5 Socially Conscious Ways To Celebrate Singapore's National Day

Lesley Teoh

Didn’t get tickets to the National Day Parade this year? Don’t fret because we’ve put together a list of uniquely Singaporean events by social enterprises that will make you feel proud to be Singaporean.

1. Experience Singapore's thriving urban farming scene at this local farmer's market  

Citizen Farm Singapore Social enterprise

Citizen Farm hopes to change the way we eat and live and enable communities to thrive on sustainable, safe and locally-grown food. The social enterprise will be holding an open house and farmers market this Saturday! Enjoy farm-to-table cooking by Tiong Bahru Bakery & Open Door Policy, shop for freshly, pesticide-free veggies and shrooms (like kale, oyster mushrooms and chard), as well as free tours and seminars on Singapore's food security issues and the future of urban farming.

PS: You can also sign up for their CitizenBox at the event and get fresh locally grown produce delivered to you every week!

Sat, 12 Aug, 10 am - 3 pm, Citizen Farm, 60 Jalan Penjara. 

2. Love Your Lorongs

Join Geylang Adventures and see Singapore's only legalised red light district in a whole new…light. More than just durians, hawker food and shady dealings, the neighbourhood is also a cultural melting pot. For example did you know that it houses the highest number of religious institutions in Singapore? On these walking tours (led by long-time resident Yin Zhou), you’ll explore hidden back alleys, check out where the locals eat, and learn about the challenges faced by the migrant workers who live there. Through these trails, Geylang Adventures hopes to break down barriers by creating more awareness and understanding of real-life issues. They also conduct several other community initiatives such as Back Alley Barbers (free haircuts for migrant workers) to challenge and change social norms and perceptions.

Geylang Adventures are held on weekdays at 6 pm. Book your tour here

3. Learn To Cook Sambal Prawns Like A Boss


Immerse yourself in Singapore’s rich food heritage at Food Playground's celebrated cooking classes. Consistently ranked as the Top Activity in Singapore on Tripadvisor, the classes are held in a pre-war heritage shop house in Chinatown, where you’ll try your hand at making traditional dishes like spicy sambal prawns, kueh dadar (sweet nyonya rolls) and roti jala ("net bread", a savoury lacy pancakes). What's more, Food Playground provides flexi-work employment and training opportunities to stay-at-home moms and active seniors.

Classes are on from Monday to Saturday. 24A Sago Street, Singapore 059020

4. Join the Village People

Ground Up Initiative

Rekindle your kampong (village) spirit with Ground-Up Initiativewhich seeks to reconnect city dwellers with nature. Join in their Balik Kampung (meaning ‘going home’ in Malay) community programme that helps us to renew our connection with the land and one another through a variety of tasks – farming, cooking and housekeeping to upkeep the Kampung Kampus, a community campus located in Yishun that is being built up by volunteers from all walks of life. GUI hopes to inspire the community to actively look after the space and encourage mindfulness in our lives. 

Kampung Campus, 91 Lorong Chencharu, Singapore 769201

5. Shop for inclusive fashion from local designers 

Singapore Fashion Runway 2017 promotes inclusive fashion and local designers

Singapore Fashion Runway hopes to impact lives through fashion, by involving the community to share their talents through a runway show format. They'll be presenting works from their inclusive community during their "Fashion for a Social Cause" runway show, which showcases models with special needs, as well as breast cancer patients. Drop by and shop for clothes designed by aspiring home-grown designers. 

Sat, 12 Aug, 4-8 pm, *Scape The Ground Theatre, 2 Orchard Link S(237978). 


Don't forget to check out our favourite socially conscious restaurants and ethical fashion outlets in Singapore!  

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