Things to do in August in Hong Kong

Looking for things to do in August? There’s a good selection of events ranging from the Hong Kong International Drummer Festival to a beach yoga event on Park Island and the monthly Handmade Hong Kong market day in Discovery Bay.

things to do: The Royal Ballet of Cambodia is coming to Hong Kong for the first time
The Royal Ballet of Cambodia is coming to Hong Kong for the first time

What: City to Wilderness | Sri Lanka

A photographic exhibition City to Wilderness | Sri Lanka, by award-winning Nikon photographer Joseph Anthony, is being held at the brand new multi-purpose space, The Haven. The exhibition will showcase Anthony’s photography of Sri Lanka’s wildlife, landscape and culture which reveals the beauty of wilderness on the island. Joseph will also create a new photobook, City to Wilderness | Sri Lanka, to complement the exhibition, which is being presented in conjunction with luxury travel operator Jacada Travel.

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

When: 1–30 August. This exhibition will be open Monday to Fridays. Entrance is free but by appointment only.

More: jacadatravel.com

What: Hong Kong International Drummer Festival

The newly located and state-of-the-art design space ArtisTree will be host to the Hong Kong International Drummer Festival. This unique festival will highlight young talent in Asia, present outstanding composers from Hong Kong, and debut performances in Hong Kong by world class drummers at the top of their game. There will also be masterclasses and other special events during the festival, providing plenty of things to do.

Where: 1/F Cambridge House, Taikoo Place

When: 2–15 August

More: taikooplace.com

What: Beach Yoga at Cafe Roma

Enjoy a restorative yoga class on the beach hosted by renowned yoga expert Jessica Lee and then relax and refuel with a healthy detox dinner complete with a cleansing juice that has been prepared exclusively for Cafe Roma’s Beach Yoga event by celebrity chef Jaakko Sorsa. A good choice if you are looking for health-oriented things to do.

Where: Cafe Roma, 1/F, Shop 7&8, Beach Commercial Complex, Park Island

When: 5 August. The class runs from 7.30pm–8.45pm, followed by dinner.

Registration: here

What: Rustic #3

After two successful folk-themed nights, The Underground returns with a third: Rustic #3. The line-up includes Ewan Ho and his guitar folk balladry, Esimorp, the champions of the Volkswagen x Underground Battle of the Bands 2017, and The Pineapple Jam, a fun-loving gang with a distinctive bluegrass-folk style. Closing the night will be up-and-coming singer-songwriter Olga Chung, who is making her Underground debut.

Where: Morrison Cafe & Bar, 284 Queens Road Central, Sheung Wan

When: 8pm, 5 August

Tickets: undergroundhk.com

What: International Chef Showcase

The next edition of the MICHELIN Guide International Chef Showcase will see Japanese chef Kazuo Takagi, of two-Michelin-starred Kyoto Cuisine Takagi, taking part in Hong Kong and Macau. A recognised master of the refined Kyoto style of cuisine, ‘Kyo-ryori’, Takagi will be presenting exclusive lunches and dinners at WHISK in Hong Kong and Tenmasa in Macau in early August.

Where: WHISK Hong Kong and Tenmasa, Macau.

When: 9–12 August

More: guide.michelin.com.hk

What: The Goonies

Watch the Steven Spielberg 1980s cult classic, The Goonies, on the gigantic outdoor screen under the stars, with free popcorn, snacks and drinks at Sai Kung Open Air Cinema Club. A standard ticket is HK$120, while Hive members pay HK$100. RSVP by emailing cinema@thehive.com.hk or call 2780 5844.

Where: The Hive Sai Kung, 5 Tai Mong Tsai Road, Sai Kung

When: 7.30pm, 11 August

More: facebook.com

What: Discovery Bay Sunday Market

Handmade Hong Kong’s Discovery Bay Sunday Market is a DIY Indie Arts, Crafts and Small Traders’ Fair. Hong Kong’s finest makers and sellers will be offering arts, crafts and other special goods with about 140 different vendors taking part, attracting about 2000 visitors. Make a day trip to DB on the ferry with the markets located in the DB main plaza, just a short walk from the ferry pier. If you want more things to do while there, stay for dinner at one of Discovery Bay’s D’Deck restaurants and you will get a free ferry ride back to Central.

Where: Discovery Bay Main Plaza, Discovery Bay

When: 11am–6pm, 13 August

More: handmadehongkong.com

What: Summerfest

The Central Harbourfront Event Space is the scene of Summerfest, a program of events, free to the public, through summer. August events are lifestyle-oriented and will include about 2000 people gathering to build large-scale furniture in a giant, outdoor maze, as well as sports and music therapy workshops, the Summer Ukelele Festival and the Style X DANCE KINGDOM Stars Show dance competition. A good choice for families looking for things to do.

