May 2019 Hong Kong Festivals and Events

A Fantastic Month full of Colorful Festivals
May Events: Dragon Parade at Tin Hau  Festival

The top Hong Kong Festivals and events for May 2019 feature an array of colorful festivals that open up the season of cultural celebrations in the city including:

  • Buddha bathing ceremonies...
  • ... Lively parades to celebrate the Birthday of Tam Kung, the Seafarer's God...
  • ... The one-of-a-kind bun-scrambling contest at the Cheung Chau Bun Festival...
  • ... Exciting Dragon Boat racing action!!!... The warm up for the big dragon boat races this June!

This is a great month to be in Hong Kong! Exciting dragon boat races, parades and carnivals will be held throughout the territory this month. Take advantage of the fantastic festivals and the last balmy days before the scorching heat and humidity of summer start trickling in...

May 1st is Labor Day, a public holiday.

May also sees the start of our infamous typhoon season. Hong Kong deals with typhoons every year, don't be alarmed, just aware and if a warning is issued, take the precautions outlined here and stay safe.

Coming Up: Hot Tickets Now On Sale

Madagascar

Madagascar The Musical

September 12 - 15, 2019
Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts

Matilda

Matilda The Musical

Sep 20 - Oct 2, 2019
Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts

Shawn Mendes Macau

Shawn Mendes
The Tour

October 13, 2019
Cotai Arena, Macau

Backstreet Boys Macau

Backstreet Boys
DNA World Tour

October 19, 2019
Cotai Arena, Macau

Guia Circuit Macau Grand Prix

Macau Grand Prix

November 14 - 17, 2019
Guia Circuit Macau

Lion King

Lion King
The Musical

Dec 18 - Jan 5, 2020
AsiaWorld Expo

Here is a guide to this month's most popular happenings and where and when to catch these colorful and electrifying events.

Highlight Celebrations and Events in May 2019

Ongoing Events This May 2019

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Stanley Dragon Boat Warm-Up Races - May 4, 2019

Stanley Dragon Boat Warm Up Races

The Dragon Boat Festival is fast approaching and the Stanley Dragon Boat Warm Up Races are the perfect prelude to the most anticipated Dragon Boat International Championships coming up next month on June 7, 2019.

This is a great chance to take a peek at what is to come. The Warm Up races differ a bit from the regular races, the course is shorter and the number of paddlers is limited to 18, but although on a smaller scale, it is still a very exciting fun-filled day of dragon boat racing with the same action-packed festival atmosphere and enthusiasm as the main event.

When?: May 4 , 2019, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Where?: Stanley Main Beach. Click here for more on Stanley Market, Stanley Beach and how to get there
How Much? Free!

The Cheung Chau Bun Festival - May 9 - 13, 2019

Cheung Chau Bun Festival

A very colorful and unique festival in the island of Cheung Chau, just a short ferry ride away.

The Cheung Chau Bun Festival has been celebrated for hundreds of years and is dedicated to the god Pak Tai, in thanks for protecting the island and to drive away the evil spirits.

One trademark of the festival is the huge bamboo mountains covered with handmade buns which are set up near the Pak Tai Temple where the majority of the celebrations take place.

There are the parades, lion dances, the many rituals and of course lots of drumming! This is a very lively event, not to be missed if you are in Hong Kong during this period.

When? This is a week-long celebration starting on May 9 and culminating at midnight on May 12 and into the early hours of Monday May 13, 2019.

Getting to Cheung Chau: 40 or 60 minutes with ferries from Central Pier #5 approx. every 30 minutes. The fast ferry is an enclosed cabin, the standard or slow one is a much more scenic way to get there on the outside decks.

The Birthday of Lord Buddha - May 12, 2019

Buddha Birthday Celebrations at Po Lin Monastery

A celebration that will be observed at most monasteries, shrines and buddhist temples in Hong Kong to commemorate the birth of Buddha as worshippers and followers flock to the temples to pay their respects.

The "Bathing of the Buddha" Ceremony is performed as part of the festivities.

One of the biggest celebrations is at the Hong Kong Big Buddha in Lantau and the nearby Po Lin Monastery.

The Birthday of Tam Kung - May 12, 2019

Birthday of Tam Kung  Celebrations Lion Dances

Tam Kung, together with Tin Hau, is considered the protector of the fishermen and the seas, and so there is also a festival in his honor, on the eight day of the fourth moon, this year on the Western calendar it will be celebrated on May 22, 2018.

The festivities take place by the Tam Kung Temple in Hong Kong Island and involve a large parade with the colorful dragon and lion dances, lots of drumming, acrobats and performers accompanying the floats and the procession.

When?: May 12, 2019 - Parade from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm

How to get there?: The Tam Kung Temple in Shau Kei Wan can be easily reached with the MTR: MTR Shau Kei Wan Station Exit D1, about a 5 minute walk to Tam Kung Temple Road, just follow the crowds.

Disney Springtime Carnivale of Stars and Egg-stravaganza

Hong Kong Disney Spring Carnival

Mickey, Minnie and the gang will be sporting their new spring-themed outfits and putting together The Stars Springtime Celebration, this is a lively show on Main Street with all our favourite Disney friends old and new!

This spring, the newest highly-anticipated Marvel attraction is making its debut, Ant-Man and The Wasp: Nano Battle Launch is set to start battling March 31, 2019.

When? mid-March through June 2019
Where? Hong Kong Disneyland
How Much? Disney Springtime Celebration 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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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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