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Today is the beginning of the 7th month Hungry Ghost Festival.
(Photo by grungemann)

There’s so much going on from now all the way to National Day, from the one-north Festival (which concludes the Singapore Science Festival), to Pesta Raya, Get Active! Singapore, and various National Day celebrations. Today is also the beginning of the Hungry Ghost Festival, as you are likely to find offerings scattered alongside the streets. Don’t forget to cheer on our fellow Singaporean athletes who are representing us at the Summer Olympics in Rio (starting 5 Aug). As a reminder, this is just a partial listing of free/frugal events happening this week. As National Day approaches, many neighbourhoods and CCs will be organising their own free/frugal events. There will also be a lot of free and fun activities at parks, museums, and other public spaces (too many to list here) so there’s plenty of ways to celebrate as we approach our nation’s birthday!

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Continued from Previous Week

Event
Date(s)
Time(s)
Cost
Venue
Category
Art Apart Fair
11 July - 28 Aug
Various
Free
Wisma Atria
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DescriptionAn art showcase will be displayed covering 6000 sq ft of space, comprising of emerging and mid-career artists from Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Philippines, India and Singapore. Art Apart will host weekly weekend talks on diverse topics such as collecting South East Asian contemporary art, the art of flower arrangements, wine collecting, and jewellery design. Please register for the talks by emailing artapartsingapore@gmail.com to reserve your seats early.
Event
Date(s)
Time(s)
Cost
Venue
Category
Singapore Science Festival & the one-north Festival
15 July - 5 Aug
Various
Free
Various

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DescriptionThe Singapore Science Festival celebrates developments and research work in the STEM field (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Highlights for this week include the STAR Lecture (2 Aug - 4 Aug, Caldecott Broadcast Centre), on "How to Survive In Space" and the one-north Festival (5 Aug - 6 Aug, Fusionopolis), where visitors can hear from, meet, and interact with scientists, innovators, creators and entrepreneurs from around one-north and see the cool things they do through interactive demos, talks, hands-on workshops, tours/open houses, and more.
Event
Date(s)
Time(s)
Cost
Venue
Category
Merlion Magic Lights
30 July - 28 Aug
See Website
Free
Merlion Plaza
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DescriptionCatch the nightly Merlion Magic Lights shows all throughout the month of August, and be amazed by a dazzling display of lights and sounds.
Event
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Time(s)
Cost
Venue
Category
Children and Families Sports Festival
30 July - 7 Aug
Various
Free, registration is required
Various
DescriptionOrganised over 2 weekends at 15 ActiveSG Sports Centres island-wide, bonding time has never been more exciting. From fundamental movement skills to get your little ones moving right from the start, to fun sport tryouts, there’s something for the entire family. All activities - from mass workouts, bootcamps, tryouts, challenges, open houses, and heritage races - are free though many require registration. Please visit their website for a complete list of activities, as there are way too many to list here.
Event
Date(s)
Time(s)
Cost
Venue
Category
Singapore National Games 2016
30 July - 7 Aug
Various
Free to watch; Small fee for participation
Various
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DescriptionAs part of GetActive! Singapore, the Singapore National Games takes place the week leading up to Singapore’s 51st birthday and will consist of sports festivals, community initiatives and competitions island-wide. With 488 events across 16 sports, including 5 para sports, and over $200,000 in prize money to be won, there's something for everyone regardless of age or ability. Let's celebrate the nation's birthday through sports.

 

Upcoming Events

Event
Date(s)
Time(s)
Cost
Venue
Category
Hungry Ghost Festival
3 Aug - 31 Aug
Various
Free
Various
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DescriptionThis month-long festival is a veneration of the dead, and activities during this month will include preparing ritualistic food offerings, burning incense, and burning joss paper. You can sign up for the Birth, Life and Death Tour by the Chinatown Business Association or visit the Lorong Koo Chye Sheng Hong Temple to experience their auctions and variety shows.
Event
Date(s)
Time(s)
Cost
Venue
Category
Fred Perry SubcultureLive
4 Aug
7pm (doors open at 6.30pm) - 11pm
Free
National Gallery
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DescriptionGet ready for a night of audiovisual soundscapes featuring as the indie party and live music concert series is back after a 3-year hiatus. Acts include Friendly Fires’ Jack Savidge, Poptart, Subsonic Eye and Specific Islander.
Event
Date(s)
Time(s)
Cost
Venue
Category
Telcos Celebrate National Day with Freebies
starting 5 Aug
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Free
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DescriptionSingtel’s postpaid mobile customers will get free data usage on National Day (9 Aug). Singtel TV customers will get a free preview of >140 channels free (5 Aug - 9 Aug). For those who do not have Singtel TV, you can also get free access during this period via the free Singtel TV GO app.

