Sep 5, 2019

8 Ways to spend Mid-Autumn Festival 2019 with the Family (Singapore)

This year's Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋节) falls on 13 September 2019, which is a Friday. What this means that the Mid-Autumn festivities will be in full swing this 7 & 8 September weekend! Good thing is, the light-ups will continue to next weekend (14 & 15 Sep) as well, including plenty of lantern walks to choose from.

Since the Mid-Autumn Festival is all about spending time with the family, parading lanterns and of course, gorging on mooncakes, what better way to spend the Mid-Autumn Festival than take your pick from the list of activities below and bring the kiddos out to soak in the festivities! And yes, all of them of FREE!

Depending on your preference, there are EIGHT to choose from:

#1 If you wish to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival with humongous colourful lantern displays, including a spectacular light and sound show:

Mid-Autumn Festival 2019 @ Gardens by the Bay
Now until 15 Sep 2019; 7pm - 11pm
Gardens by the Bay

Main Lantern Displays
Date: 30 Aug - 15 Sep
Time: 7.00pm - 11.00pm
Venue: Various locations

Enjoy spectacular lantern sets depicting stories of rich tradition and heritage. Don’t miss the tallest and widest ever display of floating lanterns stretching over 120m, and take a stroll within the very first giant revolving lantern!

Date: 30 Aug - 1 Nov
Venue: Opposite Bayfront Plaza

The lantern-inspired pavilion, AIRMESH, functions as a belvedere which invites visitors into an immersive experience for framed views of the Gardens with its strategic location along the scenic Dragonfly Lake. The 30 sqm cantilevered state-of-the-art 3D-printed steel structure offers unprecedented perspectives through the day with its play on colours, shades and reflections.

Colonnade of Lights
Daye: 30 Aug - 15 Sep
Time: 7.00pm - 11.00pm
Venue: Colonnade

Stroll by the Colonnade of Lights and enjoy these displays of lanterns painted by people from various walks of life. Catch a glimpse of whimsical imagination decorated by many creative hands.

Illuminations of Joy
Date: 30 Aug - 15 Sep
Time: 7.00pm - 11.00pm
Venue: Supertree Grove

Illuminations of Joy invites you to journey through a series of creative expressions mapped on lanterns hand painted by Seniors.

Mass Lantern Walk
Date: 14 Sep
Lantern Collection: 7.15pm
Start of Mass Lantern Walk: 7.30pm
Meeting point: SG50 Lattice

Join in for a stroll through the Gardens amidst beautiful lantern sets, led by a magnificent LED Dragon! Free LED fabric lanterns will be provided for participants who take part in the walk.

Date: 30 Aug - 15 Sep
Time: 7.45pm & 8.45pm
Venue: Supertree Grove

Journey through Asia and immerse yourself in the rich and diverse soundscape, as the Supertrees light up your imagination of this magnificent part of the world! Look out for local artists Alemay Fernandez, Dawn Ho, Leandra Lane and Lou Peixin’s rendition of 《夜来香》,《甜蜜蜜》,’Bengawan Solo’, ‘Dayung Sampan’, ‘Sukiyaki’, and ‘Singapura, Oh Singapura’!

For a detailed listing of all activities and performances, visit HERE.

#2 If you are looking to spend the Mid-Autumn Festival at a new venue this year:

Mid-Autumn Festival @ Jurong Lake Gardens
6 - 15 Sep 2019; 6pm - 11pm
Jurong Lake Gardens

Celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival at Jurong Lake Gardens and go on a journey to the West with characters from popular Chinese folklore and watch the garden transform into a mythical world surrounded by a myriad of plants and animals at night. Partake in the festivities as a family and plan your very own lantern walk in the gardens. Enjoy performances which will happen daily and refuel yourself at the night market with a variety of food and drinks at the Wave Plaza. Admission is free! For a detailed listing of all activities and shows, visit HERE.

