Things to do in May 2019
Whether you are an art museum frequent or a fan of music festivals, the month of May has something in store for all kinds of people. Ditch the sluggish weekends of sinking into your couches and attend a fun event with your friends and family. Here are some ideas:
1. Sample alcoholic concoctions at SG Cocktail Festival
To taste 4 different renditions of Gin, Rum, Liquors and Aperitifs, purchase a tasting card for $19
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The SG Cocktail Festival is back for another year of boozy fun with their lineup of cocktail tastings and bar tours. If you want to add more alcohol favourites to your list, this is a good place to explore different gins, rums and liquors.
Pair your drinks with light bites from the food booths scattered around the festival village by vendors like COMO Cuisine and Neon Pigeon. You’ll also get to vibe to live bands and spins by DJs - because the nightlife isn't complete without some tunes to jam to.
Date: 10th-18th May 2019 (Festival Village: 10th-11th May 2019)
Time: 4PM-11PM (Festival Village)
Venue: 9 Empress Place, Victoria Theatre, Singapore 179556
Price: From $35 (Single Day pass)
2. Dine in a garden-themed cafe
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If you’ve already visited all the character cafes in Singapore and wish to switch up your brunches, hop by one of many garden-themed cafes instead. These are all in air-conditioned environments so you won’t have to worry about the heat. For one, Picnic is a food-court style eatery with more than 10 different kiosks with a diverse range of cuisine such as French, Mexican and Japanese.
Wildseed Cafe is a garden-themed cafe at Seletar Aerospace Park where you can purchase bouquets from
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Read our article on garden-themed cafes in Singapore here.
3. Try new makeup at Chanel’s COCO Flash Club pop-up
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Chanel is back with another pop-up event - COCO Flash Club - to launch their new lipstick series which has over 27 eye-catching shades. Just like the previous ones, this one is full of photo spots.
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This time’s decor will see you travelling back to the 80s with disco balls, neon signs, and groovy music you can dance to. Be sure to strike a pose with the mic stands, drum kits and old school jukeboxes.
Date: 4th-11th May 2019
Time: Sun-Thu: 11AM-10PM | Fri-Sat: 11AM-11PM
Venue: Esplanade Annexe Studio, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, 1 Esplanade Drive, Singapore 038981
4. Watch movies at the beach with Peroni Sunset Cinema
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Cinemas are one of the go-to options for a chill day out with friends but when you have a movie night on a beach, that’s a whole other story. Peroni Sunset Cinema is making a comeback this May with movies like Bohemian Rhapsody and Cold Pursuit.
Purchase Tanjong Beach Club’s Poke bowls and crispy fish tacos to munch on during your movie. Good food, a beautiful sunset and movie screenings on the beach - it’s Netflix and chill made better.
5. Jump around on an inflatable Tokidoki playground
Tokidoki inflatable playground
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The World of Tokidoki is a family-friendly event for both kids and adults as well. The themed setup at Changi Airport has an inflatable playground with ball pits, photo ops, as well as a mock bedroom filled with Tokidoki items.
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Check out the Tokidoki exhibition as well, which has a photo booth where you can get a complimentary printed photo. There’s also a retail store for you to cop some Tokidoki souvenirs.
Date: 15th March-1st May 2019
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Venue: 65 Airport Boulevard, Changi Terminal 3, Departure Hall Level 2, Singapore 819663 (opposite Check-in Row 11)
Price: spend $60 at retail or F&B outlets in Changi Airport to redeem an activity pass
6. Groove to a Silent Disco at Marina Bay Sands Observation Deck
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Some of us are hardcore EDM lovers and others prefer to bust out dance moves to pop remixes. At the Silent Disco, you’ll be given your own personal LED headphones so that you can shuffle between 3 different DJ mixes with just a click of a button. You’ll also find that each genre of music is colour coded so you can mingle with those who are listening to the same tracks as you.
