From National Day celebrations to thought-provoking plays, here are all the exciting things to do this Aug 2023.
Singapore Festival of Football
Now till Aug 2; National Stadium
Football fans will get to see top clubs in action ahead of the 2023/2024 football season – Liverpool FC, Leicester City FC, FC Bayern Munich and Tottenham Hotspur – at the National Stadium. Italian club Roma has withdrawn from the festival, and will be replaced by Lion City Sailors in the Tiger Cup on Jul 26. With four clubs from Europe’s top leagues, and one of Singapore’s top football clubs in the line-up, look forward to an electrifying atmosphere and thrilling action on the pitch.
Marina Bay Sands’ “Where Music Takes Over”
Now till Aug 2; Marina Bay Sands
Marina Bay Sands’ music festival “Where Music Takes Over” will feature over 10 concerts and musical performances in a celebration of culture, music and live entertainment. There will also be fringe activities at various venues across the integrated resort over nearly three weeks.
Brewnanza Fest by Brewlander
Aug 3 to 6; Bayfront Event Space
Get ready to savour over 100 unique craft beers from more than 20 of the most innovative local and international breweries from America, Asia, Australia, Europe and the United Kingdom. The largest celebration of craft beer in Singapore will be a satisfying four-day extravaganza featuring a curated selection of unique beers and never-seen-before brews ranging from pale ales and IPAs to smoothie sours and funky farmhouse ales.
Aug 3 to 19; Wild Rice @ Funan
Psychobitch is a one-woman show that boldly dissects gender power dynamics and the subtle shades of toxic relationships.Sindhura Kalidas plays Anya Samuel, an over-achieving journalist, whose fiance accuses her of being way “too emotional” and tasks her with explaining the four times she has cried in public since the beginning of their relationship. Will Anya be able to bring her A-game and discover who she is and what she wants?
My Community Festival 2023
Aug 4 to 20; islandwide
The fourth edition of this festival, organised by non-profit organisation My Community, and supported by the Singapore Tourism Board, offers unique and immersive educational tours and experiences aimed at spotlighting the unseen heritage in our everyday activities. Explore the significance of neighbourliness, find out what happens after-hours at Singapore’s “Tsukiji Fish Market”, and get to know the aunties and uncles in Chinatown Complex.
Roar with Tiger: Uncage the Streets
Aug 4 to 5; Holland Village
Tiger is throwing a street party that’s free for all, from 4pm to 10pm on Aug 4 and 5. Experience an epic takeover in a place where old meets new and east meets west – Holland Village. Raising a toast to Singapore’s 58th birthday, selected outlets at Holland Village will be offering 58 free pints of Tiger at 5pm for eight minutes. Accompanying the food and drinks will be a sizzling line-up of DJs, live music acts, and a flea market of local artisanal products.
Waves of Change Festival 2023
Aug 5 to 27, ArtScience Museum
The Waves of Change Festival is an annual celebration of the big blue to inspire love, care and action for the ocean. Featuring thought-provoking conservation art, a selection of films exploring ocean-related themes, and talks by experts in their field, this festival invites visitors to find out more about the ocean’s amazing marine life and hear from inspiring young people working in this space.
Aug 15 to Sep 10; islandwide
Wine festival Wine Lust returns with its seventh edition with wine tasting events, masterclasses, special wine and corkage privileges, and ticketed events to wine and food pairings across 15 locations. Presented by F&B and hospitality group, 1-Group, the event sees the festival’s first-ever weekend wine bus tour, The Grape Escape, to various 1-Group dining destinations for a unique opportunity to sip, savour and sightsee.
Rumours Has It: Let the Good Times Roll by Rappu
Aug 19; Rumours Beach Club
Let your hair down and let the good times roll at this one-day-only gourmet party hosted by Rumours Beach Club and Rappu. The latter will be taking centre stage with its signature handrolls like their signature Rappu 6 handroll chirashi, Black Pepper Crab Seaweed Taco and Laksa Ebi Handroll. Rumours Beach Club’s open kitchen concept grill will serve dishes such as Prawn Paste Karaage with Sambal Penyet Skewers and the smoky Sambal Unagi Satay. Wash the food down with two cocktails, Elderflower Lychee Sangria or Kyoho Grape Sangria; and dance the night away with award-winning UK DJ Shortee Blitz’s soulful blend of tunes.
Singapore Night Festival 2023
Aug 18 to 26; Bras Basah.Bugis district
Singapore Night Festival 2023, organised by the National Heritage Board, is returning for its 14th year at the Bras Basah.Bugis (BBB) district, following the theme, “Singapore, the Great Port City”. The festival will showcase the evolution of Singapore, starting from its early beginnings as a port city to what it is today, through multicultural festival offerings, artist co-creations and collaborations between local and international artists. There will be over 50 experiences lighting up the BBB precinct, including a roller skating experience at the National Museum of Singapore.
Notes From the Ether: From NFTs to AI
Aug 19 to Sep 24; ArtScience Museum
ArtScience Museum’s latest exhibition, Notes From the Ether: From NFTs to AI, offers a gateway into a new frontier of digital art driven by technologies that are shaping artistic expression today. The show invites both enthusiasts and newcomers to encounter artworks by contemporary artists who are pushing the boundaries of creativity through Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) and Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI).
