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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. 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.

*Special notice: Due to the protests in Hong Kong, some events have been rescheduled. Please check the individual event websites for updates.

An Evening with Nordic Composers

Enjoy Chamber music in an intimate setting as local rising stars interpret 19th and 20th-century masterpieces from five Nordic composers. There’ll also be the chance to chat to the artists in person at the meet-the-artist sessions after each performance.

Where: Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall
When: 22 to 23 October
More: worldfestival.gov.hk

Halloween

Halloween-family

Have you boo-ked your Halloween activities yet? Whether you’re big or small, there are plenty of Halloween events around Hong Kong this spooky season. See the link below for a selection of what’s on offer.

Where: Various venues around Hong Kong
When: Until 31 October
More: expatliving.hk

Majestic Drums

Now entering its 17th year, the Hong Kong Drum Festival, a brainchild of the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, has become an annual gala event that brings together top percussionists from all over the world, spanning generations, for an exciting carnival with stunning performances.

Where: Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall
When: 25 October
More: hkco.org

“Limits” by Cirkus Cirkör

Swedish contemporary circus show: Limits

Sweden’s largest contemporary circus group perform risk-taking aerial acrobatics, teeterboard wizardry, and possibility-pushing juggling in a jaw-dropping display of physical and mental bravery, resilience, and creativity.

Where: Sha Tin Town Hall
When: 25 to 26 October
More: worldfestival.gov.hk

Hot Dog Bus by Erwin Wurm

Keep an eye out for Hot Dog Bus by Erwin Wurm parked outside K11 MUSEA, Hong Kong’s Silicon Valley of Culture. For the next month, this interactive public art installation will be serving hot dogs and drinks so our community can experience art and food in a new way. The sculptural experience challenges assumed understandings of art and consumption.

Where: K11 MUSEA
When: Until  26 October
More: k11musea.com

Stan Group Hong Kong Beach Festival *CANCELLED

Head to Repulse Bay for a weekend of fun beach activities with family and friends. Back for its 7th edition, this year’s line-up of events includes the Hong Kong International Beach Water Polo Tournament, Stan Group Triple Challenge (beach swim) and beach volleyball invitational. There’ll also be beach races, booth games, sandcastle sculpting, mermaid performances and much more!

Where: Repulse Bay
When: 26 to 27 October
More: facebook.com/hkbeachfest/

HSBC Life “Badminton Experience Tour”

To promote health and wellness in the community, HSBC Life is holding a series of badminton-themed activities at various locations around Hong Kong this autumn. Pick up a racquet and join in the fun!

Where: Sau Mau Ping Shopping Centre, Stanley Plaza, Tin Shui Shopping Centre
When: Weekends until 27 October
More: retailbank.hsbc.com.hk

Diwali

Diwali, The Indian New Year Festival falls on Sunday 27 October this year. Find out more about the Hindu festival of lights and how to take part in the celebrations in Hong Kong in the link below.

Where: Various locations
When: 27 October
More: expatliving.hk

Nevermind Baroque Ensemble

Nevermind is a young French baroque quartet that is breaking down stereotypes and barriers associated with Baroque music. The ensemble will make its debut in Hong Kong on 28 October at the City Hall.

Where: Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall
When: 28 October
More: pphk.org

Malvern College Hong Kong Open Morning

Experience a normal school morning at Malvern College Hong Kong’s first open morning on 30 October. Prospective parents can see the pupils enquiring, learning and collaborating – be it in the library, sports hall, swimming pool, science lab, music room, visual arts studio or the ever-popular sky-pitch!

Where: Malvern College Hong Kong
When: 30 October
Moremalverncollege.org.hk

Shrewsbury International School “Talk and Tour”

Shrewsbury International School’s campus tour provides prospective families with the opportunity to tour the purpose-built facilities, meet the admissions team and find out more about a Shrewsbury education.

Where: Shrewsbury International School, Tseung Kwan O
When: 30 October
More: shrewsbury.edu.hk

Ibsen’s Ghosts

The Norwegian Ballet Company perform Henrik Ibsen’s controversial 19th-century play. A gripping and thought-provoking reinterpretation that dramatically speaks to the heart through body language alone.

