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What's On In Singapore In October

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Updated: 27 October 2016
We’re lucky to be free of the haze so far this year in Singapore, which is great because there are many events to enjoy in October in the Lion City. With everything from performances from some serious classical musicians to the typical wine and food festivals, there is something for everyone.

SATURDAY 1 – SUNDAY OCTOBER 9

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FESTIVAL | Spend an evening being terrified at Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights

📅 Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays throughout October

A very popular annual event hosted by Universal Studios, the usually family-friendly park transforms into a place of blood and terror. The event is not recommended for those under the age of 13 due to the realistic gore used to create the effects, however, if you’re in the mood to be terrified, this event will definitely deliver. This year’s event is the biggest yet with five haunted houses one of which is in the old Changi Hospital, as well as two scare zones and two shows. Be prepared for long queues, and if possible, try to go during the beginning of the month.

📍 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269

THEATER | Enjoy dance of every genre at GALA

📅 Thursday October 6

French choreographer Jérôme Bel brings his latest work to Singapore featuring a unique mix of 20 different performers in terms of age, abilities and each with their own distinctive styles. During Gala, each performer is on the stage individually but also gets a chance to lead the rest of the company. The truly unique aspect of this performance is that an eclectic mix of skills means that the group performances span a range of genres.

📍 Victoria Theatre, 9 Empress Pl, Singapore 179556

THEATER | Enjoy British Humour at Perfect Nonsense

📅 Thursday 6 – Sunday October 16

Laugh along with Bertie Wooster and Jeeves as the latter tries to make up for the former’s comical blunders. English author and creator of Wooster and Jeeves, P. G. Wodehouse, has been entertaining readers for over 100 years. This production comes to Singapore’s sunny shores after a successful run in London’s West End. The production has been adapted from the entire range of Wooster and Jeeves novels by Robert and David Goodale, and will be performed by Joseph Chance as Jeeves, and Matthew Carter as Wooster.

📍 11 Stamford Road, 178884

MUSIC | Dance to Electronic Music at Spectrum Music Fest

📅 Saturday October 8

The National University of Singapore is hosting the inaugural edition of the Spectrum Music Festival, celebrating the diversity in electronic music by bringing local artists together in two sessions; Solar and Lunar. The daytime Solar session includes Ocean’s Children, Canvas Conversation and headliners Disco Hue. The nighttime Lunar session features Mitch Advent, Axiam, and ends on a thumping note with a DJ set from SUTD Scratch.

📍 University Cultural Centre Hall, 50 Kent Ridge Cres, Singapore 119279

MUSIC/ART | Embrace your inner riot grrl at Girl Gang

📅 Saturday October 8

Arts collective Pure Half Breed will be hosting Girl Gang this month at Artistry café in Bugis until the end of the month. The exhibition kicks off on October 8th with an explosive performance by NO PANTZ, an in-your-face, satirical punk band. The art exhibition runs until October 29th and features artists from India, USA and Singapore, exploring their voices on female sexuality and power.

📍 17 Sungai Pinang, Singapore 199149

MONDAY 10 – SUNDAY OCTOBER 16

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MUSIC | Feel like a hipster at Laid Comers Debut EP hidden gig

📅 Monday October 10 – 7pm-10pm

Laid Comers celebrate the release of their debut EP in a beautiful and rustic setting at Stewords Riverboat. Located near the new Marina South Pier station that serves as the terminus of the North-South line, with great music and a cool setting, this gig will be hipster central. Laid Comers, inspired by the likes of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and the Killers, say they hope to make music that reflects who they are as people – spontaneous, impulsive, and guaranteed to always be good fun.

Tickets: $12

📍31 Marina Coastal Drive Berth 1, Marina South Pier, Marina South Pier, Singapore 018988

FOOD | Get sloshed and learn about wine at the Absinthe Wine Tasting

📅 Wednesday October 12

Have you ever wanted to know more about wine? Come to Absinthe and learn more about wines from the Bordeaux region with Sommelier Shawn O’Hara. The class covers what is unique to the region, its appellations, and features an array of Bordeaux wines. Use your newfound knowledge and enjoy a glass of wine or two along the quayside afterwards to make an evening of it. Tickets to these events often sell out in advance, so it is best to plan ahead. You can book your seats here.

