July 2018 Hong Kong Festivals and Events

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A Gorgeous Summer Night in Hong Kong
A Gorgeous Summer Night in Hong Kong

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:

Highlight Celebrations and Events in July 2018

Ongoing Events This July 2018

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21st Anniversary of the Establishment of the Hong Kong SAR - July 1, 2018

Bauhinia Square

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 - 2021 TBC

Chinee Opera Festival

"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?: 2021 Festival not announced. But you can check out these 7 places to discover Cantonese Opera in Hong Kong
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.
  • Discounts are available to students and seniors.

Water Play Street Summer Party a Water Extravaganza!

Hong Kong Disney Summer Pixar Water Party

Every summer Hong Kong Disneyland creates a big splash of fun with a fun-filled water party. Themes have varied throughout the years, most recently we enjoyed the 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? For Summer 2021 no Water Party but an ongoing 15th Anniversary Celebration
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 HKD570 US$73, Children HK475 HKD435 US$56
Effective October 19, 2021 pricing for Peak Days Adult HK699 HKD638 US$82, Children HK524 HKD488 US$62
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Ocean Park Summer Nature Playground and SumFUN Entry Pass

Ocean Park Summer  in Hong Kong

This summer, Ocean Park will be transformed into Hong Kong's biggest and best nature playground. The Park is calling out for curious families to go on a fun-filled and intriguing adventure with Redd to discover the wonders of nature!

Explorer R, the new technology-driven attraction that applies a stimulating mix of virtual games and interactive fun play to spark children's imagination and scientific thinking through experiential learning along with a fascinating array of additional conservation and education elements have officially launched at the Park's Whiskers Harbour and other designated locations at the Waterfront area.

The Park is offering an all-new SumFUN Entry Pass for Hong Kong residents which allows unlimited entry from now until end of September for the price of less than two regular admission tickets.

When?: Now through end of September
Where?: Ocean Park Hong Kong
How Much? Summer events included with General Admission to the Park.

Remember you can buy discount tickets online at Klook.com:
Ocean Park Discount Tickets Adult HK498 HKD448 US$57, Children HK249 HKD224 US$29
Autumn Package HK360 adults, HK195 child, and Halloween Combo Tickets also available.
Limited Early Bird Offer for Water World Ocean Park HK Ticket

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International Arts Carnival

A fascinating line up is put together every summer in all sorts of artistic fields: theatre, music, dance, film and magic! It's a great chance for family time, specially on those muggy hot days.

Besides stage programmes there are also outreach workshops, school touring programmes, backstage tours and more.

July 2018 highlights

  • Opening Programme: Hansel & Gretel with the Scottish Ballet - July 6 - 8, 2018
  • Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey with the Lightwire Theater (USA) - July 13 - 15, 2018
  • Ukulele Ohana Jam, a Hawaiian iconic traditional dance - July 13 - 15, 2018
  • Summer Fun Party at Queen Elisabeth Stadium - July 14 - 15, 2018
  • Air Play, playful comedy and incredible "air sculptures", merging art and science with popular theatre and circus-style antics - July 20 - 22, 2018
  • SNAP seven pioneering Korean illusionists, a Gruejarm Production - July 27 - 29, 2018
  • BAUHAUS Magic Flute Playground - July 28 - 29, 2018
  • 2018 Hong Kong Youth Music Camp Concerts - July 22 - 29, 2018

Hong Kong Bakery Carnival

Hong Kong Bakery Carnival

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 Bakery Carnival.

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!

When?: July 6 - 8, 2018
Where?: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
How Much?: General admission Adults HK80, Student 12-17 HK40, Admission with Trial Baking Workshop Adult HK120, Student HK100, Parent-Child Package HK$180
More Info and tickets: https://www.hkbakerycarnival.com/.

HKTDC Hong Kong Book Fair 2018 - July 18 - 24, 2018

Hong Kong Book Fair

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

Beauty and the Beast on Ice in Hong Kong

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+

Ani-Com and Games Hong Kong

Ani-Com HK Cosplay couple

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.

When?: July 27 - 31, 2018
Where?: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
How Much?: HK$35 Tickets available onsite and in advance at 7-11 and Circle K Convenience Stores

Lan Kwai Fong Beer and Music Fest 2018

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!

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

HK 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

Last Chance For The Horse Races at Happy Valley!

Happy Valley Horse Races

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.

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