15 New Things To Do In March 2023 – Mini Japan Fair, Geylang Bazaar & Free Cat Festival

Things to do in March 2023

This March is an exciting one – and not just because of the March Holidays. With the Lion City beginning to awaken from its brief “winter” slumber, it’s the perfect time to head out and explore. Whether you are looking for an enriching experience for the kiddos or wanting to indulge in a bit of retail therapy, we’ve collated 15 new things to do in March 2023.

1. Visit the Friends Cafe before they close for good

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We wished they were on a break, but it seems like it’s for real. Central Perk Singapore – otherwise known as Central Mall Coffee House – was designed to resemble the iconic cafe from the TV series, Friends. The coffee house will sadly be closing their doors by the end of the month.

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@hellokeytine, @darleehappy

If you’re a fan of the sitcom, this could be your last chance to enjoy a cuppa while sitting on the orange sofa, or engage in 1 last match with your pals on Joey and Chandler’s foosball table.

Date: Until 31st March 2023
Time: Wed-Mon 11am-10.30pm (Closed on Tuesdays)
Address: 1 Magazine Road, #01-01 Central Mall, Singapore 059567
Contact: 8181 1525 | Central Mall Coffee House website

2. Gather with some feline friends at a Cat Festival

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Singapore Cat Festival

After a 3-year hiatus, cat enthusiasts can once again come together at the Singapore Cat Festival. The event will feature a variety of cat-related merchandise for feline owners to purchase, as well as various workshops and activities.

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Singapore Cat Festival

Participate in a free workshop to create cat toys or register for an art jamming workshop ($50/pax). If you’re looking for a new fur baby, the festival will also feature an adoption drive for kittens yearning for forever homes.

There will be 250 goodie bags up for grabs daily at the event. All you need to do is RSVP your attendance and follow both the Singapore Cat Festival and Neko Neko Cat Store accounts on Instagram.

RSVP to the Singapore Cat Festival.

Admission: Free
Date: 25th-26th March 2023
Time: 11am-9pm
Address: 1 Kim Seng Promenade, Great World, Singapore 237994
Contact: Singapore Cat Festival website

3. Enjoy specially flown-in snacks & food at the Mini Japan Fair

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Orange Mocha

You don’t have to travel to Japan to indulge in authentic Japanese snacks and cuisine this March. A Mini Japan Fair will be held at the Crane Living retail outpost in OCBC Bank’s Wisma Atria branch. Browse through a variety of treats specially flown-in from the Nagasaki prefecture and other rural areas of Japan, available for purchase.

Orange Mocha Cafe, which is also located within the bank, will be offering a limited-time menu of Japanese inspired drinks and desserts from 1st-2nd April 2023 as well.

Get tickets to Mini Japan Fair.

Admission: Free
Date: 24th March to 2nd April 2023
Time: 11am-7pm
Address: 435 Orchard Road, #04-01 Wisma Atria, Singapore 238877

4. Learn flow arts, a dance with LED lights, for free at SMU

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Calvin Chan

Join Singapore’s flow arts community for a Starlight Flow Jam event led by Starlight Alchemy – a performing arts group that focuses on next-level performance styles like Fire Theatre, Illuminated Dance, and Aerial Acrobatics. 

The Lawn beside SMU will be filled with music and light, as fellow flow artists gather to exchange knowledge and share their skills. Individuals who are new to this art form and find themselves intrigued can also take this rare chance to fully immerse in the spectacle and learn more about it.

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Calvin Chan

If you’re interested in giving this art form a try, Starlight Alchemy will be holding workshops at $30/pax. Master the art of poi, which involves swinging a pair of weights on cords, or try your hand at diabolo, where you’ll learn to spin and toss a double-coned bobbin. If you prefer to start off with something more simple, you can learn dance and movement using hoops.

Get tickets for Starlight Flow Jam.

