The school holidays are here again, and along with them a hodgepodge of multicultural activities to celebrate Hari Raya Haji, Deepavali, and the Hungry Ghost Festival. How will you spend your long weekend?



*Please note that events listed here are “curated” and that there are other free/frugal events happening elsewhere, especially at parks, museums, libraries, and community centres.


Continued from Previous Week

Children's Biennale: Dreams & Stories
20 May - 8 Oct
All day

Cost: Free, $5 for art pack
Venue: National Gallery Singapore

The first edition of the Children’s Biennale, a four-month festival, invites you to discover art in a whole new way. Explore dreams and stories through site-specific installations, interactive artworks and a stimulating line-up of music performances, film showcases and art-inspired programmes designed especially for kids and families.
The O.P.E.N. & SIFA 2017
28 June - 9 Sept

Cost: $10 single entry; $45 general pass; $25 concession pass
Venue: Various
The annual arts festival series returns with a brand new name, concept and approach as the Singapore International Festival of Arts or SIFA. Organised independently by the Arts House Limited, and commissioned by the National Arts Council, it aims to inspire diverse audiences through great artistic experiences. For a schedule of events, please click here.
Esplanade Presents: Red Dot August
1 Aug – 3 Sep

Cost: Free
Venue: Esplanade
Esplanade celebrates our nation's birthday with a month-long festival of what makes us uniquely Singaporean, from concerts, activities, and workshops, to exhibitions and film screenings.
Hungry Ghost Festival
22 Aug - 19 Sept

Cost: Free
Venue: Chinatown & Other various places
As part of the Hungry Ghost Festival, you can sign up for the Birth, Life and Death Tour by the Chinatown Business Association where you will learn the practices carried out during births and deaths. You can also join the Asia Paranormal Investigators on a walking tour to hunt for ghosts at Bukit Brown Chinese Cemetery, or visit the Taoist temple at Arumugam Road, where there will be festivities, lively auctions, and variety shows.


Upcoming Events

Nobel Perspectives Live!
30 Aug
3pm - 5pm

Cost: Free
Venue: Capitol Theatre

Four Nobel Laureates in Economic Sciences, will be live on stage at Singapore’s Capitol Theatre, to explore, discuss and debate the questions, including yours, that shape our future and that just can’t be 'Googled'. What will you ask?
The Fair: Diwali Dazzle
30 Aug
10am - 6pm

Cost: Free
Venue: Pan Pacific Orchard, 10 Claymore Road
At Diwali Dazzle, there will be a group of exclusive, international vendors that will be bringing you Diwali fashion, decor, accessories, jewellery, puja thalis, shawls and much, much more. There will be lucky draw prizes every hour and sumptuous Indian snacks.
Families for Life: My Family Weekend 2017
31 Aug - 3 Sept
Various times

Cost: Free
Venue: Various
My Family Weekend is a new initiative by Families for Life Council to celebrate family time with your immediate family and extended ties. Between juggling our hectic schedules and daily commitments, it’s easy to forget the important things in life. My Family Weekend is packed with many memorable events and activities for all family members to spend quality time with each other. For a schedule of events, please visit their website.
COMEX 2017
31 Aug - 3 Sept
11am - 9pm

Cost: Free
Venue: Suntec Convention Centre, Level 4 & 6
COMEX is the largest I.T., digital, mobile consumer electronics exhibition in Singapore, and offers discounts and deals on the latest and hottest I.T. products and accessories. New this year is their trade in & repair service where you can bring your old and faulty gadgets in exchange for cash vouchers. In addition to old PCs, notebooks, smartphones & Apple products, you can also bring in e-mobility devices.
Hari Raya Haji
1 Sept

Cost: Free
Venue: Various Moques
Muslims in Singapore remember their faith with prayer and reflection during Hari Raya Haji, also known as the Festival of Sacrifice. Hari Raya Haji also marks the end of 'hajj', which is the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia. This arduous journey retraces the steps of the Prophet Muhammed and concludes with a series of symbolic rituals once the faithful have reached the holy city.
Story Carnival
1 Sept - 2 Sept
10.30am - 5pm

Cost: Free
Venue: Enabling Village at Lengkok Bahru
Story Carnival is a first-of-its-kind festival which will feature more than a dozen local storytellers, concerts and interactive craft-and-story and performance workshops. There will also be free curry puffs from Old Chang Kee, face painting. a bouncy castle, and a photo booth.
SG Eco Film Fest (SGEFF)
1 Sept - 3 Sept
Various times

