October 1, 2005
National Day of the People's Republic of China
Celebrated with fireworks over Nam Van Lake, the show also marks the last day of the International Fireworks Display, which is timed to honour the occasion.
October 7 - November 6, 2005
Macau International Music Festival
Featuring orchestras, singers, choirs and other musicians performing throughout the city.
October 29 - November 6, 2005
4th East Asia Games
Nine East Asian countries and regions will take part in this event, which is held every four years.
November 2, 2005
All Souls Day
Catholic masses in commemoration of departed souls who have not been cleansed of their sins.
November 11 - 27, 2005
Macau Food Festival
More than 100 restaurants will offer discounts and some will set up stalls in Leal Senado Square to promote international cuisine. Cooking lessons and live performances are included.
November 17 - 20, 2005
Macau Grand Prix
The most internationally known event in Macau. Expect crowds.
December 4, 2005
Macau International Marathon, Half Marathon and Mini Marathon
Circling the peninsula and across to Taipa and Coloane.
December 8, 2005
Feast of Immaculate Conception
A Christian festival marked by special masses. A public holiday.
December 20, 2005
Macau Special Administrative Region Establishment Day
Celebrated with a flag-hoisting ceremony at Lotus Flower Square and other smaller festivities.
December 25, 2005
Christmas celebrations, including carol singing, are held across the city.
January 1, 2006
New Year's Day
Celebrations with a fireworks display at midnight over Nam Van Lake.
January 29, 2006
Chinese New Year
Shops, offices and factories are closed for 10 days and events include dragon and lion dancing. Locals visit temples and hang lanterns and red banners.
February 12 - 13, 2006
Procession of the Passion of Our Lord
An icon of Christ carrying the cross is borne from St Augustine's Church to St Paul's Cathedral.
March, 2006 (date to be confirmed)
Macau Arts Festival
Cultural associations and institutes stage their best shows. Includes concerts, dancing, painting exhibitions, Chinese opera and theatre
March 31, 2006
Feast of Pak Tai
Chinese opera performances are held in Pak Tai Temple in Taipa village.
April 20, 2006
Homage is paid to Macau's most popular deity, the Goddess of Seafarers, from whom Macau is said to derive its name.
May 5, 2006
Feast of the Drunken Dragon
This celebration starts in the morning at Kuan Tai Temple. Men perform a drunken dance with the wooden heads and tails of a dragon. They head in the direction of the inner harbour. At each stop, they drink wine until they are unable to go on.
May 5, 2006
Feast of the Bathing of Lord Buddha
Images of Buddha are ceremonially cleaned and purified in Buddhist temples
May 13, 2006
Procession of Our Lady of Fatima
An annual procession from Sao Domingos Church to the Penha Chapel, for an open-air mass. The event commemorates the miracle of Fatima in Portugal in 1917.
Mid-May , 2006 (date to be confirmed)
High-profile players at the Macau Open give the region's golfers a chance to test their skills against the best.
May 31, 2006
Dragon Boat Festival (Tuen Ng Festival)
All celebrations are concentrated on the dragon boat races on the Nam Van Lakes.
June, 2006 (date to be confirmed)
Macau Lotus Flower Festival
The lotus is the representative flower of Macau. This festival features a show of different lotuses, and an exhibition of the historical and cultural background of the flower.
Late June, 2006 (date to be confirmed)
FIM-UAM Asian Motocross Championships
Participants and thousands of spectators from across Asia will gather at the racetrack on Cotai.
September 3, 10, 18, 24 and October 1
Macau International Fireworks Display Contest
The largest of its kind, and one of the most important in the world. Experts from different countries are invited to compete with spectacular fireworks displays set off over Nam Van Lake.