Deepavali, also known as ‘The Festival of Lights’ or ‘Diwali’, is the annual Hindu celebration signifying the triumph of light over darkness. Look forward to an amazing display of bright festive lights, decorations and installations as Hindus all over the world partake in this festival!

Deepavali falls on 24 October this year and here is our round-up of Deepavali events that you can look forward to in Singapore.

1. Deepavali Istana Open House

istana open house

The Istana will once again be open to all visitors on Monday, 24 October 2022, 9am to 6pm in celebration of Deepavali. The IOH will be open to all visitors. Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents enter for free. All other visitors are required to pay an entrance fee of $2 per adult. By entering the Istana Open House, visitors agree to the Terms and Conditions.

Date: 24 October 2022
Time: 8.30am – 6pm
Venue: The Istana

For more information, visit Deepavali Istana Open House.


2. Celebrate Deepavali at the Indian Heritage Centre

Deepavali Open House Indian Heritage Centre 2022

What better way to celebrate the Festival of Lights than at the Indian Heritage Centre’s Deepavali Open House? Across the weekends in October, immerse in festive programmes for the whole family like craft workshops, cooking-demos, heritage trails, performances and evening trishaw rides! You can also snap photos with dazzling light installations and collect Deepavali-themed money packets. New highlight programmes this year include an open-top big bus tour of Little India, where you’ll get to explore the sights and sounds of the vibrant precinct.

Date: 4 weekends in October (1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 & 23 October) 2022
Time: 10am – 6pm
Venue: Indian Heritage Centre
Admission is free for all during Open House days, but some programmes are chargeable.

For more information, visit Deepavali @ Indian Heritage Centre.


3. Deepavali Light Up @ Little India

Deepavali Street Light-Up 2022 at Little India

Catch the annual Deepavali light-up in Little India, which kicked off on September 16th. Stroll along the streets and you’ll see all kinds of colourful arches, bright lights. This year the theme is Indian Classical Musical Instruments.

Date: 16 September to 13 November 2022
Venue: Little India

For more information, visit Deepavali Light Up @ Little India 2022.


4. Spanish Serenade with Sunflowers

Sunflowers Gardens by the Bay

With Spain being one of the largest producers of olive oil in the world, the olive grove in Flower Dome has been transformed into an “olive museum”, where visitors can learn all about olive oil such as its various uses in Spanish cuisine and how the plant shaped the development of the Mediterranean region.

Pockets of Flower Dome will also showcase the arts and culture of Spain. A recreation of the Pablo Picasso statue in the Plaza de la Merced in the artist’s hometown of Malaga sits at the Mediterranean Garden. Here, visitors can learn more about one of the most influential artists of the 20th century and discover how Malaga inspired his artworks.

Date: 1 to 30 October 2022
Time: 9am – 9pm
Venue: Flower Dome

For more information, visit Spanish Serenade with Sunflowers.


5. ACM Celebrates: Deepavali

acm deepavali

Celebrate the Festival of Lights with an array of programmes and activities at ACM. Learn about the traditions associated with Deepavali through online videos and onsite programmes. Contribute to a rangoli artwork, try your hand at making a themed tea-light holder, and learn how to prepare popular Deepavali dishes. Or join our docents on guided tours to learn about the Hindu objects in our collection!

Date: 22 to 24 October 2022
Venue: Various timings
Venue: Asian Civilistaion Museum

For more information, visit ACM Celebrates: Deepavali.


6. Jurong Bird park – A Flight To Remember

Jurong Bird Park Lory Loft

The beloved national icon, Jurong Bird Park, will welcome its final guests on 3 January 2023, exactly 52 years after its opening in 1971, as its avian residents and staff begin preparations to move to a brand-new home in Bird Paradise at Mandai Wildlife Reserve. Come and relive your fondest stories of Jurong Bird Park and create more memories at one of Singapore’s pioneer wildlife parks from 3 September 2022 till 3 January 2023, as we embark on A Flight To Remember to celebrate Jurong Bird Park’s legacy and rich heritage.

Official Opening Date: 3 September 2022 to 3 January 2023

For more information, please visit Jurong Bird park – A Flight To Remember.


7. A Minion’s Perspective Experience in Resorts World Sentosa

Minions Resorts World Sentosa

The interactive exhibition, A Minion’s Perspective Experience, will land in Singapore for the very first time, at Resorts World Sentosa. Based on the world’s most successful animated film franchise, Illumination’s Despicable Me and Minions, this international touring exhibition offers fans of all ages an opportunity to immerse themselves into the captivating world of these record-setting films.

Date: 3 September 2022 to 2 January 2023
Venue: Resorts World Sentosa

Tickets to A Minion’s Perspective Experience are now available exclusively on Klook.

For more information, visit Minion at Resorts World Sentosa.


8. MHC’s ClosingFest

MHC's Closingfest Drop-in Craft activities

The Malay Heritage Centre closes with a bang with the MHC ClosingFest, which features performances from local and international performers as well as various craft activities suitable for everyone.

This festival will be the final on-site festival before MHC closes for a major revamp.

Date: 1 – 2, 14 – 16, 21 – 23 & 29 – 30 October 2022
Venue: Malay Heritage Centre

For more information, visit MHC’s ClosingFest.


9. Da Capo XVI: Animations by NUS Wind Symphony

Join NUS Wind Symphony at Da Capo XVI: Animations, for an evening of soundtracks from animation and games. Whether you are a gamer, movie or music lover, relax in the garden and enjoy the fun and exciting music. Programme includes soundtrack from Aladdin, Porco Rosso, Incredibles, Beauty and the Beast and Kimi No Nawa (Your Name).

Date: 23 October 2022
Time: 6pm – 7pm
Venue: Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage, Singapore Botanic Gardens

For more information, visit here.


10. ACRES Deepavali Open House

Join their staff and volunteers as they celebrate Deepavali with you! They have an exciting list of activities (for a maximum of 30 minutes on site) planned for you.

Date: 29 October 2022
Time: 10am – 2pm (maximum 10 pax per slot)
Venue: ACRES Wildlife Rescue Centre

For more information, visit here.


Note: All details are correct as at the time of publishing. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information, no guarantee is given nor responsibility is taken for errors or omissions in the compilation. Readers are advised to check with the respective event organisers for the most updated schedules, venues and details.

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