8 events you need to attend in April 2017

From the Bangkok-style flea market to a free movie at the Science Centre, events in April will get you leaping out of your bed and out into the fun.

Everyone looks forward to April. For most, it’s because of Good Friday or Easter Day when they get to paint Easter eggs and draw cute bunnies. For some, it’s because they get to party in Bangkok’s Water Festival (Songkran).

Whatever your reason for looking forward to April, there are even more to get you excited. These 8 events held in Singapore will surely make your April one of the most enjoyable months of the year.

1. Artbox Singapore


Seasoned travellers would be familiar with the sights and sounds of the flea market in Bangkok. The delicious aroma of freshly cooked street snacks wafts through the crowded aisles, posh-looking clothing screams at you to buy them at a lower price, and Instagram-worthy food is everywhere.

The trendy flea market, titled Artbox, will soon make its way to Singapore.

It will be the first time that Artbox opens outside of Thailand.

Besides the usual fare, Artbox Singapore will also host music performances and open-mic sessions. Sip newly bought beer and chow down on gastronomical bites at the dining area, and look out for the beautiful fairy lights that would set up the perfect scene for your cute Instagram photos.

Artbox Singapore will be held on two weekends, on 14th to 16th April and 21st to 23rd April, at the Bayfront Event Space. Admission is free, but be prepared to bring cash for all the goodies you want to buy.

Address: Bayfront Event Space, Marina Bay Sands
Nearest MRT: Bayfront
Operating hours: 3pm to 11pm

2.World Snack Fair (7 to 9 April 2017)


Let’s be real. Snacks can be a guilty pleasure. We know we shouldn’t have them so often, but the temptation of these sinful sensations of our tongues beckons us to these little devils every day.

But you can let loose all your inhibitions about your favourite snacks in the coming World Snack Fair.

With over 100 participating brands, you will definitely see old favourites and try a new treat.

Popular brands include Meiji, Calbee, Pokka, Nestle and Tao Kae Noi.

Besides the myriad of snack options, there will also be themed cafés for those who would like to experience the Japanese Maid and Butler cafés.

Admission to the fair is free, but buying an Earlybird Snack Voucher online before the event starts entitles you to a $10 snack voucher along with other 1-for-1 vouchers for Nescafe and Ichiban Kouji.

Find out more on their website at http://www.worldsnackday.com/index.php/worldsnackfair-2017/

Address: Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre, Concourse 1 to 4, Level 3
Nearest MRT: Promenade
Operating hours:
7th and 8th April: 11am to 10pm.
9th April: 11am to 9pm.

3.Singapore Ink Show


A showcase of tattoos seems contrary to the conservative Singaporean’s mindset against ink on the skin. The semi-permanent prints are often seen as rebellious, or reminiscent of a member in a gang.

To dismiss the stereotype and quell the stigma surrounding tattoos, the inaugural Singapore Ink Show hopes to show that people with tattoos are just like any other Singaporean on the street.

Hand-drawn works by tattoo artists and temporary tattoos will be on sale at the Ink Show, held from 21st to 23rd April 2017 at Suntec city. All proceeds from sales will go to the Singapore Red Cross.

This event is a must-go for Singaporeans who want to support a community cause, or be entranced by the beautiful art from local tattoo artists.

Tickets for the Ink Show can be purchased online at this website: http://www.sginkshow.com/tickets/. Note that visitors must be at least 12 years old before they can be granted admission.

Address: Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hall 404
Nearest MRT: Promenade
Operating hours:
21st April: 12pm to 9pm.
22nd April: 11.30am to 9pm.
23rd April: 11.30am to 8pm.

4.Pet Expo


A day at the cat café wasn’t enough to fulfill your desire to touch the furballs? The Pet Expo 2017 is the best place to let out your inner pet lover.

Held at the Expo, the event has been branded as one of the best places for pet lovers and pet owners to gather and learn more about the different industries that cater to pets.

