Things to Do in Hong Kong in July

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July in Hong Kong: is this a good time to visit? It can be hot, humid, and rainy, but don’t let the weather dampen your spirits! There will celebrations, concerts, Chinese opera performances, a  harbour-front carnival, and lots more! 

A chronological listing of July in Hong Kong events follows. Additional information, listings, and pictures will be added as they become available.

Hong Kong SAR Establishment Day – 1 July

July First is an official holiday in Hong Kong. It commemorates the transfer of sovereignty from Britain to China on 1 July 1997.

Celebrations customarily begin with an elaborate flag-raising ceremony at Golden Bauhinia Square on Hong Kong Island. It is located on the waterfront in front of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wanchai.

Thousands of people usually attend the event, including politicians, business leaders, students, and tourists from mainland China.

Another flag raising ceremony is held at 7.45 am at Ginza Plaza in Tin Shui Wai in the New Territories.

The Hong Kong Celebrations Association will hold a festival in Victoria Park in Causeway Bay on Hong Kong Island. It will occupy six football pitches.

The association is made of up of  organizations.

Other events will include …

  • Half Marathon and 10K Race in Shatin, Ma Liu Shui and Tai Po – 7:00 am.
  • Tsuen Wan Carnival at Shopping Mall of D.PARK –  12:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
  • SaiKung Variety Show at Hang Hau Sports Centre – 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
  • Carnival at Cheung Chau Sports Centre –  2:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

The Show: a Tribute to Abba – 3 July

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A musical Tribute to Abba will be fronted by Sweden’s Waterloo and backed by the National Symphony Orchestra of London.

Kowloon Bay International Trade and Exhibition Centre – Star Hall, 1 Trademart Drive, Kowloon Bay, Kowloon Peninsula.

A free shuttle bus service links KITEC with the Kowloon Bay MTR station. It operates daily from 6.45 am to 12 midnight. 

Star Wars in Concert – 4 to 6 July

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A film screening in Star Wars IV and V in English with Chinese subtitles and a live musical backup by the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. A New Hope on 4 July (6 pm) and 6 July (3 pm); The Empire Strikes Back on 5 July (8 pm) and 6 July (8 pm).

Hong Kong Cultural Centre – Concert Hall, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon Peninsula.

The cultural centre is a few steps from the Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Terminal and a short walk from the Tsim Sha Tsui and Tsim Sha Tsui East MTR stations.

International Arts Carnival – 5 July to 18 August

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The International Arts Carnival 2019 presents local and overseas shows and participatory activities for the whole family.

Included will be The Heart of Robin Hood by Vesturport of Iceland, an acrobatics performance from Vietnam, and various other performances by arts groups from Hong Kong as well as Canada, Japan, the Netherlands, Spain, and Sweden.

At venues across Hong Kong Island, the Kowloon Peninsula, and the New Territories.

Hong Kong Bakery Carnival – 5 to 7 July

A series of family oriented events will take place during the Hong Kong Bakery Carnival. Included will be parent-child bakery activities, playful competitions, baking workshops, stage programmes, and masters’ demonstrations.

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre – One Expo Drive, Wanchai, Hong Kong Island.

HKCEC is a 10 minute walk from the Wan Chai MTR Station by way of an elevated covered walkway. It is also a 10 minute walk from the Wanchai Star Ferry Pier, with frequent ferries to Tsim Sha Tsui on the Kowloon Peninsula.

Mellow Yellow Festival – 5 July

The Brigitte Mitchell Jazz Trio, Ewan Ho & Movement and several other groups will perform at the family friendly Mellow Yellow Festival from 3 pm to 9 pm.

The festival is part of Summerfest 2019, which runs until 1 September. More than 30 major events are scheduled.

Central Harbourfront Event Space – 9 Lung Wo Road, Central, Hong Kong Island.

CHES is a short walk from the Star Ferry and Outlying Ferry Piers in Central. It is also within walking distance of the Admiralty, Central, and Hong Kong MTR stations.

Balance Bike Group Carnival – 6 July

More than 200 kids will take part in Hong Kong Balance Bike Group Carnival competition. There will be free trials  and protection gear will be provided. In addition, there will be game booths on site.

The carnival is part of Summerfest 2019, which runs until 1 September. More than 30 major events are scheduled.

Central Harbourfront Event Space – 9 Lung Wo Road, Central, Hong Kong Island.

CHES is a short walk from the Star Ferry and Outlying Ferry Piers in Central. It is also within walking distance of the Admiralty, Central, and Hong Kong MTR stations.

Super SBS Concert – 6 July

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Korean pop stars Exo will perform at the K-pop concert. Photo Credit: S.M. Entertainment.