#3 If you wish to soak in the traditional Mid-Autumn Festival atmosphere:

Mid-Autumn @ Chinatown 2019
Now until 28 Sep 2019
Street Light-up: 7pm – 12mn (Sun – Thur) | 7pm – 2am (Fri & Sat)

The celebrations will showcase an exciting, colourful and vibrant month-long programmes from 31 August to 28 September 2019. During this period, Chinatown will be soaked in festivities and beautifully adorned with colourful lanterns and dazzling decorations. Come and join us to appreciate and experience the allure and significance of this Chinese traditional festival.

Mass Lantern Walk
8 Sep 2019 | 7pm - 10pm | Starting point – Kreta Ayer Square; Ending point – Along New Bridge Road | FREE
Enjoy a fun night out with your family and friends with your creative lanterns as you join in the Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2019 Mass Lantern Walk that is open to the general public. Immerse yourself in the festive spirit as you soak in the leisurely-paced lantern parade procession under the full moon and the dazzling displays around Chinatown. Don’t miss the impressive acts of the dragon dance troupes, energetic cheerleaders and the percussion band along the way! The lantern walk will conclude with stage performances, pyrotechnics and fireworks display in the heart of Chinatown.

#4 If you want to celebrate Mid-Autumn in the cutest and most instagrammable way possible:

Sweet Reunion with Sanrio Characters
Now until 15 Sep 2019
Jurong Point

Jurong Point celebrates the sweet reunion of the festival by bringing Sanrio characters to the mall! Look forward to a myriad of photo-worthy displays of all things Sanrio, including Hello Kitty, Cinnamoroll, gudetama, Kerokerokeroppi and Pompompurin! From life-sized inflatables to lantern installations, cultural appreciation activities and meet & greet with Hello Kitty, there is much to experience!

Photo credit: Jurong Point

Vivocity's Curious Adventures in Wonderland
Now until 22 Sep 2019; 7pm - 10pm
Vivocity, Sky Park, Level 3

Embark on a Curious Adventure in Wonderland this Mid-Autumn at VivoCity and step into a world of wonder, created by a mesmerising display of lanterns at the Sky Park! Journey down the rabbit hole for a glimpse into an illuminated world of curious adventures this Mid-Autumn! Immerse yourself in 5 larger-than-life whimsical zones made of lanterns.

Lantern Walk with Tayo the Little Bus
13 Sep 2019; 7.30pm
Downtown East

#5 If you want the kids to learn more about the history and cultural significance of Mid-Autumn Festival all under one roof:

Wan Qing Mid-Autumn Festival 2019
7 & 8 Sep 2019
10am - 9pm
Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall
FREE Admission

Photo Credit: William Ong
An array of engaging activities will be organised during the weekend festival on 7 and 8 September, such as heritage trails, storytelling of Chinese fables & tales, live music performances, and art & craft activities. The festival highlight on 7 September will include the penning of Mid-Autumn well-wishes on larger-than-life Sky Lantern helium balloons and a subsequent release of the lanterns into the night sky. For more details on activities, visit HERE.

#6 If you are looking to expose the little ones to Chinese traditional art forms:

Mid-Autumn Yeah!
13 & 14 Sep 2019
Fri: 7pm - 10pm | Sat: 1pm - 10pm
Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre
FREE Admission (Certain activities ticketed)

Beyond the popular folklore of Chang’e and Hou Yi, Mid-Autumn Festival celebrates the bountiful harvest to come. Join in the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre’s Mid-Autumn Yeah! celebration and reap your own harvest of knowledge by discovering traditions anew and immersing in a feast for the senses with friends and family! Plan a heist to break into the Moon Vault in search of the secret recipe for the Divine Mooncake in an escape-room activity, learn about the secrets of the night sky through a series of planetarium shows; revel in songs that wax lyrical about the moon; or concoct your very own cup of bubble tea while learning about tea traditions. Whether you are a culture buff, someone who wants to learn more about our heritage, or a visitor who simply wants to have an enjoyable time with loved ones, Mid-Autumn Yeah! promises something exciting in store for everyone. For a detailed listing of all activities, visit HERE.

