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Best Things To Do In Singapore In September 2022— F1 Events, IG-Worthy Pop-Ups, Free Outdoor Concerts & More

So many things to do, so little time.

Gear up for a superbly spectacular September with the events calendar packing a punch this month.

Singapore Food Festival

(Photo: Tiger Beer)

With over 25 F&B stalls taking over the Bayfront Event Space once more, this is truly a foodie’s haven. There are traditional faves from foodie maestros — think One Prawn & Co’s signature bisque, assorted kueh from Rempapa and Jelebu Dry Laksa’s eponymous signature dish. Feeling adventurous? Zero in on the Refectory’s fermented durian seafood curry or grilled durian with cheese.

With live performances at the Entertainment Stage by Tiger Beer and carousel rides for the kiddos, expect convivial culinary fun at the Festival Village. Supersonic and DJ Tinc take the stage on Sep 9, and Jack & Rai on Sep 11. 

For a little indulgence, there’s the nine-course dinner at the Chef’s Arena next door (from $128, includes VIP entry to the Festival Village and a Martell cocktail), where local chefs bring elevated local fusion dishes to the table.

Singapore Food Festival
When: Aug 24 to Sep 11, open 5pm-11pm (weekdays) and 11am-11pm (weekends)
Where: Bayfront Event Space, 12A Bayfront Ave
Tickets to the Festival Village start from $15 (with $10 credits). Pet-friendly event. More info

Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix 2022

(Photo: Singapore GP)

After two long years, F1 is finally making its comeback in Singapore. Besides seeing the likes of Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen duke it out during the night race, F1 fans can expect over 75 performances across eight stages. Green Day, Westlife and Marshmello headline the entertainment line-up for the three-day racing extravaganza. Fans are in for a taste of nostalgia as acts like TLC and Suede will also take the stage. Two new support races will also be making their Singapore debut — the all-female W Series, and one of Asia’s most competitive GT Series, the TSS The Super Series.  

Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix 2022
When: Sep 30 to Oct 2
Where: Marina Bay Street Circuit
More info

Singapore GP Back On Track

(Photo: Singapore GP)

Before the Formula 1 cars arrive for the race, the Singapore GP’s roving truck will make pitstops at over 30 locations islandwide to gear folks up for the main event. There will be live screenings of races, including the Italian Grand Prix weekend from Sep 9 to 11, and attendees get to double their balloting chances for tix for the Pit Lane Experience at Singapore GP on Sep 29 (these can’t be bought at all, okay?). Plus, the Simulator Challenge lets fans channel their inner F1 racer to vie for tickets to the Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix 2022.  

Here's where you’ll find the roving truck this month:

  • Sep 9 (2-7pm) and Sep 10-11 (3-11pm), Plaza Singapura: Screenings of the Italy qualifying session is on Sep 10 (10-11pm), and the race will be screened on Sep 11 (9-11pm). The F1 Simulator Challenge quarter-finals are also happening.
  • Sep 15 (1-8pm), at Seletar Airport
  • Sep 16-18 (1-8pm) at Funan Mall: F1 Simulator Challenge semi finals
  • Sep 22-23 (1-8pm) at Sentosa
  • Sep 24-25 (12-6pm) at One Punggol
  • Sep 27-28 (4-10pm) at One Kampong Glam
    More info

Dempsey Hill Motoring Heritage Day

(Photo: Dempsey Hill Motoring Heritage Day)

If vintage cars are more your kinda thing, you’ll have a vroomin’ good time at this one. Singapore’s largest display of vintage cars is set to happen at this one-day exhibition at Dempsey. The showcase features pre- and post-war vintage and classic cars and motorcycles, spanning from the 1930s to the 1980s, from Daimler, Jaguar, BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Classics from Alfa Romeo, Citroen, Volkswagen and Fiat are on display too. You could even travel around Dempsey in one of these historic cars for $20 per ride—all proceeds go to the Breast Cancer Foundation.

Dempsey Hill Motoring Heritage Day 2022
When: Sep 25, 10am to 4pm
Where: Car park between Blk 8 and 9, Dempsey Road

The Enchanted World of English Pear & Freesia Event by Jo Malone London

(Photo: Jo Malone London)

Something scent-sational is happening at this one-day only event by Jo Malone London, which takes over SPRMRKT at Dempsey Hill on Sep 24*. The IG-worthy interactive event revolves around the star of the show — the brand’s well-loved English Pear & Freesia scent — where visitors will be teleported into an English orchard teeming with fruits and flowers. There are also still life watercolour painting workshops, a flower bar to create your own freesia bouquet and a giant installation of a sky pear. Sign up for the event from Sep 9 here.

