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
- The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival - June 7, 2019
- Water Parade in Tai O's Dragon Boat Festival - June 7, 2019
- Dragon Boat Carnival and the Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races in Victoria Harbour -
June 14 - 16, 2019- CANCELLED
- Stanley Dragon Boat Short-Course Races - June 23, 2019
- Chinese Opera Festival - June 13 - August 18, 2019
- Water Play Street Summer Party at Hong Kong Disney, a Pixar Extravaganza - June 26 - September 1, 2019
- Lan Kwai Fong Beer and Music Street Carnival - June 29 - 30, 2019
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On Stage This June 2019
- The Hungry Caterpillar And Other Stories - June 6 - 9, 2019
- Pinocchio - June 8 - 9, 2019
- Titanic - June 14 - 16, 2019
Ongoing Events This June 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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The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival - June 7, 2019
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
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
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
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 - 2022 TBC
"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?: 2022 Festival not announced. But you can check out these 7 places to discover Cantonese Opera in Hong Kong
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!
Every summer Hong Kong Disneyland creates a big splash of fun with a fun-filled water party. Themes have varied throughout the years, for 2022 we welcome back one of the all-time favourites, the Pixar Water Play Street Party along with the summer edition of the "Follow Your Dreams" live outdoor party, and the Toy Soldiers Boot Camp.
In addition, this summer brings the all new nighttime show, "Momentous," filled with magic and light, spectacular multimedia, choreographed fountains, lasers, pyrotechnics and fireworks, "Momentous" will bring Disney's iconic Castle of Magical Dreams to life. The show will take place on certain days of the week, so be sure to check the Park calendar schedule prior to your visit.
When? Summer Water Play Now until August 31, 2022
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 HKD570 US$73, Children HK475 HKD435 US$56
More Info and Booking at Klook.com
Lan Kwai Fong Beer and Music Street Carnival
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
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+
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 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
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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