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The best events in Singapore in 2020

Fill your calendar with 12 months of the biggest events, festivals and things to do

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Chingay Parade
Photograph: PAssion Chingay Club Chingay Parade

With plenty of things to do in this concrete jungle, we can safely say that a boring Singapore is a myth. From the coolest music and art festivals like Garden Beats and Singapore Night Festival to mega sporting events like F1 Singapore Grand Prix and the HSBC Singapore Rugby Sevens, there's always a myriad of things to do, see and eat. Stay ahead of the game and plan your 2020 calendar pronto with the crème de la crème of events happening throughout the year.

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Chingay
Photograph: Justin Ng
Things to do

Chingay Parade

F1 Pit Building, Marina Bay

January 31-February 1

Feast your eyes on dazzling floats and immensely talented performers from around the globe as they transform the familiar streets of Singapore into a vibrant night carnival. If that isn’t enough to entice you, the evening continues with exciting performances and culminates in a rousing display of lights, fireworks and pyrotechnics.

Garden Beats 2020
Photograph: Colossal
Music

Garden Beats

Fort Canning Park, City Hall

February 29

Riding on the momentum of sustainability, the carbon-neutral music festival has partnered with eco-conscious brands and has environmentally friendly initiatives as part of its programme. The entire experience is further elevated with performing, visual and interactive arts soundtracked by an eclectic line-up of international and local acts. Taking the stage this year are indie-rock stalwarts Foals, rising contemporary R&B darling Sabrina Claudio and dynamic electronic duo Giolì & Assia.

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i Light Singapore
Photograph: Facebook/i Light Singapore
Art

i Light Singapore

Singapore City,

Take your cameras out – the Marina Bay precinct is looking a lil' brighter than usual this month as it lights up for the annual sustainable light art festival, i Light. Spanning three weeks this year’s showcase – which extends from Marina Bay to Esplanade Park – displays stunning installations that use energy-saving lighting and environmentally friendly materials.

HSBC Singapore Rugby Sevens
Photograph: Sport SG/Samuel Dai
Sport and fitness

HSBC Singapore Rugby Sevens

National Stadium, Kallang

April 11 & 12

Get ready to rock, ruck and rumble at the annual HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series. Singapore is the eighth stop in the 10-round tournament where the world’s top teams including powerhouses such as Fiji and New Zealand take on defending champion South Africa in their quest to clinch the coveted trophy. It’s super family-friendly so bring the whole brood down for some action-packed fun.

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Dionysus, SIFA
Photograph: Suzuki Company of Toga
Theatre

Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA)

Singapore City,

May 15-31

Soak up Singapore’s thriving creative scene as the Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) marks its 43rd edition this year. Offering a myriad of programmes spread over 17 days at various locations including the Victoria Theatre, SOTA Drama Theatre and the Drama Centre, the festival presents blockbuster performances from all around the world.

Shopping

The Great Singapore Sale

Singapore City,

June-July

Stretch your dollar for some retail therapy as GSS returns with the best deals and steals in the city. Cop everything from wardrobe staples to home furniture at up to 70 percent off the original retail price. The spotlight shines on local talent this year with participating up-and-coming Singaporean brands, designers and restaurants.

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International Champions Cup
Photograph: International Champions Cup

International Champions Cup

July

Football fever rages on post-Champions League with the International Champions Cup. Some of the world’s biggest clubs are warming up for the ultimate face-off to land the prestigious trophy at the National Stadium in July.

Lewis Hamilton, F1 Singapore Grand Prix
Photograph: Singapore Grand Prix/Manuel Goria

Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix

September 11-20

Think Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso – among the 20 international racers – are the only ones capable of making deafening noises? Expect loud sounds beyond the tracks with some of the biggest names in music.

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Halloween Horror Nights
Universal Studios Singapore

Halloween Horror Nights

September-October

Not for the faint-hearted – Universal Studios Singapore's annual scare event returns for another year of terror. Brace yourself for a hair-raising mix of Western and Asian ghouls and ghosts from. Be alert – zombies might come after you!

Christmas Wonderland
Photograph: Christmas Wonderland

Christmas Wonderland

November-December

See Gardens by the Bay dressed to the nines this festive season with whimsical décor, dazzling lights and more to add to the holiday charm. Enjoy Christmas carols under the stars, 'snowfall' in the tropics, carnival games and kiddy rides, and the charming stalls à la European Christmas markets for everything from hand-crafted gifts to festive grub.

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Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon
Photograph: Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon

Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon

December

Dust off those running shoes for one of Singapore's more major running events to tackle before the year ends. Tighten your laces and gear up for the return of Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon (SCSM) featuring the 5km race category as well as the signature half (21.1km) and full (42.195km) marathons.

Marina Bay Singapore Countdown
Photo by: Colossal, courtesy of Urban Redevelopment Authority

Marina Bay Singapore Countdown

December 31

Three, two, one – ring in the brand new year with a celebratory extravaganza set against the iconic city skyline at the Marina Bay Singapore Countdown. Wrap up the year with an exciting line-up of programmes that include light displays to illuminate the night sky, tasty bites and a bazaar to bag some quirky bits and bobs. But of course, the mainstay is the highly-anticipated firework spectacle that welcomes 2021 with a bang at the stroke of midnight.

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