Photo: Unsplash and Mariah Carey Instagram
The arrival of November signals unequivocally that 2018 is almost on its last legs. December, and all the merry-making associated with Christmas and New Years Eve, will soon be upon us. But if you think November is December’s poorer and more boring cousin, think again. From marathons and musicals to whiskey tastings and food trials, there are tons of activities to satisfy the fussiest of tastes before the year is over. So start marking your calendars now!
Week 1: Nov 1 to 11
1. A Taste of Jerusalem, — Nov 2 to 7
Photo: Wild Honey’s website
Indulge in a gastronomical experience when you attend this tasting event, which will boast exquisite flavours from Israeli cuisine. Held at Wild Honey, Slovakian chef Yossi Elad who has 10 years of experience in Israeli cuisine will be presenting a one-of-a-kind menu for six days. Expect dishes such as the Machneyehuda Platter (which comprises Chef Yossi’s favourite dips including tahini done three ways, served with fresh pita bread), the Market Steak (Onglet steak with traditional crispy potato latkes & mixed salad) and Chef Yossi’s Shakshukit (deconstructed kebab — either lamb or beef — served with tchigurt, pine nuts, pistachios and cured lemon).
Prices vary between $20 to $35++ per dish, and it is essential for you to make a reservation for this tasting event. There’s also a masterclass with him on Nov 5 if you wish to learn from the master.
Venue: Wild Honey @ The Mandarin Gallery
2. Singapore Writers Festival, — Nov 2 to 11
Photo: Singapore Writers Festival’s website
Aspiring writers and expressive thinkers, you’ll not want to miss out this year’s Singapore Writers Festival. This 10-day long festival, which is now in its 21st edition, is filled with activities that revolve around the theme 界 (pronounced as jie, a Chinese character that means “World”). Expect philosophical and thought-provoking events aligned to this year’s theme, which explores the continuum of geographical and man-made boundaries that is perceived to separate nations and people.
Try “Between Earth and Heaven: Four Monodramas” (a series of four monodramas that explores the theatre of “life” and “being” in several realms), “Not all Migrants are the Same” (three background stories of three different migrants, Senthuran Varatharajah, Minh Bui Jones and Nina McConigley) and “Writing About the New Asian Woman” (which questions the idea of female empowerment despite the better opportunities that women enjoy today). Attend book launches, speak to authors, attend screenings or engage in panel discussions. Plenty for the literary fiend. A festival pass costs $25. There are also ticketed events and free events.
Venue: The Civic District
3. Mariah Carey Live in Singapore, The Star Theatre — Nov 3
Mimi is back in town and we’re sure her concert will be a super fun mass sing-along session! Join the pop diva as she performs tunes from her sixth compilation album, #1 to Infinity. Expect Carey to belt out favourite tunes such as Hero (1993), Honey (1997), and We Belong Together (2005) in a show that’s bound to be a glittery affair. Let’s hope history does not repeat itself like in 2010, when she took a tumble while performing at her F1 concert at the Padang. Even if she did, we know the veteran will recover like a pro. Tickets start from $88 for Category 6.
Venue: The star Theatre
3. Poinsettia Wishes Featuring Disney Tsum Tsum, — Nov 2 - Jan 6, 2019
Photo: Gardens by the Bay
Immerse yourself in an overload of cuteness with Singapore’s first Disney Tsum Tsum floral display that will be showcased at the Flower Dome. Featuring over 40 giant-sized Tsum Tsums alongside more than 8,000 multi-coloured poinsettias, we can’t find a better reason to admire a dome full of flowers with your loved ones other than with the adorable exhibits of these “stackable” Disney characters. Furthermore, visitors will receive a set of two Disney Tsum Tsum gift wrapping papers with a minimum spend on $40 on conservatory tickets in a single receipt (only from Nov 16 to 29). Sounds like the perfect excuse to gather your friends for a weekend adventure. Admission fee to the Flower Dome costs $12 for adults and $8 for both children and senior citizens.
