Some events may be cancelled due to the current health precautions. Please check with event organisers for updates.
This month normally features the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens, the territory's premier sporting event and mega-party, but this year it has been postponed to October. But there is still a full array of colorful festivities and traditions... including fantastic parades, carnivals and celebrations throughout Hong Kong.
We start off with the Ching Ming Festival on April 4, 2020 which gives you a unique look into Hong Kong's ancient traditions, and soon thereafter in total contrast, the Hong Kong Electronics Fair is a window into Hong Kong's innovation powerhouse.
Then a barrage of colorful festivals awaits... the Birthday of Tin Hau comes next with temple celebrations, parades and Fa Pau Float galore kicking off 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 (2020 festival cancelled)
This is a great month to be in Hong Kong!
In the cultural and entertainment front, the Hong Kong Film Festival comes to a close, the Hong Kong Film Awards, the Oscars of Hong Kong which normally takes place in April will be releasing the dates and format of the Awards ceremony soon, stay tuned!
Also note that Easter holidays are public holidays observed in Hong Kong, this year will be from April 10 - 13, 2020. Easter Sunday is on April 12, 2020.
April temperatures in Hong Kong are still pleasant but begin to climb. Overcast days are the norm, with some showers but usually not more than a drizzle. It's still time to get outdoors before the humidity and stormy days start to mount towards the summer days.
Ching Ming Festival: A Day To Honor The Ancestors - April 4, 2020
The Ching Ming Festival or Tomb Sweeping Day is a day to worship the ancestors.
Cemeteries accross the land will be crowded with thousands
of worshipers carrying incense sticks and offerings of paper money, fruits and wine, as they come to pay respects to their ancestors.
Tombs are tended and swept and paper money and all other paper offerings are burned so that the deceased "receive" the essence of the
Special attention must be paid if you will be travelling through any areas where there are cemeteries or burial grounds, specially if using
public transportation as the crowds will be quite substantial and delays are guaranteed.
Hong Kong International Film Festival - Postponed to Summer 2020
The Hong Kong International Film Festival is one of Hong Kong's largest cultural events, and as all film festivals, this is an event for those involved in the film industry, actors, directors, screenwriters, etc. and film enthusiasts and fans from all over the world.
Although this is not Cannes or Sundance or Toronto, the Hong Kong Film Festival is considered a major launching pad for films from all parts of the world into the China and Asian markets. Some big names in the Asian cinematic scene make an appearance to promote their latest works.
It is easy to catch a screening and ticket prices are quite reasonable, if only to see some of Hong Kong's magnificent venues from the inside!
When? March 24 - April 6, 2020
Where? Several venues including the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Hong Kong City Hall, the Hong Kong Science Museum among others.
How Much? HK$ 55+
The Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Spring Edition) - Postponed to July 25 - 28, 2020
Organised by the HKTDC, this is Asia's largest Electronics Fair where innovative products are
launched and where thousands of exhibitors and brands are represented.
The exhibitions are
spread out into zones for easy navigation i.e. Home Appliances, Electronic Gaming, Solar Technology, Personal Electronics, etc.
There is also a "Small Order Zone" where hundreds of products and samples are available in small quantities.
When?: April 13 - 16, 2020
Where?:Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre Admission: HK100 but free if you pre-register at the HKTDC website. Open to trade visitors, must be over 18 years old.
Tin Hau is the Goddess of the Sea, given that in the past Hong Kong was a
fishing town and most everybody's lives were tied to the sea, Tin Hau is sort of the "patron saint" of the city and you can imagine that
the Tin Hau Festival is a really big deal.
There will be colorful and lively celebrations including the unique fa pau floats unique to the celebration, dragon parades,
lion dances and feasts... anywhere there is a Tin Hau temple nearby, and there are
over 60 in Hong Kong!
Some of the most vibrant and notorious celebrations are in Yuen Long in the New Territories and Joss House Bay in Saikung, which
boasts the oldest Tin Hau Temple in Hong Kong. Also the coastal towns will be celebrating: Stanley, Lamma Island, Peng Chau and Cheng Chau as well.
The 2020 Tin Hau Processions in Yuen Long have been cancelled due to the current health precautions.
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 from April 27 into the early hours of May 1, 2020
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.
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.
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?: April 30, 2020 - 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
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!
When? mid-March through June 2020, exact dates TBA
Where?Hong Kong Disneyland How Much? Disney Springtime Celebration 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
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 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 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, due to the tighter Covid-19 measures, THE RACES ARE RUNNING WITHOUT PUBLIC ATTENDANCE. The Hong Kong Jockey Club however obtains permission by the Government to organise attendance with certain conditions for race meetings
at both Happy Valley and Sha Tin, for example by making a booking at one of the course venues following prescribed measures. This might vary depending on restrictions and curfews in effect at a particular race day. 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. For now "Happy Wednesdays" are being conducted online due to the Coronavirus measures. Once the restrictions are over, the on course experience will return.
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. The "All inclusive VIP tour" provides transportation to/from your
hotel, dinner and drinks and access to the Member's Boxes.