Just an hour away by ferry, Macau is host to all manner of fun. From a roll of the dice in the casinos to a day spent exploring the city’s old ruins and unique black sand beach, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. But plan your trip wisely, because the territory also plays host to frequent festivals, concerts, and large scale events that are in themselves more than worthy of a trip to Macau. If you’re looking for a reason to set sail to our sister SAR, then we’ve got five.
1. Maroon 5 Live at The Venetian
Pop-rock veterans Maroon 5 take to the stage on March 3 at the Venetian’s Cotai Arena, in support of their new album, Red Pill Blues. Tickets range from $688 to $1,988, while ferry packages are also available to purchase. Having hit headlines recently for headlining the Super Bowl halftime show, the septet makes their Macau debut after successfully completing several sold-out shows in Hong Kong. Fans can expect an eclectic mix of chart-topping hits from their debut album to the recently Grammy-nominated single, Girls Like You.
2. The Script Road Macau Literary Festival
Founded in 2012 by local Macanese newspaper Ponto Final, The Script Road bridges the Chinese and Portuguese literary communities in an inclusive festival of the arts. This year’s event takes place from March 15 to 24 in venues across Macau, while recent inceptions have seen the inclusion of Man Booker Prize finalist Madeleine Thien and Pulitzer Prize winner Adam Johnson. Visitors can expect a programme filled with author-led discussions, live music performances, exhibitions, and cinema screenings.
3. Macau Grand Prix
Have you got the need for speed? The 6.2-kilometre street circuit that makes up the Macau Grand Prix has developed a reputation among gearheads, owing to its sharp turns and speedy circuit. Now in its 65th year, the Macau Grand Prix returns this November 14 to 17, promising to bring fans a fast-paced, adrenaline-fuelled race on one of the world’s hardest Formula 3 tracks. Ticketing information for the 2019 event will be released on the event website closer to the time.
4. Supper Moment Live at The Venetian
Homegrown Hong Kong rock group Supper Moment has taken the city by storm since its formation in 2006, and their popularity has stretched to our sister SAR. They take to the stage on 23 February at the Cotai Arena, but if you missed your chance to book tickets, then you’re in luck because the show proved so popular that the band have added a second performance on February 24. Tickets are priced between $380 and $980, and ferry packages are available for purchase.
5. Jabbawockeez Live at the MGM Theatre
American hip hop crew Jabbawockeez host their first residency at the MGM Theatre from March 2 to 31. The troupe rose to fame after winning reality TV competition America’s Best Dance Crew over 11 years ago. They bring their unique, collectively choreographed, high energy routines to Macau with their trademark masks in tow. Tickets are priced between $388 and $988, and room and ferry packages are also available, as are Macanese resident and student discounts.