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The best things to do in Singapore this weekend (May 31-Jun 2)

Make the most of your weekend with our top picks of things to do, see and more

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The June holidays start this week, bringing an exciting calendar of kid-friendly events. Keep the energetic tots busy at two massive annual events: i Light Festival and GastroBeats, which have interactive installations, food, and live performances galore. Smaller family-friendly events are just as charming – take The Little Prince-inspired pop-ups at Singapore Changi Airport. There are more 'adult' events happening all around the city too, like the inclusive Pink Screen at The Projector and a showcase of local electronic music talent. Read on for all the great things to do this weekend. 

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Best events in Singapore this weekend

  • Things to do
  • Festivals
  • Raffles Place

i Light Singapore is one art showcase that the whole family can thoroughly enjoy. Back this May and June for its 10th edition, the annual after-dark affair features dazzling installations and interactive activities scattered across Marina Bay, South Beach, Millennia Walk, and its newest district takeover – Tanjong Pagar. This year's theme is Cyclical Nature, so you can expect works to express ideas around sustainability. Once you're tired from all the walking, simply hop over to GastroBeats at Bayfront Event Space, where there'll be trucks of delicious grub and a slate of live music performances. For the first time, The Conscious Festival has partnered with I Light Singapore – which means a ton of (sustainable) shopping, wellness workshops, and talks too. 

  • Things to do
  • Food and drink events

GastroBeats — Singapore's largest food and music festival — returns this year from May 31 to June 23 at the Bayfront Event Space. The festival is in its fourth edition this year, with an exciting lineup of culinary delights, live musical performances, carnival games, and lifestyle booths. What's new is a first-ever Indonesian Zone by the Indonesian Embassy, featuring the best food, retail, and cultural showcases from the archipelago. Besides that, dig into local and international delights from 50 homegrown food vendors and jam to tunes by talented local artists (CTRL Chaos and Curren the Basil among them). There will also be bouncy castles, lifestyle booths, and participating brands like Coca-Cola, Ben and Jerry's, and Schweppes. Did we mention that this year's edition is pet-friendly too? 

 

 

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  • Film
  • Drama
  • Kallang

LGBTQ+ folks and allies, don't miss this year's Pink Screen at The Projector. From May 31 to June 15, catch romantic comedies, noir flicks, and touching dramas on the big screen – each with a unique perspective on queer lives and experience. One hotly anticipated film is a re-run of Bugis Street (1995), which paints an evocative portrait of queer Singapore in the 1960s. Other international films hail from America to South Korea, with the lightheated lesbian road comedy Drive Away Dolls (2024) slated for a fundraiser screening on June 28 to raise funds for local non-profit LGBTQ+ organisation, Oogachaga

To get your tickets to Pink Fest 2024, visit theprojector.sg.

  • Things to do
  • Changi 

Jewel Blooms is back with six captivating floral displays at Jewel Changi Airport's Canopy Park. The highlight of Jewel Blooms is Petal Garden: Super Blooms by Megumi Shinozaki. This installation features 10,000 bundles of pink hybrid starchis – a double-flowering variety of cherry blossom – and hydrangeas. Arranged on 2.8-metre-tall mountain structures, the result is a dreamy, blush-pink display to make all your Sakura dreams come true. The other five installations are just as gorgeous. Designed by award-winning local designer Andy Eng, they feature vibrant sunflower mazes, tranquil ponds filled with water plants, waterfalls of wisteria, misty trails, and a romantic walk lit by illuminated paper and flowers. 

Topping it off is Changi Experience Studio's 'An Enchanted Night in the Airport' camp. Stay overnight in a garden-like 'campsite' and participate in flora-inspired workshops and quests with your family. 

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5. Meat and Foie Gras Fest at Ellenborough Market Café

Reward yourself for getting through the week with the flavour-packed Meat and Foie Gras Fest buffet at Ellenborough Market Café, available for a limited period of time from May 1 to June 30, 2024. The restaurant at Paradox Singapore Merchant Court will be serving up a meaty feast, along with decadent foie gras-infused items including mushroom velouté, crispy beancurd with minced beef sauce, and even crème brûlée. That aside, tuck into dishes from a range of cuisines such as Peranakan and more, along with seafood on ice and chicken shawarma hot off a live carving station. Enjoy this spread from Fridays to Sundays, from 6.30pm to 10pm – priced at $98 for adults and $42 for children. Find out more here.

