The departure of Halloween usually marks the time to introduce holiday happenings. After all, we can see Christmas coming up on the horizon was the year comes to an end! With the arrival of November, we too are getting into the mood of the holidays with activities and events lined up for you this month – and it seems like it might just be festival season for Singapore.
So if you’re not too busy preparing for an overseas vacation, make sure you check out how you can spend some quality time with your family this month:
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The Singapore Writers Festival is making its annual return this November with an engaging slew of programmes for you language and book lovers. One of Asia’s premier literary events, expect insightful discussions, workshops, masterclasses and performances for yourself; and for the kids, look out for storytelling sessions and short film screenings you would want to be there for too. Notable mentions include veteran storyteller R Chandran, and the film adaptation of Room On The Broom, which has been nominated for the Oscars.
When: 1 – 10 November 2019
Where: Empress Place district; The Arts House, National Gallery Singapore and the Asian Civilisations Museum.
Entry: Free-of-charge for selective programmes. Click here for more information.
Bond over your family’s shared love of animals at Gardens By The Bay, which is hosting an exclusive sneak peek of BBC Earth’s new wildlife series, Seven Worlds, One Planet. Presented by none other than Sir David Attenborough, the series takes you through the seven continents and the unique wildlife stories from each one. The once-in-a-lifetime event takes place at the Supertree Grove, and series producer Scott Alexander will be there to take you behind the scenes.
When: 2 November 2019, from 7.30PM
Where: Supertree Grove at Gardens By The Bay
Entry: Free! RSVP here.
Environmentalists assemble! The fifth edition of The Conscious Festival by Green Is The New Black is back, and we have to say this year they’ve got everything you would ever want in an eco-friendly festival. Grab your tote bags and gather at the Marketplace, where more than 100 brands boast their love for the planet in the form of beauty and health products – and take some time to bask in art and performances by local bands with the green culture at practice.
Those with a thirst to learn more may even want to check out the talks by various woke speakers, like Christine Amour-Levar, the founder and CEO of HER Planet Earth and Nicole Yau, a workplace, community and wellness transformation change management consultant. Your kids can even learn from the youngest speaker Arnav Vupputur Chetty, a 6th grade environmentalist!
When: 2 – 3 November 2019
Where: South Beach
Entry: Free entry to the Marketplace; talks are ticketed (kids enter for free). Click here for more information.
Comprising of a whopping 27 movies (both classic and new), the Embassy of France in Singapore will be organising its 35th edition of the French Film Festival early November this year. With such a huge selection of films to go through, pick your genre according to your tastes – it goes from comedy, documentary, romance all the way to animated films!
Head down for one or two movies (if that’s even enough) across its limited two week period for a taste of France especially if you’re not flying anywhere this year end. Animated picks this year include Ballerina, Yellowbird, The King and the Mockingbird and Minuscule, Valley of the Lost Ants.
When: 4 – 17 November
Where: Alliance Française, Community Clubs, Shaw Theatres Lido, The Projector
Entry: Prices vary. Click here for more information.
In a tiny country like Singapore, music festivals can be hard to come by, especially for Korean artistes (where they can easily earn as much with a solo concert). But lo and behold, there will be one happening in Singapore this November! – and we’re actually their first stop in Asia.
If you’ve been swept up by the Hallyu wave a decade ago, make sure you don’t miss out on KAMP Singapore on 9 and 10 November as Super Junior takes the stage among other fresh and groundbreaking artistes like GFriend, Ha Sung Woon and Momoland. Just make sure you snag a ticket soon before they run out!
When: 9 – 10 November 2019, 7pm
Where: Singapore Indoor Stadium
Entry: Ticket pricing at $295, $250, $180, $140 and $100. Click here for more information.
The much awaited yearly hype is back – Bangkok’s flea market Artbox is here yet again, this time with more aesthetic spots for you on top of its already aesthetic food and drinks. In fact, this year’s theme is Eden – so prepare yourself for some visually captivating and ethereal sights at The Singapore Turf Club!
What’s especially different this year is its first ever lenticular artwork, a 12-metre tall vertical container made by projection mapping. Sitting in the front of the venue to welcome your arrival, the Instagrammable floral backdrop only hints at what more you can experience within its premises – from artsy workshops, street food all the way to retail booths with items you can’t usually get your hands on in Singapore.
