Experience vibrant Hong Kong as it comes alive with a multitude of captivating summer 2023 events and cultural celebrations. Welcoming back international travel, the city is the perfect destination for a true East-meets-West experience.
Hong Kong, known for its captivating skyline, bustling markets, and rich cultural heritage, offers an ideal backdrop for a memorable summer getaway. Beyond its picturesque landscapes and architectural wonders, the city’s dynamic summer events never fails to impress, ensuring that there is always something exciting happening regardless of the time of year.
Whether you are a culture enthusiast, a food lover, art connoisseur, or simply seeking an unforgettable summer adventure, Hong Kong’s summer events lineup for 2023 promises to provide an unparalleled experience. With the added significance of Pride Month 2023, the city’s commitment to inclusivity and diversity shines through, making it an even more compelling destination for visitors from around the globe.
So, mark your calendars and prepare to immerse yourself in the vibrant energy and endless possibilities that await you in Hong Kong this summer.
Hong Kong Food Expo 2023
Get ready for the ultimate culinary extravaganza this summer! The much-anticipated Hong Kong Food Expo is back and bigger and better than ever. Prepare your taste buds for an unforgettable journey around the globe, as you indulge in a wide array of international cuisines and delicacies. But that’s not all – this event is a food lover’s paradise, offering you the opportunity to take home your favourite snacks and food products from both established and up-and-coming brands.
To add to the excitement, the culinary event coincides with the Home Delights Expo, the Beauty & Wellness Expo, and the Hong Kong International Tea Fair. With such a diverse range of events happening simultaneously, there truly is something for everyone. Whether you’re a food enthusiast, home decor aficionado, a wellness seeker, or a tea connoisseur, you’re guaranteed to find treasures to bring them home.
Date: 17 – 21 August 2023
Location: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
Expos & Festivals
Dragon Boat Festival
Dragon Boat Festival takes place on June 22 this year, setting the stage for thrilling dragon boat races held across various locations in Hong Kong. This cherished festival traces its roots back to the tragic story of Qu Yuan, a revered Chinese scholar who chose to end his life by drowning in a river.
In a desperate attempt to save him, locals threw steamed rice dumplings, known as ‘Zongzi,’ into the water while paddling down the river to prevent fish from consuming his body. These customs have since evolved into annual traditions, marked by the consumption of Zongzi and the exhilarating sport of dragon boat racing.
For an immersive experience during the festival, consider joining a competitive team and embarking on a training journey to participate in the races.
Date: 22 June 2023
Location: Various across Hong Kong
Summerfest Hong Kong
After a three-year break, the much-loved Summerfest Hong Kong is making a grand comeback at the Central Harbourfront! With a delightful array of exhibitions, activities, live performances, shows, and parties, the organisers have brilliantly transformed the heart of the city into a sprawling 30,000 square metre playground, offering endless enjoyment for everyone.
Engage in lively games including Ping Pong Fun, Hoops Wall. a thrilling Racing Track, and be sure not to miss the iconic One CityBus Exhibition. Immerse yourself in the excitement of playgrounds, browse through vibrant craft markets and fairs, and try your luck at the engaging game booths. And if that’s not enough, indulge in the delightful experience of a sandy beach right in the heart of the city!
The entertainment extravaganza doesn’t end there with dance parties, rejuvenating yoga classes, a Ukulele Festival, and Balance Bike Carnival. As the sun sets, concerts will ignite the stage with incredible performances, and you can satisfy your cravings with a variety of delectable carnival food.
Date: June 9 – July 23, 2023
Venue: Central Harbourfront Event Space
S2O Hong Kong Songkran Music Festival
This immersive event combines music, water, and lights to create an unforgettable spectacle. Renowned DJs and artists will deliver high-energy performances, accompanied by stunning visual effects, enveloping the audience in a euphoric atmosphere.
The festival also introduces a unique element: a 360-degree water splashing experience, where attendees can revel in the joyous spirit of Songkran, the traditional Thai New Year.
This groundbreaking event transcends boundaries, inviting participants to indulge in a world of limitless possibilities.
Date: 5 – 6 August 2023
Location: Central Harbourfront
Ani-Com and Games
With a jam-packed schedule featuring the trendiest and most cutting-edge entertainment, Ani-Com and Games has gained a reputation as one of Asia’s premier shows. Prepare to be dazzled by a multitude of captivating activities, ensuring there’s never a dull moment.
Immerse yourself in stage forums and presentations where industry experts share their insights and latest developments. Witness the excitement of model kit competitions as talented enthusiasts showcase their skills and creations. And don’t forget the autograph sessions with renowned comic Masters, where fans can meet their idols up close and personal.
Date: July 28 – August 1, 2023
Venue: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
Disney Street Summer Water Party
Hong Kong Disneyland is renowned for its annual Summer Water Party, which promises a delightful dose of fun each year. Additionally, the second half of 2023 will witness the much-anticipated unveiling of the enchanting “World of Frozen,” a themed land dedicated to the beloved movie franchise.
