Sure, there's Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but do you really need to fill that gaping hole in your existence with more consumerism? How about something with a little more depth instead? Already on its 31st edition, the hybrid format of this annual cinema and online film screenings focuses on Asian stories but totals an impressive lineup of over 70 films and 49 countries. Check out which notable films to watch here.
Singapore International Film Festival happens online until 6 December.
Singapore Tea and Coffee Festival
The tea-lover favourite and first global tea marketplace is back not only with a virtual platform, but five physical locations at the five participating vendor outlets as well. Catch the workshops—including one Online Diploma in Advanced Tea Blending—and flash sale during the opening livestream to get 50% discount off the festival goodie box that, trust us, will supply you with enough teas to last you a lifetime.
Singapore Tea and Coffee Festival happens 28 November to 6 December.
Concluding the 13 weeks of its Virtual Racing series is the Grand Finale, which comprises five categories you can join from anywhere for free. With a compatible tracking device, register for either indoor or outdoor, or even an immersive augmented reality format on treadmill where you run through local landmarks. Besides earning points, runners will also receive the standard medals and merchandise.
Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon happens until 6 December.
The Macallan Experience
The luxury single malt scotch whisky has prepared more than one way to reacquaint you with its craft. Encounter the dram through an interactive kinetic art installation inspired by The Macallan Six Pillars, a sensory cinema of the Sherry Oak and Double Cask expressions, kick back at the dedicated lounge or make a booking for the exclusive private dining sessions curated by Executive Chef of Raffles Hotel Singapore Pierre Burgade together with his team of Chefs de Cuisine.
The Macallan Experience happens until 10 February at Raffles Arcade #01-04, Singapore 188719.
Get your fix of bold urban and pop art once again in a virtual exhibition by Addicted Art Gallery. Featuring works by Banksy, The Connor Brothers, BÄST and more, you can get a guided tour or simply swipe through at your own time.
#INYAFACE AGAIN happens online until 31 December.
Surely you attended every single session of our signature yearly event, but if you were a fool to miss any of it, you can still catch the highlights here.
Esquire Neighbourhood 2020 happens online until 22 November.
Explore and ‘gram four unique light installations by a collective of homegrown artists that’s created for both day and night display. Inspired by imagined landscapes while reflecting the world we live in today, the mixed-media works comes alongside 12 new and upcoming retail, dining and leisure venues opening at the entertainment hub.
Lite On! Happens until 21 March 2021 at Downtown East.
Guinness Great Grill Out
Through this whole month, you’ll still get to enjoy the most of the food festival with Grill In and Grill Out options to choose from. The feast goes on with Kult Yard, Harry’s and Hopscotch hosting a line up of Guinness-infused menus, as well as online specialty courses by Weber, East Side Butchers and more.
Guinness Great Grill Out happens until 28 November across various locations.
The Floating World Ukiyo High Tea
Janice Wong’s second High Tea series following The Cakes of Versailles collaborates with local designer Ong Shunmugam for a sweet and savoury menu including the likes of Miso pork and chicken dumplings wrapped like a candy bun in homemade red white skin to Citrus Bergamot Yuzu Passionfruit Basil Tart, at SGD60 per pax.
The Floating World Ukiyo High Tea happens every weekend until 6 December, 2pm and 4:30pm at 2am dessert bar.
Around The World In Eighty Days
Though travel isn't currently possible (except to Hong Kong), you can still go around the world in eighty days. Sort of. By joining this book club that's far from your regular sit-down book analysis, you're treated to an immersive experience that comes complete with course material of varied cuisines, alcoholic drink samples, and hands-on reimagining of scenes hosted by AndSoForth.
Around The World In Eighty Days happens until 19 December, from 7pm at a secret location.
A Century of Memories
Commemorate veteran local artist Lim Tze Peng's centennial by visiting his first-ever virtual exhibition. Opened on his 100th birthday, discover the evolution of his memories of Singapore in an online gallery space that's easy to navigate. Featuring 20 new works painted at the age of 99, the experience is complete with video excepts of the living legend himself that will surely put a smile on your face.
A Century of Memories happens online until 28 December.
Zouk Cinema Club
Sorry club folks, you can’t quite relieve those days quite yet, but you now have that space for a completely different experience. Just imagine the same sound system in a screening that is unlike your typical hush-hush setting. Plenty of food, drinks and the freedom to express—all within the safety of social distancing.
Zouk Cinema Club happens Wednesday to Saturday, 6 – 10:30 pm at 3C River Valley Road #02-05, Singapore 179022.
Four Hands at Ocean Restaurant
Meet over 40,000 marine animals at Southeast Asia’s only underwater dining experience while enjoying (albeit guiltily) seafood with a subtle Mod-Asian flair by Ocean Restaurant Chef Marvas Huang and Chef Tony Choo of Forest 森. Up to four-courses for lunch and six-courses for dinner, the sustainably-sourced menu comes with a complimentary glass of Santa Margherita Prosecco and for the little ones, Instagram-worthy desserts to match the view.
Singapore International Photography Festival
The seventh edition of SIPF goes all out with an impressive list of programmes, from the wide array at Open Call Showcase amongst the many exhibitions and activations, to in-depth masterclasses, tours, and—the Inside Out Project that’s brought to Singapore for the very first time. Find the mobile photo booth at select locations and be part of the 1,000 portraitures to be splashed across the walls of various local landmarks.
Singapore International Photography Festival happens until 30 January 2021 across various locations.
Planet or Plastic?
The National Geographic exhibition recounts the journey of plastic from its invention to the environmental impact caused by mass consumption #GETWOKE. Interact with the educational gallery—which includes a spotlight on how COVID-19 has perpetuated the pollution—amongst the series of workshops, online events, and community activities like a beach clean-up developed for the programme.
Planet or Plastic? happens until 28 March 2021 at ArtScience Museum.