Where: Central Harbourfront Event Space, 9 Lung Wo Road, Central 

When: 12-23 August

More: cvm.com.hk

What: Composing Stories With Fragments of Time

Composing Stories with Fragments of Time is a new exhibition which features the works of Kurt Chan, Annie Wan, Francis Yu, Luke Ching, Angela Su, Lau Chi Chung, Carmen Ng, and Elva Lai. The story begins with begins a letter written 20 years ago, by an anonymous Hong Kong emigrant to Australia in anticipation of Hong Kong’s return to China on July 1, 1997. The same letter is presented to the eight Hong Kong artists of different generations, backgrounds and creative fields for their interpretation.

Where: Karin Weber Gallery, G/F, 20 Aberdeen Street, Central 

When: Tuesday to Sunday from 11am–7pm. Until 12 August.

More: karinwebergallery.com

What: Heri Dono – Land of Freedom

Tang Contemporary Art is presenting the first solo gallery exhibition of celebrated Indonesian artist, Heri Dono. The Land of Freedom exhibition features new paintings and an installation work. His work’s Javanese style is inspired by traditional Wayang Kulit (puppet theatre), which he uses to explore the political situation with imagination and illusion.

Where: 19/F, 18 On Lan Street, Central

When: 11am–7pm, Tuesday to Saturday. Until 12 August

More: tangcontemporaryart.com

What: Hong Kong International Arts Carnival

The Hong Kong International Arts Carnival is held during summer to provide children, young people and their families with a program of cultural events and activities during the holidays. Performances include multimedia theatre, puppetry, music, dance, interactive theatre for children, clown theatre, music theatre, magic and more. All are suitable for family audiences and are a good option if you are looking for things to do with the kids. Check website for detail of performance language.

Where: Various locations

When: Until August 13

Tickets: hkiac.gov.hk

Things to do: The Chinese Opera Festival offers an insight into local culture
The Chinese Opera Festival offers an insight into local culture

What: Chinese Opera Festival 

The annual Chinese Opera Festival presents a chance to immerse yourself 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, Jiangsu, as well as local Cantonese opera to provide an insight into ancient China. Check out the details of what’s on at their site and add it to your list of things to do.

Where: Various locations

When: Various times, until 13 August

More: cof.gov.hk

What: Indigo Living Summer Sale

Don’t miss the opportunity to snap up some bargains from Indigo Living. The summer sale will see great discounts offered on accessories, rugs and more, with some items up to 50 percent off. Check out the range online or in one of the their stores.

Where: Various locations

When: Until 25 August

More: indigo-living.com

What: Rachel Kneebone – Ovid in Exile

Rachel Kneebone’s first exhibition in Hong Kong, Ovid in Exile, includes new sculpture and drawings which explore themes of transformation and metamorphosis. Kneebone uses porcelain, and her work references classicism and surrealism, to express the life cycle. The work showcased in Ovid in Exile draws and expands on themes from the poems of Ovid, exploring in particular ideas of evolution and desire.

Where: White Cube, 50 Connaught Road, Central 

When: 11am–7pm. Until 19 August

More: whitecube.com

What: I ♥ Hong Kong Exhibition

The I ♥ Hong Kong Exhibition showcases urban street photography. Hong Kong’s colourful and vibrant street life with a unique blend of east and west architecture and culture inspires both amateur and professional photographers. The exhibition coincides with the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover.

Where: Yellow Korner, 58 Hollywood Road, Central

When: 11am–8pm, until 23 August

More: pmq.org.hk

What: Don Quixote

The Hong Kong Ballet’s production of Don Quixote promises to be visually stunning and technically breathtaking. The story is based on the iconic Spanish novel, which follows the adventures of eccentric Don Quixote who, along with his loyal friend Sancho Panza, searches for his perfect woman, Dulcinea. Dancers will tackle some of the most demanding choreography in classical ballet with gravity-defying jetes, fearless lifts, and impressive pirouettes. Guest ballerina Iana Salenko of Staatsballet Berlin and The Royal Ballet will perform.

Where: Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

When: 25–26 August

More: hkballet.com

What: Les Etoiles du Ballet

The Royal Ballet of Cambodia will be in Hong Kong to perform Les Etoiles du Ballet. Recognised on UNESCO‘s list of Intangible Heritage, the Royal Ballet of Cambodia is a dance form and heritage descended directly from the Royal Court of The Kingdom of Cambodia and has previously graced Marseille, New York and Monaco. This is the first-ever Hong Kong appearance for the company, and proceeds from the performance will go straight to support the performers.

