Just recently, the BeScene team revealed their seven favourite events of 2018. With 2019 just around the corner, it looks like 2019 looks just as fabulous, if not even more, with a plethora of events to attend throughout the year.
Here are our top 18 must-go events in 2019! Be sure to bookmark them or prepare yourselves for the extreme FOMO:
Light to Night Festival 2019
Date: 18 January – 24 February 2019
Venue: Civic District & Marina Bay
Price: Free entry for Singaporean & PRs
Light to Night Festival is an annual urban event that celebrates the Civic District of Singapore. Light to Night Festival 2019 will comprise of 2 weeks; Art Week (18 Jan – 27 Jan) and Singapore’s Bicentennial (28 Jan – 24 Feb) and aims to make art accessible to the public. Festival highlights include special public art commissions and outdoor installations at the art trail, free art exhibitions, a festival food village with a wide variety of food and craft stalls, as well as a series of special clarinet and percussion performances.
Date: 21 January 2019
Thaipusam Festival is one of the biggest celebrations amongst the Hindus where devotees seek blessings, fulfil vows and offer thanks. On the eve, the chariot procession begins from Sri Thendayuthapani Temple at Tank Road to Layan Sithi Vinayagar Temple at Keong Siak Road. Witness the spectacle along Serangoon Road and Tank Road as devotees carry milk pots and wooden kavadis. Some also pierce tongues with skewers and carry a wooden kavadi decorated with flowers and peacock feathers balanced on their shoulders across 4.5 kilometres of road.
i Light Singapore, the Bicentennial Edition
Date: 28 January – 24 February 2019
Time: Sun – Thurs: 7:30 – 11:30 pm
Fri – Sat: 7:30 pm – 12:00 am
Venue: Marina Bay Waterfront, Civic District, Singapore River and Fort Canning Park
Previously known as i Light Marina Bay, i Light Singapore will feature a total of 32 artworks, comprising of 31 alluring light art installations and a breathtaking multimedia show! i Light Singapore will also feature artisanal markets and bazaars, carnivals and lifestyle activities for people of all ages to enjoy and take part in!
River Hongbao 2019
Date: 3 – 10 February 2019
Time: 2 – 11 pm
Venue: The Float @ Marina Bay
River Hongbao is an annual Lunar Chinese New Year event that is held in Marina Bay that features an awe-inspiring display of Chinese cultures and traditions. This year’s event promises fun for all ages with an array of amusement rides and carnival attractions. Visitors will also get to enjoy more than 30 unique mouth-watering Chinese dishes and be entertained by both local and foreign acrobats and artists stage performances. Don’t miss the laser show and grand fireworks that will take place every night throughout the event!
Chinese New Year
Date: 5 – 6 February 2019 (celebrations begin in January)
According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2019 marks the Year of the Pig. Of course, what is Chinese New Year without visiting Chinatown? From 18th January to 4th February 2019, there will be nightly stage shows at Kreta Ayer Square, next to the Buddha Tooth Relic, 8 PM. You can expect to see traditional Chinese performances like martial arts, lion dance and Chinese opera!
Here’s a quick recap on the Chinese New Year events in 2018!
Chingay Parade 2019
Date: 15 – 16 February 2019
Time: 8 – 9.30 pm
Venue: F1 Pit Building
Price: $28.50 – 60
Though it takes place during the Chinese New Year celebrations, the Chingay Parade is the largest street performance and float parade in Asia that is now a national festival celebrated by Chinese, Malays, Indians and Eurasians alike. This year’s theme, Dreams Funtasia, features a stunning display of lights, lasers, pyrotechnic, fireworks, and an impressive 270m-long painting depicting the ‘Past, Present and Future’ of Singapore. Expect vibrant floats, dancing dragons, prancing lions, stilt walkers, wushu masters, performers of different races in their traditional costumes and many more!
Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) 2019
Date: 16 May – 2 June 2019
Time: Depends on programme
Venue: The Arts House
Price: $40 – 60
SIFA 2019 is an annual performing arts festival that presents diverse and distinctive works from Singapore and around the world that ignites imagination and provokes reflection through theatre, music, dance, film and visual arts. The festival also aims to create meaningful engagement opportunities through artists talks, workshops and discussions. This year, The Arts House will be transformed into a festival house where audiences can meet, discuss the works in the festival, eat, drink and hang out while taking in the festival buzz.
Hari Raya Puasa
Date: 5 June 2019
Hari Raya Puasa marks the end of a month of fasting for Muslims with a joyous time of fellowship and delicious food! For a month before Hari Raya Puasa, drop by the Geylang Serai for the spectacular Hari Raya light-up. Don’t forget to pop by Geylang Serai Bazaar, Singapore’s most well-known and loved Pasar Malam, to feast your time away with the famous Ramly Burger, kebabs and other goodies!
Here’s our review on the 2018 Geylang Serai Bazaar!
