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.
Prefer to stay at home? See our big guide to fun things to do at home.
Special notice: Due to the coronavirus restrictions in Hong Kong, some events have been postponed or cancelled. Please refer to individual event websites for updated info. We’ll keep you updated with new dates as we have them (*see list at the end for details of rescheduled events).
Things to do this month and beyond
Browse the collection of new and pre-loved books and DVD’s at Asia Society Hong Kong’s fund-raising book fair, open to the public from 25 to 31 October. With thousands of titles, ranging from design, arts, architecture and photography books to novels, children’s books and travel guides, there’s something for everyone. Prices start from $10 each.
When: Until 31 October
Where: Asia Society Hong Kong Center, Admiralty
Tesla Junior Driving Experience at Lee Gardens
Lee Gardens has partnered with electronic car maker Tesla to debut the KIDS’ Driving Playground Beach Party. Children aged 3-8 can experience the thrill of driving a Tesla mini Model S around the specially created beach race course at The Podium Garden on the third floor of Lee Gardens Two. After little drivers have finished the experience, they’ll be rewarded with a driving certificate and a souvenir.
Where: Lee Gardens, Causeway Bay
When: Until 1 November
Rainbow Park at Tsuen Wan Plaza
Get into the festive spirit and capture some fun and colourful Insta shots over at Tsuen Wan Plaza’s Rainbow Park. Located at the mall’s rooftop, there are giant rainbow walls, colourful installations, a series of rainbow-themed scenes and a Rainbow Mart food market to check out.
Where: Tsuen Wan Plaza, Tsuen Wan
When: Until 1 November
Leveraging on International Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Hong Kong Cancer Fund will host the annual Pink Revolution to raise public awareness for breast health and raise funds for the organisation’s free breast cancer services. Calling on Hong Kong ladies again to conduct regular breast check-ups with the slogan, “Be Smart. Self-Check!”, the Cancer Fund will also host a series of public educational and outreach events including Dress Pink Day, Shop for Pink and the newly added Pink Yoga Challenge.
When: Until 1 November
Discover the best designer pieces for less and support the sustainable fashion community at the HULA Pre-loved Pop-up. Shop pre-loved designer and vintage pieces from leading womenswear brands at up to 95% off retail prices.
When: Until 9 November
Unleash your creativity and join one of the creative workshops at PMQ, running every other weekend until 13 December. Choose from over 20 art and design workshops, including tote-bag making, road-sign painting, jewellery and leather workshops and many more. Pair-up with friends and family and enjoy participating in a workshop in a small group amidst a lively atmosphere.
When: Until 13 December
In this Facebook Live event, Deepti Chadda, founder of Big Blue Trunk, will demonstrate how to use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint to upcycle furniture in a range of decorative painting techniques.
When: 30 October
Where: Online (via Facebook Live)
More: Register here
Hong Kong Ballet: Don Quixote
Hong Kong Ballet returns to kick off its 2020/21 Season with the captivating dance spectacle Don Quixote. With its delightful mashup of comedy, fantasy, technically demanding choreography and brilliant costumes inspired by flamenco, gypsies and bullfighting, there’s no better production to welcome audiences back after HKB’s eight-month hiatus. It’s likely to sell out fast so book your tickets now!
When: 30 October to 1 November
Where: Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Grand Theatre
Hong Kong Sinfonietta returns to the concert hall with two different programmes this October to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth. In this second concert, the orchestra will present an all-Beethoven programme under the baton of Perry So, featuring the Coriolan Overture, Piano Concerto No 5 with pianist Colleen Lee and Symphony No 6.
When: 31 October
Where: Yuen Long Theatre Auditorium
Launching for the first time in Hong Kong, the YAMA Foundation Accessible Wellbeing Community Event Series aims to make community-based activities accessible to people with disabilities (PWD) and special education needs (SEN). The month-long programme will begin on 7 November and will be held over four consecutive Saturdays. Open to the public, events will include workshops, talks, and demonstrations linked to accessible, inclusive, and adaptive activities such as yoga, dance, career counselling, mindfulness, and more.
When: 31 October to 28 November
Angels for Children Secret Santa
Be a Secret Santa for underprivileged children in Hong Kong and help to ensure that no child goes without a Christmas present this year. Buy a gift from the Secret Santa List and drop it off at one of the designated locations around Hong Kong or donate to purchase a gift and Angels for Children will do the rest.
When: 1 November to 6 December
Where: Various locations
Malvern College Pre-School is inviting prospective families to join their Open Day at the Island West campus on 7 November. Learn more about the pre-school’s EYFS and Forest-Beach School programme, explore the campus and meet the teaching team as well as the school’s founding principal.
When: 7 November
Where: Island West Campus, Sai Ying Pun
Kellett School, recently crowned British International School of the Year 2020, is holding a Senior School Virtual Open Evening. Register for the event and you’ll gain access to a variety of info streams about the Senior School. These include a special website featuring videos from Senior Leaders and Heads of Department, plus an opportunity to sign up for online sessions led by various members of the Senior team who can answer any questions you might have.
