The Gardens by the Bay Mid-Autumn Festival 2023 is being held from 15 September to 1 October with lanterns, performances and other festive activities around the attraction.
Based on the theme Garden of Blooms, this year’s Gardens by the Bay Mid-Autumn Festival will be one where family and friends can capture beautiful memories with lanterns inspired by Chinese mythology and bond over food and fun.
Planning on making a visit to Gardens by the Bay to see the lanterns and to enjoy the Mid-Autumn festivities? Find out what’s on and what to look out for at the Gardens this year.
Gardens By the Bay Mid-Autumn Festival Lanterns
An annual highlight of the Gardens By the Bay Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations is the lantern display. This year is no exception and there are nine lantern sets that will set the Gardens aglow in the evening from 6 pm to 10 pm from 15 September to 1 October.
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We took a look at the lanterns in the daytime but they will be even more stunning once they are lit up at night!
Here is a summary of where you can find the Gardens by the Bay lanterns.
|Garden of Blooms||Golden Garden|
|The Butterfly Lovers||Floral Clock|
|Colonnade of Lights||Colonnade|
|Colourful Blossoms||Supertree Grove|
|Our Secret Garden||Supertree Grove|
|Blooming in Dance||Supertree Grove|
|Traditional Lanna Lanterns||Supertree Grove|
|Magpie Bridge||Dragonfly Lake|
Garden of Blooms
Be welcomed to Gardens by the Bay Mid-Autumn Festival 2023 by the Garden of Blooms at the Golden Garden.
Uncover a secret garden through a beautiful moon gate, and discover flora of great significance to Chinese culture, including the lotus, peach blossom, and bamboo.
There are cute rabbits in different poses at this lantern set.
Where: Golden Garden (at the Main Drop Off Entrance)
The Butterfly Lovers
This beautiful butterfly-themed lantern set at the Floral Clock, close to Gardens by the Bay’s The Canopy is based on the romance between protagonists Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai.
There is a platform at this lantern set where you can pose for pictures.
Where: Floral Clock
Colonnade of Lights
Walk under an array of hand-decorated lanterns at the Colonnade of Lights. Each of the colourful lanterns has been designed and hand-painted by people from different walks of life.
Admired this beautiful lantern floral arch, made up of more than 20 lantern peonies. This lantern set at Gardens by the Bay is inspired by the Chinese phrase “花攒锦聚“ (huā cuán jǐn jù), which means a colourful and prosperous scene.
Where: Supertree Grove
Our Secret Garden
Step into a Secret Garden where a menagerie of whimsical creatures await under the Supertrees. These imaginative creatures are the work of five students from ART:DIS Digital Art programme. Discover the talents of these autistic artists and learn more about their design inspirations.
Where: Supertree Grove
Blooming in Dance
This lantern set exudes a sense of joyous movement and conveys how Koreans express their emotions and feelings through dance. It isn’t K-pop type of dance but is something that still reflects happiness and joy.
Where: Supertree Grove
Traditional Lanna Lanterns
This year’s lantern display at Gardens by the Bay features lanterns that highlight the the craftsmanship of the Lanna people from Northern Thailand. View the lantern set to get a small taste of their culture at the Supertree Grove.
Where: Supertree Grove
One of the classic features of a Chinese garden, a pavilion and has a distinctive architecture style. This Gardens by the Bay lantern set also serves as a focal point at the Supertree Grove and has a “lake” in front of it.
Where: Supertree Grove
If you caught the recent Qixi festival activities, you would be familiar with the Magpie Bridge and what it represents. Over at Dragonfly Lake, you can view a lantern set featuring the Cowherd and the Weaver Girl, reunited by a bridge formed by the wings of magpies.
Where: Dragonfly Lake, in front of BayFront Pavilion.
There will be a Lantern Walk held on Friday, 15 September 2023 where you can redeem a free lantern, while stocks last, and take a walk through the lantern sets at Gardens by the Bay.
The lantern walk starts at 7.15 pm with lantern collection from 7 pm to 8 pm. The collection point is at the Bayfront Pavilion Drop-off Point.
Another highlight of Gardens by the Bay Mid-Autumn Festival 2023 are the performances scheduled over the period of 15 September to 1 October.
Stop by to soak in the joy and excitement of these free cultural performances. Here are some highlights.
