Earlier this month, Hong Kong Chief Executive John Lee announced that the government is organising a series of events under the Day x Night Vibes @ 18 Districts initiative, which will run until the end of May. Authorities recently released the complete schedule of the events that visitors to the city and residents can attend to take part in various cultural experiences across the territory.

The event calendar includes events that Lee already mentioned, such as a celebration of Thai New Year during the Kowloon City Colourful Songkran Festival 2024, the first-ever Lam Tsuen Wishing Night Bazaar, and Lighting Duet @ Sham Shui Po that will feature themes of animation, digital products, lightsabers, and LED installations.

Kwun Tong Night MarketFree Space, Kwun Tong Town CentreUntil February 16
C&W District SparklesSheung Wan Cultural Square, Wing Lok Street & Morrison StreetFebruary 4
Luen Wo Light MarketLuen Wo Hui, Luen Wo Market, Luen Wo Hui PlaygroundUntil February 14
Tsim Sha Tsui Night Vibes Park Lane Shopper’s Boulevard, Mira Place and surrounding areas in Tsim Sha TsuiFebruary 3
Lam Tsuen Wishing Night BazaarLam Tsuen Wishing SquareFebruary 7-13
The Year of the Dragon Countdown CelebrationYau Ma Tei Community Centre Rest GardenFebruary 9
Wish and Love MarketTai Po Arts Centre
Lighting & Decoration-cum-Lighting Switching CeremonyTung Chung East PromenadeFebruary 17
Wong Tai Sin New Year CarnivalWong Tai Sin SquareFebruary 23-25
Islands District Lunar New Year Lantern CarnivalTung Chung East PromenadeFebruary 23-25
Tsuen Wan Lantern Festival BazaarSha Tsui Road PlaygroundFebruary 23-25
Lighting Duet @ Sham Shui PoFun Wa StreetFebruary 23-25, March 1-3
Sha Tau Kok Lantern Festival Fun DaySha Tau Kok Children’s Playground February 24
“Sha Tin Festive Vibes” Lantern Festival Fun DayMain Plaza and Amphitheatre, Sha Tin ParkFebruary 24-25
Yuen Long Vibes MartLong Ngai Path, Yuen LongMarch 1-3
Something Special @ Sham Shui PoTung Chau Street Temporary MarketMarch 9
“Fete des Fleurs” — Marché le FloréalCheung Yee Street, Lai Chi KokMarch 16
Southern District Vibes Bazaar @ Hung Shing FestivalAp Lei Chau Park Soccer Pitch, Ap Lei Chau Park, Aberdeen Typhoon Shelter March 20-24
Kowloon City Colourful Songkran Festival 2024Carpenter Road ParkApril 12-24
Urban Blast @ Causeway BayKa Chiu Road, Pak Sha Road, Yun Ping RoadApril 13
Vespere Tuen MunTuen Mun Cultural SquareApril 13 & 14
Night Vibes of Festival and Art Fair at Kwai TsingTsing Yi Sports Association Sports GroundApril 28-May 1
Luminous Dragon Dance in Eastern DistrictShau Kei WanMay 11
Sai Kung Tin Hau FestivalSai Kung Tin Hau Temple, Yi Chun Street, Man Yee Playground Basketball CourtMay 23-27

The already-concluded Yau Ma Tei Festival, held along with the new-look Temple Street Night Market, had a market carnival vibe and showcased nostalgic goods and food, as well as a traditional wooden cart competition, poon choi banquet and cultural tour. In addition, there is the ongoing Kwun Tong Night Market that features stalls, stage performances, and game booths.

There will be several events to commemorate Chinese New Year, such as the Countdown Celebration in Yau Ma Tei when artists will perform in the run-up to the Year of the Dragon. Other interesting events include the Luen Wo Light Market that will have festive lighting and decorations, and the Wong Tai Sin New Year Carnival at which visitors can attend a bazaar with stalls selling traditional Chinese gourmet delights and handcrafts, and take part in workshops.

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After this year’s Lunar New Year celebrations come to a close, there will be other festive occasions such as the first luminous dragon and lion dance performance during the Tam Kung Festival at Shau Kai Wan, and the Tin Hau Festival in Sai Kung during which visitors can attend Cantonese opera performances, and dragon and lion dances.

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From the Middle East to the Far East and a couple of places in between, Anjali has lived in no fewer than seven cities in Asia, and has travelled extensively in the region. She worked as a lifestyle journalist in India before coming to Hong Kong, where her favourite thing to do is island-hopping with her daughter. You can check out her musings on motherhood, courtesy her Instagram profile.

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