Date: 11th May 2019
Venue: 10 Bayfront Avenue, Marina Bay Sands Observation Deck, Singapore 018956
Price: $45 inclusive of 1 drink
7. Transport yourself to the Netherlands at GBTB’s Tulipmania
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Tulipmania at Gardens by the Bay will transport you to the Netherlands with its 35 species of tulips, thatched-roof farmhouses and windmill cottages.
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Date: 12th April-20th May 2019
Time: Daily, 9AM-9PM
Venue: 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Flower Dome, Singapore 018953
Price: Admission charge to the flower dome is applicable
8. Watch the Phantom of The Opera musical
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Broadway’s famous Phantom of the Opera musical will be coming to MBS this may. The musical tells the story of a musical genius’ quest to win over a young Soprano singer’s heart. It’ll be a good place for a date with your significant other, especially with the romantic tunes likes Think of Me and Music of the Night.
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Date: 24th April- 8th June 2019
Time: Tue - Fri: 8PM | Sat: 2PM & 8PM | Sun: 1PM & 6PM
Venue: 4 Bayfront Avenue, Sands Theatre at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018973
Price: click here for more prices
9. Partake in yoga, a 5km run, and partying at AIA Glow Festival
Music festivals might just seem like lots of drinking, partying and the feeling of being hungover the next day. However, that won’t be the case at the AIA Glow Festival which has fitness activities, concerts, as well as healthy festival food, all lined up for you to enjoy.
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Those looking for a good stretch can join yoga sessions held by celebrity yoga instructors Marysia Do and Laura Kasperzak. If you prefer cardio, you could opt to join the 5km charity run.
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After you sweat it out in the fitness sessions, replenish your energy with acai and salad bowls. And wind down the eventful day with live music by Rudimental, The Sam Willows and Nina Nesbitt.
10. Prepare your stomach for Geylang Ramadan Bazaar 2019
Geylang Ramadan Bazaar has over the years been known for their hipster street food including meatballs in buckets, flavoured churros and rainbow grilled cheese sandwiches. However, this year you can look forward to more traditional Malay food and Malay fusion dishes.
The layout of this year’s event is also designed to be more spacious so hopefully, you won’t have to squeeze through crazy crowds.
Date: 3rd May-5th June 2019
Venue: Wisma Geylang Serai
11. Play a detective VR game at the Singapore International Festival of the Arts
De Relaxarette - an installation where you’ll be lying on a moving hammock while listening to various sounds and stories through a pair of headphones
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Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) 2019 is bringing more interactive zones this year. For a thrill, try Frogman, which lets you uncover the mystery of a missing girl through a VR experience where you’ll get to “dive” underwater.
We Can Dance - see your dance recordings on the walls of the National Library building
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Besides playing Nancy Drew, you can also visit the We Can Dance installation where you’ll be busting out your best dance moves in front of a video camera. Your recorded dances will then be projected on the building facade.
Date: 16th May - 2nd June 2019
Venue: Various venues, including the Festival House (1 Old Parliament Lane, The Arts House, Singapore 179429)
Price: Some activities may be chargeable
12. Support local brands and have a tarot card reading at Supercharge Your Life
Supercharge Your Life creators market will house all types of local vendors where you can get everything from candy-shaped earrings to scented candles. There will also be a happy hour event where you can sip on different wines or go for a tarot card reading experience.
Hand-poured soy candles by Hush
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13. Stock up on local produce at Sprout 2019, Singapore’s biggest farmers market
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At Sprout 2019, Singapore’s largest farmers market, you’ll be taught urban farming techniques, given free food samples, as well as be able to purchase different locally-grown crops from farms in Singapore.
Pesticide-free vegetables from local hydroponics farm, Comcrop
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Additionally, you can participate in cooking masterclasses with Michelin star chefs to help you buffer up your culinary skills. Other activities that you can do include making your own blooming teas with flavours like lemongrass, mint and blue pea - all of which are homegrown.
