Best time to visit Singapore

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Best time of year to visit Singapore

Hot and humid summerly weather sticks to the country throughout the year, so there is no particular best time to visit Singapore. However, November to June is considered to be a high season in the city. A year starts with great New Year fireworks, and January–February are full of events like Pongal, Thaipusam, and Chingay Parade. If you want to find good deals, avoid national holidays like Chinese New Year. July through October shows a slight decline in Singapore tourism. During the summer, you can taste delicacies at the Singapore Food Festival, go shopping during Great Singapore Sale, learn more about Muslim traditions at the start and end of Ramadan, and celebrate the National Day with the locals. November to January is the northeast monsoon season marked by intense rain showers. During this period you can cheer up celebrating Deepavali or observing Christmas Lights along Orchard Road.

12 THINGS TO DO IN SINGAPORE (MAY 21 - MAY 30)

Kayak Through a Mangrove Forest

Kayak Through a Mangrove Forest

February–May, October • activity

Grand mangroves which rise from the northern rivers create a patch of jungles in a global city-state

Mangosteen

Mangosteen

May–August • food

Queen Victoria was ready to bestow knighthood for the hero who could bring her sweet juicy Mangosteen

Malay Spicy Meat Rendang

Malay Spicy Meat Rendang

May 23–24, 2020 • food

Caramelized spicy beef curry is savory enough to get to the top of the list of world's most delicious foods

Ride Bikes on Pulau Ubin

Ride Bikes on Pulau Ubin

February–May | October–December • activity

Take a day off from the city's mess—rent a bike and dive into the green network of Pulau Ubin cycling roads

Hari Raya Puasa

Hari Raya Puasa

May 24–25, 2020 • event

Muslim celebration of Ramadan's end is marked with brilliant street light-ups and plenty of tasteful Malay dainties

Rambutan

Rambutan

May–September • food

Unpeeled​ rambutan resembles some exotic red closed hedgehog, and its sweet flesh looks like a divination ball

Marina Bay Sands SkyPark

Marina Bay Sands SkyPark

all year round • activity

One of the most popular attractions in Singapore with a fantastic observation deck and infinity pool

Singapore Flyer

Singapore Flyer

all year round • activity

Take in the best views of the city from Asia's largest ferris wheel

Kuih Muih

Kuih Muih

May 24–25, 2020 • food

Thanks to their moderate sweet, you may taste a great variety of coloured chewy desserts at one time

Scuba Dive

Scuba Dive

March–May | October–November • activity

Rich marine life, warm temperatures and shallow waters are the main advantages of diving around Singapore

Malay Rice Foods

Malay Rice Foods

May 23–24, 2020 • food

Malay cuisine boasts unique ways to cook Asian staple food: in coconut, banana leaves, or hollowed bamboo stick

Durian

Durian

May–August • food

The taste of exotic Asian fruit is described as creamy pudding, yet others complain, it is similar to rotten onions

34 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Thaipusam

Thaipusam

February 08, 2020 • event

Hindu devotees dance with heavy and prickly kavadis decorated with flowers and peacock feathers and pour life-giving milk to honour Murugan

Deepavali: The Festival of Lights

Deepavali: The Festival of Lights

October 27, 2019 • event

Full of joy Little India overwhelms with bright decorations, thousands of lights and typical Indian treats

Chingay Parade

Chingay Parade

February 15–16, 2019 • event

This awe-inspiring street performance is more entertaining than any kind of circus

ZoukOut

ZoukOut

December 01, 2018 • event

"One world, one tribe, one music, one dance"—that's the spirit of Singapore's most hip festival

Mid-Autumn Festival

Mid-Autumn Festival

September 13, 2019 • event

Stalls sagging under the loads of appetizing mooncakes mean that the Mid-Autumn Festival is on

Singapore Food Festival

Singapore Food Festival

July 19–26, 2019 • event

Singapore food festival is a perfect occasion to try the tastes of Malay, Indian, Chinese and Peranakan cuisines

Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year

January 25–26, 2020 • event

The festival is associated with colorful street performances, lion dances, red colors, and a plentitude of seasonal dainties

The Great Singapore Sale

The Great Singapore Sale

June 21–July 28, 2019 • activity

During the Great Singapore Sale the city turns into a huge market place, where one can find everything and everywhere

