The annual River Hongbao carnival takes place over 11 days, and will feature cultural performances from local and international performers, street food and plenty of interactive, fringe activities. Look out for stunning light displays; the “My Home, My New Year” exhibition, which traces the evolution of Lunar New Year celebrations in SG; firework showcases at 9 p.m. each night (it will be at midnight on the eve of CNY, 15 Feb); and the 18-metre God of Fortune who will shower visitors with gold confetti. Visit the website for detailed event timings. Free admission.
14-24 February, 2018, 2-11 p.m. daily
The Float @ Marina Bay, 20 Raffles Ave, Singapore 039805
NEXT: Stop and smell the flowers →
Usher in Spring and celebrate the Year of the Dog with Gardens by the Bay. Spring Surprise 2018 offers an array of festive performances and fun for the entire family. Do not miss the spectacular ultraviolet (UV) light performances with the UV Lotus Dragon and UV Northern Lions making their very first appearance here in SG.
14-25 February 2018, noon – 8:30pm
Supertree Grove, Flower Dome, The Canopy, Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953
NEXT: Plan a trip to the zoo →
Rub shoulders with God of Fortune mascots at Jurong Bird Park, Singapore Zoo and River Safari, go on a Zoo-diac trail to learn what the Year of the Dog has in store, or participate in the educational Dog Radical Challenge game trail for a chance to win a prize in a lucky dip. Visit the website for a full list of activities and locations.
15-18 February 2018, from 8:30 a.m.
Singapore Zoo, River Safari & Night Safari, 80 Mandai Lake Rd, Singapore 729826
Jurong Bird Park, 2 Jurong Hill, 628925
NEXT: Catch a Lion Dance performance →
The Lion Dance performance will be on the first day of the Lunar New Year (16 Jan) and is part of the Sun Yat Sen National Memorial Hall’s Wan Qing Festival of Spring 2018. The festival runs for 10 days, and will include auspicious calligraphy, geomancy talks, and craft bazaars for the little ones. Toss to good fortune in a mass lo hei session, get your 2018 fortune predictions, and watch a contemporary and traditional performing arts evening concert. Visit the website for a full line-up. Free admission.
16-25 February 2018, various timings
Sun Yat Sen National Memorial Hall, 12 Tai Gin Rd, Singapore 327874
NEXT: Visit the SAM Open House →
Celebrate CNY at the Singapore Art Museum‘s (SAM) Open House event and experience the #cineramaSG artworks in new and fun ways. You’ll get to watch a festive lion dance performance, participate in family-friendly art and craft activities, and watch Chinese calligraphy demonstrations by calligraphy enthusiast Mr Malik Mazlan. Visit the website for a detailed schedule. Free admission.
17 February 2018, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
SAM at 8Q, 8 Queen St, Singapore 188535
NEXT: Wanna upgrade your wardrobe? →
Head down to The Luggage Market. The popular Sunday flea market will feature 45 vendors hawking a tonne of pre-loved good right out of their luggage. All you need to do is bring plenty of cash. Free admission.
18 February 2018, 1 p.m.
The Adelphi, 1 Coleman St, Level 1 Walkway, Singapore 179803
NEXT: Usher in CNY at SG’s most scenic waterfront →
By Hazel Vincent De Paul, February 13, 2018
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