📍 72 Boat Quay, Singapore 049860

FOOD | Get the foodie experience at Gusto Italiano

📅 Thursday October 13

Gusto Italiano presents the cuisine of one-starred Michelin chef Emanuele Mazzella, paired with the wines of Renato Ratti. Feel like you’ve stepped through the doors of a restaurant in Tuscany as you enjoy a rich menu featuring slow-poached eggs in black truffle oil, roasted pigeon breast and other delicacies. The setting for this meal adds to the ambiance, the Mandarin Oriental’s Dolce Vita is elegantly decorated and provides a perfect backdrop to this epicurean delight.

Tickets: $174.40++ (HSBC cardholders) / $218.00++ (Other payment modes)

📍 5 Raffles Ave, Mandarin Oriental, Singapore, Singapore 039797

MUSIC | Enjoy a night of classical music with the Vienna Boys’ Choir

📅 Thursday October 13

Set to perform at Esplanade, The Vienna Boys’ Choir is one of the world’s oldest choirs, first formed in 1498. The boys are selected through worldwide auditions and then invited to training at their own school, the Augartenpalais, in Vienna. The concert will include a never before seen collaboration between the Vienna Boys’ Choir and the kids’ Philharmonic Orchestra of Singapore. Maestro Manolo Cagnin will conduct the nearly 80 member dual choir and orchestra.

Tickets: $35-$95

📍 Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay 1 Esplanade Dr, Singapore 038981

FESTIVAL – Oktoberfest Asia 2016

📅 Thursday 13 – Sunday October 16

Oktoberfest Asia moves to a new venue for 2016 in a larger, fully air-conditioned venue in the open field jut across from Bugis Junction between North Bridge Road and Rochor Road. A day ticket entitles you to free-flow Bavarian beer from 6pm until midnight so expect as raucous a party as anything you would find in Munich.

Tickets: $70-$90

📍 Tan Quee Lan Street

MONDAY 17 – SUNDAY OCTOBER 23

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FOOD | Taste Wines From All Around The World

📅 Thursday 20Sunday October 23

The Straights Wine Company is hosting the Singapore Wine Fiesta for the ninth consecutive year. Billed as Singapore’s largest outdoor wine festival, the event brings sommeliers, winemakes and vineyeard owners together to learn more about how wine is produced. The theme of this year’s festival is Rising Roots which hope to encourage winemakers to move towards a sustainable wine movement.

📍 Clifford Square, 80 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049326

THEATER | Get pensive with Nine Years Theatre’s Presentation of Stan Lai’s Red Sky

📅 Thursday October 20

Nelson Chia, Artistic Director at KC Arts Centre — Home of SRT, brings Stan Lai’s 1994 play, Red Sky, to the Singapore Repertory Theater. This classic play follows eight people at the end of their lives in a nursing home. As they go through a sentimental perusal of their memories, audience members are taken on an emotional journey that will have them questioning the meaning of life. The Singaporean production will feature eight well-established actors from the Mandarin theater scene.

Tickets: $38-$58

📍 KC Arts Centre – Home of SRT, 20 Merbau Road, Singapore 239035

MUSIC | Dresden Philharmonic

📅 Friday October 21

October is a busy month for art aficionados, and this is another event that is not to be missed. The Dresden Philharmonic is making its debut performance at the Esplanade Concert Hall. One of the oldest orchestras from Germany, the Dresden Philharmonic boasts an impressive alumni of past conductors, including Tchaikovsky and Dvořák. The Singapore performance will feature Weber, Schumann and Brahms.

