Start the second half of 2017 right this July

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Reality check: half of the year has passed. If you haven’t been keeping in check with your 2017 new year resolutions, it’s time to create your mid-year resolutions instead. You might be feeling back-to-school blues or the intolerable heat of summer’s peak, but that shouldn’t stop you from having some fun.

There are plenty of events lined up and things to do in July 2017; music festivals, scrumptious food fairs and undiscovered indie films are coming up – so get your bums out and start moving.

Events:

1. SHINE Festival

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SHINE Festival showcases people who turned their dreams into reality – from musicians to athletes to gamers, you’re sure to be inspired by their success stories. The biggest youth festival in Singapore is back for its 12th edition with headlining acts by K-pop sensation Jessica Jung and local favourites like Shigga Shay, Gentle Bones and The Sam Willows.

Date: 30 June – 2 July 2017
Time: 1PM – 10PM daily
Location: Orchard Road, from ION Orchard to *SCAPE
Price: Free

2. Weird Wonderful World Picnic Day

Get out of air-conditioned malls and flock over to Weird Wonderful World Picnic Day at the Singapore Botanic Gardens for a healthy dose of sunshine. Organised by Tiong Bahru Bakery, the event will be accompanied by games, workshops, and great music all day. Source: @tiongbahrubakery

Picnic sets are available for pre-order from $50, but make sure you call dibs by 7 July before they sell out. Check out their full itinerary here.

Date: 8 – 9 July 2017
Time: 3PM – 8PM daily
Location: Singapore Botanic Gardens
Price: Admission is free. Picnic sets are available from $50 (pre-order by 7 July)

3. Woof-A-Thon 2017

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Bring your furkid out for some exercise and fun at Woof-A-Thon 2017, the perfect event for you to meet and mingle with other dog owners – and their furry friends too, of course. While you’re at it, you can also get your dog a basic health screening for free.

Dress your pup up for a fashionista parade, and stand to win attractive prizes as well! The event will also host an adoption drive, so head on over if you’re interested in opening up your family to a new member.

Date: 8 July 2017
Time: 3PM – 7PM
Location: Bishan-AMK Park, Ficus Green (opposite the Dog Run Area)
Price: Free (except for 2km buddy walk – $15 per dog)

Register your furry companion here.

4. Flea Party by FleaWhere

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If you’re a pro at thrifting and hustlin’ through crowds, Flea Party will be right up your alley. This event will be like the DAISO full of clothes – brand new pieces of tops and bottoms are sold from as low as $2 a piece; accessories range from 50 cents to $1.

Date: Every day of July 2017
Time: 1PM – 7PM daily
Location: Lucky Plaza

5. Kooza by Cirque du Soleil

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The Cirque du Soleil troupe never disappoints, and this year they are back with Kooza, the story of an innocent man in search of his place in the world.

Unlike their new ventures, this show goes back to the troupe’s origins, combining old-school circus traditions of gravity-defying acrobatics and clowning with spectacular twists.

Date: 12 July – 20 August 2017
Location: Under the Big Top Tent, Bayfront Avenue, next to Marina Bay Sands
Price: Starts from $88

Visit their website for showtimes and more details

6. Baybeats

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Mainstream music isn’t everyone’s jam; some of us are more into the chill beats of indie musicians or the crazy screaming of metal bands. Baybeats celebrates alternative music, the biggest festival of its kind in the region – where you can look forward to local and foreign acts covering genres including folk, metal, electro and everything in between.

The festival also celebrates the music-loving lifestyle with a festival village that brings together local indie crafters and entrepreneurs. No tickets are required for this event so just cruise in whenever you want!

Date: 14 – 16 July 2017
Time: 6PM onwards daily
Location: Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
Admission: Free

Check out the line-up of acts here.

7. STREAT @ Clifford Square

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STREAT is probably the most sophisticated food fair of the year, featuring stalls curated by restaurant chefs Malcolm Lee of Michelin-starred establishment Candlenut, and Chef Willin Low of Wild Rocket.

There’ll be a pop-up restaurant by the duo alongside 9 stalls manned by the most talented hawkers and chefs, selling traditional dishes with a twist. Treat your palates to a 3-course Peranakan meal at $50 nett – you’ll be savouring food by experts of the industry at a fraction of their usual prices.

Date: 14 – 15 July 2017
Time: 5PM – 10:30PM
Location: Clifford Square
Price: Free

8. The O.P.E.N

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This whole month of July, skip the usual mainstream movie theatres and explore various artsy foreign films during The O.P.E.N., a prelude to the Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA).

