9th August, possibly the most important holiday of the year in Singapore, is also possibly the most crowded and sweaty with Singaporeans gathering and squeezing around Marina Bay to catch a glimpse of the National Day Parade and fireworks.

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Here at ShopBack, we believe in the smarter way to bask in the celebratory ambience and have fun – without the crowds and sticky armpits. Read on to find out where you can spend your National Day weekend and National Day itself!

1. Singapore Coffee Festival

Singapore Coffee Festival 2017

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Singapore Coffee Fest 2016 at F1 Pit Building

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This is for all you coffee lovers out there! Happening over the National Day weekend, the Singapore Coffee Festival is back for the second time this year. Organised by The Straits Times and presented by DBS Bank, there are many of our favourite coffee roasters and cafés already included in the line-up like Common Man Coffee Roasters and Huggs Coffee. This festival is also a great chance to discover new coffee shops that you may not have never heard of as well.

Standard tickets are going for SGD$22 but luckily for The Straits Times subscribers and DBS/POSB card holders, you can purchase the tickets at a discounted price of SGD$18. If not, we recommend you to go in groups of 4 or more so you get the tickets at a cheaper price!

Besides just sampling coffee, they also have many programmes in store such as workshops and talks for baristas and coffee enthusiasts.

Address: Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore
Date: 4 August – 6 August 2017 
Time: 10am – 3:30 pm & 4:30pm – 10pm

2. Long Long Time Ago Charity Carnival

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Long Long Time Ago NKF Charity Carnival

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As Singapore turns 52, look back on the years and reminisce the 70s and 80s at NKF’s (National Kidney Foundation) fundraising Carnival! Enjoy a gastronomic experience with local and retro food and snacks from the past, and stretch your dollar as you bargain and sieve through items at their flea market! If you’ve got young ones, you would be delighted to know that there are fun carnival games, bouncy castles, and even trampolines! Furthermore, all proceeds from this carnival will go to needy kidney patients. Show your Singapore Spirit by helping fellow Singaporeans this National Day!

Address: Marina Barrage, 8 Marina Gardens Drive, 018951
Date: 5 – 6 August 2017
Time: 11am – 8pm

3. Civic District Outdoor Festival

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Civic District Outdoor Festival

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If you’re more into artisanal festivals, with lots of art, lights, sounds, and FOOD, this festival is for you! For 2 weekends in August (4 – 5 Aug, 11 – 12 Aug), the Civic District will be transformed into an extravaganza of multimedia, art installations, stage and music performances, art markets and food streets. To top it off, the Padang will also be transformed into a picnic area for family and friends to enjoy the festivities! Where else better to celebrate and get in the mood for National Day than having a picnic at the stadium where many past National Day Parades were held?

Address: Civic District, Connaught Drive Singapore
Date: 4 – 5 August 2017, 11 -12 August 2017
Time: 5pm – 12am

4. Singapore Stories: Open Homes

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Many Singaporeans are familiar with the term café hopping. This National Day, go house hopping and listen to the stories of Singaporeans just like you and me! As part of the Singapore International Festival of Art 2017, visit the homes of strangers and listen to the interesting stories of their lives. Some homes that are open to visitors include the home of Rukhsana Vasanwala, who runs one of Singapore’s most famous cooking schools from the comfort of her home, Danny, who lives with his dementia-stricken mother, and Isabelle and Suresh, two biologists who will give a biology lecture and play a Spanish guitar piece in the garden.

Date: 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20 August 2017

5. Staycation at MET A Space Pod

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To make the most of you public holiday and to really get in the festivities, why not have a staycation at MET A Space Pod, Singapore’s very own capsule hotel! Capsule hotels were made popular in Japan and were originally intended for business men and other solo travellers. MET A Space Pod hotel has a futuristic feel and makes for a fun one night stay. What’s more, their Boat Quay branch is conveniently located near the floating platform (where NDP will be held) and Marina Bay Sands for you to soak up the festivities and catch the NDP fireworks!

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Check out their newly-opened Little India branch to book their Queen Pods for 2 people!

Address: MET A Space Pod @ Boat Quay
51 Boat Quay, Singapore 049840

6. Singapore Island National Day Trip


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If you’re the adventurous type and the above activities just don’t interest you, this National Day diving trip in Singapore’s waters might! The trip promises 4 dives in Singapore’s waters, beautiful underwater views, packed lunch, and to celebrate National Day right, a barbecue party with fireworks display. However, do note that you will need to have an Advanced Open Water Diving Certificate and have clocked at least 50 dives. Sign up with ‘Weird Divers’ on their Facebook page to have a splashing good time!

Address: Republic of Singapore Yacht Club, 52 West Coast Ferry Road, Singapore (Meeting point)
Date: 9 August 2017
Time: 7:45am (Meeting time)

7. Conquer Mount Arjuna

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Maybe something about the deep ocean waters scares you and you’d very much prefer to keep your feet on the ground. Instead of diving, try conquering Mount Arjuna, an extinct volcano in Indonesia, and East Java’s second highest summit at an altitude of 3,339m above sea level. Organised by YMCA, travel with fellow adventurous mountain trekkers and celebrate National Day by sticking our flag on the summit of the volcano.

To register, click here.

Address: YMCA Outdoor & Adventure, One Orchard Road, Singapore (Meeting point)
Date: 9 – 13 August 2017
Time: 12am

8. Celebrate National Day with Pororo and Friends

National Day with who??

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If you’re a parent looking for somewhere to take your child, this is the perfect place. If not, don’t scroll down just yet! At this National Day event at Pororo Park, you will be rewarded with a scrumptious dinner buffet, live streaming of the National Day Parade, and a clear, unobstructed view of the fireworks! All these without having to ‘chope’ a spot hours in advance, get shoved around and smell someone’s smelly armpits – THIS is the smarter way.

Go ahead, we won’t judge. We’ll see you there.

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Address: Pororo Park Singapore, 6 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square, #02-29, Singapore
Date: 9 August 2017
Time: 5:30pm – 10pm

9. Celebrate and get fit at Gardens By The Bay

GetActive! Singapore Workout and Morning Walk

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Celebrate Singapore’s birthday with fellow Singaporeans at our iconic SuperTree Grove! Participate in their mass workout programmes like “GetActive! Singapore Workout and Morning Walk” where you exercise as one people followed by a 2km mass walk. Another one of their programmes involved a fun mass dance exercise, “Dance as One”  where you get your groove on in red and white!

Address: 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953
Date: 5 August 2017
Time: “GetActive”  8:15am – 10:15am
“Dance as One”  5:30pm – 7pm

10. Family Pampering Session

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What’s there to do on a holiday in the middle of the week? Unwind of course! Pamper your family this National Day with Tokyo Nail Lounge and their irresistible offers! Not just for ladies alone, Tokyo Nail Lounge have services like manicure and pedicure packages and organic spa treatments for gentlemen and nail art and temporary tattoos for children as well! Furthermore, when you bring an additional person, you get to enjoy a 50% discount instead of a 20% discount! Just make sure you call to book an appointment with them beforehand at 6440 0768.

Address: 217 East Coast Road, #02-09 Tides, Singapore
Date: 14 June – 13 August 2017 
Time: Weekdays 11am – 7:30pm 
             Weekends 10am – 7:30pm 
             Mondays closed

Are you ready to truly enjoy your National Day weekend and Public Holiday? Celebrate Singapore’s birthday with friends and family in a different way this year. Whilst in the midst of these activities, don’t forget to show your Singapore spirit and don your favourite red and white outfit to get into the festive mood. Or stay home and SHOP & earn cashback with our amazing National Day sales!

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