November is the time to get outdoors and enjoy the pleasant temperatures and clear days without the overwhelming humidity of the summer months.
A light jacket and dressing in layers is probably best as there will be some warm days with temperatures dropping a bit at night.
November is Hong Kong's Wine and Dine Month and features an array of food festivals, street carnivals and fairs.
Clockenflap and Symphony Under The Stars are back, and as part of the 20th Anniversary of the Establishment of the HKSAR celebrations, the Berliner Philharmoniker will be performing along with Lang Lang as piano solo at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.
For the first time, Lumières Hong Kong, inspired in Lyon's famous Festival of Lights, comes to illuminate and dazzle the Central Harbourfront!
Here's what's up in November 2017:
- Hong Kong Wine and Dine Month - through November 30, 2017
- The Hong Kong International Literary Festival - November 3 - 12, 2017
- International Wine and Spirits Fair - November 9 - 11, 2017
- Berliner Philharmoniker - November 10 - 11, 2017
- Symphony Under The Stars with the Hong Kong Philharmonic - November 11, 2017
- Lan Kwai Fong Japan Carnival - November 11 - 12, 2017
- Lumières Hong Kong - November 23 - 25, 2017
- Clockenflap - November 25 - 27, 2016
And it's starting to look a lot like Christmas...
- Hong Kong Winterfest kicks off at the end of the month.
- Disneyland Sparkling Christmas - mid-November to early January
- The Mills Holiday Shopfloor - Gift and Workshop Market 2017 - November 25 - 26, 2017
Also check-out these popular ongoing events during November 2017:
- Free cultural exhibitions: Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Feng Shui
- The Symphony of Lights Hong Kong's light and sound show
- It's race time! The Horse Races at Happy Valley are on!
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Hong Kong Wine and Dine Month
Although the main festival to kick off Wine and Dine Month takes place at the end of October, a series of events are ongoing through November 30, 2017 with city-wide carnivals and dining offers throughout the territory.
Look for offers for culinary-themed tours of Hong Kong neighborhoods, there will be plenty of events to keep all foodies happy!
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The Hong Kong International Literary Festival
The Hong Kong International Literary Festival is an annual event featuring established and emerging writers from around the world in a programme that includes discussions, literary lunches and dinners, workshops, book signings and more.
HKILF celebrates English creative writing and emphasizes writing with an Asian connection.
Jung Chang, Carol Ann Duffy, Pankaj Mishra and Ken Liu among the authors featured this coming November.
When: November 3 - 12, 2017
Where: Various venues, including The American Club and The Fringe Club
How much: Various prices; some free admission
Hong Kong International Wine and Spirits Fair
The largest wine show in Asia, with wines and spirits from over 37 regions being represented. It is mainly a trade show but on the last day it is open to the public.
Fun events like cocktail mixing demonstrations, wine competitions, wine auctions and of course wine tastings.
All about the world of wine for the wine enthusiast!
When?: November 9 - 11, 2017 open to the trade. For the general public age 18 and older open on Saturday, November 11, 2017 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Where?: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
How Much?: Ticket admission HK 100 (Pre-Register for free admission!)
Berliner Philharmoniker with Lang Lang in Concert
World-renowned Berliner Philharmoniker will be led by Artistic Director Sir Simon Rattle with Lang Lang as piano solo in one of the concerts.
The first concert will feature Richard Strauss' Don Juan, Béla Bartók's Piano Concerto No 2, and Johannes Brahms' Symphony No 4 in E Minor, and the second Igor Stravinsky's Petrushka, Sergei Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 3 in A Minor, and a short piece especially composed for the occasion by Unsuk Chin.
Lang Lang will perform Bartók's energetic second concerto on the first concert.
When: Friday, November 10, 2017 - 8:00 pm and Saturday November 11, 2017 - 5:00 pm
Where: Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall in Tsim Sha Tsui. Live relays of the concerts will be broadcast simultaneously to Sha Tin Park, the piazza at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, and the auditorium at the Yuen Long Theatre
How much: Concerts are expected to sell-out quickly. Tickets HK$680 - HK$3000 +
Admission to Live relays is FREE
Symphony Under The Stars with the Hong Kong Philharmonic - a FREE outdoor concert
A night of enchanting music with the Hong Kong Philharmonic in the backdrop of the city's stunning skyline.
Come enjoy the gems of classical music for an inspiring, relaxing and magical evening, fireworks and all!
This is one of the city's largest outdoor concerts and it's FREE!
When: Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 7:30 pm
Where: Central Harbourfront Event Space
How much: FREE (Pre-registration is required. Please visit the official website for details.)
Lan Kwai Fong Carnival
One huge street party... as if this wasn't already the liveliest spot in Hong Kong, during this annual Carnival, Lan Kwai Fong really puts on the show.
