We’re still riding high from an action-packed September and October is set to be just as fun-filled. As we move closer to the holiday season, our diaries are getting fuller by the day. From haunting Halloween events and awe-inspiring dance performances to a top tennis showdown, it’s all here in this month’s For Your Diary!
Culture and Design
Back for the eighth year running, Archifest celebrates the very best of art, design and architecture. On for two-weeks and organised by the Singapore Institute of Architects, Archifest celebrate the best of Singapore’s urban environment. Head down to the Marina Bay Sands to join free workshops, take part in walking tours, browse design exhibitions and attend educational conferences. This festival is definitely one for the culture vultures out there!
When: 26 September-11 October, 10am-10pm
Where: Marina Bay Sands Event Plaza, 12A Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018970
How much: Prices and registration requirements vary. For full details, click here.
Back for a nineth edition, Singapore Restaurant Week teams up with established local restaurants to offer guests very special and limited edition fixed price three-course menus for lunch or dinner. If you fancy booking a spot at some of Singapore’s top restaurants then Restaurant Week is the perfect opportunity to try without having to empty your wallet! Booking spots are limited so get your skates on girls!
When: 25 October-2 November
Where: Restaurants all over the city
How much: $25++ 3-course lunch menu, $35++ 3-course dinner menu. To make a reservation, click here.
Over 100 artists, eight different venues, more than 65 workshops and 71 separate events; the da:ns festival is a truly spectacular celebration of dance and movement. Back for another year, the da:ns festival will be hosting a slew of fabulous international and local performances such as Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, I,Carmen and FAR by Wayne Mcgregor plus plenty of interactive workshops for dancers of all ages, genres and abilities.
When: 9-19 October
Where: Esplanade, 1 Esplanade Drive, Singapore 038931
How much: Prices vary. For full details, click here.
After the successes of the previous three years, Universal Studios is bringing back their frightful Halloween Horror Nights extravaganza for the whole of October. Prepare to be scared stiff as you explore four frightening scare zones, each with four different haunted houses packed full of horrifying surprises, scary actors and adrenaline-pumping sound effects. After you’re sufficiently spooked out, you can enjoy USS rides all night long! Tickets are selling fast so make sure you don’t miss out!
When: 3 October-1 November, 7.30pm-1.30am
Where: Universal Studios Singapore, Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 089269
How much: General admission $68. To buy your tickets, click here.
Game, set, match
Singapore’s answer to Wimbledon, The WTA Finals arrives this month, bringing with it eight top-ranked Women’s singles and doubles players. Watch Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Agnieszka Radwanska, Petra Kvitova, Simona Halep, Li Na, Eugenie Bouchard, Ana Ivanovic, Caroline Wozniacki and Angelique Kerber battle it out for the prize of US$6.5 million over seven action-packed days. Not only will there be plenty of top-class tennis to watch but the fun continues at the Fan Festival. Expect food, drinks, tennis and fun, all topped off with Mariah Carey performing live. What an event!
When: 17-26 October,
Where: Singapore Sports Hub, 15 Stadium Walk, Singapore 397718
How much: $16.90-$195.90. To buy your tickets, click here.
Music lovers rejoice! One of Japan’s biggest summer music festivals, a-nation is taking place outside of Japan for the first time…and lucky for us, it’s right here in the Lion City! Following the theme of “Taking Japanese entertainment to Asia“, this festival merges fantastic live entertainment from popular Japanese artists such as Ayumi Hamasaki and Sonar Pocket with a premium fashion showcase with fabulous Japanese models taking to the catwalk.
When: 18 October, 3pm
Where: Grand Theatre, Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956
How much: $138-$248. To buy your tickets, click here.
Don’t worry girls, the Zombi-pocolyspe isn’t upon us just yet. But for one day only, Singapore will play host to the wildly popular Zombie walk. In the lead up to the spookiest time of the year, join hundreds of others and become a zombie and wreak havoc on the Little Red Dot. Perfect your face-paint, lather on the fake blood and stagger through Singapore with your fellow zombies. There’ll be fun and games, prizes, music and mayhem so make sure you don’t miss on all the gory gaiety.
When: 25 October, 7.30pm
Where: Kovan Hub, 206 Hougang Street 21, Singapore 530206
How much: Free! Capacity is capped at 500 so get your skates on girls and register by clicking here.
The headline performance of this year’s da:ns festival, choreographer Matthew Bourne brings this well-loved classic ballet Swan Lake to life with his signature contemporary theatre style. Not only can you expect plenty of grace and athleticism in his choreography, but there will be awe-inspiring designs, humorous mime and character comedy. Oh and did we mention, it’s an all-male dance ensemble! This is a truly unique dance performance that you don’t want to miss!
When: 9-12 October-, Thurs-Fri 8pm, Sat 2pm & 8pm, Sun 2pm
Where: Esplanade Theatre, 1 Esplanade Drive, Singapore 038981
How much: $20-$120. To buy your tickets, click here.
Celebrating art and photography, the Milan Image Art Fair is making its debut in Singapore. Originating from Milan, this art fair if joining forces with the Singapore International Photography Festival and is a must-visit for any art lover. Besides photography, there will be video installations, design showcases and limited edition collectible furniture. Featuring over 150 international artists and galleries from around the world, this amazing art fair is a true feast for the eyes. Keep your eyes peeled for Sundaram Tagore Gallery, which will be bringing a slew of work by world-renowned photographers such as Annie Leibovitz, Robert Polidori and more. Plus, Mekong Platform will be showcasing an amazing collection of work from countries around the Mekong river.
When: 23-26 October
Where: Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956
How much: 1-day pass $30, 2-day pass $40, 3-day pass $50.
Be sure to watch your back when you head to Fort Siloso’s haunted Laddaland this month because horror and surprises lurk around every corner at the Sentosa Spooktacular. Boasting “Asia’s scariest fun”, you’re invited to explore this haunted village where you will encounter the cursed roaming spirits, out to claim new souls to join them. Gather your courage and get ready to join a terrifying night of fun and adventure.
When: 11 October-1 November, 7pm-1am
Where: Fort Siloso, Siloso Point, 33 Allanbrooke Road, Singapore 099981
How much: Standard tickets $66.60. To buy your tickets, click here
Become the light
Asia’s first glow-in-the-dark beach party hits Singapore’s Siloso Beach for one night only with Illumi Nation! Taking inspiration from popular festivals and paint parties around the world, you’re invited to join this huge beach party which will be filled with glowing paint, flowing drinks and pumping tunes. Party the night away as paint cannons shower party-goers with glow-in-the-dark paint while local and international DJs take to the decks. There’ll be live graffiti and body art painting, UV photo booths and plenty of neon paint. This is a beach party you don’t want to miss, girls!
When: 11 October, 6pm – 3am
Where: Siloso Beach, 36 Siloso Beach Walk, Singapore 099007
How much: Standard $98, VIP $148, Package of four $370, On the door $118. To buy your tickets, click here!