August 2021 Hong Kong Festivals and Events

Food Expo, Computer Festival, Arts Carnival

Many events are being cancelled / postponed / rescheduled due to the current Coronavirus health precautions. Please check with event organizers for updates.

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!

The status of the many events programmed for August may change at the last minute, please check with organisers before you head out. 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.

Many of our most popular attractions like the Harbour Cruises, the Peak Tram, Hong Kong Disneyland and Ocean Park are open. Outdoor spaces, parks and beaches are also 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 2021

Hong Kong Attractions, Tours, Activities that have reopened This August 2021

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.

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Highlight Celebrations and Events in August 2021

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 2, 2021 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?: August 2, 2021
Where?: Man Mo Temple
How Much?: Free

Hong Kong Food Expo

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 12 - 16, 2021 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 HK25 +

The Hong Kong Computer & Communications Festival

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 20 - 23, 2021
Where?: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre Hall 1
How Much?: HK30

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?: August 22, 2021
Where?: Various locations throughout Hong Kong

International Arts Carnival

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.

This year's performances will take place online as well as in-venue. The line up will include the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, The 12 Zodiac Hong Kong Dance Company, City Contemporary Dance Company among many others.

Besides stage programmes there are also Library, Film and Museum Programmes, workshops and exhibitions and more.

Chinese Opera Festival - 2021 TBC

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?: 2021 Festival not announced. But you can check out these 7 places to discover Cantonese Opera in Hong Kong
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!

Hong Kong Disney Summer Pixar Water Party

Every summer Hong Kong Disneyland creates a big splash of fun with a fun-filled water party. Themes have varied throughout the years, most recently we enjoyed the 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? For Summer 2021 no Water Party but an ongoing 15th Anniversary Celebration
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 Nature Playground and SumFUN Entry Pass

Ocean Park Summer  in Hong Kong

This summer, Ocean Park will be transformed into Hong Kong's biggest and best nature playground. The Park is calling out for curious families to go on a fun-filled and intriguing adventure with Redd to discover the wonders of nature!

Explorer R, the new technology-driven attraction that applies a stimulating mix of virtual games and interactive fun play to spark children's imagination and scientific thinking through experiential learning along with a fascinating array of additional conservation and education elements have officially launched at the Park's Whiskers Harbour and other designated locations at the Waterfront area.

The Park is offering an all-new SumFUN Entry Pass for Hong Kong residents which allows unlimited entry from now until end of September for the price of less than two regular admission tickets.

When?: Now through end of September
Where?: Ocean Park Hong Kong
How Much? Summer events 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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