1. Hard Rock Cafe’s 50th Anniversary “Back to Classic” Menu
Hard Rock Cafe turns 50 this year! As part of its golden anniversary celebration, the restaurant is bringing back its classic dishes and celebratory cocktails in a limited-time special menu, named Back to Classic.
From now till end of September, create – or recreate – your Hard Rock Cafe memories as you feast on plates of traditional potato skins ($17.95), quinoa burger ($25.95), chicken club sandwich ($25.95), open-faced sirloin ($29.95) or mud pie ($18.95). Wash it all down with bevvies ranging from a retro espresso martini ($22.95) and classic long island iced tea ($24.95) to non-alcoholic groupie grind ($19.95), a concoction of pineapple juice and mango puree with homemade pina colada mix poured over strawberry puree.
Hard Rock Cafe 50th Anniversary “Back to Classic” Menu
Address: 50 Cuscaden Rd., #02-01, HPL House, 249724 / 26 Sentosa Gateway, #01-209, The Forum, Resorts World Sentosa, 098138
Date and Time: 12 July to 30 September 2021; 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. (Daily) / 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. (Daily)
2. Friends of the Museums (FOM) Singapore Open Morning
Save the date, people! Friends of the Museums’ (FOM) annual Open Morning, followed by its inaugural Monday Morning Lecture is back this September. At this virtual event held via Zoom, you’ll learn about the organisation, including planned activities, docent training and volunteering opportunities. What’s more? This event is not only open to FOM members, the public can join in too!
Friends of the Museums (FOM) Singapore Open Morning
Address: Online only
Date and Time: 6 September 2021; 10 a.m.
Admission: Free with registration
3. Eatbox 2021
If you miss the delicious grub from Artbox Singapore, you’d want to bookmark this event. Brought to you by the same people behind Artbox Singapore and Shilin Night Market, Eatbox will open a permanent location at Tekka Place this month.
Featuring crowd favourites from Artbox and more, this boutique version of the wildly popular food event will include 20 booths and four kiosks with international cuisines and fusion fare. You can also look forward to new-to-market items starring flavours from around the region with local twists. Think Satay Ummi’s Nasi Lemak, Butcher The Burger Bar’s Butcher Truffle Eggstarter, and Okinawa Onigiri’s freshly made Onigiri-Sandwich. For those looking for photo opportunities, there’s going to be a hype zone with creative murals.
Address: 2 Serangoon Rd., #01-55/56/57/58/59, Tekka Place Annex Building, 218227
Date and Time: 3 September 2021 onwards; 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. (Daily)
4. Slurping Good!
Singapore’s a food paradise, so it’s no surprise that food is celebrated extravagantly here – we’re referring to the Bubble Tea Factory in January last year and the Museum of Ice Cream, which opened its doors to the public recently.
This September, you’re up for a slurping good time! As part of Eatbox, get ready to immerse yourselves in the first-ever noodle-themed experience playground aptly named Slurping Good!. Whether you’re a food connoisseur or someone who simply appreciates a good bowl of instant noodles, don’t miss this quirky two-level interactive space where you’ll be amongst games and 13 instant noodle-themed murals and installations that are Instagram-worthy.
Address: 2 Serangoon Rd., #01-51/52/53/54, Tekka Place Annex Building, 218227
Date and Time: 24 September 2021 to 30 January 2022; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Daily)
Admission: From $19
5. My Community Festival 2021
Want to gain new perspectives of everyday places through stories from the many communities in Singapore? Don’t miss the second edition of My Community Festival 2021. Themed “Everyday Places, Everyday Faces”, this year’s event shines a light on the lesser-known and sometimes overlooked stories within the community. This refreshing experience comes in 10 different programmes, ranging from tours that take you to the Southern Islands to learn more about those places from current and former villagers to workshops where you can try your hand at making traditional sweets from different countries.
My Community Festival 2021
Addresses: Multiple locations
Date and Time: 10 September to 3 October 2021; see website
Admission: See website
6. COMEX Festival 2021
Calling all tech enthusiasts! If you’re looking to purchase new toys to replace your old ones, you’d be glad to know that the annual IT and consumer technology show, COMEX Festival, returns this September. At this online and in-person islandwide extravaganza, you can expect amazing deals of up to 80-percent off from top tech brands like Secretlab, Microsoft, Dell, Challenger and Sennheiser. What’s more? Since this IT event is partnering with Shopee for the first time in its 27-year run, you can look forward to up to 90 percent off on the hottest electronic items at the Shopee Super Tech Show happening from 5 to 12 September.
