14 cool things to do in Singapore this weekend

We always count down to the weekend and this time, it’s filled with street-wide block parties, documentary film festivals and lots of shopping.

Fri, May 15

Local singer-songwriter Jamie Wong debuts her EP inspired by lost love. Her folk pop album debuted at No. 2 on the local iTunes charts and this time, she’ll be supported by HubbaBubbas and Linying.

Dutch DJ Dyro has made waves in the electronic music scene recently. He’ll be playing his debut gig in Singapore and will spin tunes like “The Hound” and “Against All Odds”.

The Singapore Film Society and George Town Heritage exchange locally-made films at Kaki Lima Short Film Competition. They’ll be screening Malay-language films like the first prize winner, Irama Terakhir.

Circular Road gets shut down for Sunshine Nation’s block party. On the DJ roster are acts like Bass Sekolah, Yudreem and Raptah spinning house beats. Plus, places like O Comptoir, Gong, Marco Marco and Draft & Craft are on board with special drink and food promos for the night.

Sat, May 16

Jiak Chuan gets a dose of Latin flavor at Fiesta Caliente. Japanese-esque bar Mariko’s will be home to lots of Latin, reggaeton, merengue and salsa tunes, complete with Maracatu cachaca cocktails.

Alongside Singapore Fashion Week is Blueprint Emporium. It’s all about up-and-coming independent labels here and. They’ve got DJs, drinks and snacks to help you shop. But if that’s not your style, head to SuperParty 1.0 where SuperSpace celebrates its first anniversary with a fashion icons pop-up store.

Spoken personal essay series Metaphors Be With You hosts a monthly event based on themes. This time round, it’s about writers’ personal stories on turning points in their lives. Plus, you can also submit works for consideration.

The spotlight is on local music here at acoustic session, Aural Session: Vol. 2. On the roster are bands like Spacedays, Travelog and Lee Wen. Plus, door proceeds go to a Nepal relief fund.

Sun, May 17

Indie-rock and folk band alt-J comes to town for a one night-only concert. They’ll be playing material from their latest album This Is All Yours.

Four hot dog makers face off at Sausage Fest. You’ll see lots of wursts from Artichoke, 28 HongKong Street, Rosita’s Deluxe and The Cajun Kings as they dish out four unique hot dogs at this party. 

It’s the last day to catch local film fest Endeavours Documentary Film Festival. Today, Chinese documentary Ben Pau De Huang Hun about China’s pollution problem is showing. There’s also the 25th European Union Film Festival on, with films like Belgium’s The Broken Circle Breakdown, an unlikely love story about a tattooist and a banjo player.

This month’s edition of Sunday party Good Times features illustrator Kristal Melson, musician Nicholas Chim and poetry collective The Proletariat Poetry Factory. There will lots of light bites, beers and locally-made wares to check out.