All Around the City
Even for a festival city like Macau, the month is packed with activities. There's excitement in the air, particularly at the 26th Macau International Fireworks Display Contest with 10 teams competing for the pyrotechnic prizes, and a carnival to enjoy. The Peninsula and islands light up, as well, with the Mid-Autumn Festival, celebrated with riddles, performances, lantern displays, and – with its moon-gazing opportunities and activities – must be one of the best times of the year to immerse yourself and your family in real 'local' Macau.
World Tourism Day is celebrated with gusto here – don't miss the annual Tray Race! – and exercise opportunities abound: why not Step Out, Experience Macau's Communities in the city's new downtown tourist trails or take to the hills with the Chung Yeung Festival Hiking activity. Bargain hunters won't want to miss the Taipa Flea Market, 5 Outubro Street Art Fair, Sun Never Left, and their entertainment, or Lin Kai Night Market & Sunrise Market in the old quarter.
Music lovers, as usual, are well served by the Macau Orchestra and Macau Chinese Orchestra, with European classical and Chinese traditional, the Sistine Chapel Choir and Leal Senado Building's 20-minute concerts while the Evening Concert series in the Taipa Houses-Museum Amphitheatre goes from strength to strength, as does the easy-going piano lounge music in A Night with Piano at the Gallery to pumped-up jazz in Saturday's Jazz, and a cornucopia of concerts awaits on the Cotai Strip. Don't miss Ballet Preljocaj's Snow White and many more music performances at Macau Cultural Centre.
There's plenty, too, for art lovers. The Collective Exhibition of Macau Artists, Masterpieces of Painting from French National Museums, Calendar Illustrations by Guan Huinong, and Fu Zhiming's Painting on Paper Series all speak to the soul. The Shandong Province Acrobatic Troupe is in town, and you also won't want to miss the Exhibition of China's Lunar Exploration Programme.
Catch one of several weekend performances of martial arts, dragon dances, lion dances, Portuguese dancing, etc, in some of the city's beautiful squares. 'Experience Macau' app, 'Macau Cultural Map' app, 'WiFi Go', the audio guide, free guided tours and Macau budget hotels website make it easier than ever to get around the ever-changing, ever-vibrant city. Just plug in, log on and enjoy!