20 Events You Should Attend in Singapore in May 2019

Music/ Dance

#1: 18 May – D’Battleground: A 3v3 Hip Hop Battle

Join d’Hoppers from NUS at d’Battleground for an epic hip hop battle! It may only be the beginning of D’Hops, but this group is already doing it right. Creating an inclusive dancing stage for all, where experience and background take a backseat, is what matters. Right here in d’Battleground, both new and experienced dancers have an equal chance to emerge as champions. Competition is fair, but do YOU have the guts?

When: 18 May 2019

Time: 2.00pm – 9.00pm

Venue: Utown Dance Studio

Nearest station: Kent Ridge

Admission: $8 – $20

For more information: Visit their website

#2: 25 May – AIA Glow Festival 

We’re almost halfway through the year – we need a break. We also need to celebrate. If you wish to hit the reset button, or to rejuvenate, AIA Glow Festival has you covered. Unwind and recharge yourself with yoga for both amateurs and yogis alike. Music and food are the panacea for your soul, so look forward to amazing bands and solo artistes, as well as a sumptuous feast. But what’s a festival like without getting all pumped up? Run for charity and get all sweaty. Hit the sign up button now.

When: 25 May 2019

Time: 7.00am – 11.00pm

Venue: Palawan Beach Sentosa Island

Nearest station: Harbourfront

Admission: $0 – $103.95

For more information: Visit their website


#3: 11 & 12 May – OCBC Cycle 2019

Cycle for the environment! Cycle to make a statement, to show that you care for our future generations. OCBC is pledging to:

  1. Plant one tree for every 50 cyclists.
  2. Stop the usage of single-use plastic in our event pack collection.
  3. Issue event bibs in wood-free paper envelopes.
  4. Wrap event medals in tracing paper.
  5. Organise workshops on recycling and upcycling.
  6. Replace trophies for the OCBC Cycle Speedway Championships with reusable steel tumblers from Hydro Flask.
  7. Repurpose event banners and used plastic containers into useful items, such as tote bags and furniture.
  8. Compost fruit peels into plant fertilisers.

When: 11 – 12 May 2019

Time: 6.00am – 12.00pm

Venue: Singapore Sports Hub

Nearest station: Kallang

Admission: $21.60 – $99

For more information: Visit their website

#4: 31 May – DBS Marina Regatta

The DBS Marina Regatta is back! Enjoy free water sports at the Bay, live music performances and a thrilling array of modern hawker food and cocktails. This time, there will be exciting workshops on eco-consciousness that you can immerse yourself in. What better way is there to spend the weekends than with your loved ones at this carnival?

When: 31 May 2019 – 2 June 2019

Time: 3.00pm – 10.00pm

Venue: The Promontory@Marina Bay

Nearest station: Downtown

Admission: Free

For more information: Visit their website

Food/ Drinks

#5: 3 to 5, 10 to 12, 17 to 19, 24 o 26, & 31 May – Bayfront Popup Market

The Bayfront Popup Market is your go-to for quirky, handmade and artisan wares. A spot for homegrown businesses and social enterprises to congregate, be sure to check them out!

When: All Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in May 2019

Time: 5.00am – 9.00pm (Fridays); 11.00am – 9.00pm (Weekends)

Venue: Gardens By the Bay

Nearest station: Harbourfront

Admission: Free

For more information: Visit their website

#6: 3 to 12 May – RWS Street Eats 

In the third-year running, prepare to be stunned by a dazzling line-up of asian food at this gastronomic fair! From Malaysia to Taiwan, local delights tucked away from plain sight have been assembled for you right here in RWS. Rediscover familiar dishes in their the rawest versions, and share your favourites at #comeforfood. Don’t forget about the desserts, and look out for “Happy Street Hour” Specials!

