20 exciting things to do in Singapore this week (Jul 9-13)

We’re bracing ourselves and eating a little less this week, in preparation for Singapore Food Festival and its many events, which kicks off this weekend. Just kidding, we’ve never actually followed through with a diet plan. We’re also gearing up for the final week of the World Cup, so if you’re still looking for a place to be in the thick of the action while knocking back a few beers, do it before you regret it for the next four years. 

Monday, Jul 9

, 20 exciting things to do in Singapore this week (Jul 9-13)
Wind Walkers: Theo Jansen’s Strandbeests

Dutch artist Theo Jansen is sending his prized Strandbeests to our shores. In fact entirely non-living, his world-renowned creatures made of PVC and wood are powered by wind, and spend their days moving gracefully across beaches (hence their name, which translates to “beach animal” in Dutch). Head to the ArtScience Museum for an exclusive look at this new species, where you can look at “fossils” of past beests, and even walk alongside 13 original Strandbeests. Through Sep 30

Think you have the knowledge of Westeros at the back of your hand? Battle it out with with fellow geeks at the Game of Thrones Quiz Night hosted by The Armoury Craft Beer Bar and stand to win a special prize, or feel free to drink cocktails with the flavors of fire and ice. Jul 9

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The eighth edition of Singapore Art Museum’s annual family-friendly contemporary art exhibition explores the concept of time. Ten artists and art collectives from around the world have taken over SAM at 8Q for Imaginarium: Into the Space of Time, presenting immersive and interactive installations exploring the tales and theories that shape our memories and future. Through Aug 26

Tuesday, Jul 10

, 20 exciting things to do in Singapore this week (Jul 9-13)
The Lion King Musical

We’re just as excited as you are about the return of The Lion King to our shore for its 20th anniversary. It’s been more than two decades since the epic musical film about lions in Africa first came into our lives, and again in 2011 when the musical made its Southeast Asian debut. Immerse yourself in the magnificent world of Simba, Nala, Rafiki, Mufasa, Timon, Pumba and company when it returns for a two-month run. Through Aug 26

Peranakan Museum’s latest exhibition, Amek Gambar: Peranakans and Photography, delves into the Southeast Asian history of photography through the pictured lives of the Peranakan community in the region. Through Feb 3, 2019

2018 has shaped up to be a fantastic year for Marvel. Besides the two epic movies releasing to staggering global success, they’re also presenting Marvel Studios: Ten Years of Heroes at ArtScience Museum, which delves into the science and tech behind the whole Marvel Cinematic Universe. Through Sep 30

Wednesday, Jul 11

, 20 exciting things to do in Singapore this week (Jul 9-13)

Remember when American Idol was actually a thing in the noughties? Yeah, so did we. The multi-platinum rock band Daughtry is no stranger to Singapore, having performed at St James Power Station, Singapore Grand Prix and ION Orchard’s Fifth Anniversary. The band was formed by Chris Daughtry, the runner-up of the show’s fifth season 12 years ago. They’re back in Singapore to perform at Zepp @ Big Box. Jul 11

The people behind comedy icon Kumar’s 50th birthday bash are back with a new event—and this one’s all about bang for your buck. Come July, Dream Academy’s Happy Ever Laughter is pitting 12 of the island’s best comedians against each other, for a showdown that’s bound to leave you with your sides delightfully split. Jul 11-19

The M1 Contact Contemporary Festival returns for its ninth run, presenting 16 shows of 28 dance works from 14 different nationalities across six performance platforms. Through Aug 5

Thursday, Jul 12

, 20 exciting things to do in Singapore this week (Jul 9-13)
Singapore Theatre Festival 2018 – “Press Gang”

W!LD RICE’s annual Singapore Theatre Festival (STF) is returning this month with a line-up of eight original world premieres by our island’s own. Check out our picks for the sixth STF here. Through Jul 22

Kilo Lounge welcomes Tokimonsta, who’ll be playing at Kilo Lounge under the Red Bull Music banner. Hot on the heels of the remixed album of her fifth record Lune Rouge released in March, the Californian producer, who had to undergo two harrowing brain surgeries back in 2016, will be dishing out her brand of moonlit music for one night only. Jul 12

Blu Jaz is screening the 2007 violent crime thriller, No Country For Old Men, which stars Josh Brolin as Llewelyn Moss, who takes a bag of cash left behind at a bloody aftermath of a drug deal. The hunter soon becomes the hunted as a merciless assassin comes after him (presumably because of the money). Another man, Sheriff Bell (played by Tommy Lee Jones) is also looking for Moss to protect him from the killer, despite carrying his own dark secret and baggage. Jul 12

Friday, Jul 13

, 20 exciting things to do in Singapore this week (Jul 9-13)
Sentosa GrillFest 2017

For the second year, Sentosa will be turning Siloso Beach into grilled nosh central over three weekends. Sentosa Grillfest, which will take stretch for a full kilometer from Sapphire Pavilion to Coastes, will offer a myriad of both local and international cuisines and drink options from 21 different establishments within and beyond Sentosa. Jul 13-15, 20-22, 27-29

What’s it like to grow up liking the same sex in Singapore, or perhaps losing a partner to suicide? Do transgender men or women have it tough here? Pick up Leow Yangfa’s anthology of heartfelt stories like these and more when I Will Survive launches at BooksActually. Jul 13

Singapore-themed culinary event Singapore Food Festival 2018 returns for its 25th edition. Expect the usual chef collabs, masterclasses, food trails and cocktail pairings, as well as the main festival highlight, Streat. Jul 13-29

Angkor: Exploring Cambodia’s Sacred City. Masterpieces of the Musee national des arts asiatiques-Guimet showcases more than 140 sculptures, watercolors, drawings, and historic memorabilia from the museum in France, for a detailed look into the magnificent history of Angkor. Through Jul 22

Goodwood Park Hotel’s annual durian festival returns with all-time favorites like durian puffs, crepes, strudels, ice cream and more. Through Jul 22

Prolific Singaporean photographer Leslie Kee is known for his fashion spreads and celebrity shoots, and he’s currently in Singapore to showcase portraits of 150 out and proud people from the LGBTQI community here for Out in Singapore, which he shot over last weekend (Jun 30-Jul 1); as part of the continuation of his Out in Japan photo series. Through Jul 29

The Singapore Zoo will be transformed into a lush and luminous universe to mark the attraction’s 45th anniversary this year. Experience Rainforest Lumina for yourself, where a whole stretch of tropical rainforest will be lit with multimedia visual effects come nighttime. You can even spend your night there by a campfire, if you so wish. Jul 1 onwards