- 15 September, 8 pm to 8.30 pm: Enjoy the beat of the drum performance group ZingO, awarded the most outstanding performance group at Chingay 2023.
- 16 September, 7 pm to 7.30 pm & 8 pm to 8.30 pm: yIN Harmony is a multi-ethnic music group with vision is to infuse various cultural instruments together on a singular platform to reflect the multiracial facet of Singapore.
- 17 September, 7 pm to 7.30 pm: Butterfly Dreams featuring Singapore Chinese Dance Theatre features weaves together dance and music for a captivating performance. This is the first of three performance of Butterfly Dreams.
- 17 September, 8 pm to 8.30 pm: Wandering Swordsman featuring Reverberence features captivating tunes with a multicultural flair. This is the first of three performances of Wandering Swordsman.
- 22 September, 7 pm to 7.30 pm & 8 pm to 8.30 pm: Two Four Six Fusion, a band featuring er hu, pipa and guitar will be performing interesting and classic music pieces.
- 23 September, 7 pm to 7.30 pm & 8 pm to 8.30 pm: Be entertained by the Wu Yue Dance Studio Arts Troupe and their passion for promoting local cultural arts through dance.
- 24 September, 7 pm to 7.30 pm: Butterfly Dreams featuring Singapore Chinese Dance Theatre features weaves together dance and music for a captivating performance. This is the second of three performance of Butterfly Dreams.
- 24 September, 8 pm to 8.30 pm: Wandering Swordsman featuring Reverberence features captivating tunes with a multicultural flair. This is the second of three performances of Wandering Swordsman.
- 29 September, 7 pm to 7.30 pm & 8 pm to 8.30 pm: A Bigger Bang features percussion enthusiasts from all walks of life gathered together by their love of the percussive arts to create exciting and fun percussive music.
- 30 September, 7 pm to 7.30 pm & 8 pm to 8.30 pm: As a bilingual acoustic live band, The JumpStart’s music can be easily distinguished through its tight harmonies, which is complimented by the eclectic use of a broad range of sounds and instruments.
- 1 October, 7 pm to 7.30 pm: Butterfly Dreams featuring Singapore Chinese Dance Theatre features weaves together dance and music for a captivating performance. This is the last of three performance of Butterfly Dreams.
- 1 October, 8 pm to 8.30 pm: Wandering Swordsman featuring Reverberence features captivating tunes with a multicultural flair. This is the third of three performances of Wandering Swordsman.
Cultural Programmes & Workshops
For an even more intimate and hands-on experience at Gardens by the Bay Mid-Autumn Festival 2023, take part in the cultural programmes and workshops that have been lined up.
Lantern Craft Making
Try making a traditional lantern in a Parent-Child craft session inspired by a unique folk tradition! Make a fish-shaped lantern distinctive to the Wang Mantian Village. This is a ticketed workshop at $15 per parent-child pair and and registration is required.
It will be held on Friday, 15 September to Sunday, 17 September 2023, and Sunday, 24 September to Sunday, 1 October 2023 at 6.30 pm, 7.30 pm, 8.30pm
Other workshops include Chinese Tea Art Demonstration & Appreciation Workshops, Guzheng Self-Learning Sessions, Peking Opera Performance & Sharing Sessions, Chinese Tea Sharing Sessions and a Guzheng Performance.
Food Street & Carnival Rides
Visitors to Gardens by the Bay Mid-Autumn Festival 2023 can also enjoy a food street and carnival rides.
Choose from local favourites to Taiwanese street food, Thai delights and more. You won’t even has to go to Satay by the Bay; you can enjoy all these delights at the Supertree Grove.
You can alse enjoy the carnival games and rides set up at the Supertree Grove. Amongst the games and amusements at Gardens by the Bay Mid Autumn Festival 2023 were a mini Ferris wheel, merry go round with horses for kids to ride on and more.
Garden Rhapsody: Tales of the Moon
For the Mid-Autumn Festival season, the Supertrees have a special edition of Garden Rhapsody. Tales of the Moon takes place from 15 September to 1 October 2023, twice every evening at 7.45 pm and 8.45 pm.
Incidentally, did you know that for 2023, Gardens by the Bay has launched its first ever set of mooncakes. Find out more about these mooncakes along with others that you can purchase in Singapore.
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