Saturday, September 16, 2017

Mid-Autumn Go Where?

[Event Listings]

Mid-Autumn Festival is coming soon and there are so many activities lined up for the entire family, happening at different places. Check out some of these activities which were brought to our attention, many of which are free too!


This September, Gardens by the Bay celebrates the season of abundance with its annual “Mid-Autumn @ Gardens by the Bay” festival, and a new floral display in Flower Dome called “Autumn Harvest”.

The month also sees the launch of a new orchid display in Cloud Forest – the first in a series of biannual displays in the cool-moist conservatory to showcase the world’s most diverse botanical family.


A lavish flower field saturated in rich hues of orange, red, gold and green welcomes visitors this September, as autumn comes to Flower Dome in the “Autumn Harvest” floral display. Savour how the traditional season of crop gathering is interpreted in creative ways – a bounteous land is inhabited by a fruit and vegetable giant; a lush farm plot overflows with abundant produce and blooms like anemones, gaillardias, phloxes and chrysanthemums; and Cinderella’s pumpkin carriage sits pretty amidst pumpkin trees. Pumpkins take on yet another twist in the mini Halloween exhibit, where myriad carved and decorated versions celebrate the most anticipated festival of fall. There are more than 10 varieties of special pumpkins to see, such as the pristine white “Polar Bear”, the pretty striped “Pump-Ke-Mon” and the bizarre-looking “Red Warty Thing”. 

This year, the lanterns dotting the outdoor gardens as part of the annual Mid-Autumn Festival continue inside Flower Dome. Look out for a plethora of fruit and vegetable-shaped lanterns, and drop by the Mediterranean Garden for a photo opportunity with a giant pumpkin lantern. 

Date: Friday, 1 September – Sunday, 29 October 
Time: 9am – 9pm 
Location: Flower Dome 
Details: Admission charge to the conservatories applies. 


Pick up an Autumn Harvest Garden Trail for more interesting information or join us for daily “ASK Me!” tours by our friendly Display Interpreters as they share fascinating botanical facts and anecdotes about the floral display. 

Date: Friday, 1 September – Sunday, 29 October 
Time: Daily at 11am and 3pm (2pm – 5pm on 23 and 24 September, and 14 and 15 October) 
  • Guided tours are free, but admission charge to the Flower Dome applies. 
  • Tours last approximately 15 minutes and are available on a first-come-first-served basis. 
  • To participate, gather at the “ASK Me!” poster near the Flower Field. Tour will begin when a group of five or more visitors is assembled. 
  • Tours will not be conducted on Flower Dome closure dates.


A much-anticipated event in the Gardens' calendar, Mid-Autumn @ Gardens by the Bay draws visitors with its sprawling lantern displays and myriad festivities amidst a lush garden setting. This year, the Gardens celebrates autumn abundance with lantern sets symbolic of bountiful harvests and good fortune, nightly cultural performances, a food street featuring Asian delights, and craft booths offering activities like lantern decorating, umbrella painting and Chinese knotting. 

Visitors are encouraged to download the new “Mid-Autumn @ Gardens by the Bay” app from the App Store or Google Play, available from 4 September, before exploring the festival. Developed by students from Singapore University of Technology and Design, the app allows visitors to uncover fun facts and quiz themselves on the different lantern sets while strolling through the Gardens. 

Date: Friday, 22 September – Sunday, 8 October 
Time: 6pm – 11pm Location: Various locations (see details below) 
Details: For more information and updates, visit

Lantern Displays 

Take a stroll through the outdoor gardens where sprawling lantern sets bring to life scenes of bountiful harvests and abundance. Don't miss “Waters of Prosperity”, the largest lantern display created by the Gardens to date. Spanning an area of 1,250 square metres over water, this lantern set portrays a fishing village teeming with 70 carp lanterns. Other highlights include “Grains of Gold”, a paddy field illuminated with 4,000 glowing rice stalks; “Splendour of Blooms” featuring some 250 waterlily lanterns floating on the lake; and “Flight of the Dragonflies” with more than 100 dragonfly lanterns adorning the Supertrees and Dragonfly Bridge. The lanterns dotting the outdoor gardens continue inside Flower Dome as part of the “Autumn Harvest” floral display; look out for a plethora of fruit and vegetable lanterns including a giant pumpkin one! Updated 22 August 2017 

Illuminations of Joy 

The Silver Garden comes aglow with some 1,000 light installations created by beneficiaries from 30 voluntary welfare organisations in Singapore. This community project is the brainchild of local eco designer Didier Ng and visual artist Vijaya Mohan, who holds a Guinness World Record for the largest Rangoli pattern (2003) and 14 Singapore Records. 