When: 10 November
Taking it online this year, the Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival returns for its 21st edition with an impressive lineup of film screenings from Israel and other countries. The programme includes some of the best new Jewish feature films, biographies, documentaries and short films that explore Jewish culture and history.
When: 14 to 29 November
One of the most talked about events in Asia, the Frozen Exhibition presented by FWD Insurance will land in Hong Kong on 17 November. Park Central will be transformed into an 18,000 sq. ft. wonderland, divided into 10 themed zones featuring
When: 17 November to 28 February
Where: Park Central, Tseung Kwan O
Modern Masters is a new digital exhibition at Opera Gallery featuring the paintings and works on paper of seven renowned avant-garde artists. The exhibition celebrates the spirit and genius of extraordinary artists whose insight and vision produced crowning achievements in Modern art and culture.
When: Until 31 October
Where: Opera Gallery (Online)
Ilse Bing – Paris and Beyond
Presenting at F11 Foto Museum until 31 October, this exhibition features over 100 works by by Ilse Bing. The influential female photographer helped turn Paris into the centre of modern photography in the 1930s. Most of the vintage prints in the collection were taken at the height of Bings’s career in Paris, while the rest reflect her drastic change of spirit after the war.
When: Until 31 October
Where: F11 Foto Museum
Part of the Italian Festival programme in Hong Kong, this exhibition showcases the iconic works of Italian photographer Tazio Secchiaroli, the official photographer of Federico Fellini.
When: 5 November to 6 December
Where: Campo Marzio Store, Tai Kwun
Explore thousands of artworks from around the world from the comfort of your home. The inaugural Affordable Online Art Fair will feature 50 galleries presenting local and international talents, with artwork prices ranging from $500 to $6000. There’ll also be an exciting programme of online talks, tours, video interviews and gallery blogs led by industry experts.
When: 6 to 30 November
The first exhibition resulting from not-for-profit organsation HART’s arts programming, Household Gods features the work of four local grant-based artists. The specially commissioned works that encompass painting, sculpture, site-specific installation and sound works offer new insights into our complicated and currently uncertain world. The exhibition will be presented dually through virtual and digital mediums, as well as in-person interaction with the exhibition.
When: Until 21 November
Where: Hart Hall, Central
This exhibition by Crafts on Peel features the work of ten artisans from Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong who specialise in reinventing the traditions of bamboo craft.
When: Until 31 December
Where: Crafts on Peel, Central
Presenting exclusively on the Morrison Hotel Gallery website, this online exhibition follows the winding path of rock legend Sir Elton John through the photography of Ed Caraeff, Terry O’Neill and Norman Parkinson. The exhibition also features a special selection of fine-art prints co-signed by the Rocketman himself.
When: Until 31 December
Where: Morrison Hotel Gallery website
Internationally renowned contemporary calligrapher Wei Ligang presents his third solo exhibition at Alisan Fine Arts. The exhibition showcases his latest fourteen Chinese ink and acrylic on paper works created specifically for this exhibition.
When: Until 2 January 2021
Where: Alisan Fine Arts, Central
Things to do all year round
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.
You’ll be missing the regular MET live in HD screenings in Hong Kong but good news; you can now access encore performances every night. The MET has launched the “Nightly Met Opera Streams” series which will bring daily streams of Met Live encores right into your living rooms.
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 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.
When: Daily during term time
Where: Tin Wan Campus, 17 Tin Wan Street
Le Cordon Bleu at K11 MUSEA
In partnership with the world’s top cooking academy, Le Cordon Bleu, K11 MUSEA is offering a series of short cookery courses at their Gastronomy Lab. The courses include a range of beginner and advanced level patisserie courses for adults and children.
Where: K11 MUSEA Gastronomy Lab
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
Explore the Avenue of Stars
Avenue of the Stars reopened last year after a three-year construction hiatus. 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.
Where: TST (To 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.)
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.
When: Every Thursday (except public holidays)
Where: Cafe 8, Roof Level, Hong Kong Maritime Museum, Central Ferry Pier No.8, Central
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.
When: Every Friday (except public holidays), 10am-12pm
Where: Oolaa Petite Shop 2 Tower 2 Starcrest, 9 Star Street, Wan Chai
Happy Wednesday 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. During this time of social distancing the races may be off, but you can stay up to date with the racing world by tuning into Happy Wednesdays YouTube channel – My Space.
* 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.
Ani-Com & Games: 1-4 January 2021
Avril Lavigne Head Above Water World Tour 2020: 9 February 2021
Clockenflap: 26-28 November 2021
Hong Kong Book Fair: 16-22 December
India by the Bay Festival: 16-21 October 2020
Singapore Yacht Show: 15-18 October 2020
Standard Chartered Marathon: 24 January 2021
Hong Kong Sevens: 2-4 April 2021
Affordable Art Fair 2020: May 2021
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