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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.

Things to do this month

Chinese (Lunar) New Year

Chinese New Year: Lion Dance

There are lots of celebrations going on around Hong Kong to mark the start of the Lunar New Year. See our guide to What’s on in Hong Kong this Chinese New Year for some of the key events and activities you can take part in. Happy Year of the Rat!

Where: Various locations around Hong Kong
When: 25 to 28 January
More: discoverhongkong.com

The Next Wave | Modern Vietnamese Art

Next Wave | Modern Vietnamese Art’ is the first-ever exhibition in Asia dedicated to key second-generation modern Vietnamese artists. Showcasing at Bonhams Gallery, the exhibition features over 25 works by ten of the most significant artists from this period.

Where: Bonhams Hong Kong Gallery
When: Until 24 January
More: bonhams.com

Chinese New Year Flower Markets

Pick up some beautiful orchids, cherry blossoms, daffodils and other festive blooms at this year’s Chinese New Year flower markets, open at various parks and playgrounds across Hong Kong. The markets are free and open until the early hours from 19 through to 25 January. Key parks are Victoria Park in Causeway Bay and Fa Hui Park in Sham Shui Po.

Where: Various locations
When: Until 25 January

Fly with Chicanos

French contemporary artist CEET Fouad is back with his latest solo exhibition “Fly with Chicanos”. The exhibition features CEET’s latest works on canvas, 3D prints and sculptures to present the artist’s new creativity and exploration spirit.

Where: Amanda Wei Gallery, Central
When: Until 31 January

Art Salon: Qin Ai

Presenting at Galerie Ora-Ora until 1 February, this exhibition showcases works by artist Qin Ai, an important figure in the contemporary ink movement. Her work combines traditional Chinese painting techniques with compositions inspired by Western art.

Where: Galerie Ora-Ora
When: Until 1 February
More: ora-ora.com

Art Exhibition: Irene Chou

“Irene Chou Rediscovered: Paintings from the M K Lau Collection” features the works of artist Irene Chou over a twenty-year period. The exhibition reveals a four-metre-long early Chou masterpiece that has been hidden from public view for decades.

Where: Duddell’s, Central
When: Until 9 February
More: duddells.co

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

‘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: olympiancity.com.hk

KidsFest 2020

Photo: Mark Dawson

The popular family festival is back with a range of world-class theatre performances for the little ones over a five week period. This year’s line-up includes old favourites such as Stick Man and The Snail and the Whale plus exciting new productions including Peter Pan, Mr Men and Little Miss as well as the return of The Gruffalo and many more!

Win tickets to KidsFest!
We’re giving away two sets of four tickets to see Mr Men and Little Miss. To find out more, see our Competitions page. The competition closes on Friday 24 January, so hurry and enter now!

Where: The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Wanchai
When: Until 23 February
More: kidsfest.com.hk

“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

Tong Chong Street Market

Tong Chong Street Market

The popular foodie festival returns to Quarry Bay, this time for weekdays, too. Indulge in a range of organic flavours and “guilt-free” bites, shop the local farmer stalls, enjoy an artisan coffee or craft beer and even join a yoga workshop! Open from 11am to 3pm every day until 28 February.

Where: Tong Chong Street, Quarry Bay
When: Until 28 February
More: taikooplace.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

Redress Design Award

Redress Design Award 2019 Carina Roca Portella runway

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

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

Genius or Vandal? Banksy Exhibition

This is the first major exhibition in Hong Kong featuring original artworks by iconoclastic British artist Banksy, whose work has revolutionised contemporary art while his true identity continues to be unknown.

When: Until 31 March
Where: Portal 6311, Kowloon Bay
More: banksyexhibitionhk.com

Longines Masters

Longines Masters

Enjoy a fun day out for all the family at this year’s Longines Masters. Accompanying the world-class show jumping competitions will be the ever-popular Prestige Village with a dedicated kids area, food, shopping and other activities during the three-day event.

Where: AsiaWorld-Expo
When: 14 to 15 February
More: longinesmasters.com

India By The Bay Festival

Back for its sixth edition, the popular India By The Bay festival brings more of the best of India to Hong Kong’s Central Harbourfront. Expect six days of fun-filled events for all the family across a breadth of genres. Enjoy live music, dance, film, food, theatre, yoga, literature, art and more!

Where: Central Harbourfront Event Space
When: 14 to 19 February
More: indiabythebay.com

Hong Kong Academy Parents Workshop

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: 20 February

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.

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

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