Hong Kong Festivals and Events
July 2016

A Gorgeous Summer Night in Hong Kong
A Gorgeous Summer Night in Hong Kong

A wealth of exciting Hong Kong events await in July 2016 to quench the heat of the summer months.

Temperatures are picking up, yes, we're approaching the wettest hottest weeks of the year... so don't forget to pack very light, cotton, breathable clothing, sandals, hat, etc. and also a light sweater for the air-conditioning which will be running full blast at shopping centres, restaurants and hotel lobbys.

Traveling with the kids? Amusement parks are fun rain or shine, you are even expected to get wet at some rides. On the other hand, if it is raining too hard, some of the rides might be closed.

We are also in the middle of Typhoon season... watch out for any alerts. Here's what you need to know about typhoons in Hong Kong.

So let's get on with the fun part, here's what's going on in Hong Kong this July:

Also check-out these popular ongoing events during July 2016:

And here's what's hot this summer with kids in Hong Kong

Hot offers and discount tickets

The following are some of the best Hong Kong deals available

HKD 487 HKDL One-Day Adult Ticket

Hong Kong Disneyland Discount Tickets

HK Disneyland Tickets
Adult HK539 HKD497 (US$65)
Children HK385 HKD360 (US$47)
2-day available
More details at Klook.com

HKD 327 Ocean Park Adult Ticket

Ocean Park Hong Kong  Discount Tickets

Ocean Park HK Tickets
Adult HK385 HKD 334 (US$44)
Children HK193 HKD169 (US$22)

More details at Klook.com

New Year's Eve Buffet Dinner and Fireworks Cruise

New Years Eve Fireworks Cruise in Victoria Harbour Hong Kong

Adult US$171.76
Includes Dinner Buffet and Drinks
Leaves from Central Pier 10
Boarding 7:45 pm, Departs 8:00 pm
Fireworks at Midnight
Returns to departure point after fireworks
More details at Viator.com

10% Off Big Bus Hop-On-Hop-Off 24, 48-hour tour

Hong Kong Hop On Hop Off Bus Discount Tickets

24-hour US$58.00 US$52.20
48-hour US$65.00 US$58.50
Child (5-15)
24-hour US$52.00 US$46.80
48-hour US$58.00 US$52.20
Family and Combo Night Tour Tickets also available.
More details at BigBusTours.com

Ngong Ping 360
Cable Car

Ngong Ping Cable Car Discount Tickets

Standard Cabin HKD130 HKD119 (US$16)
Crystal Cabin HKD180 HKD165 (US$21)
Children, Round Trip and Combo tickets available.
More details at Klook.com

Skip the Line Peak Tram/Sky Terrace Combo

Peak Tram Sky Terrace Combo Discount Tickets

Combo HKD103 HKD85 (US$10.96)
Add Madame Tussaud's HK354 HKD235 (US$30.32)
Children and Senior Tickets available.
More details at Klook.com

19th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Hong Kong SAR - July 1, 2016

HK fireworks

This is a public holiday and the scope and extent of the celebrations have varied over the years including parades, flag-raising ceremonies, cultural performances, and as in the case to commemorate the 15th Anniversary, a spectacular fireworks extravaganza.

If prior years are any indication, rather than one big event, the celebrations will be likely taking place throughout the territory's 18 districts. Events to celebrate the Establishment of the HK SAR will be spreadout throughout the summer with many highlight events taking place on July 1st.

There will be dozens of events, ranging from sketching and painting activities, football matches, dancing competitions, cultural nights, dragon and lion parades, marching bands, tai chi and martial arts, carnivals and fairs.

The main events commemorating the 19th Anniversary this year include:

  • The Flag Raising Ceremony
  • Carnival celebrations at the various districts

Here's more on this year's festivities.

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Chinese Opera Festival - June 17 - August 14, 2016

Chinee Opera Festival

"Chinese Opera encapsulates the long history and traditional culture of China. The immaculately crafted movements of the hands, the eyes, the body and the feet of the actors are unique to a whole system of Chinese performing arts."

This art form has been around for centuries and to foster a better understanding of this ancient art, the Hong Kong Leisure and Cultural Services Department brings the annual Chinese Opera Festival to the community.

If you have never experienced this unique kind of traditional art, this is your chance! The festival will offer daily stage performances by some of the leading Companies in the genre. Besides the stage performances, the festival also puts together an array of events from symposiums, Chinese Opera film screenings and exhibitions.

