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Fun things to do in Hong Kong

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 if you want to stay in the know with what’s on. So make the most of the gorgeous weather and find something to suit you in this list of things to do in Hong Kong.

What’s on: Louis Pearl the Amazing Bubble Man

The Amazing Bubbleman has been thrilling audiences around the world for over 30 years with the magic, art, science and fun of bubbles. From square bubbles, fog-filled bubbles, trampoline bubbles to flying UFO bubbles and even people inside bubbles, prepare to be enthralled.

Where: Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Wan Chai

When: 5-9 September

More: amazingbubbleman.com.hk

What’s on: Solo Show

Russian actress, writer and theatre maker, Kristina Pakhomova, is presenting two of her original plays: “What’s Wrong With Me?” And “Dark Room”. The plays touch on the lives of women in our modern society, lost among expectations and pressures. Still having to fight for independence, self-love, and the stigma and pressure from society to be perfect daughters, wives and mothers, Pakhomova takes you an emotional rollercoaster in this one-woman show.

Where: The Hive, 8th Floor, Unit 1, Cheung Hing Industrial Building 12P Smithfield, Kennedy Town 

When: 7-9 September

More: ticketflap.com

What’s on: Art @ Kowloon City District: Craft-ist

Art@ Kowloon City District: Craft-ist, a group exhibition curated by Hong Kong artist Chan Po Fung, showcases artworks of five groups of artists including Cissy Chan, Coutou Woodworking studio (Yung Wing Yan), Lai Chan Kee, Victor Wong and Chan Po Fung at Cattle Depot Artist Village in Kowloon City District.

Where: Cattle Depot Artist Village

When: 8-28 September

More: oneaspace.org.hk

What’s on: Hong Kong International Laugh Festival

The second annual Hong Kong International Laugh Festival promises three straight weeks of stand-up comedy, improv, open mics, variety nights and lots more. Featuring familiar faces on the Hong Kong comedy scene along with hilarious newcomers and award-winning acts from abroad, the Laugh Festival is a must-attend event for anyone who loves to laugh.

Where: Comixbase, 7 Mallory Street, Wan Chai

When: 8 September-1 October

More: laughfestival.hk

What’s on: Discovery Bay Sunday Market

Handmade Hong Kong’s Discovery Bay Sunday Market is a DIY indie arts, crafts and small traders’ fair. Hong Kong’s finest makers and sellers will be offering arts, crafts and other special goods with about 140 different vendors taking part. The markets are located in the DB main plaza, just a short walk from the ferry pier.

Where: Discovery Bay Plaza

When: 9 September

More: handmadehongkong.com

What’s on: An Age of Luxury – the Assyrians to Alexander

See more than 200 historic artefacts from the ancient Assyrian, Babylonian and Persian empires, with items from the era between 900 and 300 BC showcasing the precious objects owned by the wealthy and used to decorate interiors of the period in the ‘An Age of Luxury: the Assyrians to Alexander’ exhibition. The exhibition has been developed by the British Museum and will be on display at the Hong Kong Museum of History.

Where: Hong Kong Museum of History, 100 Chatham Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

When: Until 9 September

More: hk.history.museum

What’s on: Potted Potter: The Unauthorised Harry Experience

Potted Potter condenses all seven Harry Potter books (and a real-life game of Quidditch) into seventy side-splitting minutes. Beginning as a five-minute entertainment for the release of the sixth book, the show has grown into a full-length stage production, even securing an Olivier Award nomination for Best Family Show.

Where: Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts

When: 11-16 September

More: pottedpotter.com

What’s on: Hong Kong Cool

This collaboration between Hong Kong Ballet, West Kowloon Cultural District and Hong Kong Art School will feature seven world premieres, with seven Hong Kong-based choreographers pairing with local artists working in different media to create unique performances.

Where: Hong Kong Cultural Centre

When: 13-16 September

More: hkballet.com

What’s on: The Killers

US rockers The Killers will return to Hong Kong for their first show in five years. Expect them to perform tracks from their latest album Wonderful Wonderful and hit songs like “Mr Brightside”, “Somebody Told Me”, “When You Were Young”, “Human”, “The Man” and “Run for Cover”.

Where: Asiaworld-Expo Arena

When: 19 September

More: hkticketing.com

What’s on: Pablo Francisco

Look forward to an evening of laughter, spontaneous outbursts and clever insights as international superstar comedian Pablo Francisco brings his unique talent of weaving together his one-of-a-kind arsenal of off-the-wall characters and spot on impressions to Hong Kong this September.

Where: Cyberport & Central

When: 20-21 September

More: takeoutcomedy.com

What’s on: Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance

Coinciding with the Mid-Autumn Festival is the Fire Dragon Dance, where a 67-metre-long dragon is studded with thousands of burning incense sticks and wends its way through the backstreets of Tai Hang in Causeway Bay. This year’s parades will be held from 23 to 25 September in Tai Hang from about 8.15pm to 10pm, and from about 10.45pm to 11.30pm on 24 September in Victoria Park.

Where: Tai Hang & Causeway Bay

When: 23-25 September

More: taihangfiredragon.hk

What’s on: Mid-Autumn Festival

The Mid-Autumn Festival traditionally signals the end to a year’s hard work in the fields, culminating in the harvest season. This annual event is marked with lantern festivals around the city, with Victoria Park hosting a huge event, with singing, dancing, acrobats and lantern displays.

Where: Victoria Park, Causeway Bay

When: 24 September

More: discoverhongkong.com

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