While away at sakura season events, film screenings and thumping parties

There ain't much new, but with events like Noise Singapore, Sakura Matsuri and Singapore Heritage Festival still going on, there are a good scattering of things to check out this weekend. Else, a couple of drink and party things will easily keep you occupied. Oh, and it's your last chance to check out the Prudential Marina Bay Carnival if you haven't.
 

Friday, Mar 22


ART 
Illustrator collective Band of Doodlers joins Noise Local Motif by Noise Singapore in a mentorship programme that uses illustrations to foster a sense of self and community through peer-to-peer learning. Check out the illustrative designs by 29 youths with beneficiaries from Social Service Organisations across two trains on the Downtown Line MRT. Mar 22-Apr 19

FILM/FOOD
Take your usual dinner and movie date up a notch at Wheeler's Estate's first Backyard Movie Night. With an order of food or drink, a picnic mat will be provided for you to rest on the lawn as you enjoy a screening of The Great Gatsby under the moonlight. Lovely. Mar 22

MUSIC
Two powerhouse bands, Havana Social Club and Singapore's own Jive Talkin', will be banding together for a very special one-night only Viva Lah Tropicana, where latino and rock will collide in melodious bliss at Hard Rock Cafe Singapore. Mar 22

PARTY
Get ready for another heady Eatmepoptart bash with DJs weelikeme, KiDG and Hedger taking on another night at Phuture, where thumping indie rock, electro, punk and more addictive tunes await you on the dancefloor. Mar 22 
 

Saturday, Mar 23


ART/PARTY 
If you missed the first one by Noise Singapore, you’re in luck. Relive the experiential urban arts with the return of Noise Invasion Festival. This time, it is set in a shopping mall carpark, featuring street art, interactive public art installations, live music and dance performances alongside some great food! Mar 23

DRINK
Sake Matsuri Singapore is back, just six months after their very first event, for a special spring edition of the craft sake festival. It’ll once again be a gathering of some of the best sake distributors here, offering more than 200 labels for tastings and purchase. Just don't come in a kimono or yukata for this; it's not that kind of matsuri. Mar 23

SHOPPING
Beauty fiends, find out how to get your well-deserved beauty sleep at the Estee Lauder Power of Night Pop-up (sign up for priority access). where a bedroom filled with Insta-worthy product stations will entertain and inform you on the perks of nighttime skin repair. Held at the Visual Arts Centre atop Dhoby Ghaut MRT. Mar 23-24 

FESTIVAL
Travel themed Japan Rail Cafe is throwing a festival in celebration of the coming of spring. At The Sakura Lounge, happening right outside the cafe in a large open-air space, vendors the likes of Kirin Beer, Yamanashi Wine, Rakki Bowl and many more will be offering drinks and eats, all while various local and Japanese bands seranade you throughout the various evenings. Through Mar 23
 

Sunday, Mar 24
 

PARTY
Party collective Ice Cream Sundays is throwing a sequel party to their epic 2016 blowout, Space Disco. This second edition of the far out event will be happening at Deck once again, so expect lots of bottled craft beers to go with your 21 Sliders burgers, plus cosmic tunes from residents the likes of Toppings and guests Senja. Entry by donation. Mar 24

FOOD/MARKET
Sunday Social Market is returning to Camp Kilo Charcoal Club; and regulars, you know the drill—great nosh, delicious craft beers, local brands and some good ol' house. Kick back with a hearty Camp Kilo roast before you browse artisanal bakers, interior decor, fashion accessories and local crafted goods available. Mar 24

FILM
The world’s first Happiness Film Festival is happening right here in Singapore, because we all know 'tis the place that needs it most. Happening at The Projector, *Scape and Aliwal Arts Centre, the inaugural edition of the festival will feature just six films—each one covering different aspects of happiness. Through Mar 24

THEATRE
The island’s inaugural minority voices literary festival, Other Tongues, was a big step forward for the minority lit scene here when it took place last year. And making further headway is a new six-part play series, Goddesses of Words, a theatrical piece exploring the poems of Indian female poets who write in English. Through Mar 24

FOOD
Up for a food coma? The Food & Beverage Fair 2019 returns for its 16th edition, with over 200 exhibitors offering delish eats. Choose wisely from the huge range of local, Asian and international offerings—including street snacks like baked truffle hotate from Japan, pineapple bakkwa, and the obligatory milk and fruit teas from Taiwan. Through Mar 24

