With the arrival of October, we are officially into the beloved autumn season and it’s looking like it’s going to be an exciting month ahead! Whether you prefer to get spooked, to groove to your favourite musical acts, or to indulge in a little competitive gaming, there’re loads to make you laugh, cry and scream throughout the month. If all else fails, there’s always a tipple (or two).
Photo: Capitol Records
If you are beef bowl fan, you have got to try this. Beef Sukiyaki Don Keisuke is the latest concept by renowned ramen king Keisuke Takeda and his 15th restaurant in Singapore. This cozy 14-seater (counter seats only) combines Beef Sukiyaki (sliced beef and vegetables simmered in a savoury-sweet sauce) and Gyu Don (beef rice bowl) to serve up a tempting Beef Sukiyaki Don that is truly impressive. There are only two items on the menu:
Beef Sukiyaki Don (S$13.90++), that uses US Prime Chuck Eye Roll that is tender and meaty in flavour, and the indulgent Kiwami Wagyu Sukiyaki Don (S$29.90++), that uses the beautifully marbled Yonezawa Beef A4, one of best Wagyu known to the culinary world. Each bowl is prepared right in front of the guest upon order, which makes it a fun experience.
Venue: #01-01, 11 Kee Seng Street,
Photo: Beef Sukiyaki Don Keisuke
The theme park’s annual scare fest has always been a widely anticipated event, and its eighth incarnation is no different. This year though, it has upped its ante (and star factor) with a special collaboration with Netflix’s Stranger Things for one of its haunted houses. With twelve different rooms artfully recreated from the series (The Hawkins National Laboratory! The Byers home with eerie Christmas lights! The Upside Down Woods!), it’s bound to thrill any horror fan. The other four haunted houses come with an Asian twist and are no less sinister, featuring Chinese vampires and a pontianak, which is always scary. Bonus? You might even get to be part of a ritual sacrifice. Not one for the faint-hearted, you’ve been warned.
Tickets are from $58
Venue: Universal Studios Sentosa
Photo: Resorts World Sentosa
Raise your hand if Sam Smith’s velvety-smooth voice sends you into a weak mess every time he opens his mouth. Good news, he’s coming to town this month so you can experience the full force of his vocal prowess in real life! The English singer-songwriter, who rose to fame in October 2012 when he was featured on Disclosure’s breakthrough single “Latch”, has come a long way. With two albums and 27 awards including Grammys, the 26-year-old is at the peak of his career. Sing along to hit tunes such as Too Good at Goodbyes (2017), I’m Not The Only One (2014) and Stay With Me (2014). We suggest bringing a date, as you’re going to get all the feels.
Tickets start from $128.
Venue: Singapore Indoor Stadium
Photo: Capitol Records
Don’t worry, Kinky Boots is not as raunchy as the title might suggest (although it does have an Advisory 16 rating). In fact, it’s a heartwarming story about an unlikely friendship between a cabaret performer and an heir to a shoe factory. The pair team up to produce a line of high-heeled boots in a bid to save the factory’s business, proving they are not too different after all. This boisterous Broadway hit comes to Singapore this month, and you can be sure you’d be thoroughly entertained. Best of all, it features original songs by Grammy and Tony award winner Cyndi Lauper, so you can expect catchy tunes you can bop your head to.
Tickets start from $65.
Venue: Sands Theatre @ Marina Bay Sands
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which means it’s the best time to wear pink to support this meaningful campaign! Its goal is to spread awareness of this life-threatening disease and advocate early detection, with month-long activities culminating in its signature event, the Pink Ribbon Walk.
You can choose either to walk the 3.5km route or run the 5km route. Both routes allow you a wonderful scenic view of the Kallang Basin, and come with a pink unisex t-shirt and drawstring bag.
Tickets start from $40
Venue: Singapore Sports Hub Ocbc Square
Photo: Breast Cancer Foundation’s website
Margaret River On Tour presents the region’s finest wine, gourmet produce and unique destination experiences over a series of events happening from 8 to 12 October 2018. Fans of Western Australia’s Margaret River are in for a treat, as over 30 purveyors from the region come together in Singapore to celebrate the region’s best. At the heart of the celebration is Seasons On the Hill, a one-night-only affair happening on 11 October 2018.
Fine food producers like Margaret River Nougat Company will also be there to present their products, and gourmands can expect to indulge in cuisine prepared by celebrated West Australian chefs Tony Howell and Evan Hayter.
Tickets are from $40
Venue: Tamarind Hill
Photo: Margaret River on Tour
If you love to cut a rug on your living room floor, you’re in luck. This October, Esplanade Theatre brings back its Da:ns Festival, a joyous 13-day event which celebrates the spirit of movement. As always, expect plenty of opportunity to boogie with a series of masterclasses, footwork and workshops, such as the Masterclass by Lip J which will see you get down and learn a few new moves from the sassy veteran dancer.
Even if you think you have two left feet, you can still get in on the action with the comprehensive list of ticketed performances, such as Until the Lions and International Stars of Ballet. Visit Esplanade’s website for more info.
Venue: Esplanade Theatre
Hotel G Singapore is bringing you on a trip down memory lane as they transform your favourite arcade of yesteryear in the launch of G-sessions of Singapore. Lose yourself in a Dance Dance revolution dance-off with professionals DDR enthusiasts or bring your A-game to the claw machines—with prizes from the likes of Laneige, Mamonde and Hotel G Singapore to be won, the stakes just got higher.
Sign your attendance early to secure game tokens for some good old-fashioned fun fueled by drinks including Jim Beam concoctions and grub that’s better than your canteen food.