Blossoming Harvest – Traditional Arts Showcase 

Curated by co-organiser, the National Arts Council, the free nightly cultural programme will present opportunities for visitors to enjoy and be inspired by Singapore’s rich heritage. Appreciate vibrant and diverse traditional arts performances by home-grown arts groups of different genres, race and age, and bond over the creative interpretations of Blossoming Harvest. 

Lantern Riddles 

Traditionally written on lanterns hence the name, lantern riddles were often enjoyed during the MidAutumn Festival. Have a go and discover more about Chinese language and culture! 

Fun Zone 

Try your hand at arts and crafts like lantern decorating, umbrella painting and Chinese knotting at the interactive craft booths. Charges apply. 

Food Street 

Indulge in a spread of Asian delights at Colonnade at Supertree Grove! Charges apply. 


This special Mid-Autumn edition of the popular nightly light and sound show Garden Rhapsody features a medley of popular tunes that revolve around the moon, such as the jazz favourite “Fly Me to the Moon” and the Chinese classic “The Moon Represents My Heart” (月亮代表我的心). 

Date: Friday, 22 September – Tuesday, 31 October 
Time: 7.45pm and 8.45pm 
Location: Supertree Grove


This Mid-Autumn Festival, Bakerzin presents award-winning favourites from a total of eight collections! The new and limited Bold Collection features four new flavours – American Ginseng, Ginger, Sakura Ebi and Tom Yum. Durian lovers rejoice as the Majestic Collection of Durian Snow Skin Mooncakes makes its comeback. While the classic Signature and Premium Collections of pure Premium Egg Yolk Blend Mooncakes and Classic Melon Seed Mooncakes are perfect as gifts for business associates and families. For more information and early bird discounts, visit 

Date: Monday, 7 August 2017 – Wednesday, 4 October 2017 
Location: Bakerzin 
  • Mooncake flavours are subject to availability while stocks last. 
  • Collection of mooncakes from 10 September 2017 onwards. 


Majestic Bay Seafood Restaurant ushers in Mid-Autumn Festival with its popular mooncakes. Besides signature favourites like Baked White Lotus Paste with Double Yolks (Low Sugar) and Mini Snow Skin King of Durian, there are also new snow skin mooncake flavours like Thai Tea, Raw Honey and Ginger, as well as Chocolate and Truffle. For more information and early bird discounts, contact Majestic Bay Seafood Restaurant at 6604 6604. 

Date: Monday, 28 August 2017 – Wednesday, 4 October 2017 
Location: Majestic Bay Seafood Restaurant 


IndoChine at Gardens by the Bay presents an Autumn Garden High Tea for 2 at $48++ per set. Choose any two pots of specialty teas of your choice, such as the Orange Peel Chrysanthemum and Rock Sugar Lemongrass, as well as a sweet and savoury tapas from the tapas collection. The lineup of savoury tapas includes the Potato Beignet with Truffle Mayo, Norwegian Salmon with Herbs and Spices on Tart, and Signature Rice Paper Prawn Roll. As for sweet tapas, the choices include Apple Vanilla Les Tarte, Double Chocolate Chous Chous and more. 

Date: Friday, 1 September 2017 – Sunday, 29 October 2017 
Location: IndoChine 
  • Subject to service charge and prevailing GST. 
  • For enquiries or reservations, please call 6694 8489 or email  


If you love orchids, you will be in for a treat this September, as the first in a series of changing orchid displays in Cloud Forest will be launched. Orchids belong to the family Orchidaceae, which is one of the largest families of flowering plants in the world. The changing orchid displays in Cloud Forest aim to educate visitors on the various genera of orchids, and showcase their fascinatingly myriad forms and colours. 

The first display, which opens on 11 September, focuses on orchids from the genus Cattleya, and will showcase more than 400 of them in the rich colours of fall. Regarded as the “Queen of Orchids”, the Cattleya is also called “Corsage Orchid” due to the significant size of its blooms. With hybridisation widely practised, Cattleya flowers now come in a wide spectrum of colours. Visitors can look forward to seeing varieties such as Rhyncholaeliocattleya Duh’s Fantasy ‘Mellow’, an award-winning orchid with deep red blooms and a ruffled dark fuchsia lip marked with yellow grooves, and Cattleya intermedia¸ a pinkish-white orchid native to Brazil that is known for its sweet fragrance. 

Date: Monday, 11 September 2017 – Sunday, 10 December 2017 
Time: 9am – 9pm Location: Cloud Forest 
Details: Admission charge to the conservatories applies.

Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2017  
(20 Sep – 19 Oct 2017) 

Walk down memory lane with your loved ones at Chinatown’s annual MidAutumn Festival Celebrations this September! Soak in the joyous atmosphere that will bring back nostalgic memories of your childhood, as the streets of the Chinatown precinct are illuminated by a plethora of dazzling and brightly-hued LED lantern displays, guaranteed to leave visitors in wide-eyed wonder. 

