15 Events in May 2019 That Shows S’pore Isn’t Boring

Image: DBS Marina Regatta


Good god, can you believe that it’s May already? It was as if January was last month.

As we approach the middle of the year, check out these events to fill up your calendar with.

1) AIA Glow Festival 

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Image Source: AIA Glow Festival

Mark your calendars, it’s time to treat yourselves to a well-deserved day away from Singapore’s fast-paced lifestyle! Making its debut at Sentosa Island on 25th May 2019, the AIA Glow Festival 2019, also known as the Ultimate Festival to Unwind, will whisk you away to a utopia in which all the stress and work that has been weighing you down melts away!

Expect lots of health, wellness, food and music at the AIA Glow Festival. More details here.

 25 May 2019
Time: 7:00am – 11:00pm
Venue: Sentosa Island

Tickets and more information can be found at the ticketing page of the AIA Glow Festival 2019. P.S. if you use the promo code GLOWxBESCENE, you get 10% off the ticket price!

2) Troye Sivan ‘The Bloom Tour’ Singapore

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Pop prince Troye Sivan makes his return to Singapore for ‘The Bloom Tour’! He is a very big deal if you don’t know already; he’s picked up an MTV Europe Music Award and Teen Choice Award, as well as being praised by pop royalty Taylor Swift and big publications like Rolling Stone and Billboard.

Tickets are still available if you want to hear his soothing baritone voice but you better hurry! The event is on 3 May 2019!


Troye Sivan ‘The Bloom Tour’ Singapore
Date: 3 May 2019
Time: 7:00am – 11:00pm
Venue: Sentosa Island
Price: $98 – $258

3) An Evening With Katya Zamolodchikova: Help Me I’m Dying

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Yekaterina Petrovna Zamolodchikova, or simply known as Katya, is coming to Singapore! She is most known for being on RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 7 (and winning Miss Congeniality title), All Stars 2 (runner-up) and being one half of UNHhhh, a show where Katya and her BFF Trixie Mattel talk about anything and everything. For a preview of what Katya could bring to her show in Singapore, we highly suggest you watch any episode of UNHhhh to get a taste of her absurdist, fatalistic and highly relatable humour.

An Evening With Katya Zamolodchikova: Help Me I’m Dying
Date: 12 May 2019
Time: 8:00pm
Venue: Shine Auditorium
Admission Fee: $88 – $248

Her All-Stars 2 mate, Alaska, is also coming to Singapore. Find the deetz here!

4) NAO – Night At Orchard

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Orchard Road couldn’t get more lit or busy. NAO, you can expect this 3-night event to feature live music, fashion, arts and food, on top of a dizzying array of options you already have! Local acts Codie LohYeo Ming Jun, Raphael Leong, as well as Winner of Mediacorp’s “One Moment of Glory”, Jill-Marie Thomas will be there to entertain you for the night. While their music is playing in the background, walk around and find yourself a bite at the multiple food trucks available.

It’s also the bougie week (aka payday week) so spend some money on local arts and crafts or some fashion to add to your wardrobe. You’ll be spoilt for choice whichever you choose.

NAO – Night At Orchard
Date: 3 – 5 May 2019
Time: 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Venue: Pedestrian walkway between ION Orchard and Ngee Ann City
Admission Fee: Free

5) Repeat, Repeat, Repeat; Revising the Phenomenon of Printing Exhibition

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Image Source: The Private Museum

What’s in a word? Printing, obviously. This exhibition held from 17 May to 7 July 2019 will explore the history behind letter printing. It entails exploring the techniques and elements that go behind it, as well as its application in urban culture, science, spirituality, robotics and art.

If this tickles your fancy, you ought to check it out.

Repeat, Repeat, Repeat; Revising the Phenomenon of Printing Exhibition
Date: 17 May – 7 July 2019
Time: 10:00pm – 7:00pm (weekday), 11:00am – 5:00pm (weekend)
Venue: The Private Museum
Admission Fee: Free

Once you’ve dropped by this museum, visit the others in Singapore for a museum-hopping date!

6) Flipside 2019

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When you think of circus, you think of clowns, jugglers, fire eaters and perhaps dancing animals. In present times, this could not be further from the case, and Flipside is a testament to that. This annual festival showcases the circus arts as a specialised discipline, much like other forms of art. It will feature practitioners from Singapore, Cambodia and Finland who showcase their talents at defying gravity and creativity.

Also new this year is “Flipside Scratch Night”, where newbies and seasoned artists are welcome to show off their creativity in puppetry, visual theatre and comedy or music acts – with a twist.

Flipside 2019
Date: 24 May – 2 June 2019
Time: Dependent on acts
Venue: Esplanade
Admission Fee: Dependent on acts

[email protected] is nearby and it has a jamming studio that you can rent! Find out more in our article 8 Libraries in Singapore: Which Is Best?

7) DBS Marina Regatta

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It seems like nearly every event is about embracing a more sustainable lifestyle, and you might be wondering what makes this one so special. The 8th edition of the DBS Marina Regatta features a maze that you have to get through within a time limit to represent our planet’s ticking clock. You know it’s about to die if we keep up our wasteful ways, so change it up and have fun while you’re doing it!


