Things to do in August 2022

August is here, and we all know what that means – another long-awaited public holiday. But there are many reasons not to jet off on a getaway just yet, especially with NDP celebrations in full swing. 

If you’re sticking around to soak up the patriotism, good news for you – here are 14 things to do in August that’ll keep you occupied for the entire month. 

1. Celebrate NDP in the heartlands with carnivals & fireworks

NDP 13 Things to Do in AugustImage credit: @marinabaysg  

The National Day Parade has always been a spectacle with vibrant performances, live fireworks, and a huge crowd. After a 2-year break, it’s now back with a bang.

Not only is the NDP Show taking place at The Float @ Marina Bay, but there are also carnivals and fireworks in the heartlands so everyone can catch a good view of the fireworks. 

The carnivals are ticketed events and will be held from 4:00pm-9:00pm at the following locations:

  • 6th Aug: Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, Ficus Green 
  • 6th Aug: Punggol Open Field beside Waterway Point 
  • 6th Aug: Open Space next to Sembawang MRT Station 
  • 6th Aug: Open Field next to Buona Vista MRT Station 
  • 7th Aug: Wisma Geylang Serai On

9th Aug itself, set your alarms for 8.15pm for fireworks at the following locations. Admission is first come first serve: 

  • Woodlands Stadium
  • Jurong West Stadium
  • Bedok Stadium
  • Former Tampines Junior College
  • Open field in front of Ang Mo Kio Library

Book your tickets at BookingSG website.

2.  Enjoy light installations & street performances at SNF 2022 

SNF 13 Things to Do in AugustImage adapted from: Amanda Tan

It’s hard to find anyone who doesn’t like light installations. That said, this year’s rendition of the Singapore Night Festival will not disappoint. Head down to Bugis and Bras Basah district to feast your eyes on a whopping 14 installations, plus 6 mesmerising projections. There’ll also be an array of street performances and food and retail stores to keep the festival buzzing. 

Fans of local horror or mystery stories can also drop by to watch Cathay Hotel: The Curse of The Missing Red Shoe. It’s a theatrical play that compiles Singapore’s scariest films into a single setting.

Get tickets at the Singapore Night Festival website.

Admission: Free for all events | $33/pax (for theatre performance) | $112 for 4 pax (for theatre performance)
Date: 19th-27th Aug 2022
Venue: Bras Basah and Bugis 

3. Watch a movie under the stars at Fort Canning’s open-air cinema

Films at the FortImage credit: @filmsatthefort

Films by the Fort is playing host to a series of critically-acclaimed Hollywood films accompanied by live music at Fort Canning’s newly refurbished amphitheatre. 

With a wide seating capacity, the event has many good spots for you to sit back and enjoy films such as Forrest Gump, Everything Everywhere All at Once, and The Survivor from 10th-21st Aug. 

You won’t get peckish here as the event has mains, snacks, drinks, and desserts well-stocked . Classic movie-night grub such as burgers, pizza, and popcorn will also be available. To get comfy, purchase an inflatable pillow for $16 ($14 for advanced purchase).

Book your tickets to Films at the Fort

Admission: $36.80/pax
Date: 10th-21st August 2022
Time: 7.45pm, Daily. Gates open at 5pm
Venue: Fort Canning Green, River Valley Road, Singapore 179037

4. Snap some space-age photos at a new SAM exhibit

Wayang Spaceship 13 Things to Do in August

The Singapore Art Museum has an art installation that resembles a Chinese opera stage at the SAM Tanjong Pagar Distripark. Decked out in space age silver foil wrappings and sci-fi looking lights, the Wayang Spaceship looks like a piece right out of the Men In Black films. 

The setup features neon light tubes, reflective surfaces, and an interactive projection of a Chinese scholar-warrior on a big screen. That means you can expect to walk away with some truly psychedelic photos at the end of the night.

Visit Wayang Spaceship.

Admission: Free
Address: 39 Keppel Road, #01-02, Singapore 089065
Time: 7pm, Daily
Contact: 6697 9730 | Singapore Art Museum website 

5. Challenge yourself at the annual Pocari Sweat Run

Pocari Sweat Run

Fitspo folk, this one’s for you: If you’re looking for something to challenge yourself then turn your attention to this year’s Pocari Sweat Run at the Kallang Practice Track

With a distance of 2.4km, the On Ground Race is a good opportunity to see if you have what it takes to claim that coveted Commando Gold in IPPT. There is also a free Virtual Race being held throughout the month of August where you can clock in various distances from 2.4km-24km. Just use running apps like Strava or Garmin to submit your timings.

