The upcoming long weekend is the longest one we have this year and this means that it is time for all of us to finally get that break that we need from school and work!
The main attraction for this lull period is the National Day Parade, but if you didn’t manage to get your hands on tickets, fret not as we have here a list of other things that you can do to max out your long weekend.
1) Book a last-minute staycation
A staycation is always a good idea. Some of our favourites are YOTELAIR Changi Jewel, who are having a National Day Weekend 2D1N package that’s going for $250++ for a Premium Queen Cabin. This includes 2 Canopy Park tickets, continental breakfast for 2 and all-day snack offerings (3 hrs).
If you feel like the airport is giving you serious FOMO, check out Grand Park Hotel Orchard. The gorgeous hotel provides you and your loved ones with an idyllic getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city and it is also home to one of the sexiest bars around — Bar Canary. Vibrantly decked out in yellow and blue furnishings and a lovely outdoor swimming pool, the bar is the perfect place for you to chill over some refreshingly creative cocktails. We recommend getting their Boozy Pops!
For dinner, you can also pop on by to Cantonese restaurant Mitzo, where they serve exquisite Chinese dishes that will tease your tastebuds. In celebration of National Day, they will also be having a five-course National Day Set Menu that will exclusively be available throughout the month of August. Sounds like the perfect long weekend to us!
2) Take yourselves out to HANS IM GLÜCK
If you want to spend your long weekend with your loved ones and some good food, HANS IM GLÜCK is the perfect place to head to. This well-loved German burger bar has an extensive menu filled with Scrumptious eats that will definitely leave your bellies feeling full and happy. In celebration of National Day, they will also be launching a special Singapore inspired menu called Die Die Must Try, which features mouthwatering items such as Beef Rendang Burger, KRABBE Burger and Singapore Rose.
HANS IM GLÜCK
Location: Boat Quay, Orchard Road, Raffles Place & VivoCity
Time: 11:00am – 12:00am (Sunday – Thursday & public holidays), 11:00am – 1:00am (Friday, Saturday & eve of public holidays)
3) Hawker Centre Hopping
What better way to celebrate Singapore’s 54th birthday than to indulge in scrumptious local food? Our little red dot is home to a plethora of hawker centres that are packed with an endless selection of food that is unique to Singapore. Spend time with your loved ones this long weekend hopping around Singapore trying and pigging out on all our your favourite foods!
4) Heritage Hurray!
In celebration of National Day, Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall will be having an exciting line up of free public programmes on 9 and 10 August 2019. The event aims to encourage the public to acquaint themselves with Singapore’s rich culture as well as to provide Singaporeans with various touch points to immerse themselves in our shared heritage.
Visitors can look forward to things such as a community art market, heritage art trails around Balestier, storytelling sessions as well as interactive thematic craft workshops and talks presented by both local and overseas artists and designers. For people who love free things, you can also look forward to receiving a National Day Fun Pack.
Date: 9 & 10 August 2019
Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Location: 12 Tai Gin Road, Singapore 327874
5) Visit Maduro
Have a classy long weekend surrounded by jazz, classical music and drinks at Maduro, Singapore’s latest live music venue that is tucked away at charming Dempsey Hill. The new listening lounge and bar is helmed by Mr. P, a silver-haired enigma who was one of Singapore’s most sought after pianists in the 80’s. Here, you can treat yourself to some of Scotland’s finest malts, classic cocktails and some of the best wines that have ever existed.
Time: 2:00pm to 1:00am (Monday to Thursday), 2:00pm to 2:00am (Friday and Saturday)
Location: Maduro, 40C Harding Road, Level 3, Singapore 249548
6) Go museum-hopping
If you’re a history buff, we recommend that you spend this national day immersing yourself in Singapore’s rich heritage and culture at one (or a few) of our many museums in Singapore. For Singaporeans and Permanent Residents, entry to most of these museums is free of charge so you can have a fun day out without burning a hole in your pocket! You can refer to our museum guide here.
7) Marina Barrage
If you love watching the National Day fireworks but didn’t manage to get tickets to the parade, one great place to get amazing, unblocked views of the gorgeous fireworks is Marina Barrage. Grab some picnic mats, food and a bunch of your loved ones and have a great time lounging around on the ground whilst admiring the pretty sight before you.
