Introducing our mega list of all the exciting things to do in Singapore this September 2019
We’re officially edging towards the last quarter of the year and it’s probably the most exciting one yet (before the festive season reels in, of course). So what if there’s no public holiday this month? We’ll be keeping ourselves busy with a bevy of concerts, shows on stage and of course, all things Formula One. So take a break from your binge-watch list, get off your butts and enjoy the most exciting things in store, this September!
Experience: Walking with Dinosaurs – The Live Experience
29 August – 5 September
Look who’s walking! Dinosaurs roamed the Earth 65 million years ago and now they are making an appearance in Singapore… using state-of-the-art technology, of course. Based on the award-winning BBC Television series, 18 life-sized dinosaurs will keep you on the edge of your seat. Catch the prehistoric creatures in one of the biggest and best dinosaur live shows in the world.
Walking with Dinosaurs – The Live Experience, Singapore Indoor Stadium 2 Stadium Walk, Singapore 397691
Experience: Singapore Science Festival
30 August – 14 September
The annual Singapore Science Festival makes a comeback and boy, are we spoilt with a multitude of activities. Mark your diaries for over 50 shows, exhibitions, workshops and activities that bring science to life in the most unimaginable yet intriguing ways. Follow the Singapore Science Festival’s Facebook page for cool science facts – and important stuff like a sweet bubble tea drinking technique so you don’t end up finishing the tea before the boba.
Singapore Science Festival, various timings, 5 Science Centre Rd, Singapore 609081
Party: Singapore Grand Prix VIP Parties at Amber Lounge
21 September – 22 September
Ain’t no party like the Amber Lounge Singapore Grand Prix after-party! Rub shoulders with the who’s who of the Grand Prix – we’re talking about F1 drivers, teams, celebrities, royalty and influencers – at the iconic Amber Lounge. This year, The Amber Lounge Fashion Show, featuring Motorsport Fashion will be on for one night only, showcasing local couture brands such as Frieda Brides and Mr. G on 21 September from 11 pm onwards. Dance the night away as international DJs and artists perform into the wee hours. Save some energy for round two, as the festivities continue into the wee hours of 22 September.
Singapore Grand Prix VIP Parties at Amber Lounge 11pm-6am, Temasek Reflections, Millenia Walk, Temasek Ave 1, Singapore 039192
Theatre: Yuki Ellias’s Elephant in the Room
An acclaimed play from India is making its way to Singapore for one night only. Watch Yuki Ellias in a one-woman show as she plays over eight characters in a humorous and touching reimagination of the tale of the Hindu god Ganesha. Follow the story of a bewildered protagonist who wakes up in a forest with the head of an elephant!
Elephant in the Room, Drama Centre Black Box Level 5 National Library of Singapore, 100 Victoria St, Singapore 188064
Eat, Play & Party: Bites & Vibes
Enjoyed Foodpanda’s first Bites & Vibes last year? Block out your Sunday afternoon as the folks are back with its biggest one yet. Tuck into delish grub (featuring Telok Ayer and Amoy Street mainstays such as Chico Loco, Sarnies, Don Ho, Fill a Pita), bop your heads to music by KiDG, Barirumbles Brass and Bakers In Space; and burn those calories with free workout sessions by A-lab Singapore and BalletBody. The new shaded canopy is the place to be if your agenda includes chilling with tipples from Ginett Singapore, Asia Pacific Brewery and William Grant & Sons. Planning to bring the kids? They’ll be fully entertained at the face painting station and games like giant Jenga, ring toss and Connect 4. Bites & Vibes also continues its plastic-free mission by providing water dispensers along the street so bring your reusable bottles along! All vendors will also continue to use biodegradable packaging. Double yay.
Bites & Vibes, 12pm-10pm, Amoy St, Singapore
Theatre: Singapore Repertory Theatre presents Caught
10 September – 6 October
Imagine this: you arrive at the gallery and get a drink. Next, you take in a specially curated exhibition and meet fugitive Lin Bo. So what’s his crime, you ask? A mere work of art. After listening to his story, you’re the only way his story can live on… and so the evening begins! Be prepared to be tested on figuring out what’s fact and what’s fiction. After all, there are two sides to every story, isn’t it? For Caught, Singapore Repertory Theatre has commissioned award-winning director Ed Sylvanus Iskandar to create this acclaimed immersive evening featuring this exclusively curated art exhibition. You do not want to miss this one!
