From Formula 1 racing to food and fashion, there’s never a dull moment in Singapore. Check out the fabulous array of festivals and events planned for the dynamic city-state in 2018.
Chinese New Year
16-17 February 2018
See in the Year of the Dog with one of the most vibrant Chinese New Year celebrations in the world. Singapore’s historic Chinatown alleyways come alive with the sights and sounds of lion dancers, drums, lanterns and the tantalising aromas of street food intermingled with incense.
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Festival of Fun
8-18 March 2018
Held at Singapore’s iconic Clarke Quay, the Festival of Fun isn’t overselling it: there are lively events for all ages, including a Nickelodeon Fiesta for children, international street performers and stand-up comedians.
Singapore Restaurant Week
Showcasing Singapore’s internationally renowned culture of eating out, Singapore Restaurant Week sees the country’s best restaurants serve special prix fixe three-course set lunches and dinners.
Singapore Heritage Festival
Explore the island city-state and uncover the lesser-known stories of Singapore’s colourful history during the Singapore Heritage Festival. It includes heritage trails, tours, open houses and performances at locations all over the country.
Great Singapore Sale
If bargain hunting is your thing, there’s no better time to visit Singapore during the sale of all sales, the Great Singapore Sale. Experience eight weeks of fabulous shopping with deals and bargains to be found across the island including fashion, watches, jewellery, electronics and toys.
Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA)
SIFA is the country’s premier national performing-arts festival, with a jam-packed program of inspiring international and Singaporean performers starring in theatre, dance and musical productions.
Singapore Food Festival
Singaporeans are truly crazy about food. The Singapore Food Festival celebrates the country’s amazing array of multicultural eats, with a tasty variety of interesting and immersive experiences on offer, including outdoor marquee events, food trucks, tours and workshops.
Singapore Night Festival
This annual festival celebrates Singapore’s vibrant arts scene and diverse cultural heritage. The after-dark extravaganza takes place in Singapore’s Bras Basah Bugis Precinct, with a multitude of free performances, stunning light installations and arty activities to enjoy when the sun sets.
Hungry Ghost Festival
Believers regard these months as a time when the gates of the underworld are opened to allow the souls of deceased family members to roam the realm of the living. During the Hungry Ghost Festival locals can be seen making offerings of food and other goods to appease the wandering spirits and the aroma of burning incense wafts from altars and homes.
Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix
14-16 September 2018
Singapore hosts the only night-time Formula 1 race in the world. The circuit twists and turns its way through the heart of the city’s civic district, making it an especially challenging track for drivers.
Singapore Writers Festival
Singapore Writers Festival presents some of the world’s major literary talents to Singapore while shining a spotlight on homegrown and South-East Asian creative talents. One of the few multilingual literary festivals in the world, it celebrates the written and spoken word in Singapore’s official languages – English, Malay, Mandarin and Tamil.
Held on Sentosa’s Siloso Beach, ZoukOut is Singapore’s festival of the year. One of Asia’s biggest outdoor beach parties, it’s headlined by local and international DJs, and runs over two days from dusk till dawn. In the past few years, the event has consistently pulled in close to 45,000 revellers.
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Experience Singapore’s arts and culture scene at Singapore: Inside Out 3-5 November 2017 at Kensington Street, in Sydney’s Chippendale.
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