The scorching heat and hummidity of the summer months are receding and cooler days are ahead as September 2017
welcomes a host of fantastic events and concerts.
Colorful lanterns start popping up in anticipation of the Mid-Autumn Festival at the beginning of next month. And try to catch one of the stunning fireworks shows happening next door in Macau for the annual Fireworks Contest.
Chinese Hungry Ghost Festival Yue Lan September 5, 2017
The seventh month of the Lunar calendar is considered the "Chinese Ghost Month".
On this month, the spirits of the deceased are released
and they come back to wander off in the living world.
It is said that some spirits may be restless and will have to be appeased, and thus, worshippers will burn paper money and make
the usual offerings to make sure they are back in the good graces of their ancestors and any other wandering ghost that may happen to "drop by".
The Hungry Ghost Festival marks the middle of the Ghost Month, and offerings and activities will be held particularly on this day.
Activities other than the usual offerings of incense, Chinese paper money and food, include Chinese Opera and the dragon and lion dances with plenty of noise to scare away the evil ghosts, and are held in parks and plazas throughout the territory.
When?: September 5, 2017
Where?: Various locations throughout Hong Kong
The 2017 Macau International Fireworks Contest (Cancelled) Saturdays in September
Important Notice: In the aftermath of Typhoon Hato, the 2017 Fireworks contest has been cancelled as the entire city is committed to various tasks for restoration and recovery from the catastrophe In addition, the related infrastructure and facilities required for fireworks displays have suffered damages.
Just next door in Macau... Five evenings of mesmerizing fireworks and music extravaganzas!!! Fireworks displays can be some of the most sensational spectacles one can witness, imagine the best of the best in the world battling it out on a competition that encompasses five evenings of stunning lights and sounds, with international teams competing for the coveted trophy.
Two teams participate each evening, each evening features a different theme. So who's competing this year?
When?: Saturdays in September 2, 9, 16, 23, grand finale on Sunday Oct 1, 2017
Times?: 9:00 pm and 9:40 pm
The Contest lines up ten teams from Australia, Austria, the United Kingdom, France, Japan, the Philippines, Germany, Italy, Portugal and China this year.
Saturday September 2
Saturday September 9
Saturday September 16
Saturday September 23
Sunday October 1
Where?: Sea area in front of the Macau Tower. Where to watch? Just about anywhere in Macau, preferably where the Macau Tower is in full view
How Much?: FREE!
The 2017 Hong Kong Watch and Clock Fair September 5 - 9, 2017
The annual Hong Kong Watch and Clock Fair is the world's largest timepiece event which offers a remarkable selection of watches and clocks and a preview into the latest designs and trends in the market.
Highlights of this event are the "Brand Name Gallery" and "World Brand Piazza", featuring limited edition and rare timepieces from the major global brands.
The Brand Name Gallery is open to the public on the last day of the event and timepieces from selected exhibitors are available for sale.
When?: September 5 - 9, 2017.
Where?: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
How Much?: Free for trade visitors and the public
A series of 3K, 5K and 10K races happening through the lands of Hong Kong Disneyland, this year with a Marvel Hero theme! Featuring all Marvel Heroes, you will be running and cheering with Iron Man, Captain America, Spider Man... :
Captain America 10K Run: For 16 and over, co-organised by the Hong Kong Amateur Athletic Association, the results of the 10K Run will be recognized in the Hong Kong rankings.
Thor 5K Run: For 14 and over,
Spider Man 3K Family Run: Must be 3 years old or older, under 12 must be accompanied by adult
Kids Races: 200m for ages 5 and below
When?: September 16 and 17, 2017
Where?: Hong Kong Disneyland
How Much?: Race Packages include t-shirts, event stickers, etc. 10K and 5K HK$ 500, 3K HK$400, Kids Races HK$250.
ULTRA is the world's most famous outdoor electronic music event and will return to Hong Kong once again
to Nursery Park at the West Kowloon Cultural District. The program promises to deliver a uniquely diverse,
forward thinking line-up and is likely to be a sell-out like it always is everywhere else around the world.
When?: Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 12 pm
Where?: Nursery Park at the West Kowloon Cultural District
How Much?: HK$ 1,180+ Find Tickets
The 2017 Mid-Autumn Festival is on October 4, 2017 but the bright and colorful lantern displays start popping up in Tsim Sha Tsui along the promenade area by the end of September.
This is one of the longest running lantern displays during the celebration as they normally run for
over a month rather than just a few days.
The displays are set up this year by the Clocktower in Tsim Sha Tsui, just around the corner from the Star Ferry Terminal and the TST metro station, check them out when you're around.
When?: September 22 - October 15, 2017 - displays are lit 6:30 pm to 11:00 pm with extended hours on Mid-Autumn Festival October 4, expected until midnight.
Where?: Tsim Sha Tsui at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza by the Clocktower
How Much?: Free
Renowned jazz musicians from
around the world will delight audiences with a series of performances, workshops, and photographic exhibitions.
When?: September 30 - October 5, 2017
Where?: Several Venues: Hong Kong Park Central, Hong Kong City Hall Theatre, Miller Theater
How Much?: Concert Hall prices HK 180, HK 260, HK 360. HK Park Central Free Admission
Horse Racing Season 2017-18 at the Happy Valley Race Course starts this month
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, season opening on September 6, 2017 On race day, 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. The "Come Horseracing Tour" provides transportation to/from your
hotel, dinner and drinks and access to the Member's Boxes.
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 about 12 minutes.
When?: Every Night
Where?: Can be seen from both sides of Victoria Harbour, specially stunning aboard a Harbour Cruise.
How Much? Free