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14 New Things To Do In April 2023 – Sneaker Con, SG’s Largest Pet Fair & Van Gogh-Inspired High Tea

New things to do in April 2023


Yes – We’ve entered April. So far, we’ve conquered New Year’s, Valentine’s Day, and the March school holidays. And now we’re heading into Easter and Ramadan already. Phew. Thankfully, this month has a couple of long weekends coming up. If you’re looking for things to fill your calendar, here are 14 new things to do in April 2023:


1. Kickstart the month with the first ever Sneaker Con in SEA



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@sneakercon_sea

If you know your Air Jordans from Yeezys, then mark 1st-2nd April 2023 on your calendar for Sneaker Con S.E.A. It’s the first time the international event for sneaker enthusiasts is making its way to Singapore. And with it, shoe vendors galore who’ll be selling rare and unique kicks.

The convention’s Trading Pit is where you’ll be able to cop limited edition shoes and collectibles or even swap your own. We know authenticity is key for collectors so Sneaker Con will be offering free authentication services to confirm if your kicks are the real deal.

This event isn’t just for sneakerheads. Hypebeasts will be able to get exclusive tees and hoodies made just for Sneaker Con in collaboration with Indonesian streetwear brand AGLXY. There are also customisation booths to personalise shoes and get styling tips so no one else will have the same drip as you.

Admission: From $42/pax
Date: 1st-2nd April 2023
Time: Standard 12pm-8pm | VIP 11am-8pm
Venue: 1 Expo Drive, Hall 5, Singapore Expo,  Singapore 486150
Contact: Sneaker Con website


2. Grab new stuff for your BTO at an Expo furniture fair



Image credit:
My Home International

Whether you’ve been living in the same home for a number of years or you’re stocking up on furniture for your new BTO, you’ll want to check out the annual My Home Grand Furniture & Reno Expo event.


Image credit:
My Home International

As the name suggests, this event covers all your needs to give your home a facelift. You’ll be able to meet with interior designers for free consultations on improving your home, as well as other vendors to update your furniture sets, wallpaper, and mattresses.

Admission is free but you might want to register for an interior designer consultation on the My Home International website stat. The first 100 registrants will get free lighting for their house. 

There will also be a lucky draw for visitors. You’ll get 1 lot for every $100 you spend at the fair, where you’ll stand a chance to win prizes such as a king-size mattress, bed frame, or sofa set. 1 lucky winner may even walk away with a cash prize of $3,000.

Admission: Free
Date: 1st-9th April 2023
Time: 12pm-10pm
Venue: 1 Expo Drive, Hall 6B, Singapore Expo,  Singapore 486150
Contact: 6842 7266 | My Home International website


3. Shop, eat & catch performances at Celebfest Ramadan 2023



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@adornsingapura

Celebfest is back in time for Ramadan celebrations. The 3-day event from 7th-9th April is a bazaar filled with retail booths selling perfumes and clothing for baju raya. There’s also a plethora of F&B stalls selling Raya snacks.


Image credit:
@thenameiskholish

It’s not Celebfest if there aren’t appearances by recognisable faces from across the region. This year, catch live performances from singers Anuar Zain, Andi Bernadee, and the pop-rock band from Malaysia, Akim & The Majistret.

CelebFest holds two fairs a year, one in Ramadan and one during the year-end period.

Admission: Free
Date: 7th-9th April 2023
Time: 12pm-10pm
Venue: 1 Raffles Boulevard, Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre, Singapore 039593
Contact: events@adimedia.com.sg | Celebfest website | Celebfest Facebook


4. Snag baby goods on sale at the Mummys Market Baby Fair



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@jereminepoh

Raising a kid isn’t the cheapest thing ever so we’re glad there’s the Mummys Market Baby Fair to look forward to this month. Expecting parents will be able to find more than 2,500 items, such as breast pumps, strollers, and baby bottles on sale to fulfil their newborn checklist.


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@yvonbock

You can even score freebies on the Mummys Market Freebies website. Just register with your details and you’ll be able to claim a pregnancy starter pack (worth $250) that comes with items such as diapers, nursing towels, and sippy cups. Other goodies up for grabs include baby milk samples and even a playhouse tent for toddlers.

Pro tip: Register to download the shopping magazine, which includes a floor plan for the locations of each vendor, so that you can strategically plan your time and budget. 

The next Mummys Market event will be at the Singapore Expo from 7 to 9 July 2023, and they hold several fairs and events a year, so check their socials then if you can’t be at this one.

