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National Day Celebrations

Commemoration of Singapore's independence from Malaysia in 1965, this national day has parades and fireworks.

Venue: Marina Bay.


Chinese New Year

This is one of the most eagerly anticipated events of the year. Symbolically, new clothes are usually worn to signify the new year and homes are thoroughly cleaned to sweep away any ill fortune. Families visit one another, with little red packets, or 'hong bao', filled with money, gifted to children.

Date: 25 January 2020 - 25 January 2020
Venue: Chinatown and various locations.


Singapore International Festival of Arts

From street performances to public film screenings, jazz concerts to theatrical plays, get ready to celebrate with a string of activities across the country's diverse communities.

Date: 15 May 2020 - 31 May 2020
Venue: Various locations.

Great Singapore Sale

Singapore loves to shop, especially during the 'GSS' which galvanises stores and malls citywide. From Orchard Road to Marina Bay and the suburbs, there are bargains to be had including discounts, warehouse sales, clearance sales and all types of other sales and promotions. It's a must for hard-core shoppers.

Date: 01 June 2020 - 31 July 2020
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Orchard Road and various locations.

Singapore Dragon Boat Festival

The dragon boat racing commemorates the search for an ancient Chinese poet and patriot. Nowadays the Dragon Boat Association hosts a few races throughout the year, including the DBS Marina Regatta and the National Dragon Boat Race in Bedok Reservoir.

Date: 25 June 2020 - 25 June 2020
Venue: Qu Yuan, Bedok Reservoir.

Free to spectate.

Singapore Food Festival

A much-cherished festival celebrating Singapore's pan-Asian cuisines featuring stalls laden with local dishes. There are also cooking classes and workshops promoting time-honoured recipes.

Date: 01 July 2020 - 31 July 2020
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various locations.

Singapore Grand Prix

Singapore held the first night-time Formula One Grand Prix in September 2008, with 5km (3 miles) of smooth course snaking around Marina Bay under specially designed lights. The thrilling event - which saw Fernando Alonso storm up the field from 15th place to claim victory - is now held every September in Singapore, and the terrific atmosphere and enthusiasm of the locals make it one of the best times to visit.

Date: 18 September 2020 - 20 September 2020
Venue: Various locations across Singapore.



The Indian Festival of Lights celebration takes place on the main road of Little India, which is decorated with many colourful and bright lights, street decorations and fireworks. Traditional and culture activities, street parade, concerts and impressive bazaars with traditional clothing, saris, oil lamps, fragrant flowers and jewellery all come together, as well as delicious Indian food.

Date: 14 November 2020 - 14 November 2020
Venue: Little India.


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