Singapore is a unique destination where east meets west, a fusion of cultures, cuisines and traditions that come together to form something special. This diversity is exactly what makes festivals in Singapore so exciting. Celebrating the holidays of all the cultures observed in this corner of the world alone results in a packed out events calendar, and that’s before the music, arts and food themed festivals are even added. No matter what time of year you choose to visit the Lion City, you’ll never be stuck for something to do.

Whether you’re a local, passing through or on your city break, here’s our recommended list of festivals in Singapore we think you should visit:  

Singapore Night Festival

For two weekends every August, the Singapore Night Festival transforms the city for a midsummer celebration. When the sun sets, the Bras Basah district and the Bugis heritage precinct come alive with light installations, artistic performances and music gigs. A feast for the senses, you’ll be wowed as the facade of the Singapore Art Museum dances in colour, the smells of tasty street food offerings waft by and the sounds of both local and international artists play. Every year the theme of the Singapore Night Festival changes, with the spellbinding Gardens of Angels by Theater Tol, electrifying UK troupe Lords of Lightening and globally-acclaimed Argentinian acrobatic act Fuerz Bruta headlining in previous years. It’s one of the festivals in Singapore perfect for the night owls out there.   

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For the Bras Basah district:
Red Line Route, Stop: Intercontinental Hotel

For the Bugis heritage precinct:
Red Line Route, Stop: Fu Lu Shou

Neon Lights Singapore

Listed as “the region’s answer to Coachella” by The Business Times, Neon Lights Singapore is the city’s premier outdoor music and arts festival. For two nights only in November, the music scene’s biggest acts come together to create something truly magical. 2019’s line up sees Brit and Grammy Award winner Mumford & Sons to electronic-soul act Honne and innovative instrumentalist Mura Masa, Neon Lights Singapore is the gig you won’t want to miss. There’s also a silent disco to lose yourself in, a programme of family-friendly events, and of course no festival in Singapore is complete without gourmet food and drinks – there’ll be plenty on offer. With an impressive turnout of more than 15,000 revellers over the two days, be sure to bag your tickets early.

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Neon Lights Singapore at Fort Canning National Park:
Yellow Line Route, Stop: Rendezvous Hotel

Singapore Food Festival

It’s no surprise that the Singapore Food Festival is one of the highlights in the events calendar, given the nation is obsessed with food. And obsessed with good reason. This colourful island city-state brings together a fusion of Malay, Chinese, Indonesian and Western flavours, creating a culinary experience like no other. If you’re yet to experience it, check out our guide to the Singapore Street Food you simply must try. So if you’re visiting in July, you’ll want to make time for the Singapore Food Festival. During this two-week long festival, expert chefs whip up heavenly taste sensations from heritage dishes to modern cuisine, showcasing its diversity. There’s food tours around the city’s heritage districts and theatrical dining experiences on offer. Lots of competitions to get involved in and workshops for hands-on learning. Just be sure to bring your appetite.   

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Singapore Food Festival at The Promontory @ Marina Bay:
Red Line Route, Stop: Old Custom House

So there you have our top three recommended festivals in Singapore. A city-state with a packed events calendar all year round, there really is no bad time to visit. And when you’ve witnessed a monument light up in art, danced to a silent disco, and had a culinary experience, you can sit back and relax on a Big Bus tour for a day or two of sightseeing. For more ideas on how to fill the rest of your time in this electric city-state, check out our 2 Days in Singapore itinerary.