After 2 years of back-and-forth restrictions, we’re finally close to seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, with businesses going back to normal and travel borders reopening. These are signs that we’re on track to return to our pre-pandemic lives!
The pandemic didn’t only cancel our travel plans but several annual events in Singapore as well. The good news is, there’s a good chance some of them are coming back soon.
Below, we’ve listed 5 Singapore events that we’re hoping to return once the pandemic is over, which is becoming more of a reality by the day!
1. Singapore Grand Prix
The Singapore Grand Prix is one of the most popular and largest events in Singapore. It’s a premier motor-sport event that’s part of the Formula One World Championship, welcoming talented drivers and racing enthusiasts all over the world.
There are various events lined up throughout the festival including car exhibitions and live music performances. Swedish House Mafia, Gwen Stefani, Dua Lipa are among the past musical acts at the Singapore Grand Prix, which speaks of how massive this event is!
Even with the A-list roster of perform
ers, the most anticipated event remains the championship leg of the Formula 1 race. Notable racers in the past include Sebastian Vettel, Kevin Magnussen, and Charles Leclerc.
After getting cancelled for
2 consecutive years, it’s returning later this year from 30 September to 2 October. Tickets aren’t officially available yet, but you can sign up for priority access to purchase early bird tickets.
Ticket prices can range from $398 for three-day access to $9,898 for exclusive access. There are also tickets offered to patrons in wheelchairs and their companions, at a rate much cheaper than the average 3-day access tickets.
The final rounds of the championships are when crowds tend to swell to thousands, so if you want to see the final legs of the race yourself, make sure to reserve tickets and book your flights and hotels as early as possible.
No news yet on who’s performing this year, but expect the musical acts to be as massive as ever to make up for lost two years!
2. i Light Singapore
One of the most highly anticipated events in Singapore is the i Light. It’s not your typical light art festival, though!
It’s a festival that promotes creative and sustainable light art installations made from recycled materials and by artists all over the world. It’s held at the iconic Marina Bay Sands where sightseers can walk through the light displays as they contrast against the Singapore skylines and take pictures with them.
Apart from the gorgeous lights, there are free workshops and talks that discuss different environmental issues. Kids will be able to enjoy the festival too, through the playground, twinkling lights, and carnival games
i Light has been around since 2010. Unfortunately, it’s been postponed since early 2020, but we hope that we’ll see its stunning, vibrant lights again soon!
3. Singapore Design Week
A Singapore event that creatives and artists are looking forward to every year is Singapore Design Week!
It’s a yearly design festival that promotes different local and international design initiatives. As one of the largest design festivals in Asia, its programmes usually include partnerships with massive brands in the local and international design circle.
There are pop-up exhibitions, giant artworks, art workshops, shopping booths, and even street parties throughout the entire week!
The best thing is, the event is open to the general public and most of the events are free of charge.
Singapore Design Week has been on hiatus since early 2020, but it’s recently announced that it will return this year!
4. Singapore Food Festival
Established in 1994, Singapore Food Festival is a week-long festival organised by the Singapore Tourism Board that celebrates Singapore’s diverse food options and unique flavours.
It’s not cancelled unlike the other annual festivals on our list, but it’s adapted a hybrid format since the start of the pandemic, hosting both live and virtual events.
Last year, participants were able to attend the masterclasses of Michelin-starred chefs through the island’s gorgeous neighbourhoods.
For this year, we’re hoping it will return to its traditional format where people get to taste a range of Singaporean foods and surprising twists on modern dishes. Let’s keep our fingers crossed!
5. Singapore Night Festival
Singapore Night Festival is a massive street party that is usually held over two weekends to celebrate our local art and rich cultural heritage.
Creativity and entertainment is the essence of the festival, so expect events like music performances, film screenings, improv theatre, art exhibitions, and light installations, among others!
It’s held every year in the Bras Basah and Bugis heritage precinct, but sadly it’s been postponed since the start of the pandemic.
No news yet if it’s returning this year, but we have a few more months until August, so let’s keep our hopes up!
Exploring Singapore post-pandemic
How about you, which events and festivals are you looking forward to the most this year? Tell us all about it in the comments!
In the meantime, if you still don’t know what to do in Singapore, try going on a local tour with family and friends. We can help you plan for a tour that you and your loved ones will enjoy!