The weather is warming up and so is Hong Kong’s events calendar! Flagship arts events are back in full swing, while music, marathons, and cultural fests are here to offer a festive vibe. Public holiday-free though it may be, there’s a lot to look forward to in March.
After a three year absence, the most anticipated music and arts event in Hong Kong’s annual event line-up is back! Over the past decade, Clockenflap has grown into one of the largest music festivals in Asia. This year’s line-up leads with big names like Wu-Tang Clan, Arctic Monkeys, Bombay Bicycle Club, Phoenix, and FKJ, while other highlights include Hitsujibungaku, Ezra Collective and Hong Kong’s own Tyson Yoshi.
Tiny Moving Parts
American rock band Tiny Moving Parts is set to play at North Point’s Mom Livehouse. Marking five years since their last performance in the city, the Minnesota-based band, formed by brothers William and Matthew Chevalier and their cousin Dylan Mattheisen, is known for their signature blend of Midwest emo, math rock, and indie rock.
Entry from HK$320.00
PUNCH Live 2023
Mega indoor free-standing music festival PUNCH Live 2023 will take place at the AsiaWorld Arena. American rapper DaBaby will make his Hong Kong debut at the four-hour festival.7:30 p.m., 11 March, 2023
Entry from HK$980.00
Backstreet’s back, alright! Iconic pop group Backstreet Boys will be performing at AsiaWorld Arena this March as part of their DNA World Tour. The last time the chart-topping boy band was in the city? All the way back in 2015.14–15 March, 2023
Entry from HK$599.00
Singaporean artist JJ Lin is a multilingual star. This singer-songwriter has not only been making waves in the world of Mandopop ever since his debut two decades ago, but has also released chart-toppers in English, Cantonese, and Hokkien, too. Snagging multiple awards over the years, his last album was released in 2020.18–19 March and 25–26 March, 2023
Entry from HK$520.00
If you’re familiar with the 23-member South Korean boy band NCT, you know NCT Dream. One of four subunits of the highly popular supergroup, NCT Dream first made headlines for all of its members being under the age of 20. The band’s mini-album “We Go Up,” peaked at #5 on Billboard’s World Albums chart and topped iTunes Albums charts in 15 countries.25 March, 2023
Entry from HK$980.00
Theatre, musicals, opera, and dance
All About The Three Kingdoms
Brush up on your Chinese mythology through the medium of dance! A family-friendly production for all ages, All About The Three Kingdoms will bring to life tales from the 14th century epic Romance of the Three Kingdoms. The performance will also showcase Chinese folk dances, in line with the mission of the Hong Kong Dance Company to promote Chinese dance with a contemporary approach.3–5 March, 2023
Entry from HK$30.00
Exhibitions and festivals
Art Basel 2023
From the opening of M+ to a calendar full of exciting arts events, Hong Kong is regaining its footing as a premier destination for the creative and artistically inclined. This year will also see the return of the Hong Kong edition of Art Basel, a leading platform connecting collectors, galleries, and artists. Representing 171 galleries from 32 countries and territories, the 10th edition of the fair will span the globe. However, the festival aims to place particular emphasis on the region: half of the participating galleries have exhibition spaces in Asia.
Art Basel 2024: Hong Kong
Art Central 2023
Running alongside Art Basel at Wan Chai’s Convention and Exhibition Centre, Art Central promises to be one of the year’s most dynamic arts events. Showcasing the next generation of talent alongside some of the most established contemporary galleries from across the globe, this contemporary art fair will feature a variety of works, including ink, painting, photography, video and sculpture. Access the venue through the newly opened MTR Station.
Hong Kong Arts Festival
Since first launching in 1973, the Hong Kong Arts Festival has grown into one of the city’s most vibrant cultural events. Celebrating its 51st anniversary this year, the Hong Kong Arts Festival attracts an impressive lineup of artists, ballet troupes, orchestras, dancers, conductors, pianists, and singers. Aside from the range of works commissioned specifically for the festival, we’re especially excited for No Limits, which will feature in-venue and online programmes by international and Hong Kong artists of diverse abilities. Whether you enjoy film, music, dance or theatre, the Hong Kong Arts Festival’s multi-disciplinary showcase has something for everyone.
Hong Kong Arts Festival 2024
Hong Kong Flower Show
If you didn’t get your fill of flower power at the Lunar New Year markets, there’s good news: the Hong Kong Flower Show is back after four years! Head to Victoria Park to see spectacular arrangements and installations highlighting hydrangea, this year’s featured flower.10–19 March, 2023
Hong Kong International Film Festival
Cinephiles rejoice: the Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) will be returning this March. One of the biggest and most prestigious film festivals in the continent, this annual event is the city’s longest running film festival. With the goal of promoting films from Hong Kong and Asia to a broader international community, the fest spotlights many independent as well as critically acclaimed movies.
Hong Kong International Film Festival 2024
Hung Shing Festival
The Hung Shing Festival, which falls on the 13th day of the second lunar month each year (March 5, 2023), is returning to the island neighborhood of Aberdeen. Dating back to 1773, the majestic Hung Shing temple here, dedicated to the god of the sea, is a declared monument and the oldest place of worship in the area. There will be colorful parades, Chinese opera performances, dragon and lion dances, and more religious rituals, so come prepared to soak in the festive atmosphere. Fearing an unlucky year ahead? Read our guide to Hong Kong’s fortune-changing temples.
Hung Shing Festival
Hong Kong Disneyland 10K Weekend 2023
Making a return after three years, the official 10K Weekend at Hong Kong Disneyland will take place in March. The event welcomes runners of all ages and abilities. With a course that meanders through various attractions, runners will be greeted and cheered on by Disney characters. Read our guide to making the most of any trip to Disneyland.18–19 March 2023
Mind HK Move It for Mental Health
Mental health charity Mind HK rings in the sixth annual Move it for Mental Health campaign. The challenge? Complete a total of 30 km in nature— be it our lush UNESCO geopark or wild outlying islands— from March 1 to 31. Participants can achieve this through any type of outdoor physical activity: walking, running, or hiking along Hong Kong’s stunning trails. All activity must be recorded on the Run2gather app. Those who successfully finish the challenge and submit their activity records before April 6 will be given a certificate and a chance to win a special prize.1–31 March 2023
Hong Kong Sevens
Up there on the list of Asia’s most popular annual sporting events is the Hong Kong Sevens. The premier event in the World Rugby Sevens Series competition, this three-day tournament is a true extravaganza for not just rugby fans, but anyone keen on a carnival-like experience filled with fun, food, and music. This year, twenty-eight international teams will battle it out at the Hong Kong Stadium in Causeway Bay. Tickets sell out quickly, so keep your eyes peeled!