There’s always plenty of fun to be had in Hong Kong. Here’s a guide to some of the best events and activities that are on around the traps. There’s something for everybody, so you’ll be sure to find something to suit you in this list of top things to do in Hong Kong.
Things to do this week
Stock up your summer wardrobe at the Bella Blue special Spring Pop Up shop coming to Hong Kong on 18th March for one week only. Featuring the collections of six international and local brands, you’ll find gorgeous clothes, handbags and wallets, leather shoes, stunning jewellery and genuine Panama hats and cases.
Where: Bella Blu Design, 33 Wellington Street
When: 18 to 24 March
Popular Korean boy band BTS will return to Hong Kong for four shows at the AsiaWorld-Expo Arena from 20-21 & 23-24 March as part of the BTS World Tour “Love Yourself”. Expect all the favourite chart-topping hits combined with spectacular dance moves.
Where: AsiaWorld-Expo Arena
When: 20-21 & 23-24 March
Foodies, get your taste buds and cameras ready for some of the city’s tastiest treats, Taste of Hong Kong is back! Head down to the Central Harbourfront to indulge in an all-star culinary lineup.
Where: Central Harbourfront
When: 21 to 24 March
The first ever international pong tournament is being held in Hong Kong from 22-24 March at Central Harbourfront. 24 local and overseas teams will meet to compete via PONGConnect (a digital beer pong table) for the Pong World Championship title and the chance to win over USD40,000 in prizes!
Where: Hong Kong Observation Wheel and AIA Vitality Park
When: 22-24 March
The Hong Kong Arts Festival returns for its 47th edition from 21 February to 23 March 2019. The programme will feature over 1,700 outstanding international and local artists in 166 performances and over 340 complementary outreach and education activities.
Where: Various theatres around Hong Kong
When: Until 23 March
Calling all Sci-Fi fans! The 3rd Asian Sci-Fi Festival Melon comes to Hong Kong this March with a focus on Aliens. The leading Sci-Fi conference will bring together many of the world’s science fiction writers, industry experts and fans to share, brainstorm and be inspired. Plus there’ll be not-to-be-missed networking events for the chance to meet with speakers in person.
Where: JW Marriott Hong Kong
When: 23 March
Dog lovers head down to Link’s Stanley Plaza for a series of dog-related events including the first ever doggie speed-dating event. There’ll be the chance to meet dogs up for adoption along with other activities and events including a carnival, doggie wedding gown competition, Guinness World Record Challenge and more!
Where: Link’s Stanley Plaza
When: 23-31 March
Head to Victoria Park for the Hong Kong Flower Show which returns this year with the theme “When Dreams Blossom”, featuring Chinese Hibiscus as the theme flower. Enjoy beautiful floral displays and sculptures, as well as plenty of family fun including live performances, workshops, demonstrations, game stalls and a drawing competition.
Where: Victoria Park
When: 15 to 24 March
Hong Kong Art Month
Art is blooming all around Hong Kong this March! Explore major international art shows, creative art installations, new art venues, hidden masterpieces of urban art, and various highlighted art events across the city.
Where: Various locations
When: Until 31 March
Acclaimed hip-hop dance crew the Jabbawockeez perform for the first time at the MGM in Macau this March. The crew who first gained fame on America’s Got Talent in 2006 before winning the MTV Hip-Hop reality series, Randy Jackson Presents America’s Best Dance Crew in 2008 are best known for their signature plain white masks and synchronised dancing.
Where: MGM Cotai, Macau
When: Until 31 March
In celebration of International Women’s Day, Campfire have curated a month-long line up of events for women including workshops, screenings and panel discussions with special topics and collaborations by women for women.
Where: Across all Campfire locations
When: Throughout March
Asia’s oldest film festival returns for its 43rd edition featuring a 15-day cinematic extravaganza. Showcasing works from filmmakers from around the region as well as world-class international cinema, tickets to this popular event usually sell out fast so book now to avoid disappointment.
Where: Various venues across the city
When: Until 1 April
More events in March
Pyrmont Wealth Management and Phoenix Wills will get you thinking about what you want for the future and what you need to do – and they’ll help show you how to do it! Join the EL Coffee Morning to discover the answers to your questions, while enjoying some good coffee and delicious croissants.
Where: 2A Cheung Hing Industrial Building, Kennedy Town:
When: 27 March
More: expatliving.hk (admission fee of HK$80 includes free annual subscription to Expat Living plus goodie bag)
The Asia Contemporary Art show features art and artists never before seen in Hong Kong. Enjoy a complimentary drink as you browse over 2,000 unique works of art including paintings, sculptures, mixed media and edition prints presented across 85 inviting art living spaces.
Where: Conrad Hong Kong
When: 29 March to 1 April
Join other like-minded women for a day of inspiring stories and networking to celebrate women in strength. Twelve high-powered women executives from companies such as HSBC, IKEA, Mercer and more will share their personal change journeys around four themes: Vulnerability, Gumption, Grit, and Intuition.
Where: Campfire @ Remex Centre, Wong Chuk Hang Road
When: 30 March
Things to do in April
Ching Ming Festival (Tomb Sweeping Day)
This is a day for worshipping ancestors. People right across Hong Kong will travel to the city’s cemeteries to pay respect to the deceased by bringing incense sticks and gifts, including paper offerings that are burned.
When: 5 April
Where: Across Hong Kong
Gwen Stefani kicks off a big few weeks of international artists in Hong Kong. She will perform a one-off show on the Friday of the Sevens weekend. Get yourself down to Central Harbourfront to join the 2019 Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens Festival.
