November 2020 Hong Kong Festivals and Events

Wine and Dine Month, Symphony Under The Stars...
Hong Kong In November

November is the time to get outdoors and enjoy the pleasant temperatures and clear days without the overwhelming humidity of the summer months.

A light jacket and dressing in layers is probably best as there will be some warm days with temperatures dropping a bit at night.

Due to the challenging circumstances of the Covid-19 pandemic and the sudden increase in untraced COVID-19 cases this summer and enhanced measures as a result, the status of the many events in November may change at the last minute but so far, many of the regulars are back on the schedule some in slightly different formats and of course adhering to the measures.

November is Hong Kong's Wine and Dine Month and the festival will go virtual this year, allowing a broader reach to people all over the world. The Hong Kong Literary Festival will also go ahead this year as a hybrid festival of live and online events. While Clockenflap has been cancelled for 2020, the fabulous Symphony Under the Stars with the Hong Kong Philharmonic will go ahead, this is a FREE outdoor concert but you must register!

For motor racing enthusiasts, the Macau Grand Prix is taking place next door this month! Enjoy!

Here's what's up this November 2020:

And it's starting to look a lot like Christmas...

Hong Kong Attractions, Tours, Activities that have reopened This November 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 most of the activities listed here, if your plans change and you cancel up to 24 hours in advance you will receive a full refund.

Also check-out these popular ongoing events during November 2020:

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Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival Goes Virtual This Year

Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival

Rather than a four-day event in the waterfront, this year's festival is going virtual and will span multiple weeks in November and December allowing audiences around the world many opportunities to connect with Hong Kong's leading chefs, restaurateurs and industry thought leaders through virtual pairings, workshops and classes. Of course we will miss the fantastic setting and atmosphere, but the good thing is everyone can participate regardless of where you are in the world!

Enjoy an epicurean journey unlike any other, whether online or in town. Pleasure your palate with exquisite drinks and tastes delivered right to your door. Share interactive moments during live-streamed masterclasses. What's more, indulge in myriad themed events in restaurants - from Michelin-starred dishes to iconic street food - along with exclusive offers. Cheers!

When?: November 11 - December 15, 2020
Where?: Central Harbourfront Event Space and Tamar Park in Hong Kong Island near Central Piers 9 and 10 Tune into HKTB's online hub where Festival programs will take place.
How Much?: General Admission HK$30, 65+ and children 3-12 HK$15.

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The Hong Kong International Literary Festival

Hong Kong Literary Festival

The Hong Kong International Literary Festival is an annual event featuring established and emerging writers from around the world in a programme that includes discussions, literary lunches and dinners, workshops, book signings and more.

The 2020 edition of HKILF will go ahead this year as a hybrid festival of live and online events featuring more than 70 events showcasing writers and speakers from around the world.

HKILF celebrates English creative writing and emphasizes writing with an Asian connection.

When: November 5 - 15, 2020
Where: Tai Kwun at 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong
How much: Various prices; some free admission

Snoopy Run Hong Kong 2020

Snoopy Run

"Happy Birthday to PEANUTS!!" Peanuts' first official 70TH celebration activity in Hong Kong is the first running event that combines cartoon running and "pet running".

Snoopy Run Hong Kong has included a "Pet Group" to let dog lovers run with their foour-legged friends. At the same time, pets can be dressed up in different styles and outfits to run together! Join this joyful event and spend the best time with Snoopy & friends!

It is the first Snoopy-themed run event including pets featuring a 1km pet group. There are also individual groups and "friend groups" in 4km and 2km respectively.

When?: November 8, 2020 - 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Where?: Depending on the conditions of the epidemic and gathering restrictions adjustments will be made as to the location and time of the distribution of the runner packs, there is also a backup plan for virtual running. Check the latest on their FB Page.
How Much?: Packages from HK$350

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Hong Kong Disneyland 10K Race Weekend - Suspended

Disney 10 K Run

A series of 3K, 5K and 10K races happening through the lands of Hong Kong Disneyland.

This year's races feature several all-star Disney and Pixar Friend themes including Toy Story, Monster U, Inside Out and our old-time favourites Mickey and friends who will be running and cheering you along!

  • Toy Story 10K Run: For 16 and over, co-organised by the Hong Kong Amateur Athletic Association, the results of the 10K Run will be recognized in the Hong Kong rankings.
  • Inside Out 5K Run: For 14 and over
  • Monster Inc 3K Run: Several groups, 3-11, 12+, under 12 must be accompanied by adult
  • Pixar Pals Night Run Party: Several groups, 3-11, and 12 and above
  • Mickey and Friends Kids Races: 200m for ages 5 and below

When?: TBC
Where?: Hong Kong Disneyland
How Much?: Race Packages include t-shirts, event stickers, etc. 10K and 5K HK$ 590, 3K HK$505, Kids Races

More Info: Hong Kong Disney 10K Weekend

For Non-participants:

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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Hong Kong International Wine and Spirits Fair

Wine and Spirits Fair at the HK Convention Center

The largest wine show in Asia, with wines and spirits from over 37 regions being represented. It is mainly a trade show but on the last day it is open to the public.

Fun events like cocktail mixing demonstrations, wine competitions, wine auctions and of course wine tastings.

All about the world of wine for the wine enthusiast!

When?: November 5 - 7, 2020 open to the trade. For the general public age 18 and older open on Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Where?: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
How Much?: Ticket admission HK 100 (Pre-Register before October 14 to receive your badge for free admission!)

Next Door in Macau: The Macau Grand Prix 2020

Macau Grand Prix

Four days of non-stop heart-stopping action, screeching tires, racing engines, checkered flags... and adrenaline overload! Without a doubt this is Macau's most prestigious event in the annual calendar.

