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Kid-friendly Mid-Autumn Festival 2023 Events: Lantern Displays, Performances & Kids’ Activities

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Celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival with events from amazing lantern displays to kid-friendly workshops, activities and performances, lantern walks and more!

You’ve already gone through the history of the Mid-Autumn Festival with your kids, bought your mooncakes and tried out some fun crafts, Mid-Autumn style. What else is there left to do but have some festive fun with your little ones? This Mid-Autumn Festival 2023 events this year include workshops, light displays and lantern walks and other exciting activities that will surely have you in the mood to celebrate the Mid Autumn Festival.

        Read more: What to know about the Mid-Autumn Festival

Mid-Autumn Festival 2023 Events

1. Mid-Autumn Festival Lanterns: Gardens by the Bay (FREE!)

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Image Credit: Gardens by the Bay

Every year, Gardens by the Bay transforms into a mythical wonderland with picturesque paths that are lined with Mid-Autumn lanterns that shine a light on Chinese mythology, legends and cultures for Mid-Autumn Festival 2023. There are nine lantern sets interspersed around Gardens by the Bay this year, with highlights being the magnificent floating lantern set Magpie Bridge on Dragonfly Lake, the debut of the Pavilion set which also doubles up as a beautiful stage for music and dance performances set against the dramatic backdrop of the Supertrees, and Garden of Blooms, where a moon gate rich with symbolism opens into a boulevard of trees. Don’t miss the cultural performances on certain evenings, craft activities, scrumptious street food and kid-friendly carnival games at the marketplace. On September 29, the actual day of Mid-Autumn Festival on the Chinese lunar calendar, there will be a lantern giveaway at Supertree Grove, while stocks last.⁠ More info here.

When: 15 September – 1 October 2023, 6pm – 10pm daily
Where: Gardens by the Bay
How much: Free! Click here for more.

2. Mid-Autumn Festival at Jurong Lake Gardens: Lights by the Lake

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Image Credit: NParks

Take your kids to Jurong Lake Gardens to marvel at the captivating lantern displays throughout Jurong Lake Gardens, enjoy a series of exciting performances by Arts@JLG and Singapore Chinese Orchestra, and stand a chance to win prizes by solving some lantern riddles.

Lantern Displays
16 September – 1 October 2023, 7pm – 11pm
Where: Lakeside Field, Jurong Lake Gardens, Yuan Ching Road
How much: Free!

Arts@JLG: Music under the Moonlight 2023
When: 16, 22, 23, 29, 30 September 2023, 7:30pm – 8pm and 8:30pm – 9pm
Where: Wave Plaza, 100 Yuan Ching Rd, Singapore 618662
How much: Free!

Music Oasis by Singapore Chinse Orchestra
When: 23 September 2023, 6pm – 7pm
Where: Wave Plaza, 100 Yuan Ching Rd, Singapore 618662
How much: Free!

Lantern Riddles
When: 17 – 21 September, 24 – 28 September, 1 October 2023, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Where: Wave Plaza, 100 Yuan Ching Rd, Singapore 618662
How much: Free!

3. Kids’ Hokkien Workshop & Mid-Autumn Carnival

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Image Credit: Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan via Facebook

Looking for a fun way to teach your kids about the Hokkien dialect and culture? For the Mid-Autumn Festival 2023, Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan Cultural Academy invites you and your kids to a hands-on workshop, where they will get to learn through play, dig into traditional Hokkien delights and create snow-skin mooncakes! Watch your kids perform on stage to showcase the Hokkien culture, and join the ‘Lantern Walk’ as a family to light up the street!

When: 22 September 2023, 5pm – 7pm (Kids’ Hokkien Workshop) & 6:45pm – 9:30pm (Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration)
Where: 397 Lorong 2 Toa Payoh, Singapore 319639
How much: $50 per child, $15 per adult. Click here to register.

4. Mid-Autumn Events at Chinatown

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Image Credit: Chinatown Festivals

From lantern paintings to eclectic performances, delicious food and more, don’t miss these Mid-Autumn festivities at Chinatown! After the kids have painted their own lanterns, you can join in a community lantern walk from Chinatown Point to Kreta Ayer Square. There’s nothing like celebrating Mid-Autumn festival with other people, so save the date and join in the festive fun!

Lantern Painting Competition
When: 10 September, 9am – 2pm
Where: Chinatown Point, 133 New Bridge Road, Singapore 059413
How much: Free!

Chinatown Street Light-Up
When: 15 September – 14 October, 7pm – 12am
Where: New Bridge Road, Eu Tong Sen Street, South Bridge Road, Upper Cross Street
How much: Free!

Festive Fair
When: 15 September – 14 October, 10am – 10pm
Where: People’s Park Complex (Open Space), 1 Park Road Singapore 059108
How much: Free!

Food Fair
When: 15 – 29 September, 2pm – 10pm
Where: Smith Street (Former Chinatown Food Street)
How much: Free!

Stage Performances
When: 16 – 17 September, 7pm – 9pm
Where: Kreta Ayer Square, 21 Banda Street, Singapore 050005
How much: Free!

