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Mid-Autumn Festival 2020, Gardens by the Bay
Photograph: Gardens by the Bay

The best free Mid-Autumn Festival events in Singapore

Reap the rich harvest of these free cultural highlights in the city

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Cam Khalid
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Sweet mooncakes to indulge in? Check. Colourful lanterns to light up the night? Check. Looks like Singapore is all set for the Mid-Autumn Festival, a cultural affair in the Chinese calendar to mark the end of the autumn harvest. The festival is held on the fifteenth day of the eighth month of the Lunar calendar which falls on October 1 this year. Celebrate the special occasion with family and friends at these Mid-Autumn festival events that don't cost a single cent.

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  • Festivals
  • Marina Bay

Light up your Mid-Autumn Festival at Gardens by the Bay, where nine dazzling sets and community displays have been spread out across the outdoor gardens and Flower Dome. From now till October 3, catch some highlights: including Sky Lanterns and Rabbits Trail at the main entrance, Miffy Gardens in the Flower Dome, and a vivid chysanthemum display. Community groups have pitched in too, folding 2,000 colourful paper cranes for Origami Crane Trees, and 1,000 paper lantersn for Colonnade of Lights at the Supertree Grove. If you're craving for more excitement, don't miss exciting cultural performances by the likes of india band A Bigger Bang – The Percussion Assembly and the Singapore Chinese Dance Theatre. 

  • Things to do
  • Chinatown

Every year, Chinatown transforms into a brightly-lit spectacle to welcome the Mid-Autumn festivities. This year, things will go the route of the 2020 celebrations. While the festival will still see the illumination of giant street lanterns, its signature programmes – think workshops, activities, giveaways and heritage trails – will be held online. Tune in to its Facebook Live on September 7 for the light-up and opening ceremony, and delight in the dazzling lanterns from the comfort of your couch. Mark your calendar for other activities too, including a mooncake baking workshop by Kele and a virtual heritage trail around Chinatown. 

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  • Festivals
  • Novena

As part of its annual Wan Qing Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations from August 31 to September 26, the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall (SYSNMH) will be presenting a special outdoor lantern installation created in collaboration with Thailand artist Boonyavee Boonsakda (Ngaew Ngaew). Titled Those Moonlit Moments... the outdoor installation features four large lantern replicas, including the artist's adorable characters enjoying the mooncakes and each other's companies under the gentle and watchful eye of Ngaew’s Moon Rabbit. The installation accompanies an exciting line-up of family-friendly digital initiatives, including lantern riddle games, a craft demonstration and gamified content on the stories of Chang’e, Houyi and many more. 

 

Amp up your Mid-Autumn Festival

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