Five things to do this weekend (Aug 18-20)

Multiple conventions and festivals await you this weekend.

Chloe Tham

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Published: 18 August 2023, 1:36 PM

Attending a jazz concert with your canine companion, visiting the light installations at the Singapore Night Festival and stopping by to smell botanics at the Asia Pacific Orchid Conference are just some things you can do to end off the week.

Here are five things to do this weekend (Aug 18-20):

1. Attend a jazz concert at Jazz for Dogs

A fundraiser featuring live jazz performances will be held at the Botanic Gardens on Aug 20. The event is organised by the Action for Singapore Dogs (ASD) to raise funds for canine rescue and rehome efforts.

This year’s lineup of guest performers include jazz artiste Sinclair Ang, vocalist Siti Nur Iman and local musician Carol Gomez, who has also performed at previous runs of the event.


The event is hosting an ongoing giveaway, including the top prize of a Singapore Airlines economy round-trip ticket to Bangkok. PHOTO CREDIT: FACEBOOK/ACTION FOR SINGAPORE DOGS


While admission to the concert is free, attendees are encouraged to offer their support to the cause by purchasing a picnic pack at $128.

Each picnic basket – worth  $300 – contains wine, drinks, sweet and savoury snacks, a Jazz For Dogs picnic mat and a limited edition bandana for dogs.

More information about the organisation and event can be found via ASD’s website.

2. Snap pictures and skate at the Singapore Night Festival

From Aug 18 to 26, visitors can take part in photo walks and experiential programmes, look at light installations, attend concerts and more at the Singapore Night Festival (SNF).

The highlight act this year is titled Time is a Black Circle.

The space takes the form of an indoor roller skating rink at the National Museum and is curated by visual artist Dawn Ng. Visitors can skate along to famous songs by popular artists in the past such as The Silver Strings and Rita Chao.


A Stone’s Throw (Away) is a light installation co-presented by the National Library Board (NLB) to inspire discovery of hidden stories and facets of Singapore’s past. PHOTO CREDIT: SINGAPORE NIGHT FESTIVAL


The sessions will be held across the two weekends. Session 1 will be held on Aug 18 and 19 from 7.30pm to 8.30pm, and Session 2 will be held on Aug 26 and 27 from 7.30pm to 12am. Tickets for the walk are priced at $22 per pax.

Information for the full list of events can be accessed via SNF’s website.

3. Indulge in Muslim-friendly treats at MakBesar

Festival treats, amusement rides by Uncle Ringo and activities including a mass zumba fitness dance and henna art will be offered at this month’s run of the MakBesar Grand Emporium Funworld at the Singapore EXPO.

From Aug 18 to 20, visitors can look forward to indulging in various food offerings like lontong goreng (fried rice cake), iga penyet (beef ribs with sambal) and kue jongkong (pandan coconut rice pudding).

Local musicians like Abang Sapau and Firwan Johan will also make special appearances at the event.

Admission to the event is free and will be located at Hall 5B of the Singapore EXPO. More information about the event can be found on MakBesar’s website.

4. Visit flowers from around the world at the Asia Pacific Orchid Conference

Orchid shows, displays and a marketplace are some activities to participate in at the Singapore EXPO from Aug 16 to 20 as part of the Asia Pacific Orchid Conference (APOC).

Featuring more than 50 local and international vendors, items for sale include exotic species of orchids and garden supplies.

Visitors who are interested to know more about orchid cultivation and conservation may attend plenary talks conducted by world-esteemed orchid experts and sharing sessions. Registrations for the conference programmes will be conducted on site of the event.


Exotic species of orchids and gardenware are available for purchase at the marketplace. PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTHOPIA/CHLOE THAM


Singapore residents can purchase weekday tickets at $9 for children (aged three to twelve) and seniors (aged 60 years old and above), and on weekends for $12. Adults are charged $15 and $20 for weekday and weekend tickets respectively.

Admission to the marketplace is free. Ticket prices exclude booking fees and are available for purchase via SISTIC until Aug 20.

5. Support creators at the Asia Comics Expo

The Asia Comics Expo will make its debut in Singapore this year on Aug 19 to 20.

The event will feature an exhibition and marketplace, where visitors can find enchanted creatures and creations made as wearables and keepsakes.

Some items for sale at the event include handmade clay, beaded and resin creations, artworks by artists, plushies, toy figurines, photography prints and photo books.

Held at the Suntec Convention Centre at Hall 403, the event will run from 11am to 7.30pm for both days. Tickets are available at $10 and $18.50 for one-day and two-day passes respectively via Eventbrite.

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