Tickets $50-$200

📍 Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay 1 Esplanade Dr, Singapore 038981

FESTIVAL | Go Green because Green is the New Black

📅 Saturday October 22

The WEDGE Asia, partnered with Hotel Jen Tanglin, are hosting Green is the new Black, Singapore’s premier festival on environmentalism and sustainability. At this one day event, attendees can enjoy educational talks from motivating speakers, hands-on activities and of course, delicious and healthy food. The WEDGE Asia hopes that you will leave the festival with ideas on how to improve the way you live your life on a daily basis.

FREE Admission

📍 1A Cuscaden Rd, Singapore 249716

MONDAY 24 – MONDAY OCTOBER 31

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FESTIVAL | Laugh it up with Singapore’s Top Comedians at Happy Ever Laughter

📅 Thursday October 26 – Sunday November 6

Dream Academy® will be hosting two weeks of the best of Singapore’s comedians at Esplanade Theaters on the Bay. With eleven performers on the schedule, audiences can expect to see the best that Singapore stand-up comedy scene has to offer with a no-holds-barred approach when it comes to their observations of life in the Little Red Dot. Expect Singapore heavyweights like Kumar and the recently controversial Fakkah Fuzz to perform firing on all cylinders.

Tickets starting at $58

📍 1 Esplanade Dr, Singapore 038981

FILM | See films in another way during Perspectives Film Festival: Breakthroughs in Cinema

📅 Thursday 27 – Sunday October 30

The Perspectives Film Festival is organized by undergrad students at Nanyang Technological University as part of a degree program within the school of Communication and Information. This year’s festival focuses on Surrealism and showcases films that push viewers to challenge their previously held notions and assumptions through imagery designed to awaken the audience’s subconscious.

📍 6001 Beach Road, #05-00, Golden Mile Tower, Singapore 199589

FOOD | Get your fix of Japanese food at Food Japan

📅 Thursday 27 – Saturday October 29

Food Japan is a delicious exhibition of the classics we have come to know and love from Japanese cooking, as well as many modern dishes. Not just for the foodies, this is an event that will pique the interest of amateur and professional chefs alike. During the three-day-festival, spectators can participate in classes teaching Japanese culinary equipment and learn about the specialized equipment that Japanese chefs use to prepare food safely.

📍 1 Raffles Boulevard, Suntec City, Singapore 039593

FILM | Women’s Voices in Horror at the Scream Queen Film Fest Tokyo

📅 Friday 28 – Sunday October 30

The Scream Queen Film Fest Tokyo (SQFFT) makes its international debut when it hits our sunny shores at the end of the month. This festival focuses on raising the profile of female filmmakers and sharing their visions; with that mission in mind, it has been traveling around Japan all year. The Singapore edition will host one feature-length film and 20 short films from around the world. The full lineup for the Singapore stop will be released on September 25th on the SQFFT Facebook page and stay tuned to the Projector’s website for more information on screening times and tickets.

📍 6001 Beach Road, #05-00, Golden Mile Tower, Singapore 199589

FESTIVAL | Celebrate light over darkness at Deepavali

📅 Saturday October 29 Celebrate the Hindu Festival of Lights in vibrant and colorful Little India. Deepavali, commemorating the triumph of dark over evil, raises Little India to another level. The streets are filled with beautiful arches and there are lights everywhere. You can wander through the bazaar and be dazzled by gold and gems at every corner. The air is heavily perfumed with the scent of roses and jasmine from the garlands that make up a part of the prayer and celebration process. Perhaps the biggest reason to visit Little India is the food – get delicious dosai, pratas and curries on every corner at prices that will leave you with plenty left over for the bazaar. FREE Admission 📍 Little India FESTIVAL | Celebrate Halloween at Thriller in the Park This Halloween, visit Fort Canning Park if you dare. Thriller in the Park will be hosting their party all day, and well into the night, with a mock-up cemetery and, for the very brave, a zombie maze! This event is appropriate for children as it has a “Kids Zone” that is largely free of monsters, as well as a giant picnic lawn with gourmet food stands . There will be 12 hours of music accompanying the festival divided into the two headings of Daytime Dancing and Night Party. Visit the FB event page for more details closer to the event. Tickets: $20 Early Bird/$25 Regular 📍 Fort Canning Park