16 Interesting Things to Do in S’pore This Weekend (31 May to 2 June)

Image: DBS Marina Regatta

Think there’s nothing to do in Singapore? Think again. This weekend is filled with tons of fun and exciting events and activities that you wouldn’t want to miss!

Looking for a refreshing date idea or perhaps somewhere to bring your kids to? Here are some of our top picks of things to do this weekend:

Bicentennial @ Fort Canning

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You might have heard the word “bicentennial” popping up in your social media feeds throughout 2019. If you’re still out of the loop as to what it is about, heading to Fort Canning this weekend would be a good idea. There, they have an interactive exhibition where live actors, CGI and audio come together to give you Singapore’s 700-year history in 1 hour. Once you’re done with that, there’s an outdoor exhibition for you to take some pics for the ‘gram and the clout.

You have to book in advance if you want to experience the interactive exhibits though! Don’t say we didn’t warn you!

From Singapore to Singaporean: The Bicentennial Experience
Date: 1 June to 15 September 2019
Time: 9:00am – 9:00pm (slots are dependent on availability)
Location: Fort Canning Arts Centre
Price: Free

DBS Marina Regatta

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It seems like nearly every event is about embracing a more sustainable lifestyle, and you might be wondering what makes this one so special. The 8th edition of the DBS Marina Regatta features a maze that you have to get through within a time limit to represent our planet’s ticking clock. You know it’s about to die if we keep up our wasteful ways, so change it up and have fun while you’re doing it!

If you visit, you can also look forward to local buskers doing their thing, attend workshops on upcycling and find some food from the many stalls there.

The DBS Marina Regatta wouldn’t be what it is without the dragon boat competition, where teams from Asia and North America compete for a prize worth $115,000. It’s an event for everyone; the kids get to play the games, the guys get to revel in the competitive spirit, while the girls get to check out the dragon boaters’ guns.

DBS Marina Regatta
Date: 31 May – 2 June 2019
Time: 5:00pm – 10:00pm (Friday), 3:00pm – 10:00pm (weekend)
Venue: The Promontory @ Marina Bay
Admission Fee: Free

Singapore International Piano Festival

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Classical music gives way to mainstream Top 40 hits these days but if you talk to any DJ or producer, they’ll tell you that one of their biggest source of inspiration is from classical music. You’ll want to check out their source of inspiration with the 26th Singapore International Piano Festival, where you can listen to piano virtuosos from around the globe. If you’re interested to up your piano class, there’s also masterclasses for you to attend. They even have a dialogue session with the one and only, Ronan O’Hora!

Singapore International Piano Festival
Date: 30 May – 2 June 2019
Time: Check here for details
Address: Victoria Concert Hall
Fees: $10 – $78, check here for details

Check out our master list of all the concerts in Singapore!

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“In Search of Golden Shoe Fortunes” Heritage Trail

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Have you ever wondered what the CBD area looked like before its current incarnation? Well, the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre has got you on that; they’ll be having a walking trail around the area (first known as Raffles Way, bet you didn’t know that!). There will be guides to tell you the stories of the people who made this prosperity possible, as well as giving you an overview of the plans that made this area what it is.

“In Search of Golden Shoe Fortunes” Heritage Trail
Date: 1 June 2019
Time:
5:00pm – 6:30pm
Location: 
SCCC Ho Bee Concourse, Level 1
Price: 
$5

Abhishek Upmanyu Live In Singapore

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Abhishek Upmanyu is one of the biggest stars of Indian comedy. His YouTube channel has over 100 million views and over a million subscribers! That does not speak of his talent, though; it is his Shatabdi-fast delivery and unparalleled observational powers that garnered him such fame. If this interests you, you should totally check him out.

Abhishek Upmanyu Live In Singapore
Date: 1 June 2019
Time: 8:00pm – 10:00pm
Address: Shine Auditorium
Fees: $55 – $75

Laugh till your stomach hurts with these comedy nights in Singapore!

Marquee Singapore Presents Marlo

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You don’t have to worry about seeing kids at a club due to the age restrictions so if you’re a party animal, the newly opened Marquee is the perfect place to head to! Have an amazing night with the talented trance DJ Marlo as he shows us his mad skills at the turntables. You can look forward to his best-known mixes such as The Dreamers, Leave My Hand and Enough Echo.

Marquee Singapore Presents Marlo 
Date: 31 May 2019
Time: 10pm till late
Location: Marquee Singapore, 10 Bayfront Avenue B1-67, Galleria Level, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 018956
Price: $38 (female), $48 (male)

 CHIJMES Summer Beer Festival

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The beauty of a beer festival is that you will not be able to find any pesky kids running about. The upcoming CHIJMES Summer Beer Festival ensures that no kids run about, so relax and grab yourself a cold one! Featuring over 20 beer choices from around the world such as Pilsner Urquell, Hope Summer Ale and Moa Original Lager, you’ll be in for a good time!

CHIJMES Summer Beer Festival
Date: 31 May 2019 to 2 June 2019
Time: 6:00pm – 11:00pm (Friday), 4:00pm – 11:00pm (Saturday & Sunday)
Location: CHIJMES Lawn, 30 Victoria Street, Singapore, 187996
Price: From $20

Check out last year’s Oktoberfest!

