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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 if you want to stay in the know with what’s on. So make the most of the gorgeous weather and find something to suit you in this list of things to do in Hong Kong.

What’s on: Hong Kong Book Fair

At the 29th edition of the Hong Kong Book Fair, expect a record number of approximately 680 exhibitors presenting you with a range of books from 37 countries and regions. Plus, enjoy numerous cultural events catered to different interests and age groups, helping to raise public cultural awareness and the perfect place to start an interest in reading.

Where: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai 

When: 18-24 July

More: hkbookfair.hktdc.com

What’s on: Lan Kwai Fong Beer & Music Festival

Bringing you the best brews and live performances, dance like nobody’s watching at the Lan Kwai Fong Beer and Music Festival 2018. Indie, electro, or blues, whatever your music taste might be, there’s something for everyone. You can’t leave out the drinks, and with over 200 craft beers to choose from you won’t have to worry about running out of options either.

Where: Lan Kwai Fong

When: 21-22 July

More: lankwaifong.com

What’s on: Water in the Balance

Take the kids out for a fun family activity to the Hong Kong Maritime Museum and learn about our relationship with the planet’s water. Water is vital to our lives and at the exhibit, you’ll be able to learn all about water, it’s cycle, and the importance of protecting it through an interactive, multi-sensory exhibit suitable for all ages.

Where: Hong Kong Maritime Museum, Central Pier No. 8, Hong Kong

When: Until 22 July

More: hkmaritimemuseum.org

What’s on: Ani-Com & Games Hong Kong 2018

Packed with the best selection of animation, comics, games, toys and more, ACGHK 2018 is the perfect venue for both fans or business owners. You could even snag limited edition products here, or simply soak in the atmosphere, with a variety of exciting stage events and exhibitions.

Where: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai 

When: 27-31 July

More: ani-com.hk

What’s on: Cultural Masseur – Dragonix Multi-Arts Festival

The festival presents a creative makeover to the familiar arts experience at the Hong Kong Arts Centre where the guided tour becomes an adventure, and the musical theatre turns into a romantic encounter. Experience 12 different programmes in 4 series, kicking off with the theatre show Unknown: living in progress. Head over to the website for programme details and the dates of performance.

Where: Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Road, Wan Chai

When: Until 31 July

More: culturalmasseur.hk

What’s on: Wander in Style

In hopes of pulling you away from the daily hustle and bustle to experience the taste and joy of life with art by your side, the Wander in Style Pop-Up Exhibition attempts to build a quiet but intimate conversation with you through the works of two young artists – Cheuk Wing Nam and Han Jinpeng. Cheuk Wing Nam’s installation makes masterful use of sound and light to create an immersive environment that stirs feelings of anxiety and urgency while Han Jinpeng expresses a strong enthusiasm towards the classic. Wandering between thought-provoking artworks that include installation and video, you guys can experience a vibrant and interactive journey with a taste of elegance.

Where: The Hang Space @ Little Tai Hang Hotel, 98 Tung Lo Wan Rd, Causeway Bay

When: Until 31 July

More: leogallery.com.cn

What’s on: Brilliant City Exhibition

Borrowing its title from the lyrics of a 1987 Cantopop classic, ‘Starry is the Night’, this exhibition explores how artists across generations and locations have engaged with the complexity of urban space. View works by Francis Alÿs, Chen Wei, Stan Douglas, Li Qing, Michael Lin, Gordon Matta-Clark, and Ming Wong, each using a different medium to convey our relationships with the space around us.

Where: David Zwirner Hong Kong Gallery, 5-6/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road, Central

When: Until 4 August

More: davidzwirner.com

What’s on: Chinese Opera Festival

This annual festival gives attendees a chance to immerse themselves in an experience that has been formally listed by UNESCO as part of Hong Kong’s intangible cultural heritage. The festival blends opera genres from Beijing, Guangdong and Jiangsu, as well as local Cantonese opera to provide an insight into ancient China. Also included are appreciation sessions, talks and exhibitions.

