September 2020 Hong Kong Festivals and Events

Glitzy lanterns and fiery dragons: The Mid-Autumn Festival Celebrations are Here...

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Mid-Autumn Festival Lanterns Hong Kong

The scorching heat and hummidity of the summer months are receding and cooler days are ahead as September 2020 welcomes a host of fantastic events and festivals.

Normally this time of the year, front and center are the preparations for the Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations with the myriad of colorful lanterns which start popping up all over the territory and the fantastic fire dragon parades in Tai Hang. It has been touch and go with the Coronavirus measures so far and even though we seem to be turning the page with cases receding, social distancing rules have been extended through the Mid-Autumn Festival and sadly fire dragon parades have been cancelled, and we cannot expect any big gatherings or celebrations for the big day on October 1st, which also coincides with the National Day. The National Day fireworks have also been cancelled.

Next door in Macau the annual International Fireworks Display Contest has also been cancelled, although the National Day fireworks display is still scheduled to go ahead as well as the Festival of Lights which has been brought forward this year.

Highlight Celebrations and Events in September 2020

Hong Kong Attractions, Tours, Activities that have reopened This September 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.

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Chinese Hungry Ghost Festival Yue Lan

Hungry Ghost Festival Offerings

The seventh month of the Lunar calendar is considered the "Chinese Ghost Month". On this month, the spirits of the deceased are released and they come back to wander off in the living world.

It is said that some spirits may be restless and will have to be appeased, and thus, worshippers will burn paper money and make the usual offerings to make sure they are back in the good graces of their ancestors and any other wandering ghost that may happen to "drop by".

The Hungry Ghost Festival marks the middle of the Ghost Month, and offerings and activities will be held particularly on this day.

Activities other than the usual offerings of incense, Chinese paper money and food, include Chinese Opera and the dragon and lion dances with plenty of noise to scare away the evil ghosts, and are held in parks and plazas throughout the territory.

When?: September 2, 2020
Where?: Various locations throughout Hong Kong

Mid-Autumn Festival Celebrations

Lantern Carnival in Victoria Park

The 2020 Mid-Autumn Festival is on October 1st 2020.
Social distancing rules have been extended through the Mid-Autumn Festival and most large scale carnivals and parades have been cancelled due to Coronavirus precautions

Urban Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival at Victoria Park - Suspended

Victoria Park Lantern Carnival

This is the all-in-one mega event that offers fantastic lantern displays, a full cultural programme, and a Fire Dragon Dance Parade.

The cultural programs include kung fu demonstrations, folk songs and dance shows, acrobatics, Chinese folk arts and crafts demonstrations, etc.

When?: TBC October 1st, 2020 - from 8:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.
Youth Night: TBC September 30, 2020 - from 7:30 p.m.- 9:30 p.m.
Where?: Victoria Park
How Much?: Free

Mid-Autumn Lantern Exhibition in Tsim Sha Tsui

Mid-Autumn Festival Lanterns by the Clocktower in Tsim Sha Tsui

Bright and colorful lantern displays pop up in Tsim Sha Tsui along the promenade area.

This is a fairly easy spot to pop in for visitors as it's just around the corner from the Star Ferry Terminal and the TST metro station.

This is one of the longest running lantern displays during the celebration.

When?: Late September through early/mid October TO BE CONFIRMED, lit Friday through Sunday from 6:30 pm to 11:00 pm, until midnight on Mid-Autumn Festival
Where?: Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade and Cultural Centre Piazza near the Clocktower
How Much?: Free

Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance Parades - CANCELLED

Fire Dragon Dance in Tai Hang Causeway Bay

The Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance Parade is another example of Hong Kong's traditional culture and a main part of the celebrations of the Mid-Autumn Festival.

This is a fantastic tradition and one you should not miss. You can take part and experience as the 67-metre Fire Dragon winds through the streets of Tai Hang, like it did over a century ago... It's an amazing sight with over 300 performers, 70,000 incense sticks, and lots and lots of firecrackers!