Cold Storage Kids Run 2019

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Cold Storage Kids Run is one of the few kids-focused running events in Singapore and they are back again to provide both seasoned and first-time runners with a feel of what an actual running competition feels like. Get your hyperactive kids revved up for a fun day of running; it’ll be a great way for them to use up all that extra energy too!

Cold Storage Kids Run 2019
Date: 2 June 2019
Time: 8:00am – 11:00am
Location: Palawan Green Sentosa

Gallery Children’s Biennale

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It’s the start of the June holidays so why not bring your kid over to National Gallery Singapore for the Gallery Children’s Biennale? Look forward to a beautiful, magical world where they can explore through 11 unique and creative artwork installations. Busy them with activities that involve composing your own tunes, braiding giant tresses and popping into a dome! Find out more about it here.

Gallery Children’s Biennale
Date: 25 May – 29 December 2019
Time: 10:00am – 7:00pm
Venue: National Gallery Singapore
Price: Free for Singaporeans and PRs

There are 19 museums in Singapore. Bring your kids to the rest of them!

The Grand Souq 2019

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Okay, it’s going to be Hari Raya Puasa next week and you’re probably freaking out that you haven’t gotten your Raya shopping done! Worry not because The Grand Souq is happening this weekend where you can run your errands and do your shopping. Also you can practically spend the whole day there because there is space for you to pray and even terawih jemaah!

The Grand Souq
Date: 31 May – 2 June 2019
Time: 10:00am – 10:00pm
Venue: Singapore Expo Hall 6A
Admission Fee: Free

Here are some Hari Raya customs and traditions for the uninitiated!

Flipside 2019

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When you think of circus, you think of clowns, jugglers, fire eaters and perhaps dancing animals. In present times, this could not be further from the case, and Flipside is a testament to that. This annual festival showcases the circus arts as a specialised discipline, much like other forms of art. It will feature practitioners from Singapore, Cambodia and Finland who showcase their talents at defying gravity and creativity.

Also new this year is “Flipside Scratch Night”, where newbies and seasoned artists are welcome to show off their creativity in puppetry, visual theatre and comedy or music acts – with a twist.

Flipside 2019
Date: 24 May – 2 June 2019
Time: Dependent on acts
Venue: Esplanade
Admission Fee: Dependent on acts

Repeat, Repeat, Repeat; Revising the Phenomenon of Printing Exhibition

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What’s in a word? Printing, obviously. This exhibition held from 17 May to 7 July 2019 will explore the history behind letter printing. It entails exploring the techniques and elements that go behind it, as well as its application in urban culture, science, spirituality, robotics and art.

If this tickles your fancy, you ought to check it out.

Repeat, Repeat, Repeat; Revising the Phenomenon of Printing Exhibition
Date: 17 May – 7 July 2019
Time: 10:00pm – 7:00pm (weekday), 11:00am – 5:00pm (weekend)
Venue: The Private Museum
Admission Fee: Free

Once you’ve dropped by this museum, visit the others in Singapore for a museum-hopping date!

Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) 2019

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Celebrating independent and singular visions from Singapore and around the world, 2019’s edition of the Singapore International Festival of Arts will be hosting Singular Screens, a selection of ingenious and risk-taking films curated by Asian Film Archive. Bask in the cinematic adventures of screenings from the a wide variety of countries such as Brazil, South Africa, Philippines and more – this film festival is definitely one you shouldn’t miss!

Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) 2019
Dates: 16 May – 2 June 2019
Venues: Oldham Theatre, National Archives of Singapore and Screening Room, Festival House
Price: $12 (bundle of 3 films at $30)

Hari Raya Light Up 2019

Ramadan starts on 6 May 2019, so naturally Geylang Serai would be awash in the lights of night a few days before. You’re in for a treat because it’s happening on the Friday before because that means you get the weekend to experience it! For Muslims, it means that they get to walk around with energy, because fasting is very taxing on the body.

For this Friday only (3 May 2019), Mdm Halimah Yacob will be making an appearance to commemorate the launch of the light up. Also expect other local celebrities to make an appearance!

Hari Raya Light Up 2019
Date: 3 May – 16 June 2019
Time: Sunset onwards
Venue: Geylang Serai
Admission Fee: Free

Here are some things to do for Ramadan.

Rewild Our Planet @ ArtScience Museum

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Rewild Our Planet is a play on “rewind our planet”, a common saying that is echoed in the face of global warming and mass extinction of species. It is also an exhibition at the ArtScience Museum where you use augmented reality to immerse yourself in the beauty that nature has to offer. Based on Our Planet, a new Netflix original series, it also boasts backing from Google and Phoria. The best part about this exhibition? It’s free, just like enjoying Nature.

Rewild Our Planet @ ArtScience Museum
Date: 6 April – 2 June 2019
Time: 10:00am – 7:00pm
Venue: ArtScience Museum
Price: Free

Sports Weekend With Decathlon SG Lab

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If you’re looking to up your general fitness but don’t really want to join the gym, consider joining the sports weekend with Decathlon! They’ve got different sports every hour – from Zumba, Cross-training, Yoga, Boxercise, Football – there’s something for everyone. The only catch is that you have to register as a Decathlon member, but membership is free!

Sports Weekend With Decathlon SG Lab
Date: Every weekend
Time: 8:00am – 10:00pm (depending on time slots)
Venue: 230 Stadium Boulevard
Admission Fee: Free

This article originally appeared on BeScene SG.