Singapore Grand Prix

Singapore Grand Prix

September 20–22, 2019 • event

Marina Bay Street Circuit is about to set on fire when the furious racers are dashing in their speedy motor cars

Vesak Day

Vesak Day

May 19, 2019 • event

"Three-step, one bow", Dana acts, candlelit procession and other rituals are performed to worship Buddha

Singapore Yacht Show

Singapore Yacht Show

April 11–14, 2019 • event

This luxury show brings together the largest number of world-class yachts in Asia

Qing Ming Festival

Qing Ming Festival

April 04–April 06 • event

Chinese community celebrates this "clear and bright" festival, bringing foods and drinks to the cemeteries and burning paper gifts

The Flying Fox

The Flying Fox

November–January • nature

If not for the wings, you might think that this is a real fox hanging upside down from a tree

Hungry Ghost Festival

Hungry Ghost Festival

August 15, 2019 • event

Dances that please the ghosts, occupying the first row in front of the stage

Christmas Lights on the Orchard Road

Christmas Lights on the Orchard Road

mid-November–late December • event

Christmas Singapore resembles a fairy tale dazzling with fabulous street lights, lovely raindeers and nutcracker soldiers

Singapore’s National Day

Singapore’s National Day

August 09 • event

Singapore demonstrates its military pride and other achievements of its independence via patriotic celebration

Bak Kwa

Bak Kwa

late January–mid-February • food

Mouth-watering thin meat slices endure time-consuming cooking process.

Pongal Festival: Celebrating the Harvest in Little India

Pongal Festival: Celebrating the Harvest in Little India

January 15, 2019 • event

Hindu dancing, rhythmic​ music in Tamil temples, collective cooking and festive bazaar constitute Pongal harvest celebration

Dragon Boat Festival

Dragon Boat Festival

July 13–14, 2019 • event

Agitated rowing teams racing against one another in dragon-headed boats evoke a great excitement

Singapore International Festival of Arts

Singapore International Festival of Arts

May 17–June 02, 2019 • event

Arts Festival turns Singapore into artistic wonderland

Hairy Crabs Season

Hairy Crabs Season

September–November • food

Tender hairy crab's meat goes well with ginger tea or spicy chilli​ and black pepper sauces

Birdwatching

Birdwatching

September–March • nature

Densely-populated world's leading business center still has room to host thousands of migratory birds

Marina Bay Singapore Countdown

Marina Bay Singapore Countdown

December 31–January 01 • activity

For the last 10 seconds the large crowd holds its breath in anticipation of tremendous New Year firework display

Mooncakes

Mooncakes

August–September • food

Local bakers engage in an unofficial competition for the best mooncake—do them a favour and go mooncake crawling

St. Patrick's Day Street Festival Singapore

St. Patrick's Day Street Festival Singapore

March 15–17, 2019 • event

A vibrant celebration of the National Irish holiday

W​or​ld Gourmet Summit

W​or​ld Gourmet Summit

April 02–29, 2018 • event

Having been to World Gourmet Summit one may start doubting what is the truth: eat to live, or rather live to eat...

Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore

Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore

November 29–December 01, 2019 • event

Cross Singapore in the largest running competition of Southeast Asia

Hari Raya Haji—the Festival of Sacrifice

Hari Raya Haji—the Festival of Sacrifice

August 11, 2019 • event

Thousands of sacrificed sheep and goats, busy​ bazaars and festive treats constitute Hari Raya Haji celebration

Sakura Matsuri Floral Display

Sakura Matsuri Floral Display

March 09–31, 2019 • event

Welcome spring at the largest glass greenhouse in the world

Longan

Longan

June–August • food

Exotic longans make for good desserts as well as main courses

Sailing

Sailing

December–March • activity

Numerous sailing operators located along Singapore's coast allow to sail the country virtually all around

Mango

Mango

June–August • food

Is there anyone in the world who would not like tropical odor of the Mango fruit?

Pomelo

Pomelo

August–September • food

The largest of all Citrus fruits is nevertheless light when unripe, but heavy when it is full of vitamin flesh

It's The Ship

It's The Ship

November 13–15, 2019 • event

Have fun at Asia's largest festival at sea