Free Stuff To Do At Singapore Heritage Fest 2022

Free Stuff To Do At Singapore Heritage Fest 2022

Singapore Heritage Fest 2022 will be running from 2 May to 29 May 2022 with over a hundred physical and digital programmes. Most of these programmes are paid activities but there are still some free events. I have looked through all of them and filtered out all these free events into the three following categories. If you are interested in the full list of activities available during the festival, you can check it out here. Please double-check the websites for the latest information and updates.

First-Come-First-Served – Activities With Limited Tickets

These free events have limited tickets so grab them while stocks last. Slots for some events were released on 21 April 2022 (the day I am writing this) and on the same day, all slots are gone. Please make sure you can attend these sessions before booking.

Walking Tour at Pioneers Trail

Source: Adventures Unlimited

Description: See our City in Nature in a new light as you explore historical places in the Chinatown district amidst pockets of green. Led by a volunteer guide from the National Parks Board (NParks) Civic District team, your walk down memory lane begins at Telok Ayer Park.

Category: Guided Tour

Location: Telok Ayer Park


8 May 2022 – SUN (Full with waitlist)

15 May 2022 – SUN  (slots open 28 April 2022, 10am)

22 May 2022 – SUN (slots open 5 May 2022, 10am)

29 May 2022 – SUN (slots open 12 May 2022, 10am)

Time: 1000 – 1130

More Details: Website

My Boon Keng Heritage Tour

Description: Take a walk with us around the Boon Keng neighbourhood to explore the rich Kampong History, Brick Kilns and developments along the Kallang River.

Category: Guided Tour

Location: Boon Keng

Date: 21 May 2022 – SAT | 28 May 2022 – SAT

Time: 0830 – 1130

More Details: Website

Living Legacies: Of Roots & Leaves – Isabelle Desjeux’s Nature Tour at Fort Canning Park

Description: Join artist Isabelle Desjeaux on a thought-provoking guided tour of Fort Canning in her participatory work, Did Ali See What Wallace Saw? Isabelle will lead you through the historical park’s lush greenery to follow in the footsteps of British naturalist and anthropologist Alfred Russell Wallace and his assistant Ali.

Category: Guided Tour

Location: Fort Canning Park

Date: 21 May 2022 – SAT | 28 May 2022 – SAT

Time: 2000 – 2100

More Details: Website | Booking Website

Living Legacies: Of Roots & Leaves – Alysha Rahmat Shah’s Embroidery Workshops

Description: Create your very own botanical-inspired embroidery in these workshops by artist Alysha Rahmat Shah! Drawing on embroidery techniques passed down by her mother and grandmother, Alysha will also share her knowledge of the healing powers of plants that she inherited from her family’s deep connection to nature and the land.

Category: Workshop

Location: National Museum Of Singapore

Date: 22 May 2022 – SUN | 29 May 2022 – SUN

Time: 1030 – 1230 | 1400 – 1600

More Details: Website | Booking Website

Lecture Series: Little Indias of Singapore

Description: Over two lectures, Lakshmanan Subbiah will speak about the Little Indias of Singapore in yesteryears. Providing an overview as well as a deeper look into the various Indian settlements that have existed in Singapore in the past, he will also be sharing some of the experiences of early Indians in Singapore and their areas of settlement.

Category: Talk

Location: Indian Heritage Centre

Date: 7 May 2022 – SAT | 14 May 2022 – SAT

Time: 1400 – 1600

More Details: Website | Booking Website

Morning with a Veteran Frame Maker

Description: Frame Making used to be a niche business for a group of Indian Muslim migrants from Thopputhurai region in Tamil Nadu, India. Join for a live demonstration and hands-on experience of how a frame is built for a typical A4 size photograph.

Category: Workshop

Location: Nagore Dargah Indian Muslim Heritage Centre

Date: 8 May 2022 – SUN

Time: 1000 – 1200

More Details: Website

My Life Journey

Description: Mr Ibrahim will share about his journey to Singapore from Tamil Nadu – how he survived his early days in Singapore and how he set up his business from scratch. He will explain the concept of self-help in the Indian Muslim community – how people from different regions in Tamil Nadu looked after their brethren.

Category: Talk

Location: Nagore Darah Indian Muslim Heritage Centre

Date: 22 May 2022 – SUN

Time: 1000 – 1200

More Details: Website

Available During Singapore Heritage Fest 2022

If the events above are fully booked, you still have the following. These activities are only available during this timeframe but they do not require any booking.

The Wild & Wonderful At ACM

the wild-and wonderful acm shf 2022

Source: Asian Civilization Museum

Description: Get ready to explore the wild and wonderful at ACM! Venture through the museum to discover hands-on activities, art installations, and thematic tours. Trek among early civilisations in Asia with in-depth workshops, photo-worthy moments, and accessible guided tours. Come unearth an array of flora and fauna of Asia – right here at ACM.

Complete the fun activities throughout the trail to redeem an exclusive Travel Essentials Kit from 6 to 29 May from our Front Desk. Take this journey to become a certified ACM explorer!

**Important – While there is no tickets, there are limited booklets and prizes to be redeemed every week.

Category: Museum And Games

Location: Asian Civilization Museum

Date: 2 May 2022 (MON) – 29 May 2022 (SUN)

Time: 1000 – 1900 (SAT – THU) | 1000 – 2100 (FRI)

More Details: Website

Indian Heritage Centre Drop-in Activities

Description: Something for the ones who are young or young-at-heart — try your hand at simple craft activities related to the theme of travel in the context of Little India!

