Apart from the public holidays that fall on August 9 (National Day) and August 22 (Hari Raya Haji), this month looks set to be an exciting one packed with activities. From concerts to National Day celebrations, here are all the events in August you need to jio your friends to.
Films at the Fort
This outdoor event will showcase movies from older flicks like The Notebook (2004) to more recent releases like A Quiet Place (2018). Presented by wine maker Casillero del Diablo, one of the best-known Chilean wine brands in the world, the event is set to feature pre-film activities like DJ and instrumentalist sets. Get there early lest you lose out on a good spot to park yourself to get the best view of the screen. Visit https://www.filmsatthefort.com.sg/ for more information.
Date: August 3 to August 19, 2018
Venue: Fort Canning Park
Tickets: $29.80, with a free inflatable cushion (available on a first come, first served basis).
Image: Films at the Fort’s Facebook page
GOT7 2018 World Tour ‘Eyes On You’ in Singapore
Ahgase! Have you gotten your tickets to GOT7’s concert? The septet will be returning to Singapore for their Eyes On You tour, and we’re extremely excited! Be prepared to be wooed by their hilarious antics and sharp choreography. JB, Mark, Jackson, Jinyoung, Youngjae, BamBam and Yugyeom, Singapore is waiting for you!
Date: August 4, 2018
Tickets: $168, $208, $248, $288 (excluding booking fees) via APACTix
Halsey World Tour Singapore 2018
Hailed as a pop rebel, Halsey is best known for her dark and gritty electro-infused tunes. The singer is bringing her Hopeless Fountain Kingdom World Tour to Singapore. The Grammy Award-nominated singer was first here for the F1 Grand Prix in 2016, so this Star Theatre gig marks the first time the New Jersey native is having a full show on our shores. Expect hear hit songs like “Ghost”, “Colors” and “Gasoline”.
Date: August 8, 2018
Venue: The Star Theatre
Tickets: $78, $88, $118, $138, $158 (excluding booking fees)
Image: Hype Records
National Day 2018
We’re flying the flag high because we’re celebrating 53 years of independence this year. The theme this year is “We Are Singapore”, which reminds us that our identity is harmoniously built on different cultures coming together as one. Don’t have tickets to the official parade? Watch it live on TV. Or you can also catch views of the Red Lions, the aerial fly-bys and the fireworks from great vantage points around town, such as the Singapore Flyer and the Esplanade, as well as various hotel bars.
Date: August 9, 2018
Venue: The Float @ Marina Bay
Pop Up Cinema showcasing In Time to Come
Not sure what else to do on National Day? Head to the Gardens for a Pop Up Cinema event. Directed by Tan Pin Pin, In Time to Come (2017) is a movie set in Singapore. The documentary was shot over a period of four years, and revolves around the idea of a time capsule. Showcasing the scenes of everyday Singapore, the movie is contemplative, finding the extraordinary in the mundane. Visit https://www.facebook.com/INTIMETOCOME/ for more information.
Date: August 9, 2018
Venue: Gardens By The Bay
RWS Street Eats 2018
This year marks the second time the RWS Street Eats event will whet your taste buds. Expect a staggering array of Southeast Asian delicacies and celebrity chefs at this edition of the festival. Chow down on pho bo and Vietnamese summer rolls from Top Chef Vietnam 2014 finalist Steven Long, and keep an eye out for chefs Zainal Abidin and Mohd Fairus from Malaysia, who will present their flying roti canai in an not-to-be-missed performance. Visit https://www.rwsentosa.com/en/shows-and-events/rws-street-eats-2018 for more.
Dates: August 9 to August 19, 2018
Venue: Malaysian Food Street @ Resorts World Sentosa
Time: 11am to 9pm (Mondays to Thursdays); 9am to 10pm (Fridays to Sundays and Public Holidays)
Image: Resorts World Sentosa website
Clean Bandit: Live in Singapore
A bout of chicken pox kept this Grammy-award winning electronic pop trio from performing here in January, but they’re making good on their promise to return this month, with a rescheduled show happening on August 15. This is their second outing in Singapore, and the British band — who has Number One hits like “Rather Be”, “Rockabye” and “Symphony” under their belts — will undoubtedly rock the house at their Star Theatre show.