Lantern Walk
When: 23 September, 7:30pm
Where: Chinatown Point to Kreta Ayer Square
How much: Free!

5. Giant Panda Lanterns at SYSNMH (FREE!)

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Do your kids love giant inflatables? Don’t miss the new installation of adorable larger-than-life panda lanterns at Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall! The installation in celebration of SYSNMH’s Wan Qing Mid-Autumn Festival, is titled A Mid-Autumn Paw-trait, and is presented by Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall in collaboration with toymaker 52Toys’ Panda Roll series. These giant pandas acknowledge conservation efforts and celebrate the change in this cuddly species’ status from ‘endangered’ to ‘vulnerable’. These very cute pandas present an opportunity to talk to kids about protecting wildlife and while you’re there snap some fun pics for the gram!⁠

When: 29 August – 1 October 2023
Where: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall (Front Lawn), 12 Tai Gin Rd, Singapore 327874
How much: Free!

6. Wan Qing Mid-Autumn Festival Open House 2023

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Image Credit: Wan Qing Yuan – Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall via Facebook

Head down to Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall to participate in exciting Mid-Autumn festivities and programmes for all ages. Learn all about the Teochew culture at the Teochew Cultural Trail by Teochew Poit Ip Huay Kuan or join in some musical fun at the Hokkien Song & Rhymes Workshop by Hokkien Huay Kuan. Stay tuned for other kid-friendly mid-autumn programmes!

When: 23 – 24 September 2023
Where: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall (Front Lawn), 12 Tai Gin Rd, Singapore 327874
How much: Some are free; others are ticketed. Stay tuned for more details.

7. Mid-Autumn Festival Family Fun at Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre

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Image Credit: Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre

This exciting extravaganza at Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre features three days of Mid-Autumn activities for the whole family. From live performances to a creative makers’ fair, scrumptious food trucks, guided lantern walks, stargazing and more, this is one Mid-Autumn event that you don’t want to miss! Plus, there will also be some freebies like free coffee and tea with traditional Mid-Autumn piglet baskets (first 200 redemptions), free lanterns (first 200 redemptions), free ice-cream, kacang puteh, popcorn, candy floss, cookies and more. Purchase four tickets to the Mid-Autumn Faily FUN to redeem a limited edition tote bag at SCCC redemption counter on Level 1 (while stocks last).

When: 29 September – 1 October 2023
Where: Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre, 1 Straits Boulevard, Singapore 018906
How much: Free with selected ticketed events

8. Hello Kitty Mid-Autumn Festival Fun at VivoCity (FREE!)

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Image Credit: VivoCity

Calling all Hello Kitty fans! VivoCity has transformed its Sky Park into a ‘Garden of Lights’, featuring Sanrio’s most popular characters like Hello Kitty, My Melody, Little Twin Stars and more. Look out for the larger-than-life Hello Kitty as well as the rainbow arches with a Hello Kitty-shaped entryway, that lights up at night! Entry is free so head on over to experience the Hello Kitty magic and snap some pics for the ‘Gram!

Garden of Lights with Sanrio
31 August – 1 October 2023
Where: Sky Park of VivoCity (Level 3), 1 HarbourFront Walk, Singapore 098585
How much: Free!

9. Mid-Autumn Festival Activities at One Punggol

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Image Credit: One Punggol

Looking for a one-stop location with fun Mid-Autumn Festival activities for the whole family? Plan a day at One Punggol where you’ll get to enjoy a galore of kid-friendly activities like paper lantern paintings at The Plaza (until 10 September 2023), free arts & craft workshops at the Hub and more! To get the full experience, join the official Light-Up ceremony on 15 September 2023, where kids can jump to their hearts’ content on the bouncy castles and look forward to free snack giveaways. Don’t miss exciting cultural performances, a lion & dragon dance, and a lantern walk for families at One Punggol’s Mid-Autumn Festival 2023 on 29 September 2023.

Official Mid-Autumn Festival 2023 Light Up
When: 15 September 2023, 5pm – 9pm
Where: One Punggol, 1 Punggol Dr., Singapore 828629
How much: 

Mid-Autumn Festivities & Activities
15 – 29 September 2023, 5pm – 9pm
Where: One Punggol, 1 Punggol Dr., Singapore 828629
How much: 

Mid-Autumn Celebrations 2023 & Lantern Walk
29 September 2023, 5pm – 9pm
Where: One Punggol, 1 Punggol Dr., Singapore 828629
How much: Free!

10. Mid-Autumn Festival Adventure with Tayo & Friends (FREE!)

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Image Credit: Tayo & Friends

Head to Downtown East for a dazzling mid-autumn festival adventure with Tayo & Friends! From a Meet & Greet with Tayo to kid’s archery, a clay mooncake keychain-making workshop and lantern walk with Tayo and friends, Downtown East has engaging mid-autumn festival activities for the whole family. Redeem a $10 Downtown East voucher this September when you spend $60 in a single receipt (for NTUC Members) or $80 and above for Link Members. Don’t miss amazing mid-autumn festival deals at Starbucks, Swensens, Emicakes and more.

