Chinese New Year celebrations, Halloween bashes, arts and film festivals and sports tournaments - from the officially supported Mega Events Fund and "M" Mark Events, to ancient and quirky local festivities, Hong Kong's year-round calendar of happenings blends East and West, tradition and modernity.
No.1: Hong Kong Chinese New Year
Lucky you if you’re in Hong Kong during Chinese New Year, the city’s biggest and most colourful festival! It is impossible to not be caught up in the energy as you squeeze into crowded temples to pray for good fortune, browse festive markets selling auspicious foods and blooms and photograph the shock-red lanterns that adorn the city.
This ancient festival also gets a makeover that is uniquely Hong Kong. So, you will experience a Chinese New Year like no other, with a fabulous parade of floats, international and local performers, a stunning fireworks show over the harbour, heart-pounding action at the race track, and so much more.
Stay tuned for details of the 2018 celebrations!
Holiday business hours:
Most government offices, banks and public utilities will be closed for the Chinese New Year public holidays in Hong Kong. However, most shops and restaurants in the busiest districts will remain open. Some shopping malls may even extend their service hours. Major attractions, theme parks and public transport will operate as usual. Street markets and stalls will usually close on the first and second day of the Chinese New Year (16–17 February 2018) and resume business from the third day (18 February 2018).
No.2: Hong Kong Art Month (1-31 Mar,2018)
Hong Kong’s flourishing arts scene comes to fruition each March with an inspirational spectrum of events. From opera to ballet, from art installations to seminars, there’s something to suit all tastes — whether you’re a connoisseur or simply a dabbler.
No.3: ICBC (Asia) Hong Kong Summer Fun
Celebrate summer in Hong Kong with a dizzying array of happenings! Stay cool in mega shopping centres with hot deals, discover local bites in hidden neighbourhoods, have fun at attractions with summer programmes and join an array of themed tours. Shop, eat and play with us at Hong Kong Summer Fun!
In 2017, the highlight event was the first ICBC (Asia) e-Sports and Music Festival Hong Kong, which included international e-sports competitions and k-pop star performances. Check out the photos below and stay tuned for news about what’s coming in 2018!
No.4: Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival
In Hong Kong, an ancient Chinese festival has become one of the world’s greatest parties — the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival. And every year, boats, beers and cheers draw hundreds of thousands of revellers and spectators to stunning Victoria Harbour.
Thousands of the world’s top dragon boat athletes battle it out in the CCB (Asia) Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races, before enjoying ice-cold beer and live entertainment alongside spectators at BeerFest.
Only Hong Kong can take an ancient Chinese tradition and transform it into a modern sport and international party. Experience it for yourself — see photos from the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival 2017, and stay tuned for the 2018 event!
No.5: Sun Hung Kai Properties Hong Kong Cyclothon
Celebrate all things cycling in Hong Kong with the Sun Hung Kai Properties Hong Kong Cyclothon! A mixture of amateur and professional races and rides, the event allows participants to push themselves to the utmost or enjoy the city’s scenery on long, leisurely rides, while locals and visitors alike cheer on competitive cyclists from around the world and kick back at a fun-filled carnival.
In 2017, about 5,000 participants took part in the event, including 17 professional cycling teams from 12 countries and regions that competed in the Sun Hung Kai Properties Hong Kong Challenge (UCI Asia Tour Class 1.1 Road Race). Participants can check their finishing times, download their certificates and photos taken by official photographers during the event by logging in here before 30 September 2018.
No.6: CCB (Asia) Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival
The CCB (Asia) Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival brings together world-class food, drinks and entertainment right next to the stunning Victoria Harbour skyline. Aside from wine-pairing meals designed by master chefs and tasting classes by industry experts, there are well over 400 booths featuring everything from single malts to craft beer to keep your palate refreshed.
Check back for details on the 10th Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival to encounter even more gastronomical delights!
No.7: Hong Kong Great November Feast
Enjoy a whole month of indulgences at the Hong Kong Great November Feast! From 1–30 November, the city will welcome food and wine lovers with everything from special tasting menus to world-class wine and spirit expos, and from gourmet carnivals to local gastronomy tours. Check out all the exciting happenings and treat your tastes buds to a world of flavours.
No.8: Hong Kong Winter Feast
In winter, Hong Kong’s skyline shines with more glamour than usual as buildings get dressed up for the festive occasion. Soak up the romantic ambience under the iconic Statue Square Christmas Tree, and marvel at the wonder of two dazzling multimedia shows — A Symphony of Lights and the Hong Kong Pulse Light Show. 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! To top it all off, ring in the new year with fireworks at the spectacular Hong Kong New Year Countdown Celebrations. The holiday season will be unforgettable with the sparkling Hong Kong WinterFest, so shop, eat, drink and be merry!