What does March have in store? Read on for the most exciting things to do in Singapore this month!
Wow, the month just marched right in… Tasteless humour aside, we do have one thing to say. It’s been a year since the Covid-19 pandemic hit us. Remember when phrases like “working from home”, “social distancing” and “circuit breaker” caused a frenzy? Today, we’re happy to say that though it’s not over, we at least have the luxury of attending events – even if they are scaled down. This month, exchange your pre-loved items at a fashion swap, feed your mind with gorgeous artworks, and have your phones out for ‘gram-worthy exhibitions. Presenting the best things to do in Singapore this March.
Best things to do in Singapore: March 2021
Smoke Lab Vodka’s International Women’s Day martinis
8 – 31 March
Raise your glass to Smoke Lab Vodka! India’s first homegrown premium craft vodka has landed in Singapore. Made from Himalayan spring water and locally sourced Basmati rice, you can pick from two variants according to your palate. The Smoke Lab Vodka Classic (40% ABV), has a nutty aroma with a hint of citrus, and the Smoke Lab Vodka Aniseed (37% ABV), has a fragrant mix of fennel and liquorice notes.
To celebrate the launch (which also coincides with International Women’s Day), the brand has teamed up with four bars (The Old Man Singapore, Sago House, The Elephant Room and Lime House) to create martinis inspired by trailblazing women. Try concoctions made by photographer Jana Yar, Morsels chef-owner Petrina Loh, fitness instructor Alyaa Rauff and entrepreneur Aarika Lee. A part of the beverage proceeds will to Daughter of Tomorrow to provide assistance to women from low-income families in Singapore.
Smoke Lab Vodka IWD martinis, available at participating bars
Dine: Ce La Vi Picnic in the Clouds
Head on up to Ce La Vi for Picnic in the Clouds, an adults-only picnic-style soiree set against spectacular views of Singapore’s backdrop. Held in partnership with Grey Goose, expect bottomless handcrafted cocktails, drinks and spirits. As for bites, munch on picnic-style grub like house-made wraps, artisan sandwiches, charcuterie boards, as well as desserts. Think pandan teacakes, toasted sesame scones with pecan praline and yuzu jam, and a candy floss cart. Oh, and you’ll also be entertained with quizzes and lucky draws.
Ce La Vi Picnic in the Clouds, 5pm-8pm, dress code: blue and white; Ce La Vi Sky Lounge, Level 57, Marina Bay Sands Hotel, Tower 3, 1 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018971
Family fun: Tropical Thrills at Universal Studios Singapore
From 11 March
Head over to Universal Studio Singapore for oodles of fun this month. Meet and greet your favourite characters from Despicable Me, Minions, Madagascar, Sesame Street, Shrek, Trolls as well as King Kahula, a fun tiki. Watch them flaunt their tropical island attire alongside stilt-walkers and hula characters. There are even hula hoop challenges where winners can stand a chance to win F&B vouchers and tickets to USS.
Tropical Thrills, Universal Studios Singapore, Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
Eat: Exquisite Dim Sum Artistry
Calling all dim sum lovers! Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant is rolling out a special menu that is replete with yum cha classics and contemporary creations. Nibble on the likes of steamed crab meat siew mai with Chinese sausage, deep-fried vermicelli prawn roll with avocado and scallop with banana dumpling. For sweet treats, go for the red bean with coconut cheesecake or purple sweet potato custard layer cake.
Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant, Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel, 320 Orchard Road, Singapore 238865
Arts: Exhibitions and activities at National Museum of Singapore
Not sure where to take the kids during the March holidays? Make your way to the National Museum for new adventure routes and exciting themed on-site programmes. Transport back to the past with nostalgic and inter-generational activities. Explore an old school mama shop, examine 80s and 90s currency and electronics, and create classic board games and handmade noodles.
Exhibitions and activities at National Museum of Singapore, various timings, 93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897
Sustainability: “Don’t Let Good Food Go To Waste” initiative
From 15 March
Give back to the community this month at the malls of Frasers Property. Selected malls will be setting up dedicated Food Bank Singapore boxes for you to donate non-perishable food items. Drop five items to receive a $2.50 digital gift card. The initiative is part of the National Environment Agency’s (NEA) efforts to reduce food wastage in Singapore.