Admission: Free | Workshops: $30
Date: 30th March 2023
Time: 7.30pm-10.30pm
Address: 80 Stamford Road, Singapore 178902
Contact: 6697 9730 | Starlight Alchemy Facebook

5. Revamp your wardrobe from $2 at The Hammock Market

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Go on a little treasure hunt at The Hammock Market, where you will find stylish apparel from as low as $2. From cargo pants to oversized graphic tees, the unique and vintage finds will attract budget-conscious shoppers and fashionistas alike.

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@mrazziepie, @tujuankitaa

The weekly flea market also has booths featuring local artists and creators, and offers monthly complimentary activities like free Jagua tattoos. In addition, you can claim a free tote bag worth $19.90 with any purchase from the booths, while stocks last.

Alternatively, if you’re interested to Marie Kondo your wardrobe, or are looking for a platform to showcase your artwork, you can rent a booth from $48.

Admission: Free
Date: 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th March 2023
Time: 11am-6pm
Address: 12 Kallang Avenue, Aperia Mall, Singapore 339511
Contact: The Hammock Market website

6. Break fast at Geylang Serai Ramadan Bazaar

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Get into the festive spirit of Ramadan and Hari Raya at the Geylang Serai Ramadan Bazaar. This year, it’ll run for 36 days, 5 days longer than previous years. There are 2 distinct sections – Souq City and Street Bazaar – filled with a range of F&B and retail stalls, as well as interactive art installations respectively.

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Each F&B stall will offer a sample size item on the menu at $4, making it an affordable feast for those who want to try everything. Additionally, there are community shelves available for donations of non-perishable Halal food and apparel for Hari Raya to celebrate the spirit of giving. 

Admission: Free
Date: 17th March to 22nd April 2023
Opening hours: 10am-11.59pm (Opens till 6am on 22nd April)
Address: Geylang Serai

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7. Immerse yourself in dreamy projections of Van Gogh’s works

Step into the world of swirling starry skies, vibrant sunflowers, and breathtaking landscapes that come to life right before your eyes. Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience is making its debut in Singapore for 7 months after successful runs across Europe, the US, and the Middle East, leaving art lovers starstruck.

Appreciate famous works from Van Gogh like ‘Sunflowers’.

This 360-degree digital exhibition will feature over 300 paintings including sibei famous ones such as Starry Night and Sunflowers, projected across the walls. You’ll even be able to experience a 10-minute VR tour of Van Gogh’s 8 most iconic pieces. Who knows? Maybe you’ll be inspired to create your own masterpiece after stepping into this visionary’s world.

Get tickets for Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience.

Admission: Pre-opening tickets: $24/adult, $15/child
Date: 1st March to 1st October 2023
Opening hours: Mon & Wed-Thu 11am-8pm | Fri-Sat 10am-9pm | Sun 10am-7pm (Closed on Tuesdays)
Address: 8 Sentosa Gateway, B1 Forum, Singapore 098269
Contact: Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience Website

8. Savour a limited-time Van Gogh-inspired afternoon tea set

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Art doesn’t have to be confined to a canvas – in fact, it can be found in unexpected places like desserts. Following the launch of Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience is the Van Gogh-inspired afternoon tea inspired by the masterpiece, Sunflowers.

From the design to the ingredients used, each element of the delicate treats has been carefully crafted to reflect the theme. You’ll find sunflower seeds, blue pea poppers, blackcurrant pate, and delicate paintings of sunflowers adorning the sweet treats.

Price: From $58/guest
Date: 3rd March to 2nd April 2023
Time: 12pm-2pm & 3pm-5pm
Address: 80 Bras Basah Road, Level 1 Fairmont, Singapore 189560
Contact: 6431 5315 | Fairmont website

9. Check out the newest mall in town, Sengkang Grand Mall

Northeasties have a new site to hang out at – Sengkang Grand Mall, conveniently located beside Buangkok MRT is the new 3-storey shopping mall. You can expect a diverse range of stores and services for F&B, shopping, and even education. Over 90 brands are said to be making their home here, but currently not all stores are operational just yet.

