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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.

EL Workshop: Home Makeover with The Home Stylist

EL Home Makeover Workshop

Join the Home Stylist for a morning of fab style tips for your home in this fun interactive session at Altfield Interiors Showroom. Learn how to transform your rented apartment’s boring white walls, adapt the latest interior trends and colours to suit you and
make smaller spaces appear bigger.

Where: Altfield Interiors Showroom
When: 29 August, 10am to 12pm
More: expatliving.hk/event/

Hoegaarden x Think of a Style Handicraft Market@Summerfest

Hoegaarden

Escape the concrete jungle and bask in the summer fun at Hong Kong’s largest handicraft market at Central Harbourfront. Sip on a Hoegaarden cocktail or cool beer while you browse over 300 stalls showcasing beautiful homemade items from local and global artisans. There’ll also be a delicious food line-up, craft workshops and live music performances for all the family to enjoy.

Where: Central Harbourfront
When: 23 to 25 August
More: thegaarden.hk

Ride for Justice

Join Justice Centre Hong Kong and the refugee community to cycle through the streets of Hong Kong. The family-friendly event will start in Olympic and end in Jordan stopping at a number of key places of interest to learn about the history and life of Hong Kong’s refugee population. Money raised from the ride will change lives through the provision of legal and psychosocial services to Hong Kong’s marginalised people.

Where: HSBC Tower Centre 2, Olympic
When: 25 August, 9am
More: justicecentre.org.hk

International Dog Day Party at Ovolo Southside

Cute pup image for International Dog Day Party at Ovolo Hotel

In celebration of International Dog Day, Ovolo Southside is throwing a party for four-legged friends on Sunday 25 August from noon until 3.00pm. Take your pups along for Doggy Brunch on the terrace of the hotel’s Komune restaurant. Each dog can enjoy a Build Your Own Doggy Bowl plus a complimentary Puppy Colada or Watermelon Julep “dogtail”. Puppy parents can join the brunch festivities and sip away on Komune’s coveted cocktails for HK$338 per person. Reservations are recommended for this fun-filled event which is sure to be one to remember!

Where: Ovolo Southside Hotel
When: 25 August
More: ovolohotels.com

Citywalk x Sherlock Holmes Detective Challenge

From 20 July until 25 August, the popular children’s novel The Great Detective Sherlock Holmes will come to life in an interactive detective playground at Citywalk. Featuring the first-in-town room escape game for kids, young Sherlocks can put on their detective hats and unleash their brain power to crack mysteries in various themed settings and win great prizes.

Where: Citywalk
When: Until 25 August
More: citywalk.com.hk

Red Cross Blood Donation Drive at Ovolo Southside

Red Cross Blood Donation at Ovolo Southside

Help save a life and drop in to Ovolo Southside to make a blood donation at the special Red Cross Blood Donation drive on 29 August. No appointment is required, the only requirements are that donors are in good health, weigh over 41kg and are age 16-66 years old. Each donation will take only 45 minutes and just one pint of blood could save up to three lives. As a thank you for donations, each participant will be gifted a complimentary wine voucher by Ovolo.

Where: Ovolo Southside
When: 29 August (11.30am to 6pm)

Angels Zumbathon 2019

Angels Zumbathon returns this year for four hours of dance energy and fitness fundraising fun. The annual charity event started back in 2012 with only 70 participants; now in its seventh year, it’s expecting close to 500. All the best Zumba instructors will be there, including George Iu and Rachel Fok, and proceeds raised will benefit two after-school and counselling programmes for the children of Po Leung Kuk.

Where: Hong Kong Football Club
When: 31 August
More: angels-for-children.org

Peter Pan Ballet Fun Day 

Take the family along for a fun-filled day of adventures featuring an exclusive ballet exhibition and a lively parade with all the Peter Pan characters and live performances from the production.

Where: 1/F Atrium, Hysan Place (the parade route will will start at Hysan Place and end at Pak Sha Road)
When: 31 August, from 4pm

Charity Book Sale at Bookazine

Charity book sale at Bookazine

Bookazine is holding its first ever charity book sale kicking off on 1 July. Proceeds will go towards Room to Read, a global non-profit focused on girls’ education and literacy in developing countries.

Where: Bookazine branches at Exchange Square, Times Square and Festival Walk
When: Until 31 August
More: bookazine.com.hk

Rosé Revolution Hong Kong

Asia’s largest rosé festival created by The Flying Winemaker returns to Hong Kong this August, taking the perfect vantage point at The Peak Lookout. Enjoy an afternoon of rosé tasting and delicious BBQ bites as you take in the stunning views of the South China Sea.