When?: September 30 - October 2, 2020 - approx. 8:15 pm - 10:30 pm
Where?: Tai Hang, Causeway Bay.
How Much?: Free

The 2020 Macau International Fireworks Contest - Cancelled

Macau Firworks

Just next door in Macau... Six evenings of mesmerizing fireworks and music extravaganzas!!! Fireworks displays can be some of the most sensational spectacles one can witness, imagine the best of the best in the world battling it out on a competition that encompasses six evenings of stunning lights and sounds, with international teams competing for the coveted trophy.

Two teams participate each evening, each performance lasts approximately 18 minutes.

When?: 2020 Fireworks Contest CANCELLED - 9:00 and 9:40 pm

Where?: Sea area in front of the Macau Tower.

A Fireworks Carnival will be held every fireworks evening next to the Macau Tower from 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm. The Carnival will be a confluence of delicacies, performances and games, enriching the event with more fantastic experiences.

How Much?: FREE!

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The 2020 Hong Kong Watch and Clock Fair

Watch and Clock Fair

The annual Hong Kong Watch and Clock Fair is the world's largest timepiece event which offers a remarkable selection of watches and clocks and a preview into the latest designs and trends in the market.

Highlights of this event are the "Brand Name Gallery" and "World Brand Piazza", featuring limited edition and rare timepieces from the major global brands.

The Brand Name Gallery is open to the public on the last day of the event and timepieces from selected exhibitors are available for sale.

When?: Originally scheduled for September 1 - 5, 2020 has moved online. The online exhibition will be held from 16 to 27 November 2020.
Where?: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
How Much?: Free for trade visitors and the public

Hong Kong International Jazz Festival - Postponed to October

Hong Kong International Jazz Festival

Renowned jazz musicians from around the world will delight audiences with a series of performances, workshops, and photographic exhibitions.

An open-air concert launches the HKIJF with an array of top-ranked musicians from around the world.

When?: Postponed to October
Where?: Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza
How Much?: FREE

Festival:
When?: Postponed to October
Where?: Hong Kong Park Olympic Square
How Much?: FREE

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.

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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:
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Hong Kong Disneyland Haunted Halloween Celebrations

Disneyland Halloween pumpkins

What?: Trick or Treating with Mickey and the gang, Halloween parade, haunted mansions, creepy surprises!
When?: mid-September through October 31, 2020, some events run Thursday through Sunday only.
Opening hours are normally extended to 11pm on weekends during this period.
Where?: Throughout the park
How Much? Included with park admission

Remember you can buy discount tickets online at Klook.com:
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Horse Racing Season 2020-21 starts this month!

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! At the moment however due to the tighter Covid-19 measures, THE RACES ARE RUNNING WITHOUT PUBLIC ATTENDANCE.

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. We can't wait for the restrictions to be over and the on course experience to return!

Season opener at Sha Tin on September 6, 2020, season at the Happy Valley Race Course starts September 9, 2020, all races will be streamed live at the HK Jockey Club Racing Channel.

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.
How Much? Depends, when they return, 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.

Macao Light Festival 2020

Senado Square Macao Light Festival

Next door in Macao, the Festival of Lights is back with an earlier start this year! This is a highly anticipated annual event just in time for the holiday season that lights up the city's heritage landmarks creating a festive and enchanting atmosphere all throughout.

This year's Festival of Lights brings several projection mapping shows that will be staged at two locations: at Anim'Arte NAM VAN and at Tap Seac Square, shows lasts approximately 5 minutes and are staged every 30 minutes.

Light Installations and interactive games normally take place at various venues throughout the city in the Old Town and around Nam Van Lake.

When?: September 26 - October 31, 2020
Where?: Three main locations and routes:
Old Town - take bus 3, 3A, 4, 6A, 8A, 19, 26A, 33, N1A
Nam Van Lake - take bus 6B, 9, 9A, 18, 18B, 23, 32, 32T, N2
How Much?: FREE

Remember you can get Turbojet and CotaiJet Macau Ferry Discount Tickets from Klook.com:

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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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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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