M1’s customers will get free local calls, free SMS/MMS and unlimited mobile data on National Day (9 Aug).

StarHub’s postpaid mobile customers will receive an additional 1GB of free data for the entire month. StarHub TV subscribers will get a free preview of >100 channels (5 Aug - 11 Aug).
Event
Date(s)
Time(s)
Cost
Venue
Category
Pesta Raya - Malay Festival of Arts 2016
5 Aug - 7 Aug
Various
Mix of free and ticketed events
The Esplanade
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DescriptionPesta Raya – Malay Festival of Arts showcases the best in theatre, dance, and music from the Nusantara (Malay Archipelago). There will also be storytelling, craft workshops, and dance workshops for children. For a complete list of events, please visit their website.
Event
Date(s)
Time(s)
Cost
Venue
Category
Active Enabler: Singapore Giant Games Festival 2016
5 Aug
11am - 7pm
Free
The Red Box, 113 Somerset Road
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DescriptionAs part of Get Active! Singapore, this inaugural Giant Games Festival is where you can play common games in their larger-than-life versions, including dart board, pool table, badminton and much more.
Event
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Time(s)
Cost
Venue
Category
PA Be My Kaki Movie Bus
Various weekends starting 6 Aug
7pm - 10pm
Free
Various - please see flyer on the right
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DescriptionThe PA Be My Kaki Movie Bus will be making their rounds this month, stopping by at various locations, such as neighbourhood parks, town centres, common public spaces and private estates, so drop by for a free movie date!
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Time(s)
Cost
Venue
Category
Let's Lepak at Mount Faber
6 Aug
4pm - 7pm
Free
Mount Faber
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DescriptionGet high on happiness with an action-packed evening of family fun, artsy activities, live music, and more at the top of the peak, as Mount Faber Loop prepares to be car-free every first Saturday of the month starting in August. Coinciding with National Day, the inaugural Let’s Lepak festivities will be a celebration of Singapore through art and music. There will also be sports and wellness themed activities too.
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Time(s)
Cost
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Category
Singapore Chinese Orchestra: Music Oasis 2016- A Nation Celebrates
6 Aug
6pm - 7pm
Free
Botanic Gardens Shaw Symphony Stage
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DescriptionCelebrate National Day with Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO) at the Botanic Gardens in an evening of great music comprised of local compositions with a national day theme.
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Time(s)
Cost
Venue
Category
Families for Life Picnic
6 Aug
5pm - 9.30pm
Free
Marina Barrage
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DescriptionSpend family time at the Families for Life Picnic where you can play fun kampong games, sing along to our national day songs, and catch the local blockbuster movie, Long Long Time Ago Part 1(我们的故事)at the Green Roof.
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Time(s)
Cost
Venue
Category
SOTA: FUNdraising Carnival
6 Aug
10am - 5pm
Free
SOTA
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DescriptionThe first ever SOTA FUNdraising carnival will feature exciting games, delicious food and drinks, interesting performances and sale of exquisite SOTA memorabilia. There will also be an art fair at the SOTA Gallery where you can own a piece of our students' beautiful artworks. All proceeds from the carnival will go towards funding students who are in need of financial assistance and supporting student development programmes.
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Time(s)
Cost
Venue
Category
Get Active! by the Bay
6 Aug - 7 Aug
10am - 7pm
Free
GetActive! By The Bay (see details on website)
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DescriptionMarina Bay will be turned into a giant sporting arena, and you can participate in Skate Singapore, the SG51 National Day Bench Press Competition, a Ping Pong Tournament, and much more. There will be a Bicycle Kiosk and HPB workouts (including a fitness party) throughout the weekend.
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Time(s)
Cost
Venue
Category
Meet Your Maker(s) 4
6 Aug
2pm - 7pm
Free admission, workshop fees varies from $20
*SCAPE HubQuarters