The legendary Macau Grand Prix features one of the most challenging circuits in the world and a number of major races including two events that have FIA World Cup status, the Formula Three Macau Grand Prix and the Macau GT Cup.

What's different this year: The TCR Asia Series is to be split in two for the 2020 season with the creation of TCR Asia North and TCR Asia South starting in October. The two series will combine for the Macau Grand Prix in mid-November before the season finale back at Sepang in December.

The Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix which also takes place over the weekend has been cancelled for 2020.

When: Thursday to Sunday November 19 - 22, 2020
Where: Guia Circuit, Macau
How much: Grandstands MOP50 (US$6.50) for Friday, MOP150-1000 on Saturday and Sunday

All spectators must comply with the current anti-epidemic measures of the Macao Special Administrative Region Government.

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Hong Kong Island to/from Macau Harbour:

  • Single Trip (weekday, slightly more on weekends): HK200 HK168 US$ 21.50
  • Round Trip (weekday, slightly more on weekends): HK400 HK335 US$ 42.89

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  • Single Trip (weekday, slightly more on weekends): HK186 HK143 US$ 18
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Symphony Under The Stars with the Hong Kong Philharmonic - a FREE outdoor concert

HK Philharmonic Symphony under the Stars

A night of enchanting music with the Hong Kong Philharmonic in the backdrop of the city's stunning skyline.

Come enjoy the gems of classical music for an inspiring, relaxing and magical evening, fireworks and all!

This is one of the city's largest outdoor concerts and it's FREE!

When: Saturday, November 21, 2020 - 7:30 pm
Where: Central Harbourfront Event Space
How much: FREE (Pre-registration is required. Please visit the official website for details.)

Clockenflap Hong Kong's Music and Arts Festival - CANCELLED

Clockenflap Hong Kong

A weekend of live musical acts, film screenings, family fun, and of course food!

And all this in Hong Kong's world class setting in the Central Harbourfront.

When: CANCELLED, see you November 26 - 28, 2021!
Where: Central Harbourfront Event Space
How much: General Admission HK980 - HK1,020, 3-day passes and student discounts available. Children under 12 FREE.

Lan Kwai Fong Japan Carnival - Not confirmed for 2020

Lan Kwai Fong Carnival

One huge street party... as if this wasn't already the liveliest spot in Hong Kong, during this annual Carnival, Lan Kwai Fong really puts on the show.

And with new twists every year... the Lan Kwai Fong Carnival has gone interactive! Don't forget to download the LKF Play app! The theme is Japanese and will celebrate the culture and traditions of Japanese cuisine, fashion, music and dance.

The carnival will feature over 40 booths of authentic Japanese delicacies, selection of Japanese sake, Shochu and a varied line up of fun-filled entertainment and of course the legendary Lan Kwai Fong Carnival Parade

Highlights include traditional Japanese street dance performances, Yukata (Japanese traditional costume) experience, Japanese sake education, Nintendo Switch free game trials, and of course food booths serving freshly made unique Sake cocktails, Wagyu beef, Matsuba snow crabs and much more!

When?: Not confirmed for 2020
Parade: Saturday at 5:00 pm and 8:15 pm, Sunday at 5:00 pm and 8:30 pm
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! Food and Drink available for purchase at the more than 40 booths and stalls set up for the occasion.

Lumières Hong Kong - Postponed Until Further Notice

Lumieres HK

Inspired by Lyon, France's "La Fête des Lumières" (The Festival of Lights) Hong Kong welcomed its first Lumières Hong Kong in 2017 when the city was enveloped by fantastic light installations creating that magical atmosphere this festival is so well-known for.

Lumières Hong Kong aiming at promoting Hong Kong's heritage history and culture through light projections.

When: Postponed until further notice
Where: Meets at Sai Ying Pun MTR Station, route includes Possession Street, Hollywood Road Park, Blake Garden, Bridges Street, Hong Kong News-Expo, PMQ, ManMo Temple, TaiKwun.
How much: FREE, first come first served

Hong Kong Christmas and Holiday Events

Hong Kong WinterFest

Hong Kong Chrismtas and Holiday events sponsored by the Hong Kong Tourism Board kick-off late November/early December and run up until the New Year's Countdown on January 1st.

One of the highlights is the Christmas Tree or centrepiece in Central's Statue Square, which becomes the season's icon and is always a stunner.

Other events include light installations and interactive displays along the waterfront, and of course, all shopping malls and hotels will go all out with their displays and holiday events.

When?: Mid-November to early January
Where?: Central's Statue Square, holiday events throughout the territory

A Disney Christmas

Christmas at Disneyland Hong Kong

Parades, Carols, Christmas Trees... The entire park is transformed into a wonderland full of the holiday cheer, shiny ornaments, dazzling lights, fluffy snow, bows, balls and garlands, holiday wreaths... all decorate every corner of this magical world and make it even merrier...

And this year it is extra special as Hong Kong Disneyland celebrates its 15th Anniversary with the opening of the newly remodeled castle: the Castle of Magical Dreams, the first of its kind in Disney's history!

What's more, you don't want to miss the magnificent Christmas Tree, the parties, the parades and of course the light-up ceremonies!

When?: November 21, 2020 - January 1st
Where?: Disneyland Hong Kong
How Much?: Christmas events included with admmission ticket

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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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 Are On! This is how you can attend

Happy Valley Horse Races

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. p> At the moment however due to the tighter Covid-19 measures, THE RACES ARE RUNNING WITHOUT PUBLIC ATTENDANCE. The Hong Kong Jockey Club however has obtained permission by the Government to organise attendance at the horse races with certain conditions by making an advance table booking.

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.

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