5 Mid-Autumn 2020 Events In SG With IG-Worthy Lanterns, Performances & Mooncake Workshops

5 Mid-Autumn 2020 Events In SG With IG-Worthy Lanterns, Performances & Mooncake Workshops

Lifestyle
By Rachel on 28 Sep 2020
Senior Digital Editor

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

Gardens by the Bay Mid-Autumn festival light up 2020 Singapore
Photo from Gardens by the Bay

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.

Gardens by the Bay Mid-Autumn festival light up 2020 Singapore
Photo from Gardens by the Bay

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.

Gardens by the Bay Mid-Autumn festival light up 2020 Singapore
Photo from Gardens by the Bay

Dangling from above are animal-shaped cellophane lanterns and paper lanterns painted by locals and GBTB’s senior staff.

Gardens by the Bay Mid-Autumn festival light up 2020 Singapore
Photo from Gardens by the Bay

The adorable rat lanterns from the Chinese New Year displays earlier this year will make a comeback too.

Find out more here.

Date: Until 4 October 2020 (light-up from 7PM to 10PM)
Location: Gardens by the Bay
Price: FREE
Website

#2: Chinatown - retro Hong Kong-style street lights

Chinatown mid-autumn festival light up Singapore 2020
Photo from @calebibi2018 via Instagram

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.

Chinatown mid-autumn festival light up Singapore 2020
Photo from @jojolau 88 via Instagram

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.

Chinatown mid-autumn festival light up Singapore 2020
Photo from @crystaltmc via Instagram

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!

Chinatown mid-autumn festival light up Singapore 2020
Photo from @gin.tay via Instagram

Find out more here.

Date: Street light-up until 16 October 2020, till midnight daily | Find the full programme schedule here.
Location: Chinatown and online
Price: FREE
Website

#3: Wan Qing Mid-Autumn Festival - 1.5m fish lanterns, craft & cooking workshops

Wan Qing Mid-Autumn Festival 2020 Singapore
Photo from Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall

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.

Wan Qing Mid-Autumn Festival 2020 Singapore
Photo from @wakawakawakawakawakawakakairin via Instagram

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.

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Wan Qing Mid-Autumn Festival 2020 Singapore
Photo from Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall

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.

Wan Qing Mid-Autumn Festival 2020 Singapore
Photo from Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall

All digital workshops can be accessed via Wan Qing Yuan’s Facebook page. Find out more here.

Date: Until 11 October 2020
Location: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall and online
Price: FREE
Website

#4: Esplanade Moonfest - lantern walkway, virtual fireworks, DIY phone filter workshop

Esplanade Moonfest light up Singapore 2020
Photo from Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay

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.

Esplanade Moonfest light up Singapore 2020
Photo from @mysticserenity via Instagram

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.

Esplanade Moonfest light up Singapore 2020
Photo from @saslwp via Instagram

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.

Esplanade Moonfest light up Singapore 2020
Photo from Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay

Find out more here.

Date: Light-up until 4 October 2020 | Find the full programme schedule here.
Location: Jurong Lake Gardens and online
Price: FREE
Website

#5: Jurong Lake Gardens - animal lanterns and music performances

Jurong Lake Gardens Mid-Autumn festival light-up 2020 Singapore
Photo from National Parks Board

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.

Jurong Lake Gardens Mid-Autumn festival light-up 2020 Singapore
Photo from Isabelle Tan via Facebook

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.

Jurong Lake Gardens Mid-Autumn festival light-up 2020 Singapore
Photo from National Parks Board

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.

Jurong Lake Gardens Mid-Autumn festival light-up 2020 Singapore
Photo from National Parks Board

Note: Candle-lit lanterns will not be allowed at the park.

Find out more here.

Date: Light-up until 4 October 2020 | Find the full programme schedule here.
Location: Jurong Lake Gardens and online
Price: FREE
Website

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