It can be difficult keeping track of the top Hong Kong festivals and events, there is such a wide range of exciting happenings and top notch events throughout the year, it seems there is always something going on, Hong Kong has become the events mecca of Asia.
There are the art festivals, world class sports events, concerts and performances whether classical, pop, or cantonese opera, food festivals and the fascinating local festivals which besides the spectacular and colorful celebrations, can give such a unique glimpse into traditional Chinese and local life... Hong Kong's living culture...
Here we list the top festivals, holidays and events every month to help you plan your stay in the city.
Be sure to check the listings for the month of your visit:
During the most popular events and festivals it might be a bit difficult to find a reasonable hotel as prices skyrocket, and getting to and out of the city might be a problem as flights and trains are running at full capacity.
This is particularly true during the Chinese New Year celebrations in January/February and the Chinese "Golden Weeks" in May and during the National Day holidays in October.
The Hong Kong annual holiday schedule reflects both Chinese and Western legacies, we get to celebrate two New Year's days! Some holidays have their roots in centuries of tradition whereas others are the result of recent developments up to the formation of the Special Administrative Region. The dates of the Chinese Festivals will vary from year to year since they are based on the Lunar Calendar.
Hong Kong Public Holiday Calendar
|New Year's Day||January 1, 2016||Jan 1, 2017 observed Jan 2, 2017|
|Chinese New Year||February 8-10, 2016||January 28-30-31, 2017|
|Easter||March 25-28, 2016||April 14-17, 2017|
|Ching Ming Festival||April 4, 2016||April 5, 2017|
|Labour Day||May 2, 2016||May 1, 2017|
|Lord Buddha's Birthday||May 14, 2016||May 3, 2017|
|Dragon Boat Festival||June 9, 2016||May 30, 2017|
|Anniversary of Establishment of the Hong Kong SAR||July 1, 2016||July 1, 2017|
|Day following the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival||September 16, 2016||October 5, 2017|
|National Day||October 1, 2016||Oct 1, 2017 observed Oct 2, 2017|
|Chung Yeung Festival||October 10, 2016||October 28, 2017|
|Christmas||December 25-27, 2016||December 25-26, 2017|
Rich in tradition and history, Chinese Festivals are the life-blood of Chinese life and culture in Hong Kong.
These are some of our favourite festivals where you can enjoy the parades, lion dances, wonderful foods, shiny decorations, noisy firecrackers! If you happen to be around these times, do not miss them!
The number and variety of Hong Kong Trade Shows, Conventions and Fairs continues to rise as Hong Kong has established itself as one of the world's leading and most vibrant exhibition venues. Some of Hong Kong Fairs and Trade Shows are the largest of their kind in the world.
For visitors in general, Hong Kong trade shows and fairs might present a special opportunity to witness some of the extrordinary venues, some events might offer shopping opportunities, special demonstrations and the latest innovations in the related fields. Here are some to consider that are open to the general public as well as trade visitors.
Hong Kong's mind-boggling fireworks displays are legendary and reserved for a handful of special events during the year:
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