Fill your social feeds with Ed Sheeran, Orchard Road’s Christmas lights and a nostalgic boat trip this weekend

If you aren't already feeling the festive season, you probably will this weekend; especially if you're heading into town. The Christmas lights on Orchard Road are back again, this time from 3pm onwards. Otherwise, one of the most anticipated gigs of the year is finally here. But if you're not about that Divide life, there's still multi-instrumentalist JMSN over at EBX Live Space and renowned producer DJ Jazzy Jeff you can catch at Ce La Vi. Then there's a nostalgic boat trip with emo music and indie-flavored everything as well as the remaining programs at the tail end of this year’s Singapore Writers Festival.

Friday, Nov 10

Bandwagon Riverboat. Photo credit: Bandwagon's Facebook page

If you thought the last Bandwagon Riverboat was off the hook, this edition takes it up a notch. They're bringing together two well-loved parties onto Southeast Asia's only Mississippi Riverboat that's docked at Marina South—Poptart on one floor, where your favorite duo Adrian Wee and KiDG will be dishing out all things indie-flavored and Britpop; and Emo Night on the other, where you can relive days of screaming to the likes of The Used and and Taking Back Sunday. Talk about a throwback. Nov 10

Prepare for a soulful night as American multi-talented singer-songwriter JMSN takes the stage at EBX Live Space. He's created quite a reputable following through his unique sound and solid live performances, with validation coming from R&B legends like Puff Daddy and Usher. Nov 10

Anyone who's invested in R&B and Hip Hop since the '90s and the sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, will be familiar with DJ Jazzy Jeff. The award-winning "Boom! Shake the Room" producer is taking to the skies at Ce La Vi for a one-night-only, thumping set. Nov 10

Check out the sons and daughter of Singapore (who are also esteemed comedians who've made a name  for themselves with their routines), Fakkah Fuzz, Jinx Yeo, Rishi Budhrani and Sharul Channa as  they come together and take on issues close to the hearts of Singaporeans; as part of this  year's Singapore Writers FestivalNov 10

A new month calls for a new Katong Square market, which, with its vinyl records and vintage goods, touts itself as Singapore’s only true blue vintage flea market. Resident booths include familiar names like The Retro Factory, Memory Lane and The Great Vinyl Exchange; but be sure to hit up the “casual booths” for preloved bargains. Nov 10-12

If you fancy yourself as having green thumbs, save your dollars for the GreenUrbanScape Asia Marketplace. The international exhibition and conference will once again spotlight landscape, greenery design, construction and technology, bringing in 50 popular vendors like Asano Mokkou-Sho Co., Green Spade and many more. Talks, demos, hands-on workshops and a balcony garden showcase await. Through Nov 11

The 21st edition of the German Film Festival, presented by Goethe-Institut Singapore, continues to focus on films that confront contemporary issues and universal message, showcasing more than 30 that span across genres of art-house, comedy, documentary and even music. Through Nov 12

Esteemed establishments like Raffles Hotel, Fairmont Singapore and So Sofitel Singapore are coming together for a nine-day AccorHotels Singapore Food & Wine Festival, a massive celebration dedicated to local cuisine across all their hotels in Singapore in a bid to satisfy our insatiable hunger. Yes, that means well-known restaurants and bars like Jaan, Anti:Dote and Hi-So will be involved. Through Nov 12

The French make films like they make their wines—with finesse, and attention to detail. Organized by the French Embassy, Institut Francais Singapour and Alliance Francaise, this edition of French Film Festival boasts 16 French comedies, dramas, thrillers and biopics that flaunt the diversity and artistry of French cinema. Through Nov 19

The Substation asks all the tough questions with Discipline The City, a three-act exhibition exploring the politics of space, control and access in Singapore, through a series of experiential installations from local and international artists. Be prepared to leave disillusioned and wondering: who really owns the city? Read our interview with Alan Oei, artistic director of The Substation here. Through Nov 26 (Act III)

Singapore's hills will be alive once again with The Sound of Music this month, as one of the most highly-acclaimed productions out of West End returns to MasterCard Theatres. Tickets range from $65-185 via Sistic. Through Dec 3

On the 75th anniversary of the fall of Singapore, the National Museum of Singapore remembers 1942, with their first large-scale, blockbuster war exhibition featuring more than 130 artefacts from 10 overseas museums and institutions. It’s the biggest collection of war stories to date, but go because the exhibition explores events and portrayals of World War II beyond just your textbook syllabus. Through Mar 21 (2018)