The new mall is spacious and bathed in natural lighting.

There are monthly deals offered by the various stores in the mall, with some enticing offers available this month. Get your hands on a 1-for-1 milk tea from The Alley, or get a haircut at only $12 at 1Gravity.

Opening hours: 10am-10pm, Daily
Address: 70 Compassvale Bow, Singapore 544692
Contact: Sengkang Grand Mall website

10. Pop by Changi Airport for a Rilakkuma event & new rock wall

Changi Airport has lots to offer. Apart from the extensive shopping and dining options and the widely renowned Rain Vortex in Jewel Changi Airport, the airport periodically organises events. Here are some happening in March:

Scale walls like Spider-Man at Climb@T3

If Netflix’s Physical 100 has inspired you to get active, you can consider trying out a new sport at Climb@T3

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The recently opened family-friendly facility houses an 8m-high wall with a diverse range of climbing routes suitable for beginners and intermediate climbers.

For those who may not be up for an elevated rock climbing experience – pun intended – a 12m-long bouldering wall is also available. Even kids aged 2-6 can challenge themselves to a climb.

Admission: Packages from $15
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 12pm-9.30pm | Sat-Sun & PH 10am-9.30pm
Address: Changi Airport Terminal 3,#B3-01/02,Singapore,819663
Contact: 8923 3831 | Climb@T3 website

Ride Rilakkuma-themed rides & games at a pop-up carnival

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Changi Airport

Rilakkuma and friends have stopped by to have a beary fun time. Enjoy a leisurely spin on the Ferris Wheel, take on a game of bowling, or snap photos with the kawaii characters found around the Departure Hall and B2.

Carnival rides and photo spots.
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Carnival Credits are required to enjoy the rides and games. Spend at least $80 in Changi Airport Public Areas or $100 in supermarkets to receive 5 free Carnival Credits. Alternatively, you can get a T3 Underground Carnival Card from the ticketing booths. Here’s a pro-tip – purchasing credits through the iChangi app can score you a discount of up to 15%.

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Changi Airport

You can also get Changi-exclusive Rilakkuma merchandise by spending at least $50 in a single same-day receipt or by using Mastercard or Changi Pay for payment.

Admission: Free | Carnival credits from $1
Date: 4th March to 1st May 2023
Opening hours: Fri 5.30pm-9.30pm | Sat-Sun & PH 12pm-10pm
Address: Changi Airport Terminal 3, Level 2, Singapore,819663
Contact: Changi Airport’s website

11. Check into the newly branded Momentus Hotel Alexandra

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Momentous Hotel Alexandra

The permanent closure of Park Hotel Alexandra in 2022 has paved the way for the newly branded Momentus Hotel Alexandra

Verandah Pool Bar & Grill.
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The hotel provides a range of rooms and facilities to cater to every guest’s needs, including a 25m infinity pool with a swim-up bar – Verandah Pool Bar and Grill. In addition, guests can enjoy working out with a view at the fully equipped gym.

The hotel’s prime location also puts guests within easy reach to well-known landmarks and popular attractions such as Mount Faber, VivoCity shopping mall and Sentosa. Plus, if you’re craving for some Swedish meatballs and chicken wings, IKEA is just a stone’s throw away.

Address: 323 Alexandra Road, Singapore 159972
Contact: 6828 8888 | | Momentus Hotel Alexandra website

12. Spot Moana & Toy Story characters at Disney On Ice

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Disney On Ice

Be transported to a magical world of enchantment as Disney On Ice returns to Singapore – the Singapore Indoor Stadium, to be exact. From elegant Disney princesses to the adventurous Toy Story gang – they’ll be bringing you on a journey filled with ice-skating performances, dazzling costumes, and captivating storytelling.

Enjoy the musical at any of the 3 daily showtimes this school holiday, without worrying about your child’s nap time being disrupted.

