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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. 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: Due to COVID-19 precautionary measures, some events have been postponed or cancelled. Please refer to the individual event websites for updated information. We’ll keep you updated with new dates as we have them (*see list at the end for details of rescheduled events). 

Hong Kong Human Arts Prize Exhibition

Hong Kong Human Arts Prize 2020 Entry
Photo courtesy of Bok Photography: Sailev Levasseur – Be Water

View all the shortlisted and winning artworks from this year’s Human Arts Prize which provides a platform for established and emerging artists to share their perspective on human rights issues. All works are also available for purchase via the online auction with proceeds going towards prizes for the winning artists and the non-profit work of the Justice Centre Hong Kong.

Where: Justice Centre Hong Kong Facebook page
When: Until 6 June
More: hkhumanrightsartsprize.org

Diamond Mountain: Electronic Nostalgia

This exhibition by Korean artist Kim Young-Hun showcases eight vibrantly coloured oil paintings. The electronic-like abstract works are inspired by the Korean landscape and the transition between the analog and digital generation.

Where: Soluna Fine Art
When: Until 6 June
More: solunafineart.com

The Pop Up Store

Photo courtesy of Bella Blu Design

Don’t miss the latest edition of The Pop Up Store in Central open every day from now until 21 June. The store will be located at 36 Cochrane street (under the escalators) until 14 June and will then move to 33 Wellington Street from 15 to 21 June. Expect to find gorgeous fashion pieces and jewellery, swimwear, baby clothes, home accessories, Panama hats and more!

Where: 36 Cochrane Street (until 14 June)/ 33 Wellington Street (15-21 June)
When: Until 21 June
More: facebook.com/events/714669972601725/

Top Schools and Babel Film Workshop Filmmaking Initiative for Teens

Top Schools has partnered with Hong Kong-based film education company Babel Film Workshop on a global filmmaking initiative that enables students to document their lives during the ongoing pandemic. Students aged 13-18 can now sign up for a free online filmmaking workshop, creating a personal short film essay from home to be exhibited locally and internationally. Registration is now open at filmstylo.com and the course can be started anytime until 8 May 2020. All films need to be completed by 8 June 2020.

When: Until 8 June
More: filmstylo.com

The Peanuts Global Artist Collective Exhibition and Pop-up Store

FreindsWithYou Display poster

A celebration of the 70th anniversary of Charles M. Schulz’s iconic comic series, this exhibition features over 40 contemporary prints and 15 figurines of Snoopy and his friends, re-created by seven internationally-acclaimed artists. You can also pick up limited-edition collectibles and stylish Peanuts-inspired home accessories at the exclusive Pop-up Store.

Where: K11 Art Mall
When: Until 30 June
More: hk.k11.com

Opera Gallery’s #StayAtHome Campaign

To keep the public engaged with art during this period of social distancing, Opera Gallery has launched a #StayAtHome campaign. Get a sneek peek of the studios, works-in-progress and never- before-seen artworks on the gallery’s Instagram account (@operagallery). Updates will be posted twice a week, featuring exclusive images and videos.

Where: Opera Gallery Hong Kong website
When: Until 30 June
More: operagallery.com.

Monet – Perception of Light & Colour

This first-of-its-kind immersive exhibition at Metropolis Museum features hand-painted replicas, 3D printed works and projections of over 30 of Monet’s distinguished paintings.

Where: Metropolis Museum
When: Until 5 July
More: metropolismuseum.com

“The Secret Garden” at Times Square

The Secret Garden at Times Square

Inspired by the movie, the entrance to Times Square has been recreated into “The Secret Garden”.  Step into a magical garden filled with colourful flowers, insta-worthy photo spots and explore the 15-metre-long Key Maze, Giant Floral Birdcage and Secret Flower House.

Where: Times Square
When: Until 12 July
More: facebook.com/HKTimesSquare/

Malvern College Pre-School Summer Camps

Keep the kids entertained this summertime with one of Malvern College Pre-School’s summer camps. There are five fun camps to choose from, including weekly and daily options across a range of themes. Visit malvernpreschool.hk/malvern-summer-camp-2020/ to find out more and register.

Where: Malvern College Pre-School (Coronation Circle and Island West campus)
When: Until 31 July (registration close 12 June)
More: malvernpreschool.hk

Years Later

Presenting at Gagosian Gallery until 8 August, Years Later is an exhibition of new paintings and works on paper by German artist Georg Baselitz. The exhibition focuses on a set of thirteen large oil paintings he made using a “contact-printing” technique. Using gold and black paint to create a striking contrast, the artist utilises a stencil to render bold inverted silhouettes onto the canvas.

