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. We’ve kept everybody in mind, so you’ll be sure to find something to suit you in this list of top things to do in Hong Kong.

Special notice: In view of the latest developments of new coronavirus infections and preventative measures taking place in Hong Kong, some events have been cancelled* or postponed. Please check individual event websites for the latest information.

Things to do this month

Explore the Great Outdoors!

Enjoy a day of fun and fitness for all the family this weekend with our suggestions for 9 family-friendly hikes in Hong Kong that even little legs can manage.

Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day Activities

Check out our ideas for some fun ways to get romantic (or just have fun!) this year – there’s something for everyone!

Where: Various venues around Hong Kong
When: 14 February
More: expatliving.hk

‘Think like Leonardo da Vinci” 500th-anniversary exhibition at Olympian City

Immerse yourself in the mind of the great polymath, at this interactive exhibition which recreates the machines and artworks of Leonardo da Vinci through the most advanced technology and scientific experiments.

Where: Olympian City
When: Until 16 February
More: facebook.com/events/

AIA: The Great European Carnival

AIA: The Great European Carnival

When it comes to things to do in Winter, the AIA Carnival has become a great Hong Kong experience. Hong Kong’s biggest carnival is back for Christmas with over 60 new attractions, games and activities at their finest. Enjoy a great day out for all the family.

Where: Central Harbourfront Event Space
When: Until 16 February
More: tgec.asia

“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 and 1960 by one of the most influential Dutch photographers in the 20th century, Ed van der Elsken.

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

Cheongsam Heritage Exhibition

View the exquisite collection of vintage Cheongsams and witness the art of making a perfect hand-sewn Cheongsam at this special Heritage exhibition. Open until 29 February at K11 MUSEA.

Where: K11 MUSEA
When: Until 29 February
More: k11musea.com

K11 MUSEA shares ‘LOVE POWER’ this Valentine’s Day

K11 MUSEA Valentine's Day

Get romantic at K11 MUSEA this Valentine’s Day. From now through ’til 15 March, there’ll be a host of “LOVE POWER” themed activities on offer. Highlights include the rooftop Bohemian Garden, interactive creative workshops, exhibition by celebrated artist Xu Zhen, exclusive gift collection and a range of Valentine’s Day dining options with stunning harbour views.

Where: K11 MUSEA
When: Until 15 March
More: k11musea.com

Redress Design Award

This Hong Kong-born initiative has now become the world’s largest sustainable fashion design competition. If you are, or know, a talented young fashion designer, this is a great opportunity to learn more about sustainability in fashion and be recognised for design talent. Applications can be made via the Redress online application form. Applications close on 18 March 2020.

When: Until 18 March
More: redressdesignaward.com

Crafts Interwoven: Past and Present

Crafts on Peel

Learn about traditional crafts at Crafts on Peel, an important space that is preserving traditional Hong Kong crafts and designing new products that bring age-old craftsmanship into a new era. At this gallery space, young Hong Kong artists are paired with Master Craftsmen, to create new and functional pieces that bring new and old together. It’s an interesting and important initiative we should all be supporting.

Where: Crafts on Peel, Central
When: Until 29 March

Hoi Ha Biodiversity Excursion

Join Encompass HK, a local enterprise promoting the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals, for a guided tour of Hoi Ha Wan, one of the first Marine Parks in Hong Kong. Learn about the fauna and flora of the area and explore the diversity of marine life in the mangroves and sandy shore habitats at Hoi Ha Wan.

Where: Hoi Ha Wan, Sai Kung
When: 23 February

The Hong Kong French Theater Festival

Back for its sixth edition, the Hong Kong French Theater Festival is a charity, cultural and educational event organised to promote French culture and theatre in Hong Kong. The plays performed are selected from among the most popular shows in France. Proceeds from the Festival go to PSE HK Ltd, a charity for children in Cambodia.

Where: Y Theatre, Chai Wan
When: 24 to 27 February
More: ticketflap.com

Retykle Coffee Morning: Preparing for your baby’s arrival

Whether you’re a first time mum or adding to your growing tribe, join Retykle for a fun and relaxing morning at their studio in Wong Chuk Hang. Meet other expectant mums and hear from midwife, Aliza from Bumpnbub who will share tips to prepare for baby’s arrival.

