The top Hong Kong Festivals and events for May 2018 feature an array of colorful festivals that open up the season of cultural celebrations in the city including:
- Water Parades in celebration of Tin Hau's Birthday...
- ... Buddha bathing ceremonies...
- ... Lively parades to celebrate the Birthday of Tam Kung, the Seafarer's God...
- ... The one-of-a-kind bun-scrambling contest at the Cheung Chau Bun Festival...
- ... Exciting Dragon Boat racing action!!!... The warm up for the big dragon boat races this June!
This is a great month to be in Hong Kong! Take advantage of the fantastic festivals and the last balmy days before the scorching heat and humidity of summer start trickling in...
May 1st is Labor Day, a public holiday. Bruno Mars is making the rounds on his 24K Magic World Tour.
Exciting dragon boat races, parades and carnivals will be held throughout the territory this month.
May also sees the start of our infamous typhoon season. Hong Kong deals with typhoons every year, don't be alarmed, just aware and if a warning is issued, take the precautions outlined here and stay safe.
Here is a guide to this month's most popular happenings and where and when to catch these colorful and electrifying events.
Highlight Celebrations and Events in May 2018
- Birthday of Tin Hau, Goddess of the Sea - May 8, 2018
- The Lamma International Dragon Boat Festival - May 13, 2018
- Cheung Chau Bun Festival - May 19 - 23, 2018
- Birthday of Buddha Celebrations - May 22, 2018
- Birthday of Tam Kung, the Seafarer's God - May 22, 2018
- Stanley Dragon Boat Warm-Up Races - May 26, 2018
- Affordable Art Fair - May 18 - 20, 2018
- Disney Springtime Carnival - March 15 - June 20, 2018
- Cirque du Soleil Kooza - April 19 - June 3, 2018
- Evita - May 11 - June 3, 2018
- Bruno Mars 24K Magic World Tour - May 12 - 13, 2018
Ongoing Events This May 2018
- 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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Birthday of Tin Hau - May 8, 2018
Tin Hau is the Goddess of the Sea, given that in the past Hong Kong was a fishing town and most everybody's lives were tied to the sea, Tin Hau is sort of the "patron saint" of the city and you can imagine that the Tin Hau Festival is a really big deal.
There will be colorful and lively celebrations including the unique fa pau floats unique to the celebration, dragon parades, lion dances and feasts... anywhere there is a Tin Hau temple nearby, and there are over 60 in Hong Kong!
Some of the most vibrant and notorious celebrations are in Yuen Long in the New Territories and Joss House Bay in Saikung, which boasts the oldest Tin Hau Temple in Hong Kong. Also the coastal towns will be celebrating: Stanley, Lamma Island, Peng Chau and Cheng Chau as well.
The Cheung Chau Bun Festival - May 19 - 23, 2018
A very colorful and unique festival in the island of Cheung Chau, just a short ferry ride away.
The Cheung Chau Bun Festival has been celebrated for hundreds of years and is dedicated to the god Pak Tai, in thanks for protecting the island and to drive away the evil spirits.
One trademark of the festival is the huge bamboo mountains covered with handmade buns which are set up near the Pak Tai Temple where the majority of the celebrations take place.
There are the parades, lion dances, the many rituals and of course lots of drumming! This is a very lively event, not to be missed if you are in Hong Kong during this period.
When? This is a week-long celebration starting on May 19 and culminating at midnight on May 22, 2018
Getting to Cheung Chau: 40 or 60 minutes with ferries from Central Pier #5 approx. every 30 minutes. The fast ferry is an enclosed cabin, the standard or slow one is a much more scenic way to get there on the outside decks.
The Birthday of Lord Buddha - May 22, 2018
A celebration that will be observed at most monasteries, shrines and buddhist temples in Hong Kong to commemorate the birth of Buddha as worshippers and followers flock to the temples to pay their respects.
The "Bathing of the Buddha" Ceremony is performed as part of the festivities.
One of the biggest celebrations is at the Hong Kong Big Buddha in Lantau and
the nearby Po Lin Monastery.
The Birthday of Tam Kung - May 22, 2018
Tam Kung, together with Tin Hau, is considered the protector of the fishermen and the seas, and so there is also a festival in his honor, on the eight day of the fourth moon, this year on the Western calendar it will be celebrated on May 22, 2018.
The festivities take place by the Tam Kung Temple in Hong Kong Island and involve a large parade with the colorful dragon and lion
dances, lots of drumming, acrobats and performers accompanying the floats and the procession.
When?: May 22, 2018 - Parade from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm
How to get there?: The Tam Kung Temple in Shau Kei Wan can be easily reached with the MTR: MTR Shau Kei Wan Station Exit D1, about a 5 minute walk to Tam Kung Temple Road, just follow the crowds.