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  • Things to do
  • Changi 

Journey into the enchanting world of The Little Prince at Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 3. The iconic tale comes to life through mini golf courses and immersive photo spots fashioned after destinations and scenes from the book. Sink holes at the golf course, which recreates seven planets from The Little Prince’s journey, or have a romantic swing in the rose garden under fairy lights and a 5-metre-tall tree. Alliance Francaise de Singapour will also hold captivating storytelling sessions on June 8 and 15 for those who want to revisit the fairytale. There’s Little Prince merchandise to bring home too, including a tumbler with beautiful stained-glass prints. A minimum spend applies to qualify for merchandise and selected activities – find out more here.

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  • Music
  • City Hall

At a supermarket, we sample food; at Sample This! Live, we sample new music. Simple as that – Sample This! Live is a music event where you’ll be able to enjoy live music performances put on by talented local musicians in the electronic scene. 

The lineup features four local emerging musicians: Mingzxc serving us ambient-techno-lofi goodness, Genesis Keeper bringing us ambient and experimental tunes, Monozerra blowing our minds with genres drum and bass, and intelligent dance music, and lastly Tomoblu delivering alternative and breakbeats themes. Everyone's welcome, so turn up, grab a beer, and groove. 

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Here's a cosy market where you'll be able to support small businesses owned by young entrepreneurs – think curated vintage apparels, jagua tattoos, tarot card reading sessions, vintage watches, and more. Held bi-annually, Mercury Festival is a vibrant celebration of artistry and craftsmanship, attracting artisans and enthusiasts alike from across the region. 

For the full list of vendors, check out their Instagram page here.

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  • Theatre
  • City Hall

Embrace absurdity and uniqueness at Esplanade’s Flipside, a 10-day programme filled with circus acts, puppetry, physical theatre, and comedy. Look for humour and meaning in the every day as these acts take ordinary objects like household items and give them unexpected meaning and form. International acts from France, Thailand, and Australia will be performing at the festival, such as Compagnie Bakélite’s (France) Stars In Our Eyes – A Double Bill, Circus D Lab’s (South Korea) One Two, One Two, and Mumusic Circus’ (Spain) Flou Papagayo

Of course, local acts will also be available at Flipside, with award-winning clown and actor Shanice Stanislaus hosting a workshop for attendees to delve into the art of physical comedy and the history of clowns. Improvper Conduct will also  present a free 30-minute sketch titled pRINTiNG ERR0R!!!, and be sure to look out for the spectacular acrobatic performance, Convergence, by the Bornfire Circus at the DBS Foundation Outdoor Theatre.

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  • Marina Bay

Step into the ancient world of the Khmer Empire at Orchids of Angkor Wat, the latest floral display at Gardens by the Bay. From now to September 8, visit the Cloud Forest to view 50 fascinating orchid species and hybrids of Cambodia alongside installations that recreate the iconic city of Angkor. There's no missing a 3.5-metre recreation of Angkor Wat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site-list Hindu-Buddhist temple complex. The Cloud Forest is also peppered with the gateway to Angkor Thom and stone replices that depict scenes found in the architecture around Angkor. But the highlight are the graceful orchids themselves – unusual ones to look out for include the slipper orchid, the Vandachostylis, and the Dendrobium Adastra, the last of which will delight with its "waterfall of flowers". 

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  • Things to do
  • Food and drink events
  • City Hall

On the back of its brand and menu refresh, one of Asia's 50 best bars Nutmeg & Clove is throwing a mega 10th annivesary bash. From May 26 to 30, it's slinging a series of guest shifts and bar takeovers with award-winning bartender friends from all around the world – complete with live DJ sets, performances, and food menu collaborations. 

Look forward to a different flavour every night as bartenders from Paris, London, Hong Kong, China, America, Columbia, and Taiwan take turns to shake up a storm. The series spins through prominent names: CopperBay (Paris), Drink Kong (Rome), Bar Leone (Hong Kong), Penicillin (Hong Kong), Hope & Sesame (China), Hanky Panky (Mexico), Lady Bee (Peru), and Alquimico (Cartagena). It all culminates in a Nutmeg & Clove reunion, when the greats that first laid the foundation of the bar – Marian Beke from The Gibson, London; Kae Yin from WU, Taiwan; Colin Chia, CEO of Nutmeg Collective – come together for a celebratory trip down memory lane.

