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Events worth timing your trip to Hong Kong for

Mega Events Throughout the Year

In a city as vibrant and cosmopolitan as Hong Kong, there’s a lot happening throughout the year. Cultural celebrations, festivals, international sporting events, art exhibitions, concerts… you name it. The challenge is in the choosing: why not start with these major crowd pleasers and take it from there?


Hong Kong New Year Countdown Celebrations

Hong Kong New Year Countdown Celebrations

Ring in the new year with all the glamour of Hong Kong’s countdown celebrations!

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

This colourful festival is Hong Kong’s biggest and one that sweeps over the entire city. Red lanterns are hung all across town, lion dances are performed on the streets, and crowds head down to their local temple to pray for good fortune. Take a wander through the many makeshift markets selling all manner of festive items and celebrate the New Year with auspicious cuisines.

This year, celebrations for the Year of the Rabbit took us across the Victoria Harbour with interactive lighting decorations and rabbit installations on the harboursides. There were also festive Harbour Rides with special offers. Click here to meet the fortune rabbit of 2023 Chinese New Year again!

According to the Chinese lunar calendar, the next Chinese New Year is on 10 February 2024. Stay tuned and join us for more auspicious activities that are uniquely Hong Kong!

Performing groups are invited to submit proposals for the ‘2024 Cathay International Chinese New Year Night Parade’ performance. Please feel free to contact us here for more details.


Hong Kong Marathon

Hong Kong Marathon

Pin a number on your shirt and hit the streets, as long-distance runners take part in the city’s biggest marathon. The Hong Kong Marathon has been on-the-run since 1997. While the full marathon distance covers over 40 km, there are half-marathon and 10 km races too.

March & April

Hong Kong Sevens

Hong Kong Sevens 

The Hong Kong Sevens started in the 1970s as a local affair, and has since blossomed into the city’s biggest sporting showcase. Those that gain entrance are treated to a true spectacle — the world’s finest athletes battle in rapid-fire games for three days, while local legions watch on and cheer for their teams.

International arts events

International arts events

Immerse yourself in a journey of arts in Hong Kong with international events and art fairs like the Hong Kong Arts Festival, Art Basel and Art Central. More world-class arts and culture events, including themed exhibitions, urban art and digital art experiences, also take place throughout the year as part of Arts in Hong Kong — click here to discover the latest happenings.


French May Arts Festival

Since its modest inception in 1993, French May has matured into one of the largest French arts festivals in Asia, bringing the spirit of France to Hong Kong. Francophiles can savour a rich cornucopia of French culture, as well as French culinary arts through the popular standalone programme called French GourMay.

Cheung Chau Bun Festival

The mad clamber to the top, the grabbing of buns, the cheer of the crowd as the winners make their descent. This festival is a rare spectacle, not only of athleticism during its bun tower climbing competition, but of camaraderie and good cheer. Falling in April or May each year, its history is based on offerings to fend off an ancient plague. The event also includes ceremonies, parades and lion dances. Be warned though, it can get very busy. 


Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races

One of the important traditional Chinese festivals in Hong Kong, the Dragon Boat Festival is celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month — typically late May or June — each year. As the birthplace of modern dragon boat racing, Hong Kong hosts the Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races, where thousands of dragon boat athletes from around the world compete in the Victoria Harbour.

Missed this year’s event? Click here to relive the thrill of the exhilarating races!

July & August

Exhibitions and consumer fairs 

Hong Kong attracts exhibitions and fairs that stand out on the world stage, and some of the biggest summer stand-outs include Ani-Com & Games Hong Kong, Hong Kong Book Fair, Hong Kong Computer & Communications Festival and the Food Expo. Turn your Hong Kong trip into an in-depth exploration of the world’s best computers, books, comics, games and flavours!


Mid-Autumn Festival & the Tai Hang fire dragon dance

Mid-Autumn Festival & the Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance

Mid-Autumn was once celebrated to welcome the harvest and is now an enduring custom that takes over the city. Mooncakes are sold everywhere, fruit and wine offerings are made to the gods, and lanterns are lit to emulate the full moon in September or October. In Victoria Park Get me there {{title}} {{taRatingReviewTotal}} {{taRatingReviewText}} Address {{address}} Website {{website}} More info , kids carry mini-lanterns, while games and performances take place. Over in Tai Hang, the Fire Dragon Dance is a spectacle where an incense-studded beast dances through the streets.


Hong Kong Cyclothon

Hong Kong Cyclothon

The Sun Hung Kai Properties Hong Kong Cyclothon offers a rare opportunity to cycle through the diverse cityscape of Hong Kong. Join thousands of cyclists for a breathtaking ride in this exhilarating event!

Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival

Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival

The city’s most anticipated annual Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival will make its grand return to the Central Harbourfront from 26 to 29 October 2023. Set against the breathtaking Victoria Harbour skyline, it offers a sensational outdoor wine and dine experience, with tasting and cooking workshops, as well as live entertainment.

The festival continues to delight your taste buds in November: for four weeks, Hong Kong locals and visitors can share fantastic gastronomic experiences and a myriad of special offers from hundreds of bars and restaurants. Get ready for a unique journey to taste around town!

Hong Kong Tennis Open

With names like Venus Williams, Jelena Jankovic and Johanna Konta regularly gracing our hard courts, the Hong Kong Tennis Open is quickly becoming a major sporting spectacle. Normally taking place every October in Victoria Park’s outdoor stadium, catch the world’s best women’s players for a weekend of singles and doubles matches. And if you’re lucky enough to be here during the first few days, the qualifying stages are free entry on a first-come, first-served basis.


Hong Kong Open

Get in the swing of things at the Hong Kong Open, the city’s oldest professional sporting event and a tournament where the world’s best golfers gather. It regularly awards a US$2 million prize, with previous winners including Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose. Admission is free on the first two days, and ticketed for the main event over the weekend. 


Hong Kong International Races

Hong Kong International Races

Global attention focuses on the Sha Tin Racecourse as leading horses, jockeys, trainers and owners from around the world compete in the four G1 race series. Fans coming to Sha Tin to witness the truly world-class on-course action can also enjoy an array of exceptional off-track entertainment.

Hong Kong WinterFest

Hong Kong WinterFest

’Tis the season to be merry — soak in the festive ambience in Hong Kong with the dazzling WinterFest! The city’s skyline shines even brighter during the winter months with the iconic sparkling Christmas tree sitting amidst glittering skyscrapers, all dolled up for the jolly occasion. Don’t miss out on the holiday events at top attractions, special shopping offers and festive menus that will fuel your excitement and add to the joyous atmosphere!

Click here to explore the most impressive Christmas scene in town!

Throughout the year

Hong Kong Great Outdoors

Aside from all these exciting mega events, you can also relax and re-energise in Hong Kong’s great outdoors throughout the year. Explore photogenic fiery-coloured woodlands, exhilarating hiking trails, dramatic cliffside climbs and historic towns across the city.

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