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Hong Kong Festivals: The Biggest Events You Can’t Afford to Miss This Year

Whether you’re an art lover, movie buff, or general culture vulture, Hong Kong never fails to entertain. From a culinary celebration at Taste of Hong Kong, to a boozy weekend at the Hong Kong Sevens, we round up some of the biggest and best events not to miss this year. So grab your diaries and lock in those dates now, people.


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Hong Kong Arts Festival

From February 21 to March 23, our city will be swamped in arts and culture as the 47th Hong Kong Arts Festival returns. Featuring everything from Chinese opera to music and theatre performances for kids, the festival’s show-stopping schedule of spectacular events will keep you happily entertained all month long. Ticket sales have already begun, so hurry up and grab them now.

When: February 21 – March 23
Where: Locations vary
How much: $140 – $800
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India by the Bay

Returning for its fifth edition, India by the Bay is a sparkling celebration of all things Indian. With fun-filled activities such as Bollywood dance workshops, theatre performances, and a family day that will get you and the kids’ creative juices flowing, there’s literally something for everyone. Combining arts, music, cuisine, literature, and much more, this vibrant festival is an open platform introducing Hongkongers to all the wonderful things that Indian culture has to offer.

When: March 1 – 9
Where: Locations vary
How much: Prices vary
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The Hong Kong International Film Festival

Screening a worldly array of cinematic titles from more than 55 countries across the city, the Hong Kong International Film Festival stands to be one of Asia’s most reputable platforms for all filmmakers, industry professionals, and film enthusiasts the world over. Featuring a series of world-class films, seminars hosted by renowned filmmakers, exhibitions, and a whole lot more, this is one cinematic extravaganza movie buffs do not want to miss.

When: March 18 – April 1
Where: Locations vary
How much: Prices vary
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Taste of Hong Kong

With an impressive line-up of world-class chefs from some of the city’s top restaurants, this four-day foodie haven will take place by Central Harbourfront from March 21 to 24. Each restaurant will offer a choice of up to four delicious small-plate dishes – including one that is exclusive to the event – with prices starting from $50, giving you plenty of stomach space to munch your way around the arena. While you’re busy eating, don’t forget to check out the Gourmet Market packed with all kinds of delicious artisanal products, the Wolf Theatre where you can catch live cooking demonstrations by famed international and local chefs, and the Sound Stage where you can enjoy a multi-sensory experience with live music performances.

When: March 21 – 24
Where: Central Harbourfront, 9 Lung Wo Road
How much: $78 – $678
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Hong Kong Sevens

Are you ready for the booziest weekend of the year? The roaring Hong Kong Rugby Sevens has earned legendary status for its ridiculous costumes, beer swigging antics, and general debauchery. This year’s event lands at Hong Kong Stadium from April 5 to 7, and while there’s no official announcement yet for the kick-off concert or afterparty, hold on to your rugby balls and keep your eyes peeled here for further updates. One thing’s for sure though, this insane four-day sporting event will come with an action-packed schedule, ensuring you and the gang will have an unforgettable weekend – well, before you blackout that is.

When: April 5 – 7
Where: Hong Kong Stadium, 55 Eastern Hospital Road, So Kon Po, Causeway Bay
How much: Prices vary
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Sónar Hong Kong

Combining music, creativity, and technology in one gigantic festival, Sónar Hong Kong returns to the Hong Kong Science Park this April 13. Music lovers can look forward to an electric line-up of established artists and new emerging talents, creative workshops, live performances, and a series of activities where those with an interest in creative technology and digital culture can come together and explore in a fun and inspiring environment.

When: April 13
Where: Hong Kong Science Park, Sha Tin
How much: $580 – $780
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Shi Fu Miz

Gather your buddies and get yourselves ready for Hong Kong’s most dynamic music and art project, Shi Fu Miz. Returning on May 4 to 5, you can expect dance-inducing beats from some of the hottest names in electronic music such as Shuya Okino, Pablo Valentino, and Palms Trax. Top that with drinks and nibbles, relaxing yoga sessions, workshops, and amazing street art around the venue, and you’ve got yourself the perfect weekend.

When: May 4 – 5
Where: Sai Yuen Farm, Cheung Chau
How much: $480 – $880
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Road to Ultra Hong Kong

There’s no word of when Road to Ultra will return for round four in 2019, but judging from the past few years, we’re pretty sure it’s going to be epic. Having previously welcomed world-famous DJs such as Martin Garrix, Galantis, Marshmello, David Guetta, Hardwell, and Axwell Λ Ingrosso, we can only imagine who will headline this year’s festival.

When: TBC
Where: TBC
How much: TBC
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Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival

What better way to spend your weekend than sipping on fine wines and chowing down some delicious nibbles, against the glistening backdrop of Victoria Harbour. Exact dates are yet to be announced, but the festival will likely take place towards the end of October. Inviting guests to enjoy everything from a tall glass of bubbly to popular dishes from the city’s top hotels and restaurants, the festival is one of the biggest culinary events of the year.

When: TBC
Where: Central Harbourfront, 9 Lung Wo Road, Central
How much: TBC
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Clockenflap

America has Coachella, the UK has Glastonbury Festival, and Hong Kong has Clockenflap. Every year, this outdoor music extravaganza serves up a platter of huge international headliners and popular local talents on the stage, along with a plethora of quirky art pieces dotted around the venue. No details of key attractions or artists have been announced yet, but be sure to pencil in November 22 to 24 in your diaries now.

When: November 22 to 24
Where: Central Harbourfront, 9 Lung Wo Road, Central
How much: TBC
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