Sands For Singapore Charity Festival 2017


With Singapore’s fast pace, it’s easy to get absorbed in the daily grind without a thought for the less fortunate in our midst. But this 8 to 10 September, Marina Bay Sands’ Sands For Singapore Charity Festival is returning in its fifth edition, featuring family-friendly activities that’ll raise funds for local charities. 

It’ll be fun, too: lounge around at the event’s first ever Sundown Picnic, complete with live performances and delectable grub to satiate your tastebuds from Marina Bay Sands’ award-winning restaurants. 

And for something more active, race to the top of the Sands SkyPark or cheer on participants competing in charity challenge, Play It Forward. You’ll be doing your bit in giving back to the community, as all proceeds collected from the festival will go to charity. Here’s what you can look forward to:


1. Upgrade your regular picnic with food from award-winning restaurants at Marina Bay Sands


marina bay sands event plaza

Good food + sunset views of the Singapore skyline at the Event Plaza = the ideal way to lepak. Image adapted from: @abishekgupta114

Besides its signature light and water show, the Event Plaza is the spot to catch beautiful sunsets. Feel free to grab a mat and kick back as it transforms into a cosy urban picnic space for the Sands for Singapore Charity Festival’s first Sundown Picnic.


 Image credit: @dbbistrosing

But this is a picnic with a difference – as you can treat yourself to a spread of food and drink from Marina Bay Sands’ celebrity chef restaurants db Bistro & Oyster Bar, Adrift by David Myers and Osteria and Pizzeria Mozza Singapore. These bites will taste extra good with the knowledge that money spent will go towards charity too! 

Just make sure you don’t slip into a food coma. 

Date: 8 – 10 September 2017
Time: See website for detailed event schedule
Venue: Event Plaza, Marina Bay Sands
Click here to find out more.


2. Treat your ears to live music by our home-grown musicians


 The Summer State

Image credit: The Summer State

There’s no denying that live music adds to the atmosphere of any place. So, spice up your evening at the Festival’s Sundown Picnic with live music performances from local pop-rock bands The Summer State and Too Much Drama

They’ll be performing on 8 & 9 September for Marina Bay Sands’ OPEN STAGE – a new concert series showcasing homegrown musicians.

There’s nothing better than washing down good food while listening to groovy tunes. So be sure to stick around for these musical acts and rock the night away!

Date: 8 – 10 September 2017
Time: See website for detailed event schedule
Venue: Event Plaza, Marina Bay Sands
Click here to find out more.


3. Catch Singapore’s very own Grammy-nominated music maestro in action


Classical music lovers, kickstart this festival on a good note with The Sichuan Orchestra of China’s inaugural concert in Singapore at the MasterCard Theatres, Marina Bay Sands.

Darrell Ang performing for Sichuan Orchestra of China

Singaporean music maestro, Darrell Ang. 

Led by Singapore’s very own award-winning musical conductor, Darrell Ang, expect familiar classical melodies such as Frederic Chopin’s Piano Concerto no. 1 and Beethoven’s Symphony no. 5. And if you’d like more Chopin tunes, be wowed by South Korean pianist Seong-Jin Cho, who will charm you with his masterful interpretation of Chopin’s First Concerto.

If you can’t make it for this concert, don’t fret as you’ll still have a chance to catch Darrell in action on 10 September at the festival’s Sundown Picnic.

Note: Buy tickets to this fundraising concert here. All proceeds will go towards Art Outreach’s IMPART Awards scholarship fund. 

Date: 8 September 2017
Time: 7.30PM
Venue: MasterCard Theatres, Sands Theatre, Marina Bay Sands
Price: S$60, S$90, S$120, S$180, S$250
Click here to find out more.


4. Catch players unleashing their competitive side at Marina Bay Sands’ Play It Forward charity challenge


 Sands for Singapore 2017 Play It Forward

Image Credit: Marina Bay Sands

You don’t wanna miss this adrenaline-packed charity challenge that’ll put teamwork to the ultimate test: Play It Forward. On September 10, head on down to Marina Bay Sands’ Event Plaza to catch the teams as they attempt to beat the clock while overcoming fun challenges.

From as high as the Sands SkyPark all the way down to ArtScience Museum, cheer on the players as they roam around Marina Bay Sands completing different game stations. It’s all for a good cause – winning up to $120,000 worth of cash prizes for a charity of their choice.

Bonus: This year features a brand new kid-friendly edition called Play It Forward Junior for children aged 7-12, so support the little ones as they do their part for charity as well!

Date: 10 September 2017
Time: 9AM flag-off
Venue: Event Plaza, Marina Bay Sands


5. Race to the top of Marina Bay Sands SkyPark


 Sands for Singapore 2017 Sky Vertical Marathon

The teams were all smiles last year after finishing vertical marathon. Image credit: Community Chest Singapore

Running on flat ground is one thing, but vertically running up the iconic 57-storey Marina Bay Sands? That’s taking marathon-running to a whole new level, literally.

If you’re a marathon enthusiast or just wanna get out of your comfort zone, Community Chest’s Race To The Sky Vertical Marathon is right up your alley. Bring out your competitive side and get your heart pumping for a good cause – you’ll be rewarded with a breathtaking view of Singapore’s skyline that’ll ultimately make all that climbing worthwhile.

If you’re not much of a competitive runner, you can always register here for the Community Chest Heartstrings Walk to enjoy a 4-km morning stroll around Marina Bay together with Community Chest’s beneficiaries. 

Date: 9 September 2017
Time: 6AM (Vertical Marathon) | 8:15AM (Fun Walk)
Venue: Marina Bay Sands, Tower 3 (Vertical Marathon) | Event Plaza (Fun Walk)
Registration Fee: Donate $2,000 and sign up as a team of 4 for the Vertical Marathon | $10 per person for the  4-km Walk


BONUS: Make a difference with Marina Bay Sands Gives Back


 Sampan Ride at Marina Bay Sands

Finally get a ride on that Sampan, and do good while you’re at it. Image credit: Marina Bay Sands

Even if you’ve missed the sign-ups or can’t make it for the activities, you can still do your part for charity at Marina Bay Sands during the festival weekend.

All you’ve to do is visit these popular attractions – ArtScience Museum, Sands SkyPark Observation Deck and Sampan Ride at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands – from 8 to 10 September

All proceeds from the tickets will be donated to beneficiaries such as the Association for Persons with Special Needs and Dyslexia Association of Singapore!


Have fun while raising funds at the Sands for Singapore Charity Festival!


Participants of Play It Forward at Sands for Singapore 2016

Participants of Play It Forward 2016 gathered for a “wefie” together with hosts, Paul Foster, Charmaine Yee and Glenn Ong. Image Credit: Marina Bay Sands

It’s not everyday that you get to experience Marina Bay Sands’ offerings and attractions knowing that your actions will make a difference in the lives of others. 

So kick back with your loved ones, indulge in great food from celebrity chef restaurants, and pop by to visit their attractions – you’ll have a good time and do good at the same time! 

Find out more about Sands For Singapore Charity Festival 2017!

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