June 2019 Hong Kong Festivals and Events

Dragon Boat Action and more...
June Events in Hong Kong: Dragon Boat Festival

Front and center this June 2019 is the fantastic array of Dragon Boat action, from the exciting races and parades at the Dragon Boat Festival held throughout the territory to the smashing Carnival right in Victoria Harbour later in the month.

Here is a guide to the most popular spots to catch these colorful and electrifying events.

In the Cultural front, the Chinese Opera Festival is kicking off and will run through mid-August. If you were wanting to check out the gorgeous newly opened Xiqu Centre in the West Kowloon Cultural District, this is your chance as many stage performances will be held here including the festival's grand opening on June 13.

June is a hot and humid month in Hong Kong, make sure to have sun protection and stay hydrated.

We are also in the middle of our infamous typhoon season. Hong Kong deals with typhoons every year. If a warning is issued don't be alarmed, just aware, and take the precautions outlined here and stay safe.

Here's this month's line-up:

Highlight Celebrations and Events in June 2019

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The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival - June 7, 2019

Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival Races at Stanley

The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival , also known as the Tueng Ng Festival, is one of the favourite amongst the revelry of Chinese Festivals celebrated in the territory. Taking place on the 5th day of the 5th Lunar month, it is most well-known for its energetic and colorful dragon boat races.

On the day of the Festival, races are held by the several Dragon Boat Associations throughout the territory. All events are free to the public.

These are some of the most popular sites for dragon boat races in Hong Kong during the Dragon Boat Festival. Races are ongoing just about the entire day at most locations, for further details check out our main Dragon Boat Festival page.

  • SunLife Stanley International Dragon Boat Championships are the "main" races known in the dragon boat circuit worldwide.
  • Aberdeen Dragon Boat Festival Races
  • Saikung Dragon Boat Festival Races
  • Cheung Chau Dragon Boat Festival Races
  • Tai O Water Parade and Dragon Boat Festival
  • Discovery Bay Dragon Boat Races

Although there are plenty more locations to catch a race on this day, these are easy and of interest for visitors to get to and are also usually in most travellers' "must see attractions".

Water Parade in Tai O's Dragon Boat Festival - June 7, 2019

Hong Kong Water Parade Dragon Boat Festival

A procession of colorfully decorated sampans, temple deities and ceremonies enmeshed in hundred-year old traditions, a beautiful coastal town with its unique characterising houses on stilts, and to top it all off, exciting action-packed dragon boat racing at its best, that's what we have to look forward to at this fascinating festival, which is held on the day of the Dragon Boat Festival.

A visit to Tai O, is a must for all travellers, and on this day, the town comes alive and you get to glimpse another facet of this otherwise sleepy and tranquil town, don't miss it if you are around. Most of the festivities will be in the morning, so you still have time to make it to the main races at Stanley or the other sites throughout Hong Kong, which normally end in the afternoon, or pay a visit to the Big Buddha which is also in Lantau Island.

When?: Friday June 7, 2019, 8:00 a.m. - approx. 2:00 p.m.
Where?: Tai O waterfront.
How Much?: FREE

The Dragon Boat Carnival and the Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races CANCELLED

Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races

Sponsored by the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Association, this event along with the Stanley Dragon Boat Championships, is one of the top events in the dragon boat-racing calendar. International teams as well as local and company sponsored teams compete in one of the most prestigious of tournaments.

The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival is a three-day event jam-packed with hot dragon boat action right on Victoria Harbour, plus live entertainment and a fabulous BeerFest.

When?: Friday, Saturday and Sunday June 14 - 16, 2019
Where?: Victoria Harbour
How Much?: FREE

Stanley Dragon Boat Short-Course Races - June 23, 2019

Stanley Short Dragon Boat Races

Celebrated a few weeks after the main races of the Tuen Ng festival, as the name suggests, the races are on a shorter course, only 200 meters.

When?: Saturday June 23, 2019, 8:00 a.m. - approx. 5:00 p.m.
Where?: Stanley Main Beach.
How Much?: FREE

Chinese Opera Festival

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?: 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.
  • Discounts are available to students and seniors.

Water Play Street Summer Party a Pixar Extravaganza!

Hong Kong Disney Summer Pixar Water Party

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.

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HK Disneyland Discount Tickets Adult HK639 HKD560 US$74, Children HK475 HKD431 US$55
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Lan Kwai Fong Beer and Music Street Carnival

Lan Kwai Fong Summer Beer Fest

This massive outdoor party really needs no introduction and is the highlight of this summer's Lan Kwai Fong Beer & Music Fest that runs through August 31.

A showcase of over 200 beer brands from around the world with more than 40 booths offering delicious food, fine beers and interactive games alongside all-day live performances.

When?: Saturday and Sunday, June 29 - 30, 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!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Stories

Hungry Caterpillar on Stage

The timeless classic has made its way off the page and onto the stage. Created by Jonathan Rockefeller, the critically acclaimed production of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show features a menagerie of 75 lovable puppets, faithfully adapting four of Eric Carle's stories, Brown Bear, 10 Little Rubber Ducks, The Very Lonely Firefly and of course, the star of the show celebrating its 50th Birthday in 2019 The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
When?: June 6 - 9, 2019
Where?: Drama Theatre, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Wanchai
How Much: HK 195+

Pinocchio

Pinocchio on Stage

Witness a wooden toy's magical journey towards being a brave, truthful, and selfless real boy in Kids' Gallery's Festival Week production of Pinocchio. Watch our performing arts students shine on a brilliantly designed stage in fabulous costumes as they sing, dance, and act in this heart-warming story for the whole family to enjoy!
When?: June 8 - 9, 2019
Where?: The Hong Kong Jockey Club Amphitheatre, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Wanchai
How Much: HK 360+

Titanic

Titanic on Stage

Titanic is a multiple Tony Award-winning musical based on the famous sailing and sinking of "The Ship of Dreams". Presented by award-winning performing arts training company Face Productions, Titanic the Musical encompasses a large cast in telling the tale and portraying the interlacing stories of many of the ill-fated passengers.
Programme performed in English with Chinese subtitles
When?: June 14 - 16, 2019
Where?: Drama Theatre, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Wanchai
How Much: HK 385+

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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