Spring in Singapore is a fabulous time to visit. During this shoulder season, the days are bright, the rain eases off and the city is covered in bloom. The weather is toasty, with temperatures hovering around a scorching 27-33–degrees between March and May. While thunderstorms are likely, the air is less humid and the days more comfortable. It’s the best time to explore the city’s botanical gardens, enjoy outdoor activities, and to get involved in the many festivals this city hosts. And of course we recommend you hop aboard an open-top bus tour to tick off all the famous sights and landmarks too.

If you plan to be in Singapore in spring, we’ve rounded up our top picks of things to do:

Sakura in Singapore

During spring in Singapore, Japan’s famous sakura flowers are in bloom and not to be missed. For the best display, head to the Sakura Japan Fair in Gardens by the Bay. Held during the last week of the cherry blossom season, the venue is transformed into a floral fiesta. And with that view, you can also enjoy Japanese street fairs, tea ceremonies, performances and so much more. Be sure to see the Flower Dome come alive in all shades of white and pink, with over 20 species of cherry blossoms decorating it. Selfie opportunities are aplenty, so cameras at the ready.

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Green Link Route, Stop: Gardens by the Bay

Enjoy the outdoors

With the weather in spring in Singapore that much more comfortable, it’s one of the perfect times to simply enjoy the outdoors. Now’s the time to tick off your sightseeing. Hop on a Big Bus tour and witness world-famous landmarks, like the Helix Bridge and Marina Bay. Hop off to take a spin on the Singapore Flyer, sip a Singapore Sling at Raffles Hotel and haggle at the markets. Then when it’s time to refuel, find out for yourself why Singapore is the culinary capital of Asia at one of the many street food stalls. For our list of must-try dishes, check out our guide to Singapore Street Food.

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Bus Tour Tickets

All that jazz

Spring in Singapore is the time for jazz music-lovers to visit. Singapore International Jazz Festival is a three-day event lining up local and international acts. Held at the iconic Marina Bay Sands, previous headliners have featured Lauryn Hill, Jamie Cullum and Estelle. And if you need another reason to be tempted, all proceeds go towards the foundation for Arts and Social Enterprise, providing funding for up-and-coming jazz artists. Tickets sell fast, so do get yours in advance.

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Yellow & Green Line Route, Stop: Marina Bay Sands (South)

Getting festive

If you are in Singapore in spring, there are a couple of festivals to note. The Singapore International Festival of Arts promises three weeks of artistic adventures. From dance and music, to theatre performances, events are held across the city, some of which are even free. And for a truly cultural experience, Vesak Day in May is when Buddhists worldwide celebrate the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha. It’s a time for joy, peace and reflection, with ceremonies starting at the crack of dawn. Visit a temple to witness the Waters of Life ceremony, where worshippers crowd around basins to ‘bath’ Buddha. It’s a colourful and magical event.

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So there you have our list of must-do activities during spring in Singapore. A time when the humidity in the city begins to settle, and thunderstorms simply pass through. For more inspiration on how to fill the rest of your time in the Lion City, check out our guide to the Top Things to do in Singapore.