July 2019 Hong Kong Festivals and Events

AniCom, Book Fair, Arts Carnival...
A Gorgeous Summer Night in Hong Kong
A Gorgeous Summer Night in Hong Kong

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:

Highlight Celebrations and Events in July 2019

And here's what's hot this summer with kids in Hong Kong

On Stage in Hong Kong This July 2019

Ongoing Events This July 2019

Hot offers and discount tickets



21st Anniversary of the Establishment of the Hong Kong SAR - July 1, 2019

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, 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 Festival - No Programme Confirmed for 2020

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?: No Programme Confirmed for 2020
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! - Suspended

Hong Kong Disney Summer Pixar Water Party

This summer, Hong Kong Disneyland will create a big splash of fun with another fun-filled water party. Last year was a 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? No special Summer Programme This year
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 HKD580 US$75, Children HK475 HKD435 US$56
More Info and Booking at Klook.com

Ocean Park Summer Water Battle - Suspended

Ocean Park Summer Splash in Hong Kong

Every summer, Ocean Park transforms the Waterfront Plaza into exhilarating water fun zones which different themes and programmes throughout the scorching months. Last year we saw the largest ever One Piece-themed water battle zone party, stay tuned for this year's highlight events.
And there's always something for the little ones. Whisker's Harbour will be the place to cool off, with foam party zones, water mist arches, super water curtains and fountains!

When?: No special Summer Programme this year
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 HK498 HKD418 US$54, Children HK249 HKD235 US$30, more special deals for HK Residents. If you guy a general admission ticket you still have to make a reservation for the date of your visit.

More Info and Booking at Klook.com

International Arts Carnival

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 2019 highlights

  • "The Heart of Robin Hood" by Vesturport (Iceland) - July 5 - 7, 2019
  • "Puppeteer Intern" Parent-child Workshop by Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia (Canada) - July 11 - 13, 2019
  • "The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favourites" by Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia (Canada) - July 12 - 14, 2019
  • "Myriads of Worlds" by Royal Swedish Opera (Sweden) - July 14 - 16 and 18 - 20, 2019
  • "The Nightingale" by The Only Stage - July 19 - 21, 2019
  • Summer Fun Party at Queen Elisabeth Stadium - July 20 - 21, 2019
  • Zuni Icosahedron - STEAM - The Four Great Inventions - July 20 - 21, 2019
  • "A O Lang Pho" by Lune Production (Vietnam) - July 26 - 28, 2019
  • 2019 Hong Kong Youth Music Camp Concerts - Concert I - July 28, 2019
  • "The Little Mermaid" by Theater Terra (The Netherlands) - July 31 - August 2, 2019

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 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

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 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.

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 26 - 30, 2019
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

Birthday of Kwan Tai - July 26, 2019

Kwan Tai God of War at Man Mo Temple

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

On Stage This Month in Hong Kong

THE SHOW a Tribute to ABBA

A Tribute to ABBA

"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

Star Wars in Concert with the Hong Kong Philharmonic

Star Wars in Concert

Complete film screening (English with Chinese subtitles) with live orchestra.

When?: July 4 & 6, 2019

When?: July 5 & 6, 2019

Where?: Concert Hall, The Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Tsim Sha Tsui
How Much: HK 380+

The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favourites with the Mermaid Theater of Nova Scotia Canada

Hungry Caterpillar on Stage

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)

The Little Mermaid on Stage

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+

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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