Things to do in January 2019


January 2019 events SingaporeImage adapted from: i Light Singapore

Christmas festivities may be over, but that doesn’t mean things are going to get dull. With a new year comes a new range of activities to look forward to, whether you’re an art buff, gym rat, or party animal. And if you’re into that whole “new year new me” mantra, this is the perfect time to try something out of your comfort zone.

Here’s what you’ll want to mark down in your January 2019 to-do list:  


1. Attend an underground party at a secret spot in the woods with Kave HQ


Kave HQResident band, The Kavemen
Image credit: @thekavehq

Partying at Clarke Quay? Mainstream. Grooving along in the woods is what the cool kids do. Kave HQ is a hidden nightlife spot in a foresty part of Central Singapore. It’s so secret, in fact, that you’ll have to be picked up by the organisers in a vintage Beetle or Kombi van, and get ferried while blindfolded. No peeking!

Kave HQImage credit: @thekavehq

Taking the stage are local indie bands, with some of the past lineups including Disco Hue, Kin Leonn, and Giants Must Fall.

Kave HQThey also hold wedding photoshoots and intimate solemnisations
Image credit: @thekavehq

Tickets cost about $30 and have to be bought in advance. Stay posted on their Facebook or Instagram pages for more details on their next event.

Find out more here.


2. Get in touch with your artsy side with Singapore Art Week 2019


Singapore Art Week 2019Art Walk at Little India
Image credit: Singapore Art Week

Art comes in many forms, and you’ll get to explore these during Singapore Art Week – an entire week dedicated to art exhibitions, installations, workshops, and demonstrations. Among these are art walks through Little India and Queenstown, as well as the display of Tapestry of Scenes of Singapore – a series of watercolour illustrations of various scenes in our Little Red Dot.

Singapore Art Week 2019Tapestry of Scenes of Singapore
Image credit: Singapore Art Week

Singapore Art Week 2019A piece from IMPART Collectors’ Show 2019: Fabulous Monsters
Image credit: Singapore Art Week

Date: 19-27 January
Venue: Various locations. Check out the programme booklet and calendar here.
Price: Mostly free


3. Work your muscles for 2 days straight at Yogafest


Yogafest 2019Image credit:

Calling all yoga enthusiasts: enjoy 2 days of non-stop pretzel action at Yogafest, where there will be over 20 90-minute mass workouts conducted by experienced yogis from around the world. Some names to note are Sean Phelps from USA, Fee Zard from Australia, and our very own Yang Jiamin.

Yogafest 2019Local instructor Haaziq will be conducting calisthenics yoga classes during the event
Image credit: @ziqziqqy

Your ticket will entitle you to:

  • Full-day access to the festival and all its classes
  • Well+Good Market, with over 50 brands of healthy food
  • Craft Room, where you can make your own sustainable crafts by upcycling
  • Wellness Goodie Bag worth $60

Each day’s activities will vary, so check out the schedule to take note of the classes you wish to camp for. Get your tickets here.

Date and time: 12 Jan: 12PM-9PM | 13 Jan: 9AM-6PM
Venue: Urban Park @ Tanjong Pagar Centre
Price: from $68


4. Have a thrill with the rides and games at the Marina Bay Carnival


Marina Bay Carnival 2019

Singapore’s largest carnival is back for its second run for a whopping 3 months, with thrilling rides and games spanning across the open space outside Marina Bay Sands. Apart from last year’s favourites like Mach 5 and ring toss, new rides have also been brought in, all the way from Europe.

Marina Bay Carnival 2019

When you’re done with the excitement, head over to their food stalls for yummy grub like churros and meatballs.

Marina Bay Carnival 2019

Find out more in our article here.

Date: Until 24 March 2019
Time: 4PM-11PM
Venue: Bayfront Event Space
Price: FREE (individual game ticket prices apply)


5. Transport yourself to France with Virtually Versailles, A Digital Exploration


Virtually Versailles Image credit: Virtually Versailles

Still suffering from post-holiday blues? Bring yourself on a mini trip to France with Virtually Versailles, A Digital Exploration at ION Orchard for that last taste of “vacationing” before the work year kicks in full swing.

Virtually Versailles Image credit: @tomagarnier

Apart from reading detailed explanations on the history of the palace, you’ll also be able to “tour” the vast gardens of the grounds on a virtual bike ride.

Virtually Versailles Image credit: Virtually Versailles

But the grand highlight would be a 360-degree digital projection of 5 of the palace’s opulent rooms – so realistic that you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into the real thing.

Date: Until 6 January 2019
Time: 10AM-10PM
Venue: ION Art (Level 4) and ION Sky (Level 56)
Price: FREE


6. Join Luffy in the AR escape game, One Piece Puzzle Hunt


Join Luffy and the Straw Hat Pirates in One Piece Puzzle Hunt, an exciting AR quest in Sentosa. Armed with an augmented reality app on your smartphone, you’ll be trawling the island to solve clues to help your crew escape.

