M1 Fringe Festival(January 13-24)
This annual arts festival of cutting-edge contemporary performing arts explores the theme of “Art and the Law”. Highlights include a trio of plays entitled ___ Can Change and an exhibition of photographer Phillip Toledano’s series America: The Gift Shop.
Resorts World Sentosa opening(Expected Jan/Feb)
The attractions at Resort World Sentosa should get amusement park aficionados excited. Universal Studios Singapore will have seven-themed zones, and the Marine Life Park is set to be the world’s largest oceanarium, with 700,000 fishes in 20 million gallons of water.
Singapore Airshow(February 2-7)
All manner of aircraft will be on show at the Changi Exhibition Centre. Don't miss the flying displays put up by aerobatic teams.
Big Night Out(February 3)
Announced headliners for this gig are British band Muse, who will be supported by punk rockers Rise Against and California band Saosin.
Huayi: Chinese Festival of the Arts (February 19-28)
Acts include whimsical singer/songwriter Peggy Hsu; Edward Lam's musical Man and Woman, War and Peace, which includes Taiwanese actor David Wang as well as Taiwanese idol Ariel Lin among its cast; and a new adaptation of the late Kuo Pao Kun’s The Coffin is Too Big for the Hole.
Chingay parade(February 19-20)
Garish and bizarre, perhaps, but undoubtedly still a spectacle. Besides traditional dragon and lion dances, the parade will feature “fire-cracker dragons” and “flying horses”, a samba parade with more than 2,000 performers and “Colours of the Lion City and Celebrations”, set to be the grandest Chingay closing event ever.
Celebrating its tenth anniversary, the festival's highlights include Alice, which recreates the most memorable encounters of Lewis Carroll’s favourite character, and a special parade of puppets.
OCBC Cycle Singapore(March 6-7)
Following last year's inaugural edition, Singapore's first mass-cycling experience, this event returns in 2010 and offers riders of all levels the chance to cycle on vehicle-free streets all over Singapore, with iconic landmarks such as the National Stadium, the F1 Pit Building and the Singapore Flyer in view.
Mosaic Music Festival(March 12-21)
Catch three-time Grammy winner Branford Marsalis and his quartet, Norwegian acoustic band Kings of Convenience, and the lush sounds of Pink Martini as well as many more acts. This just in: R&B hitmaker Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds has also been booked at this annual festival at the Esplanade.
Marina Bay Sands opening(Expected April)
Besides gaming tables and the slot machines, the Sands will showcase the stage version of Disney’s The Lion King, and twenty new dining spots that will include restaurants by culinary superstars Mario Batali, Daniel Boulud and Wolfgang Puck, as well as an arts and science museum.
23rd Singapore International Film Festival(April 15-25)
Back for the 23rd edition, the festival renowned for its Asian and Singaporean flavour is back. Also a festival for watching some great films from all over the world.
World Gourmet Summit(April 11-24)
Gastronomical delights await, as do unique dining experiences. This is the place to wine and dine and cook with the stars of the culinary world.
Adidas Sundown Marathon(May 29)
Why run by day when you can run by night? That's the premise of this race, which starts at midnight. The hardcore may also ask, why run one marathon when you can run two, for they may enter the ultra-marathon covering 84km.
Singapore Fashion Festival (Expected May)
Expect world-class models showcasing both breathtaking Singapore and international fashion in the Singapore Fashion Festival. If you’re lucky, you’ll also be invited to red-carpet cocktail parties, where A-list designers showcase their newest and boldest creations.
Singapore Arts Festival(May 14 – June 13)
The mainstay of the local arts calendar returns with a new chief, Low Kee Hong, who previously helmed the Singapore Biennale in 2006 and 2008. Expect more eclectic and intriguing programming, particularly in terms of Asian contemporary performing arts.
PC Show(June 10-13)
One of several IT fairs held each year, the PC Show lays claim to being the biggest. How big? They attracted more than 1.16 million visitors, who spent an estimated $52 million, in 2009. Not a bad place for you to pick up a tech bargain or two.
Singapore River Festival(Expected June)
From Boat Quay and Empress Place to Clarke Quay and Robertson Quay, the whole of the Singapore river will come alive with free events and activities. The 2009 festival included a romantic bumboat parade, a music festival, aerial performances and a dance marathon.
Month of Photography Asia (Expected June/July)
Discover exciting up and coming photographers and take the chance to learn from masters of the art, as well as sessions discussing the ethics and philosophy about the craft as well. It’s more than just point and click.
The Great Singapore Sale(May 28 – July 25)
Singaporean’s favourite hobby has its very own festival, and it spans two months. Almost every store in Singapore takes part in the shopping frenzy, with discounts of up to 70% in stores all over Singapore. Shop, but don't drop.
Singapore Food Festival(Expected July)
Introduced in 1994, this festival profiles local food delights and has helped Singaporean cuisine get noticed on the world stage. Hawker centres and shopping malls join in the fun and activities, and you can also take part in cooking workshops, too.
National Day (August 9)
Singapore celebrates her 45th birthday. Expect parties and festivities all over town, and try to grab a ticket for the National Day Parade, something all Singaporeans should experience at least once.
Singapore Toy, Games & Comic Convention (Expected August)
It might not be the San Diego Comic Convention, or Comic-Con, just yet, but this event is increasingly gathering regional and international attention.
Youth Olympic Games(August 14-26)
The First Youth Olympic Games takes place in The Lion City. Expect 3,600 young athletes between 14 and 18 years of age to compete in 26 sports and culture and education programmes. Who knows? The next Usain Bolt or Michael Phelps could be discovered here.
Singapore Grand Prix(September 24-26)
Seven-time Formula 1 champion Michael Schumacher makes his comeback with Mercedes with everyone wondering: does he still have what it takes to be king? Can he overtake defending champ Jenson Button, and how will he cope at the sport's only night race?
Anime Festival Asia (Expected November)
The 2009 edition of the festival saw 45,000 visitors coming to experience the best of Japanese animation and popular culture. Expect more anime icons at this third edition.
ZoukOut (Expected December)
An idyllic beach setting, great DJs and excellent music to dance your night away. Revel till dawn at this annual outdoor party.
(Note: Dates are subject to change at the discretion of event organisers. Information is correct at the time of publication.)