In case you haven’t noticed, summer is officially here. Yes, we’re in tropical Singapore, but it’s been even more scorching than usual. That said, don’t be a wuss and let the heat deter you from going outside. There are heaps of exciting events happening in the next few weeks, with everything from open air concerts and nature walks, to bikeathons and movie screenings so go check them out now.
1. Shop at Singapore’s only Farmers’ Market
We suggest you get the farmers’ market that blooms on the first and third Saturday of every month at The Pantry in Loewen Gardens, offering up a range of fresh, organic produce, gourmet meats, cheese and wine, and even home baked goodies to indulge your epicurean tendencies.
2. Run for a good cause
Do something good for yourself and society with these two running events that raise money for charity. Jurong Lake Run supports the local commuity and the run takes you on a scenic route with lush greenery and highlights such as Jurong Lake Park, Chinese Garden and Japanese Garden on the way. It takes place on 8 Julyat 7:30am. Take it easy with a 3km run or push yourself with a more full-on 6km or 10km race. There are even cash prizes to be won.
If you’re after something a little more challenging (and want a little more time to prep), give Race against Cancer a go. There are competitive 10km or 15km runs, as well as a non-competitive 5km Fun Run. Race starts at 7am on 22 July at Angsana Green in East Coast Park.
3. Paddle in the Dragon Boat Festival
Don’t just witness the fervent rowing and loud drumming, be part of the excitement and join the race down Bedok Reservoir towards the finish line. Plus, you’ll earn yourself some crazy guns in the training process. The races are from 30 June to 1 July, visit the Singapore Dragon Boat Association website to register.
4. Experience Ballet Under The Stars
The annual outdoor ballet event by Singapore Dance Theatre, Ballet Under the Stars (or BUTS as it’s affectionately known to fans), is back again. It takes place at Fort Canning Park this year from 20-22 July, showcasing classical and contemporary ballet performances including the world premiere of Organ Concerto by Nils Christe. Great date idea, if we ever saw one. Doors open at 5pm for picnic-goers, with performances starting at 7:30pm.
5. Rock out at Baybeats
Back for its 10th installment, Baybeats is a showcase of over 30 local and regional bands from Japan, Indonesia, Thailand and Hong Kong. This year’s line-up will see local talent like rock act Cashew Chemists and alternative folk band Pep Talk, joined by Korean ska band Copy Machine and Malaysia’s Love Me Butch. Baybeats takes place at several venues at the Esplanade from 29 June 29 through 1 July.
6. Dance the Zumba
For those who’ve yet to give Zumba a go, 180 FitStyle @ The Singapore Flyer–Sky Deck is the ideal reason to. Go ahead and try a new fitness routine as LifeSparks hosts a mass Zumba Fitness Dance Workouton 22 June, from 6:30-9:30pm. It’s being held right underneath the Singapore Flyer, so you’ll get to watch the sunset as Australian Instructor Cassie Blazer leads you through the steps.
7. Do the Green Trail
Want to really immerse yourself in nature? Then be sure to check out NDP’s LovingSG Green Trail that launches come July. It’s like a treasure hunt with 10 checkpoints (you stand a chance to win some cool prizes if you finish it within two weeks). Check out the NDP website for more info.
8. Speed down the Paya Lebar Airbase
Before you’re tempted to dismiss the National Runway Cycling and Skating event as just another one of those crazy fitness things, take note that this annual event’s on 17 June is the only day of the year that the usually out-of-bounds Paya Lebar Airbase is opened and cleared just to make way for racing enthusiasts to compete in a 45km bicycle route or a 30km skating contest. Event starts at 8am.
Gardens By The Bay
9. Catch the opening of Gardens by the Bay
Certainly one of the most anticipated events of 2012. The inauguration of the Bay South Garden kicks off with a Jason Mraz concert on 29 June, followed by a performance by Corrinne May on 30 June. The Supertree Light and Sound Show happens twice nightly from 2 July. The festivities begin on 29 June and run through 8 July at Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive.
10. Watch a film screenin
If your tastes veer towards mainstream flicks like 'X-Men First Class' and 'Transformers', then MovieMob’s a good option. The crew sets up secret fortnightly film screenings flashmob style with drive-in and non-drive-in nights, you even get to vote for what you’d like to see on their site and register to be notified a week in advance.