“Don’t Let Good Food Go To Waste” initiative, 15 March – 30 April, participating malls include Hougang Mall, Northpoint City, Tampines 1, The Centrepoint, Tiong Bahru Plaza
Eat: Durian Fiesta
From 8 March
Durian lovers, get ready for Goodwood Park Hotel’s iconic Durian Fiesta! Can you believe it’s been 38 years since its debut? To celebrate, the hotel has whipped out new durian pastries such as D24 pandan waffle cake, D24 and sweet potato in chestnut tartlets, D24 trio chocolate cake, mini D24 salted caramel delights, D24 kueh dadar and deep-fried D24 in layered flaky pastry. Of course, mainstays like the signature D24 mousse cake, puff and crepe will make an appearance.
Durian Fiesta, 8 March – 1 August, available for delivery and self-collection at The Deli, Goodwood Park Hotel, 22 Scotts Road, Singapore 228221
Art: Paw-verbs on the Lawn
We’ve got something for cat lovers. The Malay Heritage Centre (MHC) joins hands with Japanese artist Juno for a paw-tastic installation. Head over to the lawn at MHC and coo over 30 giant cat illustrations – plenty of IG-worthy content for you! You’ll also notice 10 common Malay proverbs littered around the installation. They spotlight how cats are used metaphorically to convey different aspects of human behaviour. Plus, it’s a super fun way to get the kids to remember these age-old lessons. Take part in programmes and activities like performative storytelling sessions as well as weekly competitions via MHC’s Instagram page.
Paw-verbs on the Lawn, 10 Mar – 31 May 2021, Malay Heritage Centre, 85 Sultan Gate, Singapore 198501
Arts & Culture: Arts in Your Neighbourhood: Pasir Ris
From 11 March
The popular Arts in Your Neighbourhood series puts the spotlight on Pasir Ris this month! Discover the neighbourhood though 10 amazing arts programmes including art installations, music performances and multi-disciplinary experiences. Highlights include The Story Of A Place Is In Its Name, a visual arts walking trail that’s inspired by the sights and memories of Pasir Ris (which literally means white sandy beach). There’s also Kotak Foto by 3Pumpkins, a pinhole photography exhibition that’s inside a – wait for it – 14-foot truck. You’ll definitely experience the pulse of Pasir Ris, for sure!
Arts in Your Neighbourhood: Pasir Ris, 11 – 28 March, multiple locations and timings
Explore: The Sea of Tiki
From 13 March
Get tiki with it at S.E.A. Aquarium’s latest attraction. The Sea of Tiki follows five tikis across a tropical trail featuring unique marine animals like the reef manta ray and stealthy slingjaw wrasse. You’ll even get to stroke an epaulette shark that can “walk” on land. The trail ends with a majestic volcano with amazing light and sound effects (perfect for the kids!). Look out for tiki warriors during a dazzling live feed spectacle, say hello to manta ray mascots and take plenty of pictures at the tiki totem photo zone.
The Sea of Tiki, 13 March – 11 May, S.E.A. Aquarium, Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa, Singapore 098269
Drink: Celebrate Guinness’ first St. Everyone’s Day
St. Patrick’s Day gets a new twist as Guinness unveils its first St. Everyone’s Day. We all know how crazy and challenging it was last year. To honour everyone’s heartwarming deeds, Guinness is offering a half pint, on the house. Head over to any participating bars including Little Saigon, The Lions Den, Wala Wala and Escobar Bistro & Bar to enjoy a cold one for free. You could also gift a half pint of Guinness to someone who is in desperate need of a breather right now.
Celebrate Guinness’ first St. Everyone’s Day, various locations
Eat: Raffles Courtyard Heritage Dishes and PasirPanjangBoy collaboration
From 12 March
Get acquainted with the culinary heritage of Southeast Asia, thanks to Raffles Courtyard’s exciting collaboration with some of the best private dining chefs in Singapore! Tinoq and Dylan, the duo behind the fan-favourite private dining experience PasirPanjangBoy, will be whipping out signature plates. Stuff yourselves with dishes like ngoh hiang, beef rendang and the signature prawn noodle soup (presented on Wednesdays by the boys themselves!). You’ll also get to enjoy Southeast Asian small plates and local delights from Raffles Courtyard’s kitchen. Wash it all down with a wide range of cocktails, mocktails, spirits, wines and beers with daily happy hour from 5pm to 8pm.
