Thought-provoking exhibitions? Check. Exciting film festivals? Double check. Boozy parties and events? You bet. Here are the best things to do around the island this month.
Now till May 21, Gardens By The Bay
Visit Tulipmania: Origins of the Tulip at the Flower Dome, Gardens By The Bay. The colorful display takes on a Turkish twist as it retraces the rich history of tulips in the country. Among the flowers are uniquely shaped tulips cultivated on Turkish soil.
Specially crafted cocktails with Roku Gin
Now till May 26
Head to six of Singapore’s top bars for specially crafted cocktails featuring Roku Gin and selected spring ingredients. Each bartender presents three unique cocktails with ingredients such as cherry, rhubarb, strawberry, sudachi, plum and avocado.
Now till May 28, islandwide
Take a trip down memory lane at this year’s Singapore HeritageFest where public transportation and sports are the main themes. Presented by the National Heritage Board (NHB), SHF 2023 invites festival-goers to uncover the lesser-known stories about Singapore’s unique history and heritage with a dynamic line-up of over 80 programmes.
Around The World
Now till Jul 15, Alliance Francaise
This exhibition showcases the best of French transportation across the ages., inspired by French author Jules Verne and his famous Extraordinary Voyages collection which includes the celebrated novel Around the World in 80 Days.
Semangat yang Baru: Forging a New Singapore Spirit
Now till Oct 29, National Museum of Singapore
This is a pilot exhibition by Founders’ Memorial which showcases challenges faced by the country’s first-generation leaders during the nation-building years from the 1950s to 1970s. It is co-presented with the National Museum of Singapore.
Singapore Cable Car’s 50th anniversary celebrations
Now till Sep 30, Mount Faber Peak
Pokemon-themed cable cars, wrapped in the recognisable red and white colours of Poke Balls, are the highlight. At Mount Faber Peak, snap pictures at various photo points – including vintage cable car cabins – with a variety of Pokemon.
Shakespeare in the Park – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
May 3 to 28, Fort Canning Park
Enjoy a picnic at Fort Canning Park while watching the popular Shakepearean comedy presented by the Singapore Repertory Theatre. Filled with mischief and magic, be entertained as the industrial kingdom of Athenia transforms into an enchanted dreamworld of moonlit water and fairyland mayhem.
Singapore Cocktail Festival
May 5 to 21, islandwide
Celebrate the very best of artisanal cocktails with the return of the exciting Singapore Cocktail Festival. Embark on an island-wide discovery of our vibrant bar scene and look forward to their biggest Festival Village yet, featuring acclaimed mixologists and bartenders from various parts of Asia and Australia, a multitude of artisanal spirits, live entertainment, and even a Food Street serving up bites from around the world.
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Open on May 8, Mandai Wildlife Reserve
Bird Paradise has finally opened its doors to the public. A stunning haven for bird watching and discovery with your flock, this vibrant new 17-hectare park – one of Asia’s largest – has eight themed walk-through aviaries, 3,500 birds, 400 species, an Ocean Network Express Penguin Cove, and many other attractions.
Twist to the Night with Tiger Soju Infused Lager
May 12, Pasir Panjang Power Station
Revellers will be transported to a reimagined Asia at Pasir Panjang Power Station for a multi-sensory feast of elements across sight, scent, and sound, including an exciting line-up of the region’s hottest music acts.
Where Your Senses Feast
May 15 to 28, Marina Bay Sands
Marina Bay Sands is celebrating the best of the region’s food and wine through its inaugural two-week food and wine extravaganza. This gastronomic event will feature over 30 unique dining experiences helmed by some of the region’s most acclaimed chefs, including renowned Australian restaurateur and chef Luke Mangan, Asia’s Best Female Chef 2023 Johanna Siy, and chef Stefan Stiller of three-Michelin-starred Taian Table in Shanghai.
The Great Digestion Adventure
May 17 to 21, Marina Square
Learn how young children can achieve good gut health. Sponsored by Friso, the event at Marina Square (Central Atrium, level 2) offers a larger-than-life digestive system for the whole family to learn about the science behind digestion through hands-on activities and creative games.
Singapore International Festival of Arts
May 19 to Jun 4, islandwide
The title for this year’s festival is “The Anatomy of Performance – Some People”. The Festival will return to the live stage with four newly commissioned productions and 11 invited international presentations, while continuing to keep its digital presence with a new series of writing and animated art.
European Film Festival
May 16 to 31, The Projector
The European Film Festival returns with over 20 films at The Projector. Look forward to a wide range of films from the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Norway, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Ukraine.
Love The Last March
May 19 to May 18, 2024, Gardens By The Bay
Experience the world’s longest sculpture that spans an impressive 192 metres. Created by award-winning artists Gillie and Marc, it features 45 of the most endangered animal species in an interactive experience.
Children’s Season 2023
May 27 to Jun 25, various locations
The annual Children’s Season is back and this year, 24 participating Museum Roundtable museums across the island will welcome young ones to immerse in a spread of more than 90 family-friendly programmes, just in time for the school holidays. Themed “Hopes and Dreams”, Children’s Season 2023 invites young ones to explore different occupations and inventions in past and present Singapore, and inspires them to discover their aspirations. At the National Museum of Singapore, kids get to explore five-food themed interactive installations that cover topics ranging from traditional food preparation tools to innovation in food packaging.
Gallery Children’s Biennale
May 27 to Mar 31, 2024, National Gallery Singapore
The 4th edition of Gallery Children’s Biennale 2023 is themed “Let’s Make a Better Place” and will showcase 11 art installations by international artists that spotlight four core values: Care, Collaborate, Imagine and Respect.
Sensory Odyssey: Into the Heart of Our Living World
May 27 to Oct 29, ArtScience Museum
Visitors are taken on a voyage through seven ecosystems from around the world. These environments are brought to life through ultra-high-definition video projection, spatial audio, and unique scents that engage and magnify visitors’ perceptions of sight, sound, and smell.
Now Boarding: Experiencing Singapore through Travel, 1800s–2000s
May 27 to Nov 19, National Museum of Singapore
Come on board for an exhibition that traces the evolution of Singapore’s identity as a travel destination, through the lens of those who arrived at our shores from past to present. Get up close with a special selection of over 600 artefacts, including the iconic Changi Airport flight information display flip board, Raffles Hotel doorman uniform, and the Neptune Theatre Restaurant’s signage.