Get the lowdown on the most incredible things to do this weekend in Singapore!
Here’s hoping y’all made most of the long National Day weekend ‘cos the next one is three months away! But hey, let’s focus on good things at the moment. This weekend, we’ve got cool art events, activities to up your local pride factor and outdoor adventures!
Fun things to do this weekend
Learn the art of papercraft
15 August, Saturday
Pick up a nifty skill this weekend. This virtual workshop will teach you how to create unique artworks using paper. The muse for this session will be none other than the iconic HDB flats of Singapore.
Lulo Paper Studio: Paper Crafting Workshop, participate online.
Catch a play with a social conscience
15 August, Saturday
Gain a whole new perspective about individuals with disabilities in Singapore at this year’s virtual M1 Peer Pleasure Youth Theatre Festival. Stained, a production that’s part of the interactive line-up, tells the story of a complex relationship between a parent and a child through the use of text, sound and imagery.
Peer Pleasure Youth Theatre Festival 2020: What If, watch online.
Indulge in an exquisite buffet
The Line at Shangri-La has quickly adapted amidst the Phase 2 measures. Instead of gathering around multiple buffet counters, diners can order your favourite international and local dishes from the table through a digital menu. Plus, the refreshed menu highlights vegan creations by in-house plant-based chef Damian Piedrahita, as well as delectable Lebanese recipes.
The Line at Shangri-La Hotel Singapore, 22 Orange Grove Road, Singapore 258350
What is the Singaporean identity?
Put on your explorer cap and discover the hidden histories and untold stories of Singapore with The Arts House’s LumiNation. The Migration Edition of the event will delve deeper into the lives of immigrants and their role in shaping the nation’s history. This weekend, learn the effects of colonisation on the ecosystem of Singapore and take a deeper look at the Baweanese migration, which forms one of the notable sub-ethnic Malay communities in Singapore today.
LumiNation 2020, watch online.
Keep the National Day mood alive
For those suffering from post-NDP blues and in serious need of the warm fuzzies, take your pick from our list of favourite local movies and TV shows. That’s not all: This month, our Honeycombers Book Club is showing love to books about Singapore and Singaporeans. Plus, you can binge-watch local content on streaming giants like HBO Go and Netflix, too. And, of course, there’s food involved when we’re talking about the Lion City. Here’s our giant list of local dishes and for those with a sweet tooth, check out our guide to local desserts.
HDB blocks worth checking out
Ditch your usual weekend shenanigans and go on a jaunt through the heartlands of Singapore for ‘gram-worthy flats. Before you start your architectural adventure, take a look at our guide to unique HDB blocks, which features buildings with colourful murals, symmetrical arches and distinct designs.
National Gallery is where it’s at
From now till 30 August, 7pm to midnight, watch the gallery facade display our national colours and project 60 original artworks by local artists. The gallery is also holding a series of digital art programmes and exhibitions. Miss your trips to the historical site? Enjoy up to a year’s worth of free membership and unlimited access to all exhibitions.
National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrew’s Road, Singapore 178957, or participate online.
Same Singapore but with a different perspective
You know the saying, “home is where the heart is”? Well, with that, 100 local artists are presenting their artworks online in relation to the shared spaces of Singapore. From a random coffee stand at Bras Basah Complex to the iconic Changi Airport, the Our Heartlands collection offers a different perspective on sites in Singapore.
Our Heartlands, view online.
Blast from the past
Plan your own expedition around Singapore this weekend and explore historic sites like The Battlebox and Fort Siloso. Or take the road less travelled with our heartland history guide and check out the quieter ‘hoods of the city to get juicy insights into the nation’s past.
The pandemic has put a damper on our travel plans but with staycation promos in place, you won’t notice your passport collecting dust in your cupboard. From irresistible packages to exclusive offers – including late check in and check out, plus hotel dining credits – these hotels in Singapore will satisfy your vacation cravings.
The city of lights
Here’s something that’ll literally lighten your mood. In celebration of Singapore’s 55th birthday, till 30 August, 10 historic buildings and cultural institutions across the Bras Basah.Bugis Precinct and the Civic District will light up in our national colours of red and white.
Most light ups begin from 7.30pm – midnight, various locations including Asian Civilisations Museum, The Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, The Arts House, Central Fire Station, National Gallery Singapore and more.
Run to show support for SG’s first responders
Those who have found a new love for running during the circuit breaker can keep the fitness flame alive with the HomeTeamNS REAL (regular exercise, active lifestyle) Run. Going virtual for the first time (‘cos Covid), the theme this year is showing our support and appreciation for the peeps from the Singapore Civil Defence Force and Singapore Police Force. Participants can sign up for three different categories (5km, 15km and 24km) based on their fitness levels.
HomeTeamNS REAL Run, sign up to participate.