Mid November can be a little harsh. It’s crunch time before you go off for your Christmas holidays, where you still have no idea what gift to get for friends and family… Don’t even get us started with the year end rush of meetings and deadlines.

If you’re barely hanging in there, here are 13 fun and exciting activities to help you unwind and usher in the final month of the year.

Discover & Play

1. Neon Lights Festival

Singapore’s very own premier music and arts festival – Neon Lights Festival is back!

Image source: Neon Lights Festival
Image source: Neon Lights Festival

Catered to music and art lovers of all ages, this festival will bring together more than 150 music and art performances over two days!!

Featuring performers such as Yuna, Badbadnotgood, and Southeast Asian exclusive performances by Foals, Sigur Rós & 2manydjs, it’s gonna be a weekend of major ear candy for audiophiles.

Neon Lights Festival
Date: 26-27 November
Time: 2pm- 12am
Venue: For Canning, 51 Canning Rise, 179037
Event Page: Neon Lights Festival 2016
Website: Neon Lights
Tickets: $135- $290
Ticketing Website: Neon Lights

2. Swissotel Vertical Marathon 2016

Bored of the usual run?

How about joining Asia’s most exhilirating vertical race – the Swissotel Vertical Marathon?

Image source: Run Society
Image source: Run Society

Set to take place at one of Southeast Asia’s tallest hotel (226m) Swissotel The Stamford, participants will need to blaze up 1,336 steps over 73 storeys in the shortest time possible.

Hardcore runners, CNN actually named this race as the most challenging race among 11 of the world’s coolest themed runs. Don’t miss the chance to add this to your running credentials!

Swissotel Vertical Marathon 2016
Date: 20 November, 2016
Time: 6:30am- 1:30pm
Venue: Swissotel The Stamford, 2 Stamford Road, 178882
Event Page: Swissotel Vertical Marathon
Tickets: Individual ($52-$62), Team of 2 ($108-$120)
Ticketing Website: Run Society

3. Upside Social

Like the idea of socialising and being empowered through health and fitness at the same time?

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Image source: Upside Social

Head to Spaces City Hall for a Saturday of good food, learning, meditating, and of course shopping!

Featuring Xtend Barre classes for your happy toes, Dosirak for your tummy, wellness and nutrition classes by HIC Juices, PAUSE Meditation and Jolin Tinkerbell, you’ll definitely walk away with something.

And for the shopping part, vendors such as Lorna Jane, We Are Cultured, Anaya Life, Pili Pushers, MA’ONA and Candles of Light will make sure you get a good dose of retail therapy.

Upside Social
Date: 19 November, 2016
Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm
Venue: Spaces City Hall, 410 North Bridge, 188726
Event Page: Upside Social
Tickets: $15-$25
Ticketing Page: Upside Motion

4. 4S Stories Before Bedtime

We’ve heard of bedtime stories with happy endings but what about those that didn’t end too well?

Image source: A.D.I Concept
Image source: A.D.I Concept

4S: Stories After Bedtime revolves around the darker side of Malay legends and folktales.

From poisoning enemies through the use of winds and djins to summoning beings from other dimension, these stories, inspired by true incidents will make you rethink of the existence of supernatural.

Don’t blame us if you have problems falling asleep at night!

4S: Stories After Bedtime
Date: 17-19 November 2016
Time: 8pm (17 & 18 Nov), 3pm & 8pm (19 Nov)
Venue: Drama Centre 100 Victoria Street Level 5, National Library Building, 188064
Event Page: 4S: Stories After Bedtime
Tickets: $22-$25
Ticketing Page: Sistic

5. Sex in Singcity

Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda, or Samantha?

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Image source: Lila Sutra

Inspired by Sex and the City, Sex in Singcity is an evening of open dialogue on sex, intimacy and pleasure with a panel of sexperts.

While you’re at it, you can also pick up the art of seductive strip tease…without the stripping.

And the best part of all, each entry ticket comes with a scrumptious dinner from Food Rebel and a free bubly drink from Bottles XO! Now, be a caring sister and share this with all your girlfriends.

Sex in Singcity
Date: 18 November 2016
Time: 7:00pm-9:30pm
Venue: The Hive, 59 New Bridge Road, 059405
Event Page: Sex in Singcity
Tickets: $25 (Early bird), $35 (Regular)
Ticketing Website: Peatix

6. Anime Festival Asia

Woohoo! Anime Festival Asia is back in Singapore!

And this time round, it comes with a three-day Anisong concert.

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Image source: AFA SG

Who said you can’t enjoy anime in real life?

Head to AFA SG and bob your head to your favourite anime theme songs, performed live by T.M Revolution, KOTOKOAlisa Takigawa and many more over a period of 3 days!

To jazz things up even more, there will also be anime-based exhibits, activities, celebrity cosplayers, and a special Akiba stage.

Anime Festival Asia
Date: 25-27 November, 2016
Time: 9:30am – 8:00pm (25& 26 Nov), 9:30am-7:00pm (27 Nov)
Venue: Suntec City 1 Raffles Boulevard, 039693
Facebook: Anime Festival Asia
Website: AFA SG
Tickets: $13-$258 (Do note that exhibition tickets and concert tickets are sold seperately)
Ticketing Website: AFA

7. Monkey Goes West

Up for an adventure of a lifetime from Haw Par Villa to Jurong West?

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Laughter is the best medicine and you sure can count on Ah Tang and his friends Wukong, Pigsy and Sandy to give you the best laughing therapy in town.

