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The best things to do in Singapore this February

It's all about stellar live concerts and exciting night markets this month

Cheryl Sekkappan
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Cheryl Sekkappan
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Let out that huge sigh of relief now that the long month of January is over. But pick yourself up quickly because here comes the shortest month of the year: February. There are also plenty of reasons to celebrate this month. This February sees a stellar line-up of live concerts as well as dazzling Chinese New Year light-ups and celebrations. Failing all that, just get lovey-dovey with your boo (or yourself – #selfcare!) at the city's most romantic corners and restaurants. 

RECOMMENDED: The definitive guide on things to do in Singapore and the ultimate guide to Chinese New Year in Singapore

The best events in February

  • Things to do
  • Central

You can soon experience the ethereal charm of Taiwan's famous Pingxi Sky Festival right here in Singapore. The first Singapore Sky Lantern Festival is happening this February 21 at Sentosa's Palawan Green. Just like the event in Taiwan, you can pen your wishes on paper lanterns, light them up, and send them soaring into the night sky. Get your camera ready to capture the tapestry of glowing orbs overhead. If you have safety or environmental concerns, don't fret – the lanterns are biodegradable and will be fastened to the ground with long bamboo strings. You'll be required to retrieve your lantern before disposing of it responsibly.

The Sky Lantern Festival will also have an afternoon music festival with cultural performances, DJ sets and food stalls. End your night at the afterparty happening from 10pm to midnight.  

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Ring in the Year of the Dragon with your favourite characters at Universal Studios Singapore this February. Watch your favourite kung fu fighting panda Po in a new live show where he, along with Master Tigress and Elder Lao Lao, embarks on a thrilling quest to find the Dragon of Dreams. Remember to get your cameras ready for enchanting lantern displays inspired by DreamWorks Animation films such as How To Train Your Dragon and Madagascar at the New York Public Library too. More festive delights await, including mesmerising dragon dances featuring beloved characters like Illumination’s Minions, meet-and-greets with characters in CNY-ready outfits, and picture-perfect zones blooming with cherry blossoms and red lanterns. 

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Where else to celebrate Chinese New Year but Chinatown? Already all decked out with dragon dioramas and festive decorations, which will be on display until March 9, the district has more in store. Join the countdown party at Kreta Ayer Square on Chinese New Year's Eve to bask in the glow of spectacular fireworks. From now to February 9, you can also shop for festive decorations and goodies at two Festive Fairs – one at the open space in front of People’s Park Complex and another at China Street Stalls. Adding to the CNY cheer are weekend stage shows (January 27 to 28, February 3 to 4) at Kreta Ayer Square and even a lion dance competition (January 27 to 28, $10) at Kreta Ayer People’s Theatre.

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  • Marina Bay

The annual Chingay Parade is back with the theme of ‘Blossom’, to signify the blossoming of individuals and communities. This year, the parade will include the largest floor projection for a street parade yet – spanning 230 meters, the Chingay Garden will light up and bloom with mesmerising graphics and visuals. At PAssionArts Street, explore festive art installations and take part in craft activities. Also make a pit stop at the F1 Pit Building, which will be home to blossom-themed installations made from recycled materials – all designed and set up by talented students from seven primary and secondary schools in Singapore.

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  • Festivals
  • City Hall

Celebrate Chinese New Year at the annual Huayi – Chinese Festival of Arts, happening at Esplanade. With over 15 performances spanning across the various art forms, patrons can gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for the various aspects of Chinese culture. Enjoy a variety of theatre performances such as Zuni Icosahedron’s 13•67, Boomablish Cantonese Opera Troupe’s The Sassy Princess, and Nine Years Theatre’s Everything For You. These plays range from crime thrillers and traditional Chinese operas to family dramas. 

Alongside the plays, Huayi also features performances that encourage introspection, such as Microcosm – A Sonic Tea Ceremony and Taiwanese choreographer Chou Shu-yi’s Dance a Dance from My Body. Huayi festival will also be hosting a myriad of free live performances throughout the ten days, with wushu performances by Martial House, Chinese opera classics by Singapore Chinese Opera and Drama Society, and fusion music performances by Taiwanese band A_Root.

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  • Jurong East

For those missing South Korea’s vibrant pop culture scene, there’s no need to instantly book the next flight out of Singapore. From now to February 25, take a stroll through the BTS x James Jean: Seven Phases Exhibition, don a traditional hanbok costume, and pick up special K-pop merchandise. You’ll want to take your time to look through this dedicated BTS exhibition – Taiwanese-American visual artist James Jean has specially put together dreamlike artworks inspired by each BTS member. There’s also a massive mural that’s artfully scrawled all over with the heartfelt sentiments of other ARMYs. Make sure to also pick up exclusive BTS merchandise, such as postcards and photo cards. 

Time Out Singapore readers, you can now get 20 percent off by using promo code “BTS20OFF3”. You’ll also score a $5 Twinkle K-pop Merchandise voucher and complimentary admission to Science Centre Singapore.

Purchase tickets here.

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  • Changi 

Listen up all you aviation enthusiasts – Asia's largest airshow is calling your name and you don't want to miss it. Singapore Airshow is open for two days to the public (February 24 and 25) at an event called Weekend@Airshow. This year, it goes full throttle with high-speed precision manoeuvres by local and international aerobatic flying teams, as well as static aircraft displays of the latest commercial and military jets and aeroplanes. 

When your neck gets tired from all the gaping at the skies, turn your attention to the family-friendly activities on ground. Singapore Airshow has planned treasure hunts and eco-friendly craft workshops to keep the young ones entertained while immersing in the exciting world of aviation. Don’t forget to take photos with mascots Captain Leo and Captain Leonette, as well as rub shoulders with real-life pilots.

 

 

  • Kids
  • City Hall

Kids can enjoy world-class theatre as much as anyone, and there’s no better time and place to do so than at KidsFest! 2024. This year, families can look forward to a line-up of four theatre productions based on popular children’s books: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, Spot’s Birthday Party, I Believe in Unicorns, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show. Organised by ABA Productions, some of this year’s plays feature talented cast members from the United Kingdom – and tons of catchy songs, interactive scenes, and engaging props to keep the kids hanging onto every word and scene.

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  • Marina Bay

Celebrate the Year of the Dragon at Gardens by the Bay’s annual Chinese New Year floral display, Dahlia Dream. This year, a majestic 7-metre-tall and 15-metre-long dragon rises out of a sea of more than a thousand beautiful dahlias. Snap a picture of four vibrant dragon lantern sets too, each symbolising the elements of earth, metal, water, and fire. An auspicious scene of the proverb “carps leap over dragon gate” can also be found, symbolising courage and greatness in the year ahead. Don’t miss British-born sculptor James Doran-Webb’s work too – a dragon sculpture made from hardwood and recycled steel.

  • Music
  • City Hall

Explosions in the Sky, the instrumental rock band from Texas, is gracing the Capitol Theatre on February 28. These guys started their music career from opening for Fugazi, to owning iconic venues like Radio City Music Hall and the Sydney Opera House. 

For 24 years, the same four members have been dishing out bold, emotional tunes that scored major motion pictures. Get ready to sing to hits like Your Hand in Mine, Moving On and Ten Billion PeopleThey've also shared the stage with everyone from Nine Inch Nails to Death Cab for Cutie.

 

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