Get tickets for Disney On Ice

Admission: From $25/pax
Date: 11th-12th, 15th-19th March 2023
Time: 10.30am, 2.30pm & 6.30pm
Address: 2 Stadium Walk, Singapore Indoor Stadium, Singapore 397691
Contact: Disney On Ice website

13. Catch pretty sakura displays at Gardens by the Bay

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Gardens by the Bay

Immerse yourself in a sea of pink and white as the popular Sakura floral display returns to Gardens by the Bay. Bask under the cherry blossom trees and get a teaser of one of our favourite countries right here in Singapore, in case your next trip to Japan feels too far away.

Besides the enthralling display in the Flower Dome, you can get creative by taking part in a Preserved Flower Arrangement workshop ($15) or creating your own sakura pin ($10).

Get tickets to Gardens By The Bay.

Admission: $12/adult, $8/child, $8/senior citizen
Date: 11th March to 9th April 2023
Time: 9am-9pm
Address: 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore 018953
Contact: Gardens By The Bay website

14. Treat yourself to a staycation at Mondrian Singapore Duxton

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Mondrian Singapore

Those looking for a chic new staycation spot can check themselves into Mondrian Singapore Duxton. Situated at Duxton Hill, you’ll be within walking distance to eateries around Tanjong Pagar and Chinatown. P.S. Shake Shack and Birds of Paradise are located right next to the hotel, so you’ve got those midday cravings sorted.

Duxton corner room.
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If you prefer to stay within the hotel, there are amenities such as a rooftop pool where you’ll be able to take in the stunning Singapore skyline. If hunger strikes, head to the hotel’s in-house dining establishments such as Italian restaurant Bottega di Carna and cocktail bar Jungle Ballroom.

Date: Opens March 2023
Address: 16A Duxton Hill Singapore 089970
Contact: 6019 8888 | | Mondrian Singapore Duxton website

15. Binge read Spy x Family at Singapore’s Manga Library

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National Library Board, Singapore

For otakus who have been staying at home, it’s time to venture out and visit the Manga Library. With a collection of 5,000 Japanese comics, you can indulge in your favourite series or uncover finer details you may have missed when watching on Netflix.

The pop-up library is not only a haven for manga enthusiasts. It also shines a spotlight on Singapore’s comic scene, showcasing popular titles such as Captain V and Medium Rare. To make borrowing books a breeze, the library also features the Grab-n-Go automated self-checkout service.

Mr Kiasu at your service.
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If you’re overwhelmed by the spread, Mr Kiasu will be there to lend you a hand. The robot will be your superhuman librarian, helping you find the perfect read and guide you through the Grab-n-Go service.

Admission: Free
Date: Until August 2023
Opening hours: 10am-10pm, Daily
Address: 180 Kitchener Road, #04-11/12/13 City Square Mall, Singapore 208539
Contact: National Library Board Website

16. Bring your grans to an open mic karaoke featuring oldies

There’ll be a ticketed performance featuring girl group The Sugar Bees.
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Celebrate musical icons of yesteryear at Esplanade’s A Date With Friends. From Elvis Presley to The Beatles and everything in between, you’ll get to relive some of the best timeless classics. In fact, we think it might be a great way to bond with your parents or grandparents.

Join in the fun as you sing karaoke under the stars – literally.
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Unleash your inner superstar at Karaoke Under the Stars, a free outdoor event. This open mic session gives you the chance to belt out your favourite hits from the 50s to the 80s under the night sky.

Meanwhile, Ladies’ Night will transport you to the golden era of music. This ticketed show features talented performers spanning 3 generations – Gen Z trio the Sugar Bees, singer Lily Anna Nuris from Gen X, and Veronica Young, a baby boomer who’s become a pop superstar.