Moonfest 2019
13 - 15 Sep 2019; Various Timings
FREE & Ticketed

Moonfest – A Mid-Autumn Celebration is an annual traditional Chinese arts festival held in celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival. Now in its 15th edition, Moonfest presents the opportunity for families and friends, young and old to be exposed to and rediscover the intrinsic beauty of traditional Chinese arts through an exciting line-up of free programmes and ticketed workshops.

This year’s highlights include:

- Classic Xiqu excerpts performed by “Little Plum Blossom” artists, which is the highest accolade given to young Xiqu performers below the age of 14 in China.
- Taishan Shadow Puppetry performances where the skillful puppeteer from China demonstrates the controlling of shadow puppets, singing and playing percussion instruments all at the same time.
- Nostalgic street opera performances of classic excerpts by Sin Yong Hua Heng Teochew Opera Troupe under a moonlit night.
- A unique performance that blends Chinese crosstalk— a witty, humorous and light-hearted performing art—and a cappella music by Soo Wee Seng, Ho Jia Wen & The Apex Project.
- A fun-filled performance by Singapore’s top radio group Yu Jian Huang Chong—comprising Chen Biyu, Marcus Chin, Mark Lee and Dennis Chew—featuring folk, dialect and xinyao music, and memorable movie theme songs.
- Ever-popular Lantern Walkabout on 14 Sep where limited free lanterns will be given out.

There will also be a series of ticketed Parent-Child Workshops where families can bond and learn more about Xiqu, shadow puppetry and Shaolin martial arts, or make their own lanterns. Those who are musically inclined can also try their hand at playing a hulusi (a folk wind instrument from China that is shaped like a gourd) at the Let’s Learn to Play the Hulusi! ticketed workshop conducted by Jonathan Tan from Dicapella Dizi Ensemble.

For a detailed listing of all activities, visit HERE.

#7  If you wish to join in a mass Mid-Autumn Festival get-together:

Moonstruck At Singapore Sports Hub
Now until 19 Sep 2019
Various Timings
Singapore Sports Hub

Join in the fun to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival with hands-on activities, folklore, lantern-making contest and more! Registration for most activities are FREE. For a detailed listing of all activities, visit HERE.

Mid Autumn Festival @ Robertson Quay
14 Sep 2019: 3pm - 10pm
15 Sep 2019: 2pm - 6pm
Robertson Walk
FREE (except for Lantern Walkabout & Boat ride)

Let’s reminisce about the good old days with “Mid-Autumn Festival @ Robertson Quay”. Expect old-school lantern walkabout along the river juxtaposed with new-school creation of a human claw machine! Not forgetting our favourite LED Kite performance to end off the night. Complete with a boat ride experience along Singapore River, this mid-autumn festival will be a truly unique experience for all.

Purchase a ticket ($25 or $80 for 4) to join in for the Lantern walkabout and Boat ride happening only on 14th Sep (6pm-8pm) HERE.

#8  If you wish to just spend some family time together in the heartlands:

Ci Yuan Night 2019
7 Sep 2019; 6pm - 9.30pm
Ci Yuan Community Club
$2 per ticket

Gambas Mid-Autumn Celebration
7 Sep 2019; 6.30pm
Blk 414 Yishun Ring Road courtyard

Geylang Serai Family Carnival
6 - 15 Sep 2019; 12pm - 10pm
1 Engku Aman turn (Open Field) next to Wisma Geylang Serai
FREE Admission

Have a super September school holiday at the Geylang Serai Family Carnival! Head down to WGS from 6-15 Sep, 12 noon till 10pm for a whale of time with your whole family and enjoy games, rides, educational activities and performances galore!

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