F1 madness, A-list concerts, and a bunch of pop-up parties for the cool kids

Unless you’re catching Dua Lipa, Martin Garrix, or Jay Sean on Sunday, get your booze-filled partying out of the way the first half of the F1 weekend. There’s always films and exhibitions to catch after, including the return of the world-famous House of Vans, and Ice Cream Sundays’ second birthday party.

Friday, Sep 14

There’re plenty of F1 parties in town, but Zouk’s three-day retro-themed Checkpoint is where you’ll wanna be. Start your F1 weekend on Friday with resident DJ Hong, before checking back on Saturday with Dutch DJ-producer luminary R3HAB, then end on a high on Sunday as UK R&B crooner Jay Sean races to the finish. Sep 14-16

Rub shoulders with the most glamorous at these other F1 parties happening this weekend.

Hear from Singapore Literature Prize 2018 winner Melissa De Silva as she tells us more about her thoughts behind why she wrote 'Others' is Not a Race. Joined by Nicole Batchelor, Gwenne Pinto and Andre D'Rozario, the four will then engage in a panel discussion after. Sep 14

Swedish DJ Linnéa Palmestål (or LINNEA), Darker Than Wax’s RAH, and homegirl Cats on Crack are coming together for an all-female dance party, as part of the ongoing research and art project Gender Hierarchy that confronts the inclusivity and politics of gender. Sep 14

Local retailer Kapok is having their once-a-year mega sale, where you can score coveted brands like Maison Kitsune and Common Projects for up to 90 percent off. Sep 14-15

As exhilarating as it can be watching world-famous racers and cars zoom past you, we all know the highlight of the Singapore Grand Prix is the entertainment. This year, you can expect to see the King of Mandpop himself, Jay Chou, with a guest performance by his Sing! China mentee and local jazz darling Joanna Dong, The Killers, Liam Gallagher, Martin Garrix, Dua Lipa, Simply Red, The Sugarhill Gang, ABBA tribute band Bjorn Again, and more. Sep 14-16

Regular F1 after-party haunt The Podium Lounge is celebrating their 10th anniversary with Champagne-fuelled partying and more international A-list celebrities than ever. Be entertained by the likes of Keith Duffy and Brian McFadden (a.k.a. Boyzlife), Good Charlotte’s Joel Madden who’ll be putting up a DJ set and a celebratory Race Night performance by Taboo of Black Eyed Peas. Sep 14-16

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. Sep 14-30

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

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

Saturday, Sep 15

House of Vans Singapore 2017. Photo credit: Vans Facebook

After making its way from the likes of Brooklyn to Seoul, the legendary pop-up series House of Vans is landing in Singapore, with a mash-up of exhibitions, workshops, music performances, and skateboarding events to get you hyped. Make your own zine, paint a mural, or learn how to make stellar coffee; anything is possible with this slick streetwear brand. Sep 15

Collective Minds and Kilo Lounge are bringing Breakbot and Irfane back to Singapore for another epic night of non-stop dancing, with local fav DJ KFC on support. Sep 15

For a night of giggles courtesy of Jacky Ng, Siraj Aziz, Qamarul Haziq and Jinx Yeo, head to the late-night live comedy night at Intermission Bar. Sep 15

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 (PWIDs). 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. Sep 15-Oct 7

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

The Substation kicks off the next installment of its 2018 exploration of the topic ‘Heritage’. En Bloc, or Buildings Must Die will feature an exhibition, talks and panels discussing the hot-button topic of conservation in Singapore. Through Sep 23

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 Sep 23

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

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

Sunday, Sep 16

Ice Cream Sundays is turning Two, and to celebrate they’re throwing a big bash with all their old supporters at the beautiful Museum of Contemporary Art at Dempsey. Chow on dogs from Sidecar Sausages and gelato popsicles from Popbar SG, get a drink from the mobile bar, and dance the day away to crowd favorite selectors Funk Bastrd, Toppings and Bongomann. Sep 16

The newly launched Harmony Fun Run running series intends to promote not just a healthy lifestyle, but inter-faith and racial harmony as well via a 5km fun run. The run will kick off from Costa Lawn at Pasir Ris Park. Sep 16

Plan your fitness calendar with the rest of the runs happening this year here.

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

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

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

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

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