Hong Kong happenings

Make the most of your trip by including one of these colourful events or festivals.

January–February: Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year is the most exciting time of the year for locals and visitors alike, with festive markets, bustling temples and the official Chinese New Year Night Parade. Experience a Chinese New Year like no other.

Late February–March: The Hong Kong Arts Festival
This is the pinnacle of Hong Kong’s performing arts events, showcasing Asia’s top talents alongside leading artists from around the world.

March–April: Hong Kong International Film Festival
One of Asia’s most reputable platforms for film-makers, film professionals and film-goers to launch new works and view fresh features.

March: Arts Month
The annual Hong Kong Arts Month showcases local and overseas artists through inspiring exhibitions, dance, performance, music and theatre – all providing a portal into Hong Kong’s creative core.

End March: Art Basel
Galleries from around the world converge upon Hong Kong with artists presenting a diverse collection of artworks by established and emerging artists, as well as specially curated projects.

5–7 April: Hong Kong Sevens
The world’s top rugby nations compete in lightning-fast 15-minute matches in what is one of the biggest rugby events on the international sporting calendar.

May: Cheung Chau Bun Festival
A week-long event where the people of Cheung Chau post paper effigies of deities to drive off evil spirits in what is listed as an intangible part of China’s cultural heritage. Expect Taoist ceremonies and music, parades, lion dances, drum beating and an exciting bun scrambling competition.

June: Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival
One of the most popular events on the Hong Kong calendar, during which thousands of dragon boat athletes from around the world battle it out over three days of intense racing by day in Victoria Harbour – and partying by night!

September: Mid-Autumn Festival
Celebrated since the Tang dynasty (618–907), the Mid-Autumn Festival is still highly revered today and is considered one of the most important festivals of the year. Fire dragons dance as magical lanterns light their way. There are carnivals and mooncakes aplenty – a truly special time of year.

September to July: Horse Racing
Hong Kongers are passionate about horse racing, with race meetings held almost all year round every Saturday and Sunday at Sha Tin and Wednesday nights at Happy Valley.

October: Cyclothon
While professional racers push themselves to the utmost, amateur riders enjoy the city’s scenery on long, leisurely rides, with locals and visitors cheering on or partying at a fun-filled carnival.

5–13 October: Hong Kong Tennis Open
Each year, more than 50 of the world’s top female players compete in what has been awarded the ‘International Tournament of the Year’ by the WTA.

October: Halloween
Crumbling village walls and old Victorian mansions, not to mention eons of folklore featuring ghosts, ghouls and demons, make Hong Kong the perfect Halloween destination – and not just for the kids!

Late October: Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival
World-class food, drinks and entertainment, wine-pairing meals designed by master chefs and tasting classes by industry experts are but a few of the compelling reasons to visit this scrumptious outdoor festival.

November: Great November Feast
Hong Kong reinforces its reputation as a culinary heavyweight with this month-long series of happenings that bring together the best of the region’s culinary offerings.

December: Hong Kong Pulse Light Festival
Christmas and the new year are celebrated with a spectacle of light, art, music and entertainment.

December: New Year’s Eve Countdown
There’s no better way to bring in the New Year than with Hong Kong’s spectacular countdown, dazzling pyrotechnics and the vivid party atmosphere of Victoria Harbour.

There’s so much to see and do – visit Discover Hong Kong to find out more!

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Written by Leon Della Bosca

Publisher of YourLifeChoices – Australia's most-trusted and longest-running retirement website. A trusted voice on Australia's retirement landscape, including retirement income and planning, government entitlements, lifestyle and news and information relevant to Australians over 50. Leon has worked in publishing for more than 25 years and is also a travel writer and editor, graphic designer and photographer.

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