Things to Do

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

July 10 is the last day of operations for Sungei Road Thieves Market
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July 10 is the last day of operations for Sungei Road Thieves Market

After more than 80 years, Singapore's last free hawking zone will come to a close on July 10 to make way for future residential developments. Since 2011, the size of the market has been halved to facilitate the construction of Jalan Besar MRT. Busiest on Sundays, the ambience of unregulated disarray is an enjoyable antidote to the Lion City’s much-too organised malls. Vintage lovers can expect to trawl for vinyl records, electronics and second-hand clothing.

Guide to Seletar
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Guide to Seletar

Head to this ulu neighbourhood and check out the revamped Seletar Aerospace Park. There, spend the day chilling to live music or do some plane-spotting. Find out what else is available in this sleepy 'hood with our guide. 

Six behind-the-scenes tours to check out in Singapore
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Six behind-the-scenes tours to check out in Singapore

Sign up for one of these behind-the-scenes tours for  an insider look that few have seen

Top 10 things to do in Singapore in June
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Top 10 things to do in Singapore in June

Look out for Ultra Singapore, Singapore Negroni Week and Yayoi Kusama's latest exhibition

Upcoming events

Mambo Jambo
Nightlife

Mambo Jambo

Dancing queens and kings, if you just can't get enough of Zouk's mambo nights as much as we do, then here's some good news. The retro club night is back featuring all of your favourite '80s to '90s classics. So, dust off your dancing shoes and get ready to boogie 'til dawn to ABBA, Salt-N-Pepa and Bella Heart's 'Hey Mickey'.

G-Dragon

G-Dragon

More than just a K-Pop name – G-Dragon’s a hallyu superstar and global fashion icon. Get your ‘Crayon’ as the singer belts out his catchy, hip hop-inspired gems. 

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Istana Nature Guided Walk
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Istana Nature Guided Walk

For five times a year — that’s Chinese New Year, Hari Raya Puasa, Labour Day, National Day, and Deepavali — the Istana opens its gates to the public. This year, aside from touring the Istana Main Building (for a small fee), you can also take guided tours through the gardens (also with a small fee). Use this opportunity to teach the little ones about flora and fauna, and maybe learn a bit about our history while you’re at it.

Yayoi Kusama: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow
Art

Yayoi Kusama: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow

She’s famed for her iconic polka dots and pumpkin motifs – and you’ll get to admire an extensive collection of Yayoi Kasuma’s works with over 120 paintings, installations, videos and sculptures on display alongside the Japanese artist’s experiential infinity mirror rooms. It all comes together in an examination of the societal and personal challenges that Kusama’s overcome to create an impact in the world of art.

Mega Fun at Sentosa
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Mega Fun at Sentosa

Say what you want, but June's summer heat is real. Cool down and get wet 'n' wild at Sentosa's The State of Fun for a whole month's worth of splashing good time and family-friendly activities. Think a foamy maze, ball pits and a massive inflatable slide. But that's not all – go on either a heritage or gun trail at the newly revamped Fort Soliso and learn more about Singapore during the World War II.  Come night time, gather the fam for movie screenings by the beach and catch the iconic Merlion transform into a colourful spectacle, featuring a light and music show. 

Music at Potato Head Singapore
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Music at Potato Head Singapore

You'd never run out of things to do at Potato Head Singapore. Starting June 2, resident music curator Ulysses lines each week with a theme to get you grooving. Wednesdays will have you swaying to Balearic downtempo and acid jazz tunes. Thursdays are for classic rock, alternative grunge, Britpop and 80s new wave hits. Expect a mix of house, soulful, afro and disco on Fridays, while Saturdays are dedicated to hip hop and R&B. Look out for resident hosts such as Krishan P, Jourdan Bates and Kentaro. 

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Best hotels for a staycation in Singapore
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Best hotels for a staycation in Singapore

Feel like taking a short break without leaving the island? Let the Time Out Singapore team show you around the best hotels for the job

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

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

Best hotels with hourly rates
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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 guides & stories

Guide to Pasir Ris and Changi
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Guide to Pasir Ris and Changi

Take a one-way (MRT) trip to the far east – you’ll find more than chalets and droves of army boys. Hit up Pasir Ris and Changi for a walk through nature as you explore the mangroves or chug down refreshing brews by the seaside. We round up where to hang out and what to do while you're in these two quaint neighbourhoods.

Guide to Tai Seng
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Guide to Tai Seng

Once a dusty industrial estate, Tai Seng now shines with cafés, shops and even an art gallery. Make a trip down to this neighbourhood for venerable char siew, go crate-digging and shop for vintage furniture. Read our guide to discover the things to do while you're in the 'hood. 

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 cheat sheet on things to do while you're in the 'hood. 

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
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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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