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.
Also check these Ongoing Hong Kong Culture Events offering an array of FREE (and almost FREE) programmes ranging from tai chi classes, lion dance demonstrations, etc.
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, 2014||January 1, 2015|
|Chinese New Year||Jan 31-Feb 4, 2014||February 19-21, 2015|
|Easter||April 18-21, 2014||April 3-6, 2015|
|Ching Ming Festival||April 5, 2014||April 4, 2015|
|Labour Day||May 1, 2014||May 1, 2015|
|Lord Buddha's Birthday||May 6, 2014||May 25, 2015|
|Dragon Boat Festival||June 2, 2014||June 20, 2015|
|Anniversary of Establishment of the Hong Kong SAR||July 1, 2014||July 1, 2015|
|Day following the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival||September 9, 2014||September 28, 2015|
|National Day||October 1, 2014||October 1, 2015|
|Chung Yeung Festival||October 2, 2014||October 21, 2015|
|Christmas||December 25-26, 2014||December 25-26, 2015|
| Hong Kong Cricket Sixes | Stanley International Dragon Boat Championships |
| Great Outdoors Hong Kong | Hong Kong International Races |
| Hong Kong Watch and Clock Fair | Hong Kong Toys and Games Fair |
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