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Biggest Hong Kong events to look forward to in 2024

Fill up your calendar for the entire year!

Jenny Leung
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Jenny Leung
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Hong Kong is blessed with a constant stream of exciting events throughout the year, and since we're at the beginning of a new year, there's plenty to look forward to for the next 12 months. From traditional holidays like Chinese New Year and the Mid-Autumn Festival to annual events showcasing the best in art and culture, along with huge international stars arriving on our shores for concerts and music fests; mark your calendars with this, our pick of the hottest happenings in 2024.

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AIA Carnival
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AIA Carnival

Revel in all kinds of carnival fun at the AIA Carnival! Open from now all the way through to February 25, the carnival sees the return of all your favourite gravity-defying rides, family entertainment, game booths with soft toys up for grabs, photo spots, along with an array of new experiences and attractions for everyone to enjoy. Find out more about the carnival from our handy guide on dates, tickets, attractions, and more.

  • Art
  • Fairs
  • Chek Lap Kok

To coincide with the city-wide events happening during Hong Kong Arts Month, ComplexCon will be coming to our shores in March 2024, marking the first time that this cultural world fair has ever been held outside of the US. Hosted in LA since 2016, ComplexCon brings together influential global brands and artists from the realms of art, style, footwear, food, music, inspiration, and more – some collaborators from previous editions include Takashi Murakami, Pharrell Williams, Kid Cudi, and Travis Scott. 

Festival goers can expect to shop for limited edition cultural items alongside celebrities, influencers, and artists, celebrating the who’s who and upcoming creative cultural trends across fashion, art, music, and technology. Early-bird tickets are now available, ranging from $1,880 for two-day passes to $3,980 for VIP weekend passes. General admission and single-day tickets will be launched early next year.

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  • Art
  • Fairs
  • Wan Chai

Art Basel is coming back swinging for their 2024 edition, having confirmed a list of 242 leading international galleries that will be participating. This brings the art event back to a pre-pandemic scale, with 65 more exhibitors joining the fair as compared to this year. Galleries from 40 countries and territories across Asia, Europe, North and Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa will be participating, so expect to see quality artworks spanning various mediums and markets.

25 of the participating galleries in 2024 will be making their Art Basel debut, including Fitzpatrick Gallery from Paris; Almeida e Dale Galeria de Arte from São Paulo; Waitingroom from Tokyo; PTT Space and Each Modern from Taipei; Public Gallery and Alison Jacques from London; Mangrove Gallery from Shenzhen; and YveYang, Bortolami, and Chapter NY from New York. The 2024 edition will also see 68 established galleries returning to the Asia fair after a hiatus away.

As expected of Art Basel Hong Kong, there will be a strong focus on artistic production from the Asia-Pacific region – more than half of all exhibitors operate from the continent. Whether it be historical rediscoveries, works from 20th-century masters, or pieces by exciting, emerging artists, there will undoubtedly be something to catch your eye.

  • Art
  • Fairs
  • Central

Art Central returns from March 28 to 31 with an extensive roster of participating galleries showcasing everything from paintings and sculptures to mixed media work, and large-scale installations, as well as art talks, video presentations, art performances and more. Taking place alongside Art Basel Hong Kong, Art Central allows visitors to discover various creative talents from Hong Kong and around the world.

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  • Things to do
  • Sport events
  • So Kon Po

Mark your calendar, plan your costume, and gather your mates – the Cathay/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens is set to return from April 5 to 7. As always, expect three days of fierce sports action and entertainment as teams from around the world battle it out on the fields. The 2024 event will be extra special as it will be the last time for the tournament to be held at the Hong Kong Stadium, before moving to its new home at the Kai Tak Sports Park in 2025.

On the entertainment front, sports fans can expect a weekend of jammin' as ICYMI: Arnel Pineda, current lead singer of legendary rock band Journey, and reggae icons The Wailers take to the stage. 

  • Music
  • Music festivals
  • Central

UK’s iconic electronic dance music festival, Creamfields, has announced its return to Hong Kong on April 13 and 14. Bringing the beats back to Central Harbourfront, the electronic music fest will have you raving, dancing, jumping, singing (or screaming) along to your favourite tunes by some of the world’s biggest DJs. Past years have seen the likes of Calvin Harris, Blasterjaxx, The Chainsmokers, Tiesto, and many more grace the stage – so fingers crossed!

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  • Art
  • Wan Chai

Making art accessible to a broader audience, the Affordable Art Fair (AAF) returns to Hong Kong from May 16 to 19. Although AAF takes place on a smaller scale compared to Art Basel or Art Central, the event is highly popular among art lovers in town as the artworks on show usually range from $1,000 to $100,000, making it ideal for those on a budget or newbies to start their art collection without breaking the bank.

Dragon Boat Festival
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Dragon Boat Festival

With the festival landing on June 22 this year, the Dragon Boat Festival sees dragon boat races taking place all over Hong Kong. The origins of the festival began with the suicide of beloved Chinese scholar Qu Yuan, who ended his life by drowning himself in a river. Upon learning of Qu's death, villagers raced out in boats with paddles and beating drums and threw rice dumplings into the water in an attempt to keep fish and evil spirits away from his body – hence, eating steamed sticky rice dumplings (aka 'Zongzi') and dragon boat racing became important customs every year. See our guide to find out more about this important festival and the traditions that come with it.

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  • Things to do
  • Wan Chai

The Hong Kong Book Fair is the city's biggest literature event. Head down to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre between July 17 to 23 and browse through a huge variety of books, from the latest popular fiction to biographies to children's books and more. Aside from picking up a few paperbacks to catch up on your summer reading, the week-long event also offers a string of cultural activities for visitors of all ages to take part in.

Ani-Com & Games Hong Kong
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Ani-Com & Games Hong Kong

Catch Hong Kong’s biggest anime, manga, and video game convention during the summer months. From limited-edition merchandise and the hottest video games to panel talks, cosplay competitions, and dance performances, Ani-Com & Games Hong Kong brings a wave of fans together under one roof. Be sure to snap pics with cosplayers and their creative outfits!

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  • Things to do
  • Wan Chai

From August 15 to 19, taste your way around the world with international cuisine and delicacies and bring home your favourite snacks and food products from the Hong Kong Food Expo. What's more, the Home Delights Expo, Beauty & Wellness Expo, and Hong Kong International Tea Fair all usually occur at the same time, so there’s literally something for everyone.

Mid-Autumn Festival
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Mid-Autumn Festival

In Chinese culture, the moon symbolises unity and love. Mid-Autumn Festival – which falls on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month when the moon is at its fullest – embodies just that. Before the big day is even close, you’ll be bombarded with millions of mooncake ads everywhere. Come the day itself, all kinds of festivities commence around town, most notably the Victoria Park Lantern Display and the extravagant Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance. In 2024, the Mid-Autumn Festival falls on September 17, with the public holiday landing on the day following.

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Oktoberfest
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Oktoberfest

This booziest event needs no further introduction. In Hong Kong, numerous venues around the city celebrate Oktoberfest with an array of quality beers, German food, as well as traditional games and activities – so mark your calendars for October.

New World Harbour Race
Photograph: Courtesy Hong Kong China Swimming Association

New World Harbour Race

Every year, the New World Harbour Race takes swimmers across Victoria Harbour from the Golden Bauhinia Square Public Pier in Wan Chai to the Avenue of Stars in Tsim Sha Tsui. Even if you're not quite Siobhan Haughey, the race is a fun spectacle as swimmers bob up and down to make their way across the harbour. No dates have been announced yet for the 2024 race, but it's never too early to start training!

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

The Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival is one of the city's biggest foodie events that usually happens towards the end of October every year. Located at the Central Harbourfront, the four-day event sees the best of Hong Kong's culinary and bar scene offering everything from Chinese wines to local snacks to international dishes at various booths. A must-not-miss for foodies in town.

Ocean Park Halloween Fest
Photograph: Courtesy Ocean Park Hong Kong

Ocean Park Halloween Fest

Ocean Park's Halloween Fest is an unmissable event – for those who dare, that is. The park takes on a different theme every year; guaranteed to send chills down your spine with all kinds of immersive games, haunted houses, and terrifying characters roaming around every corner of the park. If you're all about getting some spooky action for Halloween, this is the place to be.

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  • Music
  • Music festivals
  • Central

Taking place from November 29 to December 1 at Central Harbourfront, Clockenflap is undoubtedly Hong Kong's biggest outdoor music festival. Expect a stellar lineup full of local and international music acts across multiple stages, food and drinks to fuel you through the night, and an array of art programmes. No further details have been announced yet, but keep your eyes on our website for more info to come.

Hong Kong WinterFest
Photograph: Cara Hung

Hong Kong WinterFest

Bringing Hongkongers and visitors a touch of Christmas magic every year, Hong Kong WinterFest sees the West Kowloon Cultural District transform with dazzling lights and its iconic 20-metre-tall Christmas tree. There are usually other activities such as workshops, live music performances, fireworks, and a Christmas Market happening throughout the holiday period to add to the festive vibes. 

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