1. Watch the new Ballet Under The Stars
Need a date idea? Ballet Under the Stars is back for its 24th edition at Fort Canning Green. Spanning over two weekends (July 5 to 7, and 12 to 14), you can look forward to a series of performances by the Singapore Dance Theatre. The first weekend will see the staging of three contemporary fan-favourites — Evening Voices by Timothy Rushton, Linea Adora by Timothy Harbour and SYNC by Nils Christe. The second weekend will see the highlights of some of the world’s most famous classical productions, including Giselle, Swan Lake and The Nutcracker. So grab your picnic baskets and mats and enjoy the show.
When: July 5 to 7, 12 to 14
Where: Fort Canning Green at Fort Canning Park
Entry: Tickets cost $40 each via Sistic and it is a free-seating, rain or shine event.
2. Be amazed by Cirque Du Soliel's jaw-dropping acts
Fans of Cirque Du Soleil’s gravity-defying stunts are in for a treat as the circus is back in town to stage Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities. Follow inventor Kurios as he leads you into the Curio Cabinet to discover strange and unique inventions created in the 19th century. As with all Cirque’s performances, you are guaranteed a night of jaw-dropping action and entertainment.
When: July 6 to Aug 4
Where: Big Top, Bayfront Avenue next to Marina Bay Sands
Entry: Tickets cost upwards of $89 each via Sistic.
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3. Experience private dining
With the private dining experiences on the rise in Singapore, Dine Inn is hosting an immersive culinary event called Private Chef’s Table. Taste exquisite cuisines ranging from heritage Peranakan fare to modern Jap-Sin fusion prepared by the best home chefs in Singapore in a homely setting, all curated by Celebrity Chef Eric Teo.
The open-concept kitchen lets you get up and personal with the chefs, and you can pick up cooking tips and tricks and recipe secrets firsthand. There are 24 daily dining experiences to sign up for!
When: July 5-28, 7 to 10 pm
Where: #02-01 The Gathering Room, 115 King George’s Avenue, Singapore 208561 (enter through Rogers & Sons at #01-01.)
Entry: From $100 per pax. Book your seat and get more information here.
This event is held in conjunction with this year’s Singapore Food Festival.
4. Get nostalgic at 5566's Singapore concert
If you grew up watching Taiwanese boyband 5566 in idol dramas My MVP Valentine (2002) and Westside Story (2003) or bopped along to its hit songs including “I’m Sad”, “Legend” and “Feng Yun Bian Se”, then this comeback concert is one you can’t miss. Take a trip down memory lane as members Tony Sun, Jason Hsu and Zax Wang return from their decade-long hiatus to perform the band’s biggest hits.
When: July 6
Where: Singapore Indoor Stadium, 2 Stadium Walk, Singapore 397691
Entry: Tickets cost upwards of $128 each via Apactix.
5. Get active at the Sports Hub Community Play Day
There’s myriad of fun activities and creative workouts at the first-ever Sports Hub Community Play Day – Summer Sports Jam. Adults can boogie away at fun dance workouts, or partake in fitness challenges and various sport activities. Little ones can enjoy water-themed activities like the Splash-N-Dash bubble run (pictured above).
Football fans can celebrated the Singapore Football Festival with lots of fun themed activities and clinics, including Water Soccer!
When: July 13
Where: OCBC Square, Singapore Sports Hub
Entry: Mostly free, registration and age requirements for activities can be found here.
6. Get artsy
The annual multi-disciplinary arts festival in Kampong Glam, the Aliwal Arts Night Crawl, is back for its ninth run. Get to know the culture and heritage of the area through various performances, exhibitions, storytelling, art tours and art workshops that will be happening at the Aliwal Arts Centre. Moreover, there will be a pop-up market for you to get a taste of traditional and modern foods while shopping for merch.
When: July 13
Where: Aliwal Arts Centre, 28 Aliwal St, Singapore 199918
Entry: Admission to the festival is free but certain programmes require booking via the Aliwal Arts Centre website.
7. Celebrate ION Orchard's 10th Birthday
Yes, ION Orchard turns 10 this year, can you believe it? And the glitzy mall is keeping us busy with a whole host of events during this period:
Firstly, the annual Culinary Creations is back for its fifth edition. Like its past iterations, you can expect a whole host of food deals and delights created specially for the event. This year, however, is especially special as it coincides with ION Orchard’s 10th year anniversary.
