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What's On In Singapore In September

Picture of Prianka Ghosh
Updated: 28 October 2016
With perfect summer weather every day, a love of food and shopping and a growing arts and culture scene, it’s not much of a stretch to say that there are cool events happening in Singapore every day. Certainly, every weekend is packed with all kinds of events from markets selling hand-made goods, to food and wine festivals as well as concerts and artist exhibitions. We’ve compiled a list of just some of the awesome events that will take place in the Lion City this September.

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 1st – SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 4th

DESIGN | Support Local Artists at MAAD

📅 Friday September 2nd | 5pm – 12am

On the first Friday of every month, visit the Red Dot Design Musem’s Market of Artists and Designers (MAAD). At MAAD, local artists display and sell their work. Along with home-made artistic creations, MAAD also incorporates live performances put on by local musicians. This pop-up market combining unique art, food vendors and live music is not to be missed – head there after 10pm if you’d rather avoid the bulk of the crowd.

FREE Admission

📍 28 Maxwell Road

ART | Be Dazzled By A Fusion Of Musical Styles

Paradise Interrupted, a new style of music theater blends traditional classical Chinese idioms from the Ming Dynasty and contemporary music. The performance is another take on Eve’s expulsion from the Garden of Eden in which she dreams of meeting her lover, setting off a fruitless search for an unattainable ideal. This is one of many events during the month-long Singapore International Festival of Arts. Performed in Mandarin with English and Chinese subtitles.

📅 Friday September 2nd – Saturday September 3rd

Tickets: $40-$80

📍 100 Victoria St, #05-01 National Library Building, 188064

ART | Immerse Yourself In This Giant MultiMedia Performance

Ron Arad’s 720° is an immense outdoor video installation that will be constructed in Gardens by the Bay. Arad’s work itself is part art installation, part performance in that it shows different video content each day. The circular installation stands at an impressive 18 meters in diameter and consists of 8 meter silicon cords (5,600 of them!) that create an interactive screen on both sides of the circular stage. For the full program, click here.

📅 Friday September 2nd – Saturday September 17th

FREE ADMISSION

📍 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953

MUSIC | Channel Your Inner Rebellion
📅 Sunday September 4th

The musical duo TOMGIRL will be simultaneously launching their self-titled album and making their live debut. Made up of Cherie Ko, from Singapore, and Ted Doré from Australia, TOMGIRL is an edgy alt-pop band inspired by an eclectic mix of film noir thrillers, motorbike gangs and femme fatales. Expect heavy guitar riffs, driving drumbeats underscored by fuzzy basslines.

Tickets: $30

📍 1 Esplanade Dr, Singapore 038981

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 5th – SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 11th

FILM | Learn The History Of Asian Cinema
📅 Wednesday September 7th – Saturday September 10th

Asian Film Focus (AFF) will feature short films from all around the region including South Korea, Singapore, Thailand and Hong Kong all focusing on the theme of Youth Today. In addition to the short films, there will be a schedule of documentaries that explore the cinematic history of South Korea, Thailand and Kazakhstan.

Tickets: $5 per screening

📍 155 Middle Road, Singapore 188977

ART | Broaden Your Perspectives on Aloneness and Loneliness
📅 Wednesday September 7th – Sunday September 11th
Time Between Us created by Argentine artist Fernando Rubio is a performance piece that wants the audience and participants to consider new space and time perspectives. For 24 hours a day for five days, participants can visit a man living in a nondescript wooden house and experience different situations. During these visits, audience members can listen to a story that will be repeated four times a day or take part in scheduled conversations. The piece looks to examine the lines between aloneness and loneliness, how to leave the familiar and embrace what is new.

Tickets: $10

📍 10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956

FOOD | Taste Food and Wine From All Around The World
📅 Friday September 9th – Sunday September 11th

This edition of SAVOUR will be even larger than the first one that took place last May. A brand new wine market will feature over 400 wines from all over the globe with tasting cards available for as little as $15 for 10 wine tastings. Tapas dishes from top Singaporean restaurants will be priced at $6 and $12.

FREE admission

📍 1 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018971

MUSIC | Dance The Night Away
📅 Saturday, September 10 – Sunday, September 11

This year’s Ultra has taken on a dominating presence following last year’s success. From one, indoor stage the festival has been expanded to three outdoor stages, with events taking place over two days. Headliners include Above & Beyond, Afrojack, deadmaus5, NERO and many more (with more still being announced!). Prepare to spend two solid days dancing your feet and face off! Visit Ultra Singapore Facebook for more info.

Tickets: $255

📍 1 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018971

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 12th – SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 18th

FOOD | See A Singaporean Landmark Before It Closes While Eating Delicious Thai Food
📅 Monday September 12th | 10am – 6pm

The Fantastic Thai Market will be held at the old Tanjong Pagar station featuring local live bands and over 100 food and merchandise stalls. This will be the last chance to get into the station and see it in all its art deco glory and, not to mention, preserve it in Instagram history. The phenomenal food truck, Kerbside Gourmet and vintage Thai diner, Kombi Rocks will be there as well.

