Best things to do in Singapore this weekend (Mar 24-26)
Garden parties, fitness extravaganzas and more will be packing your schedule this weekend.
Wondering where to hang out, eat and shop this weekend? We’ve got a few ideas for you, from barbeque parties and cocktails to Earth Hour festivities. Scroll on for our picks for the weekend.
Earth Hour Festival at Esplanade
When: Mar 24-26
Where: Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay,
Don’t be surprised if the lights suddenly go out this weekend at the Esplanade. The symbolic Switch Off — happening Mar 25 at 8.30pm at the Outdoor Theatre — is part of this year’s Earth Hour Festival activities. The Esplanade will be among the many buildings around the Marina Bay area to go dark for one hour during the iconic event in support of the global movement to raise awareness about climate change.
Earth Festival activities are happening at Esplanade throughout the weekend. Bop along to free soul, funk and R&B performances at the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre, and spoken word performances at the Esplanade Concourse. Get crafty at DIY workshops where you get to work with sustainable building material made from waste material mixed with clay and discarded paper. There are also photography in Nature Series Walks that will see participants going on a nature walk at Singapore’s oldest heritage park and capturing snaps of nature up close with macro lens (provided).
Limited slots available for walks and workshops, so pre-register here to chope your spot. Got more questions? World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Singapore’s experts will also be present at educational booths to delve deep into climate change topics such as Net Zero, and conservation.
Sip & Savour Closing Grill-Out Party
When: Mar 26
Where: The Summerhouse, 3 Park Ln, Singapore 798387
To cap off a month-long celebration of cocktail culture, the Sip & Savour festival is throwing one last hurrah — a garden barbeque party set amidst the lush surrounds of The Summerhouse. The barbeque grills will be fired up to serve up tender char-grilled meats and seafood. But what’s a party without drinks? Drinks pairing options are available and diners get to try all eight Sip & Savour-exclusive cocktails that have been available during the month-long campaign. To cap off the garden party vibes, live performances have been lined up as well.
HSBC Life Fun Day
When: Mar 25, 10.30am to 8pm
Where: Cloud9 Piazza on Level 5, Jewel Changi Airport, 78 Airport Blvd, Singapore 819666
Fancy dancing with viral sensation Uncle Raymond or meeting national shuttler Loh Kean Yew? You’ll find them at this one-day only event at Jewel Changi Airport that’s all about living your best life by staying active. Take part in VR games and fitness challenges, free Zumba classes or grab vouchers in the Winds of Luck chamber. Parents will be thrilled to know that there’s a piggy bank workshop for kids. Free ice cream, popcorn and freshly-pressed juice are available as well.
Raikan Cahaya Ramadan 2023
When: Mar 15 to Apr 16, 12pm to 11pm
Where: Kampong Gelam (along Baghdad Street, Kandahar Street, and outside Sultan Gate)
It’s not just Geylang that’s lighting up with a Ramadan bazaar. Kampong Gelam’s annual Ramadan bazaar is back and it’s the biggest one to date with over 100 booths, light installations, performances, and even a 10-day charity drive. Fancy some bites? Visitors will be spoilt for choice with 86 stalls and food trucks along Baghdad Street, Kandahar Street and right outside Sultan Gate. These will be hawking traditional faves like satay and Kuih Raya to trendy nosh that will keep both your tummy and Instagram feed happy. There will also be over 20 retail booths to pick up traditional crafts and clothes and art. More photo-worthy moments await every night with immersive projection lighting illuminating the Masjid Sultan, and aerial light shows on Fridays and Saturdays where drone-controlled LED kites will light up the event grounds at Sultan Gate.
Sakura Floral Display
When: Mar 11 to Apr 9, 2023, 9am to 9pm daily
Where: Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953
From Mar 11 to Apr 9, the sakura floral display at Gardens by the Bay will feature Pokémon characters interspersed throughout so you can catch ’em all — on camera, that is. This year’s edition centres on the theme of travel so you can expect scenic spots in Japan peppered around the Flower Dome, from beautiful torii gates and even Mt Fuji. Pokémon characters will also make appearances on select dates, while a whole host of fringe activities (read more here).
Admission charge to Flower Dome applies – tickets from $8 (child) and $12 (adult). More info
Photo: Changi Airport Group/ San-X. Co. Ltd
Rilakkuma Holiday at Changi Airport
When: Mar 4 to May 1. Open 5.30pm-9.30pm (Fri) and 12pm-10pm (Sat, Sun, PH and Mar 11-19)
Where: Changi Airport Terminal 3
Rilakkuma and friends have taken over Changi Airport T3 just in time for the March school holidays. Head to the whimsical Rilakkuma carnival taking place right in the middle of T3 (near Central Immigration) where you can hop on a balloon ride, or take a spin on the Ferris wheel. Visitors who spend $80 (or $100 at supermarkets) in a single receipt at the public areas of Terminals 1 to 4 can redeem five free carnival credits (excludes Jewel Changi Airport and Changi Eats). Alternatively, carnival credits can be purchased at ticketing booths ($1 per credit, minimum purchase $25) or via the iChangi app at up to 15 per cent off.
