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What’s on this Mid-Autumn Festival 2019 in Hong Kong

By Jenny Leung 6 September 2019
Mooncakes, lanterns, and fire dragons—that’s right, ladies and gentlemen, Mid-Autumn Festival is almost here. With this wonderful public holiday landing on September 13, you’ll have some extra time on your hands to go out and explore the many festivities that are happening around the city. So check out our round-up of what’s on around town this Mid-Autumn Festival and make the most out of this magical time of year.

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Fire Dragon dances

Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance

The Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance is by far the most traditional and popular Fire Dragon Dance in all of Hong Kong. This three-day celebration dates back to the early 19th century, when flaming dragons were used by villagers to put an end to the bad luck that was plaguing their crops. Today, although it is more so fuelled by tradition rather than superstition, it is still none the less impressive. With 300 performers, 72,000 incense sticks, and a 67 metre-long dragon, it’s quite a sight to behold. When: September 12–14 (8.15pm–10pm) Where: Tai Hang, Causeway Bay How much: Free Click here for more information

Lee Tung Avenue LED Fire Dragon Fiesta

Fire Dragon dancing is great and all, but once it gets going, the heat and smoke can often be overwhelming—not exactly kid-friendly. Thankfully, the LED Fire Dragon Fiesta at Lee Tung Avenue is making its return this year. Combining a unique contemporary twist (using LED lights instead of fire) to traditional cultural celebrations, the Fire Dragon’s parade team even invites spectators to join and take part in the dance, so prepare to show your moves! When: September 13 (8.30pm–9.30pm) Where: Lee Tung Avenue, Wan Chai How much: Free Click here for more information

Pok Fu Lam Village Fire Dragon Dance

As per tradition, the flaming Mid-Autumn Dragon returns to the sea after illuminating the city, weaving through Pok Fu Lam Village to get to the coast. This is a ritualistic ceremony that you won’t be able to see anywhere else. When: September 13 (6.30pm–11.45pm) Where: Pok Fu Lam Village How much: Free Click here for more information

 Lantern displays

Magic Behind The Moon Interactive Lighting Installation

This modern installation will project the moon with special lighting effects whilst vaporisers create mist over pools to add even more atmosphere. Four great inflatable sculptures await visitors along with the added fun of interacting with digital images using augmented reality (AR). When: Now until September 22 (6.30pm–11pm) Where: Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui How much: Free Click here for more information

Urban Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival

Hosting the largest and most impressive lantern carnival of them all, Victoria Park really does come alive during Mid-Autumn Festival. As the Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance snakes its way through the park, visitors have the chance to admire the excellent craftsmanship of colourful lanterns on display. Also, don’t miss the Youth Night on September 12 and Carnival Night on September 13, where an exciting programme of live performances and workshops are free for all to join. When: September 12–13 (7.30pm–11pm) Where: Victoria Park, Causeway Bay How much: Free Click here for more information

New Territories East Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival

Don’t feel left out if you happen to reside in the eastern New Territories, as there is plenty of opportunities for you to enjoy this holiday too. With stunning lantern displays, folk craft stalls all the way from Guangdong, traditional snacks, and fun contemporary games, this lantern carnival held at Sha Tin Park is guaranteed to offer something for everyone. When: September 14–15 (7.30pm–10pm) Where: Sha Tin Park How much: Free Click here for more information

New Territories West Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival

For all you lovely people in the western New Territories, pay a visit to Tuen Mun Park for this year’s Lantern Carnival. There will be singing, dancing, and acrobatic performances from Ningxia, as well as traditional lantern-making demonstrations, lantern riddles, folk craft, and much more for all to enjoy. When: September 14–15 (7.30pm–10pm) Where: Tuen Mun Park How much: Free Click here for more information
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Photo courtesy of Lee Tung Avenue

Rejoice in the Blooming Floral Lanterns

With lantern-making workshops, a traditional snack market, sugar candy-blowing demonstrations, and a traditional Chinese puppet show, the Mid-Autumn Celebratory Fair at Lee Tung Avenue are packed with events for the whole month. It is perfect for kids to learn all about the amazing traditions of this festival while having tons of unforgettable fun. When: Now until October 6 Where: Lee Tung Avenue, Wan Chai How much: Free Click here for more information

Wishing Pavilion—Lantern and Light Show

Bright and colourful lantern displays turn Victoria Park into a magical land, the displays are lit every night from 6.30pm–11.00pm, and there is also an Exhibition on Craftsmanship of Lantern Making. The winning entry from The Design contest held months prior to the festival will also be featured so get ready to be amazed! When: September 13–27 Where: Victoria Park, Causeway Bay How much: Free Click here for more information


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Photo courtesy of The Richfield

Moonlight Market at The Richfield

Another custom of Mid-autumn Festival is to go moon-watching to admire the round moon in its full glory with family and friends. The Richfield has put together a marketplace for everyone to come together and enjoy the beautiful night views alongside live music, food stalls, and local handicraft stalls. When: September 6–8 & 13–15 Where: The Richfield, Yuen Long How much: Free Click here for more information

Dreamcatcher Holiday Market

Taking up the rooftop of D2 Place, the Dreamcatcher Holiday Market features a variety of locall- produced handicrafts, wishing pool, kimono experience, as well as speciality food stalls! Their famous moon installation is also back and trust us, it is huge! This is the spot to go and experience a bit of Japanese festivity for the Mid-Autumn festival. When: September 7–8 & 14–15 Where: D2 Place ONE, Lai Chi Kok How much: Free Click here for more information
Originally published on 17 September, 2018 by Jenny Leung. Updated on 6 September, 2019 by Ching Yuen.

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Jenny Leung

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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.