Gags aside, April is set to be a serious month of happenings.
Here’s a list of incredible things to do in Singapore in April 2019 – we’re talking events, concerts, fleas and everything in-between.
1. Mermaid Tank Installation @ ION
As part of ION Orchard’s 10th anniversary celebrations, the mall is setting up its first-ever mermaid tank installation – complete with live mermaids.
The installation is part of ION Orchard’s Spring/Summer fashion season, a vibrant collision of nature and undersea fantasy.
As the outdoor space transforms into a dreamlike fashion garden, the centerpiece is, of course, the purpose-built mermaid aquarium tank—2.4 metres tall and containing some 8,000 litres of seawater.
It’s not just all passive gawking through the glass too. The installation includes a special optical-illusion see-through water ceiling within the aquatic garden, accented with floral backdrops and photo-ready false greenery.
It’s on weekends so feel free to stop by the glittering mirror-panelled facade for selfies and meet-and-greets with the mermaid.
1 to 28 Apr
Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday
2. Twilight Tropicana: Flea and Feast
Twilight: Flea and Feast is taking it to the tropics this edition!
Inspired by markets in Australia, Twilight: Flea & Feast aims to gather the tastiest authentic street food all in one spot. Get tropical with over 50 food and retail stalls under one (air-conditioned) roof.
Remember to bring your shopping bags and fill ‘em up with fab batik prints by Think Batik, floral print blouses from Modest Beauty, quirky wear by Pixaluna, local beauty buys and, of course, feast on delish desserts and treats from Milk Bro, Oahu Poke, Julie Bakes and many more.
5 to 7 Apr
Suntec Convention Centre
3. ‘I Would Prefer Not To Do Anything’ Exhibition
Held poignantly at CBD gallery Hatch Art Project, I Would Prefer Not To Do Anything is a look at deep-rooted fatigue in today’s society.
Iqi Qoror’s exhibition portrays a melancholic, almost surrealist perspective that captures our deep-rooted fatigue living in today’s society.
Accompanying the show is an exhibition catalogue presented as an adult picture book, with words by local cultural critic Reena Devi weaving new life and stories into Qoror’s images.
Now till 16 May
Hatch Art Project
4. The Phantom of The Opera
With over 70 major theatre awards, The Phantom of the Opera returns to Singapore for the second time.
Get starry-eyed by the spectacular set and stunning costumes as you follow the journey of the Phantom himself, a disfigured musical maven who haunts the depths of the Paris Opera House.
With Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sweeping romantic score, you’ll feel your emotions rise and fall with the haunting love triangle that ensues.
24 Apr to 12 May
Sands Theatre, Marina Bay Sands
5. Pokemon Go! Safari Zone
The whole of Sentosa, from the Boardwalk near VivoCity all the way to Tanjong Beach, will be turning into a Pokemon Go! Safari Zone, where AR sprites of rare, shiny and never-before-seen Pokemon will roam the island for the first time.
Expect players of the hit mobile game to throng the resort island; so stay away if you’re not catching ’em all.
18 to 22 Apr
6. Shilin Night Market
The largest and most famous night market in Taiwan is coming to Singapore over two weekends.
Experience all the glorious food from the original Taiwanese market but with a local twist as you’ll encounter street delicacies, movie screenings, KTV booths and everything in between.
You’ll be kept extra busy but look out for the shopping! Be prepared for seriously adorable boba tote bags and badges from Apoozi Studio, handmade earrings and so much more.
19 to 21 Apr and 26 to 28 Apr
The Grounds @ Kranji
This is one that cannot be missed. Artist Von Wong and social impact strategist Laura Francois have unleashed their latest thought-provoking interactive 3D installation, which will make you think twice about using a plastic cup ever again.
Made from thousands of used plastic cups collected from local food stalls in Singapore, the exhibition portrays the severe problem of human plastic pollution in the oceans and aims to evoke the feeling of ‘Plastikophobia’.
Now till 18 Apr
Sustainable Singapore Gallery
8. Muchachos Burrito Bash
It’s National Burrito Day, and everyone’s favourite Mexican place is throwing a bash – with plenty of burritos to go around. Bring your amigos, as burritos will be going for 1-1 all day long, plus you get a free beer with it.
For the true burrito fan, join in their burrito speed eating contest and settle your dinner while you’re at it.
Muchachos, Amoy Street
9. Garden Spring Flea
Stock up your home bar with drinkware and flower blooming tea balls from Flour.ish at this artisan flea. If you’re all for statement earrings, Rosebel.co will be bringing their handmade floral x fauna and terrazzo collections with cool discounts you cannot resist.
Love all things 100% natural? Make sure you take home a couple of L A G O M Singapore’s sustainable bar lotions.
If you’re parched from all that shopping, Botanico will be serving out exclusive cocktails at just $10++.
Singapore Botanic Gardens
10. Singapore Repertory Theatre: The Truth
No one can resist a good story and Singapore Repertory Theatre (SRT) is bringing the West End play, The Truth, to KC Arts Centre – Home of SRT from April 3.
The Truth debuted at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory in 2016 and has garnered raving reviews from publications like The Guardian. And what better way to catch an acclaimed thought-provoking play with your mates?
Written by French award-winning playwright Florian Zeller and translated by Academy Award-winner Christopher Hampton, The Truth will have you rolling in the aisles.
3rd to 20 Apr
KC Arts Centre
11. Skechers Sundown Festival
Expect a full-blown line-up of over 50 bands, vocalists and musicians from the region at the biggest 10th edition of Skechers Sundown Festival. Besides music, you’ll be kept entertained by art and film content, a marketplace, and even a camping ground so there’s no need to worry about heading home after.
Festival-goers can also explore our relationship with nature through the art installations by Borneo Laboratory. The works highlight the environmental crisis we’re facing in Asia today, and call for change.
19 to 21 Apr
Siloso Beach, Sentosa
12. Songkran Music Festival
Come dressed to get wet ‘cos Wild Wild Wet is transforming into a wet party arena complete with water and light effects and blasting water jets. Enjoy hip hop, electro, big-room, trap, open format tracks spun by DJs Lincey, Inquisitive, Tinc and Lenerd and headlined by Dutch DJ Quintino.
Rave in the tsunami pool and fuel up with craft beers from The Bar by Beerfest Asia and food trucks by SawadeeCup and Zeroplusone. It’s going to be one helluva party.
Wild Wild Wet