A Date With Tradition
Aug 25 to 26; Stamford Arts Centre
Stamford Arts Centre celebrates the richness of Singapore’s multicultural arts through a slew of free activities during the last weekend of the Singapore Night Festival. Visitors are invited to immerse themselves in the beauty and richness of traditional arts through two evenings of captivating performances, hands-on activities and artist showcases by local traditional arts groups.
A Common Wonderland
Aug 26 to 27; Common Man Coffee Roasters
Common Man Coffee Roasters celebrates its tenth birthday celebration with a birthday bash called “A Common Wonderland”. Delve into the art of coffee preparation with hands-on sessions, shop at artisan booths, groove to live DJ sets, and indulge in, what else, the cafe’s finest coffee, wines and dishes for an unforgettable party experience.
Singapore Zoo’s 50th anniversary “Golden ZOObilee”
Now till Aug 27, Singapore Zoo
Singapore Zoo celebrates 50 years of connecting people with wildlife, and its evolution as a zoological institution dedicated to animal care and conservation. Look forward to its “Golden ZOObilee” from Jun 27 to Aug 27, filled with lots of activities and festivities to celebrate its monumental achievements.
World Oceans Day
Now till Aug 13, S.E.A. Aquarium, Resorts World Sentosa
Get ready for an immersive and educational experience at S.E.A. Aquarium’s Ocean Fest. Be inspired to protect the world’s oceans by uncovering the wonders of marine biodiversity and conservation, and taking a deeper look at the responsible use of our resources.
The Studios (2023 season)
Now till Sep 3, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
This season, The Studios will turn the lens inwards under the specific theme “Landings”. Six productions and a host of companion programmes will explore how we relate to the land we reside on, how urban redevelopment affects us, and what we are willing to sacrifice. The 2023 season will also move beyond its home in the Esplanade Theatre Studio to include the recently opened Singtel Waterfront Theatre, and expand the programme to include both Singapore-based and international artists.
Andrew Gn: Fashioning Singapore and the World
Now till Sep 17; Asian Civilisations Museum
The retrospective marks the first time Asian Civilisations Museum is spotlighting a Singaporean fashion designer. In the five sections showcasing more than 100 archival works, the public will discover Andrew Gn’s impact on fashion, his cultural identity as a designer, and learn how his work bridges the dichotomies of East and West, tradition and modernity, and the local and the global.
Seeing the Invisible
Now till Sep 30, Gardens by the Bay
This is the second season of the augmented reality (AR) art exhibition that features AR works by 12 international artists such as Ai Weiwei, Refik Anadol, El Anatsui, Isaac Julien CBE RA, Mohammed Kazem, Sigalit Landau, Sarah Meyohas, Pamela Rosenkranz and Timur Si-Qin. Many of the works address themes revolving around nature, the environment and sustainability, as well as explore the interplay of the physical world with the digital one. Visitors can view the artworks through their devices and even interact with some of the pieces.
Singapore Cable Car’s 50th anniversary celebrations
Now till Sep 30, Mount Faber Peak
Pokemon-themed cable cars, wrapped in the recognisable red and white colours of Poke Balls, are the highlight. At Mount Faber Peak, snap pictures at various photo points – including vintage cable car cabins – with a variety of Pokemon.
Sensory Odyssey: Into the Heart of Our Living World
Now till Oct 29, ArtScience Museum
Visitors are taken on a voyage through seven ecosystems from around the world. These environments are brought to life through ultra-high-definition video projection, spatial audio, and unique scents that engage and magnify visitors’ perceptions of sight, sound, and smell.
Semangat yang Baru: Forging a New Singapore Spirit
Now till Oct 29, National Museum of Singapore
This is a pilot exhibition by Founders’ Memorial which showcases challenges faced by the country’s first-generation leaders during the nation-building years from the 1950s to 1970s. It is co-presented with the National Museum of Singapore.
Now Boarding: Experiencing Singapore through Travel, 1800s–2000s
Now till Feb 25, National Museum of Singapore
Come on board for an exhibition that traces the evolution of Singapore’s identity as a travel destination, through the lens of those who arrived at our shores from past to present. Get up close with a special selection of over 600 artefacts, including the iconic Changi Airport flight information display flip board, Raffles Hotel doorman uniform, and the Neptune Theatre Restaurant’s signage.
Gallery Children’s Biennale
Now till Mar 31, 2024, National Gallery Singapore
The 4th edition of Gallery Children’s Biennale 2023 is themed “Let’s Make a Better Place” and will showcase 11 art installations by international artists that spotlight four core values: Care, Collaborate, Imagine and Respect.
Raffles Place Audio Tours
Ongoing; Raffles Place
Raffles Place Alliance presents two audio tours – the Heritage and Art Tours – to help visitors explore the area through the lens of art and history. The Heritage Tour focuses mainly on the history of Raffles Place and its monumental locations, while the Art Tour allows visitors to marvel at the works of art that surround the area, created by artists from Singapore and around the world.
Ongoing; Keong Siak Road
Coachtopia has made its debut at the Coach Play Singapore Shophouse on Keong Siak Road, showcasing a collection of leather goods, accessories, and ready-to-wear. Discover reimagined archival Coach designs using leather scraps and leftover materials; sign up for the coaster-making workshop; and enjoy desserts at the Coach Cafe.