One example is the limited edition chocolate bar ($10), titled ‘A Decade of Wonders’, created in collaboration with local chocolatier Awfully Chocolate. If you’re expecting a simple, plain chocolate bar, you’d be sorely mistaken — it comes with 10 added ingredients including pistachios, raisins and hazelnuts. (You’d have to download the ION Orchard mobile app to find out the various deals available — which include, apart from unique creations, 1-for-1 purchases and discounts — and to redeem them.)
Secondly, ION Sky has introduced a visual treat with a new multimedia show using iconic Lego pieces to recreate famous world sights. Follow a lego family as they travel around the world before they land in ION. Every $20 spent will allow you to redeem for an entrance ticket to ION Sky. After the show, head to Bricks World (#04-15) with the ticket and exchange it for a chance to customise your very own Lego Minifigure for only $2 (U.P. $5.50). Yes, that means you get a lego figure that’s completely and utterly your own.
Finally, before you leave the mall, make sure to head to level 3 as there will be a kaleidoscopic playground, from now till Sept 30, made with a dizzying mix of lights and mirrors that will definitely upgrade your ‘gram game. Head to ION Orchard’s website for more information.
Photo: ION Orchard
8. Show your furkid some love
What could make a stroll by the beach with the sand in your toes better? The answer, according to the Pet Street Gang, is to have your beloved furry animal in tow. The pet friendly festival is happening at Palawan Green, Sentosa, where you’ll not only be able to enjoy the sunny, balmy weather and sea breeze with your pet, you can also meet other like-minded pet owners. Plus, there will be pet merchandise and feeds sold while you fill your tummy at the food stalls. There will also be expert talks and interactive games at the event.
When: July 20 and 21
Where: Palawan Green, Siloso Beach Walk, Sentosa
Entry: Admission is free and you can buy the coupon booklet from $20 each via Apactix.
9. Catch Aladdin The Musical
If the live action movie couldn’t satisfy your craving for all things Aladdin, here’s another way for you to immerse yourself in the Disney masterpiece. You can expect a lavish production with over 300 costumes, amazing special effects and a breathtaking set. Plus, the show is a musical so you’ll find yourself singing along to soundtracks such as “A Whole New World”, “Friend Like Me” and “Arabian Nights”. Get set to be transported into the magical wonderland.
When: July 21 to Sept 1
Where: Sands Theatre at Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956
Entry: Tickets cost upwards of $68 each via Sistic.
10. Score cheap eats at The Fifty Cents Fest
We Singaporeans live to eat and we’re always looking for a good deal. Well, look no further than the Fifty Cents Fest held at the Chinatown Food Street. Priced at an affordable $0.50 a portion, this year’s festival, which is now in its fourth year, celebrates Hokkien cuisine where you can expect beloved classics such as kong ba pau (braised pork belly bun) and Hokkien mee. You can also expect a whole slew of other local delights ranging from savouries to sweets so you better go hungry.
When: July 27 and 28
Where: Chinatown Food Street, Smith St, Singapore 058938
Entry: Admission is free and you can get more information via Chinatown Food Street’s website.
11. Celebrate Peranakan culture
The Kamcheng Peranakan Festival, which started in June 2019, continues its run in July with a slew of exciting food workshops, cultural talks and dining and wine pairing sessions. Learn how to make delicacies like Nasi Ulam by Peranakan chefs and bring home the recipes, and get a deeper understanding of Nyonya culture at the Baba Nyonya Literary Festival (20-21 July).
When: Until Jul 31
Where: The Peranakan Restaurant
Entry: For information on prices and the various events, go here.
12. Encourage creativity and imagination in your kids
From creating different sounds with a ping pong ball on wind chimes to crossing a 16-metre bridge that looks down into an endless rock formation, these are just two of the 11 interactive installations created by 13 local and Southeast Asian artists at the National Gallery as part of their 2019 Gallery Children’s Biennale.
Aimed at triggering a child’s imagination with fun, inspirational and educational artworks, the Biennale is a place for the young and the young at heart to discover the world round them. There will also be screening of films in collaboration with Singapore International Children’s Film Festival, alongside other exciting tours and artist-led workshops.
When: Until December 29
Where: National Gallery Singapore
Entry: Free for Singaporeans and PRs, more information can be found here.
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Text: Ho Guo Xiong & Elizabeth Liew