Things to do in Hong Kong in November

Hong Kong hits that sweet spot in November, where the humidity has died down but the weather is still warm and things to do are in full swing! There are so many festivals to enjoy – from the Hong Kong International Literary Festival, to community festivals on Lamma and in Discovery Bay to the massive Clockenflap! Here’s a guide to a selection of things to do.

Clockenflap is back!
Clockenflap is back!

What’s on: Hong Kong International Literary Festival

The Hong Kong International Literary Festival 2017 is back for its 17th edition with a jam-packed schedule and an impressive roster of authors, led by Amy Tan and Ian Rankin. This year’s Festival encompasses literary fiction, thrillers, history, science fiction, mysteries, poetry, live storytelling and more, featuring writers from Hong Kong, Japan, China, Singapore, Pakistan, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Canada and the United States.

Where: Various locations

When: 3–12 November

More: festival.org.hk

What’s on: The Big Picnic

The Big Picnic is a community music and dance festival held on Discovery Bay’s Tai Pak beach, D-Deck and main plaza. There are a host of live and original live musical acts, established and emerging, scheduled to perform across four stages. There will also be a big screen, beach bar, and beach volleyball. You can enjoy delicious food from Pizza Express, Cali-Mex, Mavericks, and more. Handmade Hong Kong will also have market stalls where you can pick up some great stuff from local vendors.

Where: Tai Pak Beach, Discovery Bay

When: 10am–10pm, 4 November

More: thebigpicnichk.com

What’s on: Lamma Fun Day

An institution on Lamma Island, the Lamma Fun Day is highly anticipated by music lovers and families, with food and market stalls, a licensed bar, arts and crafts and kids’ activities, as well as live music on the beach. The event, now in its 17th year, raises money for the Child Welfare Scheme.

Where: Lamma Island

When: 11am–10pm, 4 November

More: cwshk.org

What’s on: Rose Sunset #2

Rose Sunset is back for round two! The second edition of Rosé Sunset will be held at Sunset Beach Club, The Pulse, Repulse Bay. Kick back and watch the beautiful sunset from southern side of Hong Kong Island while enjoying bites, friends, goodies and music from two of Hong Kong’s most iconic DJs: DJ Rork and DJ Romain FX.

Where: Sunset Beach Club, The Pulse, Repulse Bay

When: 4pm–10pm, 4 November

More: peatix.com

What’s on: Spanish Speaking Women’s Association’s Gala 40th Anniversary Dinner

The Spanish Speaking Women’s Association is celebrating it’s 40th anniversary in Hong Kong with a gala dinner. The association’s annual dinner is always a huge event with Latin music and fantastic food and this year will be bigger than ever to mark this major milestone. All are welcome to attend this year’s celebration, which will also act as a fundraiser for St Mary’s Home for the Aged in Aberdeen and Cradle of Hope in Macau.

Where: Ballroom, Hong Kong Parkview, 88 Tai Tam Reservoir Road, Tai Tam

When: 7pm–11pm, 4 November

More: secretariado@amhh.org.hk

What’s on: Corona Sunsets Festival

Corona’s Sunsets Festival returns to Hong Kong. The action kicks off from noon at Stanley Plaza, which will be transformed to become an unforgettable music festival. The festival will feature music performances by headliners international DJ Marc Vedo, local sensation Supper Moment, and other musical talents. There will also be arts and crafts workshops such as DIY dreamcatchers, and mandala fans, as well as face painting, hair braiding and temporary tattoo stations.

Where: Stanley Plaza, 23 Carmel Road, Stanley

When: 4–5 November

More: www.facebook.com

What’s on: SaSa Ladies’ Purse Day

Cosmetics retailing group Sa Sa International Holdings Limited, and the Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC) will co-host the 13th Sa Sa Ladies Purse Day at Sha Tin Racecourse on 5 November. Celebrating the city’s much anticipated annual event for ladies, the organisers have invited renowned Asian actress Meng Zi Yi as this year’s Sa Sa Ladies’ Purse Day ambassador. A fashion show will feature Irish milliner Noeleen Armstrong Kish and local designer Doris Kath Chan.