Venue: Flower Dome @ Gardens By The Bay
4. Whisky Live — Nov 3 to 4
Photo: Whisky Live’s website
Didn’t get your wine fix from Wine Fiesta Singapore last month? Don’t fret! An upcoming whisky event might just be up your alley. The 9th edition of Whisky Live will allow you to savour some 70 whisky and spirit brands from around the world, such as BenRiach, Neisson and Glenglassaugh. Talk about a fun afternoon! Tickets start from $119 for either day, or $188 for weekend passes. If you simply want to learn more about the fine art of whisky, there are masterclasses at $35 per class.
Venue: Andaz Hotel
5. Cedele Marketplace - Nov 3 to 4
The fourth iteration of Cedele Marketplace is finally happening! Set to be a whole weekend centred around Mindful Wellness, learn from experts who will share more about plant-based diets, Aryurvedic wellness, and how to live a sustainable life. For the more active, there is yoga, gut-healthy food workshops, and kids activities. Cedele will also have a smorgasbord of tasty treats, their infamously fresh produce will be on sale, along with a first-hand preview of Christmas goodies. Set to be a fun day out for the whole family - come hungry, find something delicious, and stay for the talks and activities. Admission is free.
Venue: The Atrium Basement, The Star Vista, 1 Vista Exchange Green, Singapore 138617
6. Four-course Tasting Menu at The Song of India — Nov 3 to 10
Photo: The Song of India
Pay homage to the Hindu festival of lights with a mouth-watering meal that celebrates Indian cuisine! Head on over to The Song of India, where the one Michelin-star restaurant will present a four-course meal specially concocted for Deepavali ($79++). Be enthralled by dishes such as the Nagaland Bamboo Shoot Broth (a broth infused with bamboo shoot derived from North-eastern India), the Coorg Mangalorean Fish Curry (a creamy, curry dish made of turmeric, tamarind and chilli from South-Western India) and the Misti Dohi Brûlée (a sweet, chilled yogurt fashioned as a crème brûlée from Western India).
Bonus? It’ll be a truly authentic experience as the meal will be prepared with clay pots and outdoor wood-fire burning stoves. How quaint. Vegetarian option is available too.
Venue: 33 Scotts Road
7. Mamma Mia Musical — Nov 3 to 18
There’s nothing better than spending your weekend evenings jiving to the catchy tunes of ABBA. After all, who doesn’t love the 1975 chart-topper that the musical is named after? If you’ve seen the 2008 movie of the same name starring Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth, this show shouldn’t be foreign to you — that movie was based on this hit musical. The storyline is a little silly — centralising around a girl’s quest to guess who her biological father is from the three past romances that her mother had been in. But the songs are easy on the ear (Super Trouper! Dancing Queen!) which ensures it’s pure light-hearted entertainment. Tickets start from $58 (for E Reserve).
Venue: Sands Theatre at Marina Bay Sands
8. iKON 2018 Continue Tour — Nov 4
iKONICs will be excited about the return of their beloved K-pop boy band, iKON, this November. With the inclusion of Singapore as part of their “Continue Tour”, this show will be the third time this South Korean hip hop group has performed here — the first being in 2014 and the second two years later. Expect top hits from their latest 2018 album, Return (A coincidence? We think not), such as Love Scenario, Beautiful and Best Friend. Tickets start from $148.
Venue: The MAX Pavilion @ Singapore Expo Hall 10
9. Singapore Aquathlon 2018 — Nov 4
Photo: Singapore Aquathlon’s website
Fancy a little hardcore exercise before you hit the festive dinners next year? Try Aquathlon, where you get to work up a sweat by running and swimming. There are three categories of various distances — Mini (400m swim + 3km run), Sprint (750m swim + 5km run) and Standard (1.5km swim + 10km run) — so choose wisely, and according to your level of fitness. Ticket prices start from $62.50 for an individual participating in the Mini category (16 years old & above), and it comes with a race pack that includes a drawstring bag, a Singapore Aquathlon 2018 souvenir tee, a race certificate and a finisher medal.