You may just walk run away with a cash prize of up to $750, or other goodies such as ASICS products and of course, cartons of Pocari Sweat.

Register for Pocari Sweat Run.

Admission: $20 registration fee (on ground race) | Free admission (virtual race)
Date: 20th-21st Aug 2022 (On Ground Race) | 1st-31st Aug 2022 (Virtual Race)
Venue: Kallang Practice Track, 52 Stadium Road, Singapore 397724

6. Spot replicas of Mayan statues at GBTB

GBTB 13 Things to Do in AugustImage credit: @hovnll

From what we’ve seen in the likes of Disney film Coco, Mexican culture is both eclectic and energetic. No surprise then, that it’s the centre of Gardens By The Bay’s new Hanging Gardens exhibition. 

Located at the Flower Dome, the exhibit comprises a sea of florals that personify the colours Mexico – perfect for some pseudo holiday photos. See if you can spot an Aztec snake with 2 heads, or even a Mayan pyramid alongside handmade medallions handcrafted by the Mexican community in Singapore. 

Get tickets to Gardens By The Bay.

Admission (Singapore Resident): $20/adult | $15/senior | $12/child
Admission (Non-Resident): $28/adult | $15/child
Date: 20th Aug – 25th Sep 2022
Time: 9:00am-9:00pm, Daily
Venue: Flower Dome, Gardens By The Bay 

7. Craft your own digital film camera at Avant Garde Art Space

Paper ShootsImage credit: Paper Shoot Singapore

Photography is all the rage these days and everyone’s on the lookout for a camera that slays. Stand out from the crowd by heading down to Avant Garde Art Space to craft your own digital camera. 

This 2-hour workshop allows you to put together a functional camera that is marked by your own artistic expression. Plus, you’ll be using sustainable materials like stone paper to build it. The 16-megapixel camera hosts a range of features like 4 different in-built filters and a time lapse function so you can unleash your creativity.

Sign up for the workshop at Avant-Garde Art Space.

Admission: $199/pax
Venue: Avant Garde Art Space, 865 Mountbatten Road, Katong Shopping Centre, #01-28, 437844

8. Be part of a pet “pawrade” at South Beach Avenue

SingPAW WeekendImage credit: Pawfuration SG

SingPAW Weekend at South Beach Avenue is the one-stop event for all things pet-related. Hosted by charity organisation Hope for Animals (HFA), pet lovers can look forward to adoption drives, bird demonstrations, and photo and retail booths. 

You and your furkids can also take part in the largest organised formation of the letters “SG57” in an attempt to break the Singapore Guinness Book of Records. 

Word on the street is that there’ll also be one of the largest pet walks happening here. Swing by to help build a more pet-inclusive community and squeeze in a workout.

Learn more about SingPAW Weekend.

Admission: Free
Date: 6th & 7th August 2022
Venue: South Beach Avenue, 26 Beach Road, Singapore 189768

9. Rave at SG’s newest & biggest underground club Drip

Drip Bar 13 Things to Do in August

Drip is quickly becoming one of the most talked about places to be after hours, with 2 underground levels offering different genres of music and drinks to vibe to. 

EDM lovers can head straight to Drip’s Main Room on the second floor. As for fans of hip hop and experimental music, the Salt Room downstairs is for you. The colourful neon lights coupled with artistic installations like a graffiti corridor offers many picturesque spots that’ll make for great photo ops. 

Admission: $30 with 1 drink (presale) | $40 with 1 drink (at the door)
Opening hours: Fri-Sat 10pm-3am (Closed from Sundays to Thursdays)
Venue: Drip Singapore, 100 Orchard Road, Singapore 238840
Contact: 8032 6226 |  Drip Singapore Instagram

10. Get fancy for brunch at an Alice In Wonderland tea party

Alice in Wonderland Tea PartyImage credit: The Secret Patio

The Secret Patio is hosting a unique Alice In Wonderland themed tea party with intricate ornaments and pastries to munch on. You can expect to see quirky decorations like flowers and butterflies along with a setting that is designed after the Mad Hatter’s party. 