Ultra Music Festival 2019
Date: 8 – 9 June 2019
Venue: Ultra Park
Here’s one for all the party animals out there – Ultra Music Festival has revealed its return in 2019! Ultra is known for epic line-up of DJs and great party atmosphere, featuring Steve Aoki and Dash Berlin in 2017, and DJ Snake and Steve Angello in 2018. The line-up for 2019’s Ultra Singapore has yet to be announced yet but that doesn’t stop us from feeling excited about the festival!
The Great Singapore Sale (GSS) 2019
Date: June – August 2019
What better excuse to treat yo’self in the middle of the year than the Great Singapore Sale? If the online Single Day and Black Friday sales in November is too long of a wait for you, go shopping the old school way with many brick and mortar stores in Singapore having their items on sale during this period!
Singapore Food Festival 2019
Date: June/July 2019 (TBA)
The month-long Singapore Food Festival celebrates Singapore’s multicultural heritage and diverse local food options. Its main event, STREAT, offers patrons a range of Singapore’s favourite dishes as well as a twist on some modern favourites, and is free to enter. But that’s not all! Patrons will also get to savour from an array of cuisines, from European to Indian, by top international chefs from around the world. This event is a real treat for foodies.
National Day Parade 2019
Date: 9 August 2019
Singapore is turning 54! Celebrate the nation’s birthday this August with friends and family across different venues in Singapore. Singapore citizens and permanent residents can apply for tickets for the National Day Parade at The Float @ Marina Bay from as early as May to catch the main celebration live. As per previous years, National Day is always an event to look forward to with shops and restaurants all over the country coming up with special deals and promos.
Psssttttt… here are the best spots to catch the fireworks on National Day!
Hari Raya Haji
Date: 11 Aug 2019
Venue: Sultan Mosque, Hajjah Fatimah Mosque, Jamae Chulia Mosque
Hari Raya Haji, also known as the Festival of Sacrifice, is a four-day festival where Muslims in Singapore remember their faith with prayer and reflection. During this period, the faithful dress in their finest clothes and congregate in mosques to listen to sermons and offer their prayers. They then visit their families and friends to relax over a meal together. Unlike Hari Raya Puasa in June, there is little overt feasting or merrymaking during this festival that is more about spiritual needs than physical ones.
Hari Raya Haji in 2019 falls on a Sunday, which makes Monday a public holiday in Singapore!
Singapore Night Festival 2019
Date: August (TBA)
Venue: Bras Basah, Bugis
For two weekends every August, the Singapore Night Festival transforms the Bras Basah and Bugis districts into a midsummer’s celebration of sorts. The main highlight of the festival is the interactive light installations that turn the Singapore Art Museum and the National Museum of Singapore into ephemeral works of wonder. This year, there will be many programmes held late into the night throughout the two weekends, such as street and music performances by local and international artistes. The Singapore Night Festival is a great opportunity to experience Singapore’s heritage, arts and culture in a new light!
Mid Autumn Festival
Date: 13 September 2019
Mid-Autumn Festival is the second most important traditional festival celebrated by the Chinese. Put aside the folklore, and what you get is a day where families and friends get together to light lanterns. For some, it is also a cheat day where you can go all out to gorge on delicious mooncakes! In Singapore, the Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations is complemented light installations and Chinese folk art performances at various venues.
Here’s a little throwback to the three best Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations in Singapore!
F1 Singapore Grand Prix 2019
The Singapore Grand Prix has pretty much positioned itself as a national affair with its non-stop race action and entertainment throughout the three days in September. Catch the motor race under artificial lights and see if Lewis Hamilton will be able to defend his crown in the 2019 inaugural night race. For those who are not fans of fast cars, Singapore Grand Prix is also known for its fantastic live music performances by line-ups that have never disappointed. With the first announcement of this year’s entertainment line-up including the likes of MUSE and Fat Boy Slim, we are super excited to see who else will be heading towards our shores!
Check out the other upcoming concerts in 2019!
Date: 27 October 2019
Deepavali, also known as the Festival of Lights, is a celebration where Hindu families transform their homes into beacons of light, exchange gifts, share feasts and perform prayers to deities. Join the action at Little India on the eve of Deepavali, as Hindu families throng the district’s bazaar and street light-up. On Deepavali, catch a glimpse of devotees towing a silver chariot that houses an effigy of the goddess Sri Drowpathai Amman from the Sri Mariamman Temple in Chinatown, all the way to Little India.
There were more than 15 lit Deepavali events and activities in 2018. Will Deepavali 2019 be able to top that?
Date: 25 December 2019 (celebrations begin from November)
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Even though it only takes place at the end of the year, Christmas always tops our list as the most anticipated celebration. Singapore always looks best during the Christmas period with the streets and malls decorated with colourful lights and installations. There’s also so much to do in town during the festive season, with over 15 Christmas events in 2018!
With 2018’s Disney-themed Christmas light-ups at Orchard Road being an instant hit among locals and tourists, we can’t wait to see what Christmas 2019 has in store for us!
This article originally appeared on BeScene SG.