Start the year right with these 18 exciting events happening in January

As if the two New Year’s Days aren’t enough to get us excited for January to arrive, the host of events that are going to happen throughout the entire month are sure to keep us thoroughly entertained.

Here is our roundup of the most highly anticipated events in January that will definitely bring you good vibes and an enjoyable time with friends and family, be it after a long day at work or on a chill weekend.

Art & Entertainment

1. Singapore Art Week 2020

One of the most anticipated art events in January, the annual Singapore Art Week has become an important platform that showcases outstanding works from Singapore’s visual arts scene. This year, Singapore Art Week 2020 “Art Takes Over” presents an impressive lineup of more than 100 events including exhibitions, performances, and workshops across various locations all over Singapore. You will sure to find an event that speaks to your artistic soul!

When: 11 – 19 January 2020
Where: various locations
Time: various timings
Admission: Free. Ticketed for selected programmes.
For more information/ booking: Singapore Art Week 2020

2. Light to Night 2020: Invisible Cities


A key programme within Singapore Art Week, Light to Night is an annual art festival celebrating the works of creative talents in Singapore and is in its fourth edition this year. Based on the theme of “Invisible Cities”, inspired by Italo Calvino’s famed novel of the same title, Light to Night 2020 will fill the Civic District with art installations and a food street that represent the different facets of Singapore.

When: 10 – 19 January 2020
Where: National Gallery Singapore, Asian Civilisations Museum, The Arts House, Victoria Theatre & Victoria Concert Hall and Esplanade–Theatres on the Bay
Time: 10am – 12am
Admission: Free. Ticketed for selected programmes.
For more information/ booking: Light to Night 2020: Invisible Cities

3. Immersive Art Exhibition #futuretogether

To commemorate the closing of Singapore Bicentennial, the art exhibition #futuretogether will see Gardens by the Bay transformed into various magical scenes, from floating ovoids on Dragonfly Lake to a 15m-tall lattice where a year of seasonal flowers continuously blooms and scatters over the course of an hour.

With the themes of Possibilities, Aspirations and Connectivity, the seven interactive art installations of #futuretogether will be a fitting way to close the bicentennial year of the nation.

When: 16 January – 15 March 2020
Where: Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
Time: Outdoor exhibits: 7pm – 12am, indoor exhibits: 9am – 9pm
Singapore residents: Free
Tourists: Free for outdoor exhibits, SGD10 for indoor exhibits.
For more information/ booking:  Immersive Art Exhibition #futuretogether

4. 2219: Futures Imagined Exhibition

As Singapore celebrates the first two centuries of its existence, some of us can’t help but look ahead into the future and wonder what life would look like two centuries from now. Join artists such as local writer and poet Alvin Pang at 2219: Futures Imagined at ArtScience Museum in imagining a Singapore in 2219 with a series of artworks and interactive art installations.

The exhibition will take you through the various scenarios of how our daily lives in Singapore will adapt and evolve with the changes in global climate.

When: now – 5 April 2020
Where: ArtScience Museum, 6 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018974
Time: 10am – 7pm, last admission 6pm.
Admission: SGD15 per local adult
For more information/ booking:  2219: Futures Imagined

5. M1 Singapore Fringe Festival

M1 Singapore Fringe Festival is an annual festival of theatre, dance, music, visual arts and mixed media. It aims to celebrate the creative works of local and international artists, as well as provide a platform for artistic and social discussions.

Event highlights include the world premiere of “Beside Ourselves”, a performance by electronica duo .gif, and the musical Kebaya Homies on Malay history and culture, directed by Alvin Tan. You would not want to miss either of these performances!

When: 8 – 19 January 2020
Where: various venues
Time: various timings
Admission: SGD27 each performance, SISTIC Booking Fee excluded.
For more information/ booking: M1 Singapore Fringe Festival

6. Ardal O’Hanlon Live in Singapore

For a night of non-stop full belly laughs, catch multi-award winning comedian, actor, and writer Ardal O’Hanlon at his stand-up show at KC Arts Centre. The show is only for one night, so be sure to grab your tickets now to avoid disappointment!

When: 9 January 2020
Where: KC Arts Centre – Home of SRT, 20 Merbau Road, #01-13, Singapore 239035
Time: 8pm
Admission: SGD75, SISTIC Booking Fee excluded.
For more information/ booking: Ardal O’Hanlon Live in Singapore

7. The Kumar Show: January 2020 Edition

Comedy fans are surely spoilt for choice this January as there is yet another exciting comedy show coming up. The super popular Kumar Show is making a return with the 2020 Edition, where the Singapore number one drag queen pokes fun at controversial and taboo topics in Singapore while being as hilarious and fabulous as ever.

When: Multiple dates from 3 to 28 January 2020
Where: Canvas Singapore 20 Upper Circular Road, The Riverwalk #B1-01/06, Singapore 058416
Time: 8pm
Admission: Standing: SGD25, seated: SGD38. Booking fee excluded.
For more information/ booking: The Kumar Show: January 2020 Edition

8. Bon Iver – Live in Singapore

American indie folk band Bon Iver has been taking their latest album “i,i” on tour around the world and will be stopping by Singapore for a live show this January! If you have been looping this critically acclaimed album non-stop, take things up a notch and experience the songs live. You will thank yourself later!

When: 17 January 2020
Where: The Star Theatre, 1 Vista Exchange Green, #04-01, Singapore 138617
Time: 8pm
Admission: From SGD89. SISTIC Booking Fee excluded.
For more information/ booking: Bon Iver – Live in Singapore

9. Chinese New Year Concert: Rhapsodies of Spring 2020

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Ring in the new year the right way with Singapore Chinese Orchestra’s annual Chinese New Year concert “Rhapsodies of Spring 2020”. The various performances, conducted by conductor Tsung Yeh and performed by singer Yuan Jin, will immediately put you into a festive mood to properly celebrate Chinese New Year.

