What To Do During This Phase 2 Weekend (18-20 Sept)

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What To Do During This Phase 2 Weekend (18-20 Sept)

STORY: Janelle Yong
17 September 2020
PHOTO: CHINATOWN FESTIVALS

We're right in the middle of mooncake (and lantern) season, and there's no time like the present to enjoy it. Here are some events you might want to check out this weekend.

1. Mid-Autumn Festival Light-Up @ Gardens by the Bay

PHOTO: GARDENS BY THE BAY

Of course, one can't talk about Mid-Autumn Festival without mentioning Gardens by the Bay's Mid-Autumn Festival Light-Up. This year, Gardens by the Bay (GBTB) is celebrating Mid-Autumn with a mixture of onsite and digital activities.

GBTB itself will be lit up by installations like the Apricot Grove, which features apricot flowers at various stages of blooming, enhanced with gobo lighting effect to simulate falling flower petals, as well as the Colonnade of Lights, showcasing 1500 paper lanterns that were designed and hand-painted by people from all walks of life.

If you prefer to stay at home, you can check out the virtual programmes this season has to offer such as Chinese dance performances, DIY crafting sessions where you'll learn to make origami lotuses and good-luck knots, a snowskin mooncake culinary demonstration and much more.

18 September to 4 October 2020
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2. Wan Qing Mid-Autumn Festival 2020 (Digital Edition)

Wan Qing Mid-Autumn Festival is in full swing on Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall's Facebook page. Despite being hosted digitally this year, the festival is still full of family-friendly programmes to teach your little ones more about the culture and history behind Mid-Autumn Festival.

From the "Rolling in Abundance" lantern installation at Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall itself to moon myths, DIY crafting sessions, interactive storytelling and even culinary videos where you'll learn to make your own Pulut Hitam Snowskin Mooncake, this year's festival promises to be just as thrilling as last year's, if not more so.

Till 11 October 2020
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3. Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival: A Heartwarming Mid-Autumn 2020

While the streets of Chinatown are still illuminated by colourful lanterns this year, the rest of the usual festivities will be conducted online instead. That doesn't mean it'll be any less lively though - Instead, you can enjoy the street light-up from home via a virtual tour taken with aerial photography, giving you the best view of these gorgeous installations. Other highlights include a series of short videos about Mid-Autumn Festival traditions, a lantern painting competition and Chronicles of Chinatown, an online escape room that will test the limits of your brainpower.

Till 16 October 2020
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4. Every Body Plays a Part: A Showcase of Public Health Crises and Responses in Singapore

With COVID-19 defining the new normal of our time, it's no surprise that the National Museum of Singapore is launching an online exhibition about public health crises. Every Body Plays a Part explores Singapore's history with infectious diseases and the measures undertaken to counteract them, some of which are still being practiced today in managing the COVID-19 pandemic.

Available from 18 September 2020
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5. ASEAN Music Showcase Festival

Livestreaming globally, the ASEAN Music Showcase Festival boasts a line-up of 20 upcoming artists from around Southeast Asia, including local artists like Linying and Coming Up Roses. Blending contemporary genres with local and traditional flavours, these genre-defying performances are not to be missed.

20 to 21 September 2020
Find out more here

6. Get an early start on Halloween festivities

Last but not least, if you're already looking forward to the next big holiday, check out Resorts World Sentosa's Halloween celebrations this weekend.

Universal Studio's Halloween Fun For Everyone returns with Minion Monsters Tricky Treats, where FrankenBob, Mummy Stuart and Dracula Kevin take centre stage with their striking costumes. You can embark on a trick-or-treat adventure around the park where you'll meet plenty of familiar faces while collecting plenty of candies, gummies and chocolates, or take part in the ongoing Costume Contest (don't forget your mask!)

In addition, SEA Aquarium gets in on the fun this year with Deep Boo Sea!, which dares you to dive into the ocean's depths and come face to face with nature's scariest-looking marine creatures. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for lost pearls hidden amidst the undersea exhibits - something good might happen if you find them all!

Halloween Fun For Everyone: Till 1 November 2020
Find out more here

Deep Boo Sea!: 19 September to 1 November 2020
Find out more here

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