Monkey Goes West
Date: 18 November – 17 December 2016
Venue: Drama Centre Theatre, 100 Victoria St, #05-01 National Library Building, 188064
Time: 2:30pm and 7:30pm
Ticket Price: Restricted View ($50 – $60), Standard ($45-$80)
Seating Plan: Click Here
Ticketing Website: SISTIC
Website: W!LD RICE

Also, read Monkey Goes West Is Back This Year With More Laughs & Catchy Tunes!

Eat

8. Amoy Street Bloc Party

You’ve probably seen a couple of new eateries popping up around Amoy Street.

What’s a better way than partying while getting to know these new kids on the block?

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Set to take place on the 20th of November, Amoy St. Bloc Party will see our favourite Chinatown street transform into a festival filled with fun, food, drinks and community activities.

Dine and wine with the 8 new award winning eateries – Ding Dong, boCHINChe, Employees Only, Le Binchotan, Burger Joint, Maggie Joan’s, Gemmills and Birds of a Feather.

When sun sets, step into Ding Dong as the playful restaurant space is reimagined into a retro dance floor for the festival.

Amoy St. Bloc Party
Date: 20 November 2016 (Sunday)
Time: 3pm – 12:00am
Venue: Amoy Street
Event page: Amoy St Bloc Party
Instagram: @amoystblocparty

9. A Mashed-Up Affair: When Cocktails & Kaya Clash

Cocktail and ka.. WHAT?

Who cares if cocktail and kaya makes an unlikely pair? House at Dempsey is putting two of our favourite things together, and whipping up something delish.

Image source: House at Dempsey
Image source: House at Dempsey

Collaborating with homegrown brand Kayamila, House at Dempsey will be pairing 4 of their signature cocktails and mocktails with 4 unique kaya flavours (Calamansi, Sea Salt Caramel, Vanilla, and of course, Original) from Kayamila.

It’s something very new and we say… just take my money!!

A Mashed-Up Affair: When Cocktails and Kaya Clash
Date: 17 November 2016
Time: 7:00pm-8:30pm
Venue: House at Dempsey, 8D Dempsey Road #01-03 249672
Event Page: A Mashed-Up Affair
Ticket: $60
Ticketing Website: Peatix

10. MasterChef Dining & Bar

If you’re a fan of the Masterchef series, you’ve probably drooled over world-renowned chef  – Marco Pierre White‘s dishes.

Image source: Master Chef Dining & Bar
Image source: Master Chef Dining & Bar

And that’s why you should check out the MasterChef pop-up dining experience at Ash and Elm, InterContinental Singapore, for an unforgettable culinary adventure. No more wanting to lick the TV screen!

This gastronomical experience will feature restauranter Marco Pierre White, MasterChef Australia’s finalist Reynold Poernomo, MasterChef Asia’s Judge Audra Morrice, MasterChef USA’s winner Luca Manfe and our very own MasterChef Asia Woo Wai Leong.

This could totally be the most delicious dining experience you’ve ever had.

Master Chef Dining & Bar
Date: 25 November – 9 December
Time: 12pm-3pm, 6pm-10:30pm
Venue: Ash and Elm, Level 1, Intercontinental Singapore 80 Middle Road, 188966
Website: MasterChef Dining
Tickets: $168+ (lunch), $288+ (dinner)
Ticketing Website: Sistic

Shop

11. Affordable Art Fair

Always wanted to own an art piece but shrug whenever you look at the price tag?

Maybe you’ll find a master piece at the Affordable Art Fair.

Image source: Affordable Art Fair Singapore
Image source: Affordable Art Fair Singapore

Back for its 7th autumn edition, this leading showcase for affordable contemporary art is set to take place from 18 to 20 November at F1 Pit Building.

The fair will feature a diverse range of contemporary art priced between $100 and $15,000, with 75% of art pieces under $7,500.

Now, that sure sounds like a steal!

Affordable Art Fair
Date: 18-20 November 2016
Time: 12pm-6pm (18 Nov), 11am-8pm (19 Nov), 11am-6pm (20 Nov)
Venue: 1 Republic Boulevard, F1 Pit Building, 038795
Event page: Affordable Art Fair
Tickets: $15 (Advance sales), $18 (Door sales)
Ticketing page: Affordable Art Fair

12. Return to Wonderland Christmas Market

Aah.. end November means Christmas Markets!

And this time, it’s the Return to Wonderland Christmas Market. 

Image source: Free Folk
Image source: Free Folk

From handcrafted goods from local artists and designers, organic skincare products to women’s wear and even wire jewellery, this market will make you wanna take a longer lunch break.

Return to Wonderland Christmas Market
Date: 28 November – 4 December 2016
Time: 11am – 8pm
Venue: Millenia Walk, South Galleria Level 1, 9 Raffles Boulevard 039596
Event Page: Return to Wonderland Christmas Market

13. Tan Boon Liat Block Party

Singapore’s unofficial furniture and lifestyle hub, Tan Boon Liat Building, is the perfect destination for hipsters and young couples.

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With 15 storeys of furniture and home accessories showrooms and lifestyle providers, this building is set to be the only place you need to shop this Christmas season! Expect interesting and unique pieces of furniture, and gourmet food.

On 26 and 27 November, 20 participating showrooms will open their doors. Enjoy design showcases and workshops, tastings, collection launches, and silent auctions. There are even $5,000 worth of prizes up for grabs!

Tan Boon Liat Block Party
Date:
26 and 27 November 2016
Time: 10AM – 7PM
Address: Tan Boon Liat Building, 315 Outram Road, Singapore 169074

With 13 fun activities to choose from, November sure is an exciting month! Drop us a comment and let us know which one you’ll be checking out.

Header Image source: Neon Lights Singapore

Also, read Reignite The Magic Of Christmas On Orchard Road With ION’s Tiffany & Co Xmas Tree!

 
 
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