It’s almost November, which means, 2018 is almost on its last legs. December, and all the merry-making associated with Christmas and New Years Eve, will soon be upon us. But if you think November is December’s poorer and more boring cousin, think again. Looking for things to do in Singapore? From marathons and musicals to whiskey tastings and food trials, there are tons of activities to satisfy the fussiest of tastes before the year is over. Scroll through the gallery and start marking your calendars now!
Text: Sean Tham
Indulge in a gastronomical experience when you attend this tasting event, which will boast exquisite flavours from Israeli cuisine. Held at Wild Honey, Slovakian chef Yossi Elad who has 10 years of experience in Israeli cuisine will be presenting a one-of-a-kind menu for six days. Expect dishes such as the Machneyehuda Platter (which comprises Chef Yossi’s favourite dips including tahini done three ways, served with fresh pita bread), the Market Steak (Onglet steak with traditional crispy potato latkes & mixed salad) and Chef Yossi’s Shakshukit (deconstructed kebab—either lamb or beef—served with tchigurt, pine nuts, pistachios and cured lemon). Prices are between $20 and $35++ per dish, and it is essential for you to make a reservation for this tasting event. There’s also a masterclass with him on Nov 5 if you wish to learn from the master. For more information, visit their website here.
Mimi is back in town and we’re sure her concert will be a fun mass sing-along session! Join the pop diva as she performs tunes from her sixth compilation album, #1 to Infinity. Expect Mariah to belt out favourite tunes such as “Hero” (1993), “Honey” (1997), and “We Belong Together” (2005) in a show that’s bound to be a glittery affair. Let’s hope history does not repeat itself like in 2010, when she took a tumble while performing at her F1 concert at the Padang. Even if she did, we know the veteran will recover like a pro. Tickets start from $88. Visit Apactix for more information.
Didn’t get your wine fix from Wine Fiesta Singapore in November? Don’t fret! An upcoming whisky event might just be up your alley. The 9th edition of Whisky Live will allow you to savour some 70 whisky and spirit brands from around the world, such as BenRiach, Neisson and Glenglassaugh. Talk about a fun afternoon! Tickets start from $119 for either day, or $188 for weekend passes. If you simply want to learn more about the fine art of whisky, there are masterclasses at $35 per class. Visit here to get your entry passes.
The Conscious Festival—which will be both carbon neutral and zero waste—is back for the fourth year. If you’re looking to support ethical local brands, head to the Mindful Marketplace, which is open to public (and has free admission!). You can also view art installations themed around plastic waste. To find out more about sustainability and living mindfully, get a ticket for one of the Transformational TALKS Powered by DBS. Find out more here.
There’s nothing better than spending your weekend evenings jiving to the catchy tunes of ABBA. After all, who doesn’t love the 1975 chart-topper that the musical is named after? If you’ve seen the 2008 movie of the same name starring Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth, this show shouldn’t be foreign to you since the movie was based on this hit musical. The story revolves around a girl’s quest to guess who her biological father is from the three past romances that her mother had been in, and the songs are easy on the ear (“Super Trouper”! “Dancing Queen”!), which ensures it’s pure light-hearted entertainment. Tickets start from $58. Get yours now from Sistic.
Inner Circle, get ready for WINNER’s concert in Singapore! The group has focused their concert tours on Japan, so this marks the first time they’re here for a solo concert. Expect them to belt out tunes from their latest release EVERYD4Y. Get your lightsticks—and fan chants—ready to cheer for Jinwoo, Seunghoon, Mino and Seungyoon. Tickets start from $148 and are available from Sistic.
iKONICs will be excited about the return of their beloved K-pop boy band, iKON, this November. With the inclusion of Singapore as part of their Continue Tour, this show will be the second time this South Korean hip-hop boy group has performed here, after their concert in 2016. Expect top hits from their latest 2018 album, Return (A coincidence? We think not), such as “Love Scenario”, “Beautiful” and “Best Friend”. Tickets start from $148, visit Sistic for more information.
Fancy a little hardcore exercise before you hit the festive dinners next year? Try Aquathlon, where you get to work up a sweat by running and swimming. There are three categories of varying distances—Mini (400m swim + 3km run), Sprint (750m swim + 5km run) and Standard (1.5km swim + 10km run)—so choose wisely, and according to your level of fitness. Ticket prices start from $62.50 for an individual participating in the Mini category (16 years old & above), and it comes with a race pack that includes a drawstring bag, a Singapore Aquathlon 2018 souvenir tee, a race certificate and a finisher medal. Visit their website for more information.
Lovers of deep house music, this one’s for you. Move your bodies to the beat on the 5th this month at Kygo’s “Kids in Love” concert, where the 27-year-old Norwegian DJ will spin some of his award winning hits like “Stole the Show” (2016, which won the International Dance Music Awards – Best Chillout/Lounge Track award in the same year) and “It Ain’t Me” (2017, which won the LOS40 Music Awards – Best International Video award in the same year). Of course, we’re not forgetting some of his top tunes like “Kids in Love” (2017), “Stay” (2016) and “Firestone” (2014). Ticket prices range from $148 to $348. Visit here to get them now.