Where: The Peak Lookout
When: 31 August
More: flyingwinemaker.com.hk

SummerFest 2019

SummerFest

Central Harbourfront’s SummerFest is back! During the 68-day festival, the Central Harbourfront Event Space will be transformed into a mega stage for a series of free-to-the-public events. Among the 30 large-scale events featuring this year, highlights include Sound Colour Stone, a special exhibition of Stone Art paintings, and the city’s first-ever Smartizen Park, showcasing new technologies and how they can lead to smarter lifestyles.

Where: Central Harbourfront Event Space
When: Until 1 September
More: summerfest-centralharbourfront.hk

Toy Story & Pixar Pals Summer Splash

The Pixar Water Play Street Party is back at Hong Kong Disneyland this summer, bringing together old and new toys from Toy Story along with other Disney-Pixar stars. Look forward to new floats and characters to spray and splash the crowd with water during the parade. A great way to keep cool on a hot summer day!

Where: Hong Kong Disneyland
When: Until 1 September
More: hongkongdisneyland.com

Pure Playground@SummerFest (rescheduled from 18 August to 1 September)

Head over to Central Harbourfront for a day of family fitness and fun at Pure Playground, returning for its third year. A gathering of all things pure, there’s everything from yoga classes to group fitness circuits, cycling challenges, kids activities, workshops and much more.  All activities are complimentary, just take along your own mats, towels and water.

Where: Central Harbourfront Event Space (entrance near Tamar Park)
When: 1 September (3 to 9pm)
More:  facebook.com/events/175614296467977/

Trial Lesson of SuperProgram at SuperPark

SuperPark HK

Certified by Education Finland, SuperProgram is one of the Finnish Governmental Cluster Programs and it promotes three activities including SuperSkate n Scoot, SuperTrampoline and SuperDance. The Program is suitable for kids aged four or above. A Finland Education certificate will be awarded upon completion and it is recognised by the National Board of Education and Ministry of Education in Finland. Book your trial lesson here.

Where: SuperPark HK
When: Until 1 September
More: superpark.com.hk

Murakami vs Murakami

Japanese eccentric artist Takashi Murakami takes over the art galleries at Tai Kwun in this massive exhibition featuring sprawling artworks, towering sculptures and immersive displays.

Where: Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Art, Central
When: Until 1 September
More: taikwun.hk/murakami

Retykle Pop-up

Retykle Pop-up

Retykle is holding a special pop-up at their studio in Wong Chuk Hang, featuring hundreds of their best pre-loved and new discounted designer kids’ items. Visitors can expect discounted luxury kids’ shopping, eco-crafts, seller discounts, exclusive brand previews, Halloween costume swap, model search photos and sign up, book swaps and more!

Where: Retykle, Wong Chuk Hang
When: 2 to 7 September
More: facebook.com/events/2875305765817848/

Hong Kong Women’s Choir Auditions

Do you love to sing? Hong Kong Women’s Choir are now auditioning for the upcoming Autumn 2019 Season which starts in September. You don’t need to be a trained singer or be able to read music – you just have to sing in tune and they’ll teach you the rest.

Where: Sheung Wan Civic Centre
When: 2 to 11 September
More: thkwc.org

GlamFest

It will be an all-day Saturday shopping extravaganza at the Regal Kowloon Hotel when GlamFest gets underway. Local and international vendors will offer a huge array of products and services and there will be freebies and prizes throughout the fun-filled event.

Where: Regal Kowloon Hotel
When: 7 September
More: kowloonbazaar.com

The Magician

The Magician

Belgian DJ and record producer Stephen Fasano, better known as ‘The Magician’, will take the stage of this year’s first Mo Sound-Bites electronic music event at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental on Saturday, 7 September, with his eccentric stage persona and electrifying, magical live set.

Where: Landmark Mandarin Oriental hotel
When: 7 September
More: mosoundbites.com

Cine Italiano!

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: 12 to 22 September
More: Online booking: cinema.com.hk

Mid-Autumn Festival

It will probably still feel like the peak of summer, but on 13 September we will celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival with mooncakes and plenty of time spent with family! Mooncakes have an interesting history, they date back to the Yuan Dynasty when they were alleged to have been used to pass secrets between revolutionaries.

Where: Throughout Hong Kong
When: 13 September
More: discoverhongkong.com

World of Eric Carle

To mark the 50th anniversary of Eric Carle’s book, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”, Cityplaza has transformed into the “World of Eric Carle” featuring large-scale installations of three of his classic children’s books. (“The very Hungry Caterpillar”, “10 Little Rubber Ducks” and “Papa Please Get the Moon for me”.) Explore the interactive story zones, take part in family workshops and storytelling sessions and get the chance to compete for a trophy and prizes in the “World of Eric Carle Storytelling Competition”.

Where: Cityplaza, Quarry Bay
When: Until 15 September
Morecityplaza.com

Matilda The Musical

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: 20 September to 20 October
More: hkticketing.com

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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