The Mid Autumn Festival is almost here!
Aside from sharing and eating your mooncakes, here’s where to go and what to do to fully enjoy this year’s Mid-Autumn Festival in Singapore, which takes place September 24, 2018.
The Wan Qing Mid-Autumn Festival 2018 will feature an exciting array of festive offerings and celebrations. Feel young at heart again while trailing through lantern walkabouts, or get artsy in craft workshops. There will also be evening music performances ranging from the traditional to contemporary.
Alternatively, head to Moonfest 2018 at the Esplanade, a premier traditional Chinese arts festival celebrates Chinese heritage and tradition. Expect a spectacular showcase of performances inspired by legendary figures from works like The Creation of Gods and Journey to the West. There are more than 60 free programmes to choose from for those young and old. Expect street opera performances along the waterfront and storytelling sessions that are sure to captivate.
This year, Goodwood Park Hotel is presenting, as part of its snowskin collection, a brand new Blue Pea Flower with White Lotus Seed Paste and Melon Seeds, a gorgeously-hued masterpiece. Check out the full offerings at the hotel’s promotions site.
Want mooncakes that are a little more adventurous? Here are some of the best places to get your mooncake fix. You can also check out the Tang’s Mid-Autumn Fair, which runs until Monday, September 24, 2018 for more fun flavours.
Alternatively, learn how to make your own mooncakes by signing up for the Garden Treats: Mid-Autumn Special: Snowskin Mooncakes workshop at the Singapore Botanic Gardens on September 22, 2018.
Let The TENG Ensemble serenade you with a soulful medley of popular tunes like Dancing in the Moonlight, Fly Me to the Moon and The Moon Represents My Heart. Sassy Singaporean singer-songwriter Tay Kewei will also be making a guest appearance. Bring the young ones to catch the pre-show by MySuperFuture and look forward to an intriguing and modern re-telling of a Mid-Autumn classic – “嫦娥” (Chang’e), the Chinese goddess of the Moon. Mapletree will also be giving away free exclusive electronic lanterns to all guests. Get your tix online.
September 22, 2018, from 6:30 p.m.
VivoCity, 1 Harbourfront Walk, Level 3 Amphitheatre, 098585
You’ll see more than the usual flower domes and Supertrees, as Gardens by the Bay lights up and coming alive with mythical creatures and larger-than-life flora and fauna for the Mid-Autumn Festival. Be amazed at the complexities and intricacies of the lanterns on show, and bring on your own lantern to fully revel in the joyous atmosphere.
Walk through the festive marketplace near the Supertree Grove, where traditional arts performances will liven your spirits. There will, of course, be food on offer, as well as a showcase of Chinese crafts (such as stone engravings). The Mid-Autumn Festival at Gardens by the Bay runs until September 24, 2018.
One of (if not THE) most exciting places to go to celebrate Mid-Autumn festival is Chinatown. Here you will find the streets buzzing with vendors, dances, performances, and of course, lanterns. This year, there will be 168 sculptured lanterns of various characters brightly displayed along New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street.
According to the Chinatown Festivals website, the 2018 street light-ups will “depict the stories of Chinatown where SG’s forefathers came to Singapore in search for better life and opportunities.” Patrons can also expect a festive bazaar, mass lantern walk and nightly stage shows. Visit the Chinatown Festivals website for the complete line-up and timings.
By Hazel Vincent De Paul & Sara Lyle Bow, September 19, 2018
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