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The best things to do in Singapore this weekend (July 18-21)

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

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By Time Out Singapore editors |
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Marking your calendar with the best things to see, do and go this weekend? Fill up your itinerary with our guide to the hottest parties, enthralling shows, immersive art exhibitions and more happening in the city this Thursday through Sunday.

Cheers to the weekend at Kronenbourg 1664's street jamboree, party with Rae Sremmurd, celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Moon Landing at the ArtScience Museum and Science Centre Singapore, and more.

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Shai Maestro Trio, Jazz in July
Photo: Gabriel Baharlia
Music

Jazz in July+ 2019

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Show your jazz hands as Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay showcases toe-tappin’, finger-snappin’ musical bliss during Jazz in July. Explore the wonderful world of jazz with a series of ticketed concerts featuring a crew of virtuosi from the jazz canon. Let the heavyweight champs and emerging cutting-edge bands introduce you to a range of sub-genres from the traditional big band, swing, and ragtime to the current contemporary and fusion.

Theatre, Musicals

Aladdin

icon-location-pin Sands Theatre, Marina Bay
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Strap in for a magic carpet ride to a whole new world this July. The hit Broadway musical Aladdin is landing at Marina Bay Sands with a chest full of the music, glittering costumes and jaw-dropping sets to recreate the fantasy city of Agrabah. Sing along to show-stopping musical numbers like A Whole New World and seven new songs that'll keep you entranced all the way through to its happily-ever-after ending. There's no doubt it's going to be shining, shimmering, splendid.

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Sentosa GrillFest
Photo: Sentosa GrillFest
Things to do, Food and drink events

Sentosa GrillFest

icon-location-pin Siloso Beach, Central
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Happening over four weekends, Sentosa Grillfest returns this year with live music performances, beachfront dining and so much more. Witness Siloso Beach transformed into a bustling grub hub featuring 27 exciting food and beverage kiosks. Expect everything from Gelatissimo’s sinful GrillFest Gelato Bomb (five scoops of Gelato served on a waffle basket with sugary treats) to exotic options like grilled durian, bamboo rice and the plant-based Impossible burger. Did we also mention the three-metre tall tepee barbecue pit on Siloso beach?

Moonshadow Stories
Photo: Moonshadow Stories
Things to do, Exhibitions

Moongazers

icon-location-pin ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay
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From 18 to 20 July, you can commemorate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11's landing on the moon at Moongazers. The three-day event is complementary to Floating Utopias. Specially curated by ArtScience Museum, the programmes explore the reverberations of Apollo 11's achievement through a series of performances, talks and workshops.

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Therese Pang
Art

Contemplate: A Solo Exhibition by Jason Lim

icon-location-pin Gajah Gallery, Habourfront
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Take a good look at the masterpieces of Singaporean ceramist and performance artist Jason Lim. Contemplate showcases ceramic experimentations that weave in trivial inanimate items – think tree branches, rocks and stones – mundane things that vibrate in Jason's life. By creating sculptures that mirror and function as landscapes, the artist reminds us of the significance found in nature, hoping to evoke a sense of wonderment, reflection and contemplation.  

Art

Tawan Wattuya: A Multitude of Possibilities

icon-location-pin Hatch Art Project, Raffles Place
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Contemplate the state of humanity and the role of art in creating possibilities for freedom via Thai artist Tawan Wattuya's debut solo showcase. The exhibition displays a selection of the artist's watercolour paintings that highlights his perspectives on global socio-political issues as well as his personal reflections on society. Spot various human figures ranging from political figures, pop culture icons, soldiers, extremists, and sex workers while you're at it.

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Descension, 2019 by Benedict Yu
Artwork by: Benedict Yu
Art

Are you coming home?

icon-location-pin SPRMRKT (Cluny Court), Bukit Timah
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Raised in Taiwan, Singapore-born artist and researcher Benedict Yu explores the concept of home by showcasing his birthplace and his struggles with homesickness. As part of the exhibition, SPRMRKT has also created the artist-inspired Lion Head Meatball ($12.90). Order the dish made with Chinese mushroom, minced pork and cabbage simmered in a rich pork and tea broth while you soak in the beauty of Yu's art.  

