ready for Singapore’s most eventful month yet. Mark your calendars for the craziest of parties, the scariest of frights, the best of overflowing beers, and don’t be afraid to try something new. Here is your holy grail of 19 exciting happenings that will keep you entertained throughout the month!
Sentosa Sandsation: MARVEL Edition
What a sandsational September! Southeast Asia’s sand-sculpting festival is back, and this time round, we can expect to see a few familiar faces — Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Iron Man, and more from the Marvel universe. There’s more for festival-goers, such as sand sculpting workshops for kids, a 180-degree video booth where you can pose like a superhero, and a test of strength at “Hulk Smash”. Stay on after sunset to kick back on beach chairs under the night sky with Movies by the Beach. Entry to the event is free but you’ll have to register on-site for workshops.
Dates: September 1 to 16
Venue: Siloso Beach
Image: Sentosa’s website
The 23rd edition of the ever-popular Ballet Under The Stars will run over two weekends. The first instalment will feature neo-classical international choreography from the likes of George Balanchine, credited as the “father of American ballet”, and François Klaus from France. The second weekend will see Singaporean dance prodigy and choreographer Goh Choo San’s Unknown Territory, Schubert Symphony, and Fives being showcased. Tickets are at $35; buy them here and prepare for outdoor magic on the stage.
Dates: September 1 and 2, 7 to 9
Venue: Fort Canning Green
Image: Singapore Dance Theatre’s website
You’ll see more than the usual flower domes and super trees as Gardens by the Bay lights up, coming alive with mythical creatures and larger-than-life flora and fauna for this festival. Be amazed at the complexities and intricacies of the lanterns on show, and bring on your own lantern to fully revel in the joyous atmosphere. Walk through the festive marketplace near the Supertree Grove, where traditional arts performances will liven your spirits. There will, of course, be food on offer, as well as a showcase of Chinese crafts (such as stone engravings).
Dates: September 6 to 24
Venue: Gardens by the Bay
Image: Gardens by the Bay’s website
Over 100 of South Korea’s most popular idols will take to the stage at Southeast Asia’s biggest K-Pop festival, and you can anticipate performances by Apink, Taeyeon (who will be making her first solo appearance in Singapore), Wanna One, and literally many more. Ticketholders will be entitled to free daily afternoon showcases or even get a chance to meet their idols. If you’re a singer seeking a breakthrough, go for an audition with the top Korean entertainment companies who’ll be there. Tickets are from $148, buy them here.
Dates: September 7 to 9
Venue: Singapore Indoor Stadium
Image: Hallyu Pop Fest’s website
In association with Apple Music, Music Matters Asia is a music festival that’s also a gateway for emerging artists. Running over five nights, you’ll be able to check out showcases from 30 rising stars who hail from 14 countries in Southeast Asia, America, and Australasia. Venues span from Timbre outlets to venues in Clarke Quay. Entry is free.
Dates: September 7 to 12
Venue: Various locations, check the website for where to go to watch various acts.
Image: Music Matters’ website
SMU BONDUE Slightly Scarlet 2018
Singapore Management University’s fashion show is back! Organised by SMU Business Society, the event is open to public and comprises two shows: one in the evening, and another at night. This time round, they are partnering with Guide Dogs Singapore to increase awareness of the struggles faced by visually impaired people. Lend your support to the students and the good cause! Get your tickets here.
Date: September 14
Venue: CHIJMES Hall
Image: SMU BONDUE’s Facebook page
This ever-exciting night race is back for its 11th consecutive year. Revving engines aside, the spectacular off-track East x West line-up featuring Mandopop king Jay Chou and British band The Killers will set the entertainment stage alight. World No. 1 DJ Martin Garrix is also expected to drop his award-winning beats while Britian’s new pop darling Dua Lipa will close out the three-day show. Tickets are from $78, buy them here.
