October brings a host of events and activities for families, art-lovers, concert-goers and foodies alike. Here are some happenings around the island you don’t want to miss.


1. Pink Ribbon Walk

Breast cancer is the number one cancer that affects women in Singapore and it accounts for almost one in every three cancers diagnosed here.

To raise awareness and raise funds to fight breast cancer, the Breast Cancer Foundation (BCF) organises its flagship annual community event, the Pink Ribbon Walk, annually during Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM) in October. This year’s walk, the 12th in the series, also aims to emphasise the importance of a healthy lifestyle, and demonstrate solidarity with those afflicted with breast cancer.

Collect your race pack from 28 to 29 September, 11am – 7pm, at Kallang Leisure Park Level 1 Atrium, and walk your way to a cancer-free lifestyle. For more information about BCF, visit www.bcf.org.sg.

5 Oct, 4 – 8pm, Singapore Sports Hub, OCBC Square. Check www.pinkribbonwalk.sg/ for registration fees.


2. Klook Travel Festival

Tired of travel fairs with pushy promoters and one-size-fits-all tour packages? Experiential travel platform Klook will help you develop an itinerary tailored just for you at the Klook Travel Festival.

As the first fair in Singapore that targets a growing segment of Free and Independent travellers (FITs), the event will help travellers build their perfect holiday with eight experiential travel zones, a weekend of talks featuring personalities like Nas Daily, and event-exclusive discounts. Attendees also stand a chance to win $50,000 worth of prizes. 

Supporting travel partners include Universal Studios Japan, Japan Rail (JR) West, Korean Tourism Organisation (KTO), Scoot, Shopee, GoPro, Agoda, Sephora, and more. Admission to the two-day extravaganza is free. Simply download the Klook app and join in the revelry by checking out with the entrance pass here.

5 – 6 October, Suntec City Convention Centre. Visit their website at www.klook.com


3. Patek Philippe Watch Art Grand Exhibition Singapore 2019

Watch aficionados, this event will be worth your time. The much-anticipated Watch Art Grand Exhibition in Singapore has premiered in Asia, and it’s the largest one since those staged in 2012 in Dubai, 2013 in Munich, 2015 in London and 2017 in New York.

The Swiss luxury watch and clock maker chose Singapore as the event venue in 2019 in honour of our bicentennial, and has curated a selection of limited timepieces, including special edition ones, that collectors and hobbyists alike can appreciate. Immerse in the history, culture and artistry of watchmaking, and get a rare behind-the-scenes look at what goes into each exquisite creation.

Admission is free.

28 Sep – 13 Oct, Sun – Thu, 10am to 7pm; Extended hours:  4, 5, 11, 12 Oct 10am to 10pm; Family Days: 6 & 13 Oct, 10am – 5pm. Marina Bay Sands Theatre. Visit their website at patek.com/watchart2019


4. Health Fiesta 2019

The first-of-its-kind in Singapore, Health Fiesta is a three-day event that focuses on health, nutrition and wellness.

Don’t fret if you missed it in May, the biannual event is back. Now in its fifth edition, the event features over 100 exhibitors and a diverse array of more than 500 brands. Glean invaluable health tips from the informative talks by doctors and TCM physicians, cooking demos and sharing sessions with celebrities, as well as an engaging health forums. 

Another highlight that will happen from 11 to 12 October at Health Fiesta is the prestigious 23rd APHCA Hair & Makeup Olympics, where hair, makeup and nail professionals showcase their skills. The event will be held in conjunction with the International Beauty & Wellness Professionals Forum, where practitioners, educators, advisers and more in the beauty and wellness industry share their thoughts on beauty and wellness trends and outlook.

11 – 13 Oct, 11am – 9pm, Singapore EXPO Hall 4B. Visit their website at www.facebook.com/sghealthfiesta


5. Design Orchard’s Active Fashion Week 

You may know Design Orchard as the retail and incubation space that spotlights local designers and their creative pieces. Over the weekends, celebrate Singaporean brands (and keep fit at the same time!) by purchasing a limited edition active pack (worth $80) for $15. Each active pack includes:

  • 1 x 60min core yoga by Yoga Lab OR Barre Class by Barre Lab at Design Orchard’s Rooftop Garden 
  • 1 x $15 Yumi Active voucher
  • 1 x 30ml Refreshing Face Mist from alche{me}
  • 1 x Skin Consultation by alche{me}
  • 1 x Twin Cookie Pack from Yoga Superfuel
  • 1 x Tea Bag from Tily Tea

Look like a beauty and train like a beast at Design Orchard’s Active Fashion Week; from trusted skincare to versatile activewear to delectable snacks, there’s something in the active pack for everyone.

