October 2022 Hong Kong Festivals and Events

National Day, Halloween and lots of Dragon Boat action...

Events may be cancelled / postponed / rescheduled due to the current Coronavirus health precautions. Please check with event organizers for updates.

National Day Fireworks on October 1st

The month would typically start with the spectacular fireworks display for National Day on October 1st. But due to the Coronavirus pandemic, fireworks have been cancelled and scope of the many celebratory events may change at the last minute.

For sports enthusiasts, October is Hong Kong's Sport Month typically featuring the Hong Kong Tennis Open, the Hong Kong Cyclothon and the Hong Kong Cricket Sixes, but due to the international nature of the events and as travel restrictions are still in effect in many parts of the world, these events will likely be suspended for 2022.

On a better note, this month will welcome some great Dragon Boat action as many of the June races were postponed to October.

So as the flashy lanterns of the Mid-Autumn Festival wrap it up for the season, the pumpkins and goblins will be getting started as Halloween celebrations start to ramp up! Here's what's happening this October in Hong Kong...

Hong Kong Highlight Celebrations and Events in October 2022

Hong Kong Attractions, Tours, Activities that have reopened This October 2022

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.

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Also check-out these popular ongoing events during October 2022:

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Hong Kong Celebrates National Day

Hong Kong October 1st National Day

October 1, 2022 marks the 73rd Anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. To commemorate the occassion, a series of events are planned every year including the flag raising ceremonies and parades and a lavish fireworks display (2022 FIREWORKS TBC) which lits up the whole of Victoria Harbour. Fireworks have not been confirmed. Stay tuned for updates.

In the event of fireworks, they can be seen from both sides of the Harbour. In the Kowloon side, they can be viewed in Tsim Sha Tsui all along the Promenade and Avenue of the Stars as well as the Hung Hom Bypass. In the Hong Kong Island side, there are many vantage points in Central, Wanchai, Causeway Bay and the Midlevels.

When?: October 1, 2022, FIREWORKS TO BE CONFIRMED
Where?: Wherever there's a view of Victoria Harbour
How Much?: Free!

Watching the Fireworks from the water aboard a Harbour Cruise
Watch The Fireworks Aboard a Harbour Cruise

Hong Kong Restaurants and Rooftop Bars With Harbour Views
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Hotels with Best Views of the Fireworks

Stanley International Dragon Boat Championships 2022

Stanley Dragon Boat Races

These are some of the largest and most prominent Dragon Boat Races in the world with some 200 local and international teams participating in the action-packed high caliber races which attract a crowd of over 30,000 spectators. Normally taking place during the annual Dragon Boat Festival in June, this year due to the threat of Covid-19, the races were postponed to October.

The race will naturally be held in accordance with government regulations and health measures and is subject to changes or cancellation in case of an escalation of the Covid-19 situation.

When?: October 2, 2022 - 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where?: Stanley Main Beach
Here's more on Stanley and how to get there.

More Info: Stanley Dragon Boat Association

Aberdeen Dragon Boat Races

Aberdeen Dragon Boat Races

The charming Aberdeen Fishing Village is a great place for a day out and to enjoy the excitement of the Dragon Boat Races. Normally taking place during the annual Dragon Boat Festival in June, this year due to the threat of Covid-19, the races were postponed to October.

When?: October 2, 2022 from 8:00 a.m. to approx. 6:00 p.m.

Where?: Aberdeen Promenade/Aberdeen West Typhoon Shelter. Here's more on Aberdeen and how to get there.

More Info: Check out their Facebook page for the latest news Aberdeen Dragon Boat on Facebook

Tai Po Dragon Boat Races

Sha Tin Dragon Boat Races

Tai Po Village in the New Territories offers a nice day out enjoying many cultural traditions. You can combine the races with a visit to the Man Mo Temple and the colorful local market.

When?: October 16, 2022 from 8:30 a.m. to approx. 1:00 p.m.