Admission: Free | Ticketed shows start from $23
Date: 2nd-5th March 2023
Address: 1 Esplanade Drive, Singapore 038981
Contact: 6828 8377 | Esplanade Website

17. Crack open a cold one at a beer festival with >100 brews

Have a day of beer-filled fun at the Urban Beer Festival, a 2-day event for beer lovers in the CBD. Knock down some pints from over 20 independent craft breweries. Crisp lagers to rich stouts – you name it, they’ve got it. If you’re feeling peckish, order up some bar bites like wagyu fat-fried chips, A5 wagyu gyozas, and potato raclettes.

Expect a range of locally crafted beer, with brands like Rye & Pint.
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Your ticket to the festival comes with a bunch of freebies as well. You’ll receive a limited edition Spiegelau Tulip Glass to take home as a souvenir, a glass of beer on the house, and free admission to PRISM club before midnight on 3rd March to keep the party going after the festival, among others.

Get tickets for Urban Beer Festival.

Admission: $34.96/pax
Date: 3rd-4th March 2023
Time: 12pm-10pm
Address: 1 Wallich Street, Guoco Tower, Singapore 078881
Contact: Urban Beer Festival website

18. Thrill the kids with interactive puppetry at The Artground

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The Artground

A sound installation and performance might be a fun yet educational way to keep the children entertained this March holiday. NATURI is an inclusive programme that caters to children aged 18 months and above, including those with special needs who have physical or psychomotor abilities up to 4 years old.

Children will learn about the different elements of music – such as form and timbre – as they get to explore the various props shared by the performers.

Slide down a melting ice cream or even a curry puff at the Masak Masak arts space.
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Your ticket to the 40-minute show also gives you access to explore the arts space – Masak Masak. The kids will be able to engage in free play while discovering playground setups themed after local food, like sliding down a melting ice cream or even a curry puff. Talk about a wholesome and enriching experience.

Get tickets for NATURI.

Admission: $18-$20/pax
Date: 4th-12th March 2023
Time: Wed & Fri 10am & 11.30am | Sat-Sun 10am, 11.30am & 4pm
Address: 90 Goodman Road, #01-40 Block J, The Artground, Singapore 439053
Contact: 6925 0621 | The Artground website

19. Get goosebumps from Pentatonix’s a cappella performance

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After a 2-year hiatus, live music is back in full swing and artists are making their way back on stage for concerts in Singapore. One we’re excited about is the a cappella group famous for their viral YouTube videos and Grammy-winning albums – Pentatonix

Be prepared for some surround sound performance powered solely by the human voice. Tickets are still available for grabs if you are looking to experience a spine-tingling sensation.

Get tickets for Pentatonix: The World Tour.

Admission: From $118/pax
Date: 6th March 2023
Time: 8pm
Address: 1 Vista Exchange Green, #04-01 The Star Theatre, Singapore 138617

20. Shop cutesy crafts at Clarke Quay’s pop-up market

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Discover a treasure trove of unique finds at Makers’ Market. Conveniently located at the atrium space of Clarke Quay Central, this pop-up market is where you’ll find local small businesses and talented artists such as Tengerine Art and Berry Winkle. It offers a range of handmade arts and design goods such as keychains and clay pins. 

Plus, it’s the perfect opportunity to #supportlocal while bringing home some one-of-a-kind treasures.

Date: 10th-12th March 2023
Opening hours: 11am-9pm
Address: 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, Singapore 059817
Contact: Maker’s Market website

21. Replace that dying laptop at the COMEX IT Show

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@mitsuekiblog, COMEX and IT Show

If you’re looking for a new camera for your next trip or upgrading your trusty laptop that’s seen you through the WFH era, make a trip to the COMEX IT Show.

Besides browsing a comprehensive selection of popular gadgets and accessories such as PRISM and Aftershock, you can also trade-in your used devices. If you’re feeling lucky, try your hand at the sure-win lucky dip even if you haven’t made any purchases by RSVP-ing your attendance and completing a survey on COMEX IT Show’s website.

