Improving early childhood education, keeping Singaporeans healthy, and building a Smart Nation are some of the issues Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong mentioned in this year’s National Day Message. This Sunday (20 Aug) is the National Day Rally (NDR), and PM Lee will address the nation on our key objectives, challenges, and policy changes in the coming years. The NDR will begin at 6.45pm, and will be broadcast live on TV, radio and online platforms. This is only one of the many events happening this week.



*Please note that events listed here are “curated” and that there are other free/frugal events happening elsewhere, especially at parks, museums, libraries, and community centres.


Continued from Previous Week

Children's Biennale: Dreams & Stories
20 May - 8 Oct
All day

Cost: Free, $5 for art pack
Venue: National Gallery Singapore

The first edition of the Children’s Biennale, a four-month festival, invites you to discover art in a whole new way. Explore dreams and stories through site-specific installations, interactive artworks and a stimulating line-up of music performances, film showcases and art-inspired programmes designed especially for kids and families.
The O.P.E.N. & SIFA 2017
28 June - 9 Sept

Cost: $10 single entry; $45 general pass; $25 concession pass
Venue: Various
The O.P.E.N is the pre-festival of the Singapore International Festival of Arts, that connects the public with the ideas, issues and themes of the 2017 SIFA festival. Please note that you can pay for a single entry, or buy a pass which entitles you to register for up to 6 O.P.E.N. Films & 1 O.P.E.N. Kitchens session. For a schedule of events, please click here.
Singapore Science Festival 2017
20 July - 19 Aug

Cost: Free
Venue: Various
The Singapore Science Festival (SSF) is an annual celebration of everything Science, Engineering, Technology and Mathematics (STEM). Some upcoming highlights include Singapore Maker Extravaganza (see below), Nanogirl Science Show (22 - 23 July), Robotics at Sengkang Public Library (28 July), Science Buskers Festival (28 - 29 July), and Visual SG (28 July - 13 Aug), South East Asia’s signature Visualisation Festival.
Esplanade Presents: Red Dot August
1 Aug – 3 Sep

Cost: Free
Venue: Esplanade
Esplanade celebrates our nation's birthday with a month-long festival of what makes us uniquely Singaporean, from concerts, activities, and workshops, to exhibitions and film screenings.
RWS Street Eats
12 Aug - 20 Aug
Mon - Thu: 11am - 9pm; Fri - Sun: 11am - 10pm

Cost: Free
Venue: RWS Malaysian Food Street
Celebrate the rich heritage of Southeast Asia’s street food at the inaugural RWS Street Eats! Conveniently located under one roof, prep your taste buds to feast on food from more than 20 hawkers specially curated from Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand and Singapore. Come sample their delicious specialties starting from $4.


Upcoming Events

ASEAN JOURNEYS: Short Films in Celebration of [email protected]
18 Aug
7pm - 8.30pm

Cost: Free
Venue: [email protected]
ASEAN JOURNEYS celebrates the diversity of ASEAN cinema. View five short films (5 - 20 min each) that capture the resilience of the ASEAN people as they embrace the journey towards modernity amid different traditions, languages, cultures and histories. Films are rated PG and PG13.
one-north Festival
18 Aug - 19 Aug
11am - 6pm

Cost: Free
Venue: BIOPOLIS @ one-north
The one-north Festival is a celebration of research, innovation, creativity, and enterprise and is open to the public for 2 days. Visitors can expect to hear from and interact with scientists, innovators, media creators and entrepreneurs. There will be booths with live demos, talks and workshops, open house tours, and hands-on fun activities. You can also register for the Soap Box race or a robotics jamming session.
The Singapore Bike Show
18 Aug - 20 Aug
10.30am - 9pm

Cost: Free
Venue: Singapore Expo Hall 5 & Outdoor Performance Area (Carpark B)
Actively promoting safe riding and cycling, the Singapore Bike Show will showcase the latest models and designs of motorcycles, bicycles and e-bikes. As part of the event, the Singapore Road Safety Council and Traffic Police will be organising Singapore Ride Safe 2017 (19 Aug, launch at 10.30am and flag-off at 12.15pm). Visitors can also see stunt performances, meet and hear from extreme sports riders, and witness the launch of Parkitect, a modular track system.
Singapore Night Festival
18 Aug - 26 Aug
7.30pm - 12am

Cost: Free
Venue: Bras Basah - Bugis Precinct
As Singapore’s largest outdoor performing arts festival, the Singapore Night Festival celebrates its 10th year bringing you 5 zones of beautiful night lights and exhilarating performances. You can also go on one of the many trails, including a bike trail with free bike rentals (click here for more details).
19 Aug
12pm - 10pm

Cost: Free
Venue: [email protected]
Here's your unique chance to experience the wonderful world of social enterprises with their pop up market, experience capsules, conversations and live performances. From health and wellness, fashion, lifestyle and technology to coffee, food bites and more, you’ll be immersed in beautiful products and services that impact our world in a positive way. Register now to receive a festival tote bag (while stocks last).

SPH Gift of Music Presents SCO Community Concert: Musical Harmony at Ci Yuan
19 Aug

Cost: Free
Venue: Ci Yuan Community Club
The Singapore Chinese Orchestra, under the baton of resident conductor Quek Ling Kiong, celebrates Singapore's racial harmony with pieces such as Indian folk song Paaduvan Vaarungal and Malay folk song Rasa Sayang in this special free concert.
Art Class At Home SG: Free children art class workshop
20 Aug
2pm - 5pm

Cost: Free
Venue: Katong Plaza, #02-28
Under the guidance of Art Teacher Zheng Lai Ming, this workshop will teach children techniques and skills for oil painting, fine art drawing, shading, 3D craftwork, and more. Book your free ticket by SMS or WhatsApp. See website for details.
National Day Rally 2017
20 Aug
6.45pm - 7.30pm (Malay & Mandarin)
8.15pm - 9.30pm (English)

Cost: Free live broadcast on TV, radio & online platforms
Venue: ITE College Central
Please visit the PMO website to see a listing of TV and radio stations, and online channels for the live broadcast. You can also read live updates on the Rally at PM Lee’s Facebook Page ( and Twitter account ( as the speech is delivered. Join the conversation online by including the #ndrsg hashtag in your posts and tweets.
Hungry Ghost Festival
22 Aug - 19 Sept

Cost: Free
Venue: Chinatown & Other various places
As part of the Hungry Ghost Festival, you can sign up for the Birth, Life and Death Tour by the Chinatown Business Association where you will learn the practices carried out during births and deaths. You can also join the Asia Paranormal Investigators on a walking tour to hunt for ghosts at Bukit Brown Chinese Cemetery, or visit the Taoist temple at Arumugam Road, where there will be festivities, lively auctions, and variety shows.

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