Screened exclusively for the event at The Projector, the vast range of movies will be coming from countries like Argentina, Sweden all the way to Spain and more. The award-winning independent films include genres like documentaries, drama and romance.

Date: 28 June – 30 July 2017
Location: Clifford Square
Price: $45 for an O.P.E.N. Pass (for all programmes; $25 for concession holders), $10 for single entries

Read more about The O.P.E.N. here.

9. Open Stoves

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We all can remember that one time a local hawker totally owned Gordon Ramsay in a laksa cook-off. Unlike that heated competition between hawker and restaurant chef, Open Stoves will bring the two together in creating collaborative off-menu dishes available exclusively during the event.

Some of the creations include Crispy Braised Duck Burger, Coconut Cream Prawn Croquette Sandwich and French Style Hokkien Mee – we’re sure you won’t find these fusion dishes elsewhere. Besides food there’ll also be music, giant Jenga and a Retro Arcade Zone with old school arcade games!

Date: 28 – 30 July 2017
Time: 12PM to late
Location: Timbre+
Price: FREE for admission

10. Wheeler’s Festival

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Bike enthusiasts, gather up. Wheeler’s Estate is launching its cycling group WY-WE-CYCLE and throwing a lawn party, commencing with a 33km scenic ride from Wheeler’s Yard to the party venue.

Settle yourselves down on the grass with your friends and chill with some ice-cold beer and food from Wheeler’s very own Grill House. There’ll also be live music performances by ShiGGa Shay, Jack & Rai, as well as resident bands BYOB and Jumpstart, just to mention a few.

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Go to the venue via your bikes and park at Wheeler’s first bicycle valet; if you’re lucky you’ll snag a Penny Farthing bicycle to take home!

Date: 29 – 30 July 2017
Time: 12PM – 11PM
Location: 2 Park Lane, Seletar Aerospace Park
Price: Free

Check details of the event here.

Things to do:

1. Watch the first Harry Potter movie with live orchestra music

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It’s high time to revisit your favourite wizard’s story, now through an immersive visual and aural experience. The first installment of the blockbuster series, Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone will be screened at the Esplanade Concert Hall with its iconic background music being played by a live orchestra.

Date: 1 – 2 July 2017
Time: 7pm
Location: Esplanade Concert Hall
Price: From $105; check ticket prices here.

2. Step into the stunning world of Downton Abbey

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Based on the immaculate television series, Downton Abbey: The Exhibition showcases the post-Edwardian England that the show’s characters lived in. Step into its iconic house, set builds, and the era that was shaped after World War I.

 

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This is an exhibition worth visiting even if you’ve not watched the show; from authentic antique furniture to actual costumes and props used in the show, the intricacy of the exhibition’s curation will blow you away.

Date: 17 June – 31 July 2017
Time: 11AM – 8PM (Last admission at 7PM)
Venue: Basement 2 Hall F, Sands Expo And Convention Centre at Marina Bay Sands
Price: From $30; check ticket prices here.

3. Create your own fancy cocktails at home for cheap

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We all know the vodka and sprite combo that makes alcohol a ‘lil easier to stomach, but the same old combination can get boring. You don’t need a bartender – just impress your friends with affordable DIY replicas of tasty concoctions like Margaritas, Daiquiris and the Singapore Sling!

Recipes can be found here.

4. Catch Nathan Hartono in The Great Wall: One Woman’s Journey

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Nathan Hartono’s streak of capturing ladies’ hearts isn’t gonna stop anytime soon. Alongside Dutch-Korean actress Na-Young Jeon and veteran Singaporean actor Darren Chan, this is the singer’s return to musical theatre after 6 years.

The story of The Great Wall: One Woman’s Journey follows an old Chinese tale of a woman’s struggle against an Emperor and his ambitions; an inspiring story of how her love, strength and loyalty brought down the Great Wall, the greatest symbol of power in ancient China.

Date: 14 – 30 July 2017
Time: 8PM (Tue-Fri), 3PM & 8PM (Sat), 3PM (Sun)
Venue: Drama Centre Theatre
Price: From $58; check ticket prices here.

5. Have a staycay in Singapore’s first space-themed capsule hotel

You may have heard of Japan’s tiny sleeping pods otherwise known as “capsules” – now we have them too at MET A Space Pod, Singapore’s first space-themed capsule hotel. If you’re looking for a unique staycay with your partner, book their Double Space Pods (from $60/night) at their newest branch at Little India.

