1. Pongal Festival 2018

Commencing on the auspicious Thai month, Pongal (“flourish”) celebrates the Hindu harvest festival with rangoli kolam (flour drawings) and by honouring cattle. Watch performances every evening at Hastings Road, shop at the festive village in Campbell lane, view exhibitions and attend workshops under the beautiful lights. While you’re there, try a bit of pongal, a sweet dish of rice, milk and spices.

Date: 5 Jan to 4 Feb

Venue: Various

Website: www.littleindia.com.sg

Nearest MRT: Little India


2. "The Invincible 2” Jay Chou Concert Tour 2018

Asia’s reigning ‘King of Mandopop’ returns to Singapore with a second installment of the wildly popular “The Invincible” Jay Chou’s Concert Tour. Sing along to classics such as ‘Silence’ and ‘I’m Not Worthy’, as well as new chart-topping hits.

Date: 6 Jan

Venue: National Stadium

Website: www.sportshub.com.sg

Nearest MRT: Stadium


3. Singapore Art Week 2018
Art installation at Singapore Art Week

Immerse in the rich visual arts experiences of Singapore Art Week, comprising art fairs, exhibitions, public art walks and lifestyle events.

Date: 17-28 Jan

Venue: Various

Website: www.artweek.sg


4. M1 Singapore Fringe Festival

The best of this year’s cutting-edge local and international art is curated around eminent Singaporean artist Amanda Heng’s work, “Let’s Walk” (1999). One major highlight is The Immortal Sole, a dance theatre performance by Edith Podesta, inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid.

Date: 17-28 Jan

Venue: Various

Website: www.singaporefringe.com


5. SMBC Singapore Open 2018

SMBC Singapore open tees off on the luxurious Serapong course at the Sentosa golf club. Watch the world’s best golfers compete in the US$1 million tournament including star golfer Sergio Garcia, Louis Oosthuizen and Singapore’s own Gregory Foo.

Date: 18-21 Jan

Venue: Serapong Course, Sentosa Golf Club

Website: www.smbcsingaporeopen.com

Nearest MRT: Harbourfront


6. Artwalk Little India
Visitors admiring art mural at Artwalk Little India

Be spellbound by the tales behind Little India, unravelled through public art installations and free performances. Check out the event’s lineup of local artists like ZERO and SOBANDWINE, and enjoy fringe activities such as puppetry and film screenings.

Date: 18-27 Jan

Venue: Various

Website: www.artwalklittleindia.sg

Nearest MRT: Little India


7. KidsFest 2018
Entertaining performers during KidsFest

With six different productions happening in four weeks across two venues, don’t miss the largest playbill of children’s theatre in Singapore. Kids will be enthralled as their favourite storybook characters come to life on stage, which includes the all-time classic, The Gruffalo.

Date: 18 Jan to 11 Feb

Venue: Victoria Theatre and KC Arts Centre

Website: www.kidsfest.com.sg

Nearest MRT: City Hall and Fort Canning


8. Light to Night Festival 2018: Colour Sensations

The Civic District will be transformed into a hotbed of visual, literary and performing arts showcases at this annual urban arts event. Experience the sensations of colour, as major cultural institutions and parks turn into works of art.

Date: 19-28 Jan

Venue: Civic District

Website: www.lighttonight.sg

Nearest MRT: City Hall


9. Aliwal Urban Art Festival

People from all walks of life are welcome to this annual arts showcase of street culture in Kampong Glam, one of Singapore’s coolest neighbourhoods. Check out Singapore’s top talents as they present works ranging from graffiti and visual arts, to dance and skateboarding.

Date: 20 Jan

Venue: Aliwal Arts Centre

Website: www.aliwalartscentre.sg

Nearest MRT: Bugis


10. Art Stage Singapore 2018

Representing Asian art on the global arena, Art Stage offers visitors a curated roundup of contemporary works from galleries across the world—keep your eyes peeled for fringe activities such as talks and forums.

Date: 25-28 Jan

Venue: Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre

Website: www.artstage.com

Nearest MRT: Bayfront


11. St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival Singapore 2018

Heads up music lovers! Laneway is bringing the coolest indie tunes from acts such as Wolf Alice, Billie Elish and Bonobo. Experience the good vibes and chill out at Gardens by the Bay for an evening of great music, food and fun.

Date: 27 Jan

Venue: The Meadow, Gardens by the Bay

Website: http://singapore.lanewayfestival.com

Nearest MRT: Bayfront


12. Safari Zoo Run 2018
Participant running past an elephant at the Safari Zoo Run

Do your part for endangered wildlife in Singapore by signing up for this run, which aims to raise awareness for native wildlife conservation.

Date: 27 Jan

Venue: Singapore Zoo

Website: www.safarizoo.run

Nearest MRT: Choa Chu Kang + connecting bus service 927


13. Chinatown Chinese New Year 2018 Light-Up

Celebrate the Year of the Dog in Chinatown, with a stunning display of lanterns, fireworks, firecrackers and festive performances.

Date: 27 Jan to 16 Mar

Venue: Various

Website: www.chinatownfestivals.sg

Nearest MRT: Chinatown


14. Thaipusam

Join thousands of Hindu devotees as they celebrate the fulfilment of their vows with a ceremonial procession in honour of the Hindu god, Lord Murugan. Follow the devotees as they carry milk pots and kavadis (semicircular structures decorated with peacock feathers and flowers) on foot for a distance of 5.1km from Little India to Tank Road.

Date: 31 Jan

Venue: Various

Website: www.thaipusam.sg

Nearest MRT: Farrer Park, Little India, Bras Basah