Hong Kong’s biggest K-pop concert of the year, the SBS Super Concert will feature  performances by some of Korea’s most popular pop stars.

AB6IX. Exo, Mamamoo, Seventeen, Taeyeon, and Winner will also perform. Expect fantastic special effects Korean concerts are famous for.

AsiaWorld-Expo – Hall 3 – Hong Kong International Airport, Lantau, New Territories, Hong Kong.

The venue has a dedicated MTR station on the Airport Express Line, with direct service to Airport, Hong Kong, Kowloon, and Tsing Yi  MTR stations. You can transfer at the Tsing Yi MTR Station to reach other destinations on Hong Kong Island, Kowloon Peninsula, and the New Territories.

Central and Western District Carnival – 7 July

Carnival with a ceremony, stage performances, and games booths. From  .00 pm.

Charter Road Pedestrian Precinct – Hong Kong Island.

Ngong Ping Chill Cool Summer – 12 July to 1 September

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Ngong Ping Cable Cars on Lantau Island. Photo Credit: Tksteven .

Cool things off this summer at Ngong Ping 360, which will set up a giant ice cream installation!

You can take photos of the installation, pose for selfies in the Korean Photo Studio, and take a stroll around the village.

Ngong Ping 360 – 11 Tat Tung Road, Tung Chung, Lantau Island, New Territories.

The Tung Chung Cable Car Terminal is a five-minute walk from the Tung Chung MTR Station (exit B) on the MTR’s Tung Chung Line.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar – 12 to 14 July

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Based on the book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. Click for more on the book!

The Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia, Canada, will present a black light puppet performance of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Mixed Up Chameleon, and Little Cloud.

The show is based on the popular children’s books by Eric Carle, retold on stage.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar follows the adventures of a tiny  caterpillar as he eats his way through an amazing variety of foods on his path to becoming a beautiful butterfly.

The Mixed-Up Chameleon is bored with his life, sitting about predictably changing colour all day. Following an adventurous trip to the zoo, he attempts to emulate the animals he sees before coming to the conclusion that there is value in his own unique self.

Little Cloud transforms himself  into various creatures, including a sheep, and an airplane, a shark, and more.

The show is recommended for children aged three to eight years old.

Ko Shan Theatre New Wing – auditorium, 77 Ko Shan Road, Hung Hom, Kowloon Peninsula.

The theatre is an eight-minute walk from the Ho Man Tin MTR Station (exit A2) on the MTR’s Kwun Tong Line.

Ocean Park Summer Water Battle – 13 July to 1 September

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One Piece Water Battle at Hong Kong Ocean Park.

The Waterfront Plaza at Ocean Park will be turned into a water battle zone where fun-lovers can cool off while facing off against one another  in the largest interactive Ultimate One Piece Water War in the history of Hong Kong.

The venue will have a water jet tunnel, a mystery water cave, a jet maze, and unexpected surprise attacks that will seemingly come out of nowhere!

After getting drenched, you can beat the heat with Hong Kong’s first-ever VR freefall ride!

The drop-tower ride shoots past mysterious stars and unknown planets before plummeting straight down to earth in just a few hair-raising seconds!

Ocean Park –  180 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong Island.

The park has a direct entrance to the Ocean Park MTR Station on the MTR’s South Island Line. 

Get Free Entry to Ocean Park!

Kowloon City Variety Show – 13 July

A carnival with shows and game booths will be held from 3 pm.

Kai Tak Community Centre – 3 Concorde Road, Kai Tak, Kowloon City, Kowloon Peninsula.

Tai Po District Youth Carnival – 13 July

A carnival with stage performances and games will be held from 12 noon.

Tai Po Hui Sports Centre – No. 6 Heung Sze Wui Street, Taipo, New Territories.

Baseball Carnival – 14 July

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Team Hong Kong. Photo Credit: Hong Kong Baseball Association.

Professional baseball coaches will guide participants in modified baseball games such as street-version Baseball 5 and innovative Baseball 6 at the Baseball Carnival.

You can also test your batting skills with safety equipment.

If you are physically disabled, not to worry! You will be able to experience the excitement of playing wheelchair baseball games!

Organized by the Hong Kong Baseball Association.

The carnival is part of Summerfest 2019, which runs until 1 September. More than 30 major events are scheduled.

Central Harbourfront Event Space – 9 Lung Wo Road, Central, Hong Kong Island.

CHES is a short walk from the Star Ferry and Outlying Ferry Piers in Central. It is also within walking distance of the Admiralty, Central, and Hong Kong MTR stations.

