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What’s On This Mid-Autumn Festival

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 25, 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 roundup 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 23 – 25, (8.15pm – 10.30pm)
Where: Tai Hang, Causeway Bay
How much: Free
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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 23, (8.30pm – 9.30pm)
Where: Lee Tung Avenue, Wan Chai
How much: Free
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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 24, (6.30pm – 11.45pm)
Where: Pok Fu Lam Village
How much: Free
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 Lantern Displays

To The Moon Interactive Lighting Installation

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department never fails to put on a stunning lantern display every year during Mid-Autumn Festival, and this year it’s even bigger and better! Featuring an interactive lighting installation that follows the theme of “To The Moon”, the display is set to reside at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza, right along the coast of Tsim Sha Tsui. That’s not all, there will also be a Captain’s Cabin where your little ones can have a 3-minute driving experience, a Stamping Station, storytelling sessions, and take part in lantern-making workshops.

When: September 15 – October 1, (6.30pm – 11pm)
Where: Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
How much: Free
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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 23 and Carnival Night on September 24 where an exciting programme of live performances and workshops are free for all to join.

When: September 21 – 25, (6.30pm – 11pm)
Where: Victoria Park, Causeway Bay
How much: Free
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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 opportunity 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 Tai Po Waterfront is guaranteed to offer something for everyone.

When: September 21 – 25, (6.30pm – 11pm)
Where: Tai Po Waterfront Park
How much: Free
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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 21 – 25, (6.30pm – 11pm)
Where: Tuen Mun Park
How much: Free
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The Moon Rabbit Lumière

Following the success of last year’s giant moon installation at Lee Tung Avenue, the Mid-Autumn Festival fairy tale romance continues this year with a new exhibition, the ‘Moon Rabbit Lumiere’. Created by world-renowned Australian artist, Amanda Parer, the inflatable rabbit installation will be put on display at both Lee Tung Avenue in Wan Chai, as well as China Hong Kong City in Tsim Sha Tsui.

When: September 19 to October 17
Where: Lee Tung Avenue, Wan Chai / China Hong Kong City, Tsim Sha Tsui
How much: Free
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Lee Tung Avenue: Mid-Autumn Celebratory Fair

Featuring 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 is perfect for your little ones to learn all about the amazing traditions of this festival, while having tons of unforgettable fun.

When: September 23 – 25, (4pm – 6pm)
Where: Lee Tung Avenue, Wan Chai
How much: Free
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