One Piece Puzzle Hunt 2019Game set with 9 limited edition One Piece cards
Image credit: One Piece Puzzle Hunt

This can be played alone or with a group of any amount of people – but of course, it’s more fun when you have friends along! Plus, you’ll get to split the cost of the game set among you. 

One Piece Puzzle Hunt 2019Top winners who clear the game will get limited edition merchandise like fans and posters
Image credit: One Piece Puzzle Hunt

The mission can take up to 2 hours to complete, but if you somehow find yourself stumped, you can return any other day during the event’s run period to pick up where you left off.

Date: Until 13 February 2019
Time: 10AM-7PM
Venue: Sentosa (registration is 1 minute away from Beach Station, in front of iFly) 
Price: $30 per game set


7. Tuck into adorable cat-themed dishes at Kumoya’s Pusheen pop-up cafe


Pusheen cafeImage credit: Kumoya

Kumoya is switching things up again with yet another adorable character pop-up, and this time it’s themed after Pusheen the cat.

Pusheen cafeImage credit: Kumoya

As usual, expect creatively-plated dishes, from Japanese curry to ebi burgers and multicoloured truffle pasta, and end it off with a cutesy pastel dessert.

Pusheen cafeImage credit: Kumoya

Date: 6 January – 31 March
Time: Sun, Tue-Thurs: 12PM-9.30PM | Fri-Sat: 12PM-10PM
Venue: Kumoya


8. Score a hole-in-one at Holey Moley, Singapore’s first mini-golf bar


Holey Moley Singapore

If you think golf is but an old man’s game, that impression is sure to change when you step into Holey Moley, Singapore’s first-ever mini-golf cocktail bar. Their 27 themed stations double up as photo spots, with pop-culture references to franchises like Game of Thrones, The Simpsons, Pacman, and more.

Holey Moley Singapore

To amp up the fun, they serve crazy cocktails at their bar area, as well as 1-metre long pizzas.

Holey Moley Singapore

Find out more about Holey Moley in our article here.


9 . Catch a movie at Eaglewings Cinematics, a premium cinema with massage chairs and recliners


Eaglewings CinematicsPremium Eagle Gold Hall with 12 seats, from $22/ticket
Image credit: Eaglewings Cinematics

When the regular cinema is too ordinary for a date, but GV Gold Class is too pricey, hit middle ground with Eaglewings Cinematics – Singapore’s newest cinema which offers a premium experience at relatively wallet-friendly prices. 

Eaglewings CinematicsStandard Eagle Classic Hall with 60 and 63 seats, from $9.50/ticket
Image credit: Eaglewings Cinematics

All theatre halls are kept small for the best viewing experience, and there are even massage chairs for you to relax on while waiting for your movie to start. The Premium halls are outfitted with lazyboy recliners so you can make yourself at home and stretch those legs out without a care.

Eaglewings CinematicsImage credit: Eaglewings Cinematics

Apart from the latest Hollywood blockbusters, Eaglewings Cinematics also screens wholesome faith-based inspirational films.

Find out more here.

Venue: King Albert Park
Price: from $9.50 for adults, from $6.50 for students


10. Delve into a world of fantasy with The Little Prince: Behind the Story


The Little Prince exhibition SingaporeImage credit: @puranut

You’ve probably read The Little Prince at least once during your childhood. Now, take a trip back to those carefree times with The Little Prince: Behind the Story, an exhibition at the Philatelic Museum with stamps, author illustrations, and sculptures featuring the whimsical characters of the novel.

The Little Prince exhibition SingaporeImage credit: @emvizconde

Look out for The Little Prince In The Dark Collection, a series of glow-in-the-dark sculptures based on the book quote, “It is only in the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye”.

The Little Prince exhibition SingaporeImage credit: @puranut

Date: Until 17 March
Time: 10AM-7PM
Venue: Singapore Philatelic Museum
Price: FREE for Singaporeans and PRs


11. Participate in Run For Light’s Blindfold Walk and get free return ferry tix to Batam


Some join runs for the race packs, others simply to get active in a fun way. With Run For Light, you’ll be getting both while contributing to Guide Dogs Singapore, a charity organisation that helps the blind. 

Run For Light 2019Image credit: Run For Light

Choose between a 5KM Fun Run or a 10KM Individual Open, or further empathise with the visually impaired by taking part in the Blindfold Walk as a pair – where either you or a friend gets blindfolded while the other takes the lead.

Run For Light 2019Image credit: Run For Light

All participants for any category will be given a return ferry ticket to Batam, along with an event tee, finisher medal, and goodie bag.

Date: 26 January
Time: 5PM-10PM
Venue: Punggol Waterway (Punggol Town Square)
Price: From $38 for 5km Fun Run. View their full list of rates here.