When: 15 – 17 November and 22 – 24 November, 3pm – 11pm
Where: Singapore Turf Club, The Grounds@Kranji
November is truly a month for the bookworms and a reminder for us to support local. Here’s another one for the young readers as Make Animals Great Again and Other Creature Campaigns by local author Maureen Yeo launches – a sequel to The Great Singapore Poo Sale and Other Beastly Business, which sold out on its first print run.
Looking at what happens when the animals have to elect a new leader, this whimsical story featuring the wildlife of Singapore will be celebrated by a performance of an excerpt from the book and an animal trivia quiz where your kids can win special treats. Singapore-based National Geographic award-winning wildlife photographer Jayaprakash Bojan will be there to present his photos and experiences too, so don’t miss out on this fulfilling and fun time!
When: 16 November, 3pm – 4pm
Where: Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum Lobby
Entry: Free admission. Click here for more information
Following the Sesame Street Halloween show at Universal Studios Singapore in October, the longtime favourite furry monsters of both children and adults are not holding back on their 50th anniversary and are having their first ever run in Asia this year. Held at Our Tampines Hub, the day of the run promises more than just running – including Sesame Street themed carnival games, quizzes and photo opportunities with the Sesame Street characters!
If all your family members are Sesame Street fans, you would be glad to know that the 5K run caters to all ages and is first-timer friendly. Depending on what category you choose, you may also be entitled to different Sesame Street merchandise such as shirts, medals, scarves, socks and even sweatbands!
When: 17 November, 7am – 12pm
Where: Our Tampines Hub
Entry: At $42, $70, $98 and $126. Click here for more information.
For a day, Singapore’s largest art enclave will be transforming into a garden filled with art workshops, activities, pop-up performances and a lifestyle market. Set at Goodman Arts Centre, bring your family to Mountbatten for an easy trail around the 7-acre venue to spend your afternoon indulging your senses in the arts. Don’t worry about getting hungry, for your favourite F&B outlets camped out waiting for you at the single day festival!
When: 16 November 2019, 12pm – 7pm
Where: Goodman Arts Centre (Mountbatten MRT Exit B)
It’s Deliveroo’s 4th birthday and it’s in the spirit of giving – simply place an order on Deliveroo from any restaurant between now and 17 November to stand a chance to win $2,600 or $50 a week for a year! A total of 28 lucky foodies will be awarded this month-long giveaway of free food, so order away with your family when you’re spending some quality time with each other this holiday.
When: Until 17 November
Singapore’s only consumer lifestyle IT exhibition will be back late November for five days with a refreshed concept. Introducing two new zones – ‘Health and Wellness’ and ‘Travel Tech & Portable Audio,’ you can now find a wider range of products to suit you and your family’s needs! Fitness buffs may want to know that Muay Thai studio Fight Zone and reputable stretching specialists Dr.stretch will be there to help you fuse technology and fitness to boost your health.
Even if you are not into fitness, your family will definitely find something of interest there with its myriad of technological offerings at SITEX. From 12 months unlimited data to the revamped gaming zones with interactive sessions for kids, you can expect to pick up a thing or two if you’re not already picking up gadgets for yourself.
When: 28 November – 1 December
Where: Singapore Expo Halls 5 & 6
Entry: Free! Click here for more information.
Let your love for bubble tea spill over with a series of multi-sensory installations that look, touch, taste, smell and feel like bubble tea. The first in Southeast Asia, this exhibition will be fun for those looking to explore in a captivating and whimsical universe – especially with company. All visitors will be given a complimentary cup of bubble tea, bubble tea inspired treats and a Boba Booster Pack that includes limited edition collectible cards.
When: Now – 18 December 2019
Where: *SCAPE, 2 Orchard Link, Singapore 237978
Entry: Opening special – weekdays $18, weekends $23. Click here for more information.
Just in time to psych your kids up for Frozen 2’s release in November, the ArtScience Museum is bringing the unique opportunity to experience Disney’s animatic wonders to Singapore with the Disney: Magic of Animation exhibition. From old Disney classics like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) to Frozen 2, visitors will have a chance to see art pieces and interactive displays that constructed your favourite stories. Let you and your child bond over the universal and timeless love for Disney!
When: Now – 29 March 2020
Where: ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands, 6 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018974
Entry: $19 per adult and $15 per child/student/senior. Click here for more information.