1. Gardens by the Bay Garden Rhapsody
Gardens by the Bay puts on an impressive show nightly and it’s totally free! Photo credit: Calvin Seah
Address: 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
Show times: 7:45pm and 8:45pm, daily
Closest MRT station: Bayfront MRT
Featured in the film Crazy Rich Asians, every night, Gardens by the Bay erupts into life with Garden Rhapsody, its free light show. Watch the Supertrees transform into something magical, as light and music combine to form a dazzling display. The best part is that it doesn’t cost a cent. The shows start at 7:45 pm and 8:45 pm daily, and feature different themes, such as the recent Star Wars edition. It has to be one of the most memorable free things to do in Singapore at night! You might want to consider checking it out during a staycation at neighbouring Marina Bay Sands! Make it a staycation by staying at this hotel or any one of the other great hotels in Singapore!
What’s better than a free movie under the stars? Photo credit: Lifestyle Around Town
Whether you love watching movies as a family or like to make it a date night, going to the cinema is always a fun affair, but Movie Mob takes it one step further to give you the best old-school outdoor movie experience you can dream of.
Free screenings take place at different locations across Singapore, and this drive-in concept and picnic event have proven to be very popular. Participants can even vote for the movie being screened! For those who can’t afford the COE or are just passing through, Movie Mob also organises non-drive-in film screenings at heartland locations such as the fields outside White Sands and even Bedok Central.
3. 56th level of ION Orchard
See this all from a different perspective atop ION Orchard. Photo credit: Michael Gwyther-Jones / Flickr
Address: 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801
Opening Hours: 3pm–6pm
Closest MRT station: Orchard MRT
Website: ION Orchard (Check the website for blackout dates)
ION Sky, located on the 56th floor of ION Orchard, is free to enter and gives you an eye-popping panoramic view of our humble little island. Open daily from 3pm to 6pm, the viewing area has some impressive vistas of Orchard and beyond, and our sources say the best views are from sunset onwards. Go to the art gallery on the 4th floor where you will find a dedicated elevator that will take you to ION Sky.
4. Walk the Southern Ridges
The Southern Ridges are where art and nature meet for a picnic. Photo credit: Yeowatzup / Flickr
Address: Henderson Road, Southern Ridges, Bukit Merah, Singapore 159557
Closest MRT station: Harbourfront MRT
The perfect blend of fine art and natural beauty, the Southern Ridges is a 9km chain of green and outdoor space that will take you through Mount Faber Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park, Kent Ridge Park and West Coast Park. The Ridges consist of foot trails and amazing connection bridges, including the very iconic Henderson Waves.
This bridge is even more impressive at night when the soft lighting and the vault of heaven create an unforgettable atmosphere, perfect for picnics or drinks al fresco. You can start at Hort Park or Mount Faber Park: once you do this scenic walk, you’ll understand why it’s one of Singapore’s top free activities.
5. MAAD Flea
The MAAD Flea is a fun and creative night event for all. Photo credit: Pequitobun
Address: 28 Maxwell Road, Singapore 069120
Hours: 5 pm–12 am, one Friday a month
Closest MRT station: Tanjong Pagar MRT
MAAD stands for Market of Artists and Designers and is currently Singapore’s largest recurring creative marketplace. Initiated in 2006 by the Red Dot Design Museum, it is the place to go to eyeball the latest work of Singapore’s brightest young talent. You can check out the MAAD Flea on a Friday night every month and submerge yourself in the local creative scene, which is booming at the moment.
6. Esplanade free concerts
Address: 1 Esplanade Drive, Singapore 038981
Showtimes: Frequent, visit the website for timetable
Closest MRT station: Esplanade MRT
The Esplanade isn’t just for big-ticket events: it’s also the place to go to catch free concerts. Performances range from kid-friendly shows to dance, music and theatre pieces. Be sure to check their website as there’s something on almost every week. The rooftop is a wonderful place to take a break from the rat race, especially with the incredible skyline views at night. Esplanade is also the perfect place for photographers and selfie addicts.
7. Night cycling
See a side of Singapore you rarely glimpse on a night time cycle. Photo credit: Money Sense
Some places are way better admired at night. Why? it feels cooler and it’s less crowded! Night cycling in Singapore is a great experience, allowing you to tone those leg muscles while enjoying the breeze. Try night cycling in places like Changi Village, Punggol Waterway, or Ulu Sembawang Park Connector, to name just a few examples. Remember to bring your helmet and cycle lights, and wear light-coloured clothing too. If you’re lucky, you’ll be cycling under a starry dark velvet sky.
8. Botanic Gardens
Enjoy a free concert at the Botanic Gardens. Photo credit: LilyyyB / Flickr
Address: 1 Cluny Rd, Singapore 259569
Opening hours: 5 am–12 am
Closest MRT station: Botanic Gardens MRT
Website: Botanic Gardens
The Botanic Gardens, now a UNESCO World Heritage site, is an amazing place for you to wander at night. This gigantic slice of Edenic greenery is one of the city’s best free attractions. Easily accessible by MRT, Botanic Gardens boasts a staggering selection of unique and rare plants from around the world. It also offers free shows at the Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage (in the gardens) – from French films to Okinawan dances and even disco music. Pack a picnic basket and stay until nightfall when you might be able to catch some shooting stars.
9. Somerset Skate Park
Get a glimpse of Singapore’s street culture at Somerset Skate Park. Photo credit: Raihan Muhaimin / Flickr
Address: 1 Somerset Rd, Singapore 238162
Closest MRT station: Somerset MRT
Just outside of Somerset MRT is a sight many didn’t think could actually exist here: a graffiti-drenched skate park where locals and tourists alike can strut their stuff on their boards and flex their muscles. For budding street artists, the walls surrounding the park are completely open to being decorated. Whether this is your first time, or you are a street legend, you can participate in Singapore’s urban underground culture. It’s free, and you won’t have to worry about fines, either.
10. Keppel Island
Keppel Island is a well-maintained island of calm in our busy little city.
Address: 2 Keppel Bay Vista, Singapore 098382
Closest MRT station: Harbourfront MRT
Just off the coast of Singapore, linked to the main island by a narrow bridge, lies Keppel Island. Home to the Marina at Keppel Bay, it is a place where the very wealthy park their aquatic toys, but you definitely don’t need a yacht to visit this lovely patch of green. With its scenic views and proximity to attractions like Sentosa and Harbourfront, it’s easily one of the best free things to do in Singapore.
From Harbourfront MRT, take Exit B and walk along Telok Blangah Road until you see the entrance to Keppel Island on the left. Enter through here and walk until you get to the Marina at Keppel Bay.
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Originally published on 15 February 2016 and updated in November 2018. Any prices are lowest estimated prices only at the time of publication and are subject to change and/or availability.
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