COMEX Festival 2021
Address: Online / Multiple locations
Date and Time: 2 to 12 September 2021; see website
7. Museum Roundtable’s 25th Anniversary
Established by the National Heritage Board in 1996, the Museum Roundtable promotes a museum-going culture amongst locals and positions museums as unique cultural destinations. 25 years on, it has grown to include more than 60 public and private museums and heritage galleries, spanning diverse categories of focus and interest.
In celebration of this milestone, a series of Mystery Museum Tours will roll out where you can explore public and private museums you may not have known or visited before, or to see these spaces in a different light. Featuring three themes – Fashion Confessions, Mythical Creatures and Hidden Secrets – each session brings you to one to two museums that will only be revealed to you on the day of your visit.
Museum Roundtable’s 25th Anniversary
Address: See website
Date and Time: 4 to 26 September 2021; see website
Admission: From $10 per person
8. My Heritage on a Pin!
There’s no denying that hawker culture in Singapore is an integral part of every Singaporean’s life. Fun fact: Hawker culture was inscribed as the country’s first element on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural of Humanity on 16 December 2020. Do you have a favourite hawker food? Swing by this mini clay art workshop, where you’ll create tiny versions of Singapore’s delectable local delicacies with air clay. Plus, you’ll get to bring home your artwork, too.
My Heritage on a Pin!
Address: 1 Engku Aman, #01-05, Wisma Geylang Serai, Geylang Serai Heritage Gallery, 408528
Date and Time: 11 September 2021; 4 to 5 p.m.
9. Kumar Unmasked
Think you could use a good laugh right now to destress from the pandemic fatigue? Get your tickets to the legendary comedian Kumar’s show – Kumar Unmasked. Expect to leave in stitches as you laugh out loud to Kumar’s slapstick and witty humour, hilarious antics and quirky punchlines as he talks and jokes about our “new normal”. That’s everything from having to wear masks and social distancing to other absurd things that have happened amidst the pandemic.
Address: 4 Bayfront Ave, B1, Sands Theatre at Marina Bay Sands, 018973
Date and Time: 11 to 19 September 2021; 8 p.m. (Fri.); 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. (Sat. to Sun.)
Admission: $78 to $108
10. The Conscious Festival 2021
The Conscious Festival is an educational and festive event about sustainability focusing on fashion, beauty, lifestyle, food, money, transport, energy, travel and fun.
For the first time ever, The Conscious Festival is going hybrid, with a physical event in Paris (held at LA CASERNE), pop-ups in Singapore and London, and a free VIRTUAL event for the rest of the world.
This experience will leave you feeling inspired and motivated to #UnlearnRelearn.
Together we can create systemic change to tackle the key social, political and existential issues of our time.
Join the Conscious Leaders Gathering on 24 and 25 September 2021 from 2:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Singapore – with simultaneous gatherings taking place in Paris and London – connecting participants globally. For more information on specific workshops and events, visit here.
The event will include live talks in Singapore, a networking dinner and live streaming of talks from Paris where you can:
- Join global industry leaders and experts to unlearn and relearn during the TALKS (live in Singapore and broadcasted from Paris)
- Engage in networking opportunities (locally and internationally)
Go here to register for the free VIRTUAL event or buy tickets for the physical event in Paris, Singapore and London.
The Conscious Festival
Address: Singapore Sustainability Academy at City Square Mall, or join the Virtual Event, 180 Kitchener Rd., #06-10, 208539
Date and time: 2:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., 24 and 25 September 2021
Admission: $65 for each event, $100 for both. Buy them here.
11. Forever Young
As part of Sing’theatre’s 15th anniversary celebration, Forever Young, the hilarious sold-out musical in 2017, is back and ready to knock you off your chair! Originally written by Swiss playwright Erik Gedeon and adapted by Benjamin “Mr Miyagi” Lee, the Singaporean twist of this European cult hit is directed by Hossan Leong and features a cast of renowned local actors including Leong himself, Karen Tan, Julian Wong and Gurmit Singh.
Set in the year 2071, Forever Young tells the life of a group of retired actors living in a nursing home, determined to prove that Singapore’s art scene is not all behind them. Other than belting out musical theatre canons and rock classics, this musical shines the spotlight on eldercare in Singapore. It addresses topics including dementia and other mental and physical illnesses associated with ageing.
