Festivals in Singapore always unite this diverse country with one common goal - to have as much fun as possible! Traditional events such as Chinese New Year and the Dragon Boat Festival are celebrated alongside more contemporary affairs, such as the Mosaic Music Festival and the world famous F1 race, which turns into a giant three-day party.
February 8-22 2016
Chinese New Year marks the start of the lunar calendar for Singapore’s vast Chinese community. Inevitably, the best place to see the celebrations is in Chinatown, which is lit for 15 days by bright lights and decked with traditional red lanterns. There are also traditional parades, live music, dance shows and cultural exhibitions.
February 3 2016
Thaipusam is the most symbolic festival for Singapore’s large Hindu, Tamil community. On the full moon of the tenth Tamil month (usually in mid-January) devotees make a 5-hour procession, or ‘Walk of Faith’ from Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple to Sri Thendayuthapani Temple. This is done to offer their own thanks and to receive blessings.
From indie to electo, blues to hip-hop, the 10 day Mosaic Music Festival caters for all musical tastes. Set at the stunning Esplanade on Singapore’s Marina Bay, tens of thousands come every year to catch up-and-coming local talent, as well as bigger international names. Be quick to book your ticket - this event sells out fast!
May 21 2016
Vesak Day is the most important day in the Buddhist calendar, marking the birth of the Buddha. It is no surprise, then, that Singapore’s vast Buddhist community drops everything in order to pay their respects at local temples. Other activities include candlelight processions, statue bathing and releasing caged animals back into the wild.
May 16-mid-June 2016
For a whole month, Singaporean theaters become packed, playing host to the country's national arts festival. Expect a mix of local and international acts; some world renowned and some that are just starting out. On the line-up you'll find visual arts, dance, theater and music - all promoting the island’s rich and diverse culture.
July 8 - 17 2016
The month-long summertime Singapore Food Festival is really a chance for the country to show off its varied, multicultural and downright delicious cuisine. Comprised of a series of cooking workshops, weekly tasting sessions, competitions, films and exhibitions, this festival is a food lover’s paradise.
June 20 2015
This two-day event welcomes teams from across the world to compete in the ancient sport of Dragon Boat Racing. Families, sports fans and anyone craving a good dose of adrenalin flock to Bedok Reservoir to soak up the competitive atmosphere, which is fueled by roaring crowds and the relentless sound of beating drums.
August 9 annually
This day is a chance for the Lion City to celebrate everything Singapore. Held on the 9th of August each year (to commemorate independence from Malaysia in 1965), the city comes alive with parades, dances and an altogether feel-good atmosphere. The day is capped off with a spectacular fireworks show over Marina Bay in the evening.
September 29 - October 1 2017
The groundbreaking Singapore Grand Prix was the first ever night race in Formula One. The circuit stretches through downtown Singapore and around Marina Bay, meaning it's considered among the most spectacular and thrilling races on the F1 calendar. Live music also adds to the party atmosphere during the buildup to the September race.