Raffles Courtyard Heritage Dishes and PasirPanjangBoy collaboration, 12 March – 11 April 2021, 3pm-9pm, Raffles Courtyard, 328 North Bridge Road, 1 Beach Road, Singapore 189673
Exhibition: Sakura featuring Hello Kitty
From 1 March
The Gardens by the Bay’s popular Sakura display is back with a special guest – Hello Kitty! You’ll see her at various attractions across the floral display, including a hanami (flower viewing) picnic surrounding spring blossoms, a nodate (tea ceremony) and a Japanese-style garden. Keep your eyes peeled for more Japanese elements like torii gates and red-crowned cranes. You can also participate in cultural programmes like traditional folk music and dance, taiko drum performances and Japanese tea demos. You’ll have to register in advance, of course.
Sakura featuring Hello Kitty, Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
Sustainability: The [Not-So] Convenience Store
The next time someone tells you that living sustainably is simply too inconvenient, guide them here. The [Not-So] Convenience Store is back to re-evaluate our habits. Back for a two-month run, the place is stocked with planet-friendly sustainable alternatives. From reusables and eco alternatives (no plastic bags, please!) to compost bins and even DIY fixes for home appliances and devices, you’ll find lots of goodies here. This year, the team has gone an extra step by including a new section on recycling dos and don’ts, plus a spotlight on sustainable local businesses. Donate your clean reusable bags that will be given to retailers to cut down on packaging waste or drop-off small electronic items for e-waste recycling.
The [Not-So] Convenience Store, until 30 March, National Design Centre, 111 Middle Road, Singapore 188969
Eat: Janice Wong’s Geisha High Tea Series
If you’re all about living that high tea life, Janice Wong’s themed high tea series will tickle your fancy. This time, they’re transporting us to the land of the rising sun. Titled Geisha, the new menu doles out a mix of Japanese-inspired delights. Enjoy delish bites like kakigori kinkan vanilla cream, chocolate soba cha monaka, grilled dango glazed with passionfruit white miso, as well as tuna, salmon and scallop temari sushi. You can also grill your own dango on a mini setup right at your table.
Geisha High Tea, until 31 March, 2am:dessertbar, 21A Lorong Liput, Singapore 277733, limited sets daily, book a table online
Art: ‘Singapore Streets’ by Louise Hill
Art Space at Siri House Dempsey is playing host to Louise Hill’s hand-finished Giclee prints. Drawing inspiration from the Lion City and using her signature theme of windows, Louise’s works are an exploration of Asian heritage culture. Expect to see familiar motifs like Peranakan tiles, shophouses and traditional street signs. You can also book a private appointment with her to learn more about the stories behind the art.
‘Singapore Streets’ by Louise Hill, until 14 May 2021, Siri House at Dempsey, #01-02, Block 8D, Dempsey Road, Singapore 249672
Family fun: Otah & Friends
Good news to all fans of otters. Singapore’s first otter-themed escapade will be extending its stay at Gardens by the Bay. Crawl through a magical tunnel with fairy lights to enter the fantasy world of the otter-verse. Feast your eyes on colourful rooms that are perfect for the ‘gram. You’ll also get to meet and greet Otah himself, and take home limited edition Otah & Friends’ otterly-cute souvenirs.
Otah & Friends, until 4 April, Gardens by the Bay, Bayfront Plaza, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
Make the most out of March with these amazing things to do in Singapore!
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Eat: Tiffin Room x Samy’s Curry Exclusive Menu
Until 10 March
Tiffin Room joins hands with local institution Samy’s Curry for a culinary affair like no other. Showcasing flavours from North and South India, both restaurants are putting out their signature dishes, including fiery fish curry and sambal prawns from Samy’s Curry and lamb biryani and scallop curry from Tiffin Room. And did we mention that it’s happening at the majestic Raffles Singapore?
Tiffin Room x Samy’s Curry, Raffles Singapore, 1 Beach Road, Singapore 189673
Shop: Cloop Fashion Swap!
Ready your pre-loved items cos Cloop is back for a fashion swap. This time, it’s in conjunction with International Women’s Day. Bring a minimum of five items in your closet (anything from clothes to shoes) to swap for up to 10 items, at $35. Come with a friend and it’s $30. Or just pay as you wish or what you can to buy second-hand items for as low as $10. A part of the proceeds goes to the WorldVision World of First Child Sponsorship program.