FESTIVAL
The annual Singapore Festival of Fun returns to Clarke Quay for its third edition, this time featuring a total of 108 shows—making it the biggest installment yet. There will be street acts, music performances and more, and of course the return of the Magners International Comedy Festival to look forward to. Through Mar 24

EXHIBITION
Tampines gets to be the focal point for the latest edition of Arts in Your Neighbourhood, and this 12th edition of the programme is paying homage to the booming New Town's roots. Over 50 activities have been planned to take place at 16 locations islandwide, spanning the genres of dance, literary arts, music, theatre and visual arts. Through Mar 24

CARNIVAL
The second coming of the Prudential Marina Bay Carnival is here, set to transform the Marina waterfront into a colossal fairground filled with rides, games, food, and of course, plenty of pretty lights. This time, entry is free, and with more rides to check out than before. Through Mar 24

FILM
Your annual dose of French culture is back again. Alliance Francaise’s staple event Francophonie Festival is ever-ready to celebrate the diversity of the French language and intercultural dialogue on our sunny island. See some of our picks hereThrough Mar 30

FESTIVAL
It's cherry blossom season, and the Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay is blooming with beautiful pink petals for Sakura Matsuri 2019. Throughout the month, the different weekends will offer different fringe activities too (like carnival games, anime concerts and more), so you got reasons to go back more than once. Through Mar 31  

TALK
Leading ladies in their field—the likes of Rita Ora, Pooja Nansi and Inch Chua—are making an appearance at the month-long Made by Women series happening at Apple Orchard Road. All sessions are free to attend, with registration required. Through Mar 31

EXHIBITION
Trace the Polaroid camera’s fascinating history at the National Museum of Singapore’s latest exhibition, In an Instant: Polaroid at the Intersection of Art and Technology, featuring over 200 Polaroid artefacts and artworks from the original collection. Through Mar 31

ART
OH! Open House returns, but this time, there is no art walk, no tour, and no neighbourhood. In a departure from all previous editions, the arts collective now presents Passport, where six pop-up art experiences will be held at six different homes across Singapore, all presenting a work surrounding the themes of citizenship, identity, belonging and privilege. Through Mar 31  

FESTIVAL
The Singapore Heritage Festival is back for its sixth year running for a special Bicentennial edition (like most arts festivals this year) that seeks to uncover hidden stories in unexpected spaces—from bus stops to Bedok—and spotlight selected neighbourhoods in Singapore. See our pick of events hereThrough Apr 7

EXHIBITION
What do national service, shamans and an apocalyptic Singapore have in common? They’re all tied to some form of mythic tradition—and are each explored in this year’s edition of Stories That Matter. Look out for the highlight of the programme—four feature-length documentaries from Brazil to Singapore that interrogate the role both traditional and contemporary myths play in our lives today. Through Apr 14

EXHIBITION
The ground-breaking Minimalism: Space. Light. Object exhibition spanning National Gallery Singapore and ArtScience Museum traces the origins and evolutions of the Minimalist art movement, in more than 150 works loaned from all over the world. Check out our quick picks hereThrough Apr 14

EXHIBITION
Asian Civilisations Museum and London’s British Museum are coming together to present Raffles in Southeast Asia: Revisiting the Scholar and Statesman, to illuminate the different sides of founding father Sir Stamford Raffles himself. Peer into the historic Raffles Collection on loan from the British Museum, that comprises largely Javanese and Sumatran objects Raffles personally collected during his time in the region. Through Apr 28

FOOD
In need of good steak at reasonable prices? Pop-up steakhouse The Feather Blade is where you need to be. The London's Flat Iron-inspired restaurant will be setting up shop at where Club Street stalwart Zui Hong Lou operates, dishing out quality cuts for just $21 every weekend for a limited time; chow down while you can. Through Apr 29

EXHIBITION
One of Singapore’s smallest minority communities is finally having their moment in the spotlight at Chetti Melaka of the Straits: Rediscovering Peranakan Indian Communities. Come hear the lesser-known stories of the Chetti Melaka, also known as Peranakan Indians—descendants of early South Indian migrants who to Singapore in the 15th and 16th centuries, and married local Chinese or Malay women. Through May 5

FOOD
There never needs to be a reason to gorge on durian, but Goodwood Park Hotel gives a mighty good one every year regardless. Come celebrate their annual Durian Fiesta, this time with six new exquisite D24 durian desserts, four perennial favourites, and a majestic appearance from the Mao Shan Wang in the form of a cheesecake. Through Jul 14