Besides the cool pods, you can also hang around their 24-hour lounge and in-house cafe Station 51. That’ll give you plenty of opportunity to mix around with other guests!

MET A Space Pod @ Little India
Address: 424 Race Course Road, Singapore 218670
Telephone: 6291 5113
Book your room here

MET A Space Pod @ Boat Quay
Address: 51 Boat Quay, Singapore 049840
Telephone: 6635 2694
Book your room here

Read our review here.

6. Watch independent films and interact with movie makers @ Asian Film Focus 2017

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If you’re a budding filmmaker, writer or just someone who appreciates film, the Asian Film Focus (AFF) 2017 organised by Objectifs might pique your interest. Dedicated to independent short films from Southeast Asia, this year’s AFF will explore the usage of archival footage in modern filmmaking.

Take an evening out of your busy schedules and engage in insightful discussions with regional filmmakers, curators, professionals and enthusiasts. Dialogue sessions are free for all!

Date: 12 – 15 July 2017
Time: 7:30PM – 10PM
Venue: Objectifs – Centre for Photography and Film
Price: $5 for movie screenings

7. Join the Instagram hype of Yayoi Kusama’s exhibition at the National Gallery

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You might have noticed some serious polka-dot invasion on Instagram from Yayoi Kusama’s exhibition at the National Gallery recently.

Pretty backdrops aside, the exhibition YAYOI KUSAMA: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow sheds light on the artist’s eclectic world of thoughts, and reflects the sheer passion she has in transforming our galleries and public spaces with her works. Step into her creative world, and be inspired by her undying devotion towards art.

Date: 9 June – 3 September 2017
Time: 7:30PM – 10PM
Venue: City Hall Wing, Level 3, Singtel Special Exhibition Gallery, National Gallery
Price: S$15 / S$10 (Concession-holders) for Singaporeans/PRs, S$30 / S$25 (Concession-holders) for foreigners

8. Get lost in Asia’s largest mirror maze at Science Centre Singapore

What if everything you saw was a lie? Optical illusions and the science behind them are exhibited at The Mind’s Eye in Science Centre Singapore. Step into Asia’s largest kaleidoscopic mirror maze and oogle at several optical illusions that are sure to make you question your eyes.

Check out our article here to find out more!

Venue: Singapore Science Centre
Price (for admission into Science Centre):Off-peak: free | Peak: $6 for adults, $4 for children and senior citizens | Standard rate: $12 for adults and senior citizens, $8 for children

9. Explore rustic spots in Pasir Ris

You know we love exploring our neighbourhoods; this time, we took it to the east end of Singapore, Pasir Ris. Though it has undergone some revamping around Whitesands mall and Downtown East, this heartland retains much of Singapore’s old school glory.

From a giant maze garden to old playgrounds and longkang fishing spots, Pasir Ris awaits your exploration before it sports a new look from HDB’s Remaking Our Heartland (ROH) programme.

Read here to check out all the nostalgia-inducing spots in this neighbourhood!

10. Enjoy your favourite hawker dishes for just 50 cents

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For just 2 days, Chinatown Food Street is going back in time to the 80’s when our favourite hawker food was just 50 cents a dish. Yes, you’re gonna be able to buy small-portioned meals all priced at 50 cents! Stuff yourselves silly with Hokkien Mee, Fried Oyster Cake, Ice Balls, and more – all in the ambience of Singapore in the 1980s.

Date: 29 – 30 July 2017
Time: 12PM – 11PM (29 Jul), 11AM – 11PM (30 Jul)
Venue: Chinatown Food Street, Smith Street, Chinatown
Price: FREE for admission

11. Take scenic cycling trails around Singapore

With the rise of on-the-go rental bikes parked along our streets, cycling in Singapore has never been easier. If you’re not much of a jogger, work those thighs on bicycles instead – whilst enjoying the best scenic views of Singapore!

On two wheels, you can enjoy our little red dot’s best sights, in and out of town, along smooth concrete streets to gravelled tracks in the Singaporean jungle. Check this article out for our recommended cycling trails.

Things to do in July 2017

Whether you’re an enthusiastic foodie, an artsy soul or an active health junkie, there’s something fun for everyone this July. Take your parents, friends and bae out for weekends different from any other – this list is here to help you out through the month.