When?: June 17 - August 14, 2016

Where?: Stage Performances at various venues including a couple of locations very convenient to visitors:

  • The Grand Theatre at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre at the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade
  • The Hong Kong City Hall in Central
  • The Hong Kong Space Museum

How Much? Ticket prices vary depending on event.

  • Tickets for a stage performance at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre for example range from HK 100- HK 350.
  • Tickets for a Chinese Opera Film Show at the Hong Kong Space Museum are HK 30.
  • Discounts are available to students and seniors.

More Info: Visit the official site of the Chinese Opera Festival.

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International Arts Carnival - July 8 - August 7, 2016

HK International Arts Carnival

A fascinating line up is put together every summer in all sorts of artistic fields: theatre, music, dance, film and magic! It's a great chance for family time, specially on those muggy hot days.

Besides stage programmes there are also outreach workshops, school touring programmes, backstage tours and more.

Some of this year's highlights:

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Theater Hikosen

Wizard of Oz on Stage in Hong Kong

Several performances in Cantonese and Japanese. All versions with Chinese and English sub-titles

When? July 8 - 10

Where? Hong Kong Cultural Centre Grand Theatre

How Much? HK 140 +

More Info and Tickets

Spot by Theater Terra (The Netherlands)

Spot on Stage in Hong Kong

Several performances in English with Chinese and English sub-titles

When? July 21 - 24

Where? Hong Kong Cultural Centre Studio Theatre and Tai Po Civic Centre Auditorium

How Much? HK 140 +

More Info and Tickets

All American Boys Chorus

All American Boys Chorus in Hong Kong

When? July 23 - 24

Where? Sha Tin Town Hall Auditorium and Tsuen Wan Town Hall Auditorium

How Much? HK 120 +

More Info and Tickets

For More Info and this year's entire line up of the International Arts Carnival visit the official site here.

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One Piece Carnival Hong Kong - July 8 - August 9, 2016

One Piece Carnival at the Hong Kong Harbourfront

For the very first time in Hong Kong, iconic One Piece characters grace the waterfront at the Central Promenade and bring fantastic splashing fun and games with water slides, themed water gun wars, photo booths, and of course, no carnival would be complete without food and beverage galore and OnePiece souvenirs to take home. Check it out!

When?: July 8 - August 9, 2016

Where?: Central Harbourfront Event Space by the Observation Wheel

How Much?: Admission HK$50, free admission for kids 12 and under when accompanied by paying adult.
Activities are extra, Adult Day Pass HK400 weekday, HK500 weekend, Child (6-12) HK200 weekday, HK300 weekend. VIP passes also available.

More info: www.onepiececarnival.com (Site in Chinese)

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HKTDC Hong Kong Book Fair 2016 - July 20 - 26, 2016

Hong Kong Book Fair

Organised by the HK Trade Development Council, it's not only books, books and more books on this week-long affair, lately the emphasis has also been on multimedia, e-books and e-learning resources.

Besides the publishers' exhibits, there is a range of cultural events including seminars and forums featuring English-language world-renowned writers.

If you are a book worm, don't miss this chance to snatch some bargains (specially on the very last day of the fair)!

When?: July 20 - 26, 2016, 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m., extended hours on weekends, last day 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Where?: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

How Much?: Visitors HK10, bring your passport to the "Tourist Counter" and enter through Bauhinia Square entrance.

More info on this year's Hong Kong Book Fair

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Lai Yuen Amusement Park Super Summer
July 25 - August 7, 2016

Lai Yuen Amusement Park

Lai Chi Kok Amusement Park, the beloved iconic park that opened in 1949, was once the city's largest amusement park.

It closed in 1997 to give way to modernisation, but last summer, the old rides and games and the legacy of the old park were revived and recreated in one of the most spectacular settings in the Harbourfront.

The bumper cars, games and stage theatre are back this year at AsiaWorld-Expo with many more attractions inspired by the original Lai Chi Kok

When?: July 25 - August 7, 2016

Where?: AsiaWorld Expo - Check the site for Free Airport Express Same Day Round Trip for Children Offer

How Much? Weekday General Ticket (4 - 64) + 10 tokens HK $140 Senior HK $70, more on weekends

More Info: Visit the official site www.laiyuen.hk.