Where?: Promenade at Tai Po Waterfront Park in the New Territories

More Info: Tel. 2664 8661

An Englsih-speaking Cultural Tour to Tai Po and Dragon Boat Races is offered during the Dragon Boat Festival

Sha Tin Dragon Boat Races

Sha Tin Dragon Boat Races

Sponsored by the Sha Tin Sports Association, the race attracts a vast number of participating teams and has become not only a major event in Sha Tin District, but also one of the largest dragon boat races in the territory.

When?: October 23, 2022 - from 8:00 a.m. to approx. 1:00 p.m.

Where?: Shing Mun River, (starting close to Banyan Bridge and ending close to Sha Yin Bridge) Sha Tin in the New Territories

More Info: Tel. 2691 5657 or check the Sha Tin Sports Association Web Page or Sha Tin Sports Association FB Page

Global Sources Trade Exhibitions

Global Sources Consumer Electronics Show

9,000 booths with the latest in electronics, gifts, home products and fashion contained into four trade shows in October.

The Global Sources Consumer Electronics Show is the world's largest electronics sourcing event and Global Sources' flagship event. All four phases are packed with the latest products and trends and plenty of special activities...

If you are running an online business, there are special services for online and Amazon sellers with a "Ready-to-Buy" zone, an e-commerce service providers' pavillion and suppliers who accept small orders. This is a sourcing event, you have to register to attend. The Shows are conveniently timed for buyers who also attend the Canton Fair.

When? October 11 - 14, 2022
Global Sources Consumer Electronics Show
Global Sources Mobile Electronics Show
Global Sources Smart Home and Appliances
Global Sources Smart Home and Kitchen
Global Sources Lifestyle Show
Global Sources Fashion Show

Where? AsiaWorld Expo

Chung Yeung Festival - October 4, 2022

Altar Offerings for Chung Yeung Festival

Chung Yeung Festival is Autumn Remembrance Day.

This is a day for families to get together, visit the graves of the ancestors and pay their respects.

You are likely to see a lot of activity around the cemeteries throughout the territories as the typical offerings of Chinese paper money, incense, fruits and other foodstuffs are being brought.

Chung Yeung Festival IS a public holiday in Hong Kong.

En Voyage with Claude Monet

Claude Monet HK

The first ever immersive experience of Claude Monet in Hong Kong! Some 200 artworks of the master of Impressionism Claude Monet will be brought to life through a spectacular 360 degrees sound and light show in this 36-minute unique digital art exhibition.
Encounter the brilliance of one of history's greatest artists in one single continuous journey... you will discover the evolution in both the technic, the topics and the vision of the master.

When?: October 27, 2022 to January 15, 2023 - 9:30am – 10:30pm
There will be a total of 16 sessions per day, each session will last 45 minutes
Where?: West Kowloon Cultural District (near Xiqu Centre and MTR Austin Station)
How Much?: Adult HK$288, Child (4-15) HK$238, Under 4 FREE,
VR Experience HK$28, online booking only. A limited quota for each session will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis.

The New World Harbour Race - formerly the Cross Harbour Race

Hong Kong Harbour RAce

Yes, this is a swimming race accross Victoria Harbour! It is one of the most popular events in Hong Kong attracting hundreds of participants and thousands of spectators. Imagine swimming with the towering skyscrapers on both ends, it's certainly a sight!

There are several categories for competitors, from Youth (12 years old) to Masters (50 and above), there are categories for leisure groups, schools and universities as well. Course can be 1 km to 5 km.
This year due to pandemic restrictions, participation in the race might be limited.

When?: October 23, 2022
Where?: Race starts from Wan Chai Golden Bauhinia Square Public Pier to Tsim Sha Tsui Avenue of Stars
How Much?: Spectators Free!

Hong Kong Tennis Open - SUSPENDED

Angi Kerber, Venus Williams at HK Tennis Open

World class tennis returns to Hong Kong! The Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open is a WTA sanctioned International Series Event features more than 50 of the world's best female tennis players in Victoria Park.