Where: Various locations

When: Until 12 August

More: cof.gov.hk

What’s on: International Arts Carnival

This Leisure and Cultural Department festival is one of the biggest family arts events each year in Hong Kong. The programme includes a mix of local and international performers with shows and activities aimed at a broad range of interests and ages, from ballet and puppetry to music, physical theatre, magic and circus shows.

Where: Various locations

When: Until 12 August

More: ticket.urbtix.hk

What’s on: The Last Wilderness Photo Exhibition

You wouldn’t want to miss this exhibition starring record-breaking free diver Hanli Prinsloo and her relationship with marine animals, captured by former world record-holding swimmer turned ocean conservationist and photographer Peter Marshall. The exhibition will unveil stunning underwater images, and also includes a special feature on award-winning photographer Yatwai So and his macro images depicting a diverse array of marine life.

Where: The Haven by Jacada Travel, 29/F Wyndham Place, 40-44 Wyndham Street, Central 

When: Until 18 August

More: jacadatravel.com

What’s on: Cabinets of Curiosities

Go on a journey through time and space into the world of mysterious discoveries that reveal European collectors’ fascination with exotic animals, plants, minerals and art objects unknown in the West until a few hundred years ago. This exhibition will introduce over 250 natural and artificial artefacts from ten museums, galleries and private collections, and is divided into five sections – Cabinets of Curiosities – a Brief History; Maritime Expeditions and the Collecting of Exotica; The Musée du Vivant – AgroParisTech: From Amateur Collections to Discoveries in the Natural Sciences; The Maison Deyrolle Cabinet of Curiosities: Nature Art Education and Cabinets of Curiosities and Contemporary art.

Where: CityU Exhibition Gallery, 18/F, Lau Ming Wai Academic Building, CityU 

When: 10am–7pm, until 19 August

More: frenchmay.com

What’s on: Marc Chagall, Light and Colour in Southern France Exhibition

Marc Chagall, Light And Colour In Southern France is this year’s highlighted exhibition at Le French May Arts Festival and is the first in Macao that is dedicated to Marc Chagall. It features a selection of works – from paintings, gouaches, lithographs and costumes to tapestries – which highlight and explore the pre-eminence of light and colour in his creations.

Where: 2/F, Gallery of Special Exhibitions, Macao Museum of Art

When: Until 26 August

More: mam.gov.mo

What’s on: Summer Family Fun at Taipa Village Macau

Looking for more things to do in Macau? Bring your kids out for a day of fun to Taipa Village and take part in a wide range of activities, from educational exhibits and fun workshops, to face-painting for the kids. After you’re all knackered out, head to one of the many international dining spots available such as Chinese, Portuguese, Japanese, Italian – you name it. Workshop and activity dates vary so make sure to head over to the website for more details.

Where: Taipa Village Art Space, 10 Rua dos Clerigos, Taipa, Macau

When: Until 26 August

More: taipavillagemacau.com

What’s on: Summer Carnival 2018

The biggest ever carnival at Ocean Park will be staged this summer, as a South American theme takes over the venue. The Summer Carnival 2018 will feature two animal-themed parades during the day and night. Other highlights are hourly Caribbean shows featuring stunts, live music, synchronised swimming performances, and a water playground for the kids.

Where: Ocean Park

When: Until 2 September

More: oceanpark.com.hk

What’s on: An Age of Luxury – the Assyrians to Alexander

See more than 200 historic artefacts from the ancient Assyrian, Babylonian and Persian empires, with items from the era between 900 and 300 BC showcasing the precious objects owned by the wealthy and used to decorate interiors of the period in the ‘An Age of Luxury: the Assyrians to Alexander’ exhibition. The exhibition has been developed by the British Museum and will be on display at the Hong Kong Museum of History.

Where: Hong Kong Museum of History, 100 Chatham Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

When: Until 9 September

More: hk.history.museum

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