Round up the month with Sentosa GrillFest and online theatre productions 

It’s been a gruelling year for many, and it is almost time to wrap up 2020. So to welcome the month of November, get excited to partake in fun activities and small-scale events before the festivities begin in December. Below, check out 16 fun things to do in Singapore, both virtual and physical for added accessibility.
 

FOOD/DRINK

Enjoy a grand ol’ Afternoon Tea with Audra at The Courtyard and The Landing Point during the month of November as celebrity Chef Audra Morrice brings her expertise to the two hotel restaurant lounges. Her afternoon tea menu showcases the well-loved flavours of Singaporean cuisine, so expect to savour the likes of Kueh Pie Tee, Beef Rendang Pot Pie, Pandan Lamington and more. Nov 1-30
 


 

FOOD/DRINK

It’s an expectedly toned-down affair at Guinness’ annual Great Grill Out, though the experience which marries people’s love for the dry Irish beer with grilled meats promises to be no less gratifying. So whether you’re staying in or out, be treated to hearty options and refreshing stout. Bottoms up. Nov 1-30
 

ARTS

Travelling arts festival Arts in Your Neighbourhood (AYN) is set to return, and this time, it’ll be heading to two new towns, Kallang and Geylang. But what’s most exciting about the comeback is that AYN will be presenting a mix of both digital and physical programmes, making it far more accessible to locals than ever before. From online music and dance performances to visual art murals, there’s bound to be something for everyone. Nov 12-29
 

ART/FOOD

If you absolutely adore Singapore’s hawker culture, then doodle exactly what you love about it to win up to $400 worth of vouchers. Thank You Hawkers Art Competition is a free-for-all art competition, so anyone who’s above the age of six is welcome to participate; the top three artworks for each age range category will stand a chance to win $100-$400 worth of vouchers. Terms and conditions apply. Through Nov 8
 

LITERATURE/FESTIVAL

The annual Singapore Writers Festival has always been an unmissable literary event for locals since its inception years ago. And so in spite of the ongoing pandemic, the SWF 2020 will make its return this end-October with a digital transformation boasting a wide variety of programmes that include discussions with famed writers like Tracy K Smith, Zadie Smith and more. Over 100 activities and initiatives await your attendance. Grab your festival passes here. Through Nov 8
 

MUSIC/PARTY

If you’ve sorely missed partying it up at nightclubs around town, then head online for One Asia Festival that will turn your living room into a dance floor. Spanning two days this mid-November, the celebration of dance music in Asia will unite folks by bringing together the best DJ acts from across the region to the screens. So expect to hear from DJs like Australia’s Fluke and DJ Fenner from Korea; some of our homegrown talents like Inquisitive and Doppelgangerz will also be helming the decks in the evenings. Nov 14-15
 


 

FOOD/DRINK

Durian lovers, prepare your stomachs for a lavish durian dessert buffet spread at the Goodwood Park Hotel’s Coffee Lounge from October till November. In commemoration of the luxurious hotel’s 120th anniversary, the cafe will be dishing out delicious sweets including D24 Durian Puff and Ice Cream, Mao Shan Wang Mousse Cake, Crepe, Swiss Roll and so much more. Feel free to pair this spread with any of the degustation menus or ala carte buffets available for a truly complete dining experience. Through Nov 15
 

TRAVEL/FAIR

A trip to Japan is not out of the question at Japan Rail Cafe, which promises all A Virtual Trip to Japan, organised for the very first time and complete with experiential live programmes that include food and alcohol delivery. Taking place online at jrtimes.sg/tjrf2020 and its Facebook Page on five days over two weekends, look forward to highlights such as the online shochu workshop conducted by certified Shochu sommelier, Christopher Pellegrini, as well as an informative webinar that takes you on an autumn journey to Eastern Japan, with ekiben lunch boxes and JR East train memorabilia delivered to your place in advance. Nov 20-22, 27-28
 

FOOD/DRINK

Up for a homely grill sesh? Continue getting your fix from Sentosa GrillFest, as the annual BBQ fiesta has been extended till end November, with new concepts introduced to jazz up the final few days. For both dine-in and delivery, head to eM by the Marina, Skypark Beach Club by AJ Hackett Sentosa and even Good Old Days. As for deliveries, check out newly-introduced vendors including Sumo Grill Bar and Kukus for delectable eats. In light of the extension, the Sentosa GrillFest LazMall Flagship Store will also continue to operate for guests to purchase discounted vouchers and delivery coupons. All vouchers issued since will also be extended. Through Nov 29
 

ARTS/PARENTING

The holiday season is a great time for families to bond. And what better way to do so than with the Museum Roundtable museums and heritage galleries. As Children’s Season 2020 approaches, get excited for your little ones to engage in entertaining programmes and activitiesm including an AR hide-n-seek game, storytelling and even virtual museum visits. Nov 21-Dec 25
 


 

THEATRE

Celebrate the end of November by catching local theatre company Toy Factory Productions’ latest digital theatre production, Still Sailing. It’ll hit a little close to home, as this honest, raw yet lighthearted depiction of solace between two broken souls on a cruise is set against the backdrop of a raging pandemic. Available on Toy Factory’s Vimeo on Demand. Nov 23-Dec 6
 

FOOD/DRINK

Thanks to a collaboration with New Zealand’s leading egg producer Farmer Brown, locals will finally be able to enjoy the freshest, free-range eggs during weekend brunches at Publico Ristorante. The Brunch Alla Moda not only serves up seven egg dishes that spotlight the Farmer Brown’s Free-Range series, but it also gives guests a chance to watch the chefs in action as there'll be a live cooking station situated at the restaurant’s iconic al fresco terrace. Through November
 


 

STAYCATION

Having been voted Asia’s Leading Green Hotel for the sixth consecutive year, Parkroyal Collection Pickering is celebrating its glorious win with the ultimate staycation package for locals. From November, patrons can enjoy the Parkroyal Collection experience that boasts daily pool-side surprises, cooking classes at Lime Restaurant and Bar, mindful yoga lessons and even guided architectural tours of the gorgeous locale. Book the Green City Life staycation package here. Through Dec 31
 


 

FOOD/DRINK

Do some good while you feast at restaurants all across Singapore for the next five months. Hi5SG is a ground-up dining initiative that supports and gives back to local communities, where restaurant partners come together to raise funds for the underprivileged. Participating restaurants including Bar-A-Thym, Braci and Summerlong are offering promotions and privileges for dine-in, takeaway or delivery islandwide, and will then donate a portion of their proceeds to =Dreams, which helps underprivileged children living in HDB rental flats. More information about the non-profit nationwide dining programme here. Through Jan 2021
 

ARTS/EXHIBITIONS

A new series of exhibitions by 12 local art institutions and independent arts spaces have been launched in support of the local arts community. Titled Proposals of Novel Ways of Being, check out works by over 170 local artists and cultural workers through programmes and offerings across various venues in Singapore, including The Substation, National Gallery Singapore and ADM Gallery. Through Feb 2021
 

LITERATURE

Show your SingLit cred with #BuySingLit’s Illustrate Our World, a series of eight virtual backgrounds designed by homegrown SingLit illustrators. They are all available for free via the #BuySingLit website, so download them before putting them up during your next online meeting. Books are also available for purchase too; you can either get them at these bookstores or order online. More information available here. Through 2021