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  1.  Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnivals 2021
    Photograph: Courtesy LCSD
  2.  Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnivals 2021
    Photograph: Courtesy LCSD
  3. yuen long lantern street 2020
    Photograph: Cara Hung
  4. Wong Tai Sin Temple
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Best things to do to celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival this year

For your moon-gazing needs
Written by
Jenny Leung

Mid-Autumn Festival is upon us, heralding the arrival of less excruciating temperatures, mooncakes of the traditional and unconventional kind, and *drumroll* public holiday! That means there’s no excuse not to get out and enjoy the festivities. While some of the festival's traditional celebrations have been put on hold this year due to social distancing protocol, you can still make the most out of this holiday with our pick of the best things to do around town this moon festival.

RECOMMENDED: Make the most out of the festival with our ultimate guide to celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival this year.

Hong Kong’s best Mid-Autumn Festival events

  • Things to do
  • Tai O

Tai O art community group, Tai O Fei Mao Li, is back to bring city dwellers a glistening Mid-Autumn Festival this year as the annual Tai O Lantern Festival returns. Lighting up the streets of Hong Kong's mini Venice, the festival features a slew of handmade lanterns in all shapes and colours; all made and decorated by Tai O locals and volunteers.

Unfortunately, due to the surge of visitors over the weekend, organisers of the Tai O Water Village Lantern Festival will be suspending the lantern lighting on September 21, 22, 27, and 28. The festival will still run until the end of the month, but lanterns on the village's two main bridges will not be lit. Stay up to date with the latest arrangements on Tai O Fei Mao Li's official Facebook page.

If you do decide to visit, please be reminded not to disturb the local villagers and be respectful of their privacy.

  • Things to do
  • Wong Tai Sin

Wong Tai Sin Temple is celebrating its 100th anniversary this Mid-Autumn Festival, and Temple Mall is joining in on the fun! Open from now until October 4, the 3.5-metre-tall Golden Autumn Lumiere interactive installation will give you the perfect 'grammable moment with mirror walls and hanging lanterns that will change colour in sync with your movements. The mall, along with Wong Tai Sin Temple, will also be decked out in a dazzling display of Chinese zodiac-inspired lanterns. From September 18 to 24, visitors can even head to the Sik Sik Yuen Centennial Carnival at Wong Tai Sin Temple to collect stamps from different booth games. Those who successfully fill up their ‘Carnival Passport’  with nine stamps can then redeem a mini lantern too!

  • Things to do
  • Wan Chai

Can't decide where to go to celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival this year? You'll never be disappointed at Lee Tung Avenue. With over 688 red, pink, green, and purple lanterns hanging high above the boulevard, the Lanterns to the Moon display is the perfect place to enjoy the festivities.

Aside from a beautiful sea of lights, Lee Tung Avenue has also partnered up with Dreamcatcher and Make-A-Wish Hong Kong to launch the Handcrafted Avenue charity market (held on September 18 and 19) in order to raise funds for children in sickness. Visitors will be able to browse through an array of handmade goods – think handmade soaps, scented candles, paintings, and jewellery – from more than 30 different local brands, including  OYTY Handmade Leather Studio, Woody Madam, Chill House, Happy Soap, and many more.

  • Things to do
  • Tsim Sha Tsui

Every year during the Mid-Autumn Festival, numerous lantern decorations are set up by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department across the city. This year, the festive displays will be held at Victoria Park, Sha Tin Park, and Tin Shui Wai Park (until September 22), while a special lighting installation will be on display (until October 3) at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza.

Those residing on the Island side can head to Victoria Park and check out the colourful six-metre-tall merry-go-round lantern crafted by local papercraft master Hui Ka-hung. Or, if you're feeling adventurous, take a trip to Tin Shui Wai Park where a five-metre-tall phoenix will light up alongside different animal lanterns, or visit Sha Tin Park to see a glowing display of sea creatures such as clownfish, dolphins, turtles, and jellyfish. Last but definitely not least, visitors can make their way to TST to discover an awe-striking light installation – titled The Other Side of the Moon – created by local artist Dylan Kwok at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza. 

Before you visit any of the light displays, be sure to read through the guidelines and safety measures here.

  • Things to do
  • City Life

Ocean Park's much-awaited Water World is opening its doors to the public on September 21! Comprised of five zones – Splendid Reef, Torrential River, Thrill Valley, Adventure Coast, and Hidden Village – the park will be the perfect place to hit up for friends and family over the holiday.

  • Bars and pubs

With Mid-Autumn coming up and bars extending their Negroni Week until the end of the month, we have plenty of reason to celebrate with a drink in hand. To help you narrow your search, here are our editor’s lists of the best places to hit up for drink deals, new cocktail menus, and new product releases this September. 

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