But did you really hang out with Rilakkuma and co if you don’t have any beary cute photos to show for it? Schlep down to T3’s basement 2 level to hunt for exclusive photo spots, including larger-than-life standees and optical illusions. Need more mementos? Shop Rilakkuma merch at a retail outpost near the link bridge to Jewel which opens on Mar 10.
Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience
When: Mar 1 to Oct 1
Where: Resorts World Sentosa, B1 Forum
More than five million people worldwide have stepped into this 360-degree immersive digital art experience, and now you can too. Meander your way through over 300 Van Gogh artworks across thematic zones to discover more about the iconic artist and his life. The main highlight is The Immersive Room, a 40-minute digital projection mapping that not only mesmerises, but allows visitors to literally be part of the scenery in Van Gogh’s most famous works. Need a little time for reflection and refuelling after? There’s a thematic café serving Janice Wong’s artistic sweet treats.
Tickets from $15 (children) and $24 (adults). More infoPhotos: Marina Bay Sands
Sneakertopia: Step Into Street Culture
When: Feb 25 to Jul 30
Where: ArtScience Museum, 6 Bayfront Avenue
Singapore’s first sneaker and street culture exhibition is a shoe-in, whether you’re a die-hard sneakerhead or just want to see JJ Lin’s personal sneaker and art collection up close (above, right). Yes, in the 10 colourful, immersive zones at this exhibition that has previously made waves in Los Angeles and New York, the Singapore edition has over 100 limited edition sneakers and 70 murals and installations. All of these take you into the world of sneaker and street culture and its cross influences with the worlds of hip hop, sports, and fashion.
Tickets from $18. More infoPhoto: Singapore Science Centre
When: Permanent exhibition
Where: Hall B, Singapore Science Centre, 15 Science Centre Road
The unpredictable air-con weather we had last month was not just a coincidence — it’s due to climate change, of course. “Just like every other part of the world, Singapore is a victim of the impact of climate change and wetter condition in recent decades is one of the key indicators, especially over this region,” shares Associate Professor Lim Tit Meng of Science Centre Singapore. “If this trend continues, the rising sea level in this region can pose further challenges in the coming decades.”
To find out more about the very real threats of the climate crisis, head to the Climate Changed exhibition at Singapore Science Centre. Through immersive displays, interactive gameplays and other cool ways, you’ll get to learn more about climate change, the impact of our daily habits and what we can do to help at this permanent exhibition. Admission is free with every ticket to the Singapore Science Centre (from $8 for kids, $12 for adults).
When: Feb 10 to Apr 16
Where: West Lawn, Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive
29Rooms Asia — which takes up a sprawling 4,500 sqm at West Lawn at Gardens by the Bay — is the first international edition of the Insta-famous experiential funhouse. As you meander and snap your way through 29 thematic installations that are explosions of colour and creativity, you’ll realise that these aren’t merely fab for endless photo and TikTok opps. There are also thought-provoking questions peppered throughout the way, encouraging you to stop and smell the roses. Watch a video preview here.
Tix are $35 on weekdays and $42 on weekends. More info
Nature and Sustainability tours at Gardens by the Bay
When: Every Saturday and Sunday
Where: Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953
GBTB’s new Nature and Sustainability tours, which just kicked off last month, are held every Saturday and Sunday. The hour-long guided walking tours will take participants through the lesser-known sustainability features of GBTB and how our natural environment, biodiversity and climate change are intertwined. Who knows, you may even uncover hidden gems at GBTB that you may otherwise have missed without a professional guide, like, a plant that smells like root beer. Yes, really. Read more here.
Free for Singaporeans and residents; pre-registration required. More info
When: Until Apr 20, 2023
Where: Artscience Museum, VR Gallery, Level 4, 6 Bayfront Ave, S018974
This virtual reality experience has been hailed the Best VR Experience at Venice Film Festival, and snagged the 2020 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Innovation in Interactive Programming. And now, you can embark on this VR experience set in 1940s Sao Paolo, and immerse yourself in the experience as a child who unlocks an enchanted world. The experience is about 15 to 20 minutes.
Tickets are $16 each. More info
Living Pictures: Photography in Southeast Asia
When: Dec 2, 2022 to Aug 20, 2023
Where: Level 3, City Hall Wing, National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrew's Rd, #01-01, Singapore 178957
In this age of ubiquitous selfies, it’s easy to forget the role that photography played throughout history. This exhibition at the National Gallery Singapore, which traces the history of photography in Southeast Asia, is a reminder of that. Split into five thematic zones, it features over 300 works from the mid-19th century until present day — start your journey delving into colonial and war archives, through to today’s digital age.
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