Cost: Free
Venue: ArtScience Museum
The annual SG Eco Film Festival is an inspirational event bringing together all the eco organisations & storytellers in Singapore, to celebrate and accelerate solutions for our environment. It's a jam-packed programme over 3 days filled with unforgettable experiences, including eco films, insightful panel discussions, activities & workshops for all ages.
Star Wars: Experience the Force @ Orchard Road
1 Sept - 10 Sept
10am - 10pm

Cost: Free
Venue: ION2, Shaw House Urban Plaza
Visitors of all ages will be taken on an epic journey of Star Wars, indulging in a trail of exciting pop-up experiences and fan-based activities. Don't miss the opportunity to snap a picture with the first-ever installation of the Millennium Falcon in Southeast Asia at ION2, and the AT-ST Walker at Shaw House Urban Plaza.
Sentosa Sandsation 2017
1 Sept - 17 Sept
10am - 9pm

Cost: Free
Venue: Siloso Beach, Sentosa
Marvel at larger than life sand sculptures at Southeast Asia's largest Sand Festival spread over 2,400 square metres of exhibition space on Siloso Beach. Enjoy special promos, such as the Sandsational Fun Ride, where you can purchase Singapore Cable Car Unlimited Sky Passes at $50% off (U.P. $43 Adult / $32 Child).
Silver Arts Festival 2017
1 Sept - 24 Sept
Various times

Cost: Free
Venue: Various
Silver Arts is an annual festival that collaborates with artists, arts organisations and community partners to integrate the arts into the lifestyles of seniors. From performances to workshops, seniors can showcase their creative talents through co-created content or learn a new skill, enhancing their overall well-being. For a schedule of events, please visit their website.
Deepavali Light Up & Street Parade
2 Sept
7pm onward

Cost: Free
Venue: Little India
The light-up ceremony on Sept 2 will be held in conjunction with a biannual street parade on Race Course Road, which will see 20 local and international arts groups performing. Other events throughout the Deepavali period, include Theemithi (Oct 8), the ritualistic 4km walk across fire, as well as a Silver Chariot procession (Sept 23, at 7pm and Oct 9, at 9pm) from the 185-year-old Sri Mariamman Temple in South Bridge Road to Little India.
[email protected]: Selamat Hari Raya Haji!
2 Sept
1pm - 5pm

Cost: Free
Venue: Asian Civilisations Museum
Trace the routes of wise men as you embark on this journey back to the past through performances and craft activities. Watch an interactive play by ACT 3 International, and make your own souvenir of your visit to the museum.
NAC-ExxonMobil Concert in the Park
3 Sept
5pm - 6.30pm

Cost: Free
Venue: Singapore Botanic Gardens, Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage
Relive the good times with friends and family at this evening of Xinyao classics! Featuring performances by home-grown mandopop artist Kelvin Tan, who will be singing songs from his latest album 新谣 and not to be missed - a special guest appearance by local songbird Kelly Poon!
Gujarati Bazaar
3 Sept
10am - 7pm

Cost: Free
Venue: Chinese Swimming Club, 21/34 Amber Road
The Singapore Gujarati Society will be organising a Gujarati Bazaar for the best in Gujarati ensemble, cuisine, art & decor.
Kiss92 Picnic In The Park
3 Sept
12pm - 8pm

Cost: Free
Venue: Marina Barrage
It’s Kiss92’s 5th Birthday and they are celebrating with Kiss’ first ever Picnic in the Park, a day of fun, laughter, food, music and more! There will be bouncy castles, carnival booths, an LED kite performance, and chances to win prizes. Do bring your own mats and bring your own food and drinks.
23rd Ngee Ann City National Lion Dance Championships 2017
4 Sept - 9 Sept

Cost: Free
Venue: Ngee Ann Civic Plaza
Singapore’s top 25 lion dance teams rally to vie for the champion titles at the Ngee Ann City National Lion Dance Championships. See the thrilling display of lion dancers performing acrobatic stunts to showcase their creative techniques and stances.
IWA Festive Bazaar
5 Sept
10.30am - 7.30pm

Cost: Free
Venue: Suntec Convention Center, Level 3
The Indian Women's Association will be organising a Festive Bazaar with 80 vendors showcasing the best and affordable picks for clothes, jewellery, kids wear, home decor, gift options and food products for Deepavali. There will be fantastic lucky draws by the hour plus a chaat & food counter to make it a fun day out with friends.

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