Kids’ Archery Corner
When: 29 September 2023, 1pm – 7pm
Where: E!Avenue Level 2, Event Square, 1 Pasir Ris Cl, Singapore 519599
How much: Free!

Clay Mooncake Keychain-Making Workshop
When: 29 September 2023, 1pm – 7pm
Where: E!Avenue Level 2, Event Square, 1 Pasir Ris Cl, Singapore 519599
How much: Free!

Lantern Walk with Tayo and Friends
When: 29 September 2023, 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Where: E!Avenue Level 2, Event Square, 1 Pasir Ris Cl, Singapore 519599
How much: Free!

Meet & Greet with Tayo
When: 29 September 2023, 8:30pm – 9pm
Where: E!Avenue Level 2, Event Square, 1 Pasir Ris Cl, Singapore 519599
How much: Free!

11. Kids’ Mid-Autumn Festival Theatre Show

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Image Credit: Gateway Theatre via Facebook

For an unconventional and much more fun way to teach kids about the story behind the Mid-Autumn Festival, book tickets to ‘The Race Around The Moon’ at Gateway Theatre. The show promises a heartwarming tale about Chang’e, Jade Rabbit and Wu Gang.

Age: suitable for kids aged 5 to 10 years old
23 September 2023, 2pm and 5pm
Where: Gateway Theatre’s Sky Garden, 3615 Jalan Bukit Merah, Singapore 159461
How much: $32. Click here to for more info.

12. Kids’ Moon-themed Storytelling Sessions for Mid-Autumn Festival

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To celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, Gateway Kids Club will be hosting English and Chinese storytelling sessions with moon-themed tales for families with young children. Kids can also get hands-on with an Arts & Crafts session or Free Play activities after the storytelling session.

Age: 3 to 7 years old; kids under 6 years old must be accompanied by an adult
When: every Saturday in September, 10am (English storytelling session) and 11am (Chinese storytelling session)
Where: Gateway Theatre, 3615 Jalan Bukit Merah, Singapore 159461
How much: Free! Click here to register.

13. Mid-Autumn Festival 2023 at Crane (FREE!)

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Image Credit: Crane

There’s always something happening at Crane. This Mid-Autumn Festival, Crane invites you to join in the celebration with kid-friendly activities, traditional Mid-Autumn snacks, drinks and more.

When: 23 – 24 September 2023, 10am – 6pm
Where: Crane, 285 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427535
How much: Free entry! Click here for more info.

14. Moonlight Magic at City Square Mall

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Image Credit: City Square Mall via Facebook

City Square Mall is bringing you exciting kid-friendly activities and events to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival this year through its Moonlight Magic celebration. From lantern-making workshops (22 September 2023, 5pm and 6pm; free pass with minimum spend of $50) to moon terrarium workshops (23 September 2023, 1pm, 3pm and 5pm; free pass with minimum spend of $50) plus a beautiful free lantern display and free Mid Autumn performances.

Creative PLAYground: Of September Sunsets and Starry Nights (FREE!)
Plus in collaboration with Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, City Square Mall presents a series of exciting classical and contemporary performances and sonic installations by NAFA students.
When: 29 and 30 September 2023, 7pm
Where: City Square Mall (Basement 1 Fountain Square), 180 Kitchener Rd, Singapore 208539
How much: Free!

15. Moon-bathing at PLQ Parkside & Plaza for Mid-Autumn Festival

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Image Credit: Paya Lebar Quarter

Head down to Paya Lebar Quarter to bask under the moonlight with your special someone this Mid-Autumn Festival! Sit back and unwind in deck chairs that will be free for you to use so you can soak in the colourful lanterns or just enjoy tunes from local buskers. Look forward to local artists Aika & Aili (17, 23, and 30 September), Amanda Lee (24 September and 1 October), Arya Yunata (15, 22 and 29 September) and June & Jabez (16 September) who will dazzle you with your favourite melodies at PLQ Plaza.

Mid-Autumn Festival Moon-bathing Experience
15 September – 1 October
Where: Paya Lebar Quarter Parkside, 2 Tanjong Katong Road, Singapore 437161
How much: Free!

Mid-Autumn Festival Tunes by the Moon
When: 15 September – 1 October (Friday to Sunday only)
Where: Paya Lebar Quarter Plaza, 10 Paya Lebar Road, Singapore 409057
How much: Free!

16. Mid-Autumn Festival at Resorts World Sentosa

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Image Credit: Resorts World Sentosa

Celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival at Resorts World Sentosa — dance the night away to electric remixes of the latest Mandopop hits by the hottest DJs, live bands and talented buskers in town. Plus, don’t miss the gravity-defying lion dance performance by Singapore Yiwei Athletic Association.

Mandopop Hits & DJ Remixes
When: 15 – 17 September 2023, 5pm – 9pm
Where: Gourmet Park, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore 098269
How much: Free!

Lion Dance Performances
When: 15 – 17 September 2023, 6pm
Where: Lake of Dreams, 32 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098141
How much: Free!

Stay tuned for more Mid-Autumn Festival 2023 Events!

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