If you visit, you can also look forward to local buskers doing their thing, attend workshops on upcycling and find some food from the many stalls there.

The DBS Marina Regatta wouldn’t be what it is without the dragon boat competition, where teams from Asia and North America compete for a prize worth $115,000. It’s an event for everyone; the kids get to play the games, the guys get to revel in the competitive spirit, while the girls get to check out the dragon boaters’ guns.

DBS Marina Regatta
Date: 31 May – 2 June 2019
Time: 5:00pm – 10:00pm (Friday), 3:00pm – 10:00pm (weekend)
Venue: The Promontory @ Marina Bay
Admission Fee: Free

This could be a potential date idea. If you’re looking for more, look here.

8) Vesak Day

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Vesak Day is a very important date in the Buddhist lunar calendar because it celebrates the birth, the enlightenment and the passing into Nirvana of Buddha. Buddhists around the world commit good deeds on this day because they believe that it will multiply many times over. Spirituality aside, this holiday also has its practicalities; it falls on 19 May 2019, a Sunday. That means you have the Monday off to continue doing good deeds!

Vesak Day
Date: 19 May 2019

9) Ramadan 2019

Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic calendar where Muslims observe fasting from sunrise to sunset. Ask your Muslim friends or colleagues and they will likely tell you it’s a beautiful yet hectic period of preparing for Hari Raya. From making plans to break fast (also known as iftar), and cleaning the house – all amidst other religious duties and practices.

Ramadan 2019
Date: 6 May – 4 June 2019


We’ve compiled a list of 7 things to do during this blessed month. Check it out here!

10) CelebFest Rentak Raya 2019

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Now, Ramadan usually means fasting and prepping the house for Hari Raya Aidilfitri. CelebFest Rentak Raya 2019’s got you covered with the prepping bit by having a massive bazaar at Suntec City from 17 to 19 May! Get your kuih raya, baju raya or even home decor at this jam-packed bazaar.

Also expect local Malay celebrities to take the gray away from fasting and get your hyped up for Raya!

CelebFest Rentak Raya 2019
Date: 17 – 19 May 2019
Time: 10:00am – 10:00pm
Venue: Suntec Convention Centre Halls 401 – 403
Admission Fee: Free

Have a read about Hari Raya here!

11) The Get Down – Vesak Day Special at NINETEEN80

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Time is of the essence, it couldn’t get any better with The Get Down’s timing. The Get Down is NINETEEN80’s most popular party and it will be held on 19 May. There’s no cover charge for this party so just come along, dress nicely and have some fun!

The Get Down – Vesak Day Special at NINETEEN80
Date: 19 May 2019
Time: 9:00pm till late
Admission Fee: Free

Free entry and free drinks for the ladies. Find out how here.


12) Cinco de Mayo 2019

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Just what is Cinco de Mayo, you ask? It’s a Mexican fiesta held annually on 5 May to celebrate the Mexican Army’s victory in The Battle of Puebla in 1862. This means lots of Mexican food, tunes, margaritas and tequilas! There are lots of places in Singapore where this celebration will happen. You can check out the list here.

Cinco De Mayo 2019
Date: 5 May 2019

Party’s over but you still have it in you? Find some things to do here.

13) Singapore Cocktail Festival

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Image Source: Bob’s Bar Singapore

This is the festival to be at if you like your alcoholic drinks. The Singapore Cocktail Festival  is not only about the drinks, but also the experience as well. Lounge around at the festival village while you enjoy your drink and chat with other festival goers. If your timing is right, you can get headliner bartenders doing their alchemy, and maybe, you get to drink their clever concoctions!

This festival also has workshops and bar tours if you’re into that sort of thing, so check out their website for more details.

Singapore Cocktail Festival
Date: 10 – 18 May 2019
Time: Check here for details
Venue: Check here for details
Admission Fee: Check here for details

14) European Union Film Festival 

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The annual European Union Film Festival is back with a selection of some of the finest films from around the European Union. 27 films have been handpicked for the 29th edition of this film festival to give local audiences a taste of Europe’s diversity and creativity. Notable films include Sing Street (Ireland) and A Fortunate Man (Denmark), among other critically acclaimed films. This is a fantastic opportunity to catch some of the best films from the more obscure European countries, including Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia and more!

European Union Film Festival 2019
Dates: 10 – 19 May 2019
Venue: National Gallery Singapore
Price: $11


Check out the film festivals happening in Singapore this year!

15) Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) 2019

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Image Source: SIFA

Celebrating independent and singular visions from Singapore and around the world, 2019’s edition of the Singapore International Festival of Arts will be hosting Singular Screens, a selection of ingenious and risk-taking films curated by Asian Film Archive. Bask in the cinematic adventures of screenings from the a wide variety of countries such as Brazil, South Africa, Philippines and more – this film festival is definitely one you shouldn’t miss!

Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) 2019
Dates: 16 May – 2 June 2019
Venues: Oldham Theatre, National Archives of Singapore and Screening Room, Festival House
Price: $12 (bundle of 3 films at $30)

This article originally appeared on BeScene SG.

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