27 things to see, do, eat and drink in Singapore this weekend (Dec 18-20)

You made it to the end of another week and you deserve a break. If you missed the premiere screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, you can catch it at indie cinema The Projector. There’s a lot more to the weekend than using the force, so head down to some pre-Christmas dinners, parties and the last drag show of the year. Have a look:

Dec 18, Fri

This pre-Christmas party at Gallery & Co, aka National Gallery’s sexy new gift shop and cafeteria, features Cats on Crack and Daryl C spinning music. Come for rein-beers and eggnog.

Keong Saik’s The Study is having a holiday feast with a menu put together by chef Danial Syed. You can make reservations here.

International Premier Tennis League: Singapore Slammers starts today. Catch tennis stars like Novak Djokovic and Nick Kyrgios as they duke it out.

Portico Prime, the off-shoot of European, produce-driven restaurant Portico, is now open. The menu has a solid list of dishes comprising the pan-seared Pulau Ubin barramundi, locally-farmed chicken done two ways and Tochigi prefecture Wagyu A4 ribcap.

The National Gallery is having a late night program where you can enter the museum for free. Expect Perrier-Jouet champagne and a 30 minute talk about three paintings that made Singapore art history.

Comic creator Troy Chin of The Resident Tourist talks about what it’s like to make comics for a living (duh) at the Toa Payoh Public Library. Aspiring artists, this is for you.

Missed the premier of the new Star Wars movie? You can still catch it at The Projector, even if iMAX tickets are all sold out. Not into the franchise? Here are the other films you can watch.

Travelling from the British Museum, the Treasures of the World exhibition is underway, with cool artifacts like an “unlucky” mummy that was rumored to have sunk the Titanic, gold jewelry from ancient Mesopotamian graves and two million other years of history. There’s a curator’s tour today, too.

There is a Christmas weekend market at Orchard Gateway. It’s still not too late to get that Christmas present.

Sat, Dec 19

The next and last edition of Riot! will be hosted by legendary homegrown drag queen Becca D’Bus. Divas Mona Kee Kee, Ashley Fifty and Noristar will be there to entertain, too.

The Friendliest Death Match has improv comedians pitting their wits against one another at Kilo. Come see who gets crowned the king (or queen) of comedy.

If you can’t get enough of the hype, the Pump Room is having a Star Wars-themed Party, Jedi (K)night. Come dressed as your favorite character; the winner gets a BB-8 droid.

Ce La Vi is having another jam with its four resident DJs, YA5TH, Deepak, Styluxtakut and Andrew T in Radiostar Allstars. They will be playing hip-hop, R&B, soul and jazz.

Kyo‘s last party of the year is today. The DJs KiDG and weelikeme, will play lots of punk, indietronic, power pop and, some guilty pleasures. 

Refuge is celebrating DJ .Wav(y)’s first anniversary. There’s hip-hop, rap and R&B in this one.

Mandarin Gallery and the people from Guava Pass are presenting Silent Night, a yoga event in which the yoga classes are conducted in silence using headphones. There’s also a few silent disco sessions on Sunday, if that’s your thing.

Aik Beng Chia is known for photographing Little India after dark in a monograph called Tonight The Streets Are Ours. More recently, his photographs were exhibited at the Invisible Photographer Asia (IPA) Gallery. Get him to sign his new book Sing Kar Por at this meet-the-author event.


Cavernous Chinatown restaurant CATO is hosting Darker Than Wax Take Over ft. Ramesh & Ash spinning soul, hip-hop, jaaz, and Afro-Latin heat.

Canvas launches a new night, Function, with British and local DJs Stephen Day and Seng Wei playing mostly house. Entry is $20, while champagne is $50 from 10pm-12pm.

If you missed them the last time round, don’t fret–they’re here again. Popular Youtubers Philip Wang Wesley Chan and Ted Fu, the brains behind the talk-of-the-talk independent film production company Wongfu Productions will be here to meet and have a chat with their fans on.

There is a French wine and cheese tasting at Vanilla Bar and Cafe, involving five wines and cheeses 

The fifth indie Verve Arts Fest has lots of workshops this year. Check out theater workshops by How Drama and The Improv Company, or branch out into dance and sketching workshops by DanceHall Nation Singapore and the Band of Doodlers.

Sun, Dec 20

You should have already made a reservation to 5th Quarter’s pre-Christmas Dinner. Get a hold of the Christmas Sharing Set that includes signature dishes like three-meat terrine, sirloin, porchetta, and yorkshire pudding. Looking for more options? Have a look at our list of Christmas dinners.

The 39th edition of the Singapore Really Really Free Market has people trading their secondhand goods, ranging from books, toys and even food and poetry. 

Speedah is having a speed dating event, where at least 12 men and women will meet and talk for five minutes. Make a first impression and give your score; here’s hoping you’ll land a date.

The Company of Cats and the Cat Welfare Society are having a Meowy Christmas, where you can buy baked goods and chill out to music by local musicians Daphne Tan and Fym Summer. Allproceeds go to the CWS in this one.