Although a fairly newcomer, the tournament keeps increasing in stature and attracting a high calibre player field. The Open attracted over 58,000 spectators in the past. Tournament's prize money is US$500,000.

When?: SUSPENDED
Where?: Victoria Park Tennis Stadium
How Much?: HK$160 - HK$880
Tickets for the early draws on Saturday, Sunday and Monday are FREE! Tuesday is FREE for students.

Hong Kong Cyclothon - POSTPONED TO DECEMBER 2022

Hong Kong Cyclothon

The Hong Kong Cyclothon will again welcome cyclists from around the world to immerse in the culture and breathtaking landscape only offered by Asia's World City. This year's races will take riders through three bridges and three tunnels across the city, the heart of Mongkok, Tsing Yi Island and will start and end on Tsim Sha Tsui's Salisbury Road.

Races will be tentatively limited to 3,000 professional and cycling enthusiasts this year who will participate in the 50 km, 30 km, CEO Charity and Celebrity Ride, Men's Open and Women's Open and Team Time Trial.

When?: POSTPONED TO DECEMBER
Where?: Vantage points along Salisbury Road near Tsim Sha Tsui promenade and along Mody Road near UC Centenary Garden in Tsim Sha Tsui East
How Much?: Spectators Free!

Ocean Park Halloween Fest 2022

LINE Friends in Halloween outfits at Ocean Parks Merry Go Round

Ocean Park is every year's Halloween Grand Central, with one of the largest events in Asia.

Traditional haunted houses and plenty of interactive experiences throughout the park are being planned. Trick-or-treating for the little ones is always a favourite and we will likely see a return of the popular Survivor of the Undead, Forbidden Rainforest Treasure Hunt and The Supernatural Ghost Tour.

And of course plenty of shows, roaming ghosts and monsters for photo ops, and great food and entertainment round up a day of fun at this year's Halloween Fest.

When?: September 17 to October 31, 2022
Where?: Ocean Park Hong Kong
How Much? General admission ticket gives access to Halloween shows and attractions.

Remember you can buy discount tickets online at Klook.com:
Ocean Park Discount Tickets Adult HK528 HKD360 US$46, Children HK279 HKD216 US$28, further discounts for weekday tickets
Autumn Package HK320 US$40 adults, HK190 $24 child, and Halloween Combo Tickets also available.
Limited Early Bird Offer for Water World Ocean Park HK Ticket

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Hong Kong Disneyland Haunted Halloween Celebrations

Disneyland Halloween pumpkins

What?: The spooky fun of Disney Halloween Time is back once again at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort! From mid-September through October 31, 2022, the iconic Villains from classic Disney stories, as well as beloved Disney Friends decked out in brand-new Halloween looks, will gather to put on an incredibly fun and wicked Halloween extravaganza! Guests are invited to join the Halloween party by dressing up in their own stylish Halloween outfits, inspired by their favorite Disney characters.
When?: Through October 31, 2022.
Where?: Throughout the park
How Much? Included with park admission

Remember you can buy discount tickets online at Klook.com:
HK Disneyland Discount Tickets Adult HK639 HKD570 US$73, Children HK475 HKD435 US$56
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Booo: More Hong Kong Halloween Celebrations

Witches for Halloween

The ghostly decorations and waves of orange pumpkins, skeletons and vampires are making their way into the shopping centers and the theme parks in the territory. Villains, ghosts and goblins are already making the rounds.

There are many events, parties, and parades centered around Halloween this year.

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.

At this time, COVID-19 pandemic control measures have been relaxed and races will be staged in accordance with prevailing restrictions which enable the HKJC to bring more racing fans back to enjoy the on-course entertainment in person. Walk-in admission has been resumed for both public and members enclosures. Customers are encouraged to make advance bookings to secure admission for indoor catering venues. 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.
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. You can join this guided experience and learn all about horse racing and betting, Enjoy the HKJC horse races from the 2M roof deck.

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