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.
Hikikomori, The Shelter
Hikikomori, The Shelter is a futuristic story about fitting in and finding your place. The play tells the story of Nils, a young boy going through hard times at school as well as in his relationships with others and how he decides to withdraw from the world. Using innovative technology via headphones, the play allows the audience to experience the story through the perspective of one of three characters: the mother, the father or Nils himself.
Where: Hong Kong Cultural Centre
When: 24 to 26 May
Hong Kong Spoken Word Festival
The Hong Kong Spoken Word Festival is a celebration of poetry, storytelling, comedy, writing, acting and entertaining, performed by Hong Kong’s best spoken word artists in a series of live shows across eight days.
Where: Jockey Club Studio Theatre (formerly the Fringe Upstairs)
When: 25 May to 1 June
Based on the beloved novel by Michael Morpurgo, the National Theatre of Great Britain’s Tony Award-wining production of War Horse is coming to Hong Kong. The show stars life-sized puppets that bring the story to life.
Where: Lyric Theatre, The Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts
When: Until 26 May
Mallrat Live in Hong Kong
Australian singer, musician and rapper Mallrat is making her debut live concert in Hong Kong this May. Catch her performance on Tuesday 28 May at This Town Needs. Fans can look forward to chill vibes filled with swirling electronic beats and fresh lyrics.
Where: This Town Needs
When: 28 May
G Talk is a series of free short seminars held by G Residences and Hotels worldwide to raise awareness of global issues such as social movement and poverty. In the second of the series to be held in Hong Kong, Betty Tai, Resource and Development Manager of World Vision Hong Kong will be discussing Global Poverty issues and sharing in-depth facts and case studies. Discover how a single contribution can make a lasting change in the lives of those living in poverty, especially children.
Where: Scarlett Café and Wine Bar
When: 28 May
Experience a unique evening of traditional and contemporary Indian music blending with Chinese, symphonic and jazz sounds. The concert, to raise awareness about people with special needs in the workplace, brings together 30 musicians and 9 vocalists from Hong Kong, China and India.
Where: Hong Kong Jockey Club Ampitheatre
When: 30 May
“Legend of the 20th century art: Niki de Saint Phalle”
Sculptor, painter and filmmaker, Niki de Saint Phalle, a French-born, American-raised artist is one of the most significant female and feminist artists of the 20th-century. Especially renown for her monumental outdoor installations, the exhibition features an outdoor display her works along the promenade leading into the indoor exhibition at Shatin Town Hall.
Where: Sha Tin Town Hall
When: Until 2 June
Prestige Events will be hosting its Summer Lifestyle and Gift Shopping Fair on 4 June at the Conrad Hong Kong. Featuring a selection of some of Hong Kong’s finest creative businesses offering beautiful clothing, jewellery, homewares, toys and gifts, as well as gourmet food and beverages, this is a one-stop shopping destination for all your summer wardrobe needs and gifts to surprise your family and friends.
Where: Conrad Hotel
When: 4 June
Using state-of-the-art graphics and imagery from ground-based telescopes and space probes, Professor Brian Cox will offer a fascinating insight into the workings of nature at the most fundamental level. The event will feature visual highlights such as a journey into a black hole, and will address questions about the value of science, how we acquire scientific knowledge, and why we should trust it. Fans can ask questions in an audience Q&A, where Brian will be joined by co-host of the BBC radio series The Infinite Monkey Cage and award-winning comedian Robin Ince.
When: 5 June
Where: Star Hall, Kowloon Bay International Trade & Exhibition Centre
Sing and Swing Charity Concert
The Hong Kong Women’s Choir and Welsh Male Voice Choir come together for this special charity concert in support of Love 21 Foundation: a charity that helps to assist young adults with Down Syndrome and autism to enjoy recreational activities, fitness classes and nutritional instruction. Swoon to the choral harmonies of eighty singers singing favourite tunes of past decades, backed by the smooth sounds of a live multi-instrument swing band. Expect a final number that will raise the roof of the Sheung Wan Civic Centre!
When: 6 June
Where: Sheung Wan Civic Centre Theatre
10th Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival
The Dragon Boat Festival is a major celebration on the lunar calendar. While dragon boat racing is practised throughout the world year-round these days, Hong Kong is the best place to experience the sport. The well-known races in Stanley, Shatin and Aberdeen kick off on 7 June, while the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival will push festivities to a climax the following weekend (14-16 June).
Where: Various locations around Hong Kong
When: 7 to 16 June
Home Stylist Tip Talk
“Your home should tell the story of who you are and be a collection of what you love,” says The Home Stylist. If you’re having some challenges telling the right kind of story in your own place, then head along to this morning of home styling tips from The Home Stylist. The fun and interactive talk will be packed full of trend advice and ideas to help you refresh your Hong Kong home. Get lost in the visual delights of the Altfield Interiors Showroom.
Where: Altfield Interiors Showroom
When: 13 June
ArtisTree in Taikoo Place invites audiences to explore some of the most controversial social topics with ArtisTree Selects, a series of artistic programmes running in June. From 13 to 23 June, it will feature Theatre Bites, a presentation of five bite-sized British plays.
Where: ArtisTree, Taikoo Place
When: 13 to 23 June
Justice Centre Hong Kong and Hong Kong Cycling Alliance have joined together to present Ride For Justice, a unique fundraising event in support of World Refugee Day. Join them and their refugee clients to cycle through the streets of Hong Kong from Lai Chi Kok to Jordan. Money raised from the ride will change lives through the provision of legal and psychosocial services to Hong Kong’s marginalised people.
Where: Lai Kok Estate, Sham Shui Po
When: 16 June
Knowledge of Design Week is an annual thematic programme that brings the global design community together to explore the big design debates of today. This year’s theme, Designing Digital Futures, looks into how human-centred design serves as a bridge between digital technology and humanity as we explore future design and urban developments.
Where: Hong Kong Design Centre
When: 17 to 21 June
Le French May
Le French May is really “Le French May and June”! It’s an entire festival that covers weeks of activities throughout the city. With our thriving French expat community the festival gets better and better each year.
Where: throughout the city
When: Until 30 June
Design District Hong Kong (#ddHK), a three-year Creative Tourism Project launched in 2018, has recently introduced four guided tours around Wan Chai. The free tours, with various themes, are for Hong Kong residents and tourists to experience and explore the local community, history and a few highlighted #ddHK designs from different angles.
Where: Wan Chai
When: Until 30 June
This multi-sensory exhibition brings the works of renowned artist Vincent Van Gogh to life in a thrilling display of over 3,000 images transforming every surface – walls, columns, ceilings and even floors.
When: Until 7 July
Where: FT Life Tower, Kowloon Bay
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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