Festivals and events in Singapore
It’s the last weekend of the year and to make it count, head out and have a blast at these exciting events that we’ve found! There’s Singapore’s first food truck festival for foodies, the massive EOY J-Culture Festival for anime fans, a special edition of the popular Wheeler’s Market for artsy souls with a penchant for all things handmade, and the crowd-favourite Prudential Marina Bay Carnival.
1. Food Truck Fest
Source:Food Truck Fest
Pile on the holiday weight before it’s time to start making resolutions again at Singapore’s first and largest Food Truck Fest! Featuring award-winning local and regional vendors at this 4-day food truck festival, expect a wide array of mouth-watering delicacies like Michelin-starred ramen by Tsuta Singapore, creamy Beef Rendang by Preparazzi, Salted Egg Burger by The Quarters, Ondeh Ondeh Doughnuts topped with salted gula melaka brittle by Plain Vanilla Bakery, and more.
Ondeh Ondeh Doughnut. Source:Food Truck Fest
Caffeine lovers can look forward to Coffee Bandits too! Source:Food Truck Fest
Address: Marina Bay Sands Event Plaza, 2 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018972
Date & Time: 28th – 30th December: 5PM – 11PM | 31st December: 4PM – 1AM
2. EOY J-Culture Festival 2018
Source:EOY J-Culture Festival
If you’re having withdrawals from this year’s Anime Festival Asia, fret not – the EOY J-Culture Festival is back again and it’s one of the largest non-profit Japnese pop-culture festivals in Singapore with a total of over 100 exhibitors!
Source:EOY J-Culture Festival
Run by anime fans for anime fans, the festival features mostly fan-made illustrations, handmade crafts, photography, local performances, and of course, lots of cosplay. This year’s highlights include official anime merchandise and a lineup of over 150 artistes hailing from around the world – including Riona Hamamatsu, former ABK48 member – game booths, live DJs spinning, and masterclasses on hair styling and cosplay makeup.
Check here for more programme and booth details and purchase your tickets here!
Address: Suntec Convention Center Hall 403, Singapore 039593
Date & Time: 29th December: 12PM – 9PM | 30th December: 12PM – 8PM
Ticket Pricing: From $11.90
3. Wheeler’s Market – Festive Edition
Christmas might be over, but the jolly festive spirit is still going strong at Wheeler’s Market – Festive Edition where you can bag home all kinds of artisanal gifts and festive bakes by local artists and crafters!
Some of the goodies to look out for include witty illustrations from Nuffypuffy, homemade nut butter and nut milk from Fluffle Co, gorgeous cement planters by Stonedge, and Christmas wreath cookie cakes from talented baker JustJulia.
Address: Wheeler’s Estate, 2 Park Lane, Seletar Aerospace Park, Singapore 798386
Date & Time: 30th December | 9.30AM – 6PM
4. Prudential Marina Bay Carnival
Singapore’s largest funfair is back for its 2nd edition! Occupying the Bayfront Event Space once more, the Prudential Marina Bay Carnival will feature plenty of photo-worthy street food, up to 50 different types of plushies to bag home, and more than 40 rides and games, which consists of both crowd-favourites and new additions.
Some of the popular attractions include the 35m-tall Star Flyer, heart-stopping Mach 5, and the Das Fun Schiff Viking ship, and the brand new centrepiece of this round’s carnival is the Wave Swinger, a giant carousel swing!
Admission to the carnival is completely free-of-charge so you can pop in and snap away with the many photo ops, but do take note that you’ll have to pay for the rides.
Note: Opening hours are extended till 2AM on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.
Address: Bayfront Event Space, 12A Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018970
Date & Time: 22nd December 2018 – 24th March 2019 | 4PM – 11PM Daily
5. Hello, ONE PIECE Exhibition
Source:Resorts World Sentosa
One Piece fans, this one’s for you – Singapore’s first-ever One Piece exhibition has finally opened its doors at Resorts World Sentosa! Hailing from Japan, visitors can get up close and personal with manga creator Eiichiro Oda in this exhibition. Explore a gallery of illustrations by Eiichiro, view an intricate replica of his work desk, peer into his mind with a unique virtual reality experience, and shop for original merchandise!