Address: 100 Victoria St., Level 3, National Library Building, Drama Centre Theatre, 188064
Date and Time: 22 September to 3 October 2021; 8 p.m. (Tue. to Wed.); 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. (Thurs. to Fri.); 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. (Sat.); 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. (Sun.)
Admission: $50 to $75
12. LA Comedy Live Presents The Expat Comedy Show
Don’t miss this live show in Esplanade if you’ve always wanted to know what expat living is like in Singapore, but with a comedy twist. Expat comedians Deepak Chandran, Artur Akhmetzyanov, Orion Perez, Matt Chalmers and Liam McDonald will take the stage for one night and share their experiences and point-of-views as expats living in the country. Topics they’ll touch on include living in HDBs or Tetris-like houses, Singapore’s fine culture, relationship with locals and of course, the country’s food.
LA Comedy Live Presents The Expat Comedy Show
Address: 1 Esplanade Dr., Esplanade Concert Hall, 038981
Date and Time: 7 September 2021; 8 p.m.
Admission: $60 to $65
13. IGNITE! Music Festival 2021
IGNITE! Music Festival’s all about showcasing good music by top local bands in a fun and light-hearted setting. Returning for its 14th time this September, this Republic Polytechnic (RP) student-driven music festival will have some of the best homegrown acts, such as Lewloh, Charlene Su and Forests, take the stage from 7 to 10 p.m., on 17 and 18 September.
Unlike previous years where the festival took place on RP’s campus, this year’s event will be held online via its YouTube channel – so look out for giveaways exclusive to the live-streamed show while you jam out to tunes from the local music scene.
Its famous Festival Village, which is replaced with a Virtual Village this year due to Covid and runs from 8 to 18 September, will spotlight key Voluntary Welfare Organisations like Cat Welfare Society and The Art Faculty. It’ll also include workshops and interviews, so keep your eyes peeled.
IGNITE! Music Festival 2021
Address: Online only
Date and Time: 8 to 18 September 2021; see website
14. The Bub Fair
Hey moms and dads! Whether it is you need to stock up on essentials for the kids or find something to do during the September school holidays, check out The Bub Fair. This family shopping pop-up retails products built on quality, design and sustainability from over 40 children and family lifestyle brands across categories, such as feed, home, play, care and wear. Held on two weekends, do note that a different group of vendors will feature each time.
Highlights include brands like Keka Toys and The Tiny Trove for toys; Momiji Kids for sustainable rattan homeware; Sunday Bedding for eco-friendly bed linens; Baebeeboo and Cottage Ollie for ethically made kids’ clothing; and Ice Cream Cookie Kids, Haruplate and Little Blossom for yummy wholesome snacks.
The Bub Fair
Address: 10 Penang Rd., #01-02, Dhoby Ghaut Green, Visual Arts Centre, 238469
Date and Time: 4 to 5 and 11 to 12 September 2021; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Admission: Free with registration
15. Nexus International School (Singapore) Open Day
Thinking of enrolling your young ones in school? Nexus International School is having its open day on the 25th of this month – the perfect opportunity to head down and see inside its school to find out what Nexus has to offer. You can expect to meet with Nexus’ team of dedicated educators to understand more about Nexus’ curriculum, teaching approach and student life. Plus, you’ll get to explore campus grounds to see how the learning environment is like first-hand.
Nexus International School (Singapore) Open Day
Address: 1 Aljunied Walk, 387293
Date and Time: 25 September 2021; see website
Admission: Free with registration
16. Yellow Ribbon Virtual Run 2021
Themed “Challenge YRself and Inspire Second Chances”, the iconic Yellow Ribbon Prison Run returns this September with its first-ever virtual edition. Choose between two categories to take part in – YR Inspire or YR Challenge. After which, you can run, walk or hike routes of your choice in the shape of a yellow ribbon as a pledge of support for second chances. The YR Inspire category does not have a minimum distance requirement. But if you signed up for the YR Challenge, you’ll have to complete 60-kilometres in up to five separate runs within the race period of 1 to 30 September 2021. All finishers will receive an exclusive medal specially crocheted by inmates.
