1. Asian Night Market: Taiwan Food Festival
Find a downsized Ningxia Night Market from Taiwan at this year’s Asian Night Market. Held along Siloso Point and Siloso Beach, the food festival will feature more than 30 vendors from Taiwan. Tuck into Taiwanese street bites like flaming beef cubes, deep fried chicken cutlets and more. There will also be Mandopop performances by local artistes such as Wang Weiliang and Tay Kexin as well as games to keep the young ones entertained.
Date: Till 9 Feb 2020
Location: Siloso Point
Opening hours: 5pm-10.30pm
Take a journey to the galaxy and beyond with ArtScience Museum’s latest exhibition, An Intergalactic Odyssey. This immersive multimedia experience will feature stunning interstellar scenes and a ball pit with flying saucers. Take pictures against backdrops of outer space and the night sky and more!
Date: Till 16 Feb 2020
Location: ArtScience Museum
Opening hours: 10am-7pm
3. Will You Do You?
Are you ready to defend Singapore, especially with current issues like digital threats, climate change and trade wars? This special exhibition by the Singapore Discovery Centre explores how everyone can be better prepared to deal with these challenges. The exhibition will also cast a spotlight on three pillars of defence in Singapore: Digital Defence, Economic Defence, and Psychological Defence.
Date: Till 22 Mar 2020
Location: 510 Upper Jurong Road, Singapore 638365
Opening hours: 9am-6pm
4. Istana Open House
The Istana opens its doors to the public again for all to check out this monumental place. This annual open house, led by PSM volunteers, offers visitors a rare peek into the President’s and Prime Minister’s offices.
Date: 26 Jan 2020
Opening hours: 8am-6pm
Admission: Free for Singaporeans and Singapore Permanent Residents, $2 for non-Singaporeans
5. The Great Escape Presents Hotdogs & Hip Hop
Hotdogs and hip hop after a long day of visiting on Chinese New Year? Yes please. Feast on artisanal homemade gourmet sausages from Australia while grooving along to tunes by Suren from CÉ LA VI Singapore, DJ Chunk from the Pushin’On and more. And no, there’s no dress code, so feel free to ditch your cheongsam!
Date: 25 Jan 2020
Location: Victoria Wholesale Centre rooftop #08-02, 101 Kallang Avenue, Singapore 339508
Opening hours: 6pm-2am
6. River Hongbao 2020
Singapore’s most celebrated Lunar New Year event is back! Look forward to breathtaking fireworks, IG-worthy handcrafted lanterns and of course zodiac predictions. There are also attractive prizes to be won — keep an eye out for that!
Date: Till 1 Feb 2020
Location: The Float at Marina Bay
Opening hours: 2pm-11pm
7. Lunar Countdown Party
Usher in the Year of the Rat with a rousing countdown celebration with Mediacorp artistes at the heart of Chinatown. Enjoy festive songs, performances, interactive games as well as a stunning display of fireworks when the clock hits 12.
Date: 24 Jan 2020
Location: Eu Tong Sen St and New Bridge Road
Opening hours: 9.30pm-12.30am
8. NINETEEN80 All Stars
Bring your relatives for a night out to retro arcade bar, NINETEEN80. Not only do they play music the folks would definitely enjoy, they’re also known for their retro games and photo-worthy backdrops. On 26 Jan, not one but five resident DJs will be around to entertain the crowd!
Date: 26 Jan 2020
Location: 21 Tanjong Pagar Road, #01-05
Opening hours: 9pm-3cam
9. Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden Commission: Cao Fei
Take a walk up to National Gallery’s rooftop and admire not just the view but an exhibition by Cao Fei, one of China’s leading contemporary artists. Cao will be presenting Fu Cha, a large-scale kinetic sculpture installation that studies Asia’s history on migration and Singapore’s identity as a port city. This installation is also Cao’s first presentation for the new year before her exhibitions in London and Beijing.
Date: 17 Jan – Oct 24 2002
Location: 1 St Andrew’s Rd, Singapore 178957
Opening hours: 10am-7pm
Get ready to be wowed by GENSET, a cross-generational group exhibition featuring the work of 20 artists from across Southeast Asia. The exhibition seeks to explore how artists from SEA are inspired, and how they inspire in return. Expect works from Malaysian artists Sabri Idrus and Kayleigh Goh’s and unique depictions of the West Sumatran landscape by Jendela Art Group founders Yunizar and Rudi Mantofani.