The drop-in activities will be accompanied by visual displays and informational panels that provide more information about the evolution of the Little India Precinct over the years.

Category: Art & Crafts

Location: Indian Heritage Centre

Date: 2 May 2022 (MON) – 31 May 2022 (TUE) (Closed on Mondays)

Time: 1000 – 1900 (TUE – THU) | 1000 – 2000 (FRI – SAT) | 1000 – 1600 (SUN/PH)

More Details: Website

Photo Trail: Travel around the world with Xiao Qing

Description: Did you know that Dr. Sun Yat Sen went to Honolulu, Hawaii to study when he was young? Grab an activity passport and embark on a free self-guided photo trail with our friendly mascot, Xiao Qing and travel around the world to trace the footsteps of Dr. Sun and his friends!

Present your completed activity passport to redeem an exclusive goodie bag including a $10 Zhongshan Mall voucher from 3 – 29 May 2022 (while stocks last)! This photo trail is jointly presented by the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall and HH Properties Pte Ltd

Category: Self-guided Tour

Location: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall

Date: 2 May 2022 (MON) – 29 May 2022 (SUN)

Time: 1000 – 1700

More Details: Website


Description: The Singapore HeritageFest presents Homeground – an installation that explores the intersections of the festival’s two themes of travel / tourism and natural heritage. Reflecting on the simple joys of travelling, the installation features a life-sized train inspired by the Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM) train that used to run from Tanjong Pagar Railway Station.

Category: Exhibition

Location: National Museum Of Singapore

Date: 29 April 2022 (FRI) – 5 June 2022 (SUN)

Time: 1000 – 1900

More Details: Website

Ride & Discover

Description: Hop on board a train and embark on a learning journey to uncover the lesser-known facts surrounding Singapore’s travel and tourism, and natural heritage such as the Goodwood Park and Singapore Zoo through Singapore HeritageFest (SHF) 2022’s Ride & Discover programme – a content series which reimagines MRT stations as exhibition spaces.

Come and relive the stories that connect us at these stations: Somerset, Bayfront, Kent Ridge and Clementi MRT Stations.

Category: Exhibition


Somerset MRT – 28 April 2022 (THU) – 25 May 2022 (WED)

Clementi MRT – 28 April 2022 (THU) – 25 May 2022 (WED)

Bayfront MRT – 5 May 2022 (THU) – 1 June 2022 (WED)

Kent Ridge MRT – 28 April 2022 (THU) – 25 May 2022 (WED)

Time: Station Opening Hours

More Details: Website

Available All Year Round

These are the heritage activities that are available all year round. We can focus on the two categories above and then go for these activities after the festival ends.

Exploration of City Jungle

Source: FOOD & WALK TV

Description: Get lost in our 4-storey Green Oasis, our spiralling botanical promenade within CapitaSpring which is home to over 38,000 plants with more than 70 types of plant species. Located 100m above ground, families and shutterbugs can take a leisurely stroll around the naturally-ventilated garden.

Category: Self-guided Walk

Location: Green Oasis @ CapitaSpring

Time: 0900 – 1700

More Details: Website

Explore the Gardens Itinerary Planner

Description: Explore the Gardens with the itineraries around some of our popular spots. Go on a journey of discovery and fun around the Gardens. All locations are free to explore except the two glass domes.

Location: Gardens By The Bay

Time: 24 Hours (limited by the availability of transport)

More Details: Website

Sentosa Heritage Tour

Description: Reminisce and reconnect with those who have worked, lived, played or witnessed the changes and historical events at the various parts of the island. The trail will also serve as a useful source of information for visitors and new residents.

Category: Self-guided Tour

Location: Sentosa

Time: 24 Hours (limited by the availability of transport)

More Details: Website

Singapore Heritage Trails

Description: Although not listed on the Singapore Heritage Fest 2022, I decided to include the 21 heritage trials developed by the National Heritage Board.

Category: Self-guided Tour

Location: Singapore

Time: 24 Hours (limited by the availability of transport)

More Details: Website

The “Secret Ingredients” Food Travelling Exhibition

Description: Be amazed by how Singapore’s multi-cultural and multi-ethnic environment has enriched the local Chinese culture through a contemporary display of eight local dishes — a part of the food travelling exhibition showcasing the “ingredients” that led to the development of a distinctive Chinese Singaporean culture.

The exhibition will be available at other locations

Category: Exhibition

Location & Date:

Venue Dates
OUE Downtown Gallery (Level 1) 1 MAY 2022 (SUN) – 31 MAY 2022 (TUE)
Chinatown Point Atrium (Level 1) 2 JUN 2022 (THU) – 30 JUN 2022 (THU)
The Atrium @ Orchard (Level 1) 2 JUL 2022 (SAT) – 31 JUL 2022 (SUN)
SingPost Centre Atrium (Level 1) 2 AUG 2022 (TUE) – 31 AUG 2022 (WED)
Causeway Point (Level 1) 1 SEP 2022 (THU) – 11 SEP 2022 (SUN)
The Metropolis (Tower 2, Level 1) 2 OCT 2022 (SUN) – 31 OCT 2022 (MON)

Time: Depends on location

More Details: Website

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