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. There’s something for everybody, so you’ll be sure to find something to suit you in this list of things to do in Hong Kong.
What’s on: Shrewsbury International School: Creating Bookworms in the Digital Age
How can we guide our children to read in this digital age? Head along to this event in Shrewsbury’s “Bring a Friend” series presented by acclaimed author and reading advocate Sarah Brennan, for tips, suggestions and conversation on raising children who love to read. Shrewsbury parents who bring a friend will be given priority seating, as will parents of prospective students. Click here to register.
Where: School Library, 4/F Shrewsbury International School
When: 24 January, 2-3pm
What’s on: The AIA Carnival: The Great Circus of Europe
The outdoor carnival has become a fixture on the Central Harbourfront each winter, with young and old flocking to enjoy the atmosphere. Organisers are upping the ante this season, with new rides and attractions to suit all ages.
Where: Central Harbourfront Event Space, 9 Wung Lo Road, Central
When: From 14 December until 17 February. Closed on Friday 11th January.
What’s on: Tong Chong Street Market
The annual Tong Chong Street Market has returned to Taikoo Place. Open every Sunday until 17 February (except 3 February), the market features over 40 stalls with fresh locally farmed produce and meats, baked goods, organic food and the latest trending sips and bites.
Where: Taikoo Place, 979 Kings Road, Quarry Bay
When: 1 January – 3 February
What’s on: KidsFest
This annual festival provides world-class theatre to young people in Hong Kong over five weeks. This year’s programme includes the crowd-pleasing We’re Going On A Bear Hunt, the Judith Kerr classic, The Tiger Who Came To Tea, and acrobatic comedy Children Are Stinky.
Where: Drama Theatre, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
When: 9 January – 14 February
What’s on: Mamma Mia!
This smash-hit musical is coming back to Hong Kong. Mamma Mia! tells the tale of a daughter’s quest to discover her father’s identity on a Greek Island, told through the classic ABBA hits, such as “Super Trooper”, “Waterloo” and “Ring Ring”.
Where: Lyric Theatre, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
When: 16-27 January
What’s on: Hong Kong 100 Ultra Trail Race
Hong Kong 100 Ultra Trail Race (19 JAN) This ultra-endurance event sees participants attempt to complete a 100km course within 30 hours. The course covers some of the most beautiful scenery in Hong Kong and is based on the Maclehose Trail. It’s a unique, challenging and beautiful run for the trail-running enthusiast.
Where: Pak Tam Chung, Sai Kung
When: 19 January
What’s on: SPARK – The Science of Art and Creativity
Become a superhero, travel through time and control a sci-fi thriller with your brain. Experience all this and more at SPARK: The Science and Art of Creativity, a brand new Festival of Ideas which will transform Tai Kwun from 18-20 January 2019. Organised by the British Council in collaboration with over 50 creative and educational partners from the UK and Hong Kong, the festival celebrates creativity across the arts, science and education. More than 30 free events will take place over three days, including interactive experiences, provocative performances, stimulating talks and other innovative happenings.
Where: Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Arts
When: 18-20 January
What’s on: HOPE Fashion Show
Kickstart 2019 with a good cause and head to the ANJE REBEL Charity Fashion Show featuring organically made athleisure wear from Brazil. This year it has partnered with ImpactHK, a charity organisation dedicated to helping the homeless people in Hong Kong to bring HOPE together as one.
Where: Campfire Creative, 5/F Remex Centre, 42 Wong Chung Hak Road, Wong Chuk Hang
When: 22 January, 7pm to 10pm
What’s on: Mickey’s Super Celebration
Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy join Mickey on a journey to discover his favourite memory of all time, in a show commemorating 90 years of Mickey Mouse. This show will feature Moana live on ice for the first time in Asia, along with Frozen sisters Anna and Elsa.
Where: Lyric Theatre, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
When: 24-27 January
What’s on: CNY Flower Market
Flower lovers will delight in the Chinese New Year flower market, another classic festive outing over CNY. Head to Victoria Park in Causeway Bay or Fa Hui Park in Sham Shui Po and explore the abundance of flowers and trinkets on offer. The markets are open until midnight and even later on the 2nd. It’s a great evening adventure.
Where: Victoria Park and Fa Hui Park
When: 30 January – 5 February
What’s on: Cathay Pacific International CNY Night Parade
This parade is a classic must-do Hong Kong experience. It travels along Canton Road, Haiphong Road and Nathan Road, with a ticketed spectator stand out the front of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre in TST. Start time is around 6pm with street performers warming up the crowds, and the main floats and procession beginning from 8pm.
When: 5 Feb (from 8pm)
What’s on: Longines Masters Series
The Longines Masters Series is one of the most prestigious equestrian events in the world for show jumping. Inspired by the tennis Grand Slam, the series takes place in three cities: New York, Paris and Hong Kong. Expect a great day out for all the family. In addition to the spectacle of some of the world’s top riders and horses, there will be a Prestige Village at the AsiaWorld-Expo site with food, shopping and other activities during the three-day event.
When: 15-17 February
What’s on: Hong Kong Arts Festival 2019
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: 21 Feb to 23 March
What’s on: Taste Hong Kong
Foodies, get your taste buds and cameras ready for some of the city’s tastiest treats, Taste Hong Kong is back! Head down to the Central Harbourfront to indulge in an all-star culinary line up. This year sees lot of newbies on the scene including Flying Elk, John Anthony, Old Bailey, Hoi King Heen, Sausage Commitment, a project by Okra Hong Kong, and Artemis & Apollo.
Where: Central Harbourfront
When: 21 – 24 March
What’s on: Asia Contemporary Art Show
The Asia Contemporary Art show returns to Hong Kong for its 14th edition featuring art and artists never before seen in Hong Kong. Taking place at the Conrad Hong Kong, the show will welcome more than 80 galleries from Asia and the world, including up-and-coming and mid-career artists.
Where: Conrad Hong Kong
When: 29 March to 1 April
What’s on: American Women’s Association Coffee Morning
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)
What’s on: Cooee Coffee – Australian Association of Hong Kong
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. Bookings are not needed, all are welcome to turn up on the day and enjoy some coffee and a chat. 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
What’s on: 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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