Saturday, Nov 11

L'Entrecote Singapore. Photo credit: L'Entrecote Singapore's Facebook page

L’Entrecote Singapore is having its inaugural Free Fries Day to thank its patrons for showing their love over the last seven years. To celebrate, the steak and fries bistro is giving away free L’Entrecote Golden Fries with their legendary secret sauce. No strings attached, we promise. Nov 11

Heaven really is a place on Earth, especially with American singer Belinda Carlisle coming to Singapore for a special tour to celebrate the 30th anniversary of her seminal album, Heaven on Earth. We'll definitely Leave a Light On for her. Nov 11

If you’re most comfortable running shirtless, this might be the run for you. The YOLO Run is all about liberation—from expectations, societal pressures, and the shackles of a generation obsessed with body image. The organizers of the run, X-Change Republic, have pledged to donate to the Community Chest for every runner who runs shirtless. Nov 11

German trance producers Kyau & Albert will be gracing the DJ console on Canvas' trance night this month to showcase their prowess in the genre to Singapore's #trancefamily. Nov 11

If you haven’t been back to National Gallery Singapore in a while, jot this date down to join the second part of a specially curated tour that combines local poetry and a walkabout through the Gallery’s Supreme Court wing. Part of Singapore Writers Festival, the tour will feature 12 local authors from the original anthology, Eye/Feel/Write: Building ArchitectronicsNov 11

Ed Sheeran may have broken his wrist, elbow and rib in a bicycle accident earlier in October, but fans of the British singer-songwriter can heave a sigh of relief as his sold-out "Divide" World Tour at Singapore Indoor Stadium will go on as scheduled. Nov 11-12

As with every year, bask in the Christmas spirit on Orchard Road with the annual light-up along the shopping stretch. They're changing things up a little as this year, the lights will go into full force from 3pm every day in broad daylight. How, you ask? Find out here. Nov 11-Jan 1

The third edition of Objectifs’ Women in Photography group exhibition spotlights eight international and local women photographers and their works exploring domesticity and family. Follow Belgian photographer Bieke Depoorter around North America where she documents the homes of strangers who let her stay a night in I Am About to Call it a Day; or peruse uncomfortable portraits of Bangladeshi housewives and housemaids in Jannatul Mawa’s Close Distance. Through Nov 19

Sunday, Nov 12

Chef's Table by Chef Stephan, as part of Robert Parker Wine Advocate's (RPWA) GastroMonth

If you enjoyed the International Bazaar organized by Singapore Red Cross (and the warm fuzzy feeling from indirectly giving back), head down to the organization’s upcoming Sunday Sales. Items on sale this time are a little less shiny and new—but you can expect pre-loved apparel, accessories, shoes, bags, books, and household items, all at bargain prices. The sales proceeds will go towards the Red Cross’ local humanitarian services, which include the Red Cross Home for the Disabled, FoodAid and ElderAid, among others. Nov 12

The Great Eastern Women’s Run is back, this time with a slew of new activities for mothers who run. In addition to the half-marathon, 10km and 5km Live Great! Fun Runs, a new category "2km Mummy + Me Run" will cater to mothers and daughters aged 7-12; photo walls and a ball pit will also be added to the 5km Fun Run. Nov 12


The Singapore Writers Festival ends on a high with the customary closing debate, a time-honored tradition since 2009. This year's topic is This House Believes That Kiasuism Is A Good Singaporean Trait. Certainly something that hits home for many, this core trait of our national identity will be scrutinized and debated over by the likes of comedian Rishi Budhrani, former radio DJ Petrina Kow, and literary critic, poet and graphic artist Gwee Li Sui. Nov 12

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If you’ve always wanted to try the affordably priced products on Qoo10 (but feared they were too cheap to be true), now’s your chance to cast all apprehension aside. For the first time, the e-commerce retailer is taking the great deals offline for a Digital Fair at Plaza Singapura. Over 35 digital and IT stores will be participating. Through Nov 15

Robert Parker Wine Advocate (RPWA) is launching their inaugural GastroMonth, where you can skip waiting lists of revered restaurants in Singapore and enjoy a whole month of wining and dining, workshops, and more. Through Nov 26