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The winter chill has finally hit Australia but Singapore is heating up with three months worth of fantastic events. Here’s our highlights of Singapore festivals from June to August.

June

Hari

Hari Raya Light Up
14 June – 9 July
The Hari Raya Light Up sets the atmosphere in Geylang Serai as Singapore’s Muslim community starts preparations in the lead up to Hari Raya Puasa on 6 July, which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. www.yoursingapore.com/festivals-events-singapore/cultural-festivals/hari-rayaaidilfitri.html

beerfest 2016

Beerfest Asia
16 – 19 June
Now in its eighth year, Beerfest Asia will be held at Marina Promenade with over 400 varieties of commercial and craft beers and ciders on offer. The event will be held over three major tents, with sample portions of brews available from SG$1-2. Festival entertainment includes musical tribute bands, standup comedians and a beer pong tournament. www.beerfestasia.com

July

Singapore Crab

Singapore Food Festival
15 – 31 July
If there is one thing Singaporeans are truly passionate about, it is food. In its 22nd year, Singapore Food Festival is an annual celebration of Singapore’s best local food and culinary talents with a variety of interesting and immersive experiences on offer. There’s plenty to do and see including outdoor marquee events, food trucks, tours and workshops.
www.yoursingapore.com/en_au/festivals-events-singapore/annual-highlights/singapore-food-festival.html

Singapore garden festival

Singapore Garden Festival
23 – 31 July
Featuring designers from around the world under one roof, Singapore Garden Festival showcases these masterpieces at the country’s leading horticulture-themed destination, Gardens by the Bay. Last year saw over 300,000 visitors experience 50 displays. www.singaporegardenfestival.com

August

Hungry Ghost Festival

Hungry Ghost Festival
3 – 31 August
One of the best times of the year to experience local culture and observe traditional rites still being observed in Singapore is during the Hungry Ghost Festival. Believers regard this as a time when the gates of the underworld are opened to allow deceased family members and spirits to roam the realm of the living. Expect to see locals making offerings of food and other goods as well as hold concerts in local neighbourhoods to appease the spirits. Joss sticks of incense are also burned at altars and in bins to appease wandering spirits. www.yoursingapore.com/festivals-events-singapore/cultural-festivals/hungry-ghostfestival.html

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Singapore Night Festival
21 – 29 August
A night-time extravaganza of arts, culture and revelry in Singapore’s civic district, the Singapore Night Festival offers free performances, special light installations and a multitude of extra activities for all to enjoy when the sun sets. 2016 sees the festival in its ninth year. www.nightfest.sg