And with new twists every year... the Lan Kwai Fong Carnival has gone interactive! Don't forget to download the LKF Play app! This year the theme is Japanese and will celebrate the culture and traditions of Japanese cuisine, fashion, music and dance.
The carnival will feature over 40 booths of authentic Japanese delicacies, selection of Japanese sake, Shochu and a varied line up of fun-filled entertainment.
Highlights include traditional Japanese street dance performances, Yukata (Japanese traditional costume) experience, Japanese sake education, Nintendo Switch free game trials, and of course food booths serving freshly made unique Sake cocktails, Wagyu beef, Matsuba snow crabs and much more!
When?: Saturday and Sunday November 11 - 12, 2017 - 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.
How Much?: Free! Food and Drink available for purchase at the more than 40 booths and stalls set up for the occasion.
Lumières Hong Kong
Inspired by Lyon, France's "La Fête des Lumières" (The Festival of Lights) Hong Kong will welcome its first Lumières Hong Kong when the city will be enveloped by fantastic light installations creating that magical atmosphere this festival is so well-known for.
The installations will be set up throughout Central, projected accross some of the city's most iconic landmarks.
When: November 23 - 25, 2017
Where: Various venues throughout Central including: Statue Square, PMQ, Man Mo Temple, General Post Office, Fringe Club, Chater Garden, the Former French Mission Building and the Connaught Road Central Pedestrian Subyway.
How much: FREE
Clockenflap Hong Kong's Music and Arts Festival
A weekend of live musical acts, film screenings, family fun, and of course food!
And all this in Hong Kong's world class setting in the Central Harbourfront.
When: Friday to Sunday November 17 - 19, 2017
Where: Central Harbourfront Event Space
How much: General Admission HK980 - HK1,020, 3-day passes and student discounts available. Children under 12 FREE.
Hong Kong WinterFest
Hong Kong WinterFest is the series of events sponsored by the Hong Kong Tourism Board which kick-off late November/early December and run up until the New Year's Countdown on January 1st.
One of the highlights is the centrepiece in Central's Statue Square, which becomes the season's icon and is always a stunner.
When?: Mid-November to January 1st, 2018
Where?: Central's Statue Square, Winterfest events throughout the territory
How Much?: Free
Hong Kong Disneyland Sparkling Christmas
Parades, Carols, Christmas Trees... The entire park is transformed into a wonderland full of the holiday cheer, shiny ornaments, dazzling lights, fluffy snow, bows, balls and garlands, holiday wreaths... all decorate every corner of this magical world and make it even merrier...
You don't want to miss the magnificent Christmas Tree, the parties, the parades, the light-up ceremonies and of course the fireworks.
When?: mid-November to early January 2018
Where?: Disneyland Hong Kong
How Much?: Included with Admission Ticket
Remember you can buy discount tickets online at Klook.com:
HK Disneyland Discount Tickets Adult
HK639 HKD570 US$73, Children HK475 HKD435 US$56
More Info and Booking at Klook.com
The Mills Holiday Shopfloor - Gift and Workshop Market 2017
Christmas shopping this year has never been so much fun! At The Mills Holiday Shopfloor Gift and Workshop Market 2017, you will be able to find a selection of vendors that design unique products and a series of workshops that will help you customize your gifts to give it that personal touch.
Gifts should be meaningful and a perfect fit for the receiver. The vendors at the shopfloor offer just that: unique, customized, upcycled and durable gifts. Visit the various booths at Nan Fung Place, The Annex and pick up that special gift.
When: Saturday and Sunday November 25 - 26, 2017 - 1:00 to 8:00 pm
Where: The Annex, 2/F, Nan Fung Place, 173 Des Voeux Road C, Central, take Sheung Wan MTR Exit E3
How much: Depends on what you buy! FREE to browse!
Ongoing Hong Kong Events
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:
The 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 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
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The Horse Races Are On! This is how you can attend
The horse races in 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 two world-class venues, at the Sha Tin Racecourse and the iconic Happy Valley Racecourse.
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.
At this time, COVID-19 pandemic control measures have been relaxed and races will be staged in accordance with prevailing restrictions which enable the HKJC to bring more racing fans back to enjoy the on-course entertainment in person. Walk-in admission has been resumed for both public and members enclosures. Customers are encouraged to make advance bookings to secure admission for indoor catering venues. Here are the latest arrangements.
When?: Happy Valley Night Races on Wednesday Nights. 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.
Sha Tin Day Races are on Sundays. First race normally starts at 1:00 pm, earlier if there are more than 10 races. Gates open at 11:00 am.
All races will be streamed live at the HK Jockey Club Racing Channel.
How Much? 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. You can join this guided experience and learn all about horse racing and betting, Enjoy the HKJC horse races from the 2M roof deck.
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