  • Art
  • Mixed media
  • Harbourfront

Great artists transport minds and challenge perceptions, and Icelandic-Danish artist Olafur Eliasson is undoubtedly a master at work. Known for playing with elemental materials such as light, wind, fog, and water, he's lauded for creating unreal sensory experiences for viewers. The Southeast Asian debut of his survey exhibition brings together 17 of his works, a collection of his most renowned pieces, Singapore exclusives, and climate-centred art. Titled Olafur Eliasson: Your curious journey, the exhibition will take you through yellow-hued halls, across enchanting rainbows dancing in the mist, and marvelous spectacles of swirling fog. You'll also witness the gradual depletion of ice, represented by a bronze cast of a segment of ice sourced from an Icelandic glacier, and be one of the first to view The seismographic testimony of distance (Berlin–Singapore, no. 1 to no. 6) (2024), an ongoing seismographic sketch series tracing the voyage of his exhibition by sea. 

Find out more about Olafur Eliasson: Your curious journey here, and download the exhibition brochure here.

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  • Art
  • Marina Bay

Frida Kahlo, the world-renowned Mexican painter, needs no introduction. Regarded as one of the most influential female artists of the 20th century, she is celebrated for her self-portraits that delve into themes of identity and the human body.

There will be three different segments with nine spaces filled with 360-degree projections, interactive installations, photographs, and films. You’ll be able to trace her artistic journey, starting from her early years as a young girl. The show will also touch on her medical journey – one that isn’t widely discussed about. There’ll also be virtual reality experiences for you to truly step into her shoes and see the world from her point of view.

Stay tuned for the exact dates, and join the waitlist for ticket sales here.

  • Shopping
  • Eyewear
  • Marina Bay

You might have seen a particular blue-maned unicorn appearing all over your Instagram feed as of late. This magical creature is part of none other than the Jentle Salon pop-up – a whimsical fantasy land created specially to mark the third collection co-created by luxury Korean eyewear brand Gentle Monster, and Jennie of popular K-pop girl group Blackpink.

The pink-washed pop-up is located within the Gentle Monster's Marina Bay Sand store at level B2, and will be running until June 30, 2024. Entry is free, and you’re more than welcome to snap photos with the installations; Show up dressed in girly pastels to match the installations for bonus Instagram points.

Find out more about the Jentle Salon pop-up in Singapore.

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  • Art
  • City Hall

Zoom in and tickle your mind at Japanese artist Tatsuya Tanaka's first-ever exhibition in Singapore. small Muji exhibition – Enjoying Everyday Items sticks to what Tanaka-san is best known for: playful miniature works depicting elaborate scenes from everyday life. In his work, it's not strange to see common vegetables like broccolis reimagined as trees or oranges fashioned into miniature suns. In the Singapore showing, Muji branded products are similarly reinvented in 19 miniature works that take inspiration from Singapore landmarks. 

  • Art
  • City Hall

The Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) returns from May 17 to June 2, 2024, following the theme They Declare. Don’t miss out on The Prose And The Passion, a collaboration between Singapore theatre-makers Haresh Sharma and Chong Tze Chien where characters created by English novelist E. M. Forster come alive to interact with characters from Sharma’s imagination. Other highlights include Singapore visual artist Genevieve Chua’s Wilful Machine; and a 90-minute live adaptation of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick by Norwegian theatre troupe Plexus Polaire, a  performance that employs filmic techniques, captivating puppetry, and clever stagecraft to manipulate the audience’s perspective.

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  • Things to do
  • City Life

Experience the magic of the Northern Lights at Gardens by the Bay’s Supertree Grove. From May 4 onwards, a spellbinding outdoor installation called Borealis will light up the Supertrees in a display reminiscent of the polar lights you’d normally have to travel to Iceland, Sweden, or other far-flung regions to witness. It’s the work of Switzerland-based artist Dan Acher, who has ingeniously layered light beams and cloud particles to create a mesmerising dance of light and colour. Coupled with an atmospheric score by French composer Guillaume Desbois, Borealis promises to be an out-of-this-world experience. Admission is free – find out more here.

