A wealth of exciting Hong Kong events await in July 2018 to quench the heat of the summer months.
Temperatures are picking up, yes, we're approaching the wettest hottest weeks of the year... so don't forget
to pack very light, cotton, breathable clothing, sandals, hat, etc. and also a light sweater for the air-conditioning
which will be running full blast at shopping centres, restaurants and hotel lobbys.
Traveling with the kids? Amusement parks are fun rain or shine, you are even expected to get wet at some rides.
On the other hand, if it is raining too hard, some of the rides might be closed.
We are also in the middle of Typhoon season... watch out for any alerts.
Here's what you need to know about typhoons in Hong Kong.
So let's get on with the fun part, here's what's going on in Hong Kong this July:
21st Anniversary of the Establishment of the Hong Kong SAR - July 1, 2018
This is a public holiday and the scope and extent of the celebrations have varied over the years including parades,
flag-raising ceremonies, cultural performances, and in the case of special Anniversaries, 10th, 15th, 20th as in last year's, fantastic fireworks displays
The programme for the 21st Anniversary of Establishment of the HK SAR will include a splendid variety of activities ranging from sports events to cultural and arts programmes, lion dances, flag-raising ceremonies, parades, etc. organised by state offices as well as many community groups.
Chinese Opera Festival - No Programme Confirmed for 2020
"Chinese Opera encapsulates the long history and traditional culture of China. The immaculately crafted movements of
the hands, the eyes, the body and the
feet of the actors are unique to a whole system of Chinese performing arts."
This art form has been around for centuries and to foster a better
understanding of this ancient art, the Hong Kong Leisure and Cultural
Services Department brings the annual Chinese Opera Festival to the community.
If you have never experienced this unique kind of traditional art, this is your chance! The festival will offer daily stage performances by some of the
leading Companies in the genre. Besides the stage performances, the festival also puts together an array of events from symposiums, Chinese
Opera film screenings and exhibitions.
When?: No Programme Confirmed for 2020
Where?: Stage performances are held at a variety of venues, including the newly opened Grand Theatre at Xiqu Centre, in the West Kowloon Cultural District, in itself worth a visit. Also very convenient for visitors are the Grand Theatre at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre at the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade as well as the Hong Kong City Hall in Central.
How Much? Ticket prices vary depending on event.
Tickets for a stage performance at the Xiqu Center for example range from HK180 - HK480, at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre from HK 100- HK 350.
Water Play Street Summer Party a Water Extravaganza! - Suspended
This summer, Hong Kong Disneyland will create a big splash of fun with another fun-filled water party. Last year was a Pixar-themed "Water Play Street Party" joined by our favourite Disney Pixar stars...
Who will we find soaking up the cool, water-filled streets this summer? Perhaps some of our previous heroes: our Toy Story friends, Woody, Jessie, Buzz, Slinky, Mr. Potato Head, Rex, Bullseye... or many of our favorite old-timers, Mickey, Minnie and the gang, stay tuned!
When? No special Summer Programme This year
Where? Throughout Main Street USA at Hong Kong Disneyland How Much? Disney Street Summer Party activities are free with Park Admission.
Remember you can buy discount tickets online at Klook.com:
HK Disneyland Discount Tickets Adult HK639 HKD580 US$75, Children HK475 HKD435 US$56
More Info and Booking at Klook.com
Ocean Park Summer Water Battle - Suspended
Every summer, Ocean Park transforms the Waterfront Plaza into exhilarating water fun zones which different themes and programmes throughout the scorching months. Last year we saw the largest ever One Piece-themed water battle zone party, stay tuned for this year's highlight events.
And there's always something for the little ones. Whisker's Harbour will be the place to cool off, with foam party zones, water mist arches, super water curtains and fountains!
When?: No special Summer Programme this year
Where?:Ocean Park Hong Kong How Much? Included with General Admission to the Park.
Remember you can buy discount tickets online at Klook.com:
Ocean Park Discount Tickets Adult HK498 HKD418 US$54, Children HK249 HKD235 US$30, more special deals for HK Residents. If you guy a general admission ticket you still have to make a reservation for the date of your visit.
If you have a passion for baking, cake decorating, or just love cakes, breads and other delicious temptations, then you'll love the Hong Kong
A series of events for the family are planned including parent-child bakery activities, playful competitions, baking workshops, stage programs, Masters' demonstrations... Whether it's pinnaple buns, milk tarts, from simple classic treats to elaborate piggy mooncakes... Bakery Carnival will have you whipping up some exciting and delicious summer fun!
HKTDC Hong Kong Book Fair 2018 - July 18 - 24, 2018
Organised by the HK Trade Development Council, it's not only books, books and more books on this week-long affair, lately the emphasis
has also been on multimedia, e-books and e-learning resources.
Besides the publishers' exhibits, there is a range of cultural events including seminars and forums featuring
English-language world-renowned writers.
If you are a book worm, don't miss this chance to snatch some bargains (specially on the very last day of the fair)!
When?: July 18 - 24, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m., extended hours on weekends, last day 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Where?:Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre How Much?: Visitors HK10, bring your passport to the "Tourist Counter" and enter through Bauhinia Square entrance.
Beauty and the Beast on Ice with the Russian Ice Stars - July 21 - 22, 2018
Combining an original musical score, stunning choreography, beautiful sets, costumes and special effects, with some of the world's finest ice skaters and aerial acrobats, the Russian Ice Stars bring this enchanted story to life with their dazzling interpretation.
When?: Saturday July 21, 2018 - 3:30 pm - Narration in Cantonese with English subtitles
Saturday July 21, 2018 - 8:00 pm - Narration in English with Chinese subtitles
Sunday July 22, 2018 - 3:30 pm - Narration in Cantonese with English subtitles
Where?: Kowloonbay International Trade & Exhibition Centre, Star Hall
How Much: HK 280+
If you have teenagers you will not want to miss this one! Ani-Com and Games is Hong Kong's hottest event in the digital entertainment,
comics, animation, video games and toys and collectibles arena and the most popular summer carnival in Hong Kong.
Packed with the latest in big wave trend-setting entertainment, this is one of the most
prominent shows in Asia.
Don't miss the many events including stage forums and presentations, model kit competitions, comic Master's autograph sessions, etc.
This massive outdoor party really needs no introduction...
A showcase of different beer brands from around the world with more than 60 booths offering delicious food, fine beers and interactive games alongside all-day performances.
When?: Saturday and Sunday July 21 - 22, 2018
Where?: Streets of Lan Kwai Fong. Take the MTR to Central Station Exit D2, on to Theatre Lane and up D'Aguilar Street, just follow the crowds.
How Much?: Free!
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
The Happy Valley 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 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. Last race of the season on July 11, 2018. 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 "Tycoon-Style Horse Racing Tour" provides transportation to/from your
hotel, dinner and drinks and access to the VIP and HK Jockey Club Member's Boxes.