Where: Sha Tin Racecourse

When: 5 November

More: campaigns.hkjc.com

What’s on: Freespace at Taikoo Place

Looking for things to do around Taikoo Place? Freespace at Taikoo Place is a new performing arts programme run in collaboration with Swire Properties and West Kowloon Cultural District Authority. Starting on 26 October for two weeks until 5 November, 13 unique performances will be shown with over 80 local and overseas artists performing at different venues around Taikoo Place.

Where: Various locations, Taikoo Place, 979 Kings Road, Quarry Bay

When: Various times, until 5 November

More: taikooplace.com

What’s on: Haitong International 2017 Hong Kong Open Windsurfing Championships

Hong Kong’s largest annual windsurfing competition, the Haitong International 2017 Hong Kong Open Windsurfing Championships, is coming to Stanley. Windsurfers from around the world will compete at Hong Kong’s largest annual windsurfing competition from 1 to 5 November 2017 at Stanley Main Beach. The event will culminate in a party at the Hong Kong Sea School at 3-15 Tung Tau Wan Rd, Stanley on Sunday.

Where: Stanley Main Beach

When: Until 5 November

More: facebook.com

What’s on: Clearwater Bay Open

The second Clearwater Bay Open will be held from 2–5 November as the 72-hole PGA TOUR China event returns to the Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club. Hong Kong No.1 Jason Hak and defending champion Daniel Nisbet of Australia are among the top pros in the 120-strong field competing for an increased purse of RMB1.5 million, up 25 percent from last year. Players from up to 20 nations will be represented.

Where: Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club, 139 Tai Au Mun Rd, Clearwater Bay

When: Until 5 November

More: cwbgolf.org

What’s on: American Women’s Association Charity Bazaar

The 30th American Women’s Association of Hong Kong’s Charity Bazaar is back! This volunteer-led, organised and run event has more than 90 vendors and 1,000 visitors who come to support the AWA’s fundraising efforts in the heart of the city. This year is gearing up to be better than ever with more than 90 vendors offering beautiful jewelry, ladies fashion and accessories, cosmetics, children’s apparel, Christmas decorations, stationery, gifts, toys, wine and much more.

Where: PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Hong Kong

When: 11.30am–7.30pm, 9 November

More: awa.org.hk

What’s on: Kos Cos Exhibition

Life Goes On Within You and Without You is the fifth collection of portraits by Sri Lankan born Hong Kong artist Kos Cos. Drawing on the Buddhist concept of impermanence, it explores the contradiction between individuality and mortality created by the passage of time. The traditional view of the relationship between portraiture and time, is that portraits endure while their subjects grow older and ultimately die. The distinction of Life Goes On Within You And Without You is that the artist has introduced an element of time into the portraits themselves.

Where: Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences, 2 Caine Lane, Mid-levels

When: Until 10 November

More: hkmms.org.hk

What’s on: Water & Wine Expo

Looking for things to do in Discovery Bay? T8 Consulting in conjunction with the Discovery Bay Marina Club is delighted to be holding the third Water & Wine Expo at the Discovery Bay Marina Club. Enjoy wine tasting and samples from over a dozen wine and spirit merchants, offering a diverse tasting accompanied by fine meats and cheese in the perfect pool-side setting. A great opportunity to order for Christmas!

Where: Discovery Bay Marina Club, Discovery Bay, Lantau

When: 4pm–9pm, 11 November

More: t8events.com

What’s on: The Awakening by Claire Lee

In celebration of its second anniversary, CHARBON art space will present more than 40 pieces of ink and bitumen drawings and new collection of poetry by Hong Kong visual artist and poet Claire Lee. Based in Hong Kong and the United Kingdom, Lee studied curatorial at the Hong Kong Art School. Her works, in a variety of mediums including drawing, painting, poetry and mixed media draw on subjects dealing with psychological struggles and personal strength. The solo exhibition, named The Awakening, will run until 11 November.

Where: Charbon art space8/F, 44 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang

When: Until 11 November

More: charbonartspace.com

What’s on: The Marco Polo German Bierfest

Get into the spirit of Oktoberfest at the Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel for the Marco Polo German Bierfest. Enjoy an evening of German beer, food and dancing. Music will be provided by The Notenhoblers, a seven-member band from Germany. The 26th Marco Polo German Bierfest kicks off on 20 October and will run for 23 consecutive nights until 11 November. The event won the Gold Award for Hong Kong’s Best Outdoor Events: Arts, Leisure and Entertainment at The Marketing Events Awards 2017. Tickets range from HK$160–HK$280.

