March offers light displays and lots of laughs in Singapore, and is a great time to celebrate women (including Mother Earth!) around the world. Get an early hop on Easter with a free, fun event for kids. And, prepare to proclaim your best “Erin go Bragh!” come this St. Paddy’s Day.
UP Fest aims to encourage the public to be more mindful about Singapore’s pressing waste issues through interactive games and activities. Look out for fun workshops (yes, really!) on wood denailing, composting, eco-enzymes plus performances, an arts carnival, free refreshments and more. Find out more on the website.
March 3, 2018, 3-7 p.m.
Cairnhill Community Club, 1 Anthony Rd, 229944
NEXT: Enjoy some of Japan’s top films →
The Japanese Film Festival 2018 comes to the National Museum of Singapore for two weeks with 16 movies, including ones both contemporary and classic. Choose from the award-winning drama Her Love Boils Bathwater, comedy Survival Family or 1952’s digitally restored, black-and-white The Flavor of Green Tea over Rice. Spoiler alert: There’s no anime here!
March 5-18, 2018
Gallery Theatre, National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Road, 178897
NEXT: Explore design around the Red Dot →
The fifth edition of Singapore Design Week (SDW) 2018 coordinates local and international design activities over 14 days on the Red Dot. Organised by the DesignSingapore Council, it’s one of Asia’s premier design festivals. Take part in dozens of events, showcases, workshops, open houses and lectures (get the full schedule here). One no-brainer: the free, open-to-the-public Millenia Walk: A Trail of Delicious Design (March 7 to April 28; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.), which provides access to local and international design through the lens of food. Yum!
March 5-18, 2018
www.designsingapore.org/sdw/events for locations
NEXT: Support women and the arts →
In celebration of International Women’s Day, this piano recital by Singapore-based Samantha Ege features the works of three 20th-century femal composers: Vítězslava Kaprálová, Ethel Bilsland and Florence Price. British expat Samantha, who is has Nigerian and Jamaican heritage, is the first pianist to perform works by Kaprálová and Price in Singapore and, in this recital, gives Bilsland’s pieces their SG premiere.
March 8, 2018, 7:30 p.m.; $68 per ticket; $120 for two
The Living Room @ The Arts House, 1 Old Parliament Lane, 179429
NEXT: It’s funny ’cause it’s true →
8 Clarke Quay venues. 4 days. 12 comedians. Untold, side-splitting laughter. That’s what’s on at the fifth edition of Magners International Comedy Festival, which returns to the Lion City with critically acclaimed US stand-up Doug Stanhope, best newcomer Yuriko Kotani from the UK, Jim Brewsky from Hong Kong, SG’s very own Fakkah Fuzz and Samuel See and others. The comedy fest is part of the Singapore Festival of Fun, which runs from March 8 to 18 at Clarke Quay.
March 8-11, 2018, from 8 p.m.
https://comedyfest.asia/events for locations
NEXT: Lose yourself in A Weekend with Words →
With more than 30 programmes, the inaugural Textures – A Weekend with Words is a three-day festival held at The Arts House that aims to puts a spotlight on the literary community in Singapore — from writers, publishers and booksellers, to translators, editors and more. Festival-goers can choose from activities including dramatised performances of iconic Singaporean works, panel discussions, film screenings, workshops and more. Bonus: Most of the events are free!
March 9-11, 2018, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
The Arts House, 1 Old Parliament Lane, 179429
NEXT: Tktktktk →
Feast your eyes on the vibrant displays of I Light Marina Bay. These innovative and sustainable light art installations from Singapore and around the world will line the waterfront precinct till April 1. The free festival will also feature music performances, an interactive art inflatable park and carnival as well as delectable outdoor dining options and a pop-up bar.
March 9 to April 1, 2018, 7:30.-11 p.m.
Marina Bay Waterfront Promenade
NEXT: Go “OMG!” over these OTT balloons →
In its eighth year, Singapore’s only-of-its-kind balloon exhibition floats back into the Marina Square Shopping Mall. Last year’s ocean-themed extravaganza set the bar high (just look at that enormous octopus!). But, this year’s free-entry Treasures of the Zoo theme won’t disappoint, as 38 balloon artists from nine countries, including Australia and Israel, come together to transform the Marina Square Atrium. Kids aged 3 to 12 can sign up for Balloon Sculpting Workshops for $15 each.
March 9-18, 2018, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Balloon Sculpting Workshops: March 10, 11, 17 and 18; 1:30-3 p.m., 4-5:30 p.m. (sessions limited to 15 kids; sign up at customer service counter)
Marina Square, 6 Raffles Blvd, 039594
NEXT: Laugh your bias off! →
In Sharul Channa is a Pottymouth – and during the week of International Women’s Day (March 8) – this Singaporean funny lady stages a new one-woman stand-up comedy showcase to prove that women have many amazing stories to tell. She’ll tackle topics like the psyche of the Asian man, the funny sides of life and death, stories from her extensive travel, her Indian family and crowd-fave “Aunty Sunita”.