Adding to the excitement, 2023 holds special significance for the Walt Disney Company as it commemorates its 100th Anniversary. In honour of this milestone, a series of thrilling events have been planned. Visitors can look forward to encountering their favourite Disney characters donning celebratory outfits, along with an array of festive merchandise, delectable food offerings, and charming souvenirs.
Date: June – August 2023
Location: Hong Kong Disneyland
Chinese Opera Festival
Chinese Opera, a captivating art form that encapsulates China’s rich history and traditional culture, showcases the meticulous and distinctive movements of actors’ hands, eyes, body, and feet, representing a comprehensive system within Chinese performing arts.
With a legacy spanning centuries, the Hong Kong Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) aims to promote a deeper understanding of this ancient art through their annual Chinese Opera Festival.
If you have yet to encounter this remarkable traditional art form, the festival provides an exceptional opportunity to do so. Leading companies in the genre will grace the stage with their performances, offering a firsthand experience of the mesmerising world of Chinese Opera. Beyond the stage, the festival curates a diverse range of events, including symposiums, Chinese Opera film screenings, and exhibitions, to enrich the overall experience.
Date: June 16 – October 8, 2023
Location: Stage performances are held at various locations across Hong Kong
DOUBLE DUCKS by Florentijn Hofman
Making a comeback as the iconic attraction celebrates its 10th anniversary, DOUBLE DUCKS is a unique and must-see spectacle. Set against the picturesque backdrop of Victoria Harbour, the event offers a grand display of art and nature. Witness the larger-than-life Rubber Ducks floating near Tamar Park and the Central and Western District Promenade is a visually stunning experience that will leave you in awe.
Moreover, this limited-time public art exhibition, DOUBLE DUCKS by Florentijn Hofman, showcases the creativity and symbolic power of art. It serves as a reminder of the importance of friendship and connection.
Date: June 10, 2023 onwards
Location: Victoria Harbour
Gay Games 11 Hong Kong 2023
In a groundbreaking decision back in October 2017, Hong Kong’s LGBT+ community achieved a significant triumph by securing the privilege of hosting the 11th Gay Games (GGHK). This marked a historic occasion as Asia welcomed the quadrennial sports and cultural event for the very first time.
Spanning nine days, this all-encompassing event invites individuals from diverse backgrounds to partake in an array of sports, arts, and cultural activities. Regardless of one’s sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, or skill level, everyone is encouraged to participate in various sports such as trail running, dragon boat racing, dodgeball, and even mahjong.
Moreover, attendees will be treated to three nights of extraordinary music and performances at the Wonderland Main Stage in West Kowloon, featuring artists and performers hailing from different corners of the globe. Alongside these captivating performances, a multitude of cultural activities will showcase Hong Kong’s distinctive blend of culture and creativity, including art exhibitions, after-dark cabaret shows, and captivating junk boat tours.
Registration for the diverse range of events is now open, offering an exciting opportunity for individuals to secure their spots and be part of this remarkable celebration. Don’t miss out on this incredible experience—sign up now and be a part of the 11th Gay Games in Hong Kong!
Date: 3 – 11 November 2023
Location: Various locations across Hong Kong
It Takes Two with Emery Fung & Zephyrus Tsang
Experience the dynamic duo of Emery Fung and Zephyrus Tsang at a special Pride Month edition of It Takes Two, collaborating with Gay Games Hong Kong (GGHK) representatives. Join us for an exclusive opportunity to meet Emery Fung, the Founder of Awkward Conversations, an HK-based Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Consultancy firm, and Dr. Zephyrus Tsang, Co-founder of Quarks, the pioneering organisation for transgender youth in Hong Kong.
These remarkable individuals will share their inspiring stories, shed light on their efforts to foster a more trans-friendly and inclusive environment in GGHK. Gain valuable insights from Emery Fung and Zephyrus Tsang as they discuss their profound impact on the local and international LGBTQIA+ community. Don’t miss out on this unparalleled opportunity to be part of the conversation and uncover why It Takes Two truly stands out.
Date: Thursday, Jun 29, 2023
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm (GMT +8)
Location: the Hive Central x CCG Commons
The Dollhouse Drag Takeover – Pride Edition
Join this unforgettable and inclusive event to celebrate Pride Month in true style and show your support for the LGBTQ+ community. “The Dollhouse Drag Takeover – Pride Edition” promises to be an evening of glamour, talent, and unity, highlighting the vibrant spirit of Pride Month in Hong Kong
Experience the captivating performances of Hong Kong’s finest drag queens from The Dollhouse, including the talented Violette Blanche, Gigi Reyes, Parris Mami Govel, Southeast Asia Miles, and Emma Ohrey. Prepare to be mesmerised as these exceptional artists take the stage and deliver an evening of non-stop drag entertainment, starting from 10 pm and continuing into the late hours.
Date: 2 June 2023
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