With two public holidays ahead and tons of feel-good events happening, May is looking real good.
For those who have been looking forward to the awesome month of May (which has blessed us with public holidays Labour Day and Vesak Day) — congratulations, you’ve made it! May promises to be a fun month, with plenty of events to fill our calendars with.
From exploring the President’s office to unwinding at a wellness festival filled with yoga classes, music performances and gourmet fare, you’re gonna wish that May never ends.
Here are some events you should check out.
Istana Open House, The Istana — May 1
For just a few times a year, the usually heavily guarded and serene office of the President of Singapore will spring to life as it welcomes thousands of visitors through its open doors. If you haven’t seen what life is like in The Istana, pay a visit on May 1, Labour Day, for its open house from 8.30am to 6pm. Besides getting a chance to marvel at the colonial architecture and learning about the heritage of this important building, you can also enjoy a bustling line-up of performances and activities and even have a picnic with your loved ones. Moreover, the Istana is celebrating its 150th anniversary and you can purchase commemorative tokens and Flashpay cards there. Entry is free for Singaporeans and PRs and $2 per person for everyone else. More information is available at The Istana website.
Peroni Sunset Cinema, Tanjong Beach — May 2 to 15
Sip on an icy cold cocktail as you tuck into food from Tanjong Beach Club and enjoy a lovely cool sea breeze — all while watching a film. Doesn’t that sound like a dream? Live out that fantasy at the Peroni Sunset Cinema, where you get to catch movies such as biographic dramedy Green Book (2018), biographic legal-drama On The Basis Of Sex (2018) and crime drama The Mule (2018) while lounging in deck chairs with wireless headphones. While some dates are already sold out (you can’t see Lady Gaga belting out Shallow by the beach, unforch), you can check out their website for other available dates. Tickets cost $31.80 each via their website and the screening will only be cancelled if the weather conditions pose a risk.
Sprout: Farm-To-People Festival – May 11 to 12
If you’ve got an edible garden at home, or just love all things food, don’t miss this huge farmer’s market happening at Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre. Glean tips on urban farming from the experts, pick up your own mini bonsai, attend cooking masterclasses or pick up some local produce for a cookout. We hear Greendot Gourmet will be serving up meat-free Beyond Burger and Beyond Sausage too. Admission is free. For more information, visit their website.
Love&Light Festival 2019 – May 12 to 15
It’s never too late to kickstart your mindfulness journey. Learn all about the benefits of crystals, participate in meditation and sound healing sessions at this intimate festival, located at Marina Bay Sands. Can’t make it on these dates? Catch the second run at the end of the year (Nov 29 to Dec 1). Admission is free. Visit their website for more information.
ONE: Enter The Dragon, Singapore Indoor Stadium — May 17
Fans of martial arts, mark your calendar right now. If you love watching athletes battle it out in a ring, then the One Championship showcase is an event you wouldn’t want to miss. While not much has been released about the event, you can expect a headline match between reigning champion Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki against Singapore’s Christian “The Warrior” Lee. Tickets cost upwards of $28 via Sportshub and you can get more info at One Championship’s website.
AIA Glow Festival, Sentosa Island — May 25
It’ll be a chill weekend of unwinding by the beach, participating in yoga classes and revelling in live music from local and international musicians if you head down to the AIA Glow Festival. International headliners include yoga teachers such as Marysia Do and Patrick Beach, both of whom will be conducting classes, while Belgian DJ Lost Frequencies, hit London band Rudimental and local band The Sam Willows are set to perform. This is a rain or shine event so remember to bring your raincoats. Tickets cost upwards of $59 each and you can get more information from their website.