Besides manufacturers of pet food and grooming products, there are also competitions which your pet can take part in. Some interesting titles include the “Grumpiest Bunny Contest” and the “Best Bird Song Contest”.

For pet lovers who have been considering owning a cat, dog or other types of pets, the Agri-Veterinary Authority (AVA) will also be hosting a speed-dating style adoption drive to match you to a possible new pet.

The 2016 edition of this event received over 27,856 public visitors, 8,417 pets and 75 exhibiting companies.

One-day entry into the Pet Expo costs $5 and a three-day entry pass costs $12. Visit their website at https://petexposg.com/ for more information.

Address: Singapore Expo Hall 7, 1 Expo Dr, Singapore 486150
Nearest MRT: Expo
Dates: 14th to 16th April 2017
Operating hours: 11am to 8pm

5.Singapore Art Book Fair


If perusing gorgeous and delightfully pretty books are your guilty pleasure, then the Singapore Art Book Fair may just be paradise.

Featuring contemporary art books and zines from all over the globe, the art book fair is expecting over 40 exhibitors and more than 8,000 visitors this year.

Besides exhibitors, there will also be zine-making workshops and a music performance by local musician Kelly Raphaelle.

Walk home with a new pretty book from Gillman Barracks at the Singapore Art Book Fair, held on 28th to 30th April. Admission is free. Visit their website at http://www.singaporeartbookfair.org/

Address: 7 Lock Road, Gillman Barracks, Singapore 108395
Nearest MRT: Mountbatten
Operating hours: 10am to 8pm

6.Picnic under the Planets


Fancy a night-time picnic watching The Lego Movie on the big screen? Science Centre Singapore will make that happen.

Happening on Friday, April 7th 2017, Picnic Under the Stars coincides with the best time to view the planet Jupiter from Earth. Two movies will be screened outdoors at Science Centre Singapore.

Besides the movies, F&B outlets will be there, in case you need to grab a bite while the movie plays.

Admission is free. Find out more information at http://www.science.edu.sg/events/Pages/PicnicUnderthePlanets.aspx

Address: Science Centre Singapore, 15 Science Centre Road, Singapore 609081
Nearest MRT: Jurong East
Operating hours: 7pm to 11.30pm

7.A Chorus Line by LaSalle


A rendition of award-winning musical A Chorus Line will be showing at the Singapore Airlines Theatre from 19th to 22nd April 2017, performed by Level 2 and 3 students taking LaSalle’s Bachelors degree with Honours in Musical Theatre

A Chorus Line features the story of hopeful dancers auditioning for positions in a new formation of a dance ensemble. It has won awards for its ingenuous and honest retelling of the experiences faced by real dancers auditioning for a Broadway show.

Tickets are going for $15, or $10, if you’re a student or senior citizen. Book tickets at http://achorusline.peatix.com/

Address: The Singapore Airlines Theatre, Basement 1, LASALLE, 1 McNally Street
Nearest MRT: Rochor
Show start time: 8pm (2pm matinee show on Saturday)

8.Islandwide City Detective Escape Game


For those who love escape room games and want an even bigger challenge, XCape is pioneering their newest escape room style game, aptly titled, “XCape the City”.

This new three-hour long escape game will require you to use mobile technology to advance the plot behind the game.

Your team of up to 5 players are tasked to find the Chief of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) within the three hours. You will be required to traverse in your group across the island to search for clues for your missions, which you will receive on your registered mobile device.

Tickets cost $30 per player, and $120 for 5 players. Early bird rates of $20 per player are still ongoing.

Visit their website at http://xcapeciacrisis.peatix.com/ for more information.

Game starting location: Visual Arts Centre, #01-02 Dhoby Ghaut Green, 10 Penang Rd, Singapore, 238468
Nearest MRT: Dhoby Ghaut
Dates: 23rd April 2017
Game start time: 12pm, 1pm or 2pm

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