March 2018 Hong Kong Festivals and Events

Spring Lantern Festival, Art Basel Hong Kong, Tai Kok Tsui Temple Fair...
Lion Dance Parades at Tai Kok Tsui Temple Fair

The Chinese New Year celebrations come to a close and culminate with the Spring Lantern Festival on March 2, 2018. But if you have not had your fix of dancing lions, firecrackers and dragons, the Tai Kok Tsui Temple Fair comes right on the heels of the New Year celebrations on March 4, featuring the fantastic 18 Lions Dance on Quincuncial Piles and the 500-Feet Luminous Night Dragon Dance Performance.

In the cultural front, this month welcomes Asia's premier art events, Art Basel Hong Kong, newcomer Art Central, and a plethora of satellite fairs and exhibitions in what has now become Hong Kong Art Week.

The Hong Kong Film Festival, one of Asia's most influential events, gets underway this month.

Temperatures will start picking up soon so try to get outdoors and enjoy, spring is in full bloom at the Hong Kong Flower show at Victoria Park!

Highlight Celebrations and Events in March 2018

Ongoing Events This March 2018

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This month is all about art, art, art! Art lovers, curiouseurs and enthusiasts will enjoy these behind-the-scenes tours of Hong Kong's gallery world.

For nature and outdoors lovers, this is a great time for that hiking or biking excursion, a trip to the marshes and wetlands is heaven as thousands of migratory shorebirds can be seen getting ready to head north towards their breeding grounds. These adventures give you a great chance to get outdoors and enjoy!

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Hong Kong Lunar New Year Highlight Events March 2018

Lunar New Year Lantern Carnival - March 2, 2018

Lantern Carnival in Tsim Sha Tsui

The Chinese New Year festivities culminate on the 15th day of the Lunar Year, on March 2, 2018 with the Spring Lantern Carnival.

This day, expect to see fantastic lantern displays, all shapes, size and forms, lining up streets and alleys and particularly at the Carnival, where there will also be cultural performances, lion dances, stage acts, folk craft demonstrations...

When? March 2, 2018 - 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Where? Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza, Tsim Sha Tsui.
How Much? Free

Hong Kong Well-Wishing Festival

Wishing Tree in Lam Tsuen

Two popular traditions: wishing trees and wishing lanterns, in addition to performances and cultural activities and lots and lots of local foods.

If you missed the Chinese New Year Parade, this is your chance, all the floats will be on display and the troupes from the parade will also perform here. This is not exactly "around the corner" but well worth the trip.

When? From New Year's Day February 16 until the Lantern Festival weekend March 4, 2018
Where? Lam Tsuen Wishing Trees, take MTR to Tai Wo Station (New Territories) then a free shuttle or taxi to Lam Tsuen Wishing Square.
How Much? Most events are free, there is a fee for banquets and feasts.

Spring Lantern Exhibitions

Lantern Displays for Chinese New Year at the Clocktower

The Government of Hong Kong's Leisure and Cultural Services Department sponsors a series of events to foster Chinese ethnic culture to residents and tourists alike.

As part of the Lunar New Year festivities, the department sets up an amazing annual Lantern Exhibition in the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront in the lead up to the Lantern Carnival which mark the end of the Lunar New Year celebrations.

When? Early February through Early March 2018. Displays are normally lit 6:00pm to 11pm from Thursday to Sunday.
Where? Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza by the Water Pools in front of the Clocktower, Tsim Sha Tsui.
How Much? Free

Tai Kok Tsui Temple Fair - March 4, 2018

Lion Dance at Tai Kok Tsui Temple Fair

This is a full day of colorful celebrations which include

The temple fair grand parade
The fantastic 18 Lions Dance on Quincuncial Piles
The 500-Feet Luminous Night Dragon Dance Performance

Be prepared for lots of lions, dragons, kung fu, cultural performances, drumming, dances, singing, feasts, crafts... don't forget your camera!

When? Sunday, March 4, 2018.
Where? Fuk Tsun Street in Kowloon, it is only a 10 minute walk from the Mongkok MTR station.
How Much? Free!

Hong Kong International Jewelry Show
March 1 - 5, 2018

Hong Kong Jewellery Show

The Hong Kong International Jewellery Show is Asia's largest of its kind, higlighting exhibitor's latest collections and masterpieces, certainly a glamorous and glittery event with the latest in trends and design.

Check out the Hall of Jade, the Hall of Time, the Hall of Chic, the Hall of Nature (rare precious stones and pearls)...

For security reasons, the show is only open to trade visitors 18 or older, you must register and bring your passport or ID in person to the Registration Counter and get a validation stamp.

When? March 1 - 5, 2018
Where? Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
How Much? HK$ 100

Hong Kong Flower Show - "Joy In Bloom"
March 16 - 25, 2018

Hong Kong Flower Show in March

If you love flowers and greenery, this is a "don't miss". In the middle of the towering skyscrapers of the city, the Hong Kong Flower Show is a bright and fragrant oasis with elaborate displays of flowers and landscaped areas, put together by local and international organisations.

