The Hong Kong Tourism Board has announced when and how it will give away free tickets for the Harbour Chill Carnival music shows, which will take place at the Wan Chai harbourfront area every weekend from July 8-August 6.

Tickets for the concerts – which are being held as part of the Happy Hong Kong initiative to give Hong Kong residents and visitors to the city new recreational experiences – will be available on the board’s e-platform on June 27 and July 17 on a first-come-first-served basis.

What are the events at the Harbour Chill Carnival?

There will be five major attractions at the Harbour Chill Carnival, and they are all free to attend. They will take place at various venues – the Water Sports and Recreation Precinct, HarbourChill in Wan Chai and Wan Chai Temporary Promenade – spanning across an area of about 30,000 square metres.

  1. A Symphony of Lights Waterfront Pyrotechnic Edition: This weekends-only version of the iconic Symphony of Lights will have additional beam lights projected from the Tsim Sha Tsui promenade and marine pyrotechnic displays. It will begin at 8pm every day of the carnival, and the best spot to view it is from the Wan Chai Temporary Promenade.
  2. X-Games Performances: Get an adrenaline rush by watching demonstrations of X-Games at an outdoor space created especially for the event. Local, mainland, and Japanese BMX and skateboarders, including a 14-year-old member of the national skateboard team Chen Ye and Hong Kong’s No. 1 skateboarder “Chun Chai” Luk Chun-yin, will showcase their skills during the event.
  3. Sips and Bites: Grab trademark Hong Kong snacks like siu mai and egg tarts, and savour craft beer and local drinks while you stroll down the harbourfront.
  4. Street Performances: Throughout the course of the carnival, there will be diverse street performances by artists from around the world, which will include European-inspired acrobatics and juggling, Samba drumming, and kung fu performances.  
  5. Music Shows: More than 40 musical acts from Hong Kong, Taiwan, the Mainland, and overseas will perform on a water stage set against Victoria Harbour each weekend. There will be two sessions every weekend – from 6.30pm-7.30pm, and 8.45pm-9.45pm – at the Water Sports and Recreation Precinct.
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How do I get the tickets?

Tickets are only required for the music shows. Those who wish to attend the shows must follow the following steps:

  • Register on the Hong Kong Tourism Board’s website
  • Visit the ‘Music Shows‘ page on the website
  • Choose the show you’d like to attend
  • Tap ‘Add to my Wallet’ to claim the tickets

Tickets will be available according to the following schedules:

The schedule of concerts and ticket availability for July 8-16.
The schedule of concerts and ticket availability for July 8-16 (Screenshot from Hong Kong Tourism Board)
The schedule of concerts and ticket availability for July 22-August 6.
The schedule of concerts and ticket availability for July 22-August 6 (Screenshot from Hong Kong Tourism Board)

Each user can get a maximum of two tickets per session, and for a maximum of two sessions at a time. You can apply for new tickets only once you’ve used what you have in your Wallet. To get admission to the concerts, access your ticket in the ‘My Wallet’ section of the app, and then present the QR code at the entry to the venue.

The Happy Hong Kong campaign kicked off in April this year, and has featured three Gourmet Marketplaces where visitors got to sample eclectic cuisines from around the world, a Cinema Day when movie-goers could buy tickets for HK$30 from participating cinemas, and a free-to-enter Sports Carnival where visitors took part in games and get a peek at sports demonstrations.

In addition, there’s the ongoing Chill All Night series of weekends at Ocean Park Hong Kong, when visitors can enter the theme park every Saturday evening in June for free to watch new multimedia shows, visit game booths, and dine at the park’s retsurants.

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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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