Where: Retykle Studio
When: 28 February
More: retykle.com

Things to do in March

Opera Gallery Hong Kong Celebrates Women This March

Opera Gallery Hong Kong Celebrates Women

In celebration of Women’s History Month this March, Opera Gallery will be unveiling artworks by Spanish artist Manolo Valdés. The internationally acclaimed painter and sculptor is famous for his interpretation of famous female figures in the history of art through a variety of media.

Where: Opera Gallery Hong Kong
When: 1 to 31 March
More: operagallery.com/hong-kong/

Cook For A Good Cause

To celebrate International Women’s Day on 8 March, TATE Dining Room is inviting 7 local female entrepreneurs to showcase their culinary talents at a special one-night-only collaboration dinner on 5 March. Each will contribute one course to the evening’s 8-course tasting menu and all proceeds from the event will be donated to children’s charity BEYOND Foundation. Tickets are HK$1,780+ plus an additional HK$580+ for drinks pairing.

Where: TATE Dining Room, Sheung Wan
When: 5 March
More: tate.com.hk/

Grab some friends an enjoy some well-needed laughs at The Punchline Comedy Club’s special all-Irish St Patrick’s Day show this March. Back by popular demand is Karl Spain as the MC, along with comedians Gearoid Farrelly and Danny O’Brien.

Where: Hari’s Bar, TST (12 March); Garage Society, Wan Chai (13 and 14 March)
When: 12 to 14 March
More: ticketflap.com/punchlinecomedyclub

Beethoven the Immortal

Led by conductor Jason Lai, Hong Kong Sinfonietta pay tribute to the birth of classical music giant, Ludwig van Beethoven in two special concerts.

Where: Yuen Long Theatre Auditorium
When: 14 and 15 March
More: hksl.org

Run for Survival

Organised by Ocean Park Conservation Foundation, Hong Kong (OPCFHK), this family-friendly run aims to promote biodiversity and marine conservation, raising awareness of the threats faced by sea animals. Categories include a 10km timed challenge and 3k fun run.

Where: Pak Shek Kok Promenade
When: 22 March
More: fringebackerevents.com

Things to do all year round

Be a tourist in your own city

There’s never been a better time to explore Hong Kong. Many of the city’s iconic tourist attractions have minimal crowds and incredible deals right now. If you’re looking for things to do, the Hong Kong Tourism Board has created a special website, hkison.com, which houses all the great deals around town. Check it out and see if there’s a deal that works for you or your guests. You’ll find deals on theme parks, restaurants and staycations. The tourism board have let us know that the site is updated regularly, so keep checking back for the latest.

Hong Kong Academy Parent Sessions

Hong Kong Academy’s Child Development Series is a series of parent workshops focusing on a different aspect of child development. Each one hour talk draws upon current best practice and the knowledge of HKA’s specialist teachers, and aims to provide parents with some useful take-home tips.

Where: Hong Kong Academy
When: Monthly
More: ctl.hkacademy.edu.hk

Wycombe Abbey School Tour

Wycombe Abbey School Hong Kong offer daily tours of their Tin Wan Campus during term time, providing prospective parents and students with the opportunity to experience the school in operation. Register for a tour to find out more about the school, tour the facilities and meet the staff.

Where: Tin Wan Campus, 17 Tin Wan Street
When: Daily during term time
More: wycombeabbey.openapply.com/openday

Le Cordon Bleu at K11 MUSEA

In a new partnership with the world’s top cooking academy, Le Cordon Bleu, K11 MUSEA will be offering a series of short cookery courses at their Gastronomy Lab. Starting from 7 November, the courses include a range of beginner and advanced level patisserie courses for adults and children.

Where: K11 MUSEA Gastronomy Lab
When: Now!

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 and it’s one of our favourite things to do with visitors! 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

*Special Notice: Cancelled Events

Due to the current coronavirus measures in Hong Kong, the following events have been cancelled. Please check individual event websites for the latest information.

AustCham Australia Day Lunch with Kerry O’Brien (postponed to June)
Genius or Vandal? Banksy Exhibition
India by the Bay Festival (postponed to April)
KidsFest 2020
Longines Masters
Shakespeare in the Park
Singapore Yacht Show (postponed to later in the year)
Tong Chong Street Market

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