Date: 11th-12th May 2019
Venue: 1 Raffles Boulevard, Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hall 403, Singapore 039593
Price: free admission
14. Admire graffiti street art at Constellation
The Constellation exhibition features graffiti art pieces created by contemporary street artist, Futura. His creations range from youthful character doodles to abstract patterns, all with bold splotches of colour and rough edges.
Image credit: @futuradosmil
Date: 30th May-9th June 2019
Time: Daily, 12PM-8PM (30th May: 6.30PM onwards)
Venue: #02-21, Gillman Barracks, 9 Lock Road
Price: free admission
15. Tickle your funny bone with Katya: Help Me I’m Dying
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Sometimes all we need is a good laugh to kick away our stress. Drag queen Katya Zamolodchikova’s stand-up comedy show, Help Me I’m Dying will do just the trick. The RuPaul season 2 finalist will be incorporating elements of storytelling, some dance movies, music and lots of humour to the show. You’re sure to be in a laughing fit by the end of it.
Date: 12th May 2019
Venue: #03-01, Shine Auditorium, 100 Beach Road, Singapore 189702
Price: from $88
16. Explore the indoor gardens of the newly opened Jewel Changi
We’ve probably all seen Jewel Changi’s majestic Rain Vortex on our friends’ Insta stories since its recent opening. This attraction stands at 40m tall and is the largest indoor waterfall in the world. The luscious greenery surrounding it just makes you feel like you’ve stepped into a whole new place - not something you’d expect to see in an airport at all.
Other green spaces include the Forest Valley that houses a bamboo grove giving Japan vibes. Pop by the Topiary Walk as well which has many cute animal sculptures made entirely from plants.
Read our articles on Jewel Changi here:
Address: 78 Airport Boulevard, Jewel Changi Airport, Singapore 819666
Opening hours: 24/7
Telephone: 6956 9898
17. Watch free circus acts at Esplanade Flipside Festival
Some performances like Bonfire Circus are FOC
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The Esplanade Flipside Festival will is an art event that lets you watch different types of circus performances, some even for free. The Bonfire Circus, a Singaporean circus group, is one of the featured acts. Their performance includes juggling and other aerial dance acts, and you might even get a chance to learn some easy tricks from them.
Trashpeze and their dance trapeze act
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18. Break out of a themed escape room
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If the Annabelle movie was no kick for you then maybe Xcape SG’s Annabelle themed escape room will give you the thrill you desire. Take on the role of a demonologist as you help to end the curse on Annabelle and escape the room.
Other escape rooms worth visiting include Lost SG which has a Japanese Suicide Forest theme.
Read our article on escape rooms in Singapore here.
19. Snap photos in ALDO’s all-pink Zest For Life truck
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ALDO’s Zest for Life experiential room - housed in a truck - is just the thing to bring your insta feed from 50 to 100. As you step into the room full of pink furnishing, you’ll see the new line of shoes creatively showcased - one such display is an open-toed high heel fixed on top of a traditional telephone as a handle.
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There’s also a bathtub turned ball pit as part of the setup - needless to say it’s the most popular photo spot.
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Date: 25th April- 2nd May 2019
Time: Daily, 12PM-10PM
Venue: 252 North Bridge Road, Raffles City, Singapore 179103
20. Explore hidden gems of Singapore like a rainbow tree and star observatory
We’re always complaining that Singapore is so small and there’s nothing to do here, but you’ll be surprised to know that there are many secret places in our little red dot waiting to be discovered - one of which is the Rainbow Eucalyptus tree at Katong. When the layers of the tree’s bark sheds, the inner bright green colour subsequently changes to different shades of maroon, purple and blue.
And you don’t need to purchase fancy telescopes just to stargaze in Singapore. The Woodlands Galaxy Community Club has a stargazing observatory that will help you get up close and personal with the constellations, all for just $1.
Find out more about these secret spots in our article here.
Events in May 2019 in Singapore
Its that time of the year where some of us might be feeling the mid-year slump, but this list of activities might just be that push to get you through the month.