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Your comprehensive guide to the best events and things to do in Singapore

Guide to i Light Marina Bay 2017
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Guide to i Light Marina Bay 2017

It’s the time of the year again when Marina Bay shines a little brighter, as i Light Marina Bay returns from March 3 to 26. In its fifth edition, the festival is upping the ante with three new curated fun zones (termed 'hubs') and a solid activity line-up. These include a playground with giant inflatable animals, a workshop where you can build your own Virtual Reality device – out of cardboard, no less – and good ol’ Uncle Ringo carnival rides. That’s not forgetting the bedrock of the festival, its 20 environmentally-friendly light art installations which illuminate the waterfront. Check out these seven artworks, inspired by everything from sea to space, that leave a dazzling impression.

Guide to Coronation
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Guide to Coronation

Believe it or not, there's actually more to Coronation than the Botanic Gardens and ginormous mansions. Located within the Bukit Timah neighbourhood, the area is home to a number of restaurants, cafés and shops. Here's a cheatsheet on things to do while you're in the 'hood.

Co-working spaces in Singapore
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Co-working spaces in Singapore

Working from home not cutting it for you? Try one of these co-working spaces instead

Running events in Singapore
Sport and fitness

Running events in Singapore

Get your blood pumping and adrenaline going as we round up a calendar of upcoming running events

Upcoming events

Guns N' Roses – Not in This Lifetime Tour
Music

Guns N' Roses – Not in This Lifetime Tour

This is not an illusion – Guns N' Roses are heading to Singapore for the first time ever. And the Lion City is the band's only pit stop in South-East Asia. Come February 25, Changi Exhibition Centre will welcome the hard rock band to this urban jungle as part of their Not in This Lifetime Tour, which is pretty much a reunion between the founding members: Axl Rose is once again teaming up with Slash and Duff McKagan. (No Izzy, unfortunately.) The trio is joined by keyboardist Dizzy Reed, who has been a part of GnR since 1990. Sharing the same stage are Aussie hard rock outfit Wolfmother and Nashville rock band Tyler Bryant and The Shakedown.

The Pillowman

The Pillowman

After a decade, the award-winning dark comedy that is The Pillowman makes its return to Singapore. Set in a prison cell, writer Katurian is under interrogation for a series of child murders that bear a disturbing resemblance to the killings in the gruesome fairytales penned by him. Let original leads Adrian Pang, Daniel Jenkins and Shane Mardjuki take you on a journey of blood and guts, alongside newcomers Bright Ong, Victoria Minty, and Prudence Rivero.

Say it with Love
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Say it with Love

Who says the month of love is only dedicated to couples? Celebrate Cupid's season with your family and friends by heading down to The Meadow at Gardens by the Bay for Say it with Love. Make art with the folks from the Band of Doodlers, look out for LED stilt walkers and catch a movie under the stars. While you’re at it, spread some love by buying from the food and handicraft booths. If you’re too lazy to pack your own picnic, don’t fret. Picnic bags ($60-$65) are available, which come with a mat, snacks and a choice of either wine, a platter of finger food or a box of sandwiches. The bag also gains you entry to a reserved picnic area so you don't have to scour for the perfect spot to watch the festivities.

Chicago
Theatre

Chicago

The Broadway musical makes a triumphant return to Singapore’s shores. The BAFTA and Tony Award-winning performance tells the story of murder, corruption, adultery and greed with the 1920s Chicago nightclub scene as its iconic backdrop. Don’t miss out on your chance to watch Broadway’s second-longest running show, with celebrated tunes like ‘All That Jazz’ and ‘Cell Block Tango’.

The Stop Art Market 2017 by Singapore Art Museum X The Local People for Singapore Biennale
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The Stop Art Market 2017 by Singapore Art Museum X The Local People for Singapore Biennale

Wrap up the Singapore Biennale with this art market. The Local People teams up once again with Singapore Art Museum for another art and lifestyle fair featuring homegrown F&B and retail vendors. Shop for quirky badges by Pins and Pongs, stationery items by Rollround and streetwear clothing by Bombibom. Or get your portrait drawn by illustrator Ming Goh and enjoy the slew of live performances by local bands as you eat your fill.