Other than the impressive lantern display that seeks to bring out one of the most well-known and beloved traditions of the Mid-Autumn Festival this year, visitors to Chinatown can look forward to various other festival activities organised by Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng Citizens’ Consultative Committee (KA-KS CCC) from Wed, 20 Sep to Thu, 19 Oct 2017. 

Themed “Celebrations of our Traditions <<传统新意庆中秋, 同心共乐贺团 圆>>”, event highlights for the Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2017 include: 

Lantern Painting Competition 灯笼彩绘比赛 
17 Sep 2017 (Sunday) 
9.00am – 12.00pm 
Chinatown Point

The annual Lantern Painting Competition will see up to 500 children and students 16 and below from all over the island compete as they put their artistic skills to the mettle to create beautifully-painted lanterns that will add to the festive decorations in Chinatown. The winning lanterns will be displayed along Pagoda Street until 19 October 2017. 

Festive Street Bazaar 中秋街头市集 
20 Sep – 4 Oct 2017 
10.30am – 10.30pm 
Pagoda Street, Trengganu Street, Sago Street, Smith Street, and open area in front of People’s Park Complex 

During the Mid-Autumn Festival, the streets of Chinatown will be abuzz with stalls selling a wide array of festive items, including mooncakes, decorative ornaments, preserved fruits, potted plants, and everything you need to celebrate the festival! 

Official Light-Up and Opening Ceremony 开幕典礼与亮灯仪式 
23 Sep 2017 (Saturday) 
7.00pm – 10.00pm 
New Bridge Road 

Officially kicking off the Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival Celebrations 2017 is the Official Light-Up and Opening Ceremony, where the streets of Chinatown will come alive in a vibrant splash of colours forming this year’s lantern display. Take a blast to the past as this year’s performances showcase the traditions synonymous with the Festival and be awed by the spectacular lighting and visual effects at this year’s Opening Ceremony. There will also be jaw-dropping acrobatic acts and multicultural performances by the various racial and cultural communities in Chinatown. 

Nightly Stage Shows 综艺晚会 
23 Sep – 4 Oct 2017 
8.00pm – 10.30pm 
Kreta Ayer Square 

Visitors can look forward to two exciting weeks of traditional Chinese cultural performances, from festive songs to music and dance items by top-notch troupes and entertainers, that will lift the celebratory mood each night during the Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival Celebrations. 

Street Light-Up 牛车水庆中秋亮灯 
23 Sep – 19 Oct 2017 
7.00pm – 2.00am (Fri & Sat) 7.00pm – 12.00mn (Sun – Thu) 
Eu Tong Sen Street, New Bridge Road, South Bridge Road 

Following the Official Light-Up and Opening Ceremony, the Chinatown MidAutumn Festival Celebrations’ Street Light-Up will come alive each night for a month. One of the main highlights each year, the annual Street Light-Up draws local and overseas visitors, young and old, to Chinatown to view the mesmerising display of lanterns that bring out the festive mood like nowhere else in Singapore. This year, the splendid lantern display will depict one of the most well-known and beloved hallmarks of the Mid-Autumn Festival – the tradition of carrying lanterns. This year’s Street Light-Up is also designed in collaboration with the students of the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA). 

Mid-Autumn Family Fest @ Chinatown 中秋“家”节 @ 牛车水 
24 Sep 2017 (Sunday) 
9.30am – 12.30pm 
Kreta Ayer Community Club, Level 2 Multi-Purpose Hall 

A new highlight this year, the Mid-Autumn Family Fest @ Chinatown will be a melting pot of traditional festive activities such as mooncake-making, calligraphy writing, tea art appreciation, and lantern painting! It promises to be fun-filled day of bonding and discovery of the meaning and stories behind these traditional activities. Suitable for all ages, participants can look forward to getting hands-on as they try their hand at the fine art of calligraphy, learning how to savour different types of tea and even bring home luscious treats of their own creation at the snowskin mooncake-makingworkshops. 

For a participation fee of $5 per person, participants will be able to take part in the mooncake-making, calligraphy writing and lantern painting activities as well as receive a goodie bag containing a mooncake mould, ingredients for mooncake-making, and lucky draw coupon. Slots for the mooncake-making workshops are on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Mass Lantern Walk 中秋大型游灯会 
1 Oct 2017 (Sunday) 
7.00pm – 10.00pm 
Starting point – Kreta Ayer Square (Registration location) End point – Main stage at New Bridge Road 

Soak in the festive atmosphere and take part in the annual Mass Lantern Walk during which families, friends and the community will come together and take a leisurely walk through Chinatown while carrying lanterns of all shapes and sizes! Featuring performances by local clan associations, dragon dance troupes, overseas performing groups, as well as a special dragon dance performance by the troop from Thye Hua Kwan Moral Society (德教太和观龙 狮团), celebrations will mount to a high at the closing event of the Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival Celebrations 2017.