Venue: Casuarina Grove @ East Coast Park
10. Kygo Kids in Love Tour — Nov 5
Lovers of deep house music, this one’s for you. Move your bodies to the beat on the 5th this month at Kygo’s “Kids in Love” concert, where the 27-year old Norwegian DJ will spin some of his award winning hits like Stole the Show (2016, which won the International Dance Music Awards – Best Chillout/Lounge Track award in the same year) and It Ain’t Me (2017, which won the LOS40 Music Awards – Best International Video award in the same year). Of course, we’re not forgetting some of his top tunes like Kids in Love (2017), Stay (2016) and Firestone (2014). Tickets start from $148 to $348.
Venue: Singapore Sports Hub
11. Istana Opens its Doors to Public — Nov 6
Photo: Ministry of Communications and Information
If you’re interested to see the insides of Singapore’s very own “White House”, head to the Istana on Deepavali. The doors to the President’s office will be opened to public that day from 8.30am to 6pm. Be entertained with a day of fun-filled activities that include performances, tours of the function rooms and Nature Guided Walks. Admission into the Istana grounds is free for Singaporeans and Permanent Residences, whereas tickets will cost $2 for other visitors. To visit the State Room, Banquet Hall and Reception Room, it will cost $2 and $4 for an unguided or a guided tour respectively. Tickets will cost $4 if you’d wish to take part in the Nature Guided Walk at the Istana.
Venue: Istana @ Orchard Road
12. Khalid Live — Nov 6
Groove to the smooth vocals of this R&B artist who gives off a young Frank Ocean vibe. At just age 20, Khalid (pronounced as Kuh-leed) is getting a whole lot of buzz, with his first single Location certified quadruple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. He went on to snag the VMA Award for Best New Artist and chalked up collaborations with big names such as Shawn Mendes, Fifth Harmony’s Normani and Martin Garrix. Authentic and soulful, you can be sure it’ll be a night of awfully good music. Tickets are $108 as it is a free standing event.
Venue: Zepp @ Big Box Jurong East
13. Arts in Your Neighbourhood, — Nov 8 - 25
Photo: Arts in Your Neighbourhood (Awang Batil)
Arty farty types, look forward to various exciting installations and music and dance performances in the Arts in Your Neighbourhood event this month. Spanning over three weekends, this event includes more than 45 specially-curated art activities that will be held in 22 neighbourhoods islandwide, such as Bedok, Tampines, Admiralty, Ang Mo Kio and Clementi. North-siders will be in for a treat as this event’s focus town will be Woodlands, with close to a third of the activities held there. Be prepared for installations like Tan Li Ling and Victoria Lim’s Woodlands Memory Capsules (gachapon machines that contain five different types of capsules located at three selected areas in Woodlands) and Placing Home: Woodlands (a display of five artworks of the neighbourhood to evoke a fresh perspective of Woodlands), as well as performances like Awang Batil by Teater KAMi (a storytelling play of the forgotten Malay folklore, like Pak Pandir, Pak Kaduk, and Lebai Malang) and The Rubbish Prince (a metaphoric show that reflects on the collective upcycling efforts). Performances are free (yay). Visit their website for a list of their line-up and corresponding venues.
Venue: Corresponding venues around Singapore
14. Neon Lights 2018 — Nov 9 to 11
Photo: Neon Light’s website
Indie music fans, rejoice! This outdoor music and arts festival is back this year after a hiatus last year and it promises a great line-up with big names such as Malaysian singer and songwriter Yuna, American ambient pop band Cigarettes After Sex, English indie rock band The Vaccines and Caribou (Canadian musician Daniel Snaith). What’s great about this show is it’s family friendly too, so parents, you can rock along to cool music with your tots, who get to be entertained by creative workshops and art installations as well. Early bird tickets are almost sold out (they start from $103 for Yuna’s concert). Normal ticket prices start from $144 for Saturday and $259 for Saturday and Sunday.
Venue: Fort Canning Park
15. Boutique Fairs Singapore — Nov 9 to 11
Photo: Boutique Fairs’ website
Festive shopping and want something quirky, unique and personal for your friends? You’d probably find it at Boutique Fairs. Held at the F1 Pit Building, this twice-yearly shopping event is widely known for its interesting mix of brands that are certainly not run-of-the-mill. November’s fair will be its annual Gifting Edition, featuring over 250 independent, design-led labels over the span of two levels. These include Ashepa Lifestyle (an African label that offers ethically-made jewellery, handbags, and homewares), Secret Clovers (expect a premium rose-gold collection of 20 delicate stacking rings, statement earrings, and chokers from this gemstone jewellery label) and Sunday Punch (which offers readily bottled cocktails concocted by local bartenders.). Admission is free, but your purchases aren’t!
Venue: F1 Pit Building
Week 2: Nov 12 to 18
16. Jingle in Brooms Town, — Nov 16 - Jan 1, 2019
Photo: Marina Square
Parents, bring your kiddos to Marina Square this November for an early start to the Christmas celebrations. The shopping mall’s central atrium will be transformed into the Brooms Town from Robocar Poli — an iconic district in the South Korean animated children’s television series. The set-up will feature seven life-sized Robocar Poli characters, street themed shops and cafes, with a six-metre tall Christmas tree at the centre of it all. Need more entertainment? A plethora of activities will be available, such as Adventure in Brooms Town (a 15-minute ride around Brooms Town for $15) and Sweet Treats in Brooms Town (the return of Marina Square Whimsical Food Fair that features sweet treats and yummy delights from vendors like Angel Baker, Twentygrammes and Street Food Circus). Bond over a hands-on sesh with your little ones with workshops such as Susanne Ng’s 3D Animal Ice Cream and Rainbow Chiffon Cake Pops Demo ($30 per ticket) and Robocar Poli Cookies Decoration ($25 for one parent and a child). Admission is free, but ticketing prices for various activities vary.
Venue: Marina Square
17. “Let’s Go Jalan Jalan” Food & Music Festival — Nov 16 to 18
Foodies and music lovers will love this food and music festival held at the Singapore Turf Club (Carpark B, next to Kranji MRT). With over 130 food and merchandise booths at this festival, you’ll get to indulge in local delicacies such as popiah, otah, mee siam, muah chee and fried buns with chilli crab dip. Hipsters won’t be left out either. Expect #Instaworthy dishes such as rainbow burgers, fried ice cream, salted egg yolk fries and assorted fruity drinks!). While snacking, groove to awesome melodies from various local talents and established musicians. If you have kids, bring them to the Ponies Petting Zone to interact with adorable animals, or head to the go-karting track if you want to set their hearts racing. Admission is free, but festival coupons cost $10 per booklet.
Venue: Singapore Turf Club
18. Affordable Art Fair — Nov 16 to 18
Photo: Affordable Art Fair
Are you looking to get your walls decorated with contemporary art pieces? Or, are you simply searching for Christmas #prezzie ideas? Look no further with the Affordable Art Fair that will be held at the F1 Pit Building. Get your hands on au courant paintings that range from flora and fauna to city skylines and monochromatic pieces that originate from over 80 galleries and 600 artists. If you’re eyeing something that won’t break the bank, they have a range of designs under $1,000 for you to choose from. Tickets for general admission (which allows entry for all 3 days) are $18.
Venue: F1 Pit Building
Week 3: Nov 19 to 25
19. Saint Marc Children’s Choir — Nov 20 to 21
Send your ears to music heaven with soothing vocals from the French students of the Saint Marc Children’s Choir. This choir is known for their singing performance in the 2004 Christophe Barratier-directed movie, “Les Choristes” (also known as The Chorus). A highlight of their show here? They will be performing some beloved Disney tunes, such as When You Wish Upon A Star from Pinocchio (1940), Colors Of The Wind from Pocahontas (1995), Can You Feel The Love Tonight from The Lion King (1994) and crowd favourite Let It Go from Frozen (2013). Furthermore, the concerts will also feature Singapore’s very own talented young oboist, Quek Jun Rui. Ticket prices start from $58 to $98. Venue: Victoria Concert Hall
20. COMO Cuisine Master Class Series: Oils, — Nov 23
Photo: COMO Dempsey’s website
Are you hoping to elevate your cooking skills to Masterchef level? Glean a tip or two from COMO Cuisine’s Executive Chef, Timothy de Souza, who along with COMO’s registered dietician and nutritionist, Eve Persak, will teach you ways to add depths to your food by manipulating different oils. Not only will they demonstrate this by whipping up a range of dishes from appetisers, soups, mains and desserts, you’d also get a hands-on experience in the preparation of the meal. This is the third and final session of the COMO Cuisine Master Class Series. The session costs $128 which includes lunch.