Where: Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall
When: 1 to 2 November
More: worldfestival.gov.hk

Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival

The Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival returns for its 20th edition with an impressive and diverse lineup of films covering topics from heartwarming family stories to gripping historical documentaries.

Where: Asia Society Hong Kong
When: 2 to 10 November
More: hkjff.org

Signmark “Impossible is My Thing”

Signmark

Born deaf, Finnish global pop phenomenon Signmark defied discrimination and discouragement to become the first non-hearing artist signed to a major record label. He has since taken his exhilarating rap/ hip-hop music and message to almost 50 countries and six continents. Prepare to be blown away.

Where: Ko Shan Theatre, Hung Hom
When: 3 November
More: worldfestival.gov.hk

Rugby World Cup 2019

It’s getting down to the serious end of the Rugby World Cup. If you’re not headed to Japan, you can watch the action at a few places around town. Check out our guide to where to watch the Rugby World Cup live in the link below.

Where: All around town
When: Until 2 November
More: expatliving.hk

The Best of Darkness

In this powerful final work of a four-part series focused on the night within and vulnerability of the body, the ethereal rock music of Sigur Rós is teamed with the Iceland Dance Company’s leading-edge contemporary dancers.

Where: Sheung Wan Civic Centre
When: 2 to 3 November
More: worldfestival.gov.hk

Textures of Memory by José Parlá

Textures of Memory showcases a selection of works by New York-based artist José Parlá, a former SCAD Hong Kong student. Featuring a series of new abstract paintings and sculptural pieces, the exhibition is inspired by his recurring visits to Hong Kong over the years and the physical impressions left around the city by time.

Where: The Annex (until 12 October), Ben Brown Fine Arts (13 October to 4 November)
When: Until 4 November
More: benbrownfinearts.com

Secret Theatre

Fresh from a sell-out, critically acclaimed run of Secret Theatre London and Singapore, the team are back in Hong Kong with an epic new immersive thriller (think Silence of the Lambs meets Black Mirror!). Join them at one of Hong Kong’s most opulent and historic venues in Tai Kwun for an evening of chilling murder and mystery where the audience gets to decide the outcome.

Where: Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Arts
When: Until 9 November
Moresecretstudiolab.com

Breath

Breath

Choreographer-dancer Tero Saarinen and revolutionary master accordionist Kimmo Pohjonen combine in this electrifying one-of-a-kind performance by the Nordic duo.

Where: Ko Shan Theatre, Hung Hom
When: 8 to 9 November
More: worldfestival.gov.hk

Barry McGee: The Other Side

San Francisco-based artist Barry McGee presents his first solo exhibition in Hong Kong. Featuring a selection of his old and new artworks depicting various social issues through an eclectic selection of media including hand-painted surfboards, hand-thrown ceramics, obsolete TV sets and other objects found in Hong Kong.

Where: Perrotin Gallery, Central
When: Until 9 November
More: perrotin.com

One Hike For One Sky

Join OneSky for their 9th annual charity hike at the beautiful MacLehose Trail in Hong Kong. Proceeds of this year’s hike will go towards building a better future for the disadvantaged children of Hong Kong and the Asia Pacific region.

Where: MacLehose Trail
When: 10 November
More: onesky.org

Meet Sheridan Steen, Founder of Dyslexia School Search UK

Sheridan Steen, the founder of Dyslexia School Search, one of the UK’s leading consultancies for children with learning difficulties will be in Hong Kong and available to meet with parents to discuss their children’s learning problems. To book an initial free consultation with Sheridan email sheridan@dyslexiaschoolsearch.com.

When: 10 to 18 November
More: dyslexiaschoolsearch.com

The Elephant Week & Gala Dinner

Back for its sixth edition, Hong Kong Elephant Week is a schools education programme and fundraising initiative to  raise awareness of illegal ivory trading and the plight of elephants and rhinos in Africa. Join the Gala Dinner on 15 November for a fun evening celebrating Maasai culture and help support The Elephant Foundation’s vital conservation efforts.

Where: Island Shangri-La Hotel
When: 15 November
More: RSVP Luke at LL@hkelephants.com.hk

AWA WISE Series: Reinvent Yourself & Switch Careers

Thinking of re-inventing your career or transitioning to something new? Join the AWA WISE Women’s Workshop Series on 15 November and be inspired to kick-start an exciting new professional phase. Meet other like-minded women and learn from panellists and experts who share their insights on their transitional journeys that have led them to great new heights.

