Your ultimate SG50 weekend guide: Sports Hub, picnics and more

The Malay Heritage Centre is among the museums that will host various cultural activities during the jubilee weekend.
The Malay Heritage Centre is among the museums that will host various cultural activities during the jubilee weekend.PHOTO: MALAY HERITAGE CENTRE


All museums and institutions under the National Heritage Board will provide free admission from Aug 7 to 10.

The programmes include exhibitions on Singapore history, outdoor movie screenings, arts and crafts activities for children and multicultural performances.

Highlights include the exhibition, Great Peranakans: Fifty Remarkable Lives, at the Peranakan Museum and free screenings of classic movies such as The Sound Of Music (1965) and Doctor Zhivago (1965) at the National Museum of Singapore.

What: National Heritage Board Museum Jubilee Weekend Programmes

Where: All National Heritage Board museums and institutions

When: Aug 7 to 10

Admission: Free



Time to enjoy some fresh air with your loved ones.

Head down to Pasir Ris, Sembawang and West Coast parks or Marina Barrage where Families For Life will be organising four special edition picnics over two days on Aug 7 and 8.

Each picnic will have different highlights such as a guided nature walk, a terrarium-making workshop or a cycling event for families.

The activities are available on a first-come, first-served basis and have limited slots.

The picnics are open to Singapore citizens and permanent residents.

What: Families For Life SG50 Picnics

Where: Pasir Ris Park, Sembawang Park, West Coast Park and Marina Barrage

When: Aug 7 and 8

Admission: Free



Cannot make it to the National Day Parade? Join in the National Day Observance Ceremonies organised by the People's Association conducted islandwide to celebrate's Singapore's independence.

At 9am, listen to a recording of founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew's 1965 reading of the Proclamation of Independence and participate in a synchronised singing of the national anthem and recitation of the national pledge.

This will happen simultaneously at all the National Day Observance Ceremonies in Singapore.

After that, depending on which venue you are at, there will be other programmes such as stage performances, game and food stalls and National Day song sing-alongs.

What: National Day Observance Ceremonies

When: Various timings

Where: Various locations

Admission: Free

Info: Go to for details


On Aug 7, a supersized Sing50 concert will be held at the national stadium, with more than 70 artists and a 1,000-strong choir performing songs varying from rap to jazz.

The performers include Stefanie Sun, JJ Lin and Dick Lee.

On Aug 8 and 9, the SG50 Carnival will take place, featuring a performance by two-man band Jack & Rai, a free movie screening of Ah Boys To Men 3: Frogmen and a live telecast of the National Day Parade.


Parents can leave their children in the kids' play zones and join in activities such as a mass zumba workout or go on a quick date at Kallang Wave Mall. All events at the carnival are free.

What: Sing50 concert and Singapore Sports Hub SG50 Carnival

Where: Singapore Sports Hub

When: Aug 7, Sing50; Aug 8 to 9, SG50 Carnival

Admission: $20 for a Sing50 concert ticket. All carnival activities are free.


Deborah Lee