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JAN

What's Happening in JANUARY

Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebration 2023 - STREET LIGHT UP

3 January 2023 – 19 February 2023

Chinatown Precinct

Also known as Lunar New Year or the Spring Festival, Chinese New Year is undoubtedly the most important event in the Chinese calendar.
 

3 weeks prior to the start of Chinese New Year, you'll be able to soak in the festive mood in Chinatown as it comes alive with street decorations, lanterns, festive street stalls and performances. 
 

Don’t miss the Chinatown Street Light Up and the variety of colours and smell of festive street stalls.  With its lively festive atmosphere, this is definitely the place to head to during this time of the year!

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Singapore Art Week 2023

6 - 15 January 2023

Various Locations Around City Area

As Singapore’s signature visual arts season, Singapore Art Week (SAW) represents the unity and pride of a diverse and vibrant arts community in Singapore.

From 6 to 15 January 2023, SAW 2023 will present an array of over 130 art events featuring new works and transnational collaborations across the island and online. SAW is a nexus for creative collaborations andaudiences canlook forward to an exciting line-up of art experiences at our museums, galleries, independent art spaces and public spaces, and enjoy enriching discussions, talks, walks and tours.

SAW 2023, a celebration of Singapore’s vibrant art landscape, is helmed by the National Arts Council.
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Light to Night Festival 2023

6 - 26 January 2023

Civic District

Light to Night 2023 embraces the theme of 'Here and Now' and explores what it really means to be in the present. Inspired by the process of responding to one’s time and environment through art, the festival invites visitors to reflect on contemporary topics through newly commissioned works by local and international artists in the Civic District.
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River HONGBAO

20 - 28 January 2023

Gardens by the Bay

The River Hongbao has been on Singapore’s festive calendar every year since 1987. It is an eleven-day extravaganza of lights, sights, and sounds to usher in the Chinese Lunar New Year. Held at the NS Square, the Marina Bay floating platform, this iconic event has become an integral tradition of Singapore’s Lunar New Year celebrations for locals and tourists alike.

River Hongbao features an impressive light-up with mega lanterns, dazzling fireworks, cultural performances from home and abroad, food street and interactive fringe activities. Itis a fun-filled carnival for the whole family to enjoy during this Lunar New Year. River Hongbao is open to public and admission is free. 

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FEB

What's Happening in FEBRUARY

CHINGAY 2023

3 - 4 February 2023

F1 Pit Building

The Chingay Parade is the largest street performance and float parade in Asia. The Chingay parade is set to go digital for the first time this year, yet is expected to still play its part in rallying people from diverse backgrounds and lifting the viewers' spirits.

If a single event could capture the essence of Singapore’s unique multicultural personality, it would be the Chingay Parade—an annual marvel of dazzling floats, dancing dragons and stilt walkers. It may be held during the Chinese New Year festivities, but this wondrous event brings together people and performances from across Singapore’s cultural spectrum, and is celebrated by Chinese, Malays, Indians and Eurasians alike.

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Thaipusam

5 February 2023

Keong Saik Road

Anchored by a large, colourful annual procession, Thaipusam sees Hindu devotees in Singapore seeking blessings, fulfilling vows and offering thanks. The festival is celebrated in honour of Lord Subramaniam (also known as Lord Murugan), the destroyer of evil who represents virtue, youth and power.

The Thaipusam ceremony starts in the early hours of the morning. The first batch of devotees carry milk pots and wooden kavadis (ceremonial devices used for religious self mortification in Hinduism). Some pierce their tongues with skewers and carry a wooden kavadi decorated with flowers and peacock feathers balanced on their shoulders. Other devotees carry spiked kavadis that require elaborate preparation.

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MAR

What's Happening in MARCH

HSBC Women’s World Championship

2 - 5 March 2023

New Tanjong Course,
Sentosa Golf Club

Boasting one of the strongest fields in women’s golf outside of the five Major Championships, the HSBC Women’s World Championship will see the top LPGA players battle it out in Singapore. 

The four-day extravaganza will be a platform to celebrate the sport of golf, the brilliant women competing in it and inspirational women from all facets of life throughout the World.

Recognised as one of the premier golf events in Asia, the HSBC Women’s World Championship marks a welcome return for professional women’s golf to Singapore and the Asia-Pacific region after its one-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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APR

What's Happening in APRIL

KAMPONG GLAM Ramadan Bazaar

21 March - 20 April 2023

Kandahar Street

The Ramadan bazaar returned to the Kampong Glam cultural precinct after a two-year hiatus due to Covid-19. I will be held along Kandahar Street and run till 20 April from 3 pm to 11 pm.

