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27 best Hong Kong events to look forward to in 2019

You need never be bored throughout the next 12 months

Written by
Olivia Lai
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There are tons of exciting Hong Kong events happening all the way through 2019. As a global city, Hong Kong is blessed with a constant stream of world-class activities and festivities that make most other cities green with envy. And if you’re the type of person who loves planning ahead months in advance, we’re here to make your life a whole lot easier as we check out the biggest and most incredible happenings taking place in our SAR over the next 12 months.

From the big celebrations that surround traditional Hong Kong festivals like Chinese New Year and Dragon Boat Festival to the return of the biggest annual food and music events – we’re looking at you Taste of Hong Kong and Clockenflap – mark your calendars with this, our pick of the hottest happenings in 2019.

RECOMMENDED: Plan your entire week, every week, with our regularly updated guide to the best things to do in Hong Kong this week, or check out our definitive guide to the best things to do in Hong Kong.

Best Hong Kong events in 2019

Le French May

Le French May

When May arrives, you know what that means: Le French May. The annual two-month-long festival brings with a raft of Gallic events, experiences and entertainment. Previous years have featured energetic dance performances,  operas like Carmen and the crowd-favourite French Traditional Gourmet Market at Stanley Plaza. 

Road to Ultra

Road to Ultra

Though dates haven’t been confirmed, we expect the popular electronic music festival to return this June for another multisensory, state-of-the-art audiovisual extravaganza. Despite its decision to move to an indoors venue last year – safety issues and all – that didn’t affect the lineup with headliners like David Guetta, Swedish hitmakers Axwell & Ingrosso and electronic duo Galantis. Whenever it takes place, we predict Ultra will bring another top-notch event. 

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Endless Summer Hong Kong International Reggae Ska Festival
Oliver Spiesshofer

Endless Summer Hong Kong International Reggae Ska Festival

Offering a welcome injection of diversity into Hong Kong's often staid music scene, the reggae ska fest is a unique and seriously fun celebration of the genre put together with the help of local and international acts. Taking place every year in August, the summer heat paired with grooving beats and vibes makes it one of our favourite events of the year. 

Beertopia

Following a minor disagreement with local craft breweries last year, there’s a question about whether Beertopia will be back again in 2019. If it does, expect the massive craft beer festival to take place around September with an impressive selection of craft suds, brewed ales and ciders from all over the globe. Previous editions have featured food trucks, a shisha garden and a giant beer pong table. Fingers crossed that the event makes an appearance again this autumn. 

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Hong Kong International Tattoo Convention

Hong Kong International Tattoo Convention

The Hong Kong International Tattoo Convention has been a surprising sleeper hit for our SAR, becoming one of the more popular calendar events of the year. Whether it be the fascination and curiosity over tattoos or genuine love for body ink, thousands of visitors showed up at the convention in September at Kai Tak Cruise Terminal for a chance to meet renowned tattooists and enthusiasts showing off their full-body ink. There’s a chance to get inked by tattoo legends personally as well as to pick up some locally designed merchandise.

Pink Dot

Pink Dot

One of the city’s largest diversity events, Pink Dot is a giant celebration of love and acceptance in support of Hong Kong’s LGBTI community. The event – and let’s be honest, the outdoor party – usually takes place around October at West Kowloon, features a series of performances from friends and allies of the community. Make sure you have your pink T-shirt and rainbow flags at the ready.  

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Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival

Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival

What’s not to love about world-class wine, Michelin-quality food and unbeatable skyline views? Yeah, that’s what we thought. Returning sometime around the end of October, channel your inner sommelier at Wine & Dine Festival as you sample a dizzying selection of red, white and sparkling wines, and food pairings created by master chefs. You can even hone your knowledge with tasting classes led by industry experts. There are artisanal cheeses, coffees and snacks available throughout the day to help you cleanse and refresh your palate.

Hong Kong International Comedy Competition
Long Guan

Hong Kong International Comedy Competition

Hong Kong is aiming to be Asia’s comedy central with the help of TakeOut Comedy’s annual 17-day competition held every November. It welcomes local and international comedians to show off their best routines for a bid at the title and the opportunity to perform at iconic institutions in America like Punch Line and The Laugh Factory. The finals are particularly fun where the audience can help influence the judges by the loudness of their laughter. Laughs are guaranteed. 

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Creamfields 2019

Creamfields 2019

We Hongkongers love our electronic music, what with Sónar and Road to Ultra. And there’s no better way to celebrate the holiday season with some of the world’s biggest spin masters at Creamfields. With two successful Hong Kong outings now under its belt, it wouldn’t surprise us if the renowned UK electronic bonanza Creamfields confirms another run here again in early December with more crowd-favourite dance music and genre heavyweights like Armin Van Buuren and Diplo.

Stanley Plaza Christmas Market

Stanley Plaza Christmas Market

For some serious holiday spirit, there’s only really one market to beat them all – the Stanley Plaza Christmas Market. Come every December, the quaint seaside spot is transformed into a European fairytale land over several weekends replete with glass domes and bright multicoloured lights. Featuring more than 100 booths filled with decorative and edible goodies, the market also happens to be pet-, eco- and selfie-friendly.

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