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The Best Festivals of 2018 You Can't Afford to Miss

By Jenny Leung 2 May 2018
Summer is on the horizon, bringing with it a brand new line-up of top festivals not to be missed. Whether you're an art lover, movie buff, theatre-goer, culture vulture, or mad about music, these epic events are guaranteed to float your boat and bring a whole load of joy to you in 2018. So grab your diaries and lock them down now.

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Past Events

India by the Bay

Taking place between February 2 and 9 at multiple venues across Hong Kong, India by the Bay will be a sparkling celebration of all things India. With a traditional Parsi theme opening gala dinner to mark the start of the festival, then moving on to different events such as Bollywood dance workshops, theatre performances, and even a Family Day featuring all kinds of fun-filled activities that will surely the creative juices flowing, there's literally something for everyone. Combining arts, music, cuisine, literature, and much more, this vibrant festival will be an open platform introducing Hong Kongers to all the wonderful things the Indian culture has to offer. When: February 2 - 9 Where: Locations vary How much: Prices vary Click here for more information

46th Hong Kong Arts Festival

From February 23 to March 24, our city will be swamped in arts and culture during The 46th annual Hong Kong Arts Festival, where art-lovers from all around the globe come together to indulge in endless art exhibitions and live performances. Spanning across multiple forms such as theatre, Chinese opera, and dance, the Hong Kong Arts Festival's show stopping schedule of spectacular events will keep you entertained all month long. Ticket sales has already begun, so hurry and bag yourself a ticket now to avoid disappointment. When: February 23 - March 24 Where: Locations vary How much: Prices vary Click here for more information

Sónar Hong Kong

Combining music, creativity, and technology together in one gigantic festival, Sónar Hong Kong is returning to the city for the second time on March 17 at the Hong Kong Science Park. Music lovers can look forward to an electric lineup 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: March 17, (11pm - 3am) Where: Hong Kong Science Park, Sha Tin How much: $880 Click here for more information

The Hong Kong International Film Festival

Making its return once again, the Hong Kong International Film Festival will be taking over the city from March 19 to April 7. Screening over 250 titles from more than 55 countries across various cultural venues across town, the festival stands to be one of Asia's most reputable platforms for all filmmakers, industry professionals, and film enthusiasts from all over the world to experience the world of cinema like never before. Featuring a series of world-class films, seminars hosted by leading filmmakers around the world, film exhibitions, and a whole lot more, this is one festival movie buffs do not want to miss. When: March 19 - April 7 Where: Locations vary How much: Prices vary Click here for more information

Taste of Hong Kong Festival

Calling all foodies! Taste of Hong Kong Festival returns this March to bring you the ultimate four-day foodie extravaganza. With an impressive lineup of world-class chefs from from the city’s hottest new restaurants such as BlackSalt, Haku, Forbidden Duck, Frantzen’s Kitchen, and New Punjab Club, as well as other Hong Kong favourites including Pici, Zuma, Chachawan, and Micheline star cuisine from Bo Innovation and Caprice, hungry guests can sink their teeth into more than 60 sumptuous dishes and mouth-watering menus at Central Harbourfront from March 22 to 25. Each restaurant will offer a choice of three delicious small-plate dishes with prices starting from $50, giving you plenty of stomach space to munch your way around the arena. While you're stuffing your faces with delicious food, don't forget to check out the Gourmet Market packed with delicious artisanal products, the Taste Theatre where you can catch live cooking demonstrations, and swing by the Sound Stage to enjoy a multi-sensory experience with live music performances. When: March 22 - 25, (12.30pm - 4.30pm / 6pm - 10pm) Where: Central Harbourfront, 9 Lung Wo Road, Central How much: $75 - $678 (VIP Package) Click here for more information

