A natural wine safari party, experimental art shows, open-air cinema and more

We're heading into August people, and the pace will only ramp up from here. From anticipated annual affairs like Wine Lust and Films At The Fort, to interesting inaugural incidents like a natural wine safari party, we're all set for a good time this week.

Films At The Fort

It's the final one in a month-long series of four guest bartender shifts at Nutmeg & Clove, and it's gonna be none other than Martina Breznanova from London's The Gibson at the helm. With her making you a mean martini, you can be sure you're going to have a good time. Jul 30 

In conjunction with Pink Fest, Hotel G is collaborating with Prout for G Talk Singapore: Queer Loneliness: Why do we not talk about it. Be a part of a revolutionary conversation on one of the most prevalent issues among the LGBTQ+ community: mental health. Expect a mind-opening evening with panel representatives from from Sayoni, Your Head Lah! and Heart Knocks Counselling. Tickets hereJul 31

The Necessary Stage shines the spotlight on invisibility at the workplace with their next production, We Were So Hopeful Then. From the cleaners who clear our dustbins to the backstage crew we never acknowledge, take a closer look into the lives of those often ignored. Jul 31-Aug 4

Immerse yourself in all-things Peranakan at The Peranakan Festival, where cultural talks, a literary showcase and, of course, plenty of Nyonya dishes entice you to learn and indulge in the amazing culture of the Straits Chinese community. Through Jul 31

Open-air cinema Films At The Fort is back for a whole series of screenings at Fort Canning Green. Open up a bottle of vino, grab some nosh, and get ready for a moonlit evening filled with thrills, drama and romance. Aug 1-18

After two amazing editions that saw oenophiles and casual wine drinkers alike slake their thirst for vino together at events and dinners all around town, Wine Lust is back once again to bring us a whole month of imbibing. See the breakdown of events happening here. Aug 1-31

The Council is throwing their very first Safari Rave at pop-up natural wine bar Drunken Farmer, where the night is bound to be wild and free. We'll see you on the dance floor. Aug 2  

Later—part live performance, part film screening and part installation art, is taking place at Kult Gallery. Get to enjoy this visual and sonic showcase on the house (donations welcome) while having a few tipples from a pop-up bar within the gallery space. Aug 2-3 

Three of our favourite MasterChef Singapore contestants—Gen Lee, Aaron Wong and Zander Ng—are teaming up with head chef Miller Mai of Ding Dong to bring us a nostalgic dinner treat, Home, Truly. Taste reimagined versions of dishes we grew up with, like otah, kueh pie tee, durian and more. Aug 2-3  

Catch works surrounding the theme of poverty at the annual M1 Peer Pleasure Youth Theatre Festival. Various plays, a masterclass and even an experiential workshop on poverty awaits, so spend your dollars wisely (on tickets) and gain a deeper understanding on this important societal issue. Through Aug 4 

The Sentosa GrillFest is here to set your weekends ablaze. Like past editions, expect plenty of BBQ eats and activities happening by the beach. Be sure to try the specially-made Siloso Saison Pale Ale, a refreshing beer brewed by Brewerkz exclusively for Sentosa, that's perfect when paired with grilled meats. Through Aug 12

It's time to head back to the Big Top again, as Cirque du Soleil’s own production, Kurios—Cabinet of Curiosities, premiers in Singapore as part of a phenomenal world tour. Be prepared to be spellbound by a fantasy period spectacle that's quite possibly the world's greatest show. Through Aug 18

The M1 Patch! A Theatre Festival of Artful Play by the bilingual The Theatre Practice returns for its sophomore edition on Waterloo Street, with an even more diverse line-up as its inaugural show. Over 15 fun and playful programmes await. Through Sep 1

DJ, musician, designer, teacher Ginette Chittick is throwing her first solo exhibition, showcasing a tapestry of works using handspun yarn, wood and acrylic. The result? Something that defies easy definition (just like the artist). Titled This, That, it's the next showcase in Telok Ayer Arts Club's programming. Through Sep 5

The works of one of the biggest names in art today will finally land a spot in Singapore. Be sure to check out Japanese artist and cultural icon Takashi Murakami’s From Superflat to Bubblewrap, which will see a multitude of both new and iconic pieces be on showcase. Through Sep 14

See pieces of China's modern haute couture juxtaposed against art from Asian Civilisations Museum's own art collection at Guo Pei: Chinese Art and Couture, an exhibit inviting guest to contemplate the reimagining of the Chinese aesthetic. Through Sep 15 

As our nation's birthday fast approaches, a sparkling new exhibition is sprouting into full bloom. Commemorating the National Day this bicentennial is Gardens by the Bay with Orchid Extravaganza—a spectacular floral showcase of all things Singaporean. Through Sep 15

The National Gallery’s next big exhibition, Awakenings: Art in Society in Asia 1960s-1990s, is a comprehensive, bold and provocative one. Comprising 142 art pieces by more than 100 artists from 12 countries in Asia, the artworks confront social, economical, cultural and political issues that plagued Asia during those three decades. See our guide to the highlightsThrough Sep 15

Food packaging—beautifully crafted plastic wraps, carton boxes, tin cans and more that inform, entice and make you wanna fork out dough you don't have. But is that all there is to it? Journey through the history of modern day food packaging in Singapore at the National Museum's Packaging Matters exhibit, and you just might find a renewed appreciation for all them compelling coverings. Through Sep 15

The ArtScience Museum’s next big showcase is a whimsical one sure to be a hit with all audiences. Leading us all through the rabbit hole is Wonderlandwhich celebrates all the intrigue of Lewis Carroll’s timeless universe, and invites you to step through the looking glass for an immersive museum experience. Our guide to the exhibition hereThrough Sep 22

Another massive exhibit over at the ArtScience Museum is Floating Utopias, an exploration of the hot-air balloon and how its (literal) ascension has impacted our world. Come discover its storied history through over 40 artworks, including eight large-scale air-filled sculptures. Through Sep 29

The glittery Ion Orchard is celebrating its 10th birthday, and everyone's invited to partake in a celebration of awesome food deals and plenty of Insta-worthy moments at their pop-up Kaleidoscopic Playhouse. Expect a mirror room built using almost 300 reflective surfaces, free for all to enter and snap away. Through Sep 30