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Top 10 things to do in Singapore in May

Here's our guide to what's happening throughout May 2018 in Singapore

Weather forecast says it's going to be a hot one this May. So bust out your best swimwear and hit up the island's best beaches and free water parks or take part in a slew of aqua activities that range from stand up paddling and snorkelling to transforming into a mermaid. Not a fan of the heat? Then seek shelter and cool off at one of these art exhibitions or museums around town. This month sees the return of DBS Marina Regatta, Artbox and FitnessFest. For more events, be sure to check out our calendar of events below.

Our May 2018 highlights

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Artbox
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Artbox

With shipping containers decked out in dreamy fairy lights, Artbox is one of Singapore’s most instagrammable pop-up markets. The Thailand’s contemporary market makes its return with over 400 food, fashion and lifestyle brands setting up shop over two weekends. Last year’s edition was packed – so don’t expect this year’s to be any different too.

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Marina Bay Waterfront Promenade , Marina Bay Friday May 25 2018 - Sunday June 3 2018
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DBS Marina Regatta 2018
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DBS Marina Regatta 2018

Held over two weekends, this dragon boat event is back with a difference. Put your wits to the test and take on the Battle Bay Extreme, a Ninja Warrior-esque land and water obstacle course featuring a six-foot wall, inverted ladder and more. Other highlights include fitness classes and the DBS Creators’ Market complete with a communal kitchen as well as food and drink stalls.

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The Promontory @ Marina Bay , Marina Bay Saturday May 26 2018 - Sunday June 3 2018
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Star Wars Day: May the 4th Be With You Festival
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Star Wars Day: May the 4th Be With You Festival

Whether you support the Dark side or consider yourself a Jedi Knight, it's time to unite and come together for the annual celebration of the epic intergalactic franchise. The second edition of Star Wars Day: May the 4th Be With You Festival returns once again, this time at the F1 Pit Building. Held over two days on May 4 and 5, join other Star Wars fans in a slew of family-friendly activities, which includes a costume fashion parade for junior, an appearance by 501st Legion founder Albin Johnson and his pink R2-KT, workshops and a Star Wars-themed marathon. More details can be found here.

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F1 Pit Building , Marina Bay Friday May 4 2018 - Saturday May 5 2018
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Legally Blonde the Musical
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Legally Blonde the Musical

Omigod you guys, it’s time to practise your bend and snap because the perky Elle Woods is taking the stage in this fabulously fun award-winning Broadway musical. Staying true to the film, this song-and-dance romantic comedy follows the quirky SoCal girl as she trades in fashion for books and enrolls in Harvard Law School all for the sake of love.

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MasterCard Theatres , Marina Bay Thursday May 10 2018 - Sunday May 20 2018
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Pesta Ubin
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Pesta Ubin

Get in touch with nature at Pesta Ubin, the annual month-long celebration of Pulau Ubin. Organised by volunteer groups, the festival aims to highlight things you can do in Ubin including nature walks, camping and experiencing kampong life. The event also seeks to raise awareness of the issues facing the people and environment on Ubin.  Read our Guide to Pulau Ubin for more things to do and most instagram-worty spots on the island.

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Pulau Ubin , Palau Ubin Saturday May 26 2018 - Sunday June 24 2018
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FitnessFest 2018
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FitnessFest 2018

  The second edition of FitnessFest 2018 promises 12 hours of non-stop fun and action, with over 60 multi-level workout sessions including Triple Threat by Sandra Riley Tang and 8 fitness discovery arenas to try your hand at bouldering, boxing, CrossFit and more. Headlining this mega fitness festival is Australia-based fitness trainer Kayla Itsines, who is known for her 28-minute Bikini Body Guide (BBG) workouts. 

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Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre , Marina Bay Saturday May 19 2018
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European Union Film Festival
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European Union Film Festival

Singapore’s longest-running foreign film festival is back for its 28th edition, this time with 20 European films reflecting the diverse histories and cultures across the continent. Covering a range of themes from the Second World War and the pursuit of dreams to action and comedy, the festival opens with Fly Away Home (1945) from Austria and includes Poland’s Life Feels Good (2013) and Estonia’s The Dissidents (2017).

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National Gallery Singapore , City Hall Thursday May 10 2018 - Sunday May 20 2018
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Toruk: The First Flight
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Toruk: The First Flight

If you loved James Cameron’s fantasy sci-fi offering Avatar, then you’ll love this. Award-winning theatrical production Cirque du Soleil returns to our shores to bring Toruk: The First Flight, a performance inspired by Cameron’s visually stunning masterpiece, from May 24 to June 3 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Witness the magical world of Pandora come to live with spectacular sets, larger-than-life puppets and plenty of acrobatic stunts. Set 3,000 years before the film’s events, the performance follows three companions Ralu, Entu and Tsyal who get the help from the great Toruk to save the Tree of Souls.  

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Singapore Indoor Stadium , Kallang Thursday May 24 2018 - Sunday June 3 2018
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The Evolution of Eian and Eien
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The Evolution of Eian and Eien

What’s normal and what’s not? And how far are we willing to push the boundaries? Explore all that and more in local artist Aiman’s second solo exhibition of dreamlike paintings that draw inspiration from fairytales while weaving in darker themes of cruelty with references to religion, eroticism and mythology.

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Art Porters Gallery , Outram Wednesday May 16 2018 - Wednesday August 15 2018
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Imaginarium: Into the Space of Time
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Imaginarium: Into the Space of Time

Put on your best time traveller outfit and step into Singapore Art Museum’s latest annual exhibition titled Imaginarium: Into the Space of Time. This family friendly explores the concept the time through immersive and interactive works by local and international artists while cracking the myths, tales and theories that shape our memories and futures. 

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8Q SAM , City Hall Sunday May 6 2018 - Sunday August 26 2018

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