18+ Central

Things will be heating up at Central Harbourfront from April 5 to 8 as 18+ Central tackles the hush-hush subject of sex and pleasure through a spectacular lineup of Las Vegas style stage shows, a VR play-zone, seduction workshops, and numerous photo-ops. There is even a chance for you to meet some of the biggest adult stars from all over the world. Fighting to knock down the strongly male-oriented and somewhat vulgar perception of adult expos, 18+ Central will be Hong Kong's First adult-themed carnival and is fully charged to break taboos while giving Hong Kong a dazzling, bold, and classy extravaganza for everyone to enjoy. When: April 5 - 8, (2.30pm - 10pm) Where: Central Harbourfront, 9 Lung Wo Road, Central How much: $450 - $760 (VIP Pass) Click here for more information

Road to Ultra Hong Kong

Back for round three, Road to Ultra Hong Kong will be making its grand return to electrify our city this June 9 at the AsiaWorld-Expo. Promising to be better than ever before, there will be plenty of heart-thumping beats from world-renowned DJs to keep you dancing way into the night, amazing visual lighting productions, as well as delicious noms to keep you fueled. Can’t wait to get going? Then head to their site to grab yourself a ticket, or better yet, click here for a chance to win a pair of tickets to this epic music festival! When: June 9, (1pm - 11pm) Where: AsiaWorld-Expo How much: $1,080 - $1,280 Click here for more information [/su_spoiler]

Shi Fu Miz

Round up the gang and get yourselves ready for Hong Kong's most dynamic music and art project, Shi Fu Miz. Returning on October 27 and 28, there will be dance-inducing beats from some of the hottest names in electronic music such as Glenn Underground, Dan Shake, Ben UFO, La Mamie's, and ROAM Selector, as well as yoga workshops by Yoga BamBam, Greengrass Yoga, and Resonant Yoga. Top that with drinks and nibbles, fun workshops, amazing street art, and a silent disco by Sound Off, and you've got yourself an unforgettable weekend. Advance day tickets are now available on Eventbrite. When: October 27 - 28 Where: Sai Yuen Farm, Cheung Chau How much: $380 - $880 Click here for more information

Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival

What better way to spend your weekend than sipping on some fine wines and chowing down some delicious nibbles against the cool backdrop of Victoria Harbour. This year's Wine & Dine Festival will fall on October 25 to 28, inviting guests to enjoy everything from a tall glass of bubbly, to popular dishes from top hotels and restaurants in the city. More details will be announced soon so don't forget to check back here regularly for an update on one of the biggest culinary events of the year. When: October 25, (7.30pm - 11.30pm) / October 26 - 27, (12pm - 11.30pm) / Ocotber 28, (12pm - 10pm) Where: Central Harbourfront, 9 Lung Wo Road, Central How much: TBC Click here for more information

 Clockenflap 2018

Clockenflap is Hong Kong's biggest outdoor music and arts festival, bringing huge international headliners and local talents to the stage, and while we know it may seem like ages away, early bird tickets are already on sale for this year's extravaganza on November 17 to 19. No lineups or details for key attractions has been announced yet, but make sure to mark your diaries and snag those tickets now to save a few dollars because you know it can only be bigger and better than ever before - and the bar has been set pretty high so far! When: November 9 - 11 Where: Central Harbourfront, 9 Lung Wo Road, Central How much: $640 - $1,410 (Early Bird) Click here for more information

Creamfields Hong Kong

After the success of one of the world's biggest EDM festivals last year, Creamfields will be making a stop in Hong Kong once again. Nothing has been set in stone yet in terms if dates or lineups, but the organisers are welcoming suggestions on their Facebook page as to who you guys want to see. So be sure to follow them and stay up to date with all their latest news on what's in store this year. When: December 15 - 16, Where: TBC How much: TBC Click here for more information

Read more! Check out other exciting events in our Save The Date or our Calendar of Holidays and Events for the latest updates of what's on around town.

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Jenny Leung

Senior editor

Born in Hong Kong and raised in the UK, Jenny grew up with the best of both worlds. She loves just about anything to do with music and doesn’t shy away from belting out a tune or two when it comes to karaoke. If she’s not out and about exploring the city and practising her photography skills, she’s probably tucked up in bed with a book or glued to her laptop doing her online shopping.