If you’re interested to see the insides of Singapore’s very own “White House”, head to the Istana on Deepavali. The doors to the President’s office will be opened to public that day from 8.30am to 6pm. Be entertained with a day of fun-filled activities that include performances, tours of the function rooms and Nature Guided Walks. Admission into the Istana grounds is free for Singaporeans and Permanent Residences, whereas tickets will cost $2 for other visitors. To visit the State Room, Banquet Hall and Reception Room, it will cost $2 and $4 for an unguided or a guided tour respectively. Tickets will cost $4 if you’d wish to take part in the Nature Guided Walk at the Istana. Check out their official website for more information.
Groove to the smooth vocals of this R&B artist who gives off a young Frank Ocean vibe. At just age 20, Khalid (pronounced as Kuh-leed) is getting a whole lot of buzz, with his first single Location certified quadruple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. He went on to snag the VMA Award for Best New Artist and chalked up collaborations with big names such as Shawn Mendes, Fifth Harmony’s Normani and Martin Garrix. Authentic and soulful, you can be sure it’ll be a night of awfully good music. Tickets are $108 as it is a free standing event. Visit Sistic to get your entry.
Indie music fans, rejoice! This outdoor music and arts festival is back this year after a hiatus last year and it promises a great line-up with big names such as Malaysian singer and songwriter Yuna, American ambient pop band Cigarettes After Sex, English indie rock band The Vaccines and Caribou (Canadian musician Daniel Snaith). What’s great about this show is it’s family friendly too, so parents, you can rock along to cool music with your tots, who get to be entertained by creative workshops and art installations as well. Early bird tickets are almost sold out (they start from $103 for Yuna’s concert). Normal ticket prices start from $144 for Saturday and $259 for Saturday and Sunday. Click here for more information.
Are you already shopping for Christmas gifts and looking for something quirky, unique and personal for your friends? You’d probably find it at Boutique Fairs. Held at the F1 Pit Building, this bi-annual shopping event is widely known for its interesting mix of brands that are certainly not run-of-the-mill. November’s fair will be its annual Gifting Edition, featuring over 250 independent, design-led labels over the span of two levels. These include Ashepa Lifestyle (an African label that offers ethically-made jewellery, handbags, and homewares), Secret Clovers (expect a premium rose-gold collection of 20 delicate stacking rings, statement earrings, and chokers from this gemstone jewellery label) and Sunday Punch (which offers readily bottled cocktails concocted by local bartenders.). Admission is free, but your purchases aren’t! Visit their website here for more information.
Foodies and music lovers will love this food and music festival held at the Singapore Turf Club (Carpark B, next to Kranji MRT). With over 130 food and merchandise booths at this festival, you’ll get to indulge in local delicacies such as popiah, otah, mee siam, muah chee and fried buns with chilli crab dip. Hipsters won’t be left out either. Expect #Instaworthy dishes such as rainbow burgers, fried ice cream, salted egg yolk fries and assorted fruity drinks!). While snacking, groove to awesome melodies from various local talents and established musicians. If you have kids, bring them to the Ponies Petting Zone to interact with adorable animals, or head to the go-karting track if you want to set their hearts racing. Admission is free, but festival coupons cost $10 per booklet. Visit Apactix for more information.
Are you looking to get your walls decorated with contemporary art pieces? Or, are you simply searching for Christmas #prezzie ideas? Look no further with the Affordable Art Fair that will be held at the F1 Pit Building. Get your hands on au courant paintings that range from flora and fauna to city skylines and monochromatic pieces that originate from over 80 galleries and 600 artists. If you’re eyeing something that won’t break the bank, they have a range of designs under $1,000 for you to choose from. Tickets for general admission (which allows entry for all 3 days) are $18. Visit their website for more information.
Shakespearean lovers, be prepared to have your hearts broken once again. Immense yourself in a tale of primal passion and timeless tragedy, brought to life by the prestigious Russian State Ballet of Siberia. The choreographer and art director of this ballet is Sergei Bobrov, former principal dancer from The Bolshoi Theatre Ballet. Be prepared for grand scenes, from the masked ball to the star-crossed intimate moments at the lovers’ balcony. Ticket prices range from $55 (D Reserve) to $700 (VIP Box — 4 seats). Get yours here.
Calling all marathon enthusiasts! This event is perfect if you’re looking to push your limits and step out of your comfort zone. The King of the Trails: Trail Blazer, now in its fourth edition, will sport a 25km route where 80 per cent will be on terrain (with the rest on the road). It’s arduous, but if you’re up for the challenge, go for it! Early bird prices start from $60 ($65 for normal prices), which includes an event tee, a race bib and a finisher medal. If you’ve been a loyal follower of this race (you’ve participated in the previous three editions), you’ll also receive an additional finisher jacket and a “The Trial Conqueror” medallion. Click here to sign up.