July 2023 Hong Kong Festivals and Events

Book Fair, Arts Carnival, AniCom...
A Gorgeous Summer Night in Hong Kong
A Gorgeous Summer Night in Hong Kong

As Hong Kong gets back to normal, many of our favourite Summer events are back on their regular schedules: AniCom, the Book Fair and the Arts Carnival with a full in-person programme.

Expect a comeback of our usual water party events at Ocean Park and Disneyland as well as many new attractions launching this summer.

Temperatures are picking up, yes, we're approaching the wettest hottest weeks of the year... so don't forget to pack very light, cotton, breathable clothing, sandals, hat, etc. and also a light sweater for the air-conditioning which will be running full blast at shopping centres, restaurants and hotel lobbys.

Traveling with the kids? Amusement parks are fun rain or shine, you are even expected to get wet at some rides. On the other hand, if it is raining too hard, some of the rides might be closed.

We are also in the middle of Typhoon season... watch out for any alerts. Here's what you need to know about typhoons in Hong Kong.

All of our most popular attractions like the Ngong Ping Cable Car and the Big Buddha, harbour cruises, the Peak Tram, etc. are operating on normal schedules.

So let's get on with the fun part, here's what's going on in Hong Kong this July:

Highlight Celebrations and Events in July 2023

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

Hong Kong Attractions, Tours, Activities that have reopened This July 2023

Ongoing Events This July 2023

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26th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Hong Kong SAR - July 1, 2023

Bauhinia Square

This is a public holiday and the scope and extent of the celebrations have varied over the years including parades, flag-raising ceremonies, cultural performances, and in the case of special Anniversaries, 10th, 15th, 20th fantastic fireworks displays

Events commemorating this year's 26th Anniversary of Establishment of the HK SAR are already underway and include, as in recent years, a splendid variety of activities ranging from sports events to cultural and arts programmes, lion dances, flag-raising ceremonies, parades, etc. organised by state offices as well as many community groups.

Stanley Dragon Boat Short-Course Races - July 1, 2023

Stanley Short Dragon Boat Races

Celebrated a few weeks after the main races of the Tuen Ng festival, as the name suggests, the races are on a shorter course, only 200 meters.

When?:July 1, 2023 9:00 a.m. - approx. 4:00 p.m.
Where?: Stanley Main Beach.
How Much?: FREE

SummerFest Hong Kong - June 9 - July 23, 2023

SummerFest Hong Kong in the harbourfront

After a three year hiatus, this beloved festival is finally back in the Central Harbourfront this summer! With fantastic exhibitions, activities, live performances and shows and parties, organisers have transformed the middle of the city into a 30,000 square metre playground for all to enjoy this summer.

What's in store? Exhibitions and activities include Ping Pong Fun, Hoops Wall, a Racing Track, iconic "One CityBus Exhibition", playgrounds, craft markets and fairs, game booths and even a sandy Beach!

Dance parties, yoga classes, Ukulele festivals, bike carnival, concerts and plenty of carnival food round up the entertainment.

SummerFest Hong Kong in the harbourfront

When?: June 9 - July 23, 2023
Where?: Central Harbourfront Event Space
How Much?: FREE Admission

Harbour Chill Carnival - Weekends from July 8 to August 6, 2023

Harbour Chill Hong Kong in the Wanchai harbourfront

A fantastic carnival coming to the Wanchai waterfront this summer! There will be tons of entertainment for five action-packed weekends in July and early August. Featuring live entertainment and concerts, street performances and a Waterfront Pyrotechnic rendition of "A Symphony of Lights" get ready for a chill and fun summer!

With a different theme every week, Cantopop, DJ music, Indie... get ready for electrifying performances featuring singers and artists from around Asia in the backdrop of a unique water stage set against stunning Victoria Harbour...

For adrenaline junkies, the best in extreme sports will be up for display with thrilling skateboard, BMX, breakdancing, and for the first time, the American original "Red Bull Mind the Gap" competition.

And our Symphony of Lights will be taken to the next level with additional beam lights, dancing light effects, and an explosion of marine pyrotechnic displays.

Harbour Chill Hong Kong in the harbourfront

When?: Saturdays and Sundays from July 8 to August 6, 2023
Where?: Wanchai Harbourfront
How Much?: FREE Admission, tickets needed for Music performances, tickets are free, get them online, all are standing tickets on a first-come, first-served basis.

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.

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

When? July 14 - August 13, 2023

HKTDC Hong Kong Book Fair 2023

Hong Kong Book Fair

Organised by the HK Trade Development Council, it's not only books, books and more books on this week-long affair, lately the emphasis has also been on multimedia, e-books and e-learning resources.

Besides the publishers' exhibits, there is a range of cultural events including seminars and forums featuring English-language world-renowned writers.

If you are a book worm, don't miss this chance to snatch some bargains (specially on the very last day of the fair)!

When?: July 19 - 25, 2023
Where?: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
How Much?: General admission Adults HK25, children HK10, early morning admission (before noon) or evening (after 7pm) HK10, tourists HK10

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

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. Don't miss the new "Summer Bubble Blast Party" in Fantasyland, filled with bubbles and even bubblier smiles.

Coming also this summer, the all-new "Adventure is Out There!" stage show at Adventureland, featuring Mickey and Goofy in their brand-new stylish adventure-themed outfits.

And also in 2023, the Walt Disney Company marks its 100th Anniversary! We can expect a series of exciting events including character appearances in their celebratory outfits, festive merchandise, foods and souvenirs.

Mickey and friends will take center stage with the newly redone Castle of Magical Dreams as backdrop and come together to deliver a special summer edition of "Follow Your Dreams," featuring special effects and spectacular water features.

When? June through September 3, 2023
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 Klook.com:
HK Disneyland Discount Tickets Adult HK639 HKD584, Children HK475 HKD428
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Ocean Park Summer Splash

Ocean Park Summer  in Hong Kong

2023 Summer Splash theme is in collaboration with icoic brand emoji. 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.

In addition to the Summer Splash party, Ocean Park has partnered with the Hong Kong Playground Association to launch the brand-new Summer Kayak Eco-tour *extra charge. Families with kids aged 6 and above can discover the sea caves up close, as well as visit the sandbar between Yuk Kwai Shan and Ap Lei Pai to learn about environmental messages.

When?: July 8 - August 27, 2023
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 Klook.com:
Ocean Park Discount All Day Delight Tickets Adult HK498 HK$368, Child HK249 HK$233.

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Chinese Opera Festival - June 16 - October 8, 2023

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 16 - October 8, 2023. 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 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.

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.

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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