Moonfest 艺满中秋 2017

From ONE to SIX: Highlights of Moonfest 2017 

1. The TOP Peking Opera artists and Chinese classical musicians meet at Moonfest

Dubbed the National Key Peking Opera Troupe by China’s Ministry of Culture, Hubei Provincial Peking Opera Theatre (China) brings to opera lovers in Singapore its signature Peking opera comedy Promotion of Judge Xu featuring two-time Plum Blossom award winner Zhu Shihui, as well as Peking Opera Classic Excerpts performed by Plum Blossom Award winners Pei Yongjie, Wang Xiaochan and Wan Xiaohui. A selection of principal and star players from the China Broadcasting Chinese Orchestra—Jiang Kemei (huqin), Zhang Gaoxiang (yangqin), Chen Yin (pipa), Ma Li (percussion), Cui Junmiao (liuqin), Hou Changqing (dizi) and Zhou Yixiang (suona)—will lead a 20-strong chamber orchestra to enthrall music lovers with Virtuosos & Classics – A Chamber Concert, featuring favourite classics such as A Moonlit Night on a Spring River, Hua Bang Zi, Sentiment of Qin Chuan, Mountain Dance, and more.

2. PAIR up and double down the fun in Parent-Child Workshops 

To encourage the younger generation to learn more about traditional Chinese arts in a fun way, parents can bring their little ones to participate in the Parent-Child: DIY Snowskin Mooncakes and DIY Dough Figurine Workshops. Or, get the children to make their own rocking rooster lanterns in the Lantern Making Workshop.

3. THIRD Festival Commission by Paper Monkey Theatre 

Another programme that young ones can look forward to during Moonfest is the new production by Paper Monkey Theatre, The Magic Paintbrush which is a puppetry adaptation of the classic Chinese folktale. This is the third puppetry production that Esplanade has commissioned Paper Monkey Theatre to produce for Moonfest, following Journey West: Web of Deceit in 2015 and The Magic Lantern in 2016.

4. FOUR ethnic minority folk dances by young, award-winning solo dancers 

Over the years, Esplanade has expanded the variety of traditional Chinese arts programmes presented at Moonfest. With Chinese opera and classical music presentations as the festival’s mainstay, Esplanade has specially commissioned a folk dance production for the first time in Moonfest! In Soulful Steps – An Ethnic Dance & Music Recital, discover the beauty of Dai, Kazakh, Mongol and Tibetan folk dances through modern interpretations by young, awardwinning dance graduates from Minzu University of China, one of the most prestigious universities in China that specialises in ethnic studies and the arts. The dancers will be paired with live music played on traditional instruments such as the dombra (long-necked lute) from Kazakh, morin khuur (horsehead fiddle) from Mongol and eagle-bone flute from Tibet.

5. FIVE new programmes to engage the youths in traditional Chinese arts 

Passing on traditions and engaging the youths in Chinese arts has always been a key focus of Moonfest. This year, the festival introduces a range of new programmes that features young artists doing their part in preserving various traditional Chinese arts. These include a fashion parade in Hanfu (traditional clothing of the Chinese Han culture); Chinese opera performances by youths; ‘grandfather’ storytelling (Chinese street storytelling) sessions, as well as hands on workshops on water calligraphy and Wing Chun martial arts.

6. SIX days of free programmes at SIX public spaces around Esplanade 

Not to be missed too are the free programmes that will take place at the Esplanade Concourse, Festival Corner, Forecourt Garden, Waterfront Canopy, Outdoor Theatre, and The Edge during the six-day festival. Walk down memory lane and celebrate the Mid-Autumn season through traditional Chinese arts performances and activities such as orchestral music, dance, crosstalk, lantern riddles, street opera performances at the outdoor Moonfest Chinese Opera Stage, and more. Pick up a free lantern sponsored by Gold Roast Instant Beverages and join in the fun at the festival’s popular Lantern Walkabout on 30 September 2017 too.

Moonfest – A Mid-Autumn Celebration 2017 is made possible with the generous support of Arts Partner – Gold Roast Instant Beverages.

Esplanade&Me Special Ticket Prices for Moonfest 2017 

Tickets for Moonfest 2017 are available from Esplanade’s website, and through SISTIC (Website, Hotline: +65 6348 5555 and all SISTIC outlets). Esplanade&Me cardholders will get to enjoy special ticket prices for various performances at Moonfest 2017. Launched on 1 July 2015, Esplanade&Me is a platform for Esplanade to build stronger community ties with its fans and supporters. Beyond the savings that cardholders can enjoy across Esplanade’s festivals and programmes all year round, Esplanade&Me is also an opportunity for arts lovers to get closer to the arts and be more involved through various behind-the-scenes activities. Sign up for Esplanade&Me now! For more information, please visit

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