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Celebrate National Day weekend without spending a penny

By Priyanka Chand AgarwalEvents - 08 August 2012 12:00 AM

Celebrate National Day weekend without spending a penny

Photo: STB

What better way to start the National Day weekend than the parade and show (5:30pm onwards). If you didn’t manage to get tickets, go early, grab a good spot and settle down. Pack a picnic basket, and choose the best vantage point to watch the fireworks display.  The spend for this year’s fireworks is said to be in $1 million, but you see the whole show for free!  

For our 47th Birthday, 500 volunteers created a Marina Bay Floating Platform replica depicting the National Day Parade using donated LEGO® pieces. This is your last chance to see this dramatic display at the National Library Atrium (till 5pm, 9 Aug).

Highlights of 2012's NDP celebrations

Go behind the scenes and see how the Colour Guards rehearse and prepare themselves for the flag march-in for the National Day Parade at the Singapore Flyer Coach Bay (9 Aug ). Termed as the uncasing and casing of colours, Colour Guards execute a detailed drill to uncase and case the national flag and other army flags for the occasion.

Absorb all the art and culture you can this weekend, enjoy free entry into all NHB’s museums and institutions. Visit the Islamic art & architecture exhibition at the Asian Civilizations Museum or learn about Singapore’s past history at the National Museum of Singapore’s History Gallery and Living Galleries

Take advantage of the National Day freebie at The Singapore Art Museum’s open house. All enjoy free admission to all exhibitions and activities – Get creative at the Art Garden 2012 at SAM at 8Q

What’s a better way to celebrate our nation’s pride than contributing to our ever growing economy? Come pay tribute to this shopper’s paradise by spending all your dosh at Queen’s Market this weekend, or just browse for free!

All this talk of patriotism making you feel nostalgic? Head down to the iconic Tanjong Pagar Railway Station, where Hermes displays their interpretation of time at the ‘Gift of Time’ exhibit (through 12 Aug).

Explore Singapore’s unique harmonious heritage at Making Memories Together @ Esplanade (from 8 Aug). Enjoy music, dance and visual art performances that ‘celebrate life ’in our multi-cultural island nation. Don’t miss the fun-loving Babas and Nyonyas from the Main Wayang Company as they joget (a popular Malay folk dance set to music with an upbeat tempo) the night away.

Windchimes symbolize serenity and harmony, make your own at the Circles of Harmony Workshop (Circles of Harmony, 12 Aug, 2 – 6pm @Esplanade). Bring your kids along and indulge in face painting, postcard stencilling and a host of other workshops and performances at Esplanade’s carnival-like atmosphere.

For more inspiration on what’s happening this weekend for free, check out our comprehensive events calendar. Have a great weekend, and see you back here next week!