22 awesome things to do in Singapore this week (Jul 16-20)

Weeks are flying past us faster than Germany getting kicked out of this year’s World Cup. Well, now that the football fever is over, it’s time to calm yourself down with a bout of exhibitions, food events and shopping before the big LGBTQI picnic/rally at Hong Lim Park.

Monday, Jul 16

, 22 awesome things to do in Singapore this week (Jul 16-20)
Photo credit: Amazon

For the first time, Amazon’s highly anticipated shopping event Prime Day will be made available in Singapore for 36 hours. You’ll get to shop great deals across homeware, office supplies, furniture, groceries and everyday essentials. Jul 16

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

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

Tuesday, Jul 17

, 22 awesome things to do in Singapore this week (Jul 16-20)
Inheritance: A Food & Dance Affair by Project Plait

We love culinary affairs that come with a twist. A Samsui Love Story: A Food & Dance Affair, part of this year’s Singapore Food Festival, tells the tale of a samsui woman who meets a satay man (he’s actually an undercover spy) as tensions build in the lead up to WWII. Jul 17-20 

We’re just as excited as you are about the return of The Lion King to our shores 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

Wednesday, Jul 18

, 22 awesome things to do in Singapore this week (Jul 16-20)
M1 Contact Contemporary Festival – NAKA by Goh Shou Yi and Mai Kubota. Photo credit: Bernie Ng

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

Duckwalk, runway, hands performance, floorwork, spins and dips. If any of this sounds remotely familiar to you, then you’ll know we’re talking about the five elements of voguing. Whether you’re a beginner or advanced dancer, sign up for Singapore’s first-ever intensive Vogue Dance workshop, held by the legendary Mother of the House of Mizrahi all the way from Japan, Koppi Mizrahi. Jul 18

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. Through Jul 19

Thursday, Jul 19

, 22 awesome things to do in Singapore this week (Jul 16-20)
Singapore Theatre Festival – Faghag

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

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

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

Friday, Jul 20

, 22 awesome things to do in Singapore this week (Jul 16-20)
Peaches’ Drag Wars: Remaining queens looking through their bag of items from Daiso at the end of Round 3. Photo credit: Peaches Singapore’s Facebook page

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Three out, seven left; who’ll be the reigning queen in Peaches’ inaugural amateur drag queen competition, Drag Wars? The fourth round will see the remaining hopefuls squeeze their brains dry to fashion outfits out of items from Daiso. Read this to find out more about the competition. Jul 20

British IDM producer-songwriter-DJ SG Lewis is bringing his emotive, lush soundscapes to Kilo Lounge for his Singapore debut. He cites club-ready hip-hop biggies Common and the Neptunes, as well as hushed pop sensibilities the likes of Bon Iver and James Blake, for his unique brand of evocative, moody tracks. Jul 20

Many had their hands up in the air when they noticed Odesza was absent from Laneway Singapore this year, but their inclusion in the lineups for We The Fest and Good Vibes had many of us hopeful. Lo and behold, the young duo will be making their debut here as part of their “2018 A Moment Apart Tour”. Jul 20

Take a glimpse into the everyday life of migrant workers through an intimate lens at Blind Spots, an interactive photography exhibition at Objectifs by non-profit creative group Labour Arty that seeks to bring about greater awareness of what migrant communities in Singapore go through daily. Jul 20-Aug 5

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 20-22, 27-29

As part of PinkFest—the fringe activities segment leading up to Pink Dot—The Projector is organizing their own little LGBTQI film festival, screening four films over four weekends for Pink Screen. Jun 14-15, 20 & 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

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. Through Jul 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 29

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