Dates: September 14 to 16
Venue: Marina Bay Street Circuit
Image: Singapore Grand Prix’s Facebook page
The ultimate A-list F1 after-party! Each year, The Podium Lounge hosts F1 drivers, celebrities, ambassadors, and more. Rub shoulders and party with the glitterati — Boyzone, Good Charlotte and The Black Eyed Peas have all attended this party in the past. Don’t miss out on the Lounge’s signature Fashion Circuit where you’ll see models and celebrities clad in new collections of hip-hop inspired and luxury streetwear. Tickets are from $188, buy them here.
Dates: September 14 to 16
Venue: The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore
Image: The Podium Lounge’s Facebook Page
Fans of Big Bang, even if you’re not into clubbing, this will be your best excuse to go to Zouk: Seungri will be performing there. The singer will be joining Alan Walker and CORSAK on the DJ booth to keep you entertained through the night. This show will be the closer of five nights’ worth of entertainment at Zouk, in conjunction with Music Matters Live 2018 festival.
Date: September 12
Image: TPG/Click Photos
This premier traditional Chinese arts festival celebrates Chinese heritage and tradition through a spectacular showcase of performances inspired by legendary figures from works like The Creation of Gods and Journey to the West. There are more than 60 free programmes to choose from for those young and old. Expect street opera performances along the waterfront and storytelling sessions that are sure to captivate.
Dates: September 21 to 23
Venue: Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
Image: Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
As the main fixture in the Singapore and Southeast Asian triathlon calendar for over 30 years, S.I.T. offers many events to watch or take part in, and even has a Kids Triathlon Individual Race for active children aged nine to 12. Though registration has closed, nobody is stopping you from witnessing a display of sweat and tears as participants’ limits are pushed to the maximum.
Date: September 23
Image: Singapore International Triathlon’s Facebook page
The Swiss Club has been proudly hosting this early 19th-century Bavarian tradition for the past 18 years. You’ve gotta love an event where one is encouraged to go dressed in authentic alpine attire and funky lederhosen. The mission: To booze it up on German beers on tap and partake in the Bavarian buffet spread (think ginormous crispy pork knuckles). Dance to award-winning Musikkapelle Partenkirchen brass band’s catchy tunes with an ice-cold beer in hand while shouting “Prost!” to everyone around you. Tickets are available from $65. Buy them here.
Dates: September 26 to 30
Venue: Swiss Club Singapore
Image: The Swiss Club’s website
Brace yourself for “infinite fear” at the eighth edition of Universal Studio’s annual scarefest. Running for 18 nights across weekends, the featured five haunted houses, three live shows, and two scare zones will have you screaming in absolute terror. Universal Studios Singapore is making Asian ghosts its highlight, with pontianaks and vengeful Edo-era Japanese spirits seeking out victims, and blood-thirsty vampires haunting the halls. This edition also features a collaboration with Netflix’s Stranger Things, and one haunted house will be have thematic rooms inspired by scenes in the show. Tickets are available from $50. Buy them here.
Dates: September 27 to October 31
Venue: Universal Studios Singapore
Image: Halloween Horror Nights’ website gallery
The GREAT Food Festival, now in its second year, is where you’ll get to watch Michelin-starred chefs transform the simplest ingredients into the most mind-blowing dishes at “Star Chef Arena”. Put on your best pair of fancy pants and go for samplings of wine, meat, and cheese pairings. The “Feast of Kings” on the second day of the fest is one where you’ll see celebrity chefs, live musicians, and even skilled jugglers coming together to entertain in one spectacular showing. Tickets are from $30. Buy them here.
Dates: September 27 to 30
Venue: Resorts World Sentosa
Image: The Great Food Festival’s website
This year’s Color Run is designed to be different, featuring an all-new participant kit and new course elements, which organisers say you can double your fun (and colours!). Aside from the totally Instagram-worthy pictures you’ll be uploading from the “Happiest 5k on the Planet”, there will also be a music festival to head to after you’re done running. Get set for a sweaty, colourful, amped-up time where you can let loose. Tickets are from $65. Buy them here.
Date: September 29
Venue: Palawan Green, Sentosa
Image: The Color Run’s website
Text: Elly Chaw