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Location: 8 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018951
8) Art Jam Session
If fireworks are not for you, why not release your inner artist instead by going for an art jam session? We love how art jams are open sessions which allows you to paint anything we want while allowing all those creative juices to flow. You can even attempt to paint a picture that is related to National Day such as the Merlion or our gorgeous city skyline.
My Art Space
Time: 10:00am – 3:00pm (weekdays), 10:00am – 8:30pm (weekends)
Location: 31 Orchard Road, Singapore 238888
9) National Day Celebrations @ Heartlands 2019
For those of you who either couldn’t get tickets for the actual National Day Parade or who prefer celebrating Singapore’s birthday from the comfort of their own neighbourhood, you can take part in the National Day Celebrations that will be happening at five heartland sites across Singapore on 10 August 2019. During the event, NDP 2019 will be bringing down mobile columns to Bishan, Geylang Serai, Jurong Point, Punggol and Woodlands. There will also be carnivals organised by the People’s Association.
National Day Celebrations @ Heartlands 2019
Date: 10 August 2019
Location: Bishan, Geylang Serai, Jurong East, Punggol, and Woodlands
10) National Day Fiesta
For a family-friendly weekend, bring your hyperactive kids down to Singapore Sports Hub for fun hands-on and interactive activities. Activities to look forward to are the RED-X Challenge, OHANA Games by Vivo Kinetics and a live NDP telecast. Most of the activities are free as well!
National Day Fiesta
Date: 9 August 2019
Time: 10:00am to 9:00pm
Location: 5 Stadium Drive, Singapore 397631
11) Orchard Central Rooftop Garden
If you’re not looking forward to the public holiday crowds but you still want to head out, why not check out Orchard Centrals rooftop garden? Here, you can lounge around while you enjoy the sights of the city from above. We are pretty sure that you’ll probably get a pretty good view of the NDP fireworks as well!
Time: 11:00am to 10:00pm, daily
Location: 181 Orchard Road, Singapore 238896
12) PAssionArts Festival 2019 — ‘Our Home, Our HeARTs’
For those of you who are into crafts, you can head on down to the PAssionArts Festival 2019 where there will be over 500 art activities and programmes at 39 arts villages island-wide. These include visual art displays and performing arts that will be facilitated with love by local artists.
PAssionArts Festival 2019
Date: 6 July – 25 August 2019
Location: Various spots across Singapore
13) Sentosa Grillfest 2019
Another food event for all you foodies to look forward to is the Sentosa Grillfest 2019. It’ll be happening every weekend from 19 July 2019 to 12 August 2019 and the event will feature a 1km long food street across Siloso Beach with over 130 Sentosa F&B operators as well as Singapore’s very own 2nd generation hawkers. It definitely is a feast to behold!
Sentosa Grillfest 2019
Date: 19 July – 12 August 2019 (Only open from Fridays to Sunday; however, it will be open on 12 August 2019, too)
Time: 4:00pm – 11:00pm
Location: Siloso Beach
15) Singapore Symphony Orchestra National Day Concert
Appreciate local talent this National Day by checking out a concert by our very own Singapore Symphony Orchestra. The event will be held at the Esplanade Concert Hall and it will be a special National Day Concert in lieu of Singapore’s 54th birthday. The Singapore Symphony Chorus and Youth Choir will also be performing so you’ll be in for a treat for the ears!
Singapore Symphony Orchestra National Day Concert
Date: 10 August 2019
Location: Esplanade Concert Hall
15) “Mao” Faber Durian Night
From the Pahang highlands to the top of Mount Faber, One Faber Group presents the first-ever “Mao” Faber Durian Night during the long weekend. Held on 10 August 2019 (6pm to 10pm), Faber Deck will be transformed into a durian wonderland, complete with premium-grade quality Mao Shan Wang durians from Pahang, durian-themed interactive
stage games, and local delicacies!
P.S. The first 200 to pre-register for “Mao” Faber Durian Night through One Faber Group’s website will receive a $5 discount.
“Mao” Faber Durian Night
Date: 10 August 2019
Time: 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Location: Faber Deck, Mount Faber
Price: Free entry
This article originally appeared on BeScene SG.
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