August 2020 Hong Kong Festivals and Events

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Some events may be cancelled / postponed due to the current health precautions, the situation is changing constantly.

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Beautiful August Sunset in Cheung Chau Island

Hot days ahead! Great time to get out to the islands and beaches and spend much needed time outdoors! Due to the challenging circumstances of the Covid-19 pandemic and the sudden increase in untraced COVID-19 cases this summer, there are some new measures in place. Plese note that masks are required in all public spaces, both outdoors and indoors as well as public transportation.

The status of the many events programmed for August may change at the last minute, many have already been postponed. We will continue to monitor closely this rapidly evolving situation and provide relevant updates on this page.

Regrettably many large scale events, concerts and performances have been postponed or cancelled but organisers are trying to reschedule as many as possible for later this year. Both the Chinese Opera Festival and International Arts Carnival scheduled for the summer months have been suspended.

Many of our most popular attractions like the Harbour Cruises and the Peak Tram, etc. are open but many have closed again, including Hong Kong Disneyland and Ocean Park. Outdoor spaces, parks and beaches are thankfully open and ready for visitors wanting to hike, swim, kayak, bike... see list below for all activities and attractions that have reopened.

We are in the midst of the wettest and hottest time of the year, pack very light clothing, sandals, sun protection, and also a light jacket or sweater for the air-con at hotels, restaurants and shopping centres. An umbrella will also come in handy.

This is also the height 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 August:

Highlight Celebrations and Events in August 2020

Hong Kong Attractions, Tours, Activities that have reopened This August 2020

Many attractions remain closed but several tours, attractions and activities that can be conducted safely while adhering to proper social distancing guidelines have reopened as have most outdoor activities.

It's time to get out! Here's a list of fun outdoor things to do that have restarted operations and can be booked now. When possible book tickets online and/or make a reservation as many of the activities are running on limited capacities. You can book with confidence as there is a free cancellation policy for all the activities listed here, if your plans change and you cancel up to 24 hours in advance you will receive a full refund.

Ongoing Events This August 2020

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Highlight Celebrations and Events in August 2020

Stanley Dragon Boat Short-Course Races - Postponed

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?:Sunday August 9, 2020, 8:00 a.m. - approx. 5:00 p.m. - Postponed
Where?: Stanley Main Beach.
How Much?: FREE

The 6th Vegetarian Food Asia and the 9th LOHAS Expo - Postponed

LOHAS 2020

This is Hong Kong's largest vegetarian and green living exhibition. It is open to the general public where visitors will be able to find and shop a wide variety of vegetarian and green living products from around the world throughout the three show days.

The expo's "Public Zone" was successfully debuted in the last edition with a record-breaking 30,000 visits. In the 2020 shows, the organizer will expand the Public Hall's scale. Apart from showcasing 4,000 vegetarian, natural, organic, and green living products, the expo will also feature exciting events for the public who embrace a green and healthy lifestyle.

When?: Rescheduled to July 31 - August 2, 2020 - Postponed
Where?: Hong Kong Convention Centre Hall 5E
How Much?: Friday and Saturday: $10, Sunday $20 Online registration is now OPEN! Register now to get the FREE ticket!

Birthday of Kwan Tai

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 August 13, 2020 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?: Thursday, August 13, 2020
Where?: Man Mo Temple
How Much?: Free

Hong Kong Food Expo - Postponed

Hong Kong Food Expo

Hong Kong is the city of food, and this annual fair sponsored by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, is the leading food trade event gathering over 900 exhibitors with delicacies and the finest selection of foods from all over the world.

Another draw for visitors are the series of special events including cooking demonstrations by prominent chefs, forums on a variety of topics such as nutrition and food safety, and games and competitions throughout the five-day event.

When?:August 13 - 17, 2020 Postponed 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., last day closes at 6:00 p.m. Public Hall and Gourmet Zones are open to visitors.
Where?: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
How Much?: Free for Trade visitors, admission ticket price to public HK40

Hong Kong International Film Festival - Cancelled

Hong Kong International Film Festival

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 August 18 - 31, 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 Computer & Communications Festival - Postponed

Computer and IT Festival at the HKCEC

Organised by the Chamber of Hong Kong Computer Industry (CHKCI), the Hong Kong Computer & Communications Festival is the largest exhibition for the I.T. industry in Hong Kong.

And if you're wondering, yes, this is open to the public with items for sale to everyone. This is a very popular festival, everyone interested in computers, gadgets, and anything digital will want to take a look and take a advantage of the many deals offered by the suppliers. And for gaming fans, taking place concurrently and also at the Convention Center is the E-Sport & Music Festival.

When?: Friday to Monday August 21 - 24, 2020 - Postponed
Where?: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre Hall 1
How Much?: HK30

International Arts Carnival - Suspended

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.

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
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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.

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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

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