Things to do, Exhibitions

Siah Armajani: Spaces for the Public. Spaces for Democracy.

icon-location-pin NTU Centre for Contemporary Art, Bukit Merah
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Check out Siah Armajani's first institutional exhibition in Asia. Inspired by democratic ideals and American vernacular architecture, this Iranian-born artist's sculptures, drawings and public installations dwell on principles like 'nobility of usefulness' and 'art on a civic scale'. Don't miss highlights which include the large-scale installation Sacco & Vanzetti Reading Room #3 (1988), the Tomb series drawings and models, and a film programme developed by film scholar and curator Dr Marc Glöde, which expands on Armajani’s early experimental films from 1970.

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Singapore Food Festival
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Things to do

Singapore Food Festival

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Themed 'Savour Singapore in Every Bite', this year’s edition of Singapore Food Festival celebrates by honouring generations of food heritage and introducing innovative culinary creations that go beyond the usual. Check out the various immersive experiences including workshops, masterclasses, and the Private Chef’s Table if you’re into cooking. But if you’re planning just to eat your fill, there’s the signature event STREAT, The 50 Cents Fest, Singapore Tea Festival, and more.

Mountain Pass: Negotiating Ambivalence Exhibition
Photo by: Adi Rahmatulah, courtesy of Selasar Sunaryo Art Space and Mizuma Gallery
Things to do, Exhibitions

Mountain Pass: Negotiating Ambivalence Exhibition

icon-location-pin Mizuma Gallery, Bukit Merah
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Gain insight into Singaporean artist Zen Teh's art at her solo exhibition, Mountain Pass: Negotiating Ambivalence. Featuring photographic sculptures, mixed media installations, stone, metal assemblages and documentary videos, her works reflect her response to the environmental situation she investigated through the geomorphology and construction sites in Bandung during her residency in Selasar Sunaryo Art Space in Indonesia.

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Of Days Gone by No.1
Artwork by: Liu Ling
Art

Of Ordinary Things

icon-location-pin SPRMRKT (STPI), Raffles Place
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Of Ordinary Things is award-winning artist Liu Ling's representation of the forgotten aspects of life. In discovering the beauty of the ordinary, Liu explores realism in and through art, thereby bringing to light erstwhile ignored realities. As part of Liu's exhibition, SPRMRKT at STPI is running all-day promotions throughout July. Guests who order a bottle of Chateau Beaulieu and Coteaux d’ Aix-en-Provence Rose are entitled to a complimentary choice of Asian hummus and flatbread, sweet potato fries or oyster corn fritters.   

Things to do, Exhibitions

Takashi Murakami: From Superflat to Bubblewrap

icon-location-pin STPI Creative Workshop and Gallery, Raffles Place
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From printmaking traditions, textures of graffiti and neon signages to hypnotically seamless wallpapers and digital moving images, explore Takashi Murakami's dynamic artistic expression at this milestone solo exhibition. Focusing on the link between the 'Superflat' theory and iconography which launched his global career to a recent examination of the recessive realism of Japan's economic bubble crisis, coined 'Bubblewrap', be one of the first to marvel at his range of exciting and never-before-seen works.

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Things to do

Rainforest Lumina

icon-location-pin Singapore Zoo, Mandai
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The family-favourite Rainforest Lumina returns with a second season that's packed with 10 new multisensory zones in a one-kilometre stretch of the lush tropical rainforest. Follow the luminous path that leads you to a quirky group of virtual animals known as the Creature Crew. Stay #woke on eco issues while you discover the enchanted world of Rainforest Lumina with an immersive audio-visual experience.

Theatre, Circuses

Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities

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Globetrotting circus company Cirque du Soleil is turning the Big Top next to Marina Bay Sands into a whimsical steampunk dream – think cool combos of metal and leather, clunky machines, futuristic inventions, and acrobats that break the laws of physics. Time stops in this alternate Victorian era, transporting the audience to a fantasy world where the possibilities are endless.

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Soar into Summer at Universal Studios Singapore
Photo by: Resorts World Sentosa
Things to do

Soar into Summer at Universal Studios Singapore

icon-location-pin Universal Studios Singapore, Sentosa
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Fill your summer with everything Universal Studios Singapore has to offer, from spectacular shows and attractions to thrilling rides worth every scream. Look forward to heaps of fun activities like meeting a talking Megatron and Hello Kitty and Dear Daniel, as well as keeping an eye out for the adorable Minions dressed in Hawaiian-themed outfits – think grass skirts and coconut shell bikinis. Stay on 'till nighttime to experience the all-new Universal After Hours programme. Held on weekends and selected nights, expect a line-up of after-dark activities from the Hollywood Dreams Light-Up Parade to entertaining local bands and pop-up food stalls.

