Every weekend, herds of merry-making families and friends flock to the Promontory at Marina Bay for picnics, kite-flying competitions and sunshine soaking. Come 28 May, expect sand to replace the green space as it transforms into a hotbed of activity for the DBS Marina Regatta 2016.

Even if you're not a dragon boat enthusiast, you can still relish in the regatta's fringe festivities. Returning for the second time, the pop-up urban beach will be even bigger, with six different areas to suit any frolicker: A 25 by 25-metre picnic mat (which they're trying to break a record for the biggest picnic space), a sand-covered area set up with hammocks, beach chairs and umbrellas, a stage, a pop-up pool, food and craft markets and an inflatable slide.

A rendering of the pop-up urban beach at DBS Marina Regatta 2016
Apart from taking a well-deserved weekend break, you'll also be contributing to a good cause. Each ride down the four-storey inflatable slide is a donation to the SPD, an organisation that helps the physically disabled to integrate with mainstream society. Next to the slide, former shipping containers have been restored to serve as both food and drink or retail kiosks curated by The Local People, where you can take your salted egg yolk fries and chili crab mantou buns up to the viewing deck upstairs. If you're up for another adrenaline rush, the pop-up pool right next to the bay will host fitness sessions including stand-up paddling, stand-up yoga and zorbing.

As night falls, serenade to the sounds of Noise Singapore musicians and the acoustic charms of Inch Chua, Take Two and Hubba Bubba. The lineup changes every evening, so make sure you stay tuned to their website for more details. Rock up in your beachwear best — we're thinking swimsuits by day and kaftans by night. Men, leave your speedos at home.

The DBS Marina Regatta will be held on 28 to 29 May and 4 to 5 June at The Promontory, Marina Bay. For more details, click here.