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The Best of Mid Autumn Festival Celebrations in Singapore

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Published August 25th 2014
chinatown mid-autumn festival 2014
Photo courtesy of Kreta Ayer - Kim Seng Citizens' Consultative Committee


With September just around the corner, Singapore kicks into festival mood with one of the most important events in the Chinese calender. The Mid-Autumn Festival is a harvest tradition celebrated by Chinese around the world. The Chinese ancestors brought the festival when they migrated to Singapore and it continues to be celebrated today as the occasion brings Chinese families together.

Takashimaya Square Mooncake Fair
Takashimaya Square Mooncake Fair


Singapore is also one of the Asian cities that take the celebration out from the homes to shopping centres, restaurants and the Chinatown precinct, sharing the festive mood with visitors. Here are some of the best and FREE Mid Autumn Festival celebrations in Singapore for everyone to enjoy.

Takashimaya Square Mooncake Fair



For many Singaporean Chinese, the Mid-Autumn Festival is the occasion for munching on delicious once-a-year festive pastries. Available in traditional and contemporary flavours, the mooncake is a must-buy and must-eat treat. One of the best places to sample nearly all of the top mooncakes in the country for FREE and purchase some to go is the Takashimaya Square Mooncake Fair. It is a 1,000 square metres event hall with stalls upon stalls selling mooncakes.



Running till 8 September, this event has become an annual pilgrimage for some families who go hunting for tasty mooncakes and attractive packaging. Each year, familiar brand return to serve eager regulars while new brands try to win customers. This year features an impressive selection of mooncakes from 13 hotels, 18 local bakeries, 8 restaurants, 8 visiting brands and even Singapore Airlines. Apart from the traditional flavours like lotus and egg yolk, you can find exotic varieties filled with durian, chocolate, coffee and even ice-cream.

Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival

chinatown mid-autumn festival 2014
Photo courtesy of Kreta Ayer - Kim Seng Citizens' Consultative Committee


The hub of the Mid-Autumn Festival in Singapore is undoubtedly Chinatown including its Smith, Sago, Trengganu and Pagoda Street. Organized by the Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng Citizens' Consultative Committee (KA-KS CCC), the Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival offers a month-long programme that draw local and visitor attention to the festival and help preserve the tradition and heritage associated with it. The year's theme is "A Blooming Mid Autumn" 《百花盛开牛车水, 月满中秋庆团圆》. From 23 August to 28 September 2014, you can look forward to many FREE installations, performances, entertainment and events.

chinatown mid-autumn festival 2014
Photo courtesy of Kreta Ayer - Kim Seng Citizens' Consultative Committee


Some of the highlights include colourful lanterns and decoration around Chinatown, a 300-stall bazaar selling all sorts of Mid-Autumn Festival goodies, nightly stage shows at Kreta Ayer Square with local and foreign performers from China and Taiwan, the heritage walking tour and the mass lantern parade, open to all families and their lanterns. Programme details can be found on the website.

Website: www.chinatownfestivals.sg/mid-autumn-festival-celebrations-201

Mid-Autumn Festival at Gardens by the Bay

Mid-Autumn Festival at The Gardens 2013
Photo courtesy of National Parks Board


The picturesque tropical landscapes and floral artistry of the Singapore Garden Festival will make way for giant lanterns as Gardens by the Bay celebrates Mid-Autumn Festival from 4 to 14 September. Spread throughout the grounds of the Garden, they will be the highlight, with the largest measuring some 30 metres across. This display of floating lanterns depict Chinese zodiacs, classic scenes and global cityscapes. You and your family will also be able to enjoy performances by local and overseas troupes, handicraft exhibition and food street as part of this FREE event. For more updates, check out the website.



During the Mid-Autumn Festival period, you and your family can also enjoy ticketed events in the Flower Dome including the 'Orchid Extravaganza Floral Display' with its 10 metre tall orchid kaleidoscope and competition orchids from the Orchid Society of South East Asia. You can also participate in the 'Garden Moments Photography Competition' and stand a chance to win over $4,500 worth of prizes.

Website: www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/en/home.html

Moonfest by Esplanade

moonfest 2014 singapore
Photo courtesy of Esplanade Theatres on the Bay


From 5 to 8 September, Moonfest will bring a series of FREE and ticketed events to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival. Organised by Esplanade Theatres on the Bay, Singapore's top performing arts venue along the Marina Bay waterfront, the festival also celebrates its 10th anniversary. Highlights include the Moonfest Lantern Walkabout featuring stilt walkers and Cantonese opera performances, traditional puppet show for kids, classical music by the Chinese Orchestra from Hong Kong and a rare performance by 6 Peking Opera masters. Check out the website for more details.

Website: www.moonfest.com.sg

Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall

Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall mid autumn festival
Photo courtesy of National Heritage Board


One of Singapore's heritage institutions, Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall will be celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival on 6 September. You and your family will enjoy FREE admission to the venue and activities including a special exhibition about Dr Sun's wife, Madam Soong Ching Ling, Chinese arts and craft demonstration, and lantern and mooncake making. For more details, visit the website.

Website: www.sysnmh.org.sg/SYEPortal/

Singapore Airlines Mooncakes
SIA mooncakes

The newest addition to the Mid-Autumn Festival scene are mooncakes from Singapore Airlines (SIA). Passengers on selected flights departing from Singapore on 8 September will be able to taste these mooncakes.

If you're still keen on one, you can check the SIA Chinese pastries at the Takashimaya Square Mooncake Fair. The mooncakes come in a specially-designed SIA signature batik print box and a limited-edition 2014 collectible magnet with the SIA emblem. For more information, check out the website.

Website: www.krisshop.com
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Why? The best and free Mid-Autumn Festival activities in Singapore
When: September
Where: Various venues around Singapore
Cost: Free & ticketed
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I've been to Singapore quite a few times but never tasted a mooncake! Must do it on my next visit.
by ROF (score: 2|313) 1452 days ago
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