September 2024 Hong Kong Festivals and Events

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

The scorching heat and hummidity of the summer months are receding and cooler days are ahead as September 2024 welcomes a host of fantastic events and festivals.

Front and center are the Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations with the myriad of colorful lanterns which start popping up all over the territory throughout the month in anticipation of the carnivals and the fantastic fire dragon parades in Tai Hang.

Horse racing season begins at both Sha Tin and Happy Valley and the spectacular International Fireworks Contest will take center stage next door in Macau!

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Mid-Autumn Festival Celebrations

Lantern Carnival in Victoria Park

Urban Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival at Victoria Park

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?: September 17, 2024
Lantern Displays September 12 - 18, 2024 light-up time from 6:30 pm to 11:00 pm and until midnight on September 17
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?: September 6 - October 6, 2024, light-up time from 6:30 pm to 11:00 pm Fridays thru Sundays
Where?: Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade and Cultural Centre Piazza near the Clocktower
How Much?: Free

Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance Parades

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 16 - 18, 2024, approx. 8:15 pm - 10:30 pm
Where?: Tai Hang, Causeway Bay.
How Much?: Free

The 2024 Macau International Fireworks Contest

Macau Firworks

Just next door in Macau... Five 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 five 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?: September and October 2024 dates TBA

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

How Much?: FREE!

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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.

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, 2024
Where?: Throughout the park
How Much? Included with park admission

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Ocean Park Halloween Fest 2024

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?: Mid-September to October 31, 2024
Where?: Ocean Park Hong Kong
How Much? General admission ticket gives access to Halloween shows and attractions. Extra charge for Halloween special attractions

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Horse Racing Season 2024-25 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!

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 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?: Season opening TBA. 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, 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.

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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