Venue: COMO Cuisine @ Dempsey Hill
21. Romeo & Juliet Ballet — Nov 23 to 25
Photo: Marina Bay Sands’ website
Shakespearean lovers, be prepared to have your hearts broken once again. Immense yourself in a tale of primal passion and timeless tragedy, brought to life by the prestigious Russian State Ballet of Siberia. The choreographer and art director of this ballet is Sergei Bobrov, former principal dancer from The Bolshoi Theatre Ballet. Be prepared for grand scenes, from the masked ball to the star-crossed intimate moments at the lovers’ balcony. Tickets start from $55 (D Reserve) to $700 (VIP Box — 4 seats)
Venue: Sands Theatre at Marina Bay Sands
22. King of the Trails 2018 Leg 4: Trail Blazer — Nov 25
Photo: Pink Apple Events’ Facebook page
Calling all marathon enthusiasts, this event is perfect if you’re looking to push your limits and step out of your comfort zone. The King of the Trails: Trail Blazer, now in its fourth edition, will sport a 25km route where 80 per cent will be on terrain (with the rest on the road). It’s arduous, but if you’re up for the challenge, go for it! Early bird prices start from $60 ($65 for normal prices), which includes an event tee, a race bib and a finisher medal. If you’ve been a loyal follower of this race (you’ve participated in the previous three editions), you’ll also receive an additional finisher jacket and a “The Trial Conqueror” medallion.
Venue: Macritchie Reservoir Vista
Week 4: Nov 26 to 30
23. Singapore International Film Festival, — Nov 28 to Dec 9
Photo: Singapore International Film Festival
Returning for their 29th edition, the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) this year is dedicated to nurturing and honouring Asian cinematic talents and legends, such as Cambodian film director Rithy Panh and American-Chinese actress Joan Chen. This twelve-day-long festival will feature 103 films from 44 countries across genres and presentations. Films like Cities of Last Things (2018) by Ho Wi Ding, 15 (2003) by Royston Tan and Jia Zhangke’s Ash is Purest White (2018) are not to be missed. Furthermore, this event will showcase debut features from Asian filmmakers, such as The Third Wife (2018) by Vietnamese filmmaker Ash Mayfair. Stanley Kwan will also be screening his latest film, First Night Nerves (2018), starring Sammi Cheng and Gigi Leung, in the Festival’s Asian Vision section. Ticket prices start from $12 to $25.
Venue: Various Locations
24. Digital Exploration of Virtually Versailles, — Nov 30 to Jan 6, 2019
Photo: Lumina Live!
If you’ve always wanted to visit the spectacular Versailles but haven’t gotten around to it, this exhibition is for you. ION Orchard will be hosting a digital exhibition, titled Virtually Versailles, that allows visitors to immerse themselves in an experiential journey of glamour and gold through the Palace of Versailles. There, you can soak in the splendor of fine French art, culture and history (dating as far back to the 17th century), without having to go to France. How good is that? Be prepared to be greeted by King Louis XIV’s reconstructed voice message before you explore the palace’s rich history and humble beginnings. Admission is free, and doors open from 10am to 10pm daily. Visit Virtually Versailles’ website for more details. In the mood for Christmas? Head to the nearby Cartier Ferris Wheel and Christmas Park (Nov 8 to Jan 1, 2019) at the mall’s outdoor space for an enchanting Christmas experience.
Venue: ION Art and ION Sky