The Kampong Glam bazaar is part of a five-week bonanza dubbed Cinta Cahaya Ramadan ("Ramadan Light of Love" in Malay), organised by volunteers from One Kampong Gelam (OKG), the business association for the precinct.

Other activities to commemorate the fasting month include a light show projected on the facade of Sultan Mosque, craft workshops and tours.

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Geylang Serai Ramadan Bazaar

22 March - 21 April 2023

Wisma Geylang Serai

After two years of being cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the long awaited Ramadan bazaars have finally returned and Singaporeans are excited to welcome back our favourite open market or "Pasar Malam". 

However, there are significantly fewer stalls than previous years, in order to control crowds. Even with the reduced number of stalls, there are definitely plenty of food, drinks and snacks options to choose from during this festive season.

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HSBC SINGAPORE RUGBY SEVENS 2023

*TBC

Singapore National Stadium

Catch the top nations in rugby square off against each other at the National Stadium, and immerse yourself in the thrills, music and family activities that surround the colourful festivities.As the only Southeast Asian stop on the ten-leg HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, the Singapore edition saw rugby lovers congregating at the National Stadium to cheer their hearts out for their favourite teams.

Besides being treated to spectacular tackles and lightning runs down the pitch, the spectators soaked in the raucous atmosphere at the National Stadium, with costumed fans, deafening cheers and heartfelt singalongs.

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MAY

What's Happening in MAY

Singapore HERITAGE FEST

*TBC

Various Locations Around Singapore

Singapore HeritageFest is an immersive celebration of our shared culture and heritage.

It is a platform for exploration and discovery where we can relive the stories that connect us. Through interactive and meaningful experiences, we aim to inspire everyone to keep our heritage alive.

This year, come revisit the heydays of our budding travel industry, as well as the historically rich flora and fauna dotted across our island.

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Singapore International Festival of Arts

22 May - 10 June 2023

Various Live Spaces Around The City

For 42 years, the Singapore International Festival of Arts has been showcasing Singapore’s thriving creative and arts scene. Interesting and thought-provoking work from local and international artists are presented through various mediums such as, music and literary, theatre and dance performances. The festival takes place at spots around the city and Civic District. The Festival House will be located at The Arts House.

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What's Happening in JUNE

JUN

Vesak Day at Phor Kark See Temple

2 June 2023

Kong Meng San
Phor Kark See Monastery

Vesak Day, which falls on the full moon day of the 4th lunar month, is an important event for the Buddhist community. One of the most popular rituals you will notice on Vesak Day is that of ‘bathing’ the Buddha.

Visitors can take a look at such procession at Phor Kark See Temple on Bright Hill Road where you can see devotees practice the two-hour-long ‘three-step, one-bow’ ritual, taking steps on both knees, bowing at every third step as they pray for world peace, personal blessings and repentance.

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Dragon Boat Festival

22 June 2023

Bedok Reservoir / Kallang River / DBS Marina Regatta

Thumping drumbeats and delicious dumplings are the exciting ingredients that make the Dragon Boat Festival a sizzler of a festival in Singapore.

Age-old tradition lives on in modern Singapore with the Dragon Boat Festival, a traditional Chinese holiday with apocryphal origins dating back to China’s Warring States era.

Dragon boat races and dumplings—two of the most distinctive elements of the festival — have their roots in a story of patriotism and politics.

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Hari Raya Haji

29 June 2023

Also called the Festival of Sacrifice, Hari Raya Haji commemorates Ibrahim’s (Abraham) complete obedience and faith in God when he was asked to sacrifice his son, Ismail. On this day, Muslims all over the world attend sermons at mosques and offer prayers. To commemorate the sacrifice, Muslims observe the korban, or the ritual slaughter of lambs, goats and sheep. According to tradition, the meat is then distributed to the person who contributed the animal, his family and friends, with a third going to the poor and needy.

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JUL

What's Happening in JULY

Singapore Food Festival

*TBC

Various Locations Around Singapore

A celebration of local culinary tradition, dining culture, innovation and artistry, the annual Singapore Food Festival beckons die-hard gourmands to savour Singapore in every bite.

