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The best things to do in Singapore in August 2019

Paint the town red (and white) with National Day festivities, as well as the best events, exhibitions and things to do

Singapore Night Festival
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By Time Out Singapore editors |
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August is all about putting on your pride face and donning those red and white colours as August 9 marks the National Day – the day Singapore gained independence from Malaysia. To sweeten the jubilant atmosphere, the month welcomes another long holiday. While National Day falls on a Friday, the Islamic holiday of Hari Raya Haji (or Eid al-Adha) falls on August 11, making the next day – a Monday – a glorious public holiday.

With the return of the artsy Singapore Night Festival, the outdoorsy Films at the Fort and the tasty Sentosa GrillFest, as well as must-see performances by boyband heroes Westlife, dream-pop trio LANY and funnyman Trevor Noah, there's no reason to stay home this August.

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Things to do

Singapore River Festival

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During the Singapore River Festival, the three Quays (Clarke, Boat and Robertson) transform into a hotbed of art installations, theatrical performances, flea markets, food stalls and music. These programmes are meant to celebrate the river’s heritage, but seriously, that’s not all you’ll be there for. Keep your eyes peeled for the artful lights and sounds that surround the buzzy grounds.

Bars and pubs

Wine Lust

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Fancy a glass (or five) of wine? Dress to the nines and flounce to Wine Lust. Across the month of August and various award-winning restaurants, indulge in the convivial dining experiences while soaking in the anecdotes and knowledge shared by different wine-makers. This year's edition sees the introduction of three new lifestyle destinations – Alkaff Mansion, Riverhouse and Outpost – joining the likes of The Garage, The Summerhouse, Monti, and Stellar at 1-Altitude.

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Music, Rock and indie

Baybeats 2019

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What better way to discover a new pool of talent than at the city’s annual alternative music festival? Baybeats returns to the Esplanade with brand new faces and sounds from Singapore and around the region like indie-rock outfit Stopgap, metal band Rudra, and rapper Aklo.

Singapore Night Festival
Photo: National Heritage Board
Art

Singapore Night Festival

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Expect plenty of interactive light installations scattered across the arts and heritage district of Bras Basah and Bugis at this year’s Singapore Night Festival. This year’s theme zooms in on ASEAN, featuring commissions and collaborations with local and regional artists. As always, feast your eyes on a kaleidoscope of kinetic visuals projected onto the facades of buildings in the vicinity as you soak in the atmosphere.

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Comedy

Alaska 5000

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Alaska 5000 has been slaying non-stop since her RuPaul’s Drag Race debut in 2013, with more on-screen action, a music career, a world tour, and even winning RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 2. Book an evening with the queen as she charms you with her witty banter, over-the-top performances and catchy singles.

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