Admission: Free
Date: 7th-9th April 2023
Time: Fri-Sat 11am-9pm | Sun 11am-8pm
Venue: 1 Expo Drive, Hall 5, Singapore Expo, Singapore 486150
Contact: 6812 8080 | Mummys Market Baby Fair website


5. Unleash your inner otaku at a 1-day-only cosplay festival



Image adapted from:
@yellow.rubberbands

Manga and comic book fans, here’s your chance to see some of your favourite characters IRL at Cosfest. It’s a gathering of cosplayers from all over the world where you can expect appearances from international cosplayers such as Neneko, Joo A, and Tomia, who will also be hosting meet and greet sessions with fans.


Cosplayer Joo A.
Image credit: @ww0205ww

Even if you’re not one to dress up, the event organised by the Singapore Cosplay Club still has other events and activities. Shop for anime merchandise and catch live performances from Yumi Matsuzawa, singer of the theme song of the anime series Saint Seiya.

Come listen to talks too from Tony Isabella, the creator of the DC Comic Black Lightning, and attend masterclasses in manga drawing by Kia Asamiya, an artist who’s worked with Marvel and DC. 

Admission: From $23/pax
Date: 8th April 2023
Time: 12pm-8pm
Venue: 211 Marina Way, Flower Field Hall, Gardens By The Bay, Singapore 018977
Contact: Cosfest website


6. Jio your artsy friend to the Singapore Art Book Fair at SAM



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@singaporeartbookfair

If you’re more about the pictures than the words when reading, then the annual Singapore Art Book Fair might be of interest to you. After all, a picture says a thousand words, right? This book fair held at the Singapore Art Museum at Tanjong Pagar Distripark celebrates books that are meant to be artworks and that come with creative visuals and bookmaking techniques – many feature photography, painting, and contemporary design.

Apart from picking up art books, this is a place to pick up new skills and new reading material. Learn to work with charcoal with painter Kok Choon Choo, who’ll be holding 2 sessions of his masterclass at the fair. You’ll also get first dibs at the book launches of Every Step in the Right Direction and The Moon and The Tides.

Admission: $8/pax
Date: 14th-16th April 2023
Time: 12pm-8pm
Address: 39 Keppel Road, #01-02, Singapore Art Museum, Tanjong Pagar Distripark, Singapore 089065
Contact: info@singaporeartbookfair.org | Singapore Art Book Fair website


7. Attend Singapore’s largest pet fair, the PetExpo



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PetExpo 2023

Shop for a wide range of pet supplies ranging from treats, accessories to toys at discounted prices at the upcoming annual PetExpo. Apart from all that shopping, flex your pet through the numerous competitions that will be taking place such as the dog grooming competition and cat show

Between picking up treats for your good boys and girls and showing them off to spectators, sit in for the free daily talks. Vets and animal organisations will be presenting on topics such as treating parasites on your furbabies, the benefits of DNA testing, and animal communication

Admission:
Adult:
From $5/pax
Child (12 years old & below): Free
Date: 14th-16th April 2023
Time: Fri 11am-8pm | Sat-Sun 10am-8pm
Venue: 1 Expo Drive, Hall 6, Singapore Expo, Singapore 486150
Contact: 6389 6622 | PetExpo website


8. Treat yourself to >100 stalls at Kampong Gelam Bazaar


If there’s one thing all Singaporeans look forward to during Ramadan, it’s the slew of bazaars that take place throughout the month. We all know there’s the mega one at Geylang Serai Bazaar but if that isn’t enough, there are 80 food stalls and 23 retail stalls waiting for you at Kampong Gelam Bazaar.


Image adapted from: Eatbook,
@sherkzy.co

Drop by Friday-Sunday and your bazaar experience will get lit – literally – with light projections on the Sultan Mosque and drone-controlled LED kits gliding through the sky. Adding to the atmosphere will be live performances and buskers too.


Image credit:
One Kampong Gelam

Also check out The Smart Local Malaysia’s video of the bazaar and Eatbook’s bazaar food review.

Admission: Free
Date: Now till 16th April 2023
Time: 12pm-11pm, Daily
Venue: 3 Muscat Street, Singapore 198833
Contact: info_feedback@onekamponggelam.sg | Kampong Gelam Bazaar website


9. Enjoy afternoon tea inspired by Vincent van Gogh at Anti:dote



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Fairmont Singapore

Talk to any foodie and they’ll agree that food can be art. And at Anti:dote at Fairmont Singapore, you could literally be feasting on art with their Vincent van Gogh-inspired high tea


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Taking inspiration from one of his most famous works – Sunflowers – you’ll get to nibble on different confectionery items, pastries, and tarts that’ve been emblazoned with van Gogh’s famous yellow blooms.

You can wash everything down with a Colourful Yellow ($22) rum cocktail that’s been flavoured with toasted sunflower seeds or a Bulb Fields ($17) elderflower cordial mocktail that’s also topped with sunflower seeds.

