There’s plenty to do this week, including lots of National Day-related activities. These days, it can be easy to take for granted all the things our ancestors endured and fought for. Imagine what life might have been like if you were born in a less prosperous country. Sure, we have problems here too. No nation is perfect. But we have so much to be grateful for, and let’s not forget that. Happy Birthday Singapore!



*Please note this is a partial listing. And there are other free/frugal events happening elsewhere, especially at parks, museums, libraries, and community centres.


Continued from Previous Week

Source: National Gallery
Children's Festival: Small Big Dreamers 2018
Ends 9 Sep
Cost: Free
Venue: National Gallery
Dreams are powerful. And we want our young to have big dreams. Launching this year, Small Big Dreamers features interactive installations that teach children about values, passion, confidence and creativity. Through experiential art and active play, children will learn about themselves and the world around them.
Source: PAssionArts
PAssionArts Festival
Ends 25 Aug
Cost: Free
Venue: Various
PAssionArts brings you quality arts programmes to the community, by the community! Download a copy of the PAssionArts Festival 2018 Guide at to view over 500 art activities and programmes.
Source: GetActive! Singapore
GetActive! Singapore
Ends 9 Aug
Cost: Free
Venue: Various locations
GetActive! Singapore, a week-long sporting bash, designed to have us all celebrating National Day together as One Team Singapore – through sport. From Sports Festivals, and the Singapore National Games, to the Active Enabler programmes and events, there's something for everyone!