When: 5 April
Where: Central Harbourfront
Hong Kong Sevens 2019
Hong Kong Sevens is such an internationally renowned event, it almost needs no explanation. For anyone new to Hong Kong and uninitiated, make sure you get your hands on some tickets and experience your first Sevens. It’s a huge weekend of partying and rugby.
When: 5 to 7 April
Where: Hong Kong Stadium
Van Gogh Alive
When: 6 to 7 April
Where: FT Life Tower, Kowloon Bay
Songkran Hong Kong
If you’ve ever lived in Thailand, or visited during Songkran, you’ll know why this festival is so beloved. It’s also celebrated here in Hong Kong by the city’s Thai community. Head to Li Chi Kok to join in the fun.
When: 12 to 17 April
Where: Li Chi Kok
Hong Kong’s best women’s 5K/10K run and fitness programme returns to Aberdeen Country Park this April. More than just a run, the Women’s Five event hopes to become an agent of change that will help you achieve your goals, whatever they may be. Join the tribe! Individual and team-of-two categories are available.
When: 13 April
Where: Aberdeen Country Park
This music and technology festival is only in its third year but already has a strong reputation in the city. This year, International superstars MØ and Thundercat top the bill at SonarVillage. In total, the 15-hour festival will see more than 35 diverse electronic acts perform across five indoor and outdoor stages at the futuristic Hong Kong Science Park.
When: 13-14 April
Where: Hong Kong Science Park
Head to Lamma’s Tai Wan To Beach and watch this fun Dragon Boat race. You can even stay for the after-party. Get there by catching the ferry from Central.
When: 14 April
Where: Tai Wan To Beach, Lamma island
In more music news, superstar Ed Sheeran will also visit the city in April. The man behind “Shape of You” will be here for two nights. In a perfect placement for the sweet crooner, he’ll be performing at Hong Kong Disneyland (the Fantasy Road Outdoor Venue).
When: 17-18 April
Where: Hong Kong Fantasy Road Outdoor Venue, Hong Kong Disneyland
The American singer-songwriter is bringing his world tour to Asia, and he’s stopping in Hong Kong! “An Evening with John Mayer” is his debut show here, and fans will have him all to themselves at HKCEC, as there’ll be no opening act.
When: 18 April
More: Tickets at livenation.hk
Hooray for another long weekend! Check out our roundup of some egg-cellent things to do in Hong Kong this Easter.
When: 19-22 April
Tin Hau Festival
Head to your local Tin Hau temple to celebrate the birthday of the goddess of the sea, and enjoy the festivities. Seaside villages and destinations will provide a more lively experience – try places like Yuen Long, Stanley, Lamma and Peng Chau.
When: 27 April
Where: Tin Hau temples throughout Hong Kong
To tie in with International Jazz Day 2019, the popular Jazz Marathon returns to Hong Kong for another edition this April. Bringing together renowned international jazz players as well as local musicians, the two-day non-stop programme will showcase brilliant expressions of jazz music from different parts of the world. Enjoy mainstream and niche jazz sounds including ethnic jazz, gypsy jazz, tango jazz, flamenco jazz and more!
When: 27 and 28 April
Where: Arena, Queen Elizabeth Stadium
If you love the race track, head out to Sha Tin Racecourse for Champions Day, one of Hong Kong’s racing community’s most anticipated occasions. HK$70 million is on offer across 10 races, making it a super- charged day at the races.
When: 28 April
Where: Sha Tin Racecourse
Things to do all year round
Explore the new Avenue of Stars
Avenue of the Stars has just reopened after a three-year construction hiatus. But now it’s back, bigger and better than ever! Head over to TST to meander along the foreshore and learn about some of Hong Kong’s home-grown stars, including the beloved, Bruce Lee.
Get there: Walk from the Star Ferry or from MTR East Tsim Sha Tsui Station Exit P1, use the staircase or the escalator adjacent to Tsim Sha Tsui East (Mody Road) Bus Terminus.
Watch high-definition screenings of opera performances at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York here in Hong Kong. Screenings will be held at various cinemas around Hong Kong throughout the year. Featured performances include Bizet’s Carmen, Saint-Saëns’s Samson et Dalila, Verdi’s Aida, Wagner’s Die Walküre and many others.
Where: various cinemas around Hong Kong
When: throughout 2019
The American Women’s Association of Hong Kong holds a weekly coffee morning every Thursday; CHAT – Come Have A Talk. The informal gathering is for member, newcomers and non-members and provides a friendly atmosphere to have a coffee or tea and some “grown-up” time away from the little ones. It is a drop-in activity so people are welcome to join anytime between 10.30am and noon. The group often stays for lunch.
Where: Cafe 8, Roof Level, Hong Kong Maritime Museum, Central Ferry Pier No.8, Central
When: Every Thursday (except public holidays)
The Australian Association of Hong Kong holds a weekly coffee morning, Cooee Coffee, every Friday, which acts as a casual get-together for both newcomers to Hong Kong, as well as a chance to catch up with old friends. In addition to meeting new people, it’s also a chance to get some advice and tips on living in Hong Kong.
Where: Oolaa Petite Shop 2 Tower 2 Starcrest, 9 Star Street, Wan Chai
When: Every Friday (except public holidays), 10am-12pm
Happy Wednesdays at Happy Valley Races
Wednesday night at the Happy Valley Races is a favoured Hong Kong pastime. It costs just HK$10 to get in and see the spectacle of race fans watching world-class horse racing against a backdrop of skyscrapers.
Where: Happy Valley Race Course, Wong Nai Chung Road, Happy Valley
When: Every Wednesday all year round (gates open at 5.15pm, first race 7.15pm)
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