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    • Free things to do in Singapore

      We may be living in one of the world's most expensive cities, but this list is proof that you don't have to spend a fortune (or anything for that matter) to enjoy Singapore

      It’s true what they say: The best things in life are free. Give your wallet a break and have a satisfying day out without spending a single cent. From rockin’ concerts to a fleamarkets, these awesome activities in Singapore promise not to break the bank.

      Go museum-hopping
      As a booming cultural hub, Singapore has attracted lots of inspiring art pieces and big-name museum exhibitions in recent years, from historic Southeast Asian artefacts to jaw-dropping art exhibitions by famous painters (one thing’s for sure: we won’t forget Yayoi Kusama’s exhibit at the National Gallery Singapore for years to come). The best part? Most of these museums offer free admission to locals and permanent residents. Right now we’re loving the totally immersive Story of the Forest exhibit at The National Museum (pictured top), by digital artists of the moment, TeamLab.

      The breathtaking view along the Southern Ridges

      Go hiking
      Tired of the city grind? Be one with nature and soak up scenic views at the many walking trails in Singapore. Our favourite hiking route is none other than the Southern Ridges trail, which is made up of a 10km trail, panoramic views and plenty of lush foliage for you to breathe in fresh air.

      Help a furry friend out. Photography: Cat Welfare Society

      Volunteer
      Make your day brighter by helping out those in need. Whatever your choice of charity may be – poverty, animal welfare, or gender equality – there are plenty of volunteering opportunities in Singapore where you can earn karma points and have tons of fun.

      Photography: moBikes

      Explore Singapore on wheels
      Sure, Singapore’s a tiny city, but that doesn’t mean we’re always keen on walking to our next destination – and who fancies being packed in like sardines on the train or bus? On weekends, our preferred mode is bicycle. Right now we’re a fan of Singapore’s bike-sharing services– Saturdays and Sundays you’ll typically score free rides all day, or promotions during happy hour.

      Photography: Shutterstock

      Picnic in the park
      Perpetually sunny weather and azure blue skies are the perfect excuse to pack up that picnic basket and spend a lazy day in the park. Pack a picnic basket with all the kitchen essentials you already have, or if that proves too much of a fuss, order in with the help of gourmet delivery services like Deliveroo, and Ubereats. Top tip: Head to Coney Island’s secret beach if you’re looking to get away from the crowds.

      Catch a free movie
      Nostalgic for the good ol’ days of drive-in cinemas? Movie Mob takes you back to the age of drive-in theatres, where cars parked side by side for a cozy night of movie-watching. Don’t own a car? Movie Mob also organises non drive-in film screenings at various locations such as Marina Bay and other heartland locations. Sign up online to stay up to date on their latest movie screenings.

      Stargaze
      Brightly lit Singapore isn’t exactly ideal for stargazing. But with the help of sophisticated telescopes at the Singapore Science Center’s Observatory, you’ll be able to see the brilliant constellations that watch over the lion city. Its winning location next to the Equator allows viewers to view constellations in both the northern and southern hemispheres.
      The Observatory (Omni-Theatre Building), 15 Science Centre Road, Singapore 609081, Every Friday night 750 – 10 pm.

      Shop for free
      You read that right. Here’s the biggest (open) secret in the city’s flea market scene: the Singapore Really Really Free Market (SRRFM). It’s the stuff of dreams for vintage collectors and market lovers – all goods and services here are not for sale. Whether you’re picking up old CDs, shirts or having your fortune read, everything is literally costless. If you’re up for sharing your items (or skills even!), you’re more than welcome to peddle them — no registration or fees necessary! But be gracious and show some restraint; don’t go hogging everything, now!

      Catch a concert
      You don’t have to shell out hundreds of dollars to catch a live performance. Performing arts venue Esplanade regularly hosts  awesome acts by local talents every weekend. The shows, which are usually held at the stunning waterfront theatre or indoor concourse space, ranges from classical folk music to soulful jazz. One memorable performance we can’t quite forget at the Esplanade is the soulful set by Linus Hablot. We’re still swooning.

      Photography: Sideshow

      Party at free gigs
      Despite the many swanky clubs with sky-high entry fees in Singapore, you’d best believe that you can can party for free here. Follow the cool cats at Sideshow for updates on their free gigs, like Sunday on the Hill at Kult Kafe, for booze, party jams, and hearty burgers. Don’t miss out on the street festivals either – take this month’s Urban Ventures Street Party. It’s a day long of extravaganza of live performances by local acts, with a drag queen fashion extravaganza, and a fleamarket.

       

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