The Enchanted World of English Pear & Freesia Event by Jo Malone London
When: Sep 24, 11am to 7pm [*Event has been postponed from Sep 17]
Where: SPRMRKT at Dempsey Hill, Blk 8 Dempsey Rd, #01-15A

Clarins Beauty Factory Pop-Up

(Photo: Clarins)

Lab work has never looked so cute. The Clarins Beauty Factory pop-up lets you discover the brand’s products and innovation with this lab-themed pop-up in store, which comes kitted out with its own Extraction Lab, Formulation Room and even a Colour Zone. Besides playing games to snag prizes, visitors can also get free beauty consultations.

Clarins Beauty Factory Pop-Up
When: Sep 1, 2022 to Jan 31, 2023
Where: #01-68 The Shoppes @ Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018972

Love, Bonito #ComeIntoYourOwn outdoor concert

(Photos: Love, Bonito)

A free concert with complimentary ice-cream and floral bouquets, plus a spot of shopping? It’s happening at the homegrown fashion label’s outdoor concert in the middle of Orchard Road, where six local songstresses will take the stage. AmanderSings, Chow Jia Hui, Hashy, SUPERCATKEI, Emma and Ding Xin will be belting out tunes on stage. LBCommunity+ members will also get to design their own floral bouquets and enjoy an old school ice cream waffle.

Love, Bonito #ComeIntoYourOwn outdoor concert
When: Sep 10, 6pm to 9.30pm
Where: Open space in front of Wisma Atria (435 Orchard Rd)
More info

Hanging Gardens – Mexican Roots

(Photos: Gardens by the Bay)

If travelling 30 hours to Mexico isn’t for you, here’s an easier way to get a taster of Mexico. Gardens by the Bay’s latest floral display celebrates the traditions and culture of the country. The Flower Dome has been transformed into a mini Mexico with reproductions of the iconic Chichén Itzá pyramid of the Mayans, and plants commonly seen in Mexico like beautiful and vibrant dahlias and bromeliads. Mexican folk art is on display as well, alongside a host of cultural events — cultural performances, culinary demonstrations and even a film festival — that will make for a colourful day out at the Gardens.

Hanging Gardens – Mexican Roots
When: Aug 20 to Sep 25, 9am to 9pm
Where: Gardens by the Bay
Admission fees to Flower Dome apply. More info

Kala Sutra 2022 art exhibition

(Photo: Kala Sutra)

Over 80 paintings and sculptures from some of India’s renowned contemporary artists will be on display at what’s touted to be the biggest Indian contemporary arts exhibition on our shores. Marvel at the masterpieces from the likes of Grandmaster Jogen Chowdhury, among the most noted painters of the 21st century, whose works often are social and political commentaries on society. Fancy taking home a piece of the exhibition? The art pieces are for sale, with prices ranging from $5,000 to $30,000.

Kala Sutra 2022 art exhibition
When: Sep 22 to 25, 11am to 7pm
Where: The Arts House, 1 Old Parliament Lane
Admission is free. More info

The LKY Musical

(Photo: Singapore Repertory Theatre)

Seven years and one pandemic after its inaugural run, The LKY Musical makes its comeback from Sep 7 to Oct 2. While Adrian Pang, 56, reprises his role as Lee Kuan Yew, Kit Chan takes over Sharon Au, who now lives in Paris, in the role of Mrs Lee.

The tale that spotlights Singapore’s founding prime minister’s student days and romance with Mdm Kwa Geok Choo in the 1940s, right up to Singapore’s independence in 1965, is also the first large-scale musical since the pandemic struck. Read more here.

The LKY Musical
When: Sep 7 to Oct 2
Where: Sands Theatre, Marina Bay Sands
Tickets from $49 to $159. More info here.

Halloween Horror Nights 10

’Tis the season to be gory at Universal Studios Singapore (USS) as Halloween Horror Nights makes its comeback after two pandemic-plagued years. This year’s shindig will feature three haunted houses and two scare zones.  Read more here.

Halloween Horror Nights 10
When: Sep 30 to Nov 5 (select nights)
Where: Universal Studios Singapore, 8 Sentosa Gateway
More info

House of Dreams

(Photos: ION Orchard)

With over 600 Barbie dolls on display at the House of Dreams, an exhibition happening from Sep 20 to Oct 21 at ION Art Gallery, this is the largest public showcase of Barbie dolls in one location in Singapore. Expect to see Barbie decked out in luxury designer threads, dolls made in the likeness of pop culture icons, and rare Barbie dolls worth thousands of dollars. They’re all from the personal collection of local avid collector, Jian Yang, who has Asia’s largest collection of Barbie dolls with 12,000 dolls. Watch a video sneak peek here.

House of Dreams exhibition
When: Sep 20 to Oct 21, open daily from 10am to 10pm
Where: ION Art Gallery, Level 4, ION Orchard
More info

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