The tea party offers 2 different ranges of pastries: Sweet, where you can enjoy goodies such as an Almond Croissant and Cruffin, or Savoury, which includes Mushroom Danish and Gourmet Sausage Croissant

To wash it all down, look forward to unique Premium Queen’s Tea ($7) such as Honey Pear and White Gingerlily.

With a limited number of seats available, we recommend you book your slots soon. 

Book tickets to Have I Gone Mad?

Admission: $39.90nett/pax for a standard ticket | $59.90nett/pax for live entertainment tickets
Date: 12th-14th & 19th-21th Aug 2022
Time: 11am-6.30pm, Daily
Venue: 10A Duxton Hill, Singapore 089594
Contact: 9486 2743

11.  Eat as much as you can at Jurong Point’s Durian Fiesta

Durian Fiesta
Image credit: Wikipedia

If you love durians and can’t get enough of them, then Durian Fiesta at Jurong Point is the place for you. 

With a 60-minute all-you-can-eat durian buffet and a choice between the creamy and rich D24 or the famous Mao Shan Wang, durian lovers are spoiled for only the best choices available to them. 

You can also take home a free D24 durian with every $80 spent or every purchase of a Pahang Premium Mao Shan Wang to ensure that you have more than enough stock to last you well past the durian season. 

Admission: Free entry
Date: 18th-21st August 2022
Venue: Jurong Point Shopping Mall, 1 Jurong West Central 2, Singapore 648886
Contact: Jurong point website

12. Laugh out loud with Comedy Night at The Projector

Comedy Night at The ProjectorImage credit: @Premjohn

Laughter can be a great stress reliever. Those who need to unwind after a hard day’s work can pop by Comedy Night at The Projector for a few good laughs from local comedians.

Featuring Prem John who headlines the show, Eugene Soh, Jarron Lake, and Deepak Chandran, this lineup of talented and diverse comedians is set to leave you in stitches. 

Book tickets at The Projector website.

Admission: $20/pax
Date: 26th August 2022
Time: 8:00pm
Venue: The Projector, 6001 Beach Road, #05-00 Golden Mile Tower, Singapore 199589

13. Catch a free screening of Wet Seasons at the Esplanade

Movie Screening 13 Things to Do in AugustImage credit: Esplanade

Award winning? Check. Amazing Story? Check. Makes you ugly-cry? Check. Anthony Chen’s 2019 drama film Wet Seasons is being screened at the Esplanade and we recommend you bring a packet of tissues with you for this movie. 

Set in Singapore, the 2.5-hour film examines a schoolteacher’s strained relationship with her husband due to her inability to conceive, and her seeking solace in a unique friendship with a student she grew close to. 

Nominated for 6 Golden Horse Awards in Taiwan, this film is emotionally tumultuous and reflects on how relationships can form with the unlikeliest of people as other existing relationships falter. Just note that this movie is rated M18, so maybe leave the kiddos behind for this one.

Sign up for a membership at Esplanade website.

Admission: Free for Esplanade & Me members (memberships are free to join)
Date: 6th August 2022
Time: 3pm & 8pm
Venue: Esplanade Annexe Studio

14. Experience BTS’s greatest hits with a classical twist at Candlelight

BTS CHIJMESImage credit: Fever Media

If you’re part of the BTS ARMY and can’t wait for their next live appearance, then you need to catch Candlelight’s upcoming concert where you’ll get to listen to classical versions of popular hits like Butter and DNA

No, you won’t see Jungkook or Jin in the flesh – but expect a night of symphonic BTS tunes at Chijmes on 15th and 23rd August, and 12th September. 

If you don’t know who Worldwide Handsome is, there are other Candlelight performances like Hans Zimmer’s iconic movie scores, Tay Tay’s greatest hits, a Bruno Mars tribute and the best of Adele.

Book your tickets to Best of BTS at CHIJMES.

Admission: From $35
Dates: 15th August, 23rd August & 12th September
Time: 7pm & 9pm
Venue: CHIJMES Hall

New things to do in August 2022

With a variety of activities happening, August is shaping up to be an exciting month. Jio your pet-loving friends and family for an exciting day out at Singpaw Weekend or opt for something chill that everyone can enjoy like a free screening of Wet Seasons at the Esplanade.

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Cover image adapted from: Singapore Night Festival, Paper Shoot Singapore, @filmsatthefort

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