From September 9 to 18, Singapore transforms into party central, as the city gears up for the Grand Prix Season Singapore (GPSS). FORMULA 1 fans descend on the city-state for the ultimate race season and parties. Here's a quick look at what's in store for everyone during that period.
Imagine Dragons (Photo Credit: Singapore Grand Prix)
Part of the FORMULA 1 tradition is the music. The Marina Bay Street Circuit plays host to a number of concerts and mini-performances over the Grand Prix weekend. International superstars Kylie Minogue, Queen (featuring Adam Lambert), Imagine Dragons, Bastille, acapella sensation Pentatonix, Halsey, and old-time favorite KC and the Sunshine Band will headline the star-studded weekend.
The Podium Lounge
Party into the night
The famous Singapore nightlife likewise gets a boost from the event, with both the Podium and Amber Lounge upping the ante, featuring a veritable who's who of race-car drivers and celebrities. Not to be outdone, local rooftop establishment 1-Altitude (the highest al fresco bar in the world) offers glorious views of the Singapore skyline with cocktails and parties all throughout the weekend.
Orchard Road Shopping and Lifestyle District
Retail therapy and culinary experiences
But it's not all parties and paparazzi. Singapore offers a smorgasbord of food options for the hungry traveller, with sumptuous dishes from restaurants and pubs such as Jamie's Italian and McGettigan's. Once you've had your fill, you can visit Singapore's famous shopping districts, where many stores are also gearing up to celebrate Race Weekend, with shops like Naiise, home to one-of-a-kind Singapore souvenirs and knick-knacks, among others.
ArtScience Museum (Photo by Vincent Chong)
Places to sight-see
Prior to the race, race fans and visitors can check out interactive exhibits at the ArtScience Museum or the newly opened National Gallery Singapore which is conveniently located in the City Hall area, and houses the largest collection of Southeast Asian art. Alternatively, visit the famous Madame Tussauds wax museum in Sentosa to take pictures with famous FORMULA 1 drivers like Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso, or cool down at Gardens by the Bay inside the Flower Dome, where their Tribal Tempo Flower Field display features exotic South African flowers.
At the end of the day, kick back and relax at one of the many hotels in the city. Hotel Vagabond, near the vibrant and colorful Little India, even has in-house entertainment running throughout race weekend, just in case you're too tired to get out and party.
Truly, Singapore has something for everyone during GPSS, making it more than just racing. It's an all-in-one experience that no race fan should miss.
For a more comprehensive look at what's happening during GPSS, download the ultimate guide to Grand Prix Singapore Season 2016.