Singapore National Day (9 August) Singapore celebrates its independence with the annual National Day Parade which includes a stunning spectacle of military processions, multicultural song-and-dance performances and aerial high jinks. Keep your eye on the sky for a kaleidoscopic firework display as we celebrate Singapore’s 54th birthday at Marina Bay. Expect to see the island decked out with red and white, including the national flag flying from buildings and apartment blocks all over the island.
Hungry Ghost Festival (15 August) Want to experience the local culture and observe traditional rites in Singapore? One of the best times of the year is during the Hungry Ghost Festival. Believers regard this as a time when the gates of the underworld are opened to allow the spirits of deceased family members to roam the realm of the living. Locals make offerings of food and other goods as well as hold concerts in local neighbourhoods to appease the spirits throughout the seventh lunar month, which falls this year from 1 to 29 August. Joss sticks of incense are also burned at altars and offerings of ‘hell money’ burned in bins to appease wandering spirits.
Singapore Night Festival (Night lights: 23 – 31 August & Performances: 29 – 31 August) Onto its 12th year this year, the annual Singapore Night Festival is held over two weekends to celebrate the arts and Singapore’s rich cultural heritage. The night-time extravaganza is held in Singapore’s Museum District around Bras Basah and Bugis Precinct, offering free performances, light installations and a multitude of extra activities for all to enjoy when the sun goes down.
Baybeats (23-25 August) When it comes to the alternative music scene in Singapore, Baybeats is one of the heavy hitters. The annual music festival has run for more than 15 years, exposing us to a new crop of the city’s very own bands, along with emerging artists from around the region, every year.