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The best time to visit Singapore

Whether it’s the festive celebration of Chinese New Year or the roar of Formula 1 cars, there’s always a party going on somewhere in Singapore

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Chingay parade
Photograph: Supplied Chingay

International Jazz Festival 2018
Photograph: Weekly Dig

Autumn (Mar-May)

i Light Marina Bay
This sustainable light art festival has interactive light works set up around Marina Bay and special events such as the Art-Zoo Inflatable Park. Mar

Singapore Restaurant Week
The concept is straightforward: pick a restaurant and enjoy a three-course lunch or dinner at a special price. Mar

HSBC Singapore Rugby Sevens
Catch the top nations in rugby competing at the National Stadium, plus music and family activities. Apr

Singapore International Jazz Festival
‘SingJazz’ takes place along the stretch of Marina Bay. Highlights of past years include Bobby McFerrin, Joss Stone and Natalie Cole. Apr

Singapore International Festival of Arts
A month of the arts includes theatre, dance and music performances around Singapore.

Singapore Cocktail Festival
Cap off a hearty meal with some drinks during this celebration of the city’s hottest watering holes.

Person shopping in singapore
Photograph: Supplied

Winter (Jun-Aug)

Hari Raya Puasa
To celebrate the end of Ramadan, the streets of Geylang Serai come alive with roadside bazaars and traditional Malay food. May-Jun

Great Singapore Sale
Shopping is the national obsession and this ten-week annual sale season is when retailers offer discounts of up to 70 per cent. Jun-Aug

International Champions Cup
Singapore Expect riveting football action by top European clubs and thrilling activities off the pitch when football fans congregate.

Singapore Food Festival
Local culinary talents take the spotlight with pop-ups and events around the island. There will be food-inspired art and workshops plus new takes on local dishes. Jul

Singapore Night Festival
Photograph: Time Out Singapore

Spring (Sep-Nov)

Singapore Night Festival
For two weekends in August, the Bras Basah/Bugis heritage precinct hosts interactive night installations. Aug

Grand Prix Season Singapore
The Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix offers high-speed action on the Marina Bay F1 circuit plus a host of international headliners, world-class entertainment acts and glamorous parties. Sep

Little India’s Serangoon Road is artfully illuminated for this Hindu festival symbolising the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness. Oct/Nov

A lion dance float at the River Hongbao 2015 during Chinese New year
Photograph: Supplied

Summer (Dec-Feb)

Christmas on A Great Street
Join the festivities and be part of Orchard Road’s transformation into a magical Christmas paradise fiesta. Nov-Dec

Top DJs like Paul van Dyk and Afrojack helm the decks at an outdoor fiesta at Siloso Beach, Sentosa. Dec

Singapore Art Week
SAW features exhibitions, walking tours, film screenings, gallery openings and more. Jan

Chinese New Year
Marina Bay hosts lanterns depicting Chinese zodiac animals; there’s also the Chingay Parade, a display of multicultural heritage. Jan/Feb

During this Hindu Festival, devotees parade from Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple on Serangoon Road to Sri Thendayuthapani Temple. Jan/Feb

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