Theatre

Wild Rice's Housewarming Season

icon-location-pin The Ngee Ann Kongsi Theatre @ W!LD RICE, Kallang
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Prior to the official opening of its Funan theatre in September, Wild Rice invites all to catch returning shows and a brand new production, at its swanky new digs. It's the perfect opportunity to observe the new space and facilities including Singapore's first-ever thrust stage, all while enjoying shows like Thomas Lim's Supervision. The premiere of Anything Can Happen/Something Must Happen is set to perform at Aliwal Arts Centre.  

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Shopping

The Great Singapore Sale

icon-location-pin Singapore City,
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Stretch your dollar for some retail therapy as GSS returns with the best deals and steals in the city. Cop everything from wardrobe staples to home furniture at up to 70 percent off the original retail price. The spotlight shines on local talent this year with participating up-and-coming Singaporean brands, designers and restaurants.

Shopping, Fashion

Green Fashion at One Raffles Place

icon-location-pin One Raffles Place, Raffles Place
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With the Great Singapore Sale drawing closer, head over to One Raffles Place shopping mall for a variety of exciting activities. Focused around the theme of Green Fashion, look forward to a QLOTHÈ pop-up store where you can find out more about the eco-friendly materials used in this sustainable clothing line, a fashion swap by One Raffles Place and The Fashion Pulpit, and a food donation. Workshops where you can design your own tote bag and build your own terrarium, as well as a weekly trampoline workout also await you.

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Guo Pei: Chinese Art and Couture
Photo by: Russel Wong
Things to do, Exhibitions

Guo Pei: Chinese Art and Couture

icon-location-pin Asian Civilisations Museum, City Hall
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Known for her iconic yellow cape as worn by Rihanna at the MET Gala in 2015, China's preeminent couturière Guo Pei is showcasing 29 of her most iconic embroidered creations in dialogue with 20 Chinese art masterpieces from ACM’s collection.

Reptiles by Huang Yong Ping, Awakenings
Photo: National Gallery Singapore
Art

Awakenings: Art in Society in Asia 1960s-1990s

icon-location-pin National Gallery Singapore, City Hall
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Broaden your mind with experimental art that spans decades. After its successful run in Japan and Korea, Awakenings: Art in Society in Asia 1960s to 1990s makes its way to Singapore to showcase 142 thought-provoking artworks by more than 100 artists from 12 countries across Asia. These innovative displays explore the various experimental practices influenced by the social and political landscapes in the region. 

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Things to do, pop-ups

Heretic: A Journey of Scent with Douglas Little

icon-location-pin Siri House at Dempsey, Tanglin
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From a pop-up fragrance atelier and crafting sessions with master perfumer Douglas Little atelier to a scent-based dining experience, Sansiri is hosting something mega at Siri House Dempsey.

Floating Utopias
Photo by: Luca Girardini
Things to do, Exhibitions

Floating Utopias

icon-location-pin ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay
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Feast your eyes on a visual treat at the ArtScience Museum. This playful yet poetic exhibition explores the history of inflatable objects, showcasing the effects they have on art, architecture and social activism over the decades after the first hot air balloon took off. Catch the masterpieces of over 15 international and local artists. Out of the 40 artworks featured, eight are of giant inflatables that are suspended in the galleries to amp up the dramatic displays.

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Things to do

From Singapore to Singaporean: The Bicentennial Experience

icon-location-pin Fort Canning Park, City Hall
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Delve further into Singapore’s past with a two-part showcase at the historic Fort Canning Park. Time Traveller is a cinematic experience that takes you through 700 years of history with five multimedia shows. While Pathfinder is a free-and-easy experience that presents Singapore’s journey from past to present through eight interactive pavilions and installations.

Kids

Dinoquest

icon-location-pin Singapore Science Centre, Jurong East
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Travel back in time to the Cretaceous period and solve the mystery behind the elusive Australian polar dinosaurs. Get your little paleontologist started at seven thematic, multi-sensorial zones, introducing the science of fossilisation. Engage with everything from holographic mapping to augmented and virtual reality environments.

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Things to do

Gallery Children's Biennale 2019: Embracing Wonder

icon-location-pin National Gallery Singapore, City Hall
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Take the kiddos on an art adventure at National Gallery Singapore. This year’s Children’s Biennale features 11 interactive artworks by local and international artists. Let your little hitmakers create their own tunes at Chance Operations or immerse them in an experiential journey across time and space at Stardust: Soaring Through the Sky’s Embrace.