James Taylor

James Taylor

It’s a night of classic tunes with James Taylor and his all-star band as the five-time Grammy award winner comes to town. Having sold over 100 million albums throughout his career, this American singer-songwriter is back to perform his latest album Before This World along with some of his greatest hits such as 'Fire and Rain'and 'Sweet Baby James'.

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Co-working spaces in Singapore
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Co-working spaces in Singapore

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Best farms in Singapore
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Best farms in Singapore

Farms? What farms? The Little Red Dot is as famous for its agriculture industry as Jamaica is for bobsledding. But even though less than 1 percent of our land area is dedicated to farming activities, there’s an impressive variety of farms in Singapore. Whether you are looking for a family-friendly activity on the weekend or a getaway from the hustle and bustle, pick any of these for a breath of fresh air. 

Where to go for quiz nights in Singapore
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Where to go for quiz nights in Singapore

We put our useless trivia skills to the test at these pub quizzes in the city

Best museums in Singapore
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Best museums in Singapore

There’s a lot more diversity than you’d reckon when it comes to museums in Singapore. Besides the usual arts-focused spaces, we’ve rounded up a broad spectrum of other funky collections: toys, optical illusions and more

Ten Instagram-worthy places to snap that perfect #ootd
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Ten Instagram-worthy places to snap that perfect #ootd

If you didn't take a picture, did it even really happen? Don't waste that good outfit and your perfect brow day, here are the top spots in Singapore to take an OOTD picture, with tips curated from the best photographers and style bloggers on Instagram

Best hotels with hourly rates
Sex and dating

Best hotels with hourly rates

We all know it can be hard to get some privacy at home, particularly if you've got helicopter parents who insist on open doors whenever your significant other is around. Even behind closed doors, you might have a squeaky mattress that gives you away, or perhaps you just want a change of scenery. Whatever the reason (we're not judging), your neighbourhood Hotel 81 or Fragrance Hotel is the place to go if you need a room for a few hours without burning a hole in your wallet. And with nearly 44 branches combined, there is indeed one in almost every neighbourhood in Singapore (though, of course, you'll find the largest concentration of them around Geylang). Here we check in to a few branches to see how they stack up.

City stories

City stories: Rochor Centre
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City stories: Rochor Centre

Goodbye, yellow-bricked HDB flat. Come September, the iconic Rochor Centre – in red, blue and green stripes, too – will be the latest casualty claimed in the name of development. From its ashes will rise the North-South Corridor, a 21.5-kilometre expressway slated for construction in 2017 that will have a dedicated lane for express buses as well as pedestrian and cycling paths. Touché, LTA. Built in 1977, Rochor Centre was originally white with red bricks – it was painted over during upgrading works in the early ’90s – and comprises both residential and commercial properties. Apartments stack atop three storeys of kopitiams, offices and heartland-esque stores that hawk hardware, handphone accessories and traditional confectionary. And in a rare feature in today’s HDB estates, Rochor Centre’s ‘void deck’ can be found on the fourth level, similar to the one in Bras Basah Complex. Before Rochor Centre breathes its last, head over to capture these vibrant blocks on camera. Go late in the afternoon for the best light – and set aside a few minutes to grab a bench on the ground floor to watch residents bustling around. If you’re keen to explore deeper into the estate, make your way to the void deck at Block 4. There, you can view Community Quilts, a photography project by Ivan Tan, Juliana Tan and Samuel He. It’s a series of eight vertical panels, each a superimposition of three to four photographs, depicting various neighbourhoods and everyday scenes of city life.  RIP, Ro

City stories: Jurong Fishery Port
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City stories: Jurong Fishery Port