Throughout the show, floral demonstrations, cultural events and competitions are held, and it is certainly a great way to spend a half-day.

This year's Theme is "Blossoms of Love" and the theme flower is the Rose.

When? March 16 - 25, 2018 9:00 a.m.- 9:00 p.m.
Where? Victoria Park, Causeway Bay.
How Much? HK$ 14, Seniors and Children HK$7.

Hong Kong and Macau St. Patrick's Day Parade

At Patricks Day Parade

Marching Bands, bagpipes, kung fu demonstrations and of course lion and dragon dances in their best greenery... This year's St Patrick's Day Parade in Hong Kong is set to be bigger, better and greener than ever. There will be lots of new groups participating in the parade, including many local schools and performers.

Bring the family along to Tamar Park and be sure to wear green.

When? TBA - Parade starts at 2:00 pm
Where? Parade starts by the Observation Wheel and marchs along the waterfront toward Tamar Park where the festivities continue through the day
How Much? FREE

Disney Springtime Carnival and Egg-stravaganza

Hong Kong Disney Spring Carnival

This year's Spring Carnival will include as in prior years the Disney Character Egg Hunt at all seven themed lands with over 100 Disney eggs scattered around and hidden in every corner imaginable, get a special edition Egg-stravaganza Guide Map to help you locate them!

Mickey, Minnie and the gang will be sporting their new spring-themed outfits and new this year, a Springtime Carnival Procession, a brand new parade with all our favourite Disney friends old and new!

When? TBA
Where? Hong Kong Disneyland
How Much? Disney Springtime Carnival activities are free with Park Admission.

Remember you can buy discount tickets online at
HK Disneyland Discount Tickets Adult HK619 HKD524 US$67, Children HK458 HKD366 US$48
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Art Basel Hong Kong - March 29 - 31, 2018

Art Basel Hong Kong

Art Basel Hong Kong on its fourth edition, will be bringing the art world together once again as galleries, artists, collectors and art enthusiasts from Asia and all over the world flock to this most prestigious of international art events.

Recognised as the premier art event in Asia, this is where you get to see the latest developments in art from across Asia as well as the best from the West.

When?: March 29 - 31, 2018
Where?: The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
How Much? Vernissage HK850, Weekday ticket HK250, weekend ticket HK350, two and three-day tickets, concession tickets, evening tickets also available.

Art Central - March 27 - April 1, 2018

Art Central Hong Kong

A new exciting art fair has popped up in the waterfront to go head to head with Art Basel...

Art fair veterans Tim Etchells and Sandy Angus, who founded the original Art HK who later became Art Basel are behind this new exhibition which will be housed in a purpose-built tent right on the city's new Central Harbourfront, a 10-minute walk from Art Basel.

Art Central will showcase works from over 100 exhibitors and international galleries in this highly anticipated second edition.

When?: March 27 - April 1, 2018
Where?: The new Central Harbourfront
How Much? Adult HK230, concession and student tickets also available. Early bird online discounts available.

Asia Contemporary Art Show - March 23 - 26, 2018

Asia Contemporary Art Show: Happy Thoughts by Gerrico Blanco

The popular and highly successful Asia Contemporary Art Show, the largest in Asia in terms of the number of artworks offered for sale, is back in March 2018 with an exciting line-up of over 80 exhibiting galleries from 17 countries in Asia, Australia, Europe and North America.

If you are seriously thinking about acquiring a piece, this one is worth checking out with over 3,000 stunning works of art from Asia and beyond.

All the works can be viewed, and bought, online at, so even after the doors close, the Show continues online, with new works being added every day.

When?: March 23 - 26, 2018
Where?: The Conrad Hong Kong, Pacific Place, 40th to 43rd floors.
How Much? HK 250

Asian Film Awards - The Oscars of Asia

Asian Film Awards Logo

The Asian Film Awards is a fairly new programme launched in 2007 but is gradually gaining prominence in the film making industry. This is not to be confused with the Hong Kong Film Awards which have been around since 1982.

The Asian Film Award Gala is the kick off to the HK International Film Festival, and presents awards in ten different categories such as Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor and Actress, etc. these are the "Oscars" of Asia.

It is certainly a glittery evening with prominent local and international stars, which over the years has included Jet Li, Andy Lau, Oliver Stone and Donatella Versace.

Attendance is of course by invitation only, but the fans can catch a peek of their favourite celebrities as they arrive at the Red Carpet.

When? TBA
Where? Hong Kong Cultural Centre

Hong Kong Arts Festival - February 23 - March 24, 2018

Hong Kong Performing Arts Festival

On its 46th year, this is Hong Kong's foremost event dedicated to the performing arts.

Four weeks of spectacular performances with all genres of the performing arts well-represented including concerts, ballets, operas, drama by leading international orchestras, performers and artists in world-class venues.

This year's line up include the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, the National Theatre of Great Britain, the China National Peking Opera Company, the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra, Ballet Zurich and many others.

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

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. 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 "Come Horseracing Tour" provides transportation to/from your hotel, dinner and drinks and access to the Member's Boxes.

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