Incredibly Fun Things To Do in Singapore in August 2019

Singapore skyline with fireworks from National Day Parade
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Photography: Shubhankar Sharma

Introducing our mega list of all the exciting things to do in Singapore this August 2019. Mark your diaries for the nation’s birthday, spectacular firework displays, the Aladdin musical, Westlife and more

It’s Singapore’s birthday month and it’s extra special this year with the commemoration of the Bicentennial marking the 200th anniversary of Modern Singapore. Apart from National Day everything, there’s a variety of fun things to do with your crew. We’re talking food (especially National Day menus & buffets), films, festivities, fashion and more. Mark your calendars, people!

Best things to do in Singapore this August

Watch: Films at the Fort

1 – 18 August
Picnic at Fort Canning Park, a bottle of Casillero del Diablo, gourmet food and an amazing set of friends to share it with… we can’t think of a better way to enjoy an open-air movie this August. Book those tickets and catch 12 amazing movies at Films at the Fort.
Films at the Fort, Fort Canning Park, River Valley Rd, Singapore 179037

Eat: National Day Dining Menus

All August

Park Royal on Pickering's local takeover
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This is home, truly. Photography: Parkroyal on Pickering

Raise your hands if you’d like to celebrate the nation’s birthday like a true-blue Singaporean! Paying homage to the local culinary scene, these restaurants have put together special National Day dining menus (and deals!) that are too good to miss. We’ve done the homework and highly recommend indulging in these special National Day menus and buffets.

Concert: Toro y Moi Live in Singapore presented by Collective Minds

1 August
So American artist Toro y Moi who’s probably the face of the chillwave genre will be dropping by the city as part of his Asia and Hawaii Tour. Fresh off his recent 2019 release ‘Outer Peace’, you can expect a night of trademark synth-pop to R&B beats (no album is the same with this guy!). Trust us, you can’t help but bop your head or dance along to his groove-worthy tunes.
Toro y Moi, 7.30 – 9.30pm, The Pavilion at Far East Square, 28 China Street, #01-01, Far East Square, Singapore 049570

Festival: Singapore River Festival (SRF 2019)

2 – 3 & 16 –17 August
Take us to the River! Here are some extra excuses to make it down to the Quay this August. Live music, great street food & drinks, rehearsal day fireworks, boat cruises and more are on the cards. On 2 and 3 August, head to Boat Quay’s Circular Raw to catch the fireworks with local bands like HubbaBubbas and The Steve McQueens playing their best tunes. Don’t forget to block your dates for an epic two-day music festival. Stream@Clarke Quay 2019 on 16 & 17 August will see homegrown musicians like Yung Raja and Fariz Jabba taking the stage. Of course, there will be locally inspired food and drinks like rendang pizza, chilli crab with mantou, milo dinosaur shooters, laksa popcorn chicken and ondeh ondeh float.
Singapore River Festival (SRF 2019), various locations along the Singapore River

Eat: Sentosa GrillFest

Every weekend till 12 August
Sentosa GrillFest is back for its longest edition ever with over 130 food and beverage options. Imagine feasting on premium cuts, fresh seafood, bamboo rice, plant-based “Impossible” burgers, and local delights like satay and grilled durian (yes, they went there!) over an open fire by the beach. Spells, “beach vacay” to us. Stay for entertaining performances by roaming acts, and kick back with some of the biggest blockbusters screened at the Sapphire Pavilion. Take note that it’s a cashless event so you can make purchases with credit cards and EZ Link cards.
Sentosa GrillFest, every Friday, also open from 9-12 August, 4pm-11pm, Siloso Beach

Shop: Singapasar

2 – 4 August
Back for its fourth edition, Singapasar is the perfect way to indulge in some design-centric retail therapy. This weekend, bring home some cool clothes, home decor and accessories designed by over 30 local labels.
Singapasar, National Design Centre, Main Atrium & Gallery 1, 111 Middle Rd, Singapore 188969

Watch: Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities

6 July – 18 August
You’ve not seen anything until you’ve witnessed Cirque du Soleil’s spellbinding shows. Not only does it set the bar really high, but you’re also immersed into a world of acrobatic acts. Cirque du Soleil drops by Singapore for its most acclaimed touring show, Kurios and you can be one of the firsts to catch it. Celebrating the greatest inventions of the 19th century, step into the works of an ambitious inventor and forget everything you know about the laws of time, space and dimensions. Rest assured, you will be #mindblown.
Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities, various timings, 6 July –18 August, Under The Big Top, Bayfront Avenue, Beside Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

National Day celebrations 

NDP Preview, 3 August & NDP 2019, 9 August
The biggest event of August and it has everything to do with Singapore’s birthday. Apart from catching the parade, performance and the splendid fireworks on 9 August (and on rehearsal day, 3 August), consider munching on locally-inspired food and heritage-themed cocktails at your favourite restaurants and bars. It’s a long weekend giving us an excuse to book out a staycation or hitting up these rooftop bars with the million-dollar view of the flypasts and fireworks.