When: 3 – 12 May 2019

Time: 10.00am – 9.00pm (Mondays to Thursdays); 9.00am – 10.00pm (Fridays to Sundays)

Venue: Malaysian Foods Street, Waterfront Level 1

Nearest station: Harbourfront

Admission: $12 – $15

For more information: Visit their website


#7: 4 & 5 May – Doujin Market

As its name suggests, the Doujin Market (or Doujima) is a celebration of doujinshi, self-published artworks, and a place for doujins, people who share common interests, to convene. Expect creators of music, tabletop game and boardgame, along with their works. Companies in arts education, animation, gaming, production and publishing will be there as well. Learn from their expertise, and catch opportunities for collaboration!

When: 4 – 5 May 2019

Time: 11.00am – 8.00pm

Venue: Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre Hall 401/402

Nearest station: Esplanade

Admission: Free

For more information: Visit their website

#8: 11 & 12 May – Sprout

Are you a fanatic of healthy, whole foods? Does sustainable living catch your eye? Or do you simply love obtaining fresh produce from farmers? SPROUT returns as Singapore’s largest farm-to-people festival, a platform for producers and consumers to meet. If you’re a foodie, go for it! Support local agriculture, urban farming, and transparent practices in the food industry!

When: 11 – 12 May 2019

Time: 10.00am – 8.00pm

Venue: Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hall 403

Nearest station: Esplanade

Admission: Free

For more information: Visit their website

Lifestyle / Culture / Art

#9: 1 to 5 May – Flowers

FLOWERS is an interactive exhibition that delves into the shunned topic of patriarchal violence. Immerse yourself in an intimate session to reconsider your reactions and responses to it. Seek a broader perspective of how it violates our lives, and how we can resist it.

When: 1 – 5 May 2019

Time: 10.00am – 10.00pm

Venue74 Jalan Kelabu Asap, Singapore 278267

Nearest station: Holland Village

Admission: $24 – $30

For more information: Visit their website

#10: 1 to 10 May – A.i.R No. 3: The Aesthetics of Disappearance

US-based artist Tristan Cai presents to you: The Aesthetics of Disappearance. From the perspectives  of houseboys in the 1800s to 1930, and with the brilliant employment of visual effects in photography, Cai captures his views towards history, the constraints of documentation, and censorship.

When: 1 – 10 May 2019

Time: 12.00pm – 7.00pm (Tuesdays and Saturdays); 12.00pm – 5.00pm (Sundays)

Venue: DECK Gallery 1

Nearest station: Little India, Jalan Besar

Admission: Free

For more information: Visit their website

#11: 1 to 12 May – Art exhibition: Trailblazing Women

Women are becoming more vocal, notably in the artistic community. Daw Myint Myint Tin, Phyu Mon and Zoncy Heavenly are three generations of female artists pioneering the change in Myanmar. Their works are reflective of the political context they were brought up in. Analyse Myanmar’s society through the eyes of these women at this exhibition.

When: 1 – 12 May 2019

Time: 2.00pm – 7.00pm

Venue: Intersections

Nearest station: Bugis, Nicoll Highway

Admission: Free

For more information: Visit their website

#12: 1 to 12 May – Within A Square Inch: The Art of Seal Carving

Seals were recognised as an emblem of prestige and authority in the history of China, accorded only to the elites and noble in ancient dynasties. Chinese seal carving has evolved into an abstract yet artistic form that is intertwined with calligraphy. Express your identity and personality through your very own seal at this workshop.

When: 1 – 12 May 2019

Time: 11.00am – 7.00pm

Venue: NAFA

Nearest station: Bencoolen

Admission: Free

For more information: Visit their website

#13: 4 May – Opening of Speak Cryptic

Open My Heart, Ease My Task, Loosen the Knot on My Tongue is a reference from the Quran 20:25-27, Exodus 4:10, Moses’ prayer when he was commanded to face the Pharaoh. The title draws from a yearning for transparency in our interactions. Artists want honest communications to manifest in their artworks, unbounded by culture and customs. Speak Cryptic is a poetic narrative of personal and fantastical tales from a vantage point.