Caught, Miaja Gallery 9 Muthuraman Chetty Rd, Aps Building, Singapore 238931
Watch: Emily of Emerald Hill
4 – 28 September 2019
One of Singapore theatre’s most iconic characters is taking to the stage once again. Book your tickets to witness the life of Emily Gan, an abandoned girl who eventually took her place as the matriarch of a distinguished Peranakan. Catch a glimpse into the 1930s – widely regarded as the golden age of Straits-Chinese culture – as actor and founder of Wild Rice Ivan Heng makes the role of Emily his own. See you at her mansion…
Emily of Emerald Hill, The Ngee Ann Kongsi Theatre @Wild Rice, Kallang
Festival: Celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival 2019
30 August – 15 September
Y’know, Mid-Autumn Festival is more than just chowing down on mooncakes. Discover the origin story, partake in a massive lantern walk (featuring a spectacular LED dragon), enjoy cultural performances, take a walk around the first giant revolving lantern and fawn over the magnificent 120-metre display of floating lanterns at Gardens By The Bay. Make sure to back up your phones with a portable charger. Plenty of IG-worthy moments in store.
Mid-Autumn Festival 2019, 6pm-11pm, Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
Shop consciously: Swapaholics’ first-ever Swapathon
Brace yourselves, the mother of all swapping events has arrived. Enjoy six hours of shopping responsibly and pure swapping goodness at Swapaholics’ first-ever Swapathon. Clothes-swapping begins at 5 pm but prior to that, hit up the Sustainable Village, for various workshops on upcycling jewellery and creating fabric coasters and cup holders. Also try your hand at swapping beauty products, books and plants or tour the Sustainability Singapore Gallery. Psst… The more events you attend, the more swap points you’ll receive to use during your clothes-swapping session. Who’s in?
Swapathon, 2pm-8pm, Marina Barrage, 8 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018951
Play: Sentosa’s Sandsation channels Star Wars
31 August – 15 September 2019
The force awakens at Siloso Beach as Star Wars takes over the largest sand sculpture festival in Singapore. Travel to a galaxy far, far away (alright, not THAT far) with 20 of your favourite Star Wars characters through the coolest sand sculptures. Enjoy three weeks of free entry into Sentosa, sand sculpting workshops, surprise performances, free movie screenings, and watch the professionals compete at the Sentosa International Sand Sculpting Competition. Who knows, you might even get a chance to meet sand sculptors like Singapore’s Vincent Sand Gogh, JOOheng Tan.
Sentosa Sandsation: The Star Wars Edition, 10am-8.30pm, Siloso Beach, Sentosa
Concerts: Music Matters Live 2019
13 – 18 September
Back for its 14th edition is the famous (and free) Music Matters Live. This Clarke Quay event brings more than 50 aspiring artists and musicians from all over the world to perform in Singapore. For three nights, enjoy the musical stylings of J-pop idols DEAR KISS (Japan), Billy Davis (Australia), I Wear* Experiment (Estonia), Amazing Show (Taiwan) and many more. Most of the shows will take place on the Fountain Stage, but duck into other participating venues to see what’s going on. Pop into Crazy Elephant, The Crossroads, Le Noir, McGettigan’s, The Riverhouse, Warehouse, Zouk, Timbre Group Venues & Choice Cuts… sounds like there’s a lot happening!
Music Matters Live 2019, Clarke Quay, Fountain Stage and various venues, Singapore
Race: F1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix 2019
20 September – 22 September
September is almost synonymous with the F1 Grand Prix festivities. The night races have a reputation for exciting pre and post-racing entertainment, but this year’s concert lineup (how does Red Hot Chili Peppers, Gwen Stefani, Muse and Swedish House Mafia sound to you?) is simply next level. A definitive guide to the F1 Singapore Grand Prix is underway but in the meantime, get acquainted with who’s coming this year!
F1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix 2019, various timings, Marina Bay Formula 1 Street Circuit Singapore 038975
Workshop: Brass Lion Distillery introduces its first and only Gin School in Singapore
Local gin distillery, Brass Lion Distillery has recently launched its first Gin School (also the only school in Singapore) and we were invited to concoct our own gin. A perfect date idea or cool weekend activity, the three-hour gin workshop gets you a welcome drink and your very own bottle of gin to take home. Identify your gin profile (such as spice, heat, floral, citrus, herbal or juniper), select your favourite herbs, spices and dried fruits from the massive apothecary cabinet and the herb garden; prep the ingredients and distil your mixture with a mini copper pot still. After 20 to 30 minutes, your gin is ready to be labelled. Need help? The friendly ginstructors will be there to assist. Who’s ready to get schooled?
Brass Lion Distillery’s Gin School, $198, available on Sundays at 2pm, 40 Alexandra Terrace, Singapore 119933