Where: Studio Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui

When: 8pm, 25–26 August

Tickets: ticket.urbtix.hk

What: Endless Summer Hong Kong Reggae Ska International Festival

Asia’s biggest reggae and ska festival, the Endless Summer Hong Kong International Reggae Ska Festival 2017,  is back for another summer. Expect top acts from Asia and beyond in the line-up, with artists representing reggae, ska, rocksteady, dub and dancehall genres. This year the event has a new venue and vibe, moving to PMQ in Central Hong Kong. Key acts include Neville Staple from The Specials, as well as Kingston Rudeiska from Korea and Bulletproof from Hong Kong.

Where: PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central

When: 5pm–11pm, 26 August

More: hkirsf.com

What: Sketch Town by teamLab

IFC mall and teamLab are presenting Sketch Town, a large-scale interactive digital art piece in which you can see your very own artwork come to life on a wall in seconds. The magnificent digital art installation created by teamLab is ready to transform drawings into animated objects. Admission tickets are available to those who spend a minimum of HK$1800 at selected stores in IFC. Conditions apply so check the IFC website for full terms and conditions.

Where: IFC Mall, Central, Hong Kong

When: 10am–9pm. Until 28 August

More: ifc.com.hk


THRILLER LIVE, which features Michael Jackson’s timeless songs and signature dance moves, returns to the Parisian Macao after its season last year. The show has been performed close to 5,500 times and been seen by more than four million people in over 30 countries. The 90-minute show takes the audience on an audio-visual journey through Jackson’s astonishing 45-year musical legacy. Add it to your list of things to do while in Macau.

Where: The Parisian Macao, Estrada do Istmo, Lote 3, Cotai Strip, Macau

When: Various times, until 3 September

Tickets: cotaiticketing.com

What: Astro Paws Our Life Fighters & Charity Art Exhibition

A charitable art exhibition is being held at gastropub, BRICK LANE Gallery, in Tsim Sha Tsui. The exhibition showcases the work of amateur artist and animal lover, Wink Au. The works feature portraits of stray or abandoned dogs and cats with the message to support adoption, not abandonment of animals. Part proceeds of sales will be donated to charity.

Where: G/F, 17 Minden Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon

When: 9am–midnight, Monday–Thursday & Sunday; 9am–1am Friday, Saturday & Public Holidays. Until 15 September

More: bricklane.com.hk

What: On Sharks and Humanity

On Sharks and Humanity is a powerful contemporary art exhibition co-curated by Parkview Arts Action and the Hong Kong Maritime Museum, and launched in partnership with the international non-profit organization WildAid. It aims to raise public awareness about the pivotal role sharks numbers play in maintaining the balance of the marine ecosystem, and the urgent need for shark conservation. The exhibition brings together 36 top international contemporary artists that have joined forces to raise awareness on the negative impact of the shark fin trade. The exhibition will be held both inside and outside of the museum.

Where: Central Pier 8, Hong Kong

When: Monday-Friday 9.30am-5.30pm, Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays 10am-7pm, until 30 September

More: hkmaritimemuseum.org 

What: Eternal Life – Exploring Ancient Egypt

Looking for family-friendly things to do? Why not check out the Eternal Life – Exploring Ancient Egypt exhibition at the Hong Kong Science Museum. The exhibition presents insights into Ancient Egypt, one of the oldest civilisations in the world. The highlight of this exhibition are six Egyptian mummies between 3,000 and 1,800 years old. Along with the mummy displays and around 200 invaluable objects, digital interpretation of the mummies demonstrates how non-invasive computerised tomography has allowed research Ancient Egypt.

Where: Hong Kong Science Museum, 2 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon 

When: Monday to Wednesday and Friday from 10am–7pm and Saturday, Sunday and public holidays from 10am–9pm. It is closed on Thursdays. The box office opens at 10am and closes one hour before the museum closes. Until 18 October.

More: hk.science.museum

What’s: TREE Summer Sale

TREE’s summer sale is on, with items including solid eco-wood dining tables, beds, desks, sideboards and TV cabinets, in a variety of styles. Stylish sofas and sofa beds are also on offer, along with a selection of chairs suited for the living room, dining room or even home office. Finishing touches include handcrafted terracotta ceramics, kitchenware, and embroidered cushions. Bargain hunters should add this to their list of things to do.

Where: TREE stores in Horizon Plaza (Ap Lei Chau), Sha Tin and Sai Kung

When: Until stocks last

More: tree.com.hk

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