Best of the Singapore River Festival 2018 for families

Singapore River Festival 2017
Head down to the Singapore River Festival for dragon boats, light shows, an alfresco cinema and oodles of riverside fun for the whole family...

You’ll often find us making our leisurely way through Sunday morning with a great coffee, delish brunch and a bunch of happy scooting kids down at a family-friendly cafe by the Singapore River, so we don’t need much persuasion to sail over to Boat Quay, Clarke Quay and Robertson Quay this weekend for the annual Singapore River Festival. We’ve been taking a sneak peek of the fun lined up for families in this year’s ever-colourful event…

Lah Bazaar

Headlining this fab fest is the Lah Bazaar which, other than representing one of Singapore’s favourite phrases, also stands for “Local At Heart” or “Longzong Also Have”. Shop and eat at Singaporean brands at this outdoor market at different spots spanning the river and have a go at some of the carnival games and rides. This year’s fest is going cashless with EZ-link so top-up those cards at the blue booths you see scattered about and snag yourself some limited edition swag in the form of Hello Kitty Halloween merch and more. Come lah! 
When: 16 October – 11 November, 3pm – 10pm
Where: Along Singapore River, across Clarke Quay


It’s Halloween with a Singapore spin. Get ready to exclaim a big “wah lao!” (and brush up on your Singlish while you’re at it) at this street party. Featuring Singaporean myths and legends, Circular Road will come to life with performances by local musicians to have you howling in excitement!
When: 26 October, 6pm – 10.30pm; 27 October, 2pm – 10.30pm
Where: Circular Road

RiverFront Spectacular

Put your feet up by the river and chill with the playful otters and sea birds while you check out the live performances. With circus acts, musicians and plenty of local talent, you won’t be able to take your eyes off this display!
When: 26-27 October, 2-3 November, 6pm-10pm (Friday), 3pm-10pm (Saturday)
Where: Clarke Quay Central

Skylight Spectacular

Singapore River Festival

Get your cameras ready for the kite display at Skylight Spectacular. Photography: Singapore River Festival

Send your kids’ spirits soaring when they catch a look at GoFlyKite’s Manta Ray kites that will be taking over the River skyline once the lights go down. Be sure to have your cameras handy when the sky turns into an aquarium of Manta Ray kites performing stunts and aerobatic thrills. There will also be opportunities to try out the kites for yourself before and after the performances.
When: 2-3 November, 7pm – 10pm
Where: Boat Quay

SR Day Out

An al fresco cinema makes for the perfect date night if you manage to ditch the kids, but if not bring them along too to catch three animated short films by Robot Playground. Settle back with your popcorn while the kids are kept busy with outdoor games.
When: 26-27 October, 2-3 November
Where: Open Field Beside Fort Canning MRT

AR Challenge

Step up to the game at Clarke Quay Fountain Square and take the AR Challenge. Once you strap on the VR goggles, you’ll be transported to a virtual arena to battle it out in a virtual dodgeball contest. Launch fireballs, activate shields and team up for co-operative matches – Tron-style!
When: 2 – 3 November, 10am to late
Where: Clarke Quay Fountain Square

Singapore River Festival
Where: Boat Quay, Clarke Quay and Robertson Quay
When: 16 October to 11 November 2018

See you there, folks!

Photography: Selina Altomonte

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