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Birthday of Kwan Tai - July 27, 2016

Kwan Tai God of War at Man Mo Temple

Kwan Tai was the God of War and highly regarded among the police and military circles. His Birthday is celebrated on the 24th day of the 6th Lunar month, which this year falls on July 27, 2016 in the Western calendar.

One of the best and more convenient places to join in the celebrations is at the Man Mo Temple a stone-throw away from Central, which is also dedicated to this God and where an old statue of Kwan Tai from the 19th Century is revered.

When?:Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Where?: Man Mo Temple

How Much?: Free

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Ani-Com and Games Hong Kong - July 29 - August 2, 2016

Ani-Com HK Cosplay couple

If you have teenagers you will not want to miss this one! Ani-Com and Games is Hong Kong's hottest event in the digital entertainment, comics, animation, video games and toys and collectibles arena and the most popular summer carnival in Hong Kong.

Packed with the latest in big wave trend-setting entertainment, this is one of the most prominent shows in Asia.
Don't miss the many events including stage forums and presentations, model kit competitions, comic Master's autograph sessions, etc.

When?: July 29 - August 2, 2016, 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m., closes 8:00 p.m. last day

Where?: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

More on this year's Ani-Com and Games Hong Kong

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Lan Kwai Fong Beer and Music Fest - July 30 - 31, 2016

This massive outdoor party really needs no introduction...

When?: Saturday and Sunday July 30 - 31, 2016 - 1:00 p.m. until late
Where?: Streets of Lan Kwai Fong. Take the MTR to Central Station Exit D2, on to Theatre Lane and up D'Aguilar Street, just follow the crowds.
How Much?: Free!

More information at www.lankwaifong.com.

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Football Fans: Juventus vs. South China AA - July 30, 2016

Juventus FC

The Bianconeri are coming to Hong Kong!

South China Athletic Association Football Team will host Juventus, the Italian super club, in the only international football match to be played in Hong Kong this summer. The friendly is likely to be the highlight of the pre-season for our local football fans.

Juventus is one of the most succesful clubs in the history of Italian football and one of the most highly regarded in the world. They will bring their roster of stars including Paulo Dybala, midfielder Hernanes and left-back Alex Sandro.

When?: Saturday July 30, 2016

Where?: Hong Kong Stadium

How Much?: Find Tickets

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Ongoing Hong Kong Events for July 2016

These are some popular ongoing events that are worth checking out, specially since they are FREE or offered for a low fee!

These events feature some of the great and ancient traditions of the territory and are offered by experts in their corresponding fields:

Hong Kong Ongoing Events: Tai Chi Class
Tai Chi Class

Hong Kong Ongoing Events: Lion Dance Demonstration
Lion Dance Demo

Hong Kong Ongoing Events: Feng Shui Class
Feng Shui Class

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The Symphony of Lights

HK Symphony of Lights

The Symphony of Lights is Hong Kong's light and sound show, a tribute to the city and its people, their diversity, energy and vitality.

The stage is the entire city, which is what makes it so unique, you can watch the lights from just about anywhere in the waterfront. This free show offered by the city, takes place every night at 8:00 pm and lasts aboout 15 minutes.

When?: Every Night

Where?: Can be seen from both sides of Victoria Harbour

How Much? Free

Click here for more on Hong Kong's Symphony of Lights and best spots to watch.

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The Happy Valley Horse Races Season is Coming to a Close!
Last meeting July 6, 2016

Happy Valley Horse Races

Happy Valley Hong Kong whether or not you are a horse racing enthusiast is an experience not to be missed!

The beautiful horses, the skillful jockeys, the crowds going wild, they all add up to an exciting, fun-filled, thrilling atmosphere in a world-class venue.

The Happy Valley race course itself is a sight in itself, the city has built around it through the years and it is now practically surrounded by skyscrapers, an awesome experience specially at night when the city is illuminated.

When?: Wednesday Nights. First race starts at 7:15 p.m. and the gates open at 5:15 p.m. The races are done by 11:00 p.m.

Where?: Happy Valley Race Course

How Much? Depends, there are many ways to experience the races, from General Stand to Private Boxes and special packages including dinner and drinks. General Stand entrance starts at HK10.

Click here for more on Happy Valley Horse Racing, how to get there and options for viewing the races.

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