It's one in the morning, and the air hangs with a dank stench. Men clad in rubber boots (and not much else) are hurriedly dragging pomfret, squid, lobster and other types of seafood around a warehouse-like space. At this ungodly hour, Jurong Fishery Port is just starting to get busy. The Port opened in 1969 as a docking base for foreign fishing vessels, as well as a huge wholesale fish market (about 20 basketball courts huge) that houses more than 100 lots for the trawls to be auctioned off. The Port is open all day and night – except Mondays between 2 to 6am – but the action peaks at around 3am. That's when the boats are unloading their catch and throngs of hawkers, chefs and wet market stall owners are buying in bulk. Yes, you can pick up a red snapper or two, some still flapping in their styrofoam boxes, for dinner. But even if you don't intend to, there's plenty of sights and sounds – not to mention smells – to check out, too. Jurong Fishery Port is at Fishery Port Rd.

City stories: Singapore at dusk
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City stories: Singapore at dusk

There’s an old-timey rule in photography – if you can accept rules in photography – that says the best time to roam the streets for photographs is in the ‘Golden Hour’: an hour after sunrise or before sunset. Hefting the iPhone 6 Plus, whose size demands two hands to take a photograph, I went around my neighbourhood in Kembangan, scouting out Singaporeans during this so-called golden hour. After a few days spent revisiting the same areas (MRT station, park connectors, small parks), dawn and dusk seem less like twins and more like funhouse mirrors. Same light, completely different moods. The early morning is crowded yet silent. But an hour to sunset, grown-up feet shuffling home from work are joined by the smaller feet of children – wantonly zooming down park trails on tiny scooters or pounding hard concrete to chase after a football. For the adults (and one particular feline I chanced upon) who’ve had a hard day’s work, they can finally put up their feet up and snooze on a park bench as the sun fades under the horizon.

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Free things to do in Singapore
Things to do

Free things to do in Singapore

If there’s one word we Singaporeans love more than ‘discount’, it’s ‘free’. And despite Singapore being among the top in various ‘most expensive city’ lists, there are plenty of free things to do around the island. Now we're adding one more to the list of free things in Singapore: every first Tuesday of the month, Time Out Singapore is distributed free in the evenings at MRT stations around the CBD. We also regularly have giveaways on our contest page where you can win staycations, dining vouchers and more. Here, we list the best free things you can do around the city. 

Singapore’s best parks for picnics
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Singapore’s best parks for picnics

After spending many a sweaty hour trekking around various parks, here's our list of the best spots to picnic at in Singapore. These places don't require you to travel to the middle of nowhere, they're scenic, they have some shade and decent patches of grass, and most importantly, they're located near the toilets (but not too near). So pack your basket, pick up your mat, and head to these parks for some fun in the sun.

Things to do in Singapore at 3am
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Things to do in Singapore at 3am

Besides supper and bar-hopping, there’s plenty to do in the wee hours here, from shopping for flowers to practising your dribble. Move aside, New York – we’re a city that doesn’t sleep, too

The best spas in Singapore
Health and beauty

The best spas in Singapore

Your ultimate guide to the swankiest spas in Singapore – all tried and tested by Time Out Singapore

Best free water parks in Singapore
Kids

Best free water parks in Singapore

Singapore's weather can get quite hot, so cool down with the whole family at these aqua playgrounds around the island. We've checked out where to go for the best sprinklers, bubblers and water fountains that are great for kids, and adults, too. Best of all, as they are in public spaces, they come free of charge (no admission fees). 

Guide to Singapore's offshore islands
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Guide to Singapore's offshore islands

Lush flora and diverse fauna beckon from Singapore’s offshore islands – we heed the call and check them out

101 things to do in Singapore

Food and Drink
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Food and Drink

From streetside hawker fare to Michelin-starred meals, explore Singapore through your taste buds

Nightlife
Bars and pubs

Nightlife

There are more interesting things to do after dark than ordering a Singapore Sling

Shopping
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Shopping

We are the region's best shopping destination after all

Arts and Culture
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Arts and Culture

The top arts and culture experiences in the city

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