Five things to do this weekend (Sep 8-10)

Buckle up for a weekend of music, movies and toy collectibles worth marvelling over.

Han Xinyi

Still doesn’t understand how the kopi c, o, kosong system works.

Published: 8 September 2023, 3:01 PM

End this week off with a bang by watching live performances by the Singapore River, or free movie screenings by Sentosa’s Palawan beach!

Here are five things to do this weekend (Sep 8-10):

1. Immerse yourself in traditional and contemporary music at the Asian Civilisations Museum

Get ready for an explosion of cultures and music at the Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM), where live asian music performances, workshops and other music-related activities are held from Sep 8 to 10. 

Under ACM’s latest programme Crossing Cultures at ACM: Sounds of Asia, this three-day event will host outdoor performances by local musicians of diverse backgrounds and musical cultures. Visitors can expect to hear tunes of Fujian, Tibet, ancient Indian or Malaysian origins, with some even being remixed through the use of contemporary instruments.


Featured acts that are performing at the event include syncretic music ensemble Open Score Project, nanyin musical group Siong Leng Musical Association and Malay percussion ensemble Nadi Singapura. PHOTO CREDITS: ASIAN CIVILISATIONS MUSEUM


Visitors can not only attend the outdoor performances, they can also partake in a Vinyl Pasar on Sep 10 to browse and purchase records, jam out at an open mic session or groove to lively music in Singaporean designer Andrew Gn’s special exhibition.

Paid workshops are also available during the programme, where participants will get introduced to various music cultures and learn the basics of instruments like Malay drums or the ukulele. 

All activities except the workshops are free-of-charge. The programme will run from 4pm to 9pm across all three days.

2. Liven up your night at Singapore River Festival 2023

Singapore River Festival 2023 (SRF) is entering its first weekend, and there are plenty of activities and showcases for visitors to stop for when walking along the Singapore River.

From Sep 8 to 10, live performances of diverse genres will be held along various parts of the River.

Under the Rhythm of the River programme, groups like Samba Masala, Caroline in the Sun and Bonfire will showcase their talents in drums, fire and alternate and rock music. They will perform between 7pm and 10pm on Sep 8.


Street Beats’ live sets are split into two stages – the Nomad Stage and Electronica Stage. PHOTO CREDITS: SINGAPORE RIVER FESTIVAL


Another SRF highlight – Street Beats – will also occur from Sep 8 to 10. It will feature live sets from DJ’s like Nez Senja, Ice Cream Sundays and HeavyItch.

Street Beats will start at 8pm on Sep 8 and 4pm on Sep 9, with live musicians FZPZ, Matthias and Kaye coming to perform on the latter date.

On top of the live performances, Cavenagh Bridge, Read Bridge and Alkaff Bridge are lit up by light installations throughout SRF’s event duration.

Food tours and workshops are also set up over the weekend.

3. Watch an outdoor film screening by the beach at Sentosa

After some fun in the sand, beach goers can also settle down for a complimentary outdoor movie screening at Sentosa’s Movies by the Beach.

Located at Palawan Green, beach goers can end their day out with popular films right under the night sky.


Movies by the Beach will occur every evening at Palawan Green until Sep 17. PHOTO CREDITS: SENTOSA


From Sep 8 to 10, movies like Turbo, Finding Nemo and Finding Dory will be screened on each day respectively.

Those interested in the movie screenings should be seated by 5.30pm. Admission is free, though the screening will be cancelled on days where the weather is unfavourable.

4. Check out exclusive POP MART figurines at the Pop Toy Show

For the first time outside of China, the Pop Toy Show (PTS) is set up in Singapore from Sep 8 to 10.

Organised by toy retailers POP MART and Action City, the event will feature more than 50 vendors, their various toy collections and limited edition figurines.

Attendees can marvel over the toys, purchase exclusively released figurines and even get the chance to meet the artists behind popular POP MART collectable characters like SKULLPANDA (Xiong Mang), Hirono (Lang), Dimoo (Ayan Deng) and HACIPUPU (AGEE & YEP).


Attendees can participate in meet-and-greets with the POP MART collection artists and get their favourite toys autographed. PHOTO CREDITS: POP TOY SHOW


Panel discussions and other arts and toy booths are set up at the event as well.

The Pop Toy Show is held at Base 2, Halls D and E of the Sands Expo & Convention Centre. Tickets are still available online and are priced at $32 for a one-day, $57 for a two-day and $78 for a three-day standard ticket. Group tickets are also available at $80 for a one-day entry.

5. Celebrate all things anime and cosplay at DoujinFes

Japanese anime enthusiasts and cosplayers alike can drop by SAFRA Tampines and celebrate anime culture together right at the heartlands from Sep 9 to 10.

Hosted by Coliseum of Fun and Tampines SAFRA, DoujinFes features an artist alley, cosplayer photo and signing sessions, as well as performances.

Participants can meet cosplayers like Momoko Pigsfly and Hatsune Melvin, as well as watch performances by Reiko and Kane.

The event will also host a stamp rally and online auction.

DoujinFes will run from 10am to 7pm on Sep 9, and 10am to 5pm on Sep 10. Admission is free.

You may like these