12 and 19 October 2019, 9am to 11am and 5pm to 7pm, Design Orchard. Purchase the active pack at bit.ly/activefashion


5. A Very Singaporean Celebration! A Bicentennial Tribute

Organised by the professional chamber orchestra, re:Sound Collective, the Bicentennial concert is a celebration of home-grown talents and will feature Ike See, the young Singaporean violinist who is making waves in the Australian Chamber Orchestra. He will return to lead re:Sound in its first commission with two first symphonies by Mozart and Beethoven.

Pianist and composer Jonathan Shin’s 1819 Suite for Small Orchestra will also receive its world premiere at the concert, taking listeners through a musical journey that spans across two centuries of Singapore’s history.

Pianists Lim Yan and Koh Jia Hwei will perform French composer Saint-Saëns’s The Carnival of the Animals in its original chamber orchestration. The concert will be topped off by Mozart’s first symphony and Beethoven’s first symphony.

Tickets are priced at $38 and $28.

16 Oct, 8.15pm, Victoria Concert Hall, more details at their resoundcollective.org/a-very-singaporean-celebration


6. Heritage Tile Walk

Singapore is home to a diverse variety of imported ceramic tiles, typically seen on shophouses, temples and commemorative spaces.

Jennifer Lim, an Australian artist based in Singapore since 2012, was inspired by the decorative vintage tiles to uncover, research and photograph over 200 examples from the Art Nouveau period and earlier.

Follow her through Bukit Brown Cemetery, just minutes from MacRitchie Reservoir, and learn more about the international origins of these tiles, and the various art periods they represent. This walk through Singapore’s outdoor museum presents a fascinating look at our history and heritage through art.

The event is free and open to all.

17 Oct, 9am – 11am, Bukit Brown Cemetery, 36C Lorong Halwa, Hill 1, Concrete platform, S298637. Register at www.eventbrite.sg/e/heritage-tile-walk-thu-17-october-tickets-72210358125?aff=ebdssbdestsearch


7. Mosaic Music Series: Chōwa – In Harmony by Rani Singam and Akira Ishii

Jazz fans, this one’s for you. The Mosaic Music Series promising a swinging good time as the rich sounds of jazz reverberates around the halls of Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay. 

On 24 and 25 Oct, treat yourself to the melodic sounds of vocalist Rani Singam (known as Singapore’s first lady of jazz) and Akira Ishii (one of Japan’s foremost jazz pianists), as they pair up in the spirit of chōwa, the Japanese concept of harmonious partnerships.

The two first performed together in Tokyo in 2018, and their synergistic collaboration led them to team up once again in this two-evening performance of intimate piano and voice duets. This marks Ishii’s Singapore debut and a dynamic musical partnership in the true spirit of Chōwa.

24 – 25 Oct, Esplanade Recital Studio, Esplanade Theatres on the Bay. Visit their website at www.esplanade.com/festivals-and-series/mosaic-music-series/2019


8. Moonlight Cinema

As part of the 30th Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF), which will run from 21 November to 1 December, the second edition of Moonlight Cinema is back with three films that promise to delight: the 1995 American comedy-drama Empire Records, 2004 French drama film The Chorus, and the 2017 award-winning Indian musical drama Secret Superstar.

Head to Supertree Grove Lawn at Gardens by the Bay for a night-out under the stars and be inspired by these films about chasing your dreams. 

Admission is free.

25 – 27 Oct, Supertree Grove Lawn @ Gardens by the Bay. Visit their website at sgiff.com/moonlightcinema/


9. Backstreet Boys DNA World Tour concert

No, we’re not playing games with your heart. The best-selling boy band in pop history will be stopping by Singapore on their DNA World Tour on 30 October. Watch AJ, Brian, Nick, Howie and Kevin perform larger than life as they bust out their dance moves and flex their vocals to smash hits that captured you as a 90s kid (or a second-generation fan).

Relive your best memories to their biggest hits like I Want It That Way, Larger Than Life, Quit Playing Games (With My Heart), As Long As You Love Me, and Shape Of My Heart, and bop along to new tracks like Don’t Go Breaking My Heart, which can be found on their latest studio album, DNA.

Oct 30, 8pm, Singapore Indoor Stadium, Kallang. Get your tickets at www.sportshub.com.sg/BSB2019 before they’re sold out.