10 Alternatives for SG50
How will you be celebrating Singapore’s 50th birthday? Whether you’re jetting off to take advantage of the 4 day holiday, or staying put to soak up the celebrations, there are loads of activities taking place over this weekend and continuing long after the SG50 weekend is over.
For those staying in town, your choice is generally whether to embrace the craziness of SG50 or get the hell away from it. Last year I put together a list of 5 ways to avoid the F1 in Singapore, the same list holds true for this weekend if you’re looking to get out of town. Alternatively, below I’ve put together a list of 10 Alternative Ideas to celebrate SG50.
If you really want the best views of the SG50 shenanigans then read the Honeycombers article on the best places to watch fireworks. Be warned though, all these places will be packed with revellers so if you want to keep it a little more low key then check out the options below.
Singapore Indoor Stadium and The National Stadium
35 Robinson Road, Singapore
phone +65 6701 6800
Rooftop Bar (at Screening Room)
Club Street and Ann Siang Hill are always great spots to hang out on the weekend, and the atmosphere this weekend is sure to by firing. Head up to the rooftop bar at Screening Room where you’ll see at least the very tips of the fireworks beyond the city And there’s loads of options for eating and drinking before and after too.
Rooftop Bar at Screening Room
Level 4, 12 Ann Siang Hill, Singapore
phone +65 6221 1694
Live Music The Botanic Gardens
100 Bands Festival
100 Bands Festival is being staged. Not only that but to celebrate SG50 there are an additional 50 electronic and DJ acts added to the line up. It starts from 7pm from the 7th to 9th August and it’s all FREE. Visit their Facebook page for more details.
Culture Take a Diverse City Trail
I’ve just booked in to do two city trails with The Thought Collective in conjunction with Ben & Jerry’s. The group is hosting tours for tourists (free) and locals ($25) over the next couple of months. They run on the weekends and you can book them through the site link below. I’ve booked a Little India tour and a Jalan Besar tour for August and September respectively. The Little India trail is described as, “The heart of a living community” and the Jalan Besar trail is called, “Embracing the possibility for unexpected change”. Take a look, they sound like a great way to explore the place we call home.
Read about the City Trails here.
Food Bargain Brunch at Alkaff Mansion
10 Telok Blangah Green, Singapore
phone +65 6510 3068
Celebrate Local Food with Good Wine at Merchants in Joo Chiat or Duxton
Merchants at Joo Chiat
443 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore
phone +65 6440 0892
Merchants at Duxton
52 Duxton Road, Singapore
phone +65 6222 1162
Fun and Food at The Study in Keong Saik Road
Available throughout August The Study celebrates SG50 with a $50++ menu for 2 courses including a cocktail. The offer is available Monday to Thursday and includes choices of 3 starters and 3 mains. The food is typical of The Study’s inventive cooking approach with European and Asian elements combined to create interesting menus. You can see the menu here.
49 Keong Saik Road, Singapore
phone +65 6221 8338
Eggs at Common Man Coffee Roasters
Common Man Coffee Roasters
22 Martin Road, Singapore
I hope this post has helped to inspire your SG50 plans this weekend. Singapore has so much diversity to offer and I feel totally proud and happy to celebrate the little red dot’s 50th birthday. There is a lot of imperfection here, I don’t endorse the way the political system works, nor do I agree with many government policies. But I 100% appreciate and respect that this country has gone from essentially a third world country 50 years ago to a vibrant first world metropolis today. The standard of living in Singapore is far above anywhere else in Asia; we drink water from the taps, education is largely free, and we can safely walk the streets at night. No, it’s not perfect. But tell me somewhere that is.
Happy Birthday Singapore!!
PS As with all my posts, none of the content on Singapore Foodie is sponsored. I picked the restaurants and activities above because I think they’re a combination of good venues/good offers/good value.
PPS What are you doing this weekend??
PPPS If you’re wondering what I’ll be doing on National Day, I’ll be dressed in red and white and hosting a group of friends at our place whilst we watch the aerial show and fireworks from the balcony