Macau hosts an abundance of events and festivals throughout the year. With everything from the Grand Prix to the Macau Golf Open, there is always something going down within this is atmospheric town. Due to the fact that the island is formulated from a mix of creeds and culture, there is pretty much always a religious celebration or large-scale event on the horizon. And where better to celebrate or enjoy an event? Macau offers the perfect holiday retreat to celebrate a special occasion, promising a truly memorable time.
Dragon Boat Festival (June)
Dragon Boat Festival is one of traditional Chinese celebrations. It was established to commemorate the heroic poet Qu Yuan who protested against a corrupt government by drowning himself in the Mi Lo River in Hunan province of China.
Today, the festival is focused on the famous Dragon Boat Race. Many of local and foreign teams take part in the race. Dragon Boat Festival takes place on the Nam Van Lake in Macau Peninsula during the beginning of June.
Macau Arts Festival (May)
Macau Art Festival hosts over 40 performances by artists from around the world. The festival organised by the Cultural Institute of Macau S.A.R. Government. The exhibition includes theatre, multimedia art, dance, and music. Macau Art Festival is usually held through out May of every year. Ticket are sold a month before the festival starts.
Macau Grand Prix (November)
This is a week of car and motorcycle racing in a city circuit, length 6.2 km per lap. Macau Grand Prix is one of the prime events and is known for its quality and history of more than five decades. Each year, there are more than 300 drivers and riders from world wide take part in the race.
The event is held annually during the third week of November at Guia Prix and tickets are sold a few months in advanced. Travellers visiting Macau during this period are recommended to reserve accommodation in advanced.
Macau Fireworks Display Contest (September/October)
Macau International Fireworks Display Contest is the largest of a kind in the world. The event attracts over 100 pyrotechnic display teams from around the world, including teams from China, the Philippines, Thailand, Taiwan, China, Japan, Korea, Australia, United Kingdom, Switzerland, France, Germany, Portugal, Spain, and more.
The contest is held on every weekend from the second week of September. While the final climatic show takes place on the National Day, October 1.
Macau International Marathon (December)
Macau International Marathon gathers over a few thousands of athletes from Macau, Hong Kong, and overseas. The full course marathon circles the Peninsula, and cross to Taipa, Coloane Islands, in total of 42 km. This running event also includes half-marathon and mini-marathon. It takes place on the first Sunday in December when the weather is cool, dry, and the most comfortable for the marathon runners.
Macau International Music Festival (November)
Macau International Music Festival brings a great program of music to stage. A two-week festival in every November features opera, musicals, orchestras, and other music events from both domestic and international artists. Performances take places in many different venues ranging from churches, theatres, open-air paces, and park pavilions. Tourist Offices in Macau offers update information and performance schedules for those who interested.
Macau Open – Golf Tournament (October)
This popular event attracts some of the high profile players in the region. The year prize around US$ 300, 000 guarantees spectators some exciting contests as players pit their wits against one another to become a the winner of Macau Open.
This four-day tournament takes place at Macau Golf and Country Club on Estrada de Hac Sa, Coloane Island. The course is also connected to The Westin Resort.