Where: Gagosian Gallery, Central
When: Until 8 August
More: gagosian.com

Garden of Six Seasons Exhibition

Taking place across several venues, Garden of Six Seasons is a large-scale group exhibition showcasing the works of artists from Hong Kong, China and the rest of the world.  The exhibition is named after an English-style garden built by the Nepalese King 100 years ago in Kathmandu to represent the six seasons traditionally observed prior to being obscured by climate change. The exhibition explores the historical propensity of humans to create artificial environments and their processes of exploiting nature.

Where: Para Site Gallery, Quarry Bay and Soho House
When: Until 30 August
More: para-site.art

“They Do Not Understand Each Other” Exhibition

Based around the theme of communication between nations, this contemporary group exhibition features works from the National Museum of Art, Osaka (NMAO) and the Singapore Art Museum (SAM) as well as new commissions.

Where: Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Arts
When: Until 13 September
More: taikwun.hk

Next Act: Contemporary Art from Hong Kong

Coinciding with Asia Society Hong Kong Center’s 30th anniversary, this new exhibition features works by 10 local artists based on the shared history and collective memories of Hong Kong. The exhibition encourages visitors to rethink their perceptions of the past, savour the present, and contemplate what the future holds.

Where: Asia Society Hong Kong Center
When: Until 27 September
More: asiasociety.org

AmCham Forum: Making Hong Kong’s Future Work

How can Hong Kong best prepare and adapt to a a changing business environment. Join this interactive forum and hear best-in-class practices from executives of leading companies with forward-thinking, transformational and innovative track records.

Where: AmCham Online Conference
When: 5 June
More: amchamhk

The Virtual Conscious Festival

Moving to a new virtual home this year, The Conscious Festival is a three-day immersive event to encourage individuals to live a more sustainable lifestyle. Expect high-impact talks, experiential workshop sessions, and an opportunity to raise your consciousness, all without having to leave the comfort of your own home.

Where: Via hopin
When: 12 to 14 June
More: greenisthenewblack.com

Invictus Secondary School Online Parents’ Talk

Invictus Secondary School Online Parents' Talk

Invictus Secondary School is inviting interested families to join their online parents’ talk via Zoom.  Learn more about the advantages of studying Cambridge IGCSE and A-level at the Chai Wan campus and “meet” the Principal, Mr Lee Harvey.

Where: Online via Zoom
When: 18 June 2020
More: Register online here

UNSCHEDULED

Presenting at Tai Kwun from 17 to 27 June, UNSCHEDULED is a showcase of 12 Hong Kong galleries organised by the Hong Kong Art Gallery Association. The exhibition with strives to re-energise Hong Kong’s art scene features solo presentations from HKAGA gallery members, with a focus on modern and contemporary art that has a connection to Asia.

Where: Tai Kwun
When: 17 to 27 June
More: hk-aga.org

EL Business Series – Elevating your business with Instagram

Elevating Your Business with Instagram online event

Learn how to elevate your business with the fastest growing social network in the world in this session with Marielle Reussink from The EMMS. We’ll look at the latest Insta trends, and address the needs of different types of businesses including e-commerce, B2B, entrepreneurs, lifestyle brands and more.

Where: Online (via Zoom)
When: 18 June
More: expatliving.secure.force.com

AustCham Australia Day Lunch with Kerry O’Brien

Hear from one of Australia’s most distinguished journalists Kerry O’Brien at AustCham’s special Australia Day Lunch which has been rescheduled to 19 June.

Where: Australian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong
When: 19 June
More: austcham.com.hk

Malvern Playgroup Virtual Open Day

Malvern Playgroup is inviting prospective parents to join their “Virtual Open Day” on 27 June to experience a taste of what the playgroup is all about. The adult-accompanied playgroup sessions are open to children from 6 to 24 months old and are held at both the Island West and Coronation Campus of Malvern College Pre-School. Join the online taster session to find out more!

Where: Online via Zoom
When: 27 June
More: expatliving.hk

Things to do all year round

Be a tourist in your own city

Hong Kong Travel Tips

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.

Lose yourself in the world of art at Virtually@HKMoA

Savour the world of art at home with “virtually@HKMoA“, Hong Kong Art Museum’s online portal which gives the public access to art through a variety of multimedia resources. Browse the website for audio guides, pamphlets, exhibition multi-media programmes and images from the featured collections.

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!
More:
 kka.k11.com

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: Rescheduled Events

Due to the current coronavirus measures in Hong Kong, the following events have been rescheduled, new dates as below. Please check individual event websites for the latest information.

Affordable Art Fair 2020: 20-23 August 2020
AustCham Australia Day Lunch with Kerry O’Brien: 19 June 2020
Greenday Concert: 19 March 2021
India by the Bay Festival: 16-21 October
Singapore Yacht Show: 15-18 October
Standard Chartered Marathon: 24 January 2021

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