Date: 16 Jan-19 Feb 2020
Location: 39 Keppel Road, Tanjong Pagar Distripark, #03-04, Singapore 089065
Opening hours: 11am-7pm (Mon-Fri), 12pm-6pm (Sat-Sun)
11. Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations
As we wave goodbye to Christmas, we say hello to Chinese New Year. Welcome the Year of the Rat as Chinatown dolls itself up with bright lights, zodiac animal sculptures and lanterns. Shop for clothes and New Year delicacies and immerse yourself in Chinese culture. There will also be lion dance and stage performances on select nights, so don’t miss out on that. View the full lineup of festivities here.
Date: 4 Jan – 22 Feb 2020
Location: New Bridge Rd and Eu Tong Sen Street
Opening hours: 6pm-10pm
12. Lorongs of Wisdom 2020
Geylang is notorious for its sleazy reputation — but is there more to this neighbourhood? Find out more about Singapore’s red light district through a tour by Geylang Adventures, a social initiative that focuses on the different dimensions of Geylang. Part of the Singapore Biennale, this tour involves a 3-hour walk performance to discover Geylang in a new light. Find out more here.
Date: Multiple dates
Location: 1 Lor 23 Geylang Road, Singapore 388352
Opening hours: 7pm-10pm
Admission: From $53
13. We Bare Bears x Kumoya Pop Up Cafe
Cartoon Network’s We Bare Bears (WBB) will be taking over Kumoya Cafe with their first ever pop-up. Look forward to a WBB-themed food menu designed by bento artist Shirley Wong and the Kumoya kitchen team. Purchase exclusive merchandise and stand to win a giant 90cm plush Ice Bear worth $199 when you spend $108 in a single receipt.
Date: 4 Jan – 12 April 2020
Location: 8 Jln Klapa, Singapore 199320
Opening hours: 12pm-9.30pm (Tuesdays-Thursdays and Sundays), 12pm-10.30pm (Fridays-Saturdays). Closed on Mondays.
In honour of Singapore’s bicentennial, Japanese art collection teamLab and Gardens by the Bay has come together to present #FutureTogether, a futuristic light exhibition. Egg-shaped structures light up and change in colour when touched, and seasonal flowers scatter and change hourly. While #FutureTogether officially runs from 16 Jan next year, the outdoor artworks are available for viewing from 15 Dec.
Date: From 15 Dec 2019
Address: 18 Marina Gardens Dr
Opening hours: 9am-late
Admission: Free for Singaporeans, $10 for foreigners
15. Living Worlds: An Animal Planet Experience
Learn more about the wild at Living Worlds, the world’s first travelling wildlife and exploration exhibition. Created and produced by Kingsmen in collaboration with Discovery Inc. and Science Centre Singapore, this exhibition brings the animal kingdom to life with cutting edge multimedia storytelling and immersive experiences.
Date: Till 22 Mar 2020
Address: The Annexe, Science Centre Singapore, 15 Science Road Singapore
Opening hours: 10am-6pm
Admission: From $18
Wonder what our world will look like in the next 200 years? Step into the future as various artists, architects, filmmakers and writers imagine what the future will be like at this immersive exhibition at ArtScience Museum. The exhibition will take you through five acts, including scenarios like the impact of climate change.
Date: Till 5 Apr 2020
Address: 6 Bayfront Avenue
Opening hours: From 10am
Admission: From $16
Whether you’re a Disney fan or not, we think you’d enjoy this exhibition. Appreciate what goes on behind-the-scenes in the drawing room and marvel at over 500 original paintings and sketches from over the course of 90 years, curated by the Walt Disney Animation Research Library. From timeless classics like Steamboat Willie (1982) to recent blockbusters Moana (2016), the exhibition pays homage to the artistry and technological innovation that have brought Disney’s world-renowned characters to life.
In addition, get to see exclusive artworks from the upcoming Frozen 2! Tickets are highly in demand, so to avoid disappointment, book them before going down.
Date: Till 29 Mar 2020
Address: ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands
Opening hours: 10am – 7pm
Admission: From $19