Date: August 15
Venue: The Star Theatre
Tickets: $68, $108, $148, $188
Image: TPG/Click Photos
JJ Lin’s Sanctuary World Tour 2018
If you haven’t read the news already, JJ Lin will be returning to Singapore for his concert. The Singaporean singer-songwriter, who is now based in Taiwan, will be returning to his home ground for the Sanctuary World Tour show. Those lucky enough to have gotten tickets will hear him sing hits like “If Only” and “Twilight”. The Mandopop singer added more shows after tickets sold out within just an hour of release. Those, too, sold quickly and are hot resale items, but organisers warned against buying from resellers as tickets may not be valid.
Dates: August 15 to 19, 2018
Venue: Singapore Indoor Stadium
Tickets are sold out.
Image: Warner Music
Singapore Night Festival
Held over two weekends, the Singapore Night Festival is always a transformative one. Expect musical performances, film screenings and huge light installations around the Armenian Street area.
Dates: August 15 to 25, 2018
Venue: Bras Basah and Bugis Precinct
Image: Singapore Night Festival’s website
Farmers & Healers
This event by Spa Esprit features free workshops, such as Sonic Flow yoga with musician-DJ-yoga teacher Amanda Ling, who will lead you through a series of dynamic and yin stretches. The Shima Healing Institute will host a Tibetan singing bowl workshop, where you can learn how to clear the energy of your living space through the use of sound. The Institute will also hold a paid workshop ($60), where you can get hands-on experience in creating your own edible garden, whether you’re sowing seeds or propagating plants from stem cuttings.
Paramore Live in Singapore
Parafamily, listen up. Despite multiple line-up changes, the Grammy Award-winning pop-punk chart-toppers are still as lit as ever. Returning to the scene last year after a four-year hiatus with After Laughter, this band fronted by Hayley Williams will hit the stage to play tunes like “Ain’t It Fun” and “Grudges”.
Date: August 21, 2018
Tickets: $168, $178 (at the door); add on $20 for priority entry or $150 for VIP Hospitality package (exclusive of concert ticket)
Image: Facebook / Paramore
Crazy Rich Asians Gala
This is the movie opening you need to catch. Based on the book Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan, this Hollywood-produced movie is set in Singapore, and features a strong Asian cast. Henry Golding, Constance Wu and Michelle Yeoh may play the leads, but you’ll know to look out for Singapore stars like Pierre Png (those abs!), Fiona Xie (hilarious as Kitty Pong!), Tan Kheng Hua, Selena Tan, Janice Koh, Amy Cheng and more. We can tell you that the extravagant Jon M. Chu movie is gorgeously shot, with fashion you’ll be drooling over, all set in locations you’ll recognise. Want to stake out for the gala premiere? It’s happening on August 21 at the Capitol Theatre, and we know it’s set to be a glitzy affair where you’ll be able to spot the likes of Pierre, Fiona, and perhaps even the director Chu the red carpet! Head there by 6.30pm to catch a glimpse of the stars.
Date: August 21 (Gala), August 22, 2018 (Movie premiere)
Venue: Capitol Theatre (Gala)
Time: 6.30pm (Gala)
Image: Warner Bros. Pictures
Beerfest Asia 2018
Beerfest Asia is in its 10th year, celebrations involve loads of booze (duh) and music. Expect tribute bands to pay homage to the music of Coldplay, U2 and Queen. Ticket prices go from S$20 (entry on Thursday and Sunday with 1 welcome beer) to S$150 (entry on Friday and Saturday with a free flow of beer). Visit www.beerfestasia.com. Our magazine and website readers enjoy special discounts with the code “SPHM18” at this link. For instance, the code — valid until 1 day before the event begins — gets you $30 off the regular price for Friday and Saturday entry.
Dates: August 30 to September 2, 2018
Venue: The Meadow at Gardens by the Bay
Time: Varies according to day
Tickets: From $20 (regular advance pass, inclusive of a complimentary beer) [excluding booking fees]
Image: Beerfest Asia’s Instagram page
World Food Fair 2018
Three cheers to four days’ worth of food events! Over 200 local and international F&B establishments will showcase the best of what they offer. Expect unique Taiwan specialties like pineapple tarts and cheesy fried chicken, freeze-dried fruits from Thailand, as well as deals and steals on all sorts of food products from around the world. Visit http://singaporefoodshows.com.sg/world-food-fair/
Dates: August 30 to September 2, 2018
Venue: Singapore Expo Hall 5
Time: 11am to 10pm
Image: World Food Fair website
Text: Sean Tham
Additional text: Hidayah Idris