Yellow Ribbon Virtual Run 2021
Date and Time: 1 to 30 September 2021; anytime
Admission: $13 to $15
17. Travelling Exhibition – Origins of Mid-Autumn Festival
If you didn’t already know, Mid-Autumn Festival falls on 21 September this year. This 15th day of the eighth lunar month, popularised during the Song dynasty, marks the end of the Autumn harvest and is also when the moon is at its brightest and roundest. Colloquially known as Mooncake or Lantern Festival, celebrations for this ancient Chinese festival have evolved with time to include modern adaptations of traditional practices. If you’re keen on learning and rediscovering the origins, legends and customs of the Mid-Autumn Festival, check out this exhibition at the library in Chinatown.
Travelling Exhibition – Origins of Mid-Autumn Festival
Address: 133 New Bridge Rd., #04-12, Chinatown Point, Library@Chinatown, 059413
Date and Time: 1 to 30 September 2021; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
18. Wan Qing Mid-Autumn Festival 2021
Here’s another event to commemorate this well-loved Chinese festival. This year’s Wan Qing Mid-Autumn Festival will take place online via Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall’s Facebook page and it will include a slew of exciting digital initiatives that are family-friendly. From the comfort of your own home, you’ll get to learn more about Chinese traditions and customs observed during this festival, watch craft demonstrations and gamified content on stories of Chang’e and Houyi, as well as learn how to guess lantern riddles.
If you wish to experience this event in person, head down to the memorial hall for lantern installation – Those Moonlit Moments.. – produced by Thai artist Boonyavee Boonsakda (Ngaew Ngaew) in collaboration with Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall. This outdoor installation comprises four large lanterns featuring the artist’s characters enjoying mooncakes and each other’s company under the gentle and watchful eye of Ngaew’s Moon Rabbit – a great photo-op moment under the stars.
Wan Qing Mid-Autumn Festival 2021
Address: Online only / 12 Tai Gin Rd., Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, 327874
Date and Time: 31 August to 26 September 2021; see website / 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Daily)
19. PAW Patrol: The Movie at City Square Mall
Get excited, parents and kiddies! Your favourite heroic rescue pups from the hit Nickelodeon preschool series, PAW Patrol, are back in time for the September school holiday. Munch on some pup-corn and catch the movie, which screens in theatres from 26 August onwards, then revel in the festivities at City Square Mall to celebrate the launch of this long-awaited feature film.
From now till 26 September, you get to redeem an exclusive PAW Patrol children face mask when you shop and dine at City Square Mall – perfect for all PAW Patrol fans! What’s more? From 3 to 12 September, join the PAW Patrol pups as they take you through a wellness routine in a series of self-guided activities, which covers topics like dietary, digital, social and physical wellness.
PAW Patrol: The Movie at City Square Mall
Address: 180 Kitchener Rd., City Square Mall, 208539
Date and Time: 30 August to 26 September 2021; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Daily)
20. Camposaur Kids Camp at Singapore Sports Hub
Looking for fun activities to keep the young ones entertained this September school holiday? Take them to this Camposaur Kids Camp at Singapore Sports Hub for a roar-some good time. At this holiday adventure camp, kids get to explore both their sporting and creative interests through a line-up of multi-sports activities, team building games, arts and crafts workshops, dance fitness programmes, and even a museum visit.
Camposaur Kids Camp at Singapore Sports Hub
Address: 4 Stadium Walk, Sports Hub Library, 397697
Date and Time: 6 to 10 September 2021; 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
21. Sports Hub Kids Ultimate Multi-Sports
Got energetic little ones at home? This comprehensive multi-sports programme at Singapore Sports Hub will allow them to unleash their inner athletes as they take part in a medley of sports such as basketball, dodgeball, tennis, soccer, rugby, athletics and frisbee. Apart from having fun, this activity helps develop a variety of fundamental sports and social skills in your child. Plus, it might uncover their passion for sports and help them make new friends, too!
Sports Hub Kids Ultimate Multi-Sports
Address: 5 Stadium Dr., OCBC Arena, Singapore Sports Hub, 397631
Date and Time: 4 September to 23 October 2021 (every Saturday); see website
Admission: From $53.50 per child
22. Mid-Autumn Festival 2021
Gardens by the Bay celebrates this year’s Mid-Autumn Festival with the theme “Blessings”, hoping to bring tidings of good health and better days ahead to visitors through its lantern displays. Highlights include a Sky Lanterns set – where sky lanterns “float” up a Supertree in the outdoor gardens against a scenic mountainous backdrop with animals and plants – and a Rabbits Forrest set featuring adorable rabbit lanterns spreading festive cheer in the Flower Dome.