Where: theDesk, Admiralty
When: 15 November
More: bit.ly/AWAWISE2019-20

“NeoArctic” by Hotel ProForma

NEOARCTIC

In this highly original opera-theatre production, Danish performance art group Hotel Pro Forma, in collaboration with the Latvian Radio Choir, charts the “NeoArctic”, a crazy new world shaped by man.

Where: Kwai Tsing Theatre Auditorium, Kwai Chung
When: 15 to 16 November
More: worldfestival.gov.hk

Nordic & Hong Kong Band Sound Gala

Eight Nordic indie groups and five Hong Kong bands come together for a spectacular weekend of sensational sounds, ranging from rock ‘n’ roll to electro-pop. Nordic food, drink, and cultural displays will also be on hand in this revelatory cosmopolitan rendezvous!

Where: Queen Elizabeth Stadium
When: 16 to 17 November
More: worldfestival.gov.hk

World Cultures Festival: The Nordics

Celebrating all things Nordic, the WCF returns this year with a stellar line-up of music, dance, drama, literature, circus arts and more. Festival highlights include the opening operatic performance of Ingmar Bergman’s signature film Autum Sonata by Finnish composer Sebastian Fagerland, Norwegian ballet production of Ibsen’s Ghosts, Swedish contemporary circus Limits and a weekend of sensational music at the Nordic and Hong Kong Band Sound Gala.

Where: Various Locations in Hong Kong
When: Until 17 November
More: worldfestival.gov.hk

Grappa Discovery

Organised by Salotto Lounge, and open to anyone interested in understanding and appreciating Grappa, Grappa Discovery is a five-day course opportunity and Italian-style aperitif event. RSVP to join the Masterclasses or simply head along to one of the aperitif sessions following the classes to enjoy innovative Grappa and Amaro-based cocktails

Where: Various locations
When: 18 to 22 November
More: salottolounge.com

Hong Kong Culture Festival

Back for its fifth edition, the Hong Kong Culture Festival joins forces with cultural organisations, universities and local communities to present a rich array of programmes in celebration of Hong Kong’s diverse cultural heritage. Featuring exhibitions, workshops, film screenings, music and dance performances and more!

Where: Various locations
When: Until 23 November
More: hkculturefestival.com

Women’s Five: 5/10K Run & Fitness Programme

The Women’s Five celebrates the amazing women around us and the belief that through sports everyone can create a more positive life for themselves. Take part in a five-week health and fitness program leading up to the 5 or 10k run or head straight to the run.

Where: Tai Tam Country Park
When: 30 November
More: womensfive.com

Sleeping Beauty: The Panto

The Hong Kong Players are back to present their 58th panto, Sleeping Beauty – a spectacular re-imagining of the classic fairy tale designed to delight all the family with jokes old and . . . older!

Where: Hong Kong Arts Centre, Shouson Theatre
When: 5 to 15 December
More: hkplayers.com

“Hong Kong the way it was” Exhibition by Ed van der Elsken

Hong Kong the way it was - exhibition by Ed van der Elsken

Take a step back in time and visit this exhibition of over 130 beautiful photos taken in Hong Kong in 1959-1960 by one of the most influential Dutch photographers in the 20th Century, Ed van der Elsken.

Where: F11 Foto Museum
When: Until 28 Feb 2020
More: f11.com

Things to do all year round

Visit “The Most Insane Garage in the World”

TheArsenale, one of the world’s first global marketplaces for the motion universe has opened at City of Dreams resort in Macau. The flagship Asia store showcases the world’s most sought-after rare finds from land, sea and air – everything from playthings for billionaires to art and accessories for the everyman. Marvel at the remarkable array of race cars, private jets, submarines, custom motorcycles, branded boats, electric skateboards, timepieces, artworks and more!

Where: City of Dreams resort Macau
When: Now!
More: cityofdreamsmacau.com

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.
When: Now!
More: avenueofstars.com.hk

“The Met: Live in HD” Series

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
More: themetinhongkong.info

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)
More: awa.org.hk

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. 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
More: ozhongkong.com

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)
More: hkjc.com


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