Stanley Dragon Boat Warm-Up Races - May 26, 2018
The Dragon Boat Festival is fast approaching and the Stanley Dragon Boat Warm Up Races are the perfect prelude to the most anticipated Dragon Boat International Championships coming up next month on June 18, 2018.
This is a great chance to take a peek at what is to come. The Warm Up races differ a bit from the regular races, the course is shorter and the number of paddlers is limited to 18, but although on a smaller scale, it is still a very exciting fun-filled day of dragon boat racing with the same action-packed festival atmosphere and enthusiasm as the main event.
When?: May 26, 2018, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Where?: Stanley Main Beach. Click here for more on Stanley Market, Stanley Beach and how to get there
How Much? Free!
The Lamma International Dragon Boat Festival - May 13, 2018
Now on its eleventh year, the Lamma 500 International Dragon Boat Festival takes place at Tai Wan To Beach, the home of the Lamma Dragons and the Lamma Outrigger Canoe Club in Lamma Island.
Besides an exciting day of dragon boat action, including Men's, Women's and Junior Crews (12 to 17), there is the
beach-side after-party following the races, or you can head into the Village for dinner and festive drinks along with the many participants.
When?: Sunday May 13, 2018, 9:00 a.m. - approx. 6:00 p.m.
Where?: Tai Wan To Beach, Lamma Island. Take the Ferry from Central Pier 4 to Yung Shue Wan. The ferry takes 25 minutes. The walk to the beach will take approximately another 15-20 minutes.
How Much?: Free
Affordable Art Fair - May 18 - 20, 2018
Affordable Art Fair 2018 edition brings you a fresh pallet of thought-provoking and enticing artwork to discover, alongside an art programme for all.
The sixth edition will exhibit over 115 galleries, both new and returning, with 1,000 local and international artists priced between HK$1,000 and HK$100,000.
This is your chance to pick up that special original and unique piece without breaking the bank!
When?: May 18 - 20, 2018
Where?: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
How Much?: HK$170+
Disney Springtime Carnivale of Stars and Egg-stravaganza
Starting in March, Mickey, Minnie and the gang will dress up in their brand-new celebratory outfits. Along with some long-missed Disney friends, they'll board the Mickey and Friends Celebration, a lively show on Main Street with all our favourite Disney friends old and new!
Also coming this March is the all-new Duffy and Friends themed play experiences and coming in May is "StellaLou's Wonderful Wishes Ballet" and a series of Heroic Encounters with Marvel Super Heroes.
When? March through May
Where? Hong Kong Disneyland
How Much? Disney Springtime Celebration activities are free with Park Admission.
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HK Disneyland Discount Tickets Adult
HK639 HKD570 US$73, Children HK475 HKD435 US$56
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Cirque du Soleil Kooza - April 19 - June 3, 2018
Recognized over the world, Cirque du Soleil has constantly sought to evoke imagination, invoke senses and provoke emotions. A return to our origins, KOOZA combines acrobatic performance and the art of clowning, while exploring fear, identity, recognition and power.
"KOOZA is a show that blends, almost to perfection, its subcontinental sounds, its stunning lighting and costumes with theatrical ingenuity and acrobatic wonder" - The Independent, London
When?: April 19 - June 3, 2018
Where?: Under the Big Top at the Central Waterfront
How Much: HK 488+
Evita Don't Cry For Me Argentina - May 11 - June 3, 2018
This iconic, award-winning show featuring some of the best-loved songs in musical theatre, including Don't Cry For Me Argentina comes to Hong Kong.
EVITA charts the story of Eva Perón, wife of former Argentine dictator Juan Perón, from her humble beginnings through to the extraordinary wealth, power and status which ultimately led her to be heralded as the "spiritual leader of the nation" by the Argentine people.
When?: May 11 - June 3, 2018
Where?: The Lyric Theatre at The Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts
How Much: HK 488+
Bruno Mars 24K Magic World Tour - May 12 - 13, 2018
This critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, producer, director and musician who recently dominated charts with the worldwide hit single, "Uptown Funk" will perform in Hong Kong and Macau this year.
Both locations are expected to sell out quick. Macau has recently added the April 28 performance and tickets are still available, but you have to be quick!
When?: Saturday and Sunday May 12 - 13, 2018 - 8:00 pm
Where?: AsiaWorld Expo - Arena Hall 1
How Much: HK 900+
When?: Friday and Saturday April 27 - 28, 2018 - 8:00 pm
Where?: Cotai Arena Macau
How Much: HK 1,170+
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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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