📍 30 Keppel Rd, Singapore 089059

MUSIC | Experience A Cool New Venue And Get Hip With Yuck
📅 Tuesday September 13th

Critically acclaimed noise-pop/grunge band Yuck brings their exciting hairstyles and eclectic vibe to our shores for one night only to Bugis’ hipster Hood Bar and Café. Influenced by the likes of Dinosaur Jr., Teenage Fanclub, the Pixies and Sonic Youth it’s no wonder their self-produced, home-recorded debut album was met with critical acclaim and catapulted the band to international fame. They’ll be supported by local acts, visual artist Mike Mystery and DJ Jane Blondel.

tickets: $35 (NS & Students) / $40 advance / $55 door

📍 201 Victoria Street, Singapore 188067

ART | Expand Your Perspective Of The Hermit Kingdom
📅 Tuesday September 13th

North of the DMZ is a photography exhibition by Singaporean photojournalist Wong Maye-E. The exhibit features a range of images from official rallies to quiet, everyday moments that occur in the lives of North Koreans. A selection of 70+ photographs allows viewers a new perspective on how North Koreans live the minutiae of their lives in Pyongyang compared with intense displays of nationalism.

FREE Admission

📍 155 Middle Road, Singapore 188977

COMEDY | Laugh Until Your Sides Hurt
📅 Tuesday September 13th – Wednesday September 14th

Jimmy Carr, one of Britain’s top comedians, will be making his debut performance on our sunny shores. Not for the easily offended, Carr’s dark humour and edgy one-liners all given with deadpan delivery have earned him his fair share of critics along with millions of fans.

Tickets: $98-158

📍 50 Kent Ridge Cres, National University of Singapore, Singapore 119279

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 19th – SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 25th

MUSIC | Get Down With Macklemore’s Social Messages
📅 Tuesday September 20th
American hip-hop duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis bring their This Unruly Mess I’ve Made World Tour to Singapore for one night only. With their recent record charting at #4 on the US Billboard 200, the duo’s brand of infectious dance/hip-hop is guaranteed to get audiences out of their seats and dancing to their music. Let’s hope that Macklemore brings more than $20 with him!

tickets: $108-$168

📍 1 Vista Exchange Green, Singapore 138617

FILM | Catch Some Important Films About Israeli Culture
📅 Thursday September 22nd – Sunday September 25th
The Israel Film Festival celebrates Israeli culture and their well-established film industry that competes on an International Stage. This year’s edition of the festival includes screenings of The Farewell Party a powerful film that follows Levana and Yehezkel, a married couple in a retirement home, dealing with a decision about euthanasia that challenges the stability of their union, as well as several other films. Follow their Facebook page for more information as it becomes available.

tickets: TBA

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

FESTIVAL | Help Gillman Barracks Celebrate Its 4th Birthday
📅 Friday September 23rd | 7pm – 11pm, Saturday September 25th 2pm – 7pm

Gillman Barracks plays host to a huge lineup to mark its 4th birthday. They will be holding a two-day open house with two main events; Art After Dark and Art Day Out!. Expect to see an impressive range of activities from an international photography festival, a porcelain festival, a showcase of local music acts, a live mural painting and of course, the mandatory food pop-ups from Singapore’s impressive food truck scene. Watch the Facebook page for more details as the event gets closer!

FREE Admission

📍 9 Lock Rd, Singapore 108937

SPORTS | Run A Marathon (or Half) To Prove You Can
📅 Saturday, September 24th
The ASICS City Relay is the second annual nighttime relay to take place in Singapore. Teams of 4 share the marathon distance of 42.125km or 21 km and each runner completes a total of 10.5km or 5.25km. This could be a great bonding exercise for friends or colleagues, and a unique way to appreciate Singapore’s nighttime skyline. The starting/finishing line at the Singapore Sports Hub will be set up for a big celebration after the event, including live DJs and other entertainment.

Registration: $220 per team for 21km | $240 per team for 42km

📍 Singapore Sports Hub

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 26th – SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 30th

MUSIC | Rock Out At Fort Canning
📅 Tuesday September 27th

Brit-rockers Bring me the Horizon crash onto Fort Canning with grinding riffs and powerful vocals, the tools that helped get their hit single, Drown, to the top of the charts. To date, Bring Me the Horizon has sold over 2 million albums worldwide and regularly play to sold out arenas all over the world.

tickets: $108
📍 River Valley Rd, Singapore 179037

FOOD | Try Some New Places To Get Your Caffeine Kick
📅 Thursday September 29th

National Coffee Day is celebrated every year on September 29th. This year, Kopi Pass wants you to enjoy a coffee or kopi in 30 different cafés! If you think you can handle that much caffeine, they’ve been good enough to go easy on your wallet! All participating cafés will be charging just $1 per cup of coffee for pass holders. The full list will be available closer to the event, so follow their Facebook page for details.

KopiPass: $30 for 30 cups of coffee

📍 1 Fullerton Rd, Singapore 049213

ART | Are You Wicked Enough?
📅 Thursday September 29th

In WICKED, a colorful, magical, fantasy world acts as a backdrop to a story about two unlikely companions, the beautiful Galinda and hideous Elphaba. This spectacular musical has entranced over 50 million viewers worldwide and is quickly becoming one of the most successful and popular musicals of all time. Running for a limited time in Singapore, this is an event not to be missed. Start planning now, and get your tickets in advance!

tickets: $55 – $165

📍 10 Bayfront Ave, 018956

COMEDY | Laugh With The Best Of Asia’s Comedians
📅 Friday September 30th

The annual Kings and Queens of Comedy Asia festival returns to Esplanade Theater for the 7th year running. Expect non-stop laughter where no topics are considered out of bounds as these 6 comedians take to the stage. Some of the headliners include Vir Das, known as the funniest man in India and Briton Shazia Mirza who is known for her razor sharp wit and deadpan humor.

tickets: $38-$108

📍 1 Esplanade Dr, Singapore 038981