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Things to do in Singapore today

Fill today's schedule with the day's best online and offline events including concerts, exhibitions, and more

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Time Out Singapore editors
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New day, new things to do – online and offline. Singapore is nothing short of amazing, with plenty of nature spots to explore, art galleries to check out some attention-grabbing masterpieces, and virtual festivals to keep you busy. Need some inspiration for today? Here are some exciting events to get you started.

Plan your week and weekend from Thursday to Sunday in advance with our handy guides. Filling next month's dates already? Check out the best things happening in the Lion City each month.

RECOMMENDED: The definitive guide on things to do in Singapore

  • Restaurants
  • Eating

Owner of Bottega di Carna Dario Cecchini is back in town and will be joining hands with Head Chef Kenny Huang and the Chinatown hawker stall Bold & Braised at Maxwell Food Centre for a lunchtime pop-up. He will be whipping up signature paninis from the menu of his popular food truck back in Panzano, Tuscany. Try the Panino Pastarmino ($6.50), a seven-day marinated beef brisket with Cecchini’s special sauce, or opt for the special collaboration panini – the Braised Pork Belly Panino ($6.50) – featuring Bold & Braised’s signature pork belly which is marinated in herbs for one day and braised for another.

  • Theatre
  • Raffles Place

Motherhood and warfare make unusual bed friends in Grounded by George Brant. Presented by Singapore Theatre Company, the play follows an ace fighter pilot who finds herself reassigned to a trailer in the desert following an unexpected pregnancy. There, she juggles her new roles as a military drone operator and a mother – bringing her face-to-face with the paradox between her personal and professional lives. 

Catch Grounded from March 7, 2024 at KC Arts Centre – Home of STC. Enjoy 15 percent off when you book the Watch With Friends package (minimum of four tickets) or save 25 percent when you watch all three shows under the STC Triple Bill.

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Blooms and Bubbles Afternoon Tea at Crossroads Bar
Photograph: Paradox Singapore Merchant Court

Blooms and Bubbles Afternoon Tea at Crossroads Bar

For lovers of all things floral, Crossroads Bar at Paradox Singapore Merchant Court is presenting a spring-focused high tea set – the Blooms and Bubbles Afternoon Tea ($118 for two persons) – till April 30. Nibble on floral-infused creations such as sakura salmon tarts with cream cheese, orange blossom tarts with fig, and rose meringues with lychee, along with classic English scones with raspberry cheese and clotted cream.

The best part is that a bottle of prosecco is included as well. Crossroads Bar will also be partnering with Four Pillars Gin till April 30 to bring three gin-based cocktails to the menu, such as the yuzu-forward Paradox Sour, a grapefruit and Shiraz-based concoction, and the savoury Paradox Martini. Find out more and make a reservation here.

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  • Things to do
  • Festivals
  • Tanjong Pagar

Dive into the history of Chinatown’s five footways, clans, and associations to gain a deeper understanding of the lives of Singapore’s early immigrants across trades, clan activities, cultural, arts and entertainment, and more. Check out Conserved Buildings in Chinatown, a walking trail exploring the conservation of heritage buildings in Singapore, or participate in workshops to familiarise yourself with our local dialect through creation of a personalised idiom and slang colouring book.

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Ready yourselves for Singapore Smash 2024, a grand showcase of the world’s best table tennis players. Last year’s Singapore Smash lived up to its name, and this year’s promises to be bigger and better. Both die-hard fans and casual spectators will be flocking over to Singapore Sports Hub from March 10 to 17 – not only is it Asia’s largest table tennis event, but there’s also a lineup filled with entertainment acts, meet and greets, and autograph sessions. It's sure to be a smashing good time since you’ll be rubbing shoulders with world champions, cheering on local athletes, and soaking in the vibrant festival atmosphere. 

Tickets start from $15, and are available for purchase through Ticketek. If you'd like an unforgettable experience, opt for a package upgrade with the Ultimate Smash Experience (from $168) for exclusive training hall access and other perks.

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  • Music
  • Music

Watch Canadian pop punk band Sum 41 rock it live on the big stage following an earlier cancellation of their performance in March 2023. This concert is going to be a bittersweet one for fans, because it’s part of Sum 41’s global Farewell Tour – a final hurrah for Deryck Whibley and co before they disband for good. Happening for one night only on March 4, 2024 at 8pm, this one-and-a-half-hour goodbye gig will be held at The Star Theatre. Book your tickets here before they’re sold out.

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  • Theatre
  • City Hall

Pangdemonium’s popular production Falling is back after its last run in  2016  and a brief online stream during the pandemic. The play revolves around the lives of a family who have an autistic son and the emotional struggles they go through as they become more exhausted from the round-the-clock job of  caring for him. Andrew Marko, who won the Straits Times Life Theatre Award for Best Actor award during the 2016 run, will be reprising his role as Josh, the autistic 18-year-old son. Don’t miss out on a heart wrenching story that examines a misunderstood and marginalised minority in our community, as well as the meaning of unconditional love.

  • Theatre
  • Musicals
  • Marina Bay

One of Roald Dahl’s classics is back in Singapore. Matilda needs no introduction – she’s a wunderkind with a brilliant mind who bravely faces off against Miss Trunchbull, a terrifying headmistress who seems to have total control over the school. This coming-of-age musical explores the power of knowledge, courage, and justice, presented in a whimsical way to engage young minds and encourage them to be more curious about their world. Matilda has won over 101 awards, including 24 Best Musical awards from the Laurence Olivier Awards and Sydney Theatre Awards, so be sure to grab your tickets before they are all sold out.

