Food, films, and one last farewell boogie for The Great Escape

Hard to believe we've come to the end of another month. Soon it'll be Christmas! But before then, there's the last of the Mid-Autumn festivities to soak in, plus a bunch fo film screenings, the return of the Great Food Festival, and one last farewell party for our favorite carpark bar The Great Escape. 

Monday, Sep 24

Feel the Mid-Autumn Festival vibes as Gardens by the Bay adorns its entire grounds with beautiful lanterns big and small. Come check out the bustling marketplace too, where performances, food, and traditional Chinese craft showcases await. Through Sep 24

More than 200 street vendors hawking mooncakes, tea and decorative ornaments will fill the streets in Chinatown—stretching from Pagoda Street to Smith Street for the Mid-Autumn Festival period. Through Sep 24

Investigating how we as humans will come to perceive our relationships in tomorrow’s world, the ArtScience Museum presents I Am Not A Robot, a short film programme on loop comprising three films: Seam, Last Days of the Man of Tomorrow, and Pumzi. Sep 24-28

In partnership with the Singapore Film Society, the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS) Film Festival is screening six films from around the world to raise awareness for persons with intellectual disability. An added highlight, two original shorts commissioned by MINDS and produced by Royston Tan’s Chuan Pictures will have their premiere, and be screened before the start of the six films. Through Oct 7

Check out all the film festivals happening till the end of the year here.

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

Tuesday, Sep 25

Lovers of YouTube success stories, mark your calendars. Viral hit sensation The Piano Guys are returning to our little island for a live show at the Star Theater. This year, you might even get to perform with them onstage. Sep 25

Mrs Hyde is the French adaptation of the classic novel The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde; Madame Gequil is a quiet mousy teacher often bullied by her students, but things take a turn for the exciting when she is hit by lightning in a private laboratory. You know how the story goes. Presented by Alliance Francaise. Sep 25

New York comedian Rob Ryan has performed hilarious sketches at the Broadway and New York Comedy Clubs, The Comic Strip, and Gotham; now he’s bringing his stand-up to Comedy Masala for a night of laughs. Sep 25

The dreamy pastel-hued shots of our city come to life in an exclusive exhibition by Nguan of his latest photobook, Singapore (2017), as part of the annual Singapore International Photography Festival. Get up close and personal with the homegrown photographer himself (who rarely takes interviews) at a book signing on opening day. Through Sep 28

Have you heard? The Great Escape is closing, but not without one last shebang that includes a participatory memorial for the public to leave a piece of themselves with the place. Come by to contribute your stories, photos, knick-knacks and more in this collaborative mixed media installation. Through Sep 30

Wednesday, Sep 26

Muchachos lives! After breaking hearts with news of their closure, then teasing fans again by announcing a new location, the Cal-Mex joint is finally ready for their grand reopening. Come celebrate with burritos, tacos, drinks and more with all your amigos. Sep 26

Sustainable dining may be on a rise, but just as important (and perhaps not as urgent) is sustainable fashion. Fanning the flames of conversation is The Wedge Asia, with a screening of documentary film Slowing Down Fast Fashion, followed by a panel on the reality of the green fashion scene in Singapore. Sep 26

Before It All Goes: Architecture from Singapore’s Early Independence Years is local photographer Darren Soh's latest solo exhibition, which showcases his long-term documentation of sites in Singapore slated to disappear, or that already have. Through Sep 29

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

From Cold Storage to Tiger Balm, come chart the evolution of print advertising in Singapore from the 1830s to 1960s at Selling Dreams: Early Advertising in Singapore. Aside from just print advertisements, the exhibition at the National Library also includes interactive multimedia stations for you to experience life as a consumer in early Singapore. Through Feb 24, 2019

Thursday, Sep 27

Forget the tourist attractions, indulge in our national pastime and taste over 30 signature and new dishes by award-winning and Michelin-starred restaurants at Resorts World Sentosa’s annual Great Food Festival, where fine foods and a new Wine Cellar segment await. Sep 27-30

After releasing on labels like Innervisions and Lossless, Portuguese electronic musician Trikk is bringing his lauded sound of house aesthetics in complex tracks to Headquarters, for a true taste of the underground. Sep 27

Craft purveyor The General Co and and Scottish whiskey distillery Balvenie have partnered up for an epic four-weekend pop-up of crafts workshops, supper club dinners, indie film screenings and more. At the Balvenie House of Craft, you can also get stellar drinks at the pop-up bar by guest mixologists from the likes of Junior and Manhattan. Through Sep 30

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

Singapore’s first Nobel Peace Prize photographer Sim Chi Yin is exhibiting exclusive photos and videos from her series Fallout, in an exhibition hauntingly entitled Most people were silent. The series documents life and landscapes in the nuclear age. Through Oct 10

Friday, Sep 28

Nasi Lemak 2.0

The second Malaysian Film Festival is happening at The Arts House once again to celebrate the very best of Malaysian cinema, here in Singapore, where action, horror and plenty of drama await. Sep 28-30

The Glory Hoes are restoring true glory to 1998 cult classic 54, a drama film about the New York City discotheque Studio 54 that many felt was undeservingly edited down. For the first time in Singapore, catch the raw, gritty Director’s Cut—a “kind of lost gay cinema classic” that received much better reviews. Sep 28

It’s one last Kampong Boogie before The Great Escape closes for good, so you definitely don’t want to miss the line-up of Golden Mile all-stars: DJ Joshua P, Ulysses, DJ KFC, FUNK BSTRD, plus MC SWTLKR of Love International. Sep 28

Meat lovers, your time has come. The Carvery's notorious Great Meat Feast is back and it's positively drool-worthy. Unlike last year (where spread included other meats like pork), this year's feast will mainly feature premium beef. Sep 28-Oct 21

Dust off your scaredy-pants, because the eighth edition of Halloween Horror Nights is here and ready to terrify. Come face to face with Demogorgans, Pontianaks, and other chilling horros, as Universal Studios Singapore is once again transformed into the creepiest place in the region. Sep 28-Oct 31

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