This is already the 47th edition of Chingay, but the largest street performance and float parade in Asia never gets old. Marvel at the dazzling floats, dancing dragons and stilt walkers along the stretch from Pit Building to The Float @ Marina Bay. Highlights include a first-of-its-kind 270m painting to commemorate the past, present and future of Singapore, as well as a carnival where you can pretend to be an F1 driver at a mini karting circuit, play family games such as life-sized Jenga, and shoot your #OOTD at Insta-worthy art installations.
Feb 15 - 16 (until Feb 17 for the carnival), 8pm to 9.30pm (3pm - 10pm for the carnival) at The F1 Pit Building, 1 Republic Blvd, S 038975. Tickets from $28.50 (Admission is free for the carnival) For more info, visit https://www.chingay.org.sg/.
The Future of Our Pasts Festival
Go beyond history textbooks and discover Singapore’s lesser-known past. This month-long fest delves into the past and present stories of communities and places off the beaten track through various works, including an exhibition and interviews with the Sungei Road Thieves Market vendors (above). Showcasing 11 projects by students and recent graduates from different tertiary institutions, the festival explores diverse themes like language, race, relationships, and will include fringe programmes such as film screenings, talks, walking tours and then some.
Feb 16 - Mar 17, at various timings, places and admission prices. For more info, visit http://futureofourpasts.com/.
State of Motion 2019: A Fear of Monsters
This is Monsters Inc for adults. Traverse through the tours and exhibitions investigating the parallel histories between the genres of Southeast Asian Horror Film and Southeast Asian Contemporary art (hello, pontianak and oily man). This showcase will feature artworks, film screenings, panel discussions and live performances that will make your skin crawl. But lest you think that kids don't belong here, you’d be glad to know that there are also workshops for children where they can create their own little monster, as well as family-friendly music performances.
Until Feb 24, at 11 Kampong Bugis and National Library Building (100 Victoria St). Various timings and admission fees. For more info, visit https://stateofmotion.sg/2019/.
PlantsActually Pop-Up Market
Local independent bookstore BooksActually and its publishing arm, Math Paper Press, are holding a pop-up market hawking plants for under $30, in a bid to reduce save the planet. Okay, they're only half kidding. The BooksActually folks know it's "not legit enough to offset the carbon footprint", but hey, who doesn't love shopping for books and greens under the same roof?
Feb 16-17, 11am-4pm, at BooksActually, 9 Yong Siak Street, S168645. For more info, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/2285382368412639/.
The Frank Food Market at Loewen Garden
Round up the entire clan for a dose of wholesome retail therapy at a farmer's market. Snag your supply of fresh organic vegetables from The Frank Food Company, try out summer dresses from Wink Twice Apparel, and munch on empanadas and juicy burgers from Burnt Ends SG.
Feb 16, 9am - 1pm, at 75E Loewen Road, S248845. Admission is free. For more info, visit https://www.facebook.com/Farmersmarketatloewengardens.
Ce La Vi's Sky High Brunch
Still not done with feasting yet? Put on your loosest clothes and head to the most lavish spot for day drinking - the swish Sky High Brunch, besides an extensive spread, comes with free-flow Veuve Clicquot champagne. After that, let loose and have fun as you indulge in the tropical themed beats by resident DJs, all set against the backdrop of Singapore’s iconic skyline.
Feb 16, 12pm - 4pm, at Bayfront Avenue, Marina Bay Sands Tower 3, S018971. Tickets at $188. For more info, visit https://ticketing.igo.events/e/353/sky-high-brunch-priority?ref=M.