Cloop Fashion Swap! at Crane, 5-9pm, #01-05/06/07, The Herencia, 46 Kim Yam Road, Singapore 239351
Visit: Battle of Singapore
Until 14 March
In remembrance of the 79th anniversary of the Fall of Singapore, The National Heritage Board is revisiting Singapore’s storied war past. Go back in time with a slew of curated programmes and special access tours to WWII sites. Look forward to exploring the likes of Changi Point and Former Ford Factory, embarking on insightful gallery tours that touch on lesser-known stories, and attending roundtable talks with history experts and war veterans.
Battle of Singapore, various locations
Learn: HoneyKids Asia International School Fair 2021
13 March, Saturday
Parents, choosing a school for your kids in Singapore is no walk in the park. We hear you. Our sister site, Honeykids Asia, is making things easier with the return of its International School Fair. Meet the creme de la creme of Singapore international schools in one place – socially-distanced, of course. Gather all your burning questions ‘cos principals and admission staff will be there to answer your queries. Plus, there will be a series of four insightful panel discussions on hot school topics. Reserve your spot now to get a two-hour slot (plenty of time to chat with the school reps and listen to a talk). Oh, and did we mention it’s FREE? Hell yeah!
HoneyKids Asia International School Fair 2021, 9am to 5.45pm (2-hour slots), Stamford Ballroom, Fairmont Hotel, 80 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189560
Arts & Culture: ACM Caravanserai
13 – 21 March
The Asian Civilisations Museum is hosting a sweet art-infused pop-up recreating the Caravanserai experience. Caravanserais (large guest houses for roaming merchants) were an important part of trade routes like the ancient Silk Road. Transport yourself to the era with shopping booths by local labels such as Orenda’s Crystals and Little Sarong, a peek inside Shunmugam’s homeware line Suvarnabumi, bites from Sourbombe Artisanal Bakery and Mr Bucket Chocolaterie, as well as workshops inspired by Asian craftsmanship (with a small registration fee).
ACM Caravanserai, free admission, 1 Empress Place, Singapore 179555
Eat: 90s Girl Group-themed brunch
20 & 21 March
The International Women’s Day events continue as Neon Pigeon offers a sweet 90s girl group-themed brunch. What’s on the menu? Tuck into dishes like matcha and chia seed pudding, bacon and egg congee, katsu sando or go for the bento brunch options. We highly recommend you top up for the two-hour free flow of boozy drinks. Don’t forget to come dressed as your favourite 90s girl group for a small surprise. 25% of the proceeds will go to the NextGen Fund, supporting Aware Singapore in nurturing the next generation of change-makers.
Neon Pigeon, #01-01, 36 Carpenter Street, Singapore 059915
Drink: Cointreau celebrates World Margarita Day
Until 19 March
World Margarita Day may be over but the celebration still continues. Cointreau, the world’s leading orange liqueur, has partnered with 11 bars and restaurants in Singapore to offer exclusive menus and even giveaways. Each venue offers the Original Margarita (with Cointreau, tequila and the like) and a twist on the classic. Hop over to Super Loco or Lucha Loco for Mexican Sling (Cointreau, gin, wild mezcal, Dom Benedictine, cherry heering, pineapple, prickly pear and lemon). Or try Papi’s Tacos smoky and floral La Diabla with Cointreau, mezcal, hibiscus extract, lime and agave.
Cointreau celebrates World Margarita Day, various locations
Theatre: The Singapore Trilogy
11 – 21 March
Theatre fans, enjoy three amazing shows in one single adaptation. Playwright Robert Yeo combines three exciting plays – Are You There, Singapore? (1974), One Year Back Home (1980) and Changi (1997) – that reflect on the staging of politics in a new nation. Set across the late 60s to mid-70s, the play follows two siblings and a friend. They start their friendship as international students in London but the relationship is put to the test when they return home to participate in Singapore politics with opposing ideologies. With deleted scenes from original manuscripts, new writing and a revised ending, this play is sure to be a treat.
The Singapore Trilogy, Stamford Arts Centre Black Box, 155 Waterloo Street, Singapore 187962