5 Mid-Autumn 2020 Events In SG With IG-Worthy Lanterns, Performances & Mooncake Workshops
As expected, this year’s mooncake festival celebrations have been scaled down, no thanks to COVID-19. But that’s not to say that all plans have been thrown out of the window, as there’s still a handful of Mid-Autumn Festival events in Singapore happening in 2020 - just less extravagant than previous years'.
It'll still be a fun time, though! Look forward to giant Instagram-worthy lantern displays, music performances, virtual games, as well as mooncake workshops - all of which you can enjoy for free.
P.S.: Check out our article on mooncakes that come in a special handbag packaging for fashionista foodies in Singapore.
Read on to find out more about Mid-Autumn Festival 2020 light-ups and events in Singapore!
#1: Gardens by the Bay - romantic apricot grove
Missed sakura season in Japan? Gardens by the Bay’s Mid-Autumn Festival light-up will recreate a similar hanami experience with their romantic apricot grove. Take a slow stroll through the beautifully illuminated trees with your partner as special lighting simulates falling flower petals.
Though artificial, these apricot trees and their blooms look stunning as they glow against the night sky - and in photos too, of course.
Aside from that, check out the Royal Family’s Walk, a life-sized lantern display which depicts the king and queen from the Joseon Dynasty doing a royal procession.
Dangling from above are animal-shaped cellophane lanterns and paper lanterns painted by locals and GBTB’s senior staff.
The adorable rat lanterns from the Chinese New Year displays earlier this year will make a comeback too.
Date: Until 4 October 2020 (light-up from 7PM to 10PM)
Location: Gardens by the Bay
#2: Chinatown - retro Hong Kong-style street lights
Transport yourself to Hong Kong in its olden days with Chinatown’s street light-up which features vibrant retro-style sign boards hung across the roads.
If you’re there for the photos, you’ll want to do a long-exposure shot to let the displays truly stand out, while achieving special light trails as cars zoom across.
At the centre of it all is a giant float featuring a family celebrating the occasion together, with Chang’e suspended above against a majestic full moon. Spot the adorable rabbit lanterns too!
#3: Wan Qing Mid-Autumn Festival - 1.5m fish lanterns, craft & cooking workshops
Wan Qing Mid-Autumn Festival 2020 puts a cuter spin on mooncake festival this year, in the form of round 1.5-metre tall Ballballfish lanterns created in collaboration with Hong Kong artist Sunny Tam. These are displayed right outside Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall.
Those who prefer to stay home can partake in Wan Qing’s online activities suitable for the whole family. Your kids can keep themselves occupied with storytelling sessions and craft workshops, where they can learn how to make bunny lanterns and moon binoculars with tinted cellophane.
Fancy creating your own Mid-Autumn treats? Get in on the online cooking demonstrations and learn how to make pulut hitam snowskin mooncakes and a sweet pear dessert.
Date: Until 11 October 2020
Location: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall and online
#4: Esplanade Moonfest - lantern walkway, virtual fireworks, DIY phone filter workshop
Esplanade Moonfest is back again with their lanterns lining the Esplanade Waterfront. Hop on over in the evening after work to take in the stunning sights in their full glory, as the round paper orbs light up the whole walkway.
Homebodies can get an eyeful of the light-up with Moonfest’s first virtual interactive lantern walk that you can access through your mobile devices or computer. The virtual tour will also bring you a series of mini games and performances, with a fireworks release as a reward at the end.
Other online activities that are part of this year’s Moonfest include opera and hand puppet performances, a Wing Chun class, and a craft workshop that will have you making your own Mid-Autumn bunny smartphone filter.
#5: Jurong Lake Gardens - animal lanterns and music performances
Take in some fresh air - as much as you can while behind your face mask, anyway - at the sprawling Jurong Lake Gardens. This year’s light-up includes traditional lanterns fashioned out of wire and colourful cellophane, as well as neon installations in the shape of flowers and animals like butterflies and rabbits.
Prefer celebrating in the comfort of your home? Tune in to an online concert with a line-up including MICapella and jazz group Rit Xu Quartet.
There will also be instrumental performances by groups like Dicapella Dizi Ensemble. Look out for multi-ethnic group yIN Harmony, which combines instruments from various cultures for a unique blend of music.
Note: Candle-lit lanterns will not be allowed at the park.
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Text by: GirlStyle SG