Sentosa Merlion
View the Merlion Magic Lights display on Sentosa till Aug 28.

Havixbeck Youth Concert Band
Palawan Green, Sentosa
Aug 9 at 5.30pm and 6.30pm

It won't be just Singaporeans celebrating National Day. The winner of the Best German Youth Orchestra will perform a free concert in Sentosa as part of their Fantasia 2016 concert tour, and in honour of Singapore's birthday, will be including some National Day songs in their repertoire. And while you're there, stop by the Merlion which has been given a patriotic makeover with colourful lights and projections till Aug 28.

We the Citizens Fest
Zouk, 17 Jiak Kim Street
Aug 9 from 4pm to 11pm

WHAT better way to spend National Day than to immerse yourself in a power-packed musical line-up of local talents such as singer-songwriter Charlie Lim, DJ Lincey and DJ Zushan. Complementing our local musicians will be international headliners including Mark Ronson, Hayden James, and Ta-Ku. While the main festival will happen at Zouk and Velvet Underground, fringe activities, including the screening of homegrown films, will take place at Phuture. Entry costs S$51.

50 years of National Day Parades

50 Years of National Day Parades
Kallang Wave Mall, Level 1, 1 Stadium Place
On till Aug 9 from 10am to 10pm

IF you really wanted to attend the parade, and nothing else will do, why don't you head down to Kallang Wave Mall where the National Heritage Board has curated a travelling exhibition with more than 100 images of the evolution of Singapore's National Day Parades? So if anyone asks, yes, you did see the parade. Just don't tell them which one.

(The above was written by Avanti Nim for The Business Times)

Tanjong Pagar Railway station
Photo: The Straits Times

Tanjong Pagar Railway Station Open House
30 Keppel Road
9 August 2016, (9am to 6pm)

Visitors to the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station will be able to see a selection of photos from its contest, Celebrating Places and Memories, which attracted 650 entries in both the Open and Instagram categories. The station is due to close from 26 December this year, for the construction of Cantonment MRT station, and won’t open till the station is completed in 2025, so miss your last few chances to see it!


National Museum of Singapore
The National Museum at Stamford Road. Photo: The Straits Times

Museums National Day Open House
Various Locations

9 August 2016 (different timings)

There will be special programmes this National Day, including crafts for families, movie screenings and balloon sculpting at the National Museum, leather crafting demonstrations at the Singapore Philatelic Museum, and more!


Future World
The Light Ball Orchestra at the Future World exhibition. Photo: The Straits Times

ArtScience Museum
Marina Bay Sands, 6 Bayfront Avenue

9 August 2016 (10am to 7pm, last admission at 6pm)

There are three big exhibitions at the Art Science Museum, and this National Day, save 51% off the admission price! Check out Future World: Where Art Meets Science, which has16 interactive installations, and explore big data at Big Bang Data. Those will love some serious bling can head to the Van Cleef & Arpels exhibition, which runs till August 14. Admission charges are $14.70 (all-access ticket); $9.80 (Big Bang Data and Van Cleef & Arpels: The Art and Science of Gems) 


Ikea YDA 2015
Photo: Huntington Communications

Ikea Singapore's Young Designer Award 2016 Exhibition 
The Atrium, National Design Centre, 111 Middle Road
Aug 2 – 14 (9am to 9pm)

Back for its third edition, the IKEA Singapore’s Young Designer Award 2016 exhibition features the top 20 student designs based on the theme “It Starts With The Food”. The exhibition features innovative home furnishing concepts from local students across 11 tertiary institutions, all of which make activities that revolve around food at home more creative, easy, inspiring and enjoyable. These include solutions for growing herbs, space-saving tableware, and products that make food preparation easier. The winners of the contest will be announced on Thursday 11 Aug.


NTUC FairPrice Warehouse Club
1 Joo Koon Circle, Levels 2 & 3
5-9 August, 10am – 9pm (Mon – Fri), 9am – 9.30pm (Sat & Sun)

As part of their NDP51 celebrations, NTUC FairPrice Warehouse Club will be having an Open House from 5 to 9 August.  The Warehouse Club, which is normally open only to members, will be open to the public during this period.  The Warehouse Club is a warehouse retail concept, where you can buy bulk packs, value packs and multi-packs at great prices.  Items sold include groceries, fresh and frozen food, tidbits, beer and wine.