This month features the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens, the territory's premier sporting event and mega-party.
The Ching Ming Festival, on April 5, 2019 gives you a unique look into Hong Kong's ancient traditions, and soon thereafter in total contrast, the Hong Kong Electronics Fair is a window into Hong Kong's innovation powerhouse. Another colorful festival, the Birthday of Tin Hau comes later in the month with an array of fantastic parades and celebrations throughout Hong Kong.
In the cultural and entertainment front, the Hong Kong Film Festival comes to a close, the Hong Kong Film Awards, the Oscars of Hong Kong, take place on April 15 and Ed Sheeran is in town at Disneyland!
Also note that Easter holidays are public holidays observed in Hong Kong, this year will be from April 19 - 22, 2019.
April temperatures in Hong Kong are still pleasant but begin to climb. Overcast days are the norm, with some showers but usually not more than a drizzle. It's still time to get outdoors before the humidity and stormy days start to mount towards the summer days.
Highlight Celebrations and Events in April 2019SONAR HONG KONG https://sonarhongkong.com/en/2019
- Ching Ming Festival - April 5, 2019
- Hong Kong Sevens - April 5 - 7, 2019
- The Lamma International Dragon Boat Festival - April 14, 2019
- Easter - April 19 - 22, 2019
- Asia Contemporary Art Show - March 29 - April 1st, 2019
- Hong Kong Film Festival - March 18 - April 4, 2019
- Disney Springtime Carnival - Mid-March - June 2019
- Hong Kong Electronics Fair - April 13 - 16, 2019
- Ed Sheeran - April 17 - 18, 2019
- Birthday of Tin Hau, Goddess of the Sea - April 27, 2019
- The 38th Hong Kong Film Awards - April 14, 2019
Ongoing Events This April 2019
- 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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Ching Ming Festival: A Day To Honor The Ancestors - April 5, 2019
The Ching Ming Festival or Tomb Sweeping Day is a day to worship the ancestors.
Cemeteries accross the land will be crowded with thousands of worshipers carrying incense sticks and offerings of paper money, fruits and wine, as they come to pay respects to their ancestors.
Tombs are tended and swept and paper money and all other paper offerings are burned so that the deceased "receive" the essence of the burned goods.
Special attention must be paid if you will be travelling through any areas where there are cemeteries or burial grounds, specially if using public transportation as the crowds will be quite substantial and delays are guaranteed.
Hong Kong Rugby Sevens - April 5 - 7, 2019
The Hong Kong Sevens is rugby's most prestigious sevens tournament on the International Rugby Board World Series and considered the top event in Hong Kong's Sports calendar.
In three days, 24 teams battle it up at the Hong Kong Stadium for points toward the World Series top ranking.
Tickets sell out as soon as they go on sale, but the event goes beyond the stadium, to say this is one colossal party is an understatement...
Where? Tournament held at Hong Kong Stadium, plus outside giant screens and party tents at the Central Promenade, more partying at Lan Kwai Fong, Soho and Wanchai.
Tickets: HK$ 530+ Likely to sell out quickly Find Hong Kong Sevens Tickets.
The Lamma International Dragon Boat Festival - April 14, 2019
Now on its twelfth 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 April 14, 2019, 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
Easter in Hong Kong, as part of the British legacy, is a public holiday with a long weekend of days off from Good Friday to Easter Monday.
For 2019, the Easter holidays will be from Friday April 19 to Monday April 22, 2019.
From uplifiting services, easter egg hunts, champagne brunches...
Birthday of Tin Hau - April 27, 2019
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.
Hong Kong International Film Festival
The Hong Kong International Film Festival is one of Hong Kong's largest cultural events, and as all film festivals, this is an event for those involved in the film industry, actors, directors, screenwriters, etc. and film enthusiasts and fans from all over the world.
Although this is not Cannes or Sundance or Toronto, the Hong Kong Film Festival is considered a major launching pad for films from all parts of the world into the China and Asian markets. Some big names in the Asian cinematic scene make an appearance to promote their latest works.
It is easy to catch a screening and ticket prices are quite reasonable, if only to see some of Hong Kong's magnificent venues from the inside!
When? March 18 - April 4, 2019
Where? Several venues including the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Hong Kong City Hall, the Hong Kong Science Museum among others.
How Much? HK$ 55+
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.
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 Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Spring Edition) - April 13-16, 2019
Organised by the HKTDC, this is Asia's largest Electronics Fair where innovative products are launched and where thousands of exhibitors and brands are represented.
The exhibitions are spread out into zones for easy navigation i.e. Home Appliances, Electronic Gaming, Solar Technology, Personal Electronics, etc.
There is also a "Small Order Zone" where hundreds of products and samples are available in small quantities.
When?: April 13-16, 2019
Where?: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
Admission: HK100 but free if you pre-register at the HKTDC website. Open to trade visitors, must be over 18 years old.
The 38th Hong Kong Film Award Ceremony - April 14, 2019
On its 38th year, the Annual Hong Kong Film Award Ceremony is the Oscars of Hong Kong.
Like the Academy Awards, it recognizes achievements in filmmaking and is open to Hong Kong Films longer than one hour that were released in Hong Kong within the previous calendar year.
It is a star-studded affair with prominent local celebrities that make an appearance at this most prestigious red carpet event.
When? April 14, 2019
Where? Hong Kong Cultural Centre in Tsim Sha Tsui.
Ed Sheeran Divide World Tour - April 17 - 18, 2019
Ed Sheeran is not only one of the most successful recording acts, ever, but one of the world's most in-demand live acts. Ed Sheeran - 2017's biggest-selling global artist released his Grammy-winning third studio album '÷' (Divide) in March 2017. A songwriter of a generation, Ed has continued to dominate charts across the globe since its release. With over 16.5 million copies sold worldwide to date, Divide has spawned Ed's hit singles "Shape of You" (the third biggest-selling single of all time in the UK and most-streamed track on Spotify, ever,
When?: Wednesday and Thursday April 17 - 18, 2019 - 7:45 pm
Where?: Disneyland Hong Kong - Fantasy Road Outdoor Venue - Gates open 4:00 pm
How Much: HK 1,288+
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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