Where: Marco Polo Hotel, 3 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

When: 6pm–11pm, until 11 November

More: marcopolohotels.com

What’s on: 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 stay for dinner at one of Discovery Bay’s D’Deck restaurants you will get a free ferry ride back to Central.

Where: Discovery Bay Plaza

When: 11am–6pm, 12 November

More: handmadehongkong.com

What’s on: Gift and Lifestyle Fair

The arrival of the Prestige Shopping Fairs at the Conrad Hong Kong heralds the start of the festive season, and is the perfect opportunity to stock up on gifts, discover new Hong Kong brands, and catch up with friends. This fair will feature more than 200 vendors showcasing clothing, jewellery, children’s toys, food, Hong Kong themed gifts and much, much more.

Where: Conrad Hong Kong, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty

When: 10am–8pm, 15 November

More: prestigefairs.hk

What’s on: Reunion Contemporary Chinese Sculpture Exhibition

The Reunion sculpture exhibition showcases outstanding works by nine renowned Chinese contemporary masters, at The Rotunda in Exchange Square, Central. The relationships among these sculptors date back to 1985, when they took part in the first ever art exhibition at The Rotunda to commemorate the official opening of Exchange Square. Now they reunite to present 26 pieces of different, but equally remarkable art. Add to your list of things to do when you are in Central.

Where: The Rotunda, Exchange Square, Central

When: Until 16 November

More: hkland.com

What’s on: Clockenflap Music and Arts Festival

Hong Kong’s biggest arts and music festival is back. This year’s Clockenflap line-up will include Massive Attack, Prodigy, Feist and the Dandy Warhols. The weekend promises to be huge for music fans, and there will be the usual mix of arts, film, food and family fun.

Where: Central Harbourfront Event Space

When: 17–19 November

More: clockenflap.com

What’s on: Oxfam Trailwalker

The Oxfam Trailwalker fundraising event sees participants form a team of four to complete the 100km MacLehose Trail within a 48-hour time limit. Since 1986, more than 98,000 participants have raised more than HK$538 million to support Oxfam’s various poverty alleviation and emergency relief projects in Africa and Asia, including Hong Kong and mainland China.

Where: Sai Kung to Yuen Long

When: 17–19 November

More: oxfamtrailwalker.org.hk

What’s on: The World Of Tintin

The Hong Kong Contemporary Art (HOCA) Foundation is proud to announce the landmark exhibition, The World of Tintin. The exhibition explores the adventures of the global icon and is the largest presentation in Hong Kong to date. It showcases eight albums from the renowned The Adventures of Tintin series. The immersive experience, featuring vivid scenography, celebrates the imaginative world created by the Belgian illustrator and creator, Hergé.

Where: ArtisTree1/F Cambridge House, Taikoo Place, Taikoo Shing

When: 12pm–8pm, 17 November–28 December

More: hoca.org

What’s on: Kids + Boutiques

KIDS + BOUTIQUES is a curated shopping and art party for festive families, which will take place at Lighthouse Artists Studio. Over two days, the children’s art studio will transform into a festive shopping environment where five Hong Kong children’s shops celebrate fashion and art. Lighthouse Artists artist-in-residence and art teacher, Serena Segadelli, will host art workshops and story-time for children two to ten years old. Families will have open access to art workshops throughout the days. Art workshops will run all day and story-time will occur at 10am, 1pm and 4pm.

Where: Lighthouse Artists, 20 Tai Ping Shan Street, Sheung Wan

When: 10am–6pm, 18–19 November

Register: eventbrite.hk

What’s on: Lumieres Hong Kong

Lumieres Hong Kong will feature three nights of light installations, video projections, art pieces and dining to allow festival goers to experience Hong Kong in a bright new light. Landmark sites and buildings of the city’s central areas will become the canvas for some of the most renowned local and international light artists to showcase their vision of the city’s very own culture. Completely free, the festival will be offