We hear it may rain a lot this month but that doesn’t stop the endless stream of fun happening across Singapore. With a range of festivals, interactive pop-ups and celebratory events like Mother’s Day happening…we’ve found 55 of the best things to do this May 2023 in Singapore.
1. Giggle your way around a penis exhibition
Chin-Chin Art Exhibition is causing quite the stir in Little India. The cheeky and free-to-enter, dick-themed exhibition by Japanese visual artist Yui Ozaki takes a hilarious approach to exploring queer culture and gender issues. It features colourful gender organs as installations, from a 7-foot tall Chin Chin (slang for penis in Japanese), hanging penises, plushy vaginas, and more. Read further about the exhibition here. Hurry, it ends on May 2 and it’s one of the best things to do right now.
📍 105 Desker Rd, #01-01, Singapore 209627
2. Embark on a colourful sea adventure
The Sea Of Unseen Colours showcase at S.E.A Aquarium is the perfect activity to do with children this month. Watch plankton across four unique habitats and learn about the relationships between them and other marina life, from sea corals to manta rays. Plus, there’s photo opportunities with marine life, as well as interactive games to play. The exhibition ends on May 21.
📍 S.E.A Aquarium, Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore
3. Go to an iconic cocktail festival
Singapore Cocktail Festival returns for its 9th edition from May 5 to May 21. The main events take place at Festival Village at Bayfront Event Space between May 5 and 7. Cocktail lovers can enjoy more than 100 different global cocktails, themed drinks, a variety of food stalls, music and more much. Grab tickets or read more about Singapore Cocktail Festival 2023.
📍Bayfront Event Space, 12A Bayfront Avenue, 018970, Singapore
4. Get a taste of Blackpink
Blackpink in your area! That’s right legendary k-pop group, consisting of Rose, Lisa, Jisoo and Jennie, will perform at National Stadium on May 13 and 14. The Born Pink World Tour will feature a number of their Billboard Top songs such as Pink Venom, How You Like That, and Ice Cream. Certainly, one of the most unmissable concerts this year.
📍National Stadium, 1 Stadium Dr, Singapore 397629
5. Celebrate 100 years of warner bros.
A special candlelight edition, to honour the 100th anniversary of Warner Bros., takes place on May 8 at CHIJMES Hall in Singapore. Discover Global Themed Entertainment and Fever have teamed up to bring to life some of the most beloved songs from Warner Bros TV and movies. From the likes of Harry Potter, to A Star Is Born, the Friends theme tune, and much more…it’s the perfect place to enjoy music. Get tickets here.
📍30 Victoria St, #01-28 CHIJMES, Singapore 187996
6. Celebrate Cinco De May
On May 5, take advantage of all the offerings around the city by sipping your favourite margaritas, hopping on a pub crawl, and tucking into the best Mexican food, from delicious nachos to tacos and spices, and more.
7. Go to Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience
The world-famous Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience opened in March. Step inside the paintings of the iconic Vincent Van Gogh at Resorts World Sentosa, which will be transformed with 360-degree digital projections and a hyper-realistic VR experience to transport you to a world of Van Gogh. Buy tickets or read more on our Van Gogh article. Certainly, one of the best things to do this May in Singapore.
📍Resorts World Sentosa, B1 Forum, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore
8. Go cinema on the beach
Until May 14, a one-of-a-kind Hendrick’s Sunset Cinema returns to Sentosa. Movie enthusiasts should grab their friends for an immersive cinema experience on Tanjong Beach in Sentosa, paired with crafted cocktails and delicious street food. Read further about Hendrick’s Sunset Cinema.
📍120 Tanjong Beach Walk, Sentosa, Singapore 098942
9. Wander a world of tulips
Tulipmania: It’s Wild Origins takes a Turkish twist until May 21 inside Flower Dome in Gardens By The Bay. Wander through hundreds of colourful tulips as the floral display retraces the rich history of tulips in Turkey. Book tickets via the Gardens By The Bay website.
📍 Flower Dome, Gardens By The Bay, Singapore
10. Get tickets to an authentic flamenco show
Paula Rodríguez is one of the most sought-after flamenco dancers in Spain. Luckily, the Royal Opera of Madrid star will be on tour worldwide, with a talented group of Spanish dancers and musicians, for an Authentic Flamenco show. This tour lands in Singapore from June 2 to 11 at Kewalram Chanrai Arts Centre located at Robertson Quay. Get tickets from $65 per person.
📍Kewalram Chanrai Arts Centre, Robertson Quay, Singapore
11. Get excited for SIFA 2023
Singapore International Festival of The Arts 2023 takes place between May 19 and June 4. More than 55,000 people are expected to attend. There are three tracks of curated offerings: SIFA X, Life Profusion and CREATION. Attendees can enjoy a range of different workshops like traditional Korean Dance, key performances, interactive talks with industry leaders, and much more.
12. Check out the new Bird Paradise
The largest bird park in Asia, Bird Paradise, is opening its gates on May 8. It will be home to more than 3,500 birds from 400 avian species – replacing the old Jurong Bird Park. It exhibits eight walk-in aviaries where visitors can feel as if they are journeying across global ecologies. From the Southeast Asian rice terraces to South American jungles…it’s the ultimate new attraction for wildlife lovers. Learn more about Bird Paradise.
📍20 Mandai Lake Rd, Singapore 729825
13. Celebrate Mother’s Day 2023
Mums have it hard, from early morning to late evening, they are persecuted by everyone in the household. And, incase you forgot, Mother’s Day is coming up on May 14 so time for mum to be spoilt rotten. From cosy afternoon teas to creative workshops, and boozy feasts…we’ve listed the best things to do on Mother’s Day 2023.
14. Hop on a Pokémon cable car
Celebrate the Mount Faber Line’s 50th anniversary by embarking on a Pokémon cable car adventure in Sentosa. Sixty seven cable car cabins have been decked on in Pokémon-themed decorations and are available to ride from May 1. It’s one of the best things to do this May 2023 with children in Singapore.
📍Sentosa Island, Singapore
15. Visit the Korea Travel Fair
From May 12 to 14, a Korea Travel Fair is happening that brings together more than 55 exhibitors and travel enthusiasts, to offer the best travel experiences, K-pop culture, promotional discounts and information on destinations in Korea. Indeed, one of the best things to do this May for those who love all things Korea.
📍Our Tampines Hub, 1 Tampines Walk, Singapore 528523
16. Attend a grisly murder mystery
Unleash your inner Sherlock Holmes to catch the killer in this highly anticipated, interactive murder mystery experience for limited time only. The House at Fairy Point 6 will become the scene of a crime. It’s the perfect group activity to nab tickets for. Get tickets here. Definitely, one of the best things to do this May.
17. Go wild at a boat party
The Yacht Affair is a 4-hour long luxury boat party, hosted by Party Social, on May 22. Get dressed up for an epic Saturday sailing into the sunset while sipping free-flowing drinks, dancing to live DJs, and taking part in a range of water activities. The yacht sails out at 4pm and returns at 8pm. Get tickets via Eventbrite.
📍ONE°15 Marina Sentosa Cove, Singapore
18. Enjoy a cool sneakers exhibition
Sneakertopia: Step Into Street Culture is a huge, colourful sneaker and street culture exhibition opened at the ArtScience Museum. It celebrates creativity, art and history of sneakers culture – concepted by award-winning producers, artists, athletes and more international celebrities. Visitors will admire more than 100 limited-edition sneakers, alongside quirky murals, designs, artworks and other installations. The exhibition finishes on July 30, 2023.
📍6 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018974
19. Admire Chinese filmography
Singapore Chinese Film Festival 2023 is happening until May 8. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, enjoy a range of Chinese feature films, documentaries, short films and more by Chinese filmmakers. It is estimated that more than 400 showcases will take place. Learn more on the SCFF website.
20. Go around the world
MOVE! Around the World is a new exhibition opened until July 15 at La Galerie. It’s the perfect place to get educated on the evolution of French innovations that have revolutionized the world, with an Around The World In 80 Days twist. It’s free to enter and opened until 7.30pm weekdays and between 9am and 5.30pm on Saturdays. Certainly, one of the best things to do this May in Singapore.
📍La Galerie, Level 2, Alliance Française de Singapour, 1 Sarkies Road Singapore
21. Pick a weekend activity
Every week, we list the greatest things to do at the weekend in Singapore which changes regularly. From the best all-you-can-eat buffets, hidden speakeasy bars, free musical shows, and much more…there’s plenty of activities to do. Find out what’s happening this coming weekend in Singapore here.
22. Indulge at a coffee festival
Singapore Coffee Fiesta is back for the second year in a row. It runs for six weeks until June 4. Organised by Nestlé Singapore, it aims to celebrate Singaporeans shared love for coffee. Explore and taste more than 60 unique coffee flavours blends from some iconic Nestlé brands, such as Starbucks, Dolce Gusto, Nescafe and beloved local kopi, to name a few. Learn more about the Singapore Coffee Fiesta 2023.
23. Be mesmerised by a STEM fantasy world
The Science Centre will host The ELECTRIFIED Show from May 26 to June 4. Led by Mr. Kiki Tay, the large in-house STEM+ production features a high-tech fantasy world full of magic and mystery where guests can immerse themselves with a one hour journey of SPARK. Get tickets here.
📍15 Science Centre Rd, Singapore 609081
24. Visit a new exhibition
Discover some of the best exhibitions on a boring weekend this month. From futuristic universes to nostalgic toys from the 1800s, and the ultimate Minions experience…there’s plenty to see. Find out the best exhibitions happening this month here.
25. Try out Changi Airport’s first rock climbing wall
A new eight metre high sports climbing attraction opened at Terminal 3 in Changi Airport recently. Climb@T3 is managed by The Rock School Singapore, and features an eight metre high rock-climbing wall, a 12 metre-long boulder wall, and other family-friendly climbing activities. Learn all about it here.
📍Terminal 3, Basement 3, Changi Airport, Singapore
26. Hike through a new nature park
Get fit and healthy by trekking through Singapore’s latest nature retreat and first positive energy park – Rifles Range Nature Park. Situated along Rifle Range Road near Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, the 66 hectare park features two boardwalks, a range of walking trails and viewing decks and a quarry wetland.
📍Rifle Range Road, Singapore
SEE MORE: The Best Scenic Hiking Trails To Trek In Singapore
27. Learn the effects of Climate Change
A new permanent exhibition called Climate Changed has popped up at Science Centre Singapore. Supported by the Ministry of Sustainability and Environment, the exhibition will teach you the consequences of climate change, and what you can do to reverse the crisis. Stroll through multimedia displays, interactive zones such as the Climate Action Show and Guilt Trip, as well as testing your knowledge with games. Buy tickets here.
📍15 Science Centre Rd, Singapore 609081
28. Take the kids to the Children’s Museum
A first-of-its-kind Children’s Museum opened in Singapore in December. The highly anticipated museum invites children who are 12 and under to enter a wonderful world of play and learning. The museum features a permanent exhibition spanning four galleries as well as three rotating galleries. Read further about the new museum here. Perfect for the kids school holidays!
📍Coleman Street, 23-B, Singapore 179807
29. Get lost at Future World
From the creators of the world-famous Mori Digital Art Museum in Tokyo, this gram-worthy exhibition invites you to lose yourself in an exciting universe of art, magic and science among 16 borderless digital interactive installations. Wonderfully, it just received an upgrade. Book tickets via Marina Bay Sands.
📍 6 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018974
30. Enjoy unique camp-like dining
Ten+ is a new, off-the-beaten-track bistro. Set amongst nature along Sungei Tengah Road, the first of its kind restaurant recently opened to offer the most unique dining experience in Singapore featuring cosy camp-like alfresco and indoor dining. Read about it here.
📍65 Sungei Tengah Rd, Singapore (Nearest MRT: CCK)
31. See optical illusions at the Trickeye Museum
Experience this exciting Korean optical 3D illusion art museum. Explore various AR zones, from instagrammable Rainbow Gardens and underwater wonderlands, to name a few. Certainly, one of the best things to do any time of year in Singapore.
📍80 Siloso Road, Southside Interim Market Blk B # 01, 04, Singapore 098969
32. Enter a world of Pandora
This magical experience at Gardens by the Bay, in honour of Avatar 2, brings Pandora right to the heart of Cloud Forest until June 30. So, this is your last time to visit. Read all about it here.
📍18 Marina Gardens Dr, #03-02/03, Singapore 018953
33. Enjoy 360-degree city views
Another one of the best things to do in Singapore is panoramic views atop of Marina Bay Sands SkyPark Observation Deck. Located on the 56th floor, the popular attraction is shaped like a ship and presents unmatched views both day and night.
📍10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956
SEE MORE: The Best Rooftop Dining Experiences In Singapore
34. Be mesmerised by a colourful light show
Wings of Time is a hugely popular colourful night show in Sentosa. It features a majestic soundtrack, fireworks and 3D effects used to light up the night sky against the backdrop of the ocean at Siloso Beach. Read all about the experience.
📍50 Beach View, Singapore 09860
35. Hop on Singapore Cable Car
Experience Singapore the most scenic way with a cable car ride at Mount Faber or Sentosa. Perched 100 metres above sea level, it will be unforgettable. Plus, one of the most unique dining experiences is also on offer, high in the sky, on Singapore Cable Car.
36. Dive into a different reality
Immersive experiences have become a popular thing to do worldwide in recent years. And lucky for us, there’s a range of exciting fully immersive experiences in Singapore, where we can plunge ourselves into another world. From walking on the moon through virtual reality to roaming with dinosaurs…you’ll be spoilt for choice. See our list of the best current immersive experiences on in Singapore.
37. Parade through a dreamy floral fantasy
Wander through four beautifully curated gardens, set below an iconic ceiling made up of more than 15000 flowers in Flower Dome at Gardens By The Bay. It’s the perfect place to snap your instagrammable picture too. Tickets begin at $12. Read further about Floral Fantasy.
📍Gardens By The Bay, Singapore
38. Wander around Little India
Little India was recently crowned one of the coolest neighbourhoods in the world. From beautiful street art to ig-worthy spots like Tan Teng Niah House, and the best food and drinks…it’s an excellent place to spend a few hours on a boring weekend. Find out the coolest things to do in Little India.
📍Little India, Singapore
39. Go wild at X-Scap8
Discover a range of adrenaline-pumping activities for all ages at this new interactive indoor playground on Orchard Road. From climbing 10m high to destressing in a smash lab, acting as a warrior in a challenge and much more…you won’t be bored. A perfect rainy day activity if you ask us!
📍Orchard Road, Singapore
40. Uncover Singapore’s hidden secret places
We’ve already listed a range of hidden secret places to visit in Singapore. Be sure to bring your camera for the occasion.
📍 Various Locations
41. Race at KF1 Karting Circuit
At Singapore’s largest go-kart circuit, you know you’ll be in for a treat. Get your adrenaline pumping by taking on 16 corners over a 750m track. The novice karts are for everyone to enjoy, which can speed up to 28km, but the more advanced karts are for driving licensed people only.
📍1 Turf Club Avenue, Singapore 738078
42. Spend the day in Sentosa
One of the best things to do this May is spend the day at Sentosa. It’s the perfect escape for all the family. See all the wonderful things to do in Sentosa here.
📍Sentosa Island, Singapore
43. Attend a beach carnival
This iconic new outdoor destination called Central Beach Bazaar is perfect for people of all ages in Sentosa. Read all about it here.
📍60 Siloso Beach Walk, Singapore 098997
44. Make a mess with spin art
Whether you go alone or with a date, it’s a superb activity to do for something a little different in Singapore. At a session, express yourself by creating your own works, using a custom-built table designed to spin canvases at high speeds as well as your own energy. Read more about this cool art experience.
📍61 Kaki Bukit Place, Printaid Building #04-00, Singapore 416233
45. Step inside a camera
One of the most unique and unusual things to do in Singapore is this one-of-a-kind Vintage Camera Museum. Step inside an actual camera to enter the museum followed by exploring over 1,000 vintage cameras and much more.
📍8C Jln Kledek, Singapore 199263
SEE MORE: The Best Museums and Galleries In Singapore
46. Hangout in a new board game café
Use a rainy day to gather your mates for the ultimate games evening at Settlers Café – a new 24/7 board games café just opened in a new location in Singapore. Enjoy delicious meals and a range of games for between one to 30 players. Superb for all your nigh owls or insomniacs. Read further about the new Settlers here.
📍Serangoon Rd, 562, Singapore 218178
47. Go on a journey at New World’s End
Go on a whirlwind journey through Singapore on this unique audio and art experience on various dates in April. Find out more here.
48. Enjoy the view in a rooftop garden
The CapitaSpring building is home to the highest rooftop garden, atop the 51st floor, in Singapore. Plus, it’s free to visit and offers a range of delicious and unique restaurants such as Oumi and Sol And Luna…perfect for any occasion.
📍88 Market St, CapitaSpring, Singapore
49. Pulau Ubin Tours
Experience the joys of nature in Pulau Ubin. From biking to kayaking and more…there’s plenty to do four nature lovers. Find out more here.
50. Go for a rooftop drink
Indulge in your guiltiest pleasures against the backdrop of the stunning Singapore skyline this weekend. Why not sip a cocktail at one of the best rooftop bars in Singapore. The choice is yours!
📍 Various Locations
51. Take on water bikes
This quirky activity is just like riding a real bike, except you ride it on water. You can hit speeds of 15km per hour for an adventurous workout. Read further about the new waterbikes experience here.
52. Set sail on a sunset booze cruise
Why not grab your mates for a Singapore sunset cruise with free-flowing drinks from May 2? It includes a two-hour sunset cruise past the Southern Islands of Singapore and the iconic city skyline. Read further about it here or to purchase tickets.
📍Marina at Keppel Bay, 2 Keppel Bay Vista, Singapore
53. Go on an instagrammable adventure
Social media lovers will enjoy the most instagrammable foods in Singapore. Additionally, find the most instagrammable bars in Singapore at night, then the most instagrammable cafes in Singapore during the day, and let’s not forget about the most instagrammable places to capture picture-perfect shots.
54. Stay on Lazarus Island
A highly anticipated staycation is due to open on Lazarus Island this May 2023. Grab a friend or romantic partner and hop on the ferry for the ultimate staycation at a Tiny House, that’s eco-friendly, on Lazarus Island. Book your experience here. Definitely, one of the best things to do this May.
55. Enjoy Singapore’s best brunches
Discover the best of Singapore’s brunch culture with our list of the best brunches across town. From boozy breakfast at Astro Bar to international fares in the likes of Utu and Bread Yard…you’ll be spoilt for choice.