To start off the month are the National Day celebrations on October 1st, featuring a Fireworks Extravaganza and other events.
And as the colorful lanterns and the Mid-Autumn celebrations wind down, the pumpkins and goblins are just getting started as Halloween fests are in full swing and the Hong Kong International Jazz Festival kicks off October 7, 2012.
And check-out these popular ongoing events during October 2012:
October 1, 2012 marks the 63rd Anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. To commemorate the occassion, a lavish fireworks display will lit up Victoria Harbour at 9:00 p.m.
The fireworks can be seen from both sides of the Harbour. In the Kowloon side, they can be viewed in Tsim Sha Tsui all along the Promenade
and Avenue of the Stars as well as the Hung Hom Bypass. In the Hong Kong Island side, there are many vantage points in Central,
Wanchai, Causeway Bay and the Midlevels.
When?: October 1, 2012. 9:00 p.m.
Where?: Wherever there's a view of Victoria Harbour
How Much?: Free!
Here's more on National Day Celebrations
Mid-Autumn Thematic Lantern Exhibition
Tsim Sha Tsui at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza is fairly easy to pop in for tourists as it's just around the corner from the Star Ferry Terminal and the TST metro station.
This year's theme is Terracotta Warriors of the Qin Dynasty
When?: until October 21, 2012 6:30p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
How Much?: Free
West Kowloon , at the West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade features beautiful lantern displays with a different theme every year.
When?: until October 2, 2012.
How Much?: Free
Lantern Wonderland at Victoria Park The Lantern Displays are state-of-the-art designs and the highlight of the event is Lantern Wonderland, the main signature piece which is chosen through a design competition organised by the HKTB and several design organisations.
The Design contest is held months prior to the festival and the winning entry is showcased during the Mid-Autumn Festival.
When?:unitl October 2, 2012.
Where?: Victoria Park
How Much?: Free
Here is more on Mid-Autumn Festival Lantern Carnivals and Exhibitions
Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance Parade is another example of Hong Kong's traditional culture and a main part of the celebrations of the Mid-Autumn Festival.
Come take part of this tradition when the 67-metre Fire Dragon winds through the streets of Tai Hang,
like it did over a century ago with over 300 performers, 70,000 incense sticks, and lots of firecrackers.
When?:until October 1, 2012, 7:30 p.m.
Where?: Tai Hang, Causeway Bay. Here's how to get there.
How Much?: Free
Chung Yeung Festival is Autumn Remembrance Day. This is a day for families to get together, visit the graves of the ancestors and pay their respects.
You are likely to see a lot of activity around the cemeteries throughout the territories as the typical offerings
of Chinese paper money, incense, fruits and other foodstuffs are being brought.
When?: October 27 - 28, 2012 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Where?: Kowloon Cricket Club, 10 Cox's Road, Kowloon
How Much? Varies, one-day Adult pass from HK 310 for Oct 27, HK 550 for Oct 28, package both days HK 800. Check prices and buy online from www.hkticketing.com
More Info: Hong Kong Cricket Association
There are many events, parties, and parades centered around Halloween this year.
Here are some highlights of this season:
What?: Halloween Fun Zone with family-friendly actvities including games, a "Pumpkin City Quest" and a costume contest.
When?: September 21 to October 31, 2012 Daytime during park hours
Where?: Whisker's Harbour
How Much? Free with park entrance
What?: After dark for some heavy-duty horror and all-night parties, eight Haunted Houses and over a dozen Halloween Bash shows
When?: Friday to Sunday September 21-23, 28-30, 2012 5:30p.m. to midnight
How Much? Ticket pricing varies depending on day of visit and activities.
When?: October 4 to October 31, 2012
Where?: Thoroughout the park
How Much? Included with park admission, reduced price night tickets also available during Halloween celebrations, admission is from 6:30 p.m.
More Info: Check our Hong Kong Disneyland Halloween page
More on Hong Kong Halloween Celebrations
This year's line up features 18-year-old Saxophonist LI Gaoyang, "the next generation jazz leader" from Beijing, topnotch American aritst Butterscotch, and
Brazilian trio Diego Figuereido.
When?: October 7-12, 2012.
Where?: Many venues throughout Hong Kong
How Much?: Free outdoor concerts, Concert Hall prices HK 120 - HK 320
More Info: Full line-up, programme and ticket information check the HK International Jazz Festival site.
These events feature some of the great and ancient traditions of the territory and are offered by experts in their corresponding fields:
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.
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.
The Terracotta Army is one of China's most significant discoveries, a collection of over eight thousand life-size warriors, designed to protect Emperor Qin in the afterlife.
This magnificent exhibit sponsored by the Hong Kong Jockey Club, brings us a sample of these two thousand year old cultural relics, including terracotta warriors, horses, and seldom seen bronze artifacts.
If you haven't been to Xian, this is your chance to appreciate these priceless treasures.
When?: Now until November 26, 2012
Where?: Hong Kong Museum of History, Special Exhibition Gallery and 1/F Main Lobby
How Much? HK10, you must get tickets in advance. Tickets sell out fast, check the LCSD for bookings and status. The second phase of ticketing for visits between September 3 and October 14 is now on sale. Third and final phase of ticketing opens September 24, 2012.
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