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Chinese New Year

The biggest event of the year for most Chinese residents, with a day of dragon dances and fireworks. It’s a family event, with visits to temples and – perhaps most important of all – feasting on New Year delicacies such as crescent-shaped dumplings (which symbolise wealth).

Date: 05 February 2019 - 05 February 2019
Venue: Throughout Hong Kong.
Cost:

Free.


Spring Lantern Festival

Also known as Chinese Valentine’s Day. Expect lantern parades and matchmaking games.

Date: 19 February 2019 - 19 February 2019
Venue: Throughout the city.

Hong Kong Arts Festival

A celebration of all things performing arts. There are live performances and artistic events, including music, dance and drama. This is a truly international arts festival which has seen top artists from around the world. Previous participants include: Moscow Art Theatre, Paris Opera Ballet, the People's Art Theatre of Beijing, Pina Bausch Tanztheater Wuppertal, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Stuttgart Ballet and the Bolshoi Theatre, amongst others.

Date: 21 February 2019 - 23 March 2019
Venue: Throughout the city.
Website: http://www.hk.artsfestival.org

Hong Kong International Film Festival

The Hong Kong International Film Festival is one of Asia's most reputable film festivals. The event reaches hundreds of thousands of individuals, screening hundreds of films from multiple countries. Festival-goers can enjoy world-class films, seminars hosted by film makers from around the world, exhibitions, parties and more.

Date: 18 March 2019 - 01 April 2019
Venue: Various venues.
Website: http://www.hkiff.org.hk
Cost:

Free.


Ching Ming Festival

On ‘grave sweeping day’, families visit the graves of loved ones and tidy them up. They also burn ‘hell money’ which is intended to give the deceased spending power in the afterlife; similarly burning status symbols such as paper cars will equip the departed with luxury goods.

Date: 05 April 2019 - 05 April 2019
Venue: Throughout Hong Kong.
Cost:

Free.


Le French GourMay

Le French GourMay will allows the people of Hong Kong and Macau to satisfy their craving for the best of French wines and gastronomy. Restaurants, Michelin-starred chefs, as well as wine importers and distributors in Hong Kong and Macau advocate the festival by featuring menus to go along with French wines, wine tastings, promotions and workshops.

Date: 01 May 2019 - 31 May 2019
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Hong Kong
Website: http://www.frenchgourmay.com
Cost:

Varied


Cheung Chau Bun Festival

This week of festivities – also known as the Tai Chiu festival – includes parades, martial arts demonstrations and Chinese opera performances. But it’s the buns which really capture the imagination: towers of them are intended to satisfy the ghosts of pirates, and on the final day a huge tower of buns is scaled by teams competing to grab as many of them as possible.

Date: 09 May 2019 - 13 May 2019
Venue: Cheung Chau Island.
Website: http://www.cheungchau.org/
Cost:

Free.


Dragon Boat Festival

Dragon boat racing, as well as live entertainment, food stalls and a vibrant party atmosphere take over Hong Kong during the Dragon Boat Festival. This ancient event, also known as Tuen Ng Festival, commemorates the death of a popular Chinese national hero, Qu Yuan, who drowned himself in the Mi Lo River in 278BCE to protest against the corrupt rulers.

Date: 07 June 2019 - 07 June 2019
Venue: Various locations across Hong Kong including Aberdeen, Stanley, Discovery Bay, and Sai Kung.
Cost:

Free to spectate.


Mid-Autumn Festival

Also known as the Moon Cake Festival, after the sweet treats which are eaten during the run-up and on the day itself. The festival marks a historical rebellion against Mongol rule in which, it is said, plans for revolt were hidden within moon cakes. Events include a lantern parade in Victoria Park.

Date: 14 September 2019 - 14 September 2019
Venue: Throughout the city.
Cost:

Free.