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.
Central Harbourfront’s SummerFest is back! During the 68-day festival, the Central Harbourfront Event Space will be transformed into a mega stage for a series of free-to-the-public events. Among the 30 large-scale events featuring this year, highlights include Sound Colour Stone, a special exhibition of Stone Art paintings, and the city’s first-ever Smartizen Park, showcasing new technologies and how they can lead to smarter lifestyles.
Where: Central Harbourfront Event Space
When: 16 July to 1 September
Hong Kong Book Fair
The annual book fair returns to Hong Kong for its 30th edition with “Sci-Fi and Mystery” as this year’s theme. Head down to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre to pick up some great reads by authors from all over the world. There’ll also be a range of events catering to all ages and interests over the week-long festival, including book signings, seminars, cultural performances and storytelling sessions.
Where: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
When: 16 to 23 July
“Inked for Good”
Get inked for a cause at this first ever tattoo event in support of breast cancer, an initiative hosted by Brazilian-Japanese restaurant UMA NOTA in collaboration with The Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation and three local coveted tattoo artists. For breast cancer survivors, tattoos can be a form of creative expression symbolic of overcoming hardship and re-building self-confidence. Book in for a tattoo session and make a difference to you and others.
Where: Uma Nota, 38 Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong
When: 20 July
More: To reserve an appointment email amelia@meraki-
Citywalk x Sherlock Holmes Detective Challenge
From 20 July until 25 August, the popular children’s novel The Great Detective Sherlock Holmes will come to life in an interactive detective playground at Citywalk. Featuring the first-in-town room escape game for kids, young Sherlocks can put on their detective hats and unleash their brain power to crack mysteries in various themed settings and win great prizes.
When: 20 July to 25 August
For one mouth-watering month, foodies can enjoy more than 20 special dishes at some of Hong Kong and Macau’s favourite restaurants as part of the first-ever Delicious USA food festival. Enjoy a range of cuisines and cooking styles with a couple of things in common – they all feature premium US ingredients and they all taste absolutely delicious.
Where: Participating restaurants around Hong Kong
When: Until 21 July
Audrey by Bob Willoughby
This exclusive exhibition marks the 90th anniversary of Audrey Hepburn’s birth and 10 years since the death of renowned photographer Bob Willoughby. Featuring 90 photographs from Bob’s collection – one for each year since Audrey’s birth – highlights include rare behind-the-scenes shots of Audrey which highlight her different roles as actress, style icon and mother.
Where: F11 Foto Museum, Happy Valley
When: Until 27 July
Throughout the month of July the California Wine Institute will be running a series of events and promotions dedicated to celebrating and discovering California wines in Hong Kong. Look out for wine tastings, special dinners, educational seminars and great deals on wines from the Golden State.
Where: various locations around Hong Kong
When: until 30 July
Sergey Melnitchenko: From Dusk Till Dawn
This solo exhibition features a selection of conceptual art photography created by Sergey Melnitchenko during his time working as a nightclub dancer in China in 2015. The 77 black-and-white images portray Chinese society from the intimate perspective of an outsider capturing fleeting moments of the everyday life of the average people, and provides a rare glimpse behind the backstage of a nightclub.
Where: F22 Foto Space
When: Until 31 July
Inspired by the release of the latest movie in the “Toy Story” series on 11 July, Toy Story 4, Harbour City will transform into a “Toy Story” themed carnival with different games and challenges. Fans will be surrounded by life-size Woody and the gang figures — Buzz Lightyear, Jessie, Slinky Dog, Rex, together with their long-lost and new friends — Bo Peep, Forky, Duke Caboom, Gabby Gabby, Ducky & Bunny. Encourage your little ones to take along pre-loved toys to share with those in need.
Where: Harbour City
When: Until 4 August
Fuerza Bruta Wayra Macau
Fuerza Bruta, an immersive extreme theatre party experience from Argentina, arrives on Macau shores this summer. The internationally-acclaimed show with no rules (there’s no seats or stage and photos and videos are positively encouraged!) features an energetic interaction between the audience and the show’s performers with mind-blowing visual effects and lighting. Throw out all your inhibitions as you immerse yourself in this thrilling 360 degree performance.
Where: MGM Cotai Macau
When: Until 4 August
In this exhibition, Hong Kong artist Nina Pryde combines ink painting with collage to portray dream-like, boundless landscapes.
Where: Galerie Ora-Ora, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road
When: Until 17 August
Are you staying in Hong Kong for the summer? If you answered yes, then you’re in for a treat. From 5 July to 18 August, Hong Kong plays host to the International Arts Carnival 2019. Thanks to this amazing festival, the city will be thriving with 15 family focused performing arts shows from all over the globe.
Where: Various theatres in Hong Kong
When: Until 18 August
Chinese Opera Festival (COF)
Paying tribute to Cantonese opera and bringing the best of Chinese opera to the local stage, the tenth edition of the COF features a diverse range of performers from different parts of China including The Jiangsu Kunqu Opera Theatre and China National Peking Opera Company.
Where: Various theatres in Hong Kong
When: Until 18 August
Bookazine is holding its first ever charity book sale kicking off on 1 July. Proceeds will go towards Room to Read, a global non-profit focused on girls’ education and literacy in developing countries.
Where: Bookazine branches at Exchange Square, Times Square and Festival Walk
When: Until 31 August
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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