The weeks leading up to 9 August always see our island nation in a flurry of red and white activity. This year, NDP 2015 is extra special because – if you hadn’t already sensed it from all the SG50 buzz – Singapore celebrates its 50th year of independence.
National Day Parade highlights this year include performances by homegrown talents like Stefanie Sun, Kit Chan and The Sam Willows, as well as multiple Aerial Displays to show you just how kickass the Singapore Air Force is at precision flying (seriously though, is that not your favourite part of the Parade every year). The Parade, which will be held at the Padang, will also include a Vintage Parade showcasing Singapore’s early days as a young nation.
If you weren’t able to score tickets to the Parade, you can still watch it live on TV or stream it online.
Date: Sunday, 9 August
Time: TBC (Probably around 6pm)
Venue: The Padang
If you’re planning on celebrating National Day in the CBD area, head over to One Fullerton for a spectacular 3D light show about the significant moments in Singapore’s history. Although the show is organised by The Fullerton Bay Hotel, you should head to One Fullerton or the Merlion Park (across from The Fullerton Bay Hotel) to get the best views.
Date: Sunday, 9 August
Time: 10pm & 11pm
Venue: One Fullerton
(Source: The Fullerton Bay Hotel)
The Singapore Night Festival returns this year with a stellar line-up of performances, art displays and more in the Bras Basah and Bugis area. From street performances to a spread of hawker fare, head down for a good dose of Singapore’s arts and culture scene. Stay tuned to the Bras Basah Bugis Facebook Page for more updates and details.
Date: 21 & 22 August (Friday and Saturday), 28 & 29 August (Friday and Saturday)
Time: 7pm – 2am
Venue: Bras Basah/Bugis area (National Museum of Singapore, Singapore Art Museum and the Peranakan Museum)
(Source: lightnglass Flickr)
Here’s one for the gourmands out there – the Marina Bay Sands Epicurean Market is back again this year to bring you a weekend of gourmet eats and fine wine. Besides tasting sessions and specially concocted cocktails, you’ll also get to pick up some tips from the pros at the free masterclasses during the event. If you prefer to get your MasterChef on at home instead, you can also stock up on gourmet ingredients from the Farmer’s Market there.
Date: 14 – 16 August (Friday to Sunday)
Time: 12pm – 1am (Friday), 11am – 1am (Saturday), 11am – 9pm (Sunday)
Venue: Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands
Admission: $27 – $87 (10% discount for Citibank cardmembers). Get your tickets here.
As part of a series by National Geographic Live, award-winning photographer Steve Winter will come on stage to share some truly epic stories about his adventures with big cats. Whether he’s face to face with a tiger, or documenting mountain lions in the Hollywood hills, you’ll definitely be captivated by Steve Winter’s inspiring stories of these majestic cats.
Date: Tuesday, 25 August
Venue: Esplanade Concert Hall, Esplanade
Admission: $39 – $69. Buy your tickets here.
(Source: National Geographic Events)