Venue: Hotel G Singapore
Photo: Hotel G
Calling all gaming enthusiasts, get ready for a weekend of heart-thumping action as the annual game convention GameStart Asia 2018 is back in Singapore for the fifth time! This extravaganza promises a day of quirky fun, where you get to don costumes and spend the day indulging in tabletop gaming as well as indie and retro games. If you’re one for competition, participate in the SEA Major 2018, one of South-east Asia’s largest fighting game tournament – you might stand a chance to win over US$60,000 in prizes (but you’d have to fight real hard to get there)
Venue: Suntec Convention Centre Halls 401, 402 and 403
Photo: GameStart Asia’s website
If you like plays that have plenty of philosophical dialogue but nothing major really happens (hence, the waiting), then this one is for you. This tragicomedy follows the lives of nomads Vladimir and his friend, Estragon, as they wander along a barren country road while waiting for a man called Godot who (spoiler alert!) never arrives.
Voted the “most significant English language play of the 20th century” in 1990 by the British Royal National Theatre, the play explores themes such as the meaning of human existence.
Tickets are from $58
Venue: Victoria Theatre Concert Hall
For those who are aficionados of architecture and/or history, consider spending your morning at the Black & White Houses Tour – a cultural journey where you get to visit iconic black and white colonial houses and learn about their stories.
With the houses set in lush greenery, they are the site of idyllic tranquility and are bound to take you back in time.
Tickets are from S$90
Venue: Dempsey Road
Raise your glass, vino lovers! Wine Fiesta Singapore – one of Singapore’s biggest annual wine festivals – is heading indoors for the first time. So instead of sweating it out in the humid weather, you get to sample more than 250 wines and enjoy stunning views of the waterfront in the comfort of air-conditioning! Hungry?
There will be a delectable spread of gourmet treats whipped up by renowned local and international chefs that will pair well with your drinks. You can also attend expert-led classes and stories shared by winemakers, so expect a fulfilling wine-filled weekend. Cheers to that!
Venue: The Clifford Pier The Fullerton Bay Hotel
Photo: Wine Fiesta’s website
Take a trip down memory lane as you sing along to British-Norwegian boy band A1’s syrupy-sweet tunes. They are back in town for a one-night only gig after two years to mark the band’s 20th anniversary (gasp, who else feels old?).
This time, the band will also see the return of former member Paul Marazzi for the first time since 2002! He quit the band abruptly then, citing personal reasons. Expect to hear hit songs such as Take on Me (2000), Same Old Brand New You (2000), Everytime (1999) and Like A Rose (2000).
Tickets are from $98.
Venue: MES Theatre @ Mediacorp
Indulge in an evening of cross-genre music with this charming band. The Times describes them as “one of the world’s most elegant live bands” and it’s no wonder why. This “little orchestra” plays infectious music that is a blend of classical, latin, jazz and old-fashioned pop.
Tickets are from $48.
Venue: MES Theatre @ Mediacorp
Photo: Esplanade’s website
End of year feasting will soon be upon us, so why not prevent that by getting in a little exercise now? What’s more, the CSC Run by the Bay will be happening in the evening along the scenic waterside of Marina Reservoir, so you get to stay in shape and enjoy a spectacular sunset view. Worth it? We say yes!
Tickets are from $58.
Venue: Gardens By The Bay East
Photo: CSC Run by the Bay’s website
Buy To Save is an annual event that gathers the best pre-loved designer brands sold at an exclusive three-day pop-up sale. All proceeds support Singapore Committee for UN Women’s work to end violence against women in Singapore and the region. Find incredible bargains from designer brands such as Tod’s, Marni, Tsumori Chisato, MiuMiu, and Jimmy Choo, to high street labels such as Topshop, there’s something for everyone.
Venue: Forum The Shopping Mall, Basement 1 Atrium
Photo: UNWomen Committee
Are you a Japanese food connoisseur or just a lover of all things Nihon? Then you have to go to this dedicated Japanese F&B showcase happening end of the month. It’s ASEAN’s largest one and it promises to be a showcase of the finest in Japanese seasonal produce and delicacies. Expect a line-up of anything and everything oishii, from sashimi to an array of Japanese tea. You can also sharpen your kitchen skills by observing culinary demonstrations by Japanese chefs or trying your hand at cooking classes there.
Tickets are from $4.
Venue: Suntec Convention Centre Halls 401 and 402
Photo: Oishii World’s website
Looking to add another sparkly thing to your jewellery box? The annual Singapore Jewellery and Gem Fair is probably your best bet. Back for its 6th edition, the fair aims to provide luxury pieces and stones at affordable prices direct from the source, so you can be sure you’d get the best deal.
With over 200 exhibitors from 25 countries, you’d be spoilt for choice, whether you are looking for something luxurious or a simple wearable piece. If you love local products, head to the new Designers Atelier Pavilion which will be showcasing items from Singaporean jewellery designers such as Carrie K. and Sara Tan.
Venue: Marina Bay Sands
Photo: Singapore Jewellery and Gem Fair’s website
American singer and songwriter Jason Mraz will be here for a one-night-only gig — in fact, it’s his only concert in Asia this year. How honoured are we?! Held in conjunction with the final edition of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore, the guitar-toting Grammy winner’s effortless vocals and penchant for riffs will surely send good shivers down your spine.
Croon along to some of his best acoustic, pop and soul hits, such as Lucky (2008), I Won’t Give Up (2012) and I’m Yours (2008).
Tickets are from $108.
Venue: National Stadium
Photo: Unusual Entertainment
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- Black & White Houses Tour
- CSC Run by the Bay
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- Keisuke Takeda
- kinky boots
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- Pink Martini
- Pink Ribbon Walk 2018
- Sam Smith
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