A 3-day cultural and culinary feast: Hari Raya Puasa, Diner en Blanc, and Ratha Yatra. Only in Singapore do you have such diversity.

Didn’t get invited to Diner en Blanc on 18 July? No worries, there are plenty of other fun and frugal things to do this week without having to pay a hefty fee, pack your own food, bring a table and chairs, and adhere to a strict dress code where you run the risk of wearing the same thing as someone else.

Wednesday 15 July

  • DBS Marina Sailing Programme, 15 July, 18-19 July, 22-24 July – This is a free opportunity for you to enjoy the unique experience of sailing in a DBS sailboat on the waters of Marina Bay. Through this sailing programme, DBS hopes to make the Bay and what it has to offer more accessible to the community at large. The DBS Marina Bay Sailing Programme is organised in partnership with the Singapore Sailing Federation. Tickets must be booked in advanced and late arrivals may lose their slots to others. Life jackets will be provided. For more information, please see my previous post. (venue: Pontoon next to Customs House) 

Friday 17 July

  • Hari Raya Puasa – Marking the end of the Ramadan month of fasting, this public holiday is also known as the festival of Eid or Eid al-Fitr.
  • Istana Open House, 8.30am – 6pm – Hari Raya Puasa will be another Istana Open House day. As with all Open House days, there will be a variety of themed performances all along the compound. You can also join the Nature Guided Walk for a grander experience ($4 for adults, $2 for children), or just download the app and explore on your own. Admission to the Istana is free for Singaporeans and PRs, and $1 for everyone else. (venue: The Istana)
  • National Heritage Board Open House – All National Heritage Board museums and heritage institutions will be offering visitors free admission on Hari Raya Puasa. Some special themed events include a traditional Malay kite (wau) making workshop and performances of nostalgic Hari Raya songs at the National Museum of Singapore, and designing your own Hari Raya stamp at the Singapore Philatelic Museum. (venues: Asian Civilisations Museum, Malay Heritage Centre, National Museum of Singapore, The Peranakan Museum, Reflections at Bukit Chandu, Singapore Philatelic Museum, and Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall)
  • Singapore STories: Then, Now, Tomorrow, 17 July through 4 Oct – Experience Singapore’s beginnings, struggles, and triumphs through the lens of The Straits Times. Discover hundreds of front-page stories, headlines, and photographs, including never-before-seen archives, since 1845. Admission is free. (venue: ArtScience Museum)
  • Singapore Food Festival, 17 July through 2 Aug – Organised by the Singapore Tourism Board, this year’s festival is themed “A Fresh Taste of Tradition” and will introduce a new event called STREAT, featuring a pop-up restaurant. Twelve other dining events will also be held in conjunction with the festival. Visitors can expect a spin on classics such as dry laksa and bak kut teh bisque. The public is also invited to revisit Singapore’s food heritage at Chinatown Food Street where modern street food, such as kimchi roasted duck kueh pie tee, will be presented at a gala dinner. AKAR the Social Heritage Kitchen will open its doors for the public to try their hand at preparing some dishes, while Suvai 2015 will attempt to set two culinary records – the Largest Amount of Curry Cooked at a Single Time, and Largest Cooking Vessel with a 11-metre curry pot. Other events include STORIES, a theatrical dinner series, as well as the Singapore Hawker Feast which will feature some of the best hawkers in the city, and Singapore Restaurant Month, where 12 heritage restaurants reinvent dishes using local produce. (venue: various, please see website for details)

Saturday 18 July

  • OCBC-NParks Ride Safe Movie Night, 4 – 10pm – Enjoy a fun-filled evening where you can experience both cycling and watching a movie under the stars. Learn about safe cycling along the Park Connector Network, while riding from East Coast Park to Gardens by the Bay East. After the bike ride, park your bicycles and enjoy a movie screening of “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” at East Coast Park beginning at 7.30pm. Both events are open to the public. (venue: starting point is East Coast Park, Parkland Green)
  • Yuhua SG50 Street Party & Street Carnival, 6 – 10pm – In conjunction with PAssion Arts Festival, there will be a SG50 Street Party & Street Carnival complete with exciting rides and games. Tickets are $3 per person. (venue: Yuhua CC)yuhua street party
  • Marble Slab Free Cone Day, 12 – 3pm – It’s Marble Slab’s 6th anniversary and they will be serving a free scoop of ice cream plus free topping on Free Scoop Day. (venue: Marble Slab Creamery at Clarke Quay Central, Junction 8, Kallang Wave, and The Star Vista)free cone day marble slab

Sunday 19 July

  • Really Really Free Market (RRFM), 12 – 6pm – The RRFM movement is a temporary market based on an alternative gift economy of giving and building a community based on sharing resources, caring for one another and improving the collective lives of all. Everything is free! Come share your stuff (books, cds, toys, food, etc) or skills (tarot card reading, hair cutting, poetry writing, singing, etc) by giving them to others who need them! (venue: Blk 15 Toa Payoh Lorong 7) really free market
  • Super Heroes Street Art Graffiti Exhibition, 19 July through 10 Aug – As part of the Singapore Street Festival, there will be a graffiti exhibit with a superhero theme on display. Artists will paint their own interpretations of heroism using this art form, which once had a less than desirable reputation. (venue: [email protected] Outdoor Pedestrian Walkway)
  • Ratha Yatra, 5 – 10pm – Also known as the Chariot Festival, Ratha Yatra is a grand cultural extravaganza, where there is singing and dancing and the pulling of massive chariots while chanting. Open to all, there will be free food and shuttle bus service from Kovan MRT exit C. (venue: Hougang Stadium)ratha yatra


Tuesday, 21 July

  • World Engineer Submit: Climate Change, 21 July through 24 July, 9am – 6pm – As part of the Singapore Science Festival, this expo is poised to present a regional showcase of the latest in green and sustainable engineering solutions to meet market needs and demands. Admission is free. Registration is not required. (venue: Suntec Convention Centre)

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