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The best Hong Kong events to look forward to in 2020

Fill up your social calendar for the next 12 months with these

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Jenny Leung
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The most part of 2019 has been a rough year for all, and while there are more important things than stuffing your faces at some of the best restaurants in town or drowning your sorrows at popular bars in the city, sometimes, all you need is just a night or two of grand old fun to forget your woes – and we're here to help you with exactly that. From cultural outings by the waterfront to head-banging music festivals, here are some of the biggest events taking place in 2020.

RECOMMENDED: If you're more of a nemophilist, there are some great hikes to tackle and heritage trails to explore. Or, if you're not one to plan ahead, we've got some great ideas on things you can do in Hong Kong.

Best Hong Kong events in 2020

Hong Kong International Reggae Ska Festival
Oliver Spiesshofer

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. 

Pink Season
Pink Season 2019

Pink Season

As the city's biggest celebration of the LGBTQ+ community, Pink Season paints the town in rainbow colours every year with a dazzling, jam-packed schedule. Whether you’re looking to dabble in the art of drag in a series of workshops, get your body and mind in tip-top shape with health talks and sporting events or enjoy amazing performances by local talents, there’s plenty of entertainment guaranteed.

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Hong Kong Tennis Open
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Hong Kong Tennis Open

While it’s no Wimbledon, the Hong Kong Tennis Open manages to draw huge crowds to Victoria Park Tennis Stadium year after year for a chance to see some of the sport’s biggest female names in action. We’ve previously seen the likes of Venus Williams, Caroline Wozniacki and Angelique Kerber come to town – not to mention rising stars from China. Best of all, the qualifying rounds and the first round of the tournament are free admission.

Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival
Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival

Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival

Yes, we know, the event was cancelled last year but fingers crossed it'll be back in 2020! What’s not to love about world-class wine, Michelin-quality food and unbeatable skyline views? The Wine & Dine Festival usually takes place sometime around the end of October.

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Clockenflap
kitmin lee

Clockenflap

Hong Kong’s answer to Glastonbury and Coachella, Clockenflap is undeniably the biggest music festival in town and one of the most anticipated events every year. The festival was unfortunately cancelled only weeks prior to the event, we can only hope that the organisers will curate a bigger and better lineup than ever before this year.

Hong Kong International Comedy Festival
Long Guan

Hong Kong International Comedy Festival

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 Hong Kong
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Creamfields Hong Kong

We Hongkongers love our electronic music, and there’s no better way to celebrate the holiday season with some of the world’s biggest spin masters at Creamfields. With three 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 December with more crowd-favourite dance music and genre heavyweights like Armin Van Buuren and Diplo.

Stanley Plaza Christmas Market
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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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