Admission: Free
Date: 9th-12th March 2023
Time: 11am-9pm
Address: 1 Raffles Boulevard, Level 3 & 4, Suntec Convention & Exhibition Centre, Singapore 039593
Contact: COMEX IT Show website

22. Spend the March hols at Esplanade’s free-entry kids’ festival

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Participate in the annual children’s festival at Esplanade – March On – and explore this year’s theme on young children’s identity and how they navigate their ever-changing environment.

Through a range of free and ticketed programs and interactive arts experiences, children will be offered opportunities to express their thoughts and feelings. To get them acquainted with performance art, book tickets for 2 plays, The Beginning of Anything and Travelling with Brocolily.

There’s also a drawing contest happening – so your child can unleash their inner Van Gogh for a chance to win cash vouchers and merchandise.

Admission: Free | Ticketed shows start from $18
Date: 9th-19th March 2023
Address: 1 Esplanade Drive, Singapore 038981
Contact: 6828 8377 | Esplanade website

23. Catch a live performance by former 1D member, Harry Styles

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Harry Styles fans have been waiting for this moment since his 2020 concert was cancelled thanks to the arrival of Ms Coco. Fortunately, the wait is finally over as the singer is back on tour to promote his latest album Fine Lines

Fans can anticipate grooving to some of his global chart-toppers like Sign of the Times, Kiwi and Watermelon Sugar. He may also surprise you with a few solo renditions of the popular tracks from his previous band, One Direction. 

Get tickets for Harry Styles: Love On Tour.

Admission: From $138
Date: 17th March 2023
Time: 8pm
Address: 1 Stadium Drive, Singapore 397629

24. Go on a shopping spree at Boutique Fairs

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@jovial_crafts, @shivadesignsbespoke

Treat yourself to a shopping extravaganza at Boutique Fairs. It’s a great place to shop for chic home decor, trendy fashion and accessories, and even adorable children’s toys, especially if you’re looking for gifts. Since their successful comeback in December 2022, you can expect returning brands and designers like The Social Space and Jovial Crafts.

Dr. Kitchen has brownies in 15 different flavours for you to munch on while you shop to your heart’s content.
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If you’re worried that a rumbling stomach may interrupt your shopping, lots of bites and beverages are available throughout the building to keep you energised. You can easily grab a cuppa from Wake The Crew or savour delicious brownie from Dr. Kitchen

Get tickets for Boutique Fairs.

Admission: $5/pax (Free for children below 12)
Date: 17th-19th March 2023
Opening hours: Fri-Sat 10am-8pm | Sun 10am-6pm
Address: 1 Republic Boulevard, F1 Pit Building, Singapore 038975
Contact: Boutique Fairs website

25. Teleport to food heaven at the Food & Beverage Fair

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Singapore Food Shows

Foodies rejoice at the Food & Beverage Fair. With 200 exhibitors showcasing more than 1,000 F&B items, expect deals like 1-for-1 Crab Shark Fin Soup ($2 each) and discounted Manukora New Zealand Manuka Honey ($12, U.P. $17)

Indulge in some Thai cuisine at the fair.
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There are plenty of exclusive deals and promotions to take advantage of at the fair. Leading up to the event, you can check out exciting giveaways on Singapore Food Shows’ Instagram with prizes like food hampers up for grabs.

Admission: Free
Date: 16th-19th March 2023
Opening hours: 11am-10pm
Address: 1 Expo Drive, Singapore EXPO Hall 6, Singapore 486150
Contact: Singapore Food Shows website

Go forth & explore this March 2023

March is a great time to bond with the family, especially with the upcoming school holidays. Whether you’re a foodie, nature lover, shopaholic, or culture-seeker, we’ve curated a list of things you can look forward to.

Do bookmark this article on your phones or laptops, as we’ll continually update it with fresh and exciting activities throughout the month.

For more things to do, check these out too: 

Cover image adapted from: @fandbgram, Gardens by the Bay

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