Top Events

Chinese New Year, February

Chingay Festival, February

Great Singapore Sale, early June to mid-August

Formula One Grand Prix, September

ZoukOut, December

January

Although January is known as the coolest month in Singapore, there's no need to pack your winter woolies; temperatures will rarely ever dip lower than 24°C.

St Jerome's Laneway Festival

A popular one-day music festival serving up top-tier indie acts from across the world at Gardens by the Bay. Acts span rock, folk and electronica.

Art Stage Singapore

A major, three-day art show (www.artstage.com) showcasing the most exciting and talented contemporary artists from across Asia and the world, at Marina Bay Sands.

Singapore Fringe Festival

Festival of theatre, dance, music, visual arts and mixed media created and presented by Singaporeans and international artists.

February

The Chinese New Year holiday period sees many of the local markets and shops shut for at least a week, however major shopping malls and tourist areas remain open. Entertainment attractions are also horrendously busy at this time.

Chinese New Year

Dragon dances, parades and wishes of 'gong xi fa cai' ('I hope that you gain lots of money') mark the start of the Chinese New Year. Chinatown lights up and the 'River Hongbao' (www.riverhongbao.sg) at Marina Bay features market and food stalls, shows and fireworks.

Thaipusam

Hindus head from Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple on Serangoon Rd to Sri Thendayuthapani Temple on Tank Rd carrying kavadis (heavy metal frames decorated with peacock feathers, fruit and flowers) during this dramatic festival.

Chingay

Held over two nights during the first weekend of Chinese New Year, Chingay delivers Singapore's biggest street parade. It's a flamboyant multicultural affair featuring lion dancers, floats and performers. Buy tickets for a seat in the viewing galleries, or battle the crowds at roadside barriers.

March

The northeast monsoon peters out and the mercury starts rising.

Boutique Fairs

Held in March and November each year, Singapore's creative side is on display at Boutique Fairs, peddling everything from handmade jewellery, fashion and shoes to skincare, stationery and homewares.

World Gourmet Summit

A lip-smacking gathering of top chefs for four weeks of masterclasses, workshops and lavish dinners throughout March and April.

April

Temperatures continue to rise in April, however, fairly predictable afternoon thunderstorms cool things down. Don't be concerned if Easter falls in April – most shops and attractions will continue to operate as normal.

Affordable Art Fair

A three-day expo with more than 40 local and international galleries showcasing art priced between S$100 and S$15,000 from hundreds of artists. The event also takes place in November.

Rugby Sevens

Part of the World Rugby Cup series; Singapore joined the list of host countries for Rugby Sevens in 2016.

Singapore International Jazz Festival

The three-day Sing Jazz delivers established and emerging jazz talent from around the world. Past acts have included Jamie Cullum, India Arie and Natalie Cole.

May

It's the quiet month leading towards the peak of the 'summer' heat and the busy school holidays. A good time to visit Singapore.

Vesak Day

Buddha's birth, enlightenment and death are celebrated with various events, including the release of caged birds to symbolise the setting free of captive souls. The centres of activity are the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery.

Singapore International Festival of Arts

A world-class offering of drama, film, dance, literary and visual art curated by Gaurav Kripalani, who was previously the artistic director at the Singapore Repertory Theatre.

June

School holidays coupled with blockbuster sales equal big crowds. It's one of the hottest months on the calendar, so get ready to sweat.

Great Singapore Sale

The Great Singapore Sale sees retailers around the island cut prices (and wheel out the stuff they couldn't sell earlier in the year). There are bargains to be had if you can stomach the crowds. Go early!

Dragon Boat Festival

Commemorating the death of a Chinese scholar who drowned himself in protest against government corruption, this festival is celebrated with boat races at Bedok Reservoir. Although it is usually celebrated in June, the dragon-boat racing does not take place until later in the year (www.sdba.org.sg).

Hari Raya Puasa

Also known as Hari Raya Aidilfitri, this festival celebrates the end of the Ramadan fasting month (dates change annually). Head to Kampong Glam for nightly feasts during Ramadan.

July

The dry months continue, and so do the school holidays.

Singapore Food Festival

A two-week celebration of all things edible and Singaporean. Events taking place across the city include tastings, special dinners and food-themed tours.

Pink Dot

A celebration designed to bring LGBT Singaporeans closer to their family and friends. Due to regulations only Singapore citizens and permanent residents can attend, however fringe event Pink Fest holds events for diverse audiences in the lead up, and everyone is welcome.

August

School holidays are over (finally) and prolonged rain is rare.

Singapore National Day

Singapore National Day is a hugely popular spectacle of military parades, civilian processions, air-force fly-bys and fireworks. Tickets are snapped up well in advance; however, you can watch all the aerial acts from Marina Bay Sands.

Hungry Ghost Festival

This festival marks the day when the souls of the dead are released to walk the earth for feasting and entertainment. The Chinese put offerings of food on the street and light fires. Chinese operas and other events are held. Sometimes starts in September.

Beerfest Asia

Asia's biggest beer event pours more than 600 types of brews, from both international heavyweights and craft microbreweries. Events include DJs and live music.

Singapore Night Festival

Spectacular light projections, plus interactive installations, performance art, cabaret, comedy and more. The festival is held over two weekends.

September

While the Formula One night race is the hottest ticket on the annual calendar, it does mean that local hotels jack up prices. Beds are hard to find, especially in the Colonial District where the action happens.

Formula One Grand Prix

The F1 night race screams around Marina Bay. Off-track events include international music acts. Book accommodation months in advance and be prepared to pay through the nose.

Mid-Autumn Festival

Also known as the Lantern Festival, the Mid-Autumn (or Moon Cake) Festival is celebrated with lanterns in Chinatown and locals nibbling on moon cakes. Takes place on the full moon of the eighth lunar month.

Navarathiri

Dedicated to the wives of Siva, Vishnu and Brahma, the Hindu festival of 'Nine Nights' includes traditional Indian dancing. The Sri Thendayuthapani Temple, Sri Mariamman Temple and Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple are the main activity hubs.

October

October is an inter-monsoon period. Thunderstorms are frequent but extreme weather is rare.

Deepavali

Rama's victory over the demon king Ravana is celebrated during the 'Festival of Lights'. Little India is ablaze with lights for a month, culminating in a huge street party on the eve of the holiday. Depending on the moon's cycle it may fall in November.

Thimithi

At this eye-opener of a fire-walking ceremony, Hindu devotees prove their faith by walking across glowing coals at the Sri Mariamman Temple.

November

The start of the rainy moonson season. You'll need an umbrella to avoid getting drenched, though the weather is mercifully cool.

Singapore International Film Festival

An 11-day feast of independent and art-house movies from around the world, plus master classes and fringe events.

December

A sense of festivity (and monsoon rains) permeates the air as the year winds down.

ZoukOut

ZoukOut is Singapore's biggest outdoor dance party, held over two nights on Siloso Beach, Sentosa. Expect A-list international DJs.

Christmas

Singapore embraces the commercial aspects of Christmas with a spectacular light display along Orchard Rd starting in late November, and nightly Christmas fair at Gardens by the Bay throughout December.