Five things to do on National Day 2023

Indulge in some chili crab burgers or embark on a peaceful trail around the City District.

Fong Wai Kei

Enjoys writing in comic sans unironically.

Published: 2 August 2023, 4:23 PM

Soak in the National Day spirit and celebrate our local culture, artists and food with this line-up of activities that don’t involve heading to the Padang or watching the parade on telecast at home.

Here are five things to do on National Day:

1. Visit two new pop-up rooms and an audio tour at the National Museum of Singapore

Inspired by their on-going exhibit Now Boarding: Experiencing Singapore through Travel, 1800s–2000s, National Museum Singapore’s will see two new pop-up rooms and an audio tour at the National Museum’s Glass Atrium. 

The ‘Travel Lounge’ is inspired by Singapore Airline’s (SIA) Raffles Lounge while ‘Hotel’ will recreate a hotel lobby inspired by the Goodwood Park Hotel in the 1980s with a selection of specially loaned objects from their collection.


The collection of objects include key cards, advertisements and postcards from the 1900s to 1970s. PHOTO CREDIT: NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SINGAPORE


Visitors can also venture on an immersive audio tour titled That Weekend in the Lion City featuring dialogue and soundscapes. They are also encouraged to bring their own 3.5mm earpiece/headphone to use.

The three features will be available till Nov 19 and entry to the rooms are free while tickets for the audio tour are $5. Interested participants can book their preferred time slot here.

2. Walk along the public art trail featuring six bench artworks by Singapore-based artists

Benchmarks, a new public art trail commissioned by the Civic District Alliance (CDA), features the works of six Singapore-based artists as part of the Arts in the Civic District placemaking initiative. They will be located within key areas of the Civic District.

Curated by local multi-disciplinary artist Justin Loke, the six unconventional artwork benches are inspired by punctuation marks and designed by artists Lua Boon Kai, Joyce Beetuan Koh, Immanuel Koh, Yang Jie, Jeffrey Tan and Jason Wee.


Encouraging visitor interaction with their artworks, the artists hope to tell the remarkable stories of the precinct while reflecting the diverse practices of the Singapore-based artists. PHOTO CREDIT: ARTS HOUSE LIMITED


Admission is free and the trail will begin outside The Arts House, pass along the Asian Civilisations Museum and mark its end near the Esplanade.

3. Watch free Made-in-Singapore movies at The Esplanade

Singapore Film Commission (SFC) will celebrate its 25th anniversary with Our Stories, Well-Told where the public can catch free screenings of 25 acclaimed Made-in-Singapore movies and short films at The Esplanade’s Concourse, Outdoor Theatre and Recital Studio.

The films screening on Aug 9 will be held at Esplanade Recital Studio and include:

  • 10.30am: Sandcastle (2010) by Boo Junfeng
  • 1.30pm: Pop Aye (2017) by Kirsten Tan
  • 4.00pm: 12 Storeys (1997) by Eric Khoo

Visitors can check out IMDA’s website for the full line-up of films screening from Aug 4 to Aug 26, which range from comedy and horror to animation and drama.


SFC hopes to bring Singaporeans closer to local cinema by celebrating Singapore’s filmmakers, inspiring budding film talent and growing appreciation for local films. PHOTO CREDIT: INFOCOMM MEDIA DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY


Admission is free and open to all. Seats are based on a first-come-first-serve basis.

4. Watch The Notebook under the stars at Fort Canning Green

Outdoor cinema event Films at the Fort will be held at Fort Canning Green and feature 12 award-winning films, including Notebook (NC16) on Aug 9.

While the film begins at 7.45pm, participants can look forward to acts by DJs and instrumentalists at 5.30pm, alongside a variety of food and beverages available at the venue.


2023 will mark the event’s ninth run. PHOTO CREDIT: FACEBOOK/FILMS AT THE FORT


Tickets are sold for $42.80 per person, with backrest seats available for rental at $6 each. Each ticket purchase includes a cocktail or two non-alcoholic drinks. 

The event will run from Aug 3 to 20.

5. Enjoy Chili Crab Sandwiches and Coconut Mao Shan Wang Shakes

The Los Angeles brand Eggslut has collaborated with household brand Jumbo Seafood to roll out its limited-edition Chilli Crab Sandwich and Chilli Crab Slut which are priced at $16 and $12 respectively.


Poached in a glass jar, the slut (left) features a cage-free coddled egg placed on top of a smooth potato purée. PHOTO CREDIT: FACEBOOK/EGGSLUT


Both items will be available until Sep 30 at both Eggslut’s Suntec City and Scotts Square outlets.

For Durian lovers, Mr Coconut will be selling its seasonal special Coconut Mao Shan Wang shake available now till Aug 9 and is retailing at $8.20 and $9.20 for its medium and large size respectively.


Real durian flesh included. PHOTO CREDIT: FACEBOOK/ MR COCONUT


The drink is available at all outlets while stocks last.

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