Two community lantern displays – Colonnade of Lights and Origami Crane Trees – will be on display, too, where you can admire the works of 33 community groups who handpainted 1,000 round paper lanterns and folded 2,000 origami cranes penned with words of blessings. On weekends, you can look forward to cultural performances on-site, which will be live-streamed on Gardens by the Bay’s Facebook.
Mid-Autumn Festival 2021
Address: 18 Marina Gardens Dr., Gardens by the Bay, 018953
Date and Time: 15 September to 3 October 2021; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Flower Dome) / 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. (outdoor gardens)
Admission: $8 to $20 per pax (Flower Dome) / Free (outdoor gardens)
23. Children’s Festival featuring Art-Zoo Wonder Gardens
Join Art-Zoo characters Bruno Bear and Little Kong as they reunite with their Wonder Gardens friends at this Children’s Festival at Gardens by the Bay’s Supertree Grove, where you and the kids can enjoy some family playtime together.
Boasting an outdoor trail with larger-than-life inflatables, start by picking up your complimentary trail booklet and discover the fun stories the Art-Zoo friends have to share. Then complete the trail activities and bring a piece of the Wonder Gardens home.
On weekends, you can’t miss the Little Critters’ Wonder Workshops, where your little ones get to showcase their creativity through a host of activities, including personalising their very own face mask, upcycling banners to create a face mask holder and making their own slime toy.
Children’s Festival featuring Art-Zoo Wonder Gardens
Address: 18 Marina Gardens Dr., Gardens by the Bay, 018953
Date and Time: 4 September to 3 October 2021; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Children’s Festival) / 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. (Little Critters’ Wonder Workshops)
Admission: Free / $16 (Little Critters’ Wonder Workshops)
24. Silver Arts 2021
Celebrating ten years of engaging seniors through the Arts, Silver Arts returns in a hybrid format this year, with a blend of physical and digital programmes for seniors and loved ones to enjoy in-person and from the comfort of their homes. Look forward to an exciting line-up of more than 30 programmes in English, Malay, Tamil, Mandarin and Chinese dialects, ranging from hands-on workshops and engaging performances to interactive exhibitions.
Silver Arts 2021
Address: Multiple locations / Online
Date and Time: September to December 2021; see website
Admission: Free with registration
25. The Friendship of Sun, Earth and Moon
Have a knack for astronomy or have curious kids who are eager to learn about the celestial skies? This programme teaches you more about the relationship between the Sun, Earth and Moon. Plus, you’ll be equipped with a cardboard telescope to view the Moon and everything else outer space has to offer – depending on weather conditions.
The Friendship of Sun, Earth and Moon
Address: 15 Science Centre Rd., The Observatory, Singapore Science Centre, 609081
Date and Time: 11 September 2021; 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Admission: $40 per person
26. KidsStop Academy Activities Week
The learning (and fun) never stops, even during the September school holiday. Throughout this activities week, kids will participate in fun and hands-on educational activities guided by an experienced Science educator. Here, they will create a bottle airplane and learn more about energy transfer in the process, and make a little astronaut light-up card with the help of a DIY LED circuit card. The young ones also get to play with their personalised craft and take them home at the end of the session.
KidsStop Academy Activities Week
Address: 21 Jurong Town Hall Rd., KidsStop, Singapore Science Centre, 609433
Date and Time: 6 to 10 September 2021; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 5 p.m. (Mon. to Fri.)
Admission: $10 for two activities (for one adult and child), excluding KidStop admission ticket
27. Dinosaurs of Antarctica
Calling all dino lovers! The latest, larger-than-life Dinosaurs of Antarctica premieres on 3 September at the Singapore Science Centre’s Omni-Theatre. From the Permian through the Jurassic, you will be taken on a roar-some adventure as you journey through a surreal world of primitive forests and thick swamps to encounter bizarre dinosaurs, colossal amphibians, bug-eyed giants and egg-laying mammals. You’ll also go on a quest together with Antarctic scientists to understand the ice continent’s profound transformation, plus predict the future as humans drive dramatic changes globally.
Dinosaurs of Antarctica
Address: 21 Jurong Town Hall Rd., Omni-Theatre, Singapore Science Centre, 609433
Date and Time: From 3 September 2021; 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. (Fri. to Sun., PH. and School Holidays)
Admission: $14 per person
By Jayme Chong, August 2021