Summer is in full swing here in Singapore, which means there are tons of reasons to get out of the house and have loads of fun this July. For your partying pleasure, we’ve rounded up some of the hottest events going down in Singapore over the next month from BBQ bashes to killer concerts, inspiring art exhibitions, food festivals, sensational island-wide sales and much more.
If there’s a better way to celebrate American Independence Day than a good old fashioned backyard BBQ, we don’t know what it is. Camp Kilo Charcoal Club is the place to be on the 4th of July to celebrate ‘Murica with Pabst Blue Ribbon beers, smoky grilled eats like brisket, ribs, chicken and corn on the cob by Decker BBQ and CKCC, and funky beats by KiDG.
July 5 – 7 & July 12 – 14
Back for its 24th edition, Ballet Under the Stars is all set to enchant with beautiful dance performances in the lush environs of Fort Canning Park. The first weekend will feature three contemporary works by choreographers and dancers who push the boundaries of modern dance, and the second weekend will highlight snippets from some of the world’s most famous classical ballets.
July 8 – July 9
The Asian Civilisations Museum is creating a permanent gallery of Asian fashion and textiles, and to prepare they’re bringing in directors and curators of some of the best fashion and textiles museums around the world to offer insights. The symposium will run for two days and feature panels on Asia and Europe to brainstorm ideas on how to make the rotating displays as engaging as possible.
Swedish singer-songwriter José González will be lighting up the Capitol Theatre stage on July 11 with his luscious lyrics and signature acoustic guitar rhythms. The concert is brought to us by Collective Minds, the Singapore International Jazz Festival and Vamp Productions, and you can be sure there will be a few surprises in the mix because José is known for blending genres.
July 12 – July 13
Satisfy your Singaporean food cravings at Streat, the main event of the Singapore Food Festival. Held at The Promontory at Marina Bay, this two-day eating extravaganza will feature classic hawker dishes and modern interpretations of favourites by vendors like Meatsmith, Artichoke, Indian Express and Restaurant Ibid. There will also be a pop-up bar by Origin Bar and live music by local bands and DJs.
Expect good vibes only at Strawberry Space Open Air, a celebration of music, art, love and happiness. Dmitri from Paris is the headliner, which is perfect considering the party is kicking off on Bastille Day. Come a bit early to warm up your dance moves on the sand at the Sunshine Nation Beach Bonanza, then move over to the main event for an evening of super-sonic beats and awe-inspiring visuals.
The Kebab Party is back again at Meatsmith Little India on July 14 with a divine array of succulent grilled meats on sticks. Not too many details have been revealed so far, but the last Kebab Party featured guest chefs offering up unique kebab creations like soy glazed cumin beef and stout marinated lamb kebabs, so we’re guessing the offerings at this edition will be just as drool-worthy.
If indie rock is your jam, then you won’t want to miss Death Cab for Cutie at The Esplanade Theatre on July 25. A few fun facts about the band: they got their start in the early 2000s and have earned eight Grammy Award nominations over the two decades they’ve been together. The concert will start at 8pm and feature a roster of old favourites and new songs from their latest album, Thank You For Today.
It doesn’t get more urban than a hotdog and hip hop block party in an open-air car park. Come get your groove on and chow some good grub at the Golden Mile Towers rooftop with beats by RAH, Eri (Ashley Erianah), Shellsuit, Fauxe, and A/K/A Sounds with MC SWTLKR. Intermission Bar will be serving up the booze and the bites will be brought to us by Fung Kee Hotdogs.
Do your part to make Singapore a cleaner and greener place by joining the Big Beach Cleanup on July 27. Seven Green Seas and Lush Singapore invite peeps of all ages to meet at Changi Coast Walk at 9am for a quick safety meeting and then a stroll down the beach to comb the sands for trash. Bring your own safety gloves or buy a pair for $5 on the day.
Now until July 27
If there’s ever a time to give your credit card a workout, it’s during the Great Singapore Sale when you can get huge discounts on everything from fashion to furniture, electronics, cosmetics and more. The sales will be taking place at pop-up booths, bazaars, boutiques and high-end malls around the island and you can expect discounts of up to a whopping 70%.
You paid *how much* for your new flat?! Take it easy with The Working Capitol, and their garage sale on the 27th July. They’re setting you up with any household items your new crib will require – glassware, furniture, centrepieces and the likes. Don’t need anything? No need to show off! We’re still getting together over some music and snacks, with Fung Kee bringing on the ketchups and mustards along with their hotdogs. And beers. Definitely beers.