12. Pop by the 14-storey Tan Boon Liat Building for a galore of furniture for your new BTO


Tan Boon Liat Building furnitureA setup at Journey East
Image credit: @theexperimess

So, it turns out that IKEA isn’t the only place to hunt for tables and chairs for your upcoming love nest. Behind the unassuming, industrial facade of Tan Boon Liat Building is a paradise of almost 40 furniture and lifestyle stores waiting to be discovered.

Tan Boon Liat Building furnitureImage credit: @cyr18n

Even if you aren’t moving in anytime soon, it’s a great place to browse for items that thousands of other Singaporean households don’t already own – especially if you’re a fan of rustic, industrial, or minimalistic home decor. But of course, quirkier modern pieces are stocked up on too. 

Tan Boon Liat Building furnitureItems from Deer Industries for your kiddo’s room
Image credit: @bohemianinsingapore

Find out more here and check out a list of noteworthy vendors here.


13. Grab coffee at Singapore’s first Starbucks boutique store


Starbucks boutique store SingaporeImage credit: Starbucks Singapore

Singapore’s first Starbucks Reserve opened in 2017 with special brewing methods and Nitro Cold Brews. Just when we thought it couldn’t get any better, the casual coffee chain has recently sprung up with a new boutique store at Tampines Mall – and it’s super gorgeous.

Starbucks boutique store SingaporeImage credit: Starbucks Singapore

This Starbucks outlet has 2 storeys and floor-to-ceiling windows, as well as fancier coffee machines. Best part is that it’s open for 24 hours on Fridays and Saturdays, with a closing time of 11PM on other days.

Find out more here.


14. Try a new running route in the CBD area


CBD running route Singapore

Clocking in those miles on the treadmill or circling the same old park route can get pretty stale. Switch it up by taking a scenic running route in the Central Business District instead.

CBD running route Singapore

It’s not entirely a concrete jungle – you’ll find yourself enjoying tranquil greenery and waterside views as you sweat it out, while still being conveniently close to MRT stations, malls, and eateries.

Find out more about these routes in our article here.


15. Be dazzled by the light installations of i Light Singapore 2019


i Light Singapore 2019Keys of Light
Image credit: i Light Singapore

i Light will be back at the end of this month to dazzle us with its beautiful light installations. One of the more noteworthy pieces is Keys of Light, where colourful animations will be projected with the pressing of piano keys.

i Light Singapore 2019Good Fortune at the Elgin Bridge Underpass
Image credit: i Light Singapore

The event will stretch across the CBD area, from Marina Bay to Clarke Quay, featuring over 30 incandescent installations – giving you plenty of ground to cover over one weekend.

i Light Singapore 2019Reflecting Holons at Raffles House at Fort Canning Park
Image credit: Martens Visser

i Light Singapore 2019Squiggle at The Promontory @ Marina Bay
Image credit: i Light Singapore

Date: 28 January – 24 February
Time: Sun-Thurs: 7.30PM-11PM | Fri-Sat: 7.30PM-12AM
Venue: Various locations in the CBD. View the festival map here
Price: FREE


16. Appreciate theatre, dance, music, and art at Singapore Fringe Festival 2019


Singapore Fringe Festival 2019From This Is Where by Sean Cham
Image credit: Sean Cham

The yearly Singapore Fringe Festival celebrates a range of art disciplines, from theatre and dance, to visual arts and music. One of the highlights this year includes This Is Where by Sean Cham, a photo series displayed across selected JCDecaux bus shelters featuring migrant workers against the areas they’re often hidden behind.

Singapore Fringe Festival 2019Precise Purpose of Being Broken, a multi-lingual play adapted from texts by Haresh Sharma
Image credit: @m1sff

Date: 16-27 January. Check out the event calendar here.
Venue: Various locations. View the event maps here.
Price: FREE


17. Let your productivity soar at a cool co-working space


Co-working spaces SingaporeJustCo, which has a mini golf course and arcade room

If you’re a freelancer sick of getting chased out of cafes when you’re trying to get work done – or just need a change of environment – consider a co-working space instead. There are plenty of cool ones in Singapore with open concepts and catalogue-worthy decor, where you’ll get to interact with like-minded creative people.

Co-working spaces SingaporeCo., which offers complimentary drinks

Some of them even provide free drinks and have chill areas with foosball and video game consoles. Watch your productivity soar as you tap along on your keyboard in these non-stifling spaces!

Co-working spaces SingaporeCo.’s breakout area

Find out more about these co-working spaces in our article here.


Events in January 2019


No worries if you’re still in a holiday mood, ‘cause there’s lots of fun happening with the dawn of 2019. Take a breather during weekends with these events and activities, and you’ll feel fully charged up to tackle the new work year.