August 2023 Hong Kong Festivals and Events

Food Expo, Computer Festival, Arts Carnival
Beautiful August Sunset in Cheung Chau Island

Summer in Hong Kong is in full swing with August bringing a full calendar of events and programmes. The International Arts Carnival is underway featuring a wide array of stage performances and as AniCom comes to a close, we welcome the first Songkran Festival in Hong Kong, the iconic water splashing fest celebrated annually in Thailand. Also back this August are some entertaining exhibitions and fairs, the Hong Kong Food Expo and the Computer and Communications Festival.

Hot days ahead! Great time to get out to the islands and beaches and spend much needed time outdoors! Outdoor spaces, parks and beaches are open and ready for visitors wanting to hike, swim, kayak, bike... see list below for some of the most popular activities and attractions this summer.

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 2023

And here's what's hot this summer with kids in Hong Kong

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Ongoing Events This August 2023

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Highlight Celebrations and Events in August 2023

S2O Hong Kong Songkran Music Festival 2023

Songkran Music Festival Hong Kong 2023

Songkran Music Festival, the world's wettest party is coming to Hong Kong this summer! The popular annual Thai celebration with lots of splashing that washes away the bad luck to welcome the new year is spreading this unique celebration around the world and this year is coming to Hong Kong.
Expect an extravaganza of lights, music and entertainment, fantastic performances and visual effects and of course, the iconic water splashing experience this festival is most known for. This year's line up to feature Alesso, Nicky Romero, Adventure Club, Ben Nicky, MAKJ, and many many more...

When?: August 5 - 6, 2023
Where?: The Central Harbourfront
How Much?: HK$ 1,180 - 3,380

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    Hong Kong Brands and Products Shopping Festival

    Brand Product Expo

    Organised by the Chinese Manufacturers' Association of Hong Kong and taking place at AsiaWorld-Expo, the four-day festival features more than 300 booths presenting a wide spectrum of quality products at GREAT PRICES, and offers splendid shopping and entertainment experiences for everyone.

    The Festival features several thematic zones including Leisure Food Zone, Health Preserving Food Zone, Living & Household Products Zone, Fashion & Beauty Products Zone, and Trendy Life and Flavorful Fun Zone. From food and beverages to grocery items, from home appliances to kitchenware, from hygiene and cleaning products to pet products, there must be something new for visitors to discover. That's not all... Visitors can expect hundreds of amazing offers and irresistible super sales of up to 90% off from a wide variety of products.

    When?: August 4 - 7, 2023
    Where?: AsiaWorld-Expo, Hall 5 & 7 (East Entrance)
    How Much?: Admission HK10 adults, free for children under 1 meter in height, seniors 65+ and persons with disabilities.
    You are requested to bring your own shopping bag, tableware and water container.

    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 10, 2023 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 10, 2023
    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 17 - 19, 2023
    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?: August 25 - 28, 2023
    Where?: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre Hall 1
    How Much?: HK30

    Ani-Com and Games Hong Kong

    Ani-Com HK Cosplay couple

    If you have teenagers you will not want to miss this one! Ani-Com and Games is Hong Kong's hottest event in the digital entertainment, comics, animation, video games and toys and collectibles arena and the most popular summer carnival in Hong Kong.

    Packed with the latest in big wave trend-setting entertainment, this is one of the most prominent shows in Asia.

    Don't miss the many events including stage forums and presentations, model kit competitions, comic Master's autograph sessions, etc.

    When?: July 28 - August 1, 2023
    Where?: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
    How Much?: HK$42

    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 30, 2023
    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.
    Top-notch artists from Hong Kong and abroad present an array of performances covering dance, music, theatre and acrobatics all injected with interactive, arts-tech and multimedia elements to delight, excite and inspire children and families. Combined with workshops, guided tours and online programmes, this is a fun-filled cultural experience, both within and beyond the theatre.

    When? July 14 - August 13, 2023

    Where? Many fantastic venues including the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Hong Kong City Hall, Yuen Long Theatre...

    How Much? Varies HK$ 60+

    Chinese Opera Festival

    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 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?: June 14 - August 4, 2024. You can also check out these 7 places to discover Cantonese Opera in Hong Kong
    Where?: Stage performances are held at a variety of venues, including the fabulous 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 at HK Disneyland

    Hong Kong Disney Summer Pixar Water Party

    Every summer Hong Kong Disneyland creates a big splash of fun with a fun-filled water party as beloved Pixar Friends make a return appearance, including Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Jessie and more.

    Mickey and friends will also take center stage and come together to deliver a special summer fun edition featuring special events with spectacular water features.

    2024 programme is TBA. Stay tuned!

    When? June through August 2024
    Where? Throughout Hong Kong Disneyland
    How Much? Disney Street Summer Party activities and shows are free with Park Admission.

    Remember you can buy discount tickets online at
    HK Disneyland Discount Tickets Adult HK639 HKD584, Children HK475 HKD428
    More Info and Booking at

    Dining Offers at Hong Kong Disneyland

    Ocean Park Summer Splash

    Ocean Park Summer  in Hong Kong

    Head to both Ocean Park and Water World for non-stop splashing and endless laughter. You will get soaked from head to toe, so be prepared!!!

    Street Splash Battle will be fought at Applause Pavilion and don't miss the Dream Foam Party and enjoy a gigantic pool of vibrant bubbles, dazzling lights and upbeat music by live DJ performances.

    And head over to the Kids Water Playground and cool off with mist-spraying arches, the Rainbow Fountain and stand under the massive bucket of the Mega Gush for an exhilarating experience.

    When?: July - August 2024, exact dates TBA
    Where?: Ocean Park Hong Kong
    How Much?: Included with Park Admission, see special Summer Fun Ticket Offers below

    Remember you can buy discount tickets online at
    Ocean Park Discount Tickets Standard HK438 HK$388

    More Info and Booking at

    Offers for Water World Ocean Park HK Ticket

    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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