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What’s Up, 2019?

Exciting events to experience with your other half in 2019.

 By Tan Yan Ni

With 2018 done and dusted, it’s time to forget the old and think about some fresh date ideas for the new year. If ditching the usual dinner and movie for something more exciting is one of the things you’d like to try this year, here’s a list of events to consider checking out in 2019.

January

Enter a world full of colour and new perspectives at the seventh edition of Singapore Art Week (19 to 27 January). On top of exhibitions, performances, and classes (there will be more than 100 events happening over nine whole days!), this signature celebration of visual arts will also feature thought-provoking installations at selected locations across Singapore.

Address: Various venues

February

Take a stroll around areas like Marina Bay and Fort Canning Park with your loved one during iLight Singapore (28 January to 24 February). This time the festival theme is “Bridges of Time”, and the annual light show will feature 32 artworks, including an immersive multimedia show with lights, lasers, and projections on water.

Address: Various venues

March

History comes alive at the Singapore Heritage Festival (9 to 23 March), a yearly event that celebrates Singapore’s history and culture through tours, performances, and exploratory journeys into the hidden pasts of our neighbourhoods. This year’s festival commemorates the Singapore Bicentennial and will take participants on a reflective journey through 700 years of Singapore’s history.

Address: Various venues

April

Divers and divers-to-be, head to the annual ADEX (11 to 14 April) for great deals on dive gear, trips, and even classes. Also, look forward to workshops and presentations by marine conservationists and underwater photographers.

Address: Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre, 1 Raffles Boulevard

May

Expect nothing but good vibes at the Glow Festival (25 May). From yoga sessions and fitness masterclasses in the day to live music performances by international and local artists in the evening, there’s bound to be something to leave you feeling energised and invigorated at this feel-good festival.

Address: Sentosa Island

June

Ultra Music Festival is one of the world’s biggest outdoor electronic music fiestas and it’s set to return in 2019 for its fourth edition in Singapore. From 8 to 9 June, expect big DJs and acts to helm the decks while partygoers dance away non-stop at Singapore’s very own Ultra Park.

Address: To be confirmed


July

The month-long Singapore Food Festival is here once again. From 12 to 28 July, get ready to chew on a dizzying array of local delights (some of which feature an interesting modern twist) at STREAT, the signature event of the festival. Be sure to also check out other fringe events, including the 50 Cents Fest, where you can sample wallet-friendly bites, and a variety of “experiential treats” involving dance, film and more! Visit the official website for more updates.

Address: Various venues

August

Pale ale, stout, lager, pilsner, porter – if these terms are familiar to you, then don’t miss Beerfest Asia. It’s your chance to try old favourites, discover new labels, bite into fabulous bar food, and even check out interesting beer-related workshops by established brew masters and brand ambassadors. Dates for 2019 are unconfirmed, so visit the official website for updates.

Address: To be confirmed

September

Are you the foodie couple that needs some inspiration? Drop by the World Food Fair (12 to 15 September), a culinary affair featuring an array of treats from over 200 food and beverage establishments. Don’t forget to take some of that deliciousness home with you too – this annual gastronomic event also offers show-exclusive deals and discounts on selected food items.

Address: Singapore Expo, Expo Drive

October

Take on Singapore’s most terrifying Halloween event at Universal Studios Singapore’s Halloween Horror Nights where all things spooky, weird, and wonderful come to life. Make your way through themed haunted houses and scare zones, or watch your darkest fears materialise at the event’s spine-chilling live shows. Dates for 2019 are unconfirmed, so visit the official website for updates.

Address: Universal Studios Singapore, 8 Sentosa Gateway

November

Step into the fascinating world of film with your other half at Singapore’s longest running film event. With curated film screenings, workshops, and film labs focusing on Asian cinema, the 30th Singapore International Film Festival is a must-visit for all cinephiles. Dates for 2019 are unconfirmed, so visit the official website for updates.

Address: To be confirmed

December

Take flowers on a first date to the next level by bringing your partner to an actual floral wonderland. The Singapore Garden Festival Orchid Show (7 to 15 December) features spectacular orchid displays from award-winning designers, guided tours, and even a marketplace for gardening enthusiasts.

Address: National Orchid Garden, Singapore Botanic Gardens, 1 Cluny Road


Whether you’re into sports, art, or music, festivals and events are always a great way to get to know your other half better and build fond memories together. So, mark these dates on your calendar and let these events set the stage for meaningful conversations and stronger bonds in 2019 and beyond.