• Uncover the origins and cultural significance of the Dragon Boat Festival with the Dragon Boat Festival exhibition, the Hainanese Bak Chang Workshop, childhood games, Chinese cultural performances and more
  • Stand to win attractive prizes in the Dragon Boat (Rowing Machine) Contest and Guess the Number of Bak Chang in a Gunny Sack Contest
  • Support beneficiaries of the Association of Person with Special Needs by hanging the Wish Dumpling Sachets, and stand to win a 2D1N staycation package at Amara Singapore and Dorsett Singapore

Chinatown Dragon Boat Festival 2024

📅 7 to 9 Jun 2024
⏱ 12pm – 6pm
📍 Smith Street, Chinatown Singapore

Mark your calendars and visit Chinatown Singapore for the Dragon Boat Festival celebration from 7 to 9 June 2024 on Smith Street. Organised by the Chinatown Business Association (CBA) in collaboration with programme partners, dive into the origins and cultural significance of the Dragon Boat Festival, learn to make Hainanese rice dumplings, win attractive prizes at the Dragon Boat (Rowing Machine) Contest, and enjoy traditional Chinese performances at Smith Street and the Chinatown Visitor Centre.

Chinatown Gu Zheng PerformanceGu Zheng Performances

The Dragon Boat Festival, which falls on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month, is an important festival for Chinese communities around the world. Originating from southern China, the festival has its early origins in the worship of the river dragon, before it became associated with the commemoration of Qu Yuan, a third-century poet and patriotic statesman during the Warring States period (475-221 BC) of ancient China.


CBA, in collaboration with Sun Yat-Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, will host a Dragon Boat Festival exhibition entitled “Dragon Boat Festival: Of Thumping Drumbeats and Delicious Dumplings”, to invite visitors to uncover the rich history and cultural origins of the Dragon Boat Festival, the significance of rice dumplings and how it is made across by different Chinese dialect groups, and how dragon boat races came about.

Chinatown Singapore Cantonese Opera PerformanceCantonese Opera Performance

Exciting games and activities await visitors to the Dragon Boat Festival at Smith Street. Get your adrenaline pumping for the Dragon Boat Race and compete to burn the greatest number of calories in five minutes and stand to win Chinatown Food and Beverage Vouchers worth $30. Alternatively, participate in the Guess the Number of Bak Chang in a Gunny Sack Contest. Families with children can also look forward to fun activities like lantern riddles, storytelling, dragon boat craft workshop or participate in traditional childhood games including pitch-pot, hopscotch and five stone.

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Make a wish from your heart for you and your families while making a difference for the Association of Person with Special Needs (APSN). Buy a Wish Dumpling sachet for $5 and hang your wishes on our Wishing Wall. All proceeds will be donated to APSN, and donors stand to win a 2D1N staycation package by Amara Singapore and Dorsett Singapore.

Teochew Bak Chang Teochew Restaurant Huat KeeTeochew Bak Chang. Image courtesy of Teochew Restaurant Huat Kee

In conjunction with the Dragon Boat Festival, Chinatown Singapore has organised a special hands-on Hainanese Bak Chang workshop, where participants can learn the art of making Hainanese rice dumplings and assemble a pyramid-shaped Hainanese rice dumplings filled with savoury meat, mushrooms, chestnuts and other flavourful ingredients. Alternatively, step into a holistic world where ancient wisdom meets modern wellness with the A Sip of Heritage with Rice Wines workshop, where you can explore the traditional Chinese medicine benefits of rice wine, savour the different varieties of rice wine, and learn how to make sweet, fermented rice wine with glutinous rice balls.

Red and Yellow Rice Wines Chinatown SingaporeRed and Yellow Rice Wines

Fans of Chinese cultural performances can also look forward to Lion Dance, Dragon Dance, Guzheng and Cantonese Opera performances.

Chinatown Singapore Dragon DanceDragon Dance

Admission to the Dragon Boat Festival is free. Tickets for selected workshops can be purchased from here. To find out more, visit the website for more information.

Lovingly Signed

June School Holiday 2024

Welcome to the June school holidays! Explore our curated list of exciting activities happening during the June School Holidays in Singapore 2024.

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This year, the Dragon Boat Festival lands on 10 June. Discover our selection of places to purchase traditional rice dumplings in Singapore.

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For other upcoming events, visit Events in Singapore.

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