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 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: 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

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: Until 17 February

More: kidsfest.com.hk

What’s on: Shakespeare in the Park: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Enjoy a romantic night under the stars this Valentine’s Day weekend! Grab a blanket and your picnic basket and head along to Hong Kong Park for the Hong Kong Shakespeare Performance Association’s premiere production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The performance will run for three nights from 15-17 February (7.30pm) at the park’s outdoor amphitheatre at Olympic Square.

Admission is free. To find out more visit the event Facebook page.

Where: Olympic Square Amphitheatre, Hong Kong Park, 19 Cotton Tree Drive

When: 15-17 February

More: facebook.com/events/380872802471286/

What’s on: HK Ballet – The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgeralds’ classic novel comes to life in this thrilling ballet performance of The Great Gatsby. Set in the glamorous world of New York high society in the roaring twenties it tells the extraordinary tale of abundant wealth, stunning excess and dark obsession. Expect extravagant dancing, decadent parties and steamy jazz music performed live by Billy Novick’s Blue Sycopators and award-winning blues singer, E. Faye Butler.

Where: HK Academy for Performing Arts

When: 15-17 February

More: hkballet.com

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.

Where: AsiaWorld-Expo

When: 15-17 February

More: longinesmasters.com/en

What’s on: The AIA Carnival: The Great Circus of Europe

If you haven’t been already, head down to this outdoor carnival that’s 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 including a circus.

Where: Central Harbourfront Event Space, 9 Wung Lo Road, Central

When: Until 17 February

More: tgec.asia/carnival

What’s on: Hong Kong Marathon

Whether you participate in the full, the half or the 10km, the Hong Kong Marathon is one of the most anticipated events for the city’s runners. The 2019 event will be the largest to date and, as in previous years, will attract entrants from across the globe. The course starts at TST and races through the New Territories and back into Victoria Park on Hong Kong Island.

Where: TST to Victoria Park

When: 17 February

More: hkmarathon.com

What’s on: Craig David presents TS5

British singer Craig David is making his debut appearance in Hong Kong this February with his TS5 show at Play in Central. The R&B crooner who was a big name in the 2000s with hits such as “7 Days”, “Fill Me In” and “Walking Away” made somewhat of a comeback last year with his hit album “The Time is Now” featuring songs like ‘Heartlines” and “I Know You” featuring Bastille. His show will see him singing, MC’ing and DJ’ing through his sets combining old school anthems from R&B to Swing beat, and from Garage to Basement, into chart-topping House hits.

Where: Play, Central

When: 21 February, 11pm

More: Purchase tickets at ticketflap.com/craigdavid

What’s on: International Light Art Display

The Central Harbourfront is bustling at the moment! The experiences don’t seem to be stopping any time soon. A new batch of light art installations have landed, this time with the theme of Love and Romance. Oooh so sweet! Take a romantic stroll through the lights and enjoy all the pretty Instagram opportunities.

Click here for all the details.

Where: Central Harbourfront, Central

When: Until 24 February

More: discoverhongkong.com

What’s on: Fashion Forward

Step into the world of Fashion at this exciting new fashion photography exhibition at ArtisTree. Curated by art historian Nathalie Herschdorfer, the exhibition features 100 of the finest works from over 40 of the world’s greatest photographers including the likes of Nick Knight, Peter Lindbergh and Miles Aldridge as well as a new generation of talents. Expect to see iconic and unseen photographs and videos as well as enjoy art-paired delicacies (created by Chef Mike Bagale, former Executive Chef of Chicago’s three-Michelin-starred restaurant Alinea), artisan wines, lunchtime forums, guided tours and more.

Where: ArtisTree, Quarry Bay

When: Until 24 February

More: taikooplace.com/en/whatson/

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

More: hkartsfestival.org/en/

What’s on: Mums@Play Charity Lunch & Bazaar

Support our furry friends in need and head along to the Mums@Play Charity Lunch and Bazaar on 1 March at El Charro. Join other dog lovers to enjoy a 3-course lunch hosted by the founder of Sai Kung Stray Friends Foundation (SKFF), and browse the wide range of pop-up stalls featuring one-of-a-kind items from different parts of the world. There’ll also be Happy Hour Cocktails from 3-5pm to celebrate the start of the weekend. “Paws” for a cause and shop, eat, drink and enjoy a fun-filled day! 50 percent of the proceeds from the event will go to SKFF.

Where: El Churro Mexican, Cyberport, Telegraph Bay

When: 1 March, 11am-5pm

Register at http://eepurl.com/gf86KT

What’s on: TransLantau

Lantau, the biggest outlying island in Hong Kong, will host the TransLantau trail-running event over the first weekend in March. Runners conquer courses that span two country parks and up to 100km of undulating hills and coastline trails. This year’s event will start and finish at Mui Wo River Silver Garden.

Where: Mui Wo River Silver Garden

When: 1-3 March

More: translantau.com

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

More: hongkong.tastefestivals.com

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

More: asiacontemporaryart.com


Weekly Events

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)

More: awa.org.hk

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

More:  ozhongkong.com

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)

More: hkjc.com


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