March 10-11, 2018; $35
Black Box (Drama Centre), 100 Victoria St, National Library Building, #03-01, Singapore 188064
NEXT: Expect a splashing good time →
Bring your fam-bam to the Sports Hub Community Play Day for a wide array of free water-related activities, geared towards encouraging healthy lifestyles through family-friendly sports try-outs, fitness workouts, children’s activities and more. This edition promises highlights such as Dragon Boat races, a one-of-a-kind water bottle workout, Tahiti Dance Fitness performance and a water-themed playground.
March 10-11, 2018; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Click here for directions to the Sports Hub
NEXT: Number lovers unite (or just eat some yummy pie)! →
Pi Day – a celebration of the Greek letter used in mathematics to represent a constant – is March 14 (get it – 3.14?). And the Science Centre Singapore has planned a week’s worth of enriching activities and games to numbers all around. Dubbed “Insπre“, the free, immersive programme touches on everything from nature’s own special Fibonacci numbers to The Curious Circle (i.e., “the most fundamental shape in the universe”) and To Infinity and Beyond (about never-ended Pi). There are two extra, kid-friendly activies – Beads of Pi and Climbing Einstein – on Pi Day itself.
March 10-16, 2018; 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., 2-5 p.m.
Level 2, Hall G, Science Centre Singapore, 15 Science Centre Rd, 609081
NEXT: Take it to the streets →
The very best street performers from London’s Covent Garden make their debut at Clarke Quay’s StreetFest at Fountain Square. Catch the beared Circus Sonas duo, watch contortionist Bendy Em twist and turn her body into a small perspex box and be wowed by Betty Brawn Strong Lady’s feats of strength and the stunts of Jump Stilts Extreme. Or, simply take selfies with The Tree.
March 13-18 2018, from 7 p.m.
Fountain Square, Clarke Quay
NEXT: Everyone now, “Erin go Bragh!” →
Whether you’re Irish or not, you don’t want to miss the St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival in Singapore. Put on something green (or, heck, wear it head to toe!) and head to Circular Road on Boat Quay to soak up the festive atmosphere -celebrating Irish culture, taking in live music (see which acts will be performing here) and, you know, drinking plenty of beer.
March 16, 6 to 10 p.m., and March 17, 2 to 10 p.m.
Circular Road, Boat Quay
NEXT: Take a pause for Momma Earth →
WWF’s Earth Hour, the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment, is back in Singapore with a festival of family fun and entertainment from March 16 to 25. Find out about all of the varied activities here (hint: there are pandas!). On March 24, watch the Singapore skyline dim before your eyes – and make your voice count with #Connect2Earth.
March 16 to 25, 2018
www.wwf.sg/get_involved/earth_hour_2018 for locations
NEXT: Because weekends are for family fun →
Family is at the heart of the Family Artisanal Market at Novotel Singapore on Stevens, which will feature 27 vendors, a bouncy castle and plenty of fun activities for both parents and children. Keep calm and relax with morning yoga, grow your own garden, pick up clay crafting and belly dancing techniques and get some cute face paint!
Then, treat yourself to juices, salads and draught beer from Fudebar, mini chocolate pecan pies and classic lemon pound cakes from Crusties, Lebanese delights such as pomegranate molasses and olive oil from Salut-Lebanon and so much more. Visit the Facebook page for a detailed list of activities and tickets.
17 March 2018, 10am-4pm
Novotel Singapore on Stevens, 28 Stevens Rd, #01-01, 257878
NEXT: Find out how a red-light district because a foodie hotspot →
As part of the Friends of the Museums‘ ongoing Monday Morning Lectures series, the “Three Lives of Keong Saik Road” talk promises to be a juicy one! Hear about how SG’s hottest foodie stretch transformed from an infamous red-light district in the early 1930s from Charmaine Leung, author of 17A Keong Saik Road, who grew up on Keong Saik Road in the 1970s as the daughter of a brothel owner.
March 19, 2018, 11 a.m.
Function Room, Level 5, URA Building, 45 Maxwell Road, Singapore, 069118
NEXT: Attend the region’s first-ever disabled artists conference →
The first such Conference in the ASEAN region, the weekend-long Arts & Disability International Conference (ADIC) will focus on innovation and leadership to inspire and enable persons with disabilities through the arts. Distinguished local and international experts, including artists with disabilities such as pianist Azarian Tan, will share insights and conduct artist-led workshops to encourage new approaches to inclusive artmaking in theatre, music and movement.
NEXT: Hop into FREE Easter fun with your little bunnies! →
Join The Finder Kids for the second edition of our totally free “Hoppy Easter Egg Hunt” at Cluny Court with, of course, an Egg Hunt and many more fun activities for little ones aged 2 to 12. Lots of candy and goodie bags are up for grabs, too! Make sure to pre-register by March 19 to avoid disappointment, as walk-ins won’t be admitted until 4:30 p.m.
March 23, 2018; 3 to 6 p.m.
Cluny Court, Level 2, 501 Bukit Timah Rd, 259760
NEXT: Shop for great stuff (and good causes) →
Find unique and one-of-a-kind products from 50 vendors at the one-day Expat Traders Asia Spring Market shopping event. Some proceeds will also go to selected charity groups. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to book a space to sell your own wares.
March 27, 2018, 10am-7pm
Orchard Parade Hotel, 1 Tanglin Rd, Ballroom Level 2, 247905
NEXT: Get a little trashy →
By Sara Lyle Bow and Hazel Vincent De Paul, February 28, 2018
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