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Oktoberfest and more October fairs and festivals

By Ninart LuiEvents - 26 September 2011 9:00 AM

Oktoberfest and more October fairs and festivals

To most people, the month of October signifies the start of the final quarter of the year, bringing with it Oktoberfest and Halloween! Since we are on the equator, there’s absolutely no way of telling the seasons unless we mark them by celebrating occasions. So what do you say to getting out our festive faces and partying on?

Oktoberfest returns to Paulaner Bräuhaus (until Oct 7) for the 12th year running! Once again reliving the convivial mood of its Munich origins, tentages will be housing merrymakers as they soak up the atmosphere (and copious amounts of beer). Live German music plus hearty fare complete the experience. Clarke Quay is also getting in on the Oktoberfest action (Oct 7-8) so head down there if you like the river.

For a local twist, check out Roktober! (Oct 20-23) at Timbre @ The Substation. If four nights of undulated fun involving booze, live music, the Beer Pong Championship and lots of munchies sound up your alley, we promise you’ll never look back!

Girls (and boys) who like your bling, listen up! Jewelfest is back (Oct 14-23) in all its sparkly glory, returning for its 9th year showcasing a dazzling constellation of statement making jewellery to aficionados, collectors and fashionistas alike. If that doesn’t scratch the itch, head down to Jewellery Time (Oct 27-Nov 6), the award-winning biennaial luxury timepiece showcase organized by Cortina Watch for the bestest in bling timepieces.


JewelFest 2010 - Image courtesy of Singapore JewelFest

Another major festival making its return this year is the Esplanade’s da:ns Festival (Oct 7-16), showcasing works from newcomers to world-class choreographers across all dance genres. For more of its highlights, don’t forget to check out our preview feature.

Esplanade will also be holding its annual Malay Arts festival Pesta Raya during the month of October, celebrating Malay arts by Malay artists from Southeast Asia and around the world. Good for some of the best traditional and contemporary Malay artists presenting vibrant works of dance, theatre and music.

To round things up, we have the return of the Singapore Writers’ Festival (Oct 22-30), the island’s premier national literary festival with the theme “Transaction” this year. Expect lots of debates, discussion and generally lots of exchanging of exciting ideas.