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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, and so much more. As with so much in Hong Kong, the challenge is in the choosing. Start with these major crowd pleasers and take it from there.

January

Hong Kong New Year Countdown Celebrations

Hong Kong New Year Countdown Celebrations

As the clock strikes 12 and New Year comes a-calling, Victoria Harbour lights up in an epic display of music and fireworks. Watch it by the shore, head out to sea or zoom up a skyscraper to catch it in the clouds.

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, the annual event seeing up to 60,000 people compete at the beginning of every year. While the full marathon distance covers over 40km, there are half-marathon and 10km races too. 

February

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

Hong Kong’s biggest festival, 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. Chinese New Year, observed in January or February according to the Chinese lunar calendar, is a celebration that Hong Kong adores. Take a wander through the many makeshift markets selling all manner of festive items, stop in to see floats at the carnival, and then catch the stunning fireworks display that lights up Victoria Harbour.

Masters of Hong Kong (International Indoor Show Jumping Competition)

The Hong Kong Masters attracts the world’s top 25 show jumping riders for a spectacle that fans will not want to miss. As the first five-star (CSI 5*) accredited competition on the equestrian calendar to take place in Asia since the Olympic Games in 2008, the event also strengthens Hong Kong’s role as the region’s equestrian capital.

March

Hong Kong Arts Month

Hong Kong Arts Month

Culture vultures come flying into town, as March signals Arts Month. From fine art to festivals like Art Basel, Art Central and Hong Kong Arts Festival, to operatic events and outdoor live music shows, there’s something for everyone. 

April

Hong Kong Sevens

Hong Kong Sevens 

Started in the 1970s as a local club affair, the Sevens has blossomed into Hong Kong’s biggest sporting showcase. Tickets are nigh impossible to procure, but 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, most notably from the South Stand. If you can’t gain entrance, neighbouring Sevens Village makes an entertaining substitute.

May

Le French May Arts Festival

Since its modest inception in 1993, Le 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 stand-alone programme called Le 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.

June

Dragon Boat Festival

Dragon boat races are a Hong Kong spectacle, where brawny paddlers battle it out in vessels adorned with Chinese dragon heads and tails while the crowds cheer on from the side.

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 city's Food Expo. Turn your Hong Kong trip into an in-depth exploration of the world’s best computers, books, comics, games and flavours!

September

Great Outdoors Hong Kong

Take to the hills and explore the great outdoors, by seeking out hikes, beaches and islands.

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}} 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.

October

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. Set 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 basis.

November

Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival

The city’s most anticipated annual culinary event is going live! Bringing as much excitement as real-life activities, a fantastic line-up of online events will take place across a number of weeks in November. Hong Kong locals and fans alike will find myriad exclusive offers from hundreds of wine merchants and restaurants and can also participate in virtual gastronomic experiences. Sommeliers will make you feel like a professional yourself in their themed wine-tasting classes, top mixologists will get you shaking up the perfect cocktail and professional chefs will have you cooking up their signature dishes for the whole family to enjoy.

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. Set in Sheung Shui as the weather starts to cool in December, 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. 

December

WinterFest

WinterFest

Soak in the festive ambience in Hong Kong with a merry season like nowhere else! In winter, the skyline shines with more glamour than usual as the iconic Christmas tree sits amidst glittering skyscrapers and buildings dolled up for the jolly occasion. Don’t miss holiday events at top attractions, special shopping offers and festive menus that will fuel your excitement and add to the joyous atmosphere!

Hong Kong International Races

Global attention focuses on 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.

 

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