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  • Art

The topic of death can be quite an uncomfortable one because it involves the unknown and marks the definitive conclusion of life, a concept undeniably daunting. But it is something that none of us can run away from. So, then how does one prepare for death? Brought to us by ArtsWok Collaborative and the Yishun Health & Wellness Kampung, the exhibition Both Sides, Now: tides steps in at this juncture to confront this question by encouraging and socialising end-of-life conversations and advance care planning. To find out more about their exhibited artworks and programmes, visit their webpage here.

  • Music
  • City Hall

Vansire, an American indie musical duo comprising Josh Augustin and Sam Winemiller, will make their very first appearance in Singapore this March. The duo has released projects like Reflections and Reveries and Angel Youth, blending indie, dream pop, and lo-fi elements. Their music, characterised by dreamy melodies and introspective lyrics, has gained a following for its distinctive and evocative style. Get ready for a captivating performance featuring hits like From the Subway Train, That I Miss You, Metamodernity, and more. Tickets start from $52.50 and can be purchased here

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  • Art
  • Painting
  • Bukit Merah

Japanese artist Hiroshi Senju pays homage to planet Earth through his depiction of rainbow waterfalls on large-scale canvases. Standing before his expansive paintings, one can almost sense the cascading water and feel the mist in the air, as if standing before real waterfalls. Experience these painted waterfalls firsthand at the Sundaram Tagore Gallery and don’t miss the chance to meet the artist during the Q&A session alongside Art Historian Dr. Marius Kwint, happening on March 9, 3 to 5pm.

  • Music
  • Tanjong Pagar

Some of you might have come across rare band tees up for sale at shocking prices. Well, that’s because these wearables transcend more than just an everyday wardrobe staple – they encapsulate the essence of slogans and eras, becoming tangible time capsules of archival music. Check out Teenage Angst Has Paid Off Well, an exhibition celebrating some of the greatest moments in music and shirt designs of all time by delving into the history of twenty rare vintage band tees from various genres. Visitors will also be able to snag an event-only catalogue in the form of a CD medium that defined the era, as well as an exclusive exhibition T-shirt by the label The Salvages. Don’t sleep on it – everything will be available only while stocks last.

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  • Theatre
  • Experimental
  • City Hall

We all know the classic tale of Jungle Book and we probably had the song The Bare Necessities on repeat in our heads at some point. Akram Khan takes the beloved classic and reinvents the journey of Mowgli through the eyes of a climate refugee. This enchanting dance-theatre production features an original score, ten international dances and state-of-the-art animation and visuals while exploring the importance of respecting nature.

  • Music
  • Kallang

It's finally here: Taylor Swift's The Eras Tour in Singapore is kicking off on March 2 with six days of concerts. The mega popstar will be performing a whopping 44 songs at all of her sold-out shows – if you're one of The Lucky One(s), prepare your most comfortable shoes and fits to last through the marathon performance. Speaking of preparations, Swifties are all in a tizzy preparing friendship bracelets and themed concert outfits. If you want to join in the fun, check out our nifty hype guide to get you all pumped and prepared for the tour. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Eating

An apple a day keeps the doctor away – and we reckon it counts with Suhyeongdang's famous K-apple bread. This Korean bakery caused a sensation when it popped up in Singapore last year at Tanglin Mall, with many heading down to get their hands on the realistic-looking apple buns stuffed with cream cheese, apple puree, and real apple bits. For those who missed out, Suhyeongdang Bakery is having another 21-day pop-up from February 19 to March 10. It's bringing back the viral K-apple buns, of course, and a slew of other popular items like sweet potato bread, black sesame peanut crumb bread, and red bean buns with flavoured cream fillings. The pop-up is currently open at level one of Bugis Junction, where it will run from 11am to 9pm daily. Find out more via Suhyeongdang’s Instagram page.

  • Theatre
  • Immersive
  • Outram

Calling all theatre enthusiasts: Secret Theatre is back in Singapore with a new production titled The New York Secret. Established by Richard Crawford in 2008, this show will challenge everything that you know about theatre. This immersive experience is modelled on "forum theatre", where the audience is encouraged to interact with the sets, props, and performers to influence the course of events. The show begins the moment you purchase your tickets, when you will be added to Whatsapp group with information hinting at important plot points that will unfold during the performance. Piece the clues together or surrender yourself to the element of surprise!

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  • Restaurants
  • Eating

You’ve heard of NOX Dine in the Dark, the popular dining experience that gives you a taste of what eating is like for the visually impaired. This year, the Muscular Dystrophy Association Singapore (MDAS), European restaurant Atout, and pharmaceutical company Roche are collaborating on a dinner experience spotlighting the challenges faced by individuals with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA).

Titled the Rare & Share Dinner Journey, the four-course dinner ($138) will include thoughtfully-designed dining elements like weighted spoons and syringes to realistically emulate the day to day experiences of SMA patients that are often overlooked. Apart from generating awareness and giving attendees a glimpse into the lives of SMA patients, the dinner will also raise funds for MDAS to support its caretaking efforts and resources. Book your seats at this month-long campaign here

  • Restaurants
  • Eating

If you can't get enough of matcha, then this collaboration is for you. Mister Donut has teamed up with a famed teahouse from Kyoto to produce a series of matcha-flavoured doughnuts. The teahouse is none other than Morihan, an establishment that's been around for almost 200 years. It specialises in Uji matcha, the highest grade of matcha that is prized for its vibrant colour and rich flavour. From February to June this year, Mister Donut will be selling four variations of matcha doughnuts: Uji Matcha Pon De Ring, Uji Matcha Old Fashion, Uji Matcha French, and Uji Matcha Cream. They'll be available during different periods between now and June, so do check Mister Donut’s Instagram Page for the latest updates. 

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