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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.

SCAD Hong Kong Presents an Artist Talk with José Parlá

Internationally acclaimed artist a José Parlá will talk about the important developments that have contributed to his distinctive career. Parlá, a SCAD alumni, is a multidisciplinary artist with extraordinary practices in painting, large-scale murals, photography, video, and sculpture. The talk will be followed by a special book signing of Textures of Memory, a new catalogue of José Parlá’s work, published specifically for the exhibition.

Where: SCAD Hong Kong
When: 18 September
More: facebook.com/events/504991623662380

John Masters Organics Charity Shopping Day

John Masters Organics Shopping Day

John Masters Organics has partnered with Room To Read, a charity organisation that seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in low-income communities by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. From 19-21 September all stores will be offering 15% discount on all Hair, Skin and Body Care products, with $10 from each transaction being donated to Room To Read.

Where: John Masters Organics stores in Hong Kong
When: 19 to 21 September
More: johnmasters.com.hk

Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival

Back for its 30th edition, the oldest LGBT Film Festival in Asia will be screening a selection of LGBT-friendly films to encourage greater acceptance in Hong Kong.

Where: Various venues in Hong Kong
When: Until 21 September
More: hklgff.hk

SCAD Open Day

Tour the campus, explore the award-winning degree programmes and learn more about the vibrant student life at SCAD. Prospective students can also participate in various types of faculty led- interactive workshops and learn more about the admissions process.

Where: SCAD Hong Kong
When: 21 September
More: scad.edu

South Island Art Day

South Island Art Day

The South Island Art Day will offer a jam-packed schedule for art lovers including local and international art exhibitions, artist talks, fun outdoor installations, free food and drinks and family events. And the best part is – it’s free!

Where: South Island Cultural District
When: 21 September
More: sicd.com.hk

Back for its eighth edition, this year’s premier Italian cinema showcase will feature seven contemporary films and one restored classic by some of Italy’s most talented filmmakers. Opening with the award-winning crime thriller Piranhas, other films include The Seduction of Mimi, Magical Nights and The Champion. The movies will be screened at PREMIERE ELEMENTS from 12 to 22 September. Visit the event website for the full programme line-up.

Where: PREMIERE ELEMENTS, Tsim Sha Tsui
When: Until 22 September
More: Online booking: cinema.com.hk

Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Get ready for some giggles! Australia’s biggest comedy festival returns to Hong Kong with a diverse and dynamic line-up of comedians. Featured performers include a rising star on the Singapore scene, Fakkah Fuzz; one of most exciting voices on the Australian comedy scene, Becky Lucas; the award-winning and hilariously unpredictable Aaron Chen; teacher turned comic, musician and actor Ben Knight, and one of Melbourne’s favourite British guests and an “English Comedian of the Year” winner, Brennan Reece.

Where: Fringe Club
When: Until 22 September
More: hkfringeclub.com

Vintage Movie Props Exhibition

Love old movies? Until 25 September, movie props from the sets of the historical drama Christmas at the Royal Hotel (1941) will be on display at Chung Chi College on the CUHK campus. Items include antique radios, telephones, cameras, office décor, cheongsams, typewriters, household goods and other vintage items used in the movie.

Where: Chung Chi College, Chinese University of Hong Kong
When: Until 25 September
More: cuhk.edu.hk

AWA Welcome Back Breakfast

Join the AWA for a morning filled with food, friends and fun. Learn about what the AWA has to offer this year in a fresh format featuring giveaways, an interactive panel discussion, activities marketplace and more!

Where: The American Club Tai Tam
When: 25 September
More: awa.org.hk

Hans Zimmer Live on Tour

Catch the renowned film score composer Hans Zimmer performing live in Hong Kong on 26 September on his latest world tour. Fans can expect a visual spectacular with plenty of movie nostalgia as Zimmer and his live symphony orchestra perform hit soundtracks from The Lion King, Gladiator, Pirates of the Caribbean and more.

Where: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
When: 26 September
More: facebook.com/events/457195728354839/

HKCO Season Opening Concert: A Cosmopolitan Symphony

HKCO concert
Join the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra for their Season Opening concert, ‘A Cosmopolitan Symphony. The evening will take the audience on a orchestral trip down memory lane, through ancient tunes, golden oldies from classic film and television series and more recent compositions by talented Hong Kong composers.

Book now to enjoy a special 2 for 1 offer on tickets.

Where: Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall
When: 27 September
More: hkco.org

ArtisTree Selects: Moving Pieces

Running until 28 September this dance series features over 20 performances by renowned dance companies from Norway, Wales, and France, as well as local dance groups. The series includes behind the scenes access to lunchtime open rehearsals and weekend dance workshops.

Where: ArtisTree Hong Kong, Quarry Bay
When: Until 28 September
More: taikooplace.com

Opera Gallery Summer Exhibition

Until 30 September, the woks of contemporary artists Taher Jaoui and George Morton-Clark will be on show at Opera Gallery. The two artists take inspiration from street art, Abstract Expressionism, cartoons, and graffiti, while using oil paint, spray paint, charcoal, and acrylic to create bold and large-scale works.

Where: Opera Gallery
When: Until 30 September
More: operagallery.com

Asia Contemporary Art Show

Asia Contemporary Art Show 2019 exhibit

Female artists are taking the spotlight at the 15th Asia Contemporary Art Show, opening on 4 October. Works by female artists from Hong Kong and around the world will be on display at the Conrad Hong Kong from 4 to 7 October.

Where: Conrad Hong Kong
When: 4 to 7 October
More: asiacontemporaryart.com

runITALY

RunITALY is a one-of-a-kind 8km Italian-themed charity race taking place at the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park. A portion of proceeds from the event will go to support Love 21 Foundation, a charity that aims to improve the health and well-being of people living with autism and Down syndrome in Hong Kong.

Where: Hong Kong Science and Technology Park
When: 7 October
More: runitaly.italiamiafestival.com/

Food’s Future Summit 2019

The award-winning food summit is back for its second year with an even bigger and more impactful line-up of events to inspire and initiate change within the world of food. Over two days of talks, panels, showcases and meals, the summit will gather change-makers, experts and conscious consumers to explore innovations, trends, and issues in the culinary and food world.

Win Tickets to Food’s Future Summit!

Want to be a part of the movement? We’re giving away a pair of 2-day passes, worth HK$1,000 each! Just click here for your chance to win! The competition closes on 30 September, so hurry and enter now!

Where: Asia Society Hong Kong Center
When: 11 to 12 October
More: foods-future.com

Li Biao Conducts The Butterfly Lovers

Music virtuoso Li Biao changes his mallets for the baton to conduct the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra in this performance of The Butterfly Lovers.

Where: Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall
When: 11 to 12 October
More: hkco.org

Saint Ignatius’ College Riverview Boarding Information Session

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
More: riverview.nsw.edu.au

World Cultures Festival: The Nordics

Ibsens Ghosts at World Cultures Festival
Ibsen’s Ghosts

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
More: worldfestival.gov.hk

Matilda The Musical *POSTPONED*

Matilda The Musical will be making its debut in Hong Kong from 20 September at The Lyric Theatre, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Inspired by the beloved Roald Dahl book, the award-winning musical has been shown on London’s West End and Broadway and received five-star reviews. Having toured Australia and New Zealand from 2015 to 2017, it has now ventured into Asia, debuting in Singapore in early 2019.

Where: Lyric Theatre, Hong Kong Academy
When: Until 20 October *POSTPONED – TBA
More: hkticketing.com

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

Things to do all year round

Visit “The Most Insane Garage in the World”

Renault F1

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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