  • Art
  • Film and video
  • Marina Bay

Film fanatics, don’t miss out on ArtScience Museum’s upcoming exhibition Goddess: Brave. Bold. Beautiful. Curated by ACMI (Australia’s National Museum of Screen Culture), Goddess will uncover 120 years of moving image history featuring stories, costumes, sketches, interactive experiences, as well as the pillars behind these wonderful masterpieces. Indulge in a special collection of over 150 costumes, artefacts, and objects, curated to depict captivating visual stories of women in film. Dive into never-before-seen behind-the-scenes footage, archival materials, projections, and authentic costumes to reveal the untold stories of these stars.

For more information, visit their webpage here.

 

 

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  • Art
  • City Hall

The Asian Civilisations Museum and the Peranakan Museum have joined hands to present Fukusa, Japanese Gift Covers from the Chris Hall Collection, an exhibition that features fukusa, which are beautifully embroidered luxurious Japanese silk gift covers. You can also find kimonos and other related textiles from renowned collector Chris Hall, who holds one of the most valuable collections of Asian textiles in the world. Uncover varied ways of life that completely differ from ours, a variety of auspicious symbolic motifs such as lobsters and cranes, and how the politics of dress influence fukusa design in the late Edo period. Don’t forget to stop by the interactive station where you’ll be able to virtually design your very own fukusa.

  • Art
  • Newton

Many know the tale of The Little Prince, but perhaps not much about the writer behind it. That's where Alliance Française de Singapour steps in to shine a line on the life of author-pilot Antoine de Saint Exupéry and pay tribute to the 80th anniversary of his disappearance. Divided into three sections – 'Adventurer', 'Writer', and 'WWII Hero' – the show will take you on a journey through his life to uncover hidden facts about The Little Prince and discover how significant elements in the story reflect his personal life. Browse a rare collection of exclusive artefacts on loan from the Saint Exupéry Foundation and catch talks, workshops, and screenings related to the extraordinary world of The Little Prince. 

Find out more about the exhibition here.

 

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  • Things to do
  • Raffles Place

There's nothing like a good perfume to express your personality and leave a deep impression on those around you. If you're keen on figuring out your signature scent, there's nowhere better to do so than at Chanel Parfumeur: A Fragrance Experience. Happening from April 26 to June 2 at CQ @ Clarke Quay, this event is centred on Les Exclusifs De Chanel, a fragrance collection inspired by the colourful life of the house's founder Gabrielle Chanel. Learn the stories and inspiration behind the range's 19 scents and even snag a preview of its newest fragrance. For a more personalised experience, take Chanel's personality test to discover your unique scent profile or try the 15-minute Le Quart D'Heure Alchimique fragrance experience to pinpoint your signature Chanel scent. 

Chanel VIPs, you could also be invited to an exclusive Chanel Parfumeur Masterclass. This takes you on a deep dive into the stories and ingredients behind iconic Chanel fragrances, led by fragrance experts from the house. They'll also be dishing styling tips on how best to wear its scents. On the second floor of CQ @ Clarke Quay, you may also step into immersive experience spaces inspired by Chanel's iconic fragrance Chanel N°5. Walk-ins are welcome, but it's best to make a prior booking here

  • Things to do
  • Exhibitions
  • Sentosa

In celebration of beloved anime series Naruto’s 20th anniversary, Naruto: The Gallery will be making its global debut at Universal Studios Singapore. Expect to see a miniature recreation of Konohagakure, as well as exclusive video works of iconic scenes from Naruto. Official merchandise will be sold alongside the exhibition, and you can try dishes like Naruto’s favourite Ichiraku ramen at the special pop-up Naruto: The Gallery Café located at KT’s Grill.

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  • Things to do
  • Food and drink events
  • City Hall

It's not too late to treat your mom to a luxurious high tea experience with Skai and Swarovski for Mother's Day. The menu features delectable sweet and savoury treats, stunningly designed to look like sparkling diamonds and even Swarovski's signature swan motif. Skai's high-rise space has also been stylishly designed with Swarovski-inspired photo backdrops – all the better to capture an everlasting memory with mom. There's even a pop-up store in the lobby of Swissôtel The Stamford featuring Swarovski’s newly launched Mother’s Day jewellery.

You can find out more about the high tea experience and make reservations here.

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