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.
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
The executive team from Saint Ignatius’ College Riverview in Sydney will be in Hong Kong to meet prospective parents and chat about boarding options for their sons.
Where: JW Marriott Hong Kong
When: 18 October
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: 18 October to 17 November
Ingmar Bergman’s award-winning film of a concert pianist’s inharmonious relationship with her daughters is now transferred to an intense, internationally acclaimed opera, Autumn Sonata, by Finnish composer Sebastian Fagerlund. Indulge in the Asian debut of this brilliant performance at the Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, part of the World Cultures Festival programme.
Where: Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
When: 18 to 19 October
Take your babies to their first live orchestral concert and enjoy the wonderful world of classical music with Hong Kong Sinfonietta and conductor Ray Chan.
Where: Hong Kong City Hall
When: 18 to 19 October
Be one of the first to tour Invictus School Hong Kong’s brand new campus at Monteray Place in Tseung Kwan O, due to open later this year (subject to regulatory approval). Find out more about the school’s curriculum, experienced staff and affordable tuition fees.
Where: Invictus School Hong Kong, Monteray Place
When: 19 October
Get in the Halloween spirit at the annual family-friendly fair at HKIS Middle School Campus on 19 October. Featuring a shopping bazaar, bake sale, “monster book sale”, talent show, student costume parade and lots of games and candy, there’s something for everyone in the family to enjoy.
Where: HKIS Middle School, Tai Tam
When: 19 October
An initiative for Pink October, the Vegan Pink Block Party aims to raise awareness of the links between a plant-based diet and cancer prevention and healing. Listen to the personal stories of legendary food game-changers in Hong Kong and understand how their personal stories with cancer influenced their choice to opt for alternative diets. There’ll also be a raffle draw and prizes. 50% of donations will go to support the Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation.
Where: Confusion plant based Kitchen, Jervois Street
When: 19 October
Don’t miss the latest edition of The Boutique Popup Store in Central for one week only this October. Shop the gorgeous collections of local and international fashion pieces and homewares from HK-based independent designers.
Where: 33 Wellington Street, Central
When: Until 20 October (late night opening on Thursday 17 – join from 5pm for a glass of bubbles and a chat!)
More: Email info@bellabludesign
Angels for Children are holding their first Angels Charity Trivia Night to support Bali Kids and Sunrise Cambodia. Join others in a team or take some friends along and get a team table. Drinks at Happy Hour prices and lucky door and winning team prices will be up for grabs.
Where: Rula Live, Lan Kwai Fong
When: 22 October
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
“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
Things to do all year round
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
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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