Price: From $58/pax
Date: Now till 1st May 2023
Time: 12pm-2pm, 3pm-5pm, Daily
Venue: 80 Bras Basah Road, Anti:dote, Fairmont Singapore, Singapore 189560
Contact: 6339 7777 | Fairmont Singapore Website


10. Snap photos & craft a tulip night light at Gardens by the Bay’s Tulipmania



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Gardens by the Bay

There’s no need to fly all the way to the Netherlands to look at blooming tulips when you can check out a whole field in Singapore at Tulipmania at Gardens by the Bay. Flowers from this year’s edition come from Turkey, so the Flower Dome has also been decorated with landmarks and decorative pieces from the former Ottoman Empire.


Image adapted from:
Gardens by the Bay, Gardens by the Bay

Miley Cyrus said you can buy yourself flowers, but you can also make your own long-lasting blooms with crafting workshops happening alongside Tulipmania. There are workshops to create your own night light with illuminating tulips or a pair of dangling tulip earrings.

Tulipmania
Admission:
Adult:
From $12/pax
Child (12 years old and below): From $8/pax
Date: 21st April-21st May 2023
Time: 9am-9pm, Daily
Venue: 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Flower Dome Singapore 018953
Contact: 6420 6848 | Gardens by the Bay website

Tulip Crafting Workshop
Price: $15/pax
Date: 22nd-23rd April 2023 (night light) | 29th-30th April 2023 (tulip earrings)
Time: 10am-6pm, Daily
Venue: 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Flower Dome Singapore 018953
Contact: 6420 6848 | Gardens by the Bay website


11. Try a STEM-themed escape room at the Science Centre


Activate your thinking cap because we’ve got an escape room lined up for you. But instead of encountering the usual puzzles and combination locks to hack, well, you might be pleasantly surprised at this one.

E.S.C. at the Science Centre Singapore has 3 different rooms that will require you to use science, tech, engineering, and maths to decipher clues to get yourself out of sticky situations. There’s even an added element of theatrics from actors for an immersive experience.

Admission: Mon-Wed $20/pax | Thu-Fri $25/pax | Weekends & PH $30/pax
Opening hours: Mon-Wed 10am-5pm | Thu-Sun & PH 10am-10pm
Address: 15 Science Centre Road, Singapore 609081
Contact: 6425 2500 | E.S.C. website


12. Sign up for a DIY mirror crafting workshop from just $8



Image adapted from: At Twenty One

Whether you’re looking for a cute activity or just want to get your hands dirty in crafting something, walk right in to at twenty one. They’ve got a personalised mirror workshop where you can express your creativity through sticking on figurines, crystals, and flowers. Mirrors range from $8-$12 and add-ons are only at $2 per piece.


Image adapted from: At Twenty One

Rates: From $8/pax
Address: 777 North Bridge Road, Singapore 198745
Opening hours: Mon-Thu, Sat-Sun 2.30pm-9.30pm | Fri 11am-9.30pm
Contact: 8788 3322 | at twenty one website


13. Meet fellow vinyl enthusiasts at the Vinyl Pasar 2023


Collecting vinyl records is increasing in popularity but it’s still a pretty niche hobby. Whether you’re a seasoned collector or a novice just starting out, visit Vinyl Pasar 2023 to meet fellow vinyl enthusiasts.


Image credit:
@therealkaneian
For illustrative purposes only.

There are booths to trade vinyls and view private collections. Then there are chill music-listening sessions such as Vinyl-holicks Anonymous. Bring your fave record, pop it into the player, and vibe with fellow music lovers over free latte and teh tarik.

You can also learn more about keeping your records and players in tip-top condition from a free workshop hosted by Randolf Arriola, a master in audio equipment.

Admission: Free
Date: 16th April 2023
Time: 1pm-5pm
Venue: 148 Arab Street, Singapore 199831
Contact: hello@crane-living.com | Vinyl Pasar website


14. Catch an IG-worthy lightshow & waterfall outside ION Orchard



Image credit: ION Orchard

So you’re done with your date and looking for something to do along Orchard Road. Idea: bring them to ION Orchard to view a 2-storey waterfall and garden located right outside the mall.

This installation is stunning in the daytime but for extra glitz and glam, come between 7pm-9.30pm from Friday-Sunday. The waterfall becomes a visual spectacle with music, light projections, and mist effects that will surely have your date going “wow”.

Date: 7th April-7th May 2023
Light show: Fri-Sun 7pm-9.30pm
Venue: 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801
Contact: 6238 8228 | Ion Orchard website


New things to do in April 2023


Look on the bright side, we’re done with 1/4 of the year. Just a little bit more and before you know it, you’ll be reading “New Things To Do in December 2023”. Time flies fast when you’re having fun, and with this list, you might just be zoomin’ into the future.

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Cover image adapted from: @jereminepoh, @yellow.rubberbands, My Home International

 

Gracelyn Lim

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