Art: Ripple Root – Raffles, Pineapples & The Swamp

8 – 31 August 

The artists behind murals & paintings signed Ripple Root
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Photography: Huanghao Yeo

Chances are you’ve already Instagrammed one of their happy and colourful murals. We recently hung out with artists Estella Ng & Liquan Liew of Ripple Root and we’re psyched about their newest art exhibit titled Raffles, Pineapples & The Swamp. We hear the show will feature art pieces inspired by the Singapore Bicentennial and Batik patterns of Club 21 Issey Miyake and Dries Van Noten AW19 collections.
Ripple Root – Raffles, Pineapples & The Swamp, Yang Gallery, #01-11, The Shopping Gallery Hilton, 581 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238883

Concert: Westlife: The Twenty Tour

10 August
Remember Westlife? Of course, you do! You probably spent the better half of the early 2000s/your teens (whichever came first) shuffling between boy bands including this Irish one. They disbanded in 2012 but came back together last year. At the concert this August, you’re bound to get nostalgic as they belt out their biggest hits like ‘My Love’, ‘Queen of my Heart’, ‘Swear It Again’ and ‘Flying Without Wings’.
Westlife, National Stadium, 1 Stadium Dr, Singapore 397629

Watch: Aladdin the Musical

All August

A whole new world will unfold before your eyes, magic carpet and all with Aladdin the Musical
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Photography: Aladdin the Musical via Facebook

A whole new world will unfold before your eyes, magic carpet and all. Brought to us from the producer of The Lion King, we’re expecting nothing but an awe-inspiring rendition of Jasmine and Aladdin’s story. Don’t miss singing along to your favourite classics like “Friend like Me” and “Arabian Nights”!
Aladdin the Musical, 21 July – 1 September, Sands Theatre, Marina Bay Sands, 4 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018973

Chinatown Point’s Festivities under the Moonlight

14 August – 15 September
As a part of the Mid-Autumn Festival celebration, Chinatown Point is going all out with fam-friendly activities, workshops and promos. Think lantern painting competition (25 Aug), festive crafts workshops (24, 25 & 31 Aug & 1, 7 & 8 Sept) and a whole lot of contests. Oh, and there will also be a fantastic fair with mooncakes and treats from The Capitol Kempinski Hotel, Mandarin Orchard Hotel, Intercontinental Singapore, Hua Ting Restaurant and more from 30 August – 13 September.

Vroom over to catch the F1 Power Up roving truck (23 & 24 Aug) for an insane VR experience that includes simulated racing of real racing circuits, 360  degrees circuit park experience, and a behind-the-scenes tour.
Chinatown Point, 133 New Bridge Rd, #B1-50A, Singapore 059413

Watch: Alaska – Live in Singapore

27 August
We love a good drag show around here and now that the iconic and hilarious Alaska is stopping by, we’re counting down the days. Watch Rupaul’s Drag Race All-Stars season 2 winner live as she brings her wittiness, comedy and chart-topping hits to the scene. Can’t wait till then? Check out these other great drag shows in Singapore.
Alaska – Live in Singapore, 8pm-9.15pm, Shine Auditorium Shaw Tower, 100 Beach Road, Singapore 189702

Art: Drift away at Floating Utopias

All August

Art exhibitions you’ve gotta catch in 2019: Paintings, installations, films, mix media artworks and everything in-between
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Photography: ArtScience Museum

Stroll into a whole new world at ArtScience Museum’s newest exhibit. This poetic exhibition explores the history of inflatable objects, depicting how they have been used in art, architecture and social activism over the many decades. It’s a playful and stunning visual experience with over 40 artworks created by over 15 international and local artists. Keep your eyes peeled for eight large air-filled floating sculptures that are bound to impress.
Floating Utopias, 25 May – 29 Sept ArtScience Museum, 6 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018974

Festival: Singapore Night Festival (SNF)

23 –31 August
We can’t wait to see how this edition of Singapore Night Festival transforms the Bras Basah/Bugis heritage precinct. We’re expecting a gorgeous ethereal wonderland with a stocked lineup that includes arts, heritage and cultural experiences. Can’t wait…
Singapore Night Festival (SNF) 2019, Bras Basah. Bugis

Art: Charles’ Proclamation Garden

All August
The Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden at the National Gallery Singapore is his new canvas. Renowned artist Charles Lim Yi Yong has morphed the rooftop garden into a living, breathing and ever-changing site-specific installation. Sea State 9: Proclamation Garden attempts to understand the complexities of the reclamation landscape by introducing 30 lesser-known plant species.
Sea State 9: Proclamation Garden, Till 27 Oct 2019, Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden at National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrew’s Rd, Singapore 178957

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