The weekend and an upcoming mid-week break to look forward to

Feel free to go all out this weekend guys. Not only are there a ton of great things happening (like the start of the Singapore Garden Festival and lotsa bangin' parties), but there will be time to recover the following week too, thanks to a mid-week break coming in the form of May Day. There be no excuse to stay home.

PARTY
Keeping the Marquee magic alive is Kaskade, continuing the massive nightclub's grand opening month high by bringing to town his own brand of addictive dance tunes. You won't want to miss this. Apr 26 

MUSIC
For those who didn’t manage to score a ticket to Ed Sheeran’s sold-out Divide tour last year, you’re in luck cause the "Perfect" singer will be returning for a new headline show at the National Stadium. For those who didn't manage to get a ticket, we can only hope he'll be back again next year. Apr 26

MARKET
TheGrounds@Kranji will be buzzing with a multitude of stalls inspired by the original Shilin Night Market in Taiwan, boasting a highly anticipated maze of street delicacies and creative eats. Consume your weight in Taiwanese favourites such as crispy-skinned Taiwanese fried chicken and of course, bubble tea. Also, look forward to arcade games, carnival kiosks, life-sized claw machines, as well as eight KTV booths to get your inner Jay Chou on. Apr 26-28

DRINK
Can't get enough of barrel-aged cocktails? Now, 27 bars across Singapore are concocting one each as part of Remy Martin’s first ever Barrel-Aged Cocktail Competition. From unique creations like Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall's duck confit-paired What The Duck, to strangely familiar and yummy tipples like Anti:Dote's Pitch Perfect (yes, it's inspired by the movies), try to have 'em all while the barrels remain stocked. Through Apr 26

PARTY
Electronic music veterans Cosmic Gate is set to take over the Zouk MainRoom for a Transfix night of progressive dance, ethereal waves and feel-good surrealness bent on lifting your spirits to another plane. Apr 27

PARTY
Revel away with W Hotel’s re-imagined bottomless Mega-Brunch—Bubbles, Brunch, Beats. Start your day so wrong that it’s good, with gastronomical treats, bubbles-swilling folly and groove-worthy tunes at the kitchen table, that gets better with all-time favourite drag queen Mona Kee Kee on hosting duty. Then get sun-drenched at the outdoor pool area over cocktails and desserts, and when night approaches, put on your frolicking shoes and enter the jungle-esque Woobar for more. Apr 27

MARKET
At Public Garden, score handcrafted bags and accessories, apparels and even potted plants from independent labels across Southeast Asia at reasonable prices. This is one for literary enthusiasts too, with books by passionate, indie authors also on showcase. Apr 27-28

FESTIVAL
Perk up, fans of flora. An offshoot of the annual Singapore Garden Festival returns, bringing with it the debut of an all-new Horticulture Show. The new segment seeks to provide a platform for locals to grow (pun intended) their love for greening, nurture an interest in horticulture, and simply soak in the beautiful displays, all from the comfort of Jurong Lake Gardens. Apr 27-May 5

THEATRE
Theatregoers rejoice, for The Esplanade’s inspiring developmental programme is back. The Studios will be presenting Singaporean works—both old and new—that have been developing under keen mentorship for the last year, all unifying under the theme of 'The Weight of a Stone in a Pocket'. Through Apr 27

PARTY
Music people Singapura Dub Club is taking over Sentosa Boardwalk joint Bones 'n Barrels for a Suka Suka Sunday street party. Enjoy Jamaican jerk BBQ grub, awesome drink deals, and of course, great music, all happening on the waterfront. Apr 28

EXHIBITION
Take a step back and introspect on the negative spaces purposefully left behind on art pieces in Elegance of Absence, a group exhibition by six contemporary Chinese artists taking place at Ion Art Gallery. Through Apr 28

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

EXHIBITION
As part of ION Orchard’s 10th anniversary celebrations, the mall is setting up Orchard Road’s first-ever mermaid tank installation—complete with live mermaid. Every weekend, feel free to stop by the glittering mirror-paneled facade for selfies and meet-and-greets with the mermaid. Through Apr 28

MUSIC
Chances are you’ve probably heard the catchy tunes of twin brothers Charlie and Craig Reid of The Proclaimers multiple times in your life. Celtic rock number "I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)" has made its fair share of cameos in various films throughout the years, and now, their recognisable Scottish accents is set to ring loud at the Capitol Theatre. Apr 29

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

DRINK
1855 The Bottle Shop's Wine & Whisky Week returns for its first 2019 edition, this time, with an experiential "Breathe: Garden of Aromas" theme. Have fun and interact with the space while doing your usual bottle bargain hunting and tastings. Apr 30-May 12

FOOD
Love hot pot? Enjoy your tipples too? Low-key pop-up restaurant concept Hush20 delivers on both counts with their current edition of free-flow eats and drinks at Dragon Boat. Only 30 diners each night, so act fast. Through Apr 30 

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
The annual World Gourmet Summit returns, this time, spotlighting the evergreen theme of sustainability for its 23rd running. Keep a lookout for masterchef dining experiences, special celebratory menus at participating restaurants, and the produce-forward Gastro-Market taking over the Chijmes Lawn once again. Through May 12

EXHIBITION
Held poignantly at CBD gallery Hatch Art Project, I Would Prefer Not To Do Anything is a look at deep-rooted fatigue in today’s society. See artist Iqi Qoror's surrealist works curated to give an intimate look into our universal state of burnout, worsened by an overwhelming culture or need to constantly project positivity. Through May 16 

EXHIBITION
Not your average gallery showcase, Rewild Our Planet is a social augmented reality experience held at ArtScience Museum that uses technology to bring to life planet Earth's many beautiful landscapes. Go on a journey that's out of this world, and arrive (hopefully) with a greater inward appreciation for our bountiful world. Through Jun 2  

THEATRE
The longest running show in Broadway history, Andrew Lloyd Weber's The Phantom of the Opera, is back in Singapore. If you missed it the last time it was here in 2013, the musical masterpiece makes its long-awaited return to the Sands Theatre. Through Jun 8 

FOOD
Gemmill Lane's secret supper series, the Jeremmy & Friends Supper Special at Le Binchotan, is back to satiate your late-night munchies, starting with a bang thanks to a collab with microbrewery Level33. Fill up on elevated comfort favourites and mark your calendars for more guest chef collabs happening on certain weekends. Through Jun 29

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

EXHIBITION
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 

EXHIBITION
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