The puzzle hunt map and collectible cards! Source: One Piece Puzzle Hunt
Besides that, there’s an augmented reality puzzle hunt taking place across the entire Sentosa Island with an accompanying storyline that starts with you being shipwrecked. Players will have to track down the stations via an app (iOS and Android) or a Supplement Board located at every checkpoint, and then solve their puzzles to move on to the next location!
As an added bonus, all players will receive an exclusive set of Straw Hat Pirate cards as a souvenir. The game will take approximately 2 hours or more to complete, and registration can be made in front of iFly at Beach Station.
Purchase your tickets here!
One Piece Puzzle Hunt
Address: Sentosa Island
Date & Time: 14th December 2018 – 13th February 2019 | 10AM – 7PM (Last registration at 5PM)
Ticket Pricing: $30
ONE PIECE Exhibition
Address: Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
Date & Time: 27th – 30th November: 10AM – 7PM (Mon – Fri) | 1st December 2018 – 1st January 2019: 9.30AM – 7PM (Mon – Sun)
Ticket Pricing: From $15
6. Andsoforth presents: Marie & The Nutcracker
For those of you who are bored of the usual dinner dates, spice up your night and dine in an interactive play at Andsoforth’s Marie & The Nutcracker, a one-of-a-kind theatrical dining experience!
Hidden away in a secret location that’s only revealed to guests the night before the show, diners take on the role of “toys” accompanying Marie on her journey to defeat the Mouse King and break the Nutcracker’s curse. Expect beautifully-designed sets, intricate costumes, amazing actors, and a delicious 4-course meal with specially concocted “liquid courage”!
Date: Till 6th January 2019
7. Island Lights 2018
The Pikachu Night Parades might be over, but get your cameras ready for a magical stroll down the Palawan Beach regardless because the shore is lined with large illuminating art installations for Island Lights 2018!
Featuring 10 Instagrammable masterpieces by local artists like Space Objekt, Sam Lo, and MASH-UP, you’ll be able to enjoy live band performances while you’re exploring, and snack on tasty bites when you get peckish at the Chill N’ Cheers area.
Address: Palawan Beach, Sentosa
Date & Time: 16th November – 31st December | 7PM – 11PM
8. A Wizarding World Holiday at Changi
Potterheads, rejoice – the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is now in Changi Airport with life-sized mock-ups of the iconic Hogsmeade Village, Diagon Alley, Whomping Willow, and Newt’s Menagerie!
Some of these setups even have daily snow and light shows, and avid fans can try on Hogwarts robes and take GIFs in front of a Magical Photo-Taking Mirror. There are games for you to try your hand at too, such as the Wand Challenge where you’ll learn spell-casting movements, the Quaffle Toss, where you can challenge your friends to a game of Quidditch, and the Niffler Challenge Game, where you’re supposed to stack as many coins as possible atop a giant Niffler replica!
As an added bonus, fans can bag home exclusive Harry Potter merchandise as well, which include Wizarding World-inspired plush toys, scarves, and travel pillows. The best part of all? Admission is free!
Address: Terminal 3, Departure Hall, Public Area
Date & Time: 16th November 2018 – mid-February 2019
9. Poinsettia Wishes Featuring Disney Tsum Tsum
Source:Gardens by the Bay
Great news for those who missed the adorable Disney Tsum Tsum installations during the Mid-Autumn Festival – they’re back again this time at Gardens by the Bay for the floral Christmas display “Poinsettia Wishes”!
Expect plenty of magical light installations, festive baubles, beautiful “snowy” landscape, and a giant Christmas tree adorned with Mickey and his Tsum Tsum buddies! Other Disney characters that will be present include Chip and Dale, Olaf, Dumbo, and more.
Address: Gardens by the Bay Flower Dome, 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953
Date & Time: 2nd November 2018 – 6th January 2019 | 9AM – 9PM Daily
Ticket Pricing: Adult: $12, Senior Citizen (≥60 years old): $8, Child (3-12 years old): $8