8 things to do in Singapore: September 2018

#1 Mid-Autumn Festival

What: Ahead of Mid-Autumn Festival on 24 September, Singapore will light up with moon-viewing parties and beautiful lantern displays. Gardens by the Bay, for one, will launch lantern displays alongside cultural performances, Chinese craft showcases and a food street. Another place to visit during the festival: Chinatown! We’re certain shopping malls won’t be bereft of lights, either.

When: All month long

Where: Various locations in Singapore

#2 Ballet Under the Stars

What: If you missed the first weekend of performances by The Singapore Dance Theatre, catch the second leg, which is dedicated to the late famous ballet choreographer Choo-San Goh – the company will perform Unknown Territory, Schubert Symphony, and Fives, which are some of the Singaporean’s best works. Buy tickets here.

When: 7 – 9 September 2018, 7.30pm

Where: Fort Canning Green, Canning Rise

#3 Time Out Cocktail Club: Shanghai Nights

What: For one night only, the Astor Bar at The St. Regis Singapore will be transformed into a 1930s-style Shanghai bars. Four of the country’s top mixologists – Astor Bar’s Christian Chavez, Tippling Club’s Andrew Loudon, Mona Lounge’s Sam Wong, and Junior’s Ronan Keilthy – will each create a drink, which you can enjoy alongside Chinese-inspired canapés and Peroni beer. Go in your best Chinese outfit. Buy tickets here.

When: 6 September 2018, 7pm

Where: Astor Bar, The St. Regis Singapore, 29 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247911

#4 Shakespeare’s Globe

What: Twelfth Night, The Merchant of Venice, and The Taming of the Shrew – three of Shakespeare’s funniest works, performed by the famed UK theatre’s tour group, right here in Singapore. For the two final shows on Saturday, 22 September, the audience will decide which play gets staged! Buy tickets here.

When: 18 – 22 September 2018 (7.45pm, with extra 2.30pm shows on 21 and 22)

Where: School of the Arts, 1 Zubir Said Drive, Singapore 227968

#5 Jimmy Carr

What: The stand-up comedian is bringing his dark, deadpan British humour to the stage, with a lifetime’s worth of his best jokes in tow. Any fan will know that his jokes are 18+, are crafted for the open-minded audience, and will leave you in stitches. Limited tickets still available.

When: 13 September 2018, 8pm

Where: Kallang Theatre, 1 Stadium Walk, Singapore 397689

#6 Movies by the beach at Sentosa

What: Open-air cinemas – don’t we love them? This time around, Sentosa Island is screening a handful of films from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Black Panther, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and the like) on various dates, and you can bring the whole family together for an evening of snacks and blockbuster appreciation, pending good weather. You can watch the movies for free, but island admission charges apply as usual. See the lineup here.

When: 2 – 9, and 15 – 16 September 2018, 7.45pm

Where: Palawan Kidz City (6 Sept only) and Palawan Green (all other dates), Sentosa Island

#7 Singapore Grand Prix

What: Ah, the biggest car race in the world – where some people get excited over who’s performing off-track as much as which driver makes pole. The Killers, Jay Chou, Liam Gallagher and Dua Lipa are among this year’s headliners at the Singapore Formula 1 Grand Prix concert. More information here.

When: 14 – 16 September 2018

Where: Marina Bay Street Circuit and various other locations

#8 The Piano Guys

What: Pianist Jon Schmidt and cellist Steven Sharp Nelson kicked off The Piano Guys’ success on YouTube nearly 10 years ago with their medley cover of Taylor Swift’s Love Story and Coldplay’s Viva La Vida. Their inspiring music videos now translate onto the stage, where they will perform their renditions of well-known hits and cult classics from movies. Buy tickets here.

When: 25 September 2018, 8pm

Where: The Star Performing Arts Centre, 1 Vista Exchange Green, Singapore 138617

Andrea Tim

Andrea is a serial kopi peng drinker (for fun, not for the caffeine; coffee doesn't wake her up) and believer in keyboard shortcuts. She sees The Dress as blue and black, and hears both Yanny and Laurel. Make of that what you will.

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