When: 4 May 2019

Time: 3.00pm – 5.00pm

Venue: Chan + Hori Contemporary

Nearest station: Labrador Park

Admission: Free

For more information: Visit their website

#14: 4 May – Stage Ready: a spoken word masterclass with Luka Lesson

Under the lead of Luka Lesson, performers give voice to written literature. Confront your worries and lack of self-confidence. Project yourself at the top of your lungs, with fire in every puff of air that you breathe. All students will be entitled to customised feedback by Lesson. He is a poet and performer, having nearly 10 years of international touring experience under his belt. Made for beginners as well as more advanced learners.

When: 4 May 2019

Time: 3.00pm – 6.00pm

Venue: Sing Lit Station

Nearest station: Rochor

Admission: $36

For more information: Visit their website

#15: 5 May – Mug With Me

Everybody uses a mug, so what can be better than having a personalised one? In this workshop, all participants are provided with a mug in its nascent stage to work on. You will be taught to attach handles, as well as make intricate patterns and adorn it with underglaze. These mugs are then sent back for firing before they can be ready for collection. And don’t worry, they will be safe for usage after the firing!

When: 5 May 2019

Time: 10.00am – 12.30pm

Venue: Itchy Fingers

Nearest station: Aljunied

Admission: $55

For more information: Visit their website

#16: 11 May – Tea Making: Growing to Brewing Workshop at Sprout

The preparation of tea is a ceremony in its own right; the intricacies and attention-to-detail involved is enchanting, the least to say. Tea is definitely beyond a simple refreshment. So get engaged behind the scenes, and you will come to realise how Pu’er, Earl Grey, Teh Ping and Ice Lemon Tea, are merely the tip of the iceberg. Explore various concoctions made of the most wonderful ingredients and the magic they produce together.

When: 11 May 2019

Time: 3.30pm – 4.30pm

Venue: Sprout 2019 (Sprout & Learn Studio), Hall 403, Suntec Singapore Convention Centre

Nearest station: Tiong Bahru

Admission: $40 – $45

For more information: Visit their website

#17: 17 & 18 May – Dionysus

Presenting to you a pan-asian perspective, by pan-Asian actors, Dionysus is an impressive cross-cultural adaptation of The Bacchae. Behold the sight of costumes by Indonesian designer Auguste Soesastro and the playwright of the show Suzuki himself. The play will be accompanied by Indonesian instruments, and a music score composed by Takada Midori. Together, they put forth a powerful and emotive stage that will take your breath away.

When: 17 May 2019

Time: 8.00pm – 9.15pm

Venue: Victoria Theatre Singapore

Nearest station: Clarke Quay

Admission: $32 – $60

For more information: Visit their website

#18: 30 May – Longevity Okinawa Photography Exhibition

Okinawa is known to be the home of centenarians. Okinawans uphold two principles that seem to be their keys to happiness: moai and ikigai. Moai refers to the enduring and close bonds one has with a special group of friends, while ikigai means to strive towards a passionate goal in life. Through photographs, you will comprehend how these Okinawans outlast their years.

When: 30 May 2019

Time: 9.00am – 11.30pm

Venue: The Fullerton Hotel

Nearest station: Raffles Place

Admission: Free

For more information: Visit their website

#19: 30 May – Futura ‘Constellation’

This art exhibition features 30 specially commissioned works produced in Singapore by Futara. It’s not casual graffiti; in it you will recognise the bold and vibrant manner he fashions patterns. Patterns of characters, atoms, cranes that he has become known for.

When: 30 May 2019

Time: 6.30pm – 10.30pm

Venue:Gillman Barracks, Block 9, #02-21

Nearest station: Labrador Park

Admission: Free

For more information: Visit their website

#20: 31 May – A Dream Under the Southern Bough: Reverie by Toy Factory

A modern, local adaptation of the first half of a Ming Dynasty play, A Dream Under the Southern Bough is romantic and dreamy. The performance centres around a disgraced naval officer, who falls asleep and finds himself in the Ant Kingdom. Don’t miss this bewitching installment, brought to you by the award-winning Goh Boon Teck.

When: 31 May 2019

Time: 8.00pm – 10.20pm

Venue: Victoria Theatre Singapore

Nearest station:  Clarke Quay

Admission: $32 – $60

For more information: Visit their website

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