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DescriptionMeet Your Maker(s) is a platform for crafters and makers to share their craft with others. It aims to support the makers movement in Singapore and enable one to discover and appreciate DIY products. At this event, participants can learn how to make a Merlion Plushie, Organic Aromatherapy Candle + Reed Diffuser, Finger Puppets, and more.
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Time(s)
Cost
Venue
Category
PlayLAH! Let's Celebrate
6 Aug - 9 Aug
12pm - 9pm
Free
Singapore Expo Hall 5
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DescriptionWhether it is celebrating the nation's birthday or our diverse multicultural festivals, PlayLAH! Let's celebrate! creates an opportunity for families to bond and communities to engage through a fun playground of themed activities and entertainment for all. Past events in the PlayLAH! series include the inaugural SG50 PlayLAH! in 2015, followed by Mid-Autumn Festival 2015 and CNY Carnival 2016.
Event
Date(s)
Time(s)
Cost
Venue
Category
Gardens by the Bay Celebrates National Day
7 Aug
4pm - 7.30pm
Free
Supertree Grove Lawn
DescriptionHighlights include a 60-minute, non-stop fitness party, a Get Active! Singapore Carnival, and a joint performance by the Singapore Armed Forces Central Band and the Swiss Military Small Band.
Event
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Time(s)
Cost
Venue
Category
Esplanade Celebrates National Day
7 Aug - 9 Aug
Various
Free
The Esplanade
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DescriptionCelebrate the people of Singapore and the vibrant Esplanade community with free performances, craft activities, exhibitions, a festival village, and more! You can also win prizes at the roving KopiQuiz; build a 3-metre high sculpture made completely out of cardboard; or sit back and relax to a local film screening at the Esplanade Concourse.
Event
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Time(s)
Cost
Venue
Category
Yew Tee-Limbang National Day Observance Ceremony
9 Aug
7.30am - 10am
Free
Handcourt @ Yew Tee Close
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Yew Tee Walk w Your Pets
DescriptionBring your pets along for a nice walk. There will be free t-shirts and door gifts for participants, as well as a photo booth and best coordinated owner & pet competition. Please RSVP through the link above.
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Time(s)
Cost
Venue
Category
Teck Ghee National Day Observance Ceremony
9 Aug
7.15am (walk start time)
Free, tickets available at Teck Ghee CC
Townsville Primary School
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Teck Ghee National Day
DescriptionTo mark the first step towards SG100, Teck Ghee will be having a SGCommunityWalk from Teck Ghee CC to Townsville Primary School at 7.15am. This walk will be joined by Guest-of-Honour, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. All registered participants will receive a complimentary breakfast after the walk.
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Category
National Heritage Board Open House
9 Aug
various
Free
Asian Civilisations Museum, Malay Heritage Centre, Indian Heritage Centre, National Museum of Singapore, The Peranakan Museum, Reflections at Bukit Chandu, Singapore Philatelic Museum, and Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall
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DescriptionAll National Heritage Board museums and heritage institutions will be offering visitors free admission on National Day (opening and closing times vary accordingly) with special exhibits, crafts, tours, and a film screening.
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Time(s)
Cost
Venue
Category
National Day Sketchwalk
9 Aug
2pm - 5pm
Free
The Esplanade
DescriptionJoin the Urban Sketchers for a Sketchwalk by the Esplanade. Briefing will begin at 2 pm at the Concert Hall entrance. The walk will conclude with a show and tell at 4.30pm.
Event
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Time(s)
Cost
Venue
Category
Field Vibes: SG51 Special
9 Aug
1pm - 10pm
Free
Goodman Arts Centre
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DescriptionThere will be live music by rising star Ffion, the Lower Eastside all-star DJs and more. Plus, you can view the spectacular fireworks display from the National Stadium while you picnic on the open field at Goodman Arts Centre. There will be F&B stalls and a curated lifestyle marketplace onsite.

Happy Birthday Singapore!!!

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