Things to do, pop-ups

NAO (Night At Orchard) Pop-up

icon-location-pin Ngee Ann City, Orchard
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Enliven your Orchard experience with an all-new roving pop-up concept, NAO (Night at Orchard). Happening every first weekend of the month along the stretch between ION Orchard and Ngee Ann City, expect a showcase of talents across fashion, arts, dining, and music. Highlights include culinary offerings by popular brands like Old Chang Kee and Michelin-starred restaurant Shisen Hanten by Chen Kentaro, shopping options with the likes of up-and-coming brands such as oasis:skin and Indigo Culture, and busking performances from NoonTalk artiste Gavin Teo, One Moment of Glory winner Jill-Marie Thomas, and popular indie acts like Codie Loh, Raphael Leong and Yeo Ming Jun.   

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Things to do, Exhibitions

Scentsational Orchids

icon-location-pin Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay
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Stop and smell the beautiful orchids like Phalaenopsis bellina and Maxillaria tenuifolia at Gardens by the Bay's newest orchid display in the Cloud Forest, Scentsational Orchids. Learn about the different scent each type produces, and take in the sweet and intense fragrance of the massive floral display.

Art

Sea State 9: proclamation garden

icon-location-pin National Gallery Singapore, City Hall
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Surround yourself with flora atop National Gallery Singapore. As part of the gallery's Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden Commission series, Sea State 9: proclamation garden by Charles Lim Yi Yong transforms the space with herbage found in reclaimed areas such as Changi, Tuas and the Southern Islands. Besides showcasing the biodiversity of flora in Singapore, it also shines a light onto the city's history of land reclamation. The garden is considered a work in progress, so expect the exhibition to evolve as the plants grow day by day.  

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Things to do

Easter events

This Easter weekend, take the kiddos out for an egg hunt, chase the Easter bunny, get your craft on and stuff yourself silly with chocolates at these Easter events.

Art, Digital and interactive

Wonderland

icon-location-pin ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay
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Fall down the rabbit hole at ArtScience Museum’s latest exhibition Wonderland. Immerse yourself in this playful and interactive exhibition based on Lews Carroll’s timeless stories of Alice and her adventures through Wonderland. Developed by Australian Centre for the Moving Image (AMCI), this immersive showcase makes Singapore its first stop as part of its global tour. Suitable for all ages, it invites visitors and families alike to take a trip through the looking glass into the enchanted world.  

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Art, Galleries

teamLab Installation at Miaja Gallery

icon-location-pin Miaja Gallery, River Valley
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Teaming up with Ikkan Art Gallery, Miaja Gallery is proud to present digital artworks by teamLab as part of its permanent installation. An art collective based in Tokyo, teamLab is widely known to create art that transcends boundaries. Feast your eyes on Waves of Light, a digital artwork consisting of computer-generated waves that are expressed as a continuous body of water, creating a new experience between humans, nature, and art. Inspired by nature, life cycles, and the infinite movement of particles, the artworks showcased in this gallery tell stories that resonate deep within the human essence.

Art, Design

Human-Nature Exhibition

icon-location-pin Red Dot Design Museum Singapore, Marina Bay
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The Human-Nature exhibition brings together innovative products, research concepts, communication works and art, the exhibition begins with an introspective probe on how humans perceive robots. This selection of works poses questions about being human and explores how humans excel beyond their natural abilities. To gain an insight into the nature of human beings and technology, the museum offers a bilingual Human-Nature catalogue which serves as a necessary exhibition accompaniment and provides an in-depth narration, parallel questioning, and full descriptions of the exhibiting design works.

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Museums, History

Southeast Asia in the World

icon-location-pin Asian Civilisations Museum, City Hall
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Journey further into Southeast Asia – past and present – as the Asian Civilisations Museum opens three new permanent galleries Ancestors and Rituals, Christian Art and Islamic Art, along with new items on display in the museum's Trade galleries that explore the artistic exchanges within Asia and the rest of the world. The Ancestors and Rituals gallery shines its spotlight on a diverse range of Southeast Asian artefacts that reflect the barter of ideas and cultural interactions among various tribes and communities in the region. The Christian Art gallery exhibits intricate works of cross-cultural art created in Asia that are dedicated to the religion.  The Islamic Art showcases the wealth of artistic traditions that arise from the expansion of Islam in Southeast Asia. As part of Southeast Asia in the World, the museum is also hosting a new series of trails that provide visitors an understanding of Southeast Asia's role in the world through beautiful illustrations by local artist Muneera Malek.  

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