The festival showcases Singapore food culture through myriad dining experiences with four distinct themes of modernity, art, culture and tradition. Whether you’re a gourmand who appreciates culinary innovation, a lover of authentic culture and artistic presentations, or a foodie with a taste for tradition, Singapore Food Festival is bound to satisfy.

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AUG

What's Happening in AUGUST

National Day

9 August 2023


The Float@Marina Bay /
Marina Bay Area

Singapore certainly knows how to host a birthday party–especially its own! Since Singapore gained its independence in 1965, The Float@Marina Bay has played host to the National Day Parade (NDP) seven times. With the platform’s unobstructed view of the sky and water, visitors can expect the NDP to be a grand affair. Crowd favourites include the Red Lions skydivers and spectacular fireworks. Visitors can catch the festivities on television or watch the parade and fireworks at various locations such as Gardens by the Bay.

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Fuse 2023

18-20 August 2023
 

Marina Bay Sands Singapore,
Hall A (Level 1)

FUSE is a F&B focused consumer show whereby you would not have to travel across the world to experience their delicacies. FUSE would allow you to experience the joy of travelling to various destinations all within close proximity, in the comfort of our heartland.

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Hungry Ghost Festival

30 August 2023

Various Locations Around Singapore

Discover the rich traditions of Singapore’s Chinese population during The Hungry Ghost Festival, which honours the memories of the deceased.

The Hungry Ghost Festival is rooted in Buddhist and Taoist culture and happens during the seventh month of the Lunar calendar — take note of the dos and don’ts of the season.

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World Gourmet Summit

*TBC

Various Restaurants Around Singapore

Head to the World Gourmet Summit in Singapore for a celebration of fine cuisine, excellent wines and wonderful dining experiences.

The annual World Gourmet Summit is a fresh take on food festivals, with its focus on top-notch wining and dining. It is, after all, Southeast Asia’s premier haute cuisine festival, where you’ll enjoy back-to-back epicurean experiences, from vintner dinners to themed and celebrity meals.

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Singapore Night Festival

*TBC


Various venues around the Bras Basah & Bugis precinct

Every August, Singapore’s city centre flourishes with outdoor performances, popup art installations and interactive light installations titled Night Lights on historic buildings. Night owls will enjoy the many events held late into the night brought together by partners and stakeholders in the district, and and they will be entertained by the various street performances by local and international artists.

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SEP

What's Happening in September

Mid-Autumn Festival

29 September 2023


Chinatown Precinct

One of the loveliest Chinese festivals, the Mid-Autumn Festival in Singapore celebrates the end of the autumn harvest with family gatherings, lanterns and mooncakes.

Moon-viewing parties and lantern-walking are popular ways to enjoy the Mid-Autumn Festival. Mooncakes — a sweet delicacy commonly associated with the Mid-Autum Festival — is traditionally made with a red bean or lotus seed paste filling.

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Formula 1™ Singapore Grand Prix

15 - 17 September 2023
 

Marina Bay Street Circuit

For one weekend in September every year, downtown Singapore is transformed into a magnificently illuminated racetrack for the Grand Prix Season. The Singapore Grand Prix takes place over 61 laps of the 5.063 kilometre Marina Bay Street Circuit.

 

Aside from the races, visitors can also participate in the Grand Prix Season Singapore and enjoy exciting off-track activities all across the city in the weeks leading up to the F1 race.

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What's Happening in NOVEMBER

NOV

DEEPAVALI

12 November 2023
 

Little India Precinct

As one of the major cultural festivals in Singapore, Deepavali (also known as “Diwali” or the “Festival of Lights”) is a celebration that marks the triumph of good over evil.

 

Bright colours, tantalising aromas and the light of a thousand oil lamps fill the streets of Little India during Deepavali. During the festival, massive statues of elephants and peacocks stand proudly across Little India. According to Hindu tradition, the former alludes to royalty and abundance, while the latter symbolises victory, love and wisdom. You’ll also find elephant and peacock motifs in many jewellery pieces sold in this cultural precinct.

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DEC

What's Happening in DECEMBER

Standard Chartered SIngapore Marathon 2022

*TBC
 

Chinatown > Little India > Marina Bay Sands > Gardens by the Bay

Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon is an iconic national event and a highlight on Singapore’s sporting calendar. Every first Sunday of December, tens of thousands of participants from all over the world and all walks of life run past some of Singapore’s most iconic landmarks and vibrant skylines such as Marina Bay Sands, Garden by the Bay and the Esplanade.

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