A wealth of exciting Hong Kong events await in July 2019 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, 2019
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, fantastic fireworks displays
The programme for this year's 22nd 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 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?: June 13 - August 18, 2019
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 Pixar Extravaganza!
This summer, Hong Kong Disneyland will create a big splash of fun with the returning 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? Likely our Toy Story friends, Woody, Jessie, Buzz, Slinky, Mr. Potato Head, Rex, Bullseye... also Mr. and Mrs. Incredible from The Incredibles are set to make an appearance...
When? June 26 - September 1, 2019
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 HK619 HKD534 US$69, Children HK458 HKD400 US$50
More Info and Booking at Klook.com
Ocean Park Summer "Carnimal"
This year's programme is TBA but to give you an idea, last year's summer fun was a hit: Featuring an Animal-themed Grand Parade and staging amazing shows every hour, Ocean Park is preparing the biggest ever Carnival with over a hundred international level elite performers from all over the world: Caribbean beats, dynamic drum performances, unique and exuberant traditional Brazilian acts, synchronised swimming performances to a national team standard...
There will be two different animal-themed grand parades during both the day and night, a DJ party and vocal band performances at Aqua City Lagoon, and of course plenty of splashing fun at Whiskers Wet & Foam Bash and at the water playground at Whiskers Harbour.
When?: TBA July - August 2019
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 HK480 HKD384 US$51, Children HK240 HKD235 US$30
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!
When?: July 5 - 7, 2019
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
HKTDC Hong Kong Book Fair 2019 - July 17 - 23, 2019
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 17-23, 2019, 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.
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 TBA, 2019
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!
Kwan Tai was the God of War and highly regarded among the police and military circles. His Birthday is celebrated on the
24th day of the 6th Lunar month, which this year falls on July 26, 2019 in the Western calendar.
One of the best and more convenient places to join in the celebrations is at the Man Mo Temple a stone-throw away from
Central, which is also dedicated to this God and where an old statue of Kwan Tai from the 19th Century is revered.
Birthday of Kwan Tai is NOT an official public holiday in Hong Kong.
When?: Friday, July 26, 2019
Where?: Man Mo Temple
How Much?: Free
"Best ABBA since ABBA", produced in Denmark, cast in Sweden THE SHOW - a Tribute to ABBA was created in 2001 and has since had an impressive world wide success. With more than 700 concerts in 40 countries over five continents and more than two million tickets sold. This spectacular event is fronted by Sweden's Waterloo and backed by The National Symphony Orchestra of London directed by musical director Matthew Freeman and features original ABBA musicians.
When?: July 3, 2019 - 8:00 pm
Where?: Star Hall, Kowloonbay International Trade & Exhibition Centre, Kowloon
How Much: HK 180 - HK 780
The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favourites with the Mermaid Theater of Nova Scotia Canada
Picture book stars leap from the page... As neon puppets that light up the stage... One apple, two pears, five oranges, and more... Will the little caterpillar ever start to feel full?
In this mesmerising production, three of Carle's most cherished stories (The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Mixed-Up Chameleon, and Little Cloud ) are adapted into a trio of blacklight puppetry theatre shows.
When?: July 12 - 14, 2019
Where?: Ko Shan Theatre New Wing, Auditorium
How Much: HK 140+
The Little Mermaid by Theater Terra (The Netherlands)
Following their sell-out show Spot (plus extra performances) in Hong Kong in 2016, Theater Terra returns to the city with another riveting combination of puppetry and live performance. This time, the Dutch theatre group stages an imaginative family musical based on Hans Christian Andersen's classic fairy tale. With engaging puppets and actors, a whimsical set, and original songs, the sparkling production enthralls hearts of all ages.
When?: July 31 - August 4, 2019
Where?: Tai Po Civic Centre Auditorium
How Much: HK 240+
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.