Upcoming Events

Source: Bonj, The Japan Central
World Snack Fair 2018 5th Edition
8 Aug - 12 aug
11am - 9pm
Cost: Free
Venue: Suntec Convention Centre
The World Snack Fair, in its 5th edition, features snacks from 30 countries and 3,000 international brands. There will also be a cosplay competition along with Japan anime merchandise for sale.
Source: National Museum of Singapore
National Day Open House 2018
9 Aug
10am - 8.30pm
Cost: Free
Venue: National Museum of Singapore
In celebration of National Day, the National Museum of Singapore brings back Moving Memories, a showcase featuring some of Yip Yew Chong's murals. There will also be a live telecast of NDP at 5.40pm. Other highlights include a showcase of 15 short films, a pop-up adventure playground, a family colouring competition, a scavenger hunt, and more.
Source: Singapore Sports Hub
National Day Fiesta
9 Aug
12pm - 9pm
Cost: Free
Venue: Singapore Sports Hub
Celebrate our nation's 53rd birthday at Singapore Sports Hub with Workout Lah! (a cardio-fusion dance workout specially choreographed with a uniquely Singaporean twist!), local heritage bingo, and a family picnic with free popcorn and picnic mat. Plus, a live NDP telecast with fringe activities, games and entertainment.
Source: HomeTeamNS
HomeTeamNS Celebrates National Day 2018
9 Aug
5pm - 9pm
Cost: Free (some activities for members only)
Venue: Various HomeTeamNS clubs
Watch a NDP live screening and enjoy fringe activities which include colouring stations, board games, traditional games, and art & craft sessions. Some activities are restricted for members only.
Source: Gardens by the Bay
Celebrate National Day at Gardens by the Bay
9 Aug
5pm - 11pm
Cost: Free
Venue: Gardens by the Bay, Supertree Grove
Celebrate National Day at Gardens by the Bay, where there will be free ActiveSG athletic try-outs, along with a Great Singapore Workout, Zumba, and Piloxing. Other highlights include VR games, an escape room, dance offs (Dance Dance Revolution), and a Silent Disco under the stars and Supertrees.
Source: Sentosa
National Day Parade Broadcast
9 Aug
5.30pm - 8.30pm
Cost: Free
Venue: Sentosa Palawan Green
Enjoy a NDP live screening by the beach at Sentosa's Palawan Green. While you're there, check out RWS Street Eats (see below).
Source: RWS
RWS Street Eats 2018
9 Aug - 19 Aug
Mon - Thu: 11am - 9pm; Fri - Sun & PHs: 9am - 10pm
Cost: Dishes between $4 and $8
Venue: Malaysian Food Street, Waterfront Level 1
RWS Street Eats is back for its 2nd year with Southeast Asia's most iconic hawker delights from more than 20 street food stalls specially curated from Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore. Try their popular dishes at unbeatable prices ($4 to $8).
Source: Kids World
Kids World Largest Parenting Fair
10 Aug - 12 Aug
11am - 9pm
Cost: Free
Venue: Suntec Convention Centre
This is a combination Kids Fair and Baby Fair, where you will find many top education, health, and family fun brands. There will also be performances, activities, carnival games, workshops, and amusement rides.
Source: FFL
Families for Life "Celebrating RSAF50" Picnic
11 Aug
8am - 4pm
Cost: Free
Venue: Marina Barrage
At Families for Life's “Celebrating RSAF50” Picnic, there will be a host of family activities such as a Breakfast Picnic, Families for Life Mobile Café, bouncy castles and art jamming activities! Children will also have a chance to put on the RSAF uniforms at the photo booth.
Source: SCS
Gastric Cancer Public Forum
11 Aug
English: 10.30am - 12.30pm; Mandarin: 2.30pm - 4.30pm
Cost: Free
Venue: Toa Payoh HDB Hub Auditorium
This cancer forum is organised by Singapore Cancer Society. Gastric cancer is among the top 10 most common cancers affecting both men and women in Singapore today. Learn more about what you can do to reduce your risk of it. Please use the link (to the right) to register for either the English or Mandarin session.
Source: SISTIC
(Mandarin) National University Heart Centre, Singapore Public Symposium 2018
11 Aug
2pm - 5pm
Cost: From $7.50 (includes refreshments)
Venue: Stephen Riady Auditorium @ NTUC Centre, Level 7
Did you know that 1 out of 3 deaths in Singapore is caused by heart disease or stroke? Join our doctors and dieticians from the National University Heart Centre, Singapore, as they share with you useful heart health advice on how you can combat the various risk factors and improve your cardiovascular health. This symposium is conducted in Mandarin.
Source: Centre 42
《长大亲子》市集 Night Bazaar
10 Aug - 11 Aug
4pm - 10pm
Cost: Free
Venue: Centre 42, 42 Waterloo Street
The Night Bazaar will be held over the National Day weekend at Centre 42 and The Theatre Practice. There will also be performances, art & craft activities, games, and storytelling sessions taking place concurrently.
Hear the Lion Roar 奏响狮城
11 Aug
6pm - 7pm
Cost: Free
Venue: Singapore Botanic Gardens, Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage
The Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO) will perform Phang Kok Jun’s Symphonic Floras, Eric Watson’s Dialogue for the Solo Tabla and Chinese Orchestra, and popular national day favourite Home, rearranged by SCO composer-in-residence Law Wai Lun.
Source: Friends of West Coast
West Coast Rocks 2018
11 Aug
6.30pm - 10.30pm
Cost: $3
Venue: Clementi Stadium
West Coast Rocks features a fantastic line-up of rock bands like Supersonic, Falling Feathers, Too Much Drama, O.K. Ready, and Mayan Sun. Enjoy this fantastic line-up with food and drinks and end off this spectacular night with an unforgettable display of fireworks. Tickets priced at just $3 can be purchased at any RCs or the West Coast CC.
Source: RSAF‎
[email protected] Barrage
11 Aug - 12 Aug
Flypast timing: 10am & 2.30pm
Cost: Free
Venue: Marina Barrage
Singaporeans are invited to bring their families for a picnic at the Marina Barrage. The highlight for [email protected] Barrage will be the commemorative RSAF50 aerial flypast comprising more than 20 RSAF flying assets and aerial displays by the F-15SG, F-16C/Ds and AH-64Ds (at 10am and 2:30pm on both days).
Source: Carousell
Carouselland 2018 - Trails & Treasures
11 Aug - 12 Aug
12pm - 9pm
Cost: Free
Venue: Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre Halls A & B
Carouselland is back and bigger than ever, bringing the marketplace to life with a 96,000 sqft consumer indoor marketplace bazaar, featuring over 400 popular sellers from our community.
Source: Esplanade
Beautiful Sunday: A Gift for Singapore
12 Aug
3pm - 4pm
Cost: Free
Venue: Esplanade Concert Hall
This National Day weekend, join the Asian Cultural Symphony Orchestra for an afternoon of familiar medleys and local tunes such as 细水长流 (Xi Shui Chang Liu) and Di Tanjong Katong. There will also be special appearances by vocalist 潘嗣敬 (Sugie Phua), world fusion music group Flame of the Forest, and other ethnic instrumental soloists.

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