When: 10 – 11 January 2020
Where: Singapore Chinese Orchestra Concert Hall, 7 Shenton Way, Singapore Conference Hall, Singapore 068810
Time: 8pm
Admission: From SGD20.
For more information/ booking: Chinese New Year Concert: Rhapsodies of Spring 2020

10. As I Lay Dying – Live in Singapore

Metalheads rejoice! As I Lay Dying is bringing their Shaped By Fire Asia Tour 2020 to Singapore for a one-night concert on 18 January. Tickets for this long-awaited show will surely be selling lightning fast so make sure to get yours now!

When: 18 January 2020
Where: The Pavilion, 28 China Street #01-01, Singapore 049570
Time: 6pm
Admission: Pre-sale tickets start from SGD79. Booking fee excluded.
For more information/ booking: As I Lay Dying – Live in Singapore

11. Of Monsters and Men – Live in Singapore

January seems to be chock full of concerts but we are sure music-lovers aren’t complaining! Also visiting Singapore on 18 January is Icelandic indie folk band Of Monsters and Men with their Fever Dream Tour 2020.

The band rose to international fame with their 2011 debut album “My Head is an Animal” as well as soundtracks for popular movies and TV series such as The Hunger Games, The Walking Dead, and Jessica Jones.

When: 18 January 2020
Where: Fort Canning Park, River Valley Rd, Singapore 179037
Time: 7pm
Admission: From SGD108. Booking fee excluded.
For more information/ booking: Of Monsters and Men – Live in Singapore

Food & Drinks

12. Arts Appreciation Club: Wine & Philosophy

You can go home after work on a Wednesday evening to scroll through your social media, or you can head to Telok Ayer Arts Club to enjoy artisanal wines imported directly from European wineries while musing over art. We know which option we would pick!

When: 15 January 2020
Where: Telok Ayer Arts Club, 2 McCallum Street, Singapore 069043
Time: 7pm
Admission: SGD48. Full payment is required to confirm your seat. Registration ends 9 January 2020.
For more information/ booking: Arts Appreciation Club: Wine & Philosophy

13. Gin Journey Singapore

Founded in London in 2013, Gin Journey is a popular gin event and it has now arrived in Singapore. You will get to visit five gin drinking establishments, enjoy delicious cocktails and gins while learning about the history of gin along the way.

When: 11 January 2020
Where: Venue will be disclosed two days prior to the event
Time: 3pm – 7:30pm
Admission: SGD140. Booking fee excluded.
For more information/ booking: Gin Journey Singapore

14. Latte Art Workshop

For the coffee connoisseurs among you, this Latte Art workshop is one not to be missed! Let the skilled baristas at Yellow Cup Coffee equip you with the necessary latte art knowledge and walk you through this intimidating process. After two hours you can be sure to walk away with some impressive latte arts of your own!

When: Multiple dates from 21 Dec 2019 to 26 January 2020
Where: Yellow Cup Coffee, 36 Beach Road #01-01, Singapore 189677
Time: 10am – 12pm
Admission: SGD120. Booking fee excluded.
For more information/ booking: Latte Art Workshop

15. The Bubble Tea Factory

If you haven’t managed to catch The Bubble Tea Factory, you might want to know that January will be the last chance you get to visit this must-visit exhibition for bubble tea lovers. The multiple-sensory experience includes a bathtub full of giant pearls and bubble-tea inspired sweet treats. You can also enjoy a free cup of bubble tea from a range of curated vendors.

When: Multiple dates from 1 to 18 January 2020
Where: *SCAPE, 2 Orchard Link, Singapore 237978 (Level 1)
Time: various timings
Admission: SGD24. Booking fee excluded.
For more information/ booking: The Bubble Tea Factory

16. Tropical Tasting Tour – Veganuary Edition

If you are considering joining Veganuary next year as a first step towards becoming vegan or simply eating less meat, the Tropical Tasting Tour – Veganuary edition is the perfect event for you. Starting from Bras Basah, the walking tour lasts for 3.5 hours and will take you through 10-12 tastings of delicious local vegan food and drinks.

Ready to explore the local vegan food scene? Book your ticket now before the slots are taken up!

When: 11 January
Where: Bras Basah
Time: 2pm – 5:30pm
Admission: SGD99 per person. Booking fee excluded.
For more information/ booking: Tropical Tasting Tour – Veganuary Edition


17. SMU Gravical 2020

Whether you are a seasoned climber or someone new to this thrilling sport, you can’t miss the hottest bouldering competition in town happening from 30 January to 2 February 2020. Organised by SMU, Gravical 2020 is open to both local and international competitors and has categories that suit different levels of competency.

You can gather friends and family to form a team, or you can register as an individual competitor. Registration will close on 23 December 2019 or when all slots are filled, whichever is earlier.

When: 30 January – 2 February 2020
Where: SMU School of Law, SMU Hall (Basement 1), 55 Armenian St, Singapore 179943
Time: See schedule.
Registration fee: Individual: SGD45. Team of 4: SGD180.
For more information/ booking: SMU Gravical 2020

18. Yin Yan Aromatherapy Special Class


Calling all yogis out there! For something different to spice up your yoga routine, try out this workshop that combines yoga and aromatherapy elements. Aromatherapy can boost the effectiveness of your yoga practices with its ability to relax your body and relieve it from stress and pain. You will find a noticeable improvement in your energy level after this workshop!

When: 10 January 2020
Where: Yogabar, Far East shopping centre #16-01, 545 Orchard Road, Singapore 238882
Time: 6:30pm
Admission: SGD65. Booking fee excluded.
For more information/ booking: Yin Yan Aromatherapy Special Class