Hong Kong Jockey Club Season Finale – 14 July

Horse racing reason ends in mid-July. The Hong Kong Jockey Club Season Finale will be held at the racecourse in Shatin.

The final prize presentation of the Champion Awards will be held shortly after the last race on the turf. Jockeys will join the traditional end-of-season parade, showering souvenirs on fans.

Sha Tin Racecourse – Fotan, New Territories.

The racecourse has a dedicated MTR station on the MTR’s East Rail Line. Trains only stop at the station on race days. Trains alternate between the Fotan MTR Station and the Racecourse MTR Station on days that horse races take place.

Wong Tai Sin Dance Performance Carnival – 14 July 

A carnival with a focus on dance will be held from 10 am.

Po Kong Village Road Sports Centre – Kowloon Peninsula.

Hong Kong Book Fair – 17 to 23 July

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A scene from the 2015 Hong Kong Book Fair. Photo Credit: ExploringLife.

Sci-fi and mystery will be the theme of this year’s Hong Kong Book Fair. The tagline is Reading the World, When Fantasy Meets Reality.

A total of 686 exhibitors from 39 countries and territories will take part in the fair. The Japan Pavilion and the International Cultural Village are expected to be among the most popular.

There will also be more than 300 cultural events including thematic exhibitions, seminars, new book parades, a chance to meet authors, readings, and more.

Now in its 30th year, the fair routinely attracts hundreds of thousands of book lovers in search of bargains and new releases. Many bibliophiles arrive with suitcases on wheels to transport their literary stash back home.

One of the highlights of the event is English Reading and Creative Writing  Seminar Series.

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre – One Expo Drive, Wanchai, Hong Kong Island.

HKCEC is a 10 minute walk from the Wan Chai MTR Station by way of an elevated covered walkway. It is also a 10 minute walk from the Wanchai Star Ferry Pier, with frequent ferries to Tsim Sha Tsui 

Jiangsu Kunqu Opera Theatre – 19 to 21 July

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Kong Aiping performing in Pursuing the Dream from The Peony Pavilion by the Jiangsu Kunqu Opera Theatre.

The Jiangsu Kunqu Opera Theatre will present the full version of “Mistake Caused by a Kite” and two operatic excerpts.

Xiqu Centre – Grand Theatre, 88 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui, West Kowloon Cultural District, the Kowloon Peninsula.

The centre is a 15 minute walk from the Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Station along Haiphong Road, Lock Road, Kowloon Park Drive, Canton Road, and Austin Road West.

Shanghai Yue Opera Group – 25 to 26 July

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Wang Zhiping performs in Tale of the West Garden by the Shanghai Yue Opera Group.

The Shanghai Yue Opera Group will present four of its signature operas over a four day period.

Included will be the Romance of the West Chambers, Meng Lijun, Tale of the West Garden, and Southeast the Peacocks Fly.

Xiqu Centre – Grand Theatre, 88 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui, West Kowloon Cultural District, the Kowloon Peninsula.

The centre is a 15 minute walk from the Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Station along Haiphong Road, Lock Road, Kowloon Park Drive, Canton Road, and Austin Road West.

e-Sports and Music Festival – 26 to 28 July

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The third annual e-Sports & Music Festival Hong Kong will return with international e-sports tournaments and an Experience Zone giving gamers first-hand experience trying their hands at the latest games and products.

Highlights will include the hottest e-games, VR games, gaming accessories, state-of-the-art e-sports gear, casual tournaments, music performances, and more.

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre – Hall 3, One Expo Drive, Wanchai, Hong Kong Island.

HKCEC is a 10 minute walk from the Wan Chai MTR Station by way of an elevated covered walkway. It is also a 10 minute walk from the Wanchai Star Ferry Pier, with frequent ferries to Tsim Sha Tsui 

Ani-Com and Games Hong Kong – 26 to 30 July

Held concurrently with the e-Sports and Music Festival, Ani-Com & Games Hong Kong is one of the most popular events of the year in Hong Kong.

There will be  animations, comics, games, e-sports, toys, figures, collectibles, and many other exciting activities.

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre – Hall 1, One Expo Drive, Wanchai, Hong Kong Island.

HKCEC is a 10 minute walk from the Wan Chai MTR Station by way of an elevated covered walkway. It is also a 10 minute walk from the Wanchai Star Ferry Pier, with frequent ferries to Tsim Sha Tsui 

Springtime Along the River – 26 July to 25 August

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A Journey Through ‘Springtime Along The River’ is based on the theme,  ‘A Day in an Open City’.

Focusing on culture, art,  and technology, the exhibition includes A Day in an Open City Exhibition, Animated Scroll Painting, Dome Theater, Song Park for Kids, Library, Forum, and Gift Shop.

Highlights will include a digital translation of the original scroll painting, a visual communication of the historical background, and a three-dimensional presentation of the painting’s details.

AsiaWorld-Expo – Hall 3 – Hong Kong International Airport, Lantau, New Territories, Hong Kong.

The venue has a dedicated MTR station on the Airport Express Line, with direct service to Airport, Hong Kong, Kowloon, and Tsing Yi  MTR stations. You can transfer at the Tsing Yi MTR Station to reach other destinations.

Hong Kong International Darts Festival – 26 to 28 July

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A series of internationally renowned tournaments will be held at the third annual  Hong Kong International Darts Festival (HKIDF).

Competitions will include the International S1 Singles 01 and Trios, and a series of top competitions with local players, including the Universities and Colleges Cup Dart Invitational Tournament and the Hong Kong ‘Reunification Cup’ Darts Tournament.

A number of notable music artists and celebrity figures will be making special guest appearances and performing live.

There will also be a ‘Darts Experience Zone’ for visitors of all ages to learn how to play darts and a variety of entertaining games booths.

Kowloon Bay International Trade and Exhibition Centre – Star Hall, 1 Trademart Drive, Kowloon Bay, Kowloon Peninsula.

A free shuttle bus service links KITEC with the Kowloon Bay MTR station. It operates daily frmo 6.45 am to 12 midnight.

Birthday of Kwan Tai – 26 July

Kwan Tai was the God of War and highly regarded among the police and military circles. His Birthday is celebrated on the 24th day of the sixth lunar month, which  falls on 26 July this year.

One of the best places observe  the celebrations is at the Man Mo Temple,  which is also dedicated to this God.

Man Mo Temple – 124 – 126 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong Island.

The temple is halfway between the Central MTR Station (exit D2) and Sheung Wan MTR Station (exit A2). It is within walking distance of the  Mid-Levels Escalator along Hollywood Road.

N S Harsha: Gathering Delights – 28 July to 3 November

The Centre for Heritage Arts and Textile (CHAT) will present Gathering Delights, an exhibition of Indian artist N S Harsha.

The exhibition will be augmented by a series of activities designed to provide a multidisciplinary experience comprising contemporary art, design, heritage,and craftsmanship.

Centre for Heritage Arts & Textile  – 45 Pak Tin Par Street, Tsuen Wan, New Territories.

Chat is a 15-minute walk from the Tsuen Wan MTR Station (exit A3) and the Tsuen Wan West MTR Station (exit A2).

The Little Mermaid – 31 July to 4 August

Puppetry and live performance of The Little Mermaid by the Dutch theatre group, Terra.

Tai Po Civic Centre – auditorium, No. 2 Heung Sze Wui Street, Tai Po, New Territories

The civic centre is within walking distance of the Ta Po MTR station on the East Rail Line.

On-going Activities in July

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Toy Story and Pixar Pals will continue at Hong Kong Disneyland through 1 September. Photo Credit: Hong Kong Disneyland.

Several activities launched in June or earlier will continue through the end of July or longer. Click on the links below for more information:

Hong Kong Weather in July

July and August are the two hottest months of the year in Hong Kong. There is an average high of 31 degrees Celsius, or 88 degrees Fahrenheit.

The average low temperature averages 26 degrees, or 79 degrees Fahrenheit. It is not uncommon, however, for the temperature to climb into the mid 30s in July.

The weather in July is hot, humid, and rainy. July is the second wettest month of the year, with an average of 252 millimeters of rain.

There is a roughly two-thirds chance of rain on any given day in July. Rain falls on an average of 17 days during the month. Tropical downpours are not uncommon.

With the likelihood of rain, packing an umbrella is a good idea. You might, however, want to leave your raincoat at home.

The average relative humidity in July is 87%, making it very uncomfortable. High humidity levels can make wearing a raincoat insufferable. Instead, opt for light, loose-fitting clothing.

Keep in mind that air-conditioning is ubiquitous in Hong Kong. Indoor temperatures can be quite chilly – especially on trains and buses. So sweaters or pullovers are often needed even on the hottest days.

July marks the beginning of the peak typhoon season. There is a 60% chance that at least one typhoon will impact Hong Kong during this month.

Direct hits are rare, happening on average about once every 10 years. The course of typhoons, however, is highly unpredictable.

Planning to Visit Hong Kong?

The Peak Tram, the Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defense, and the Hong Kong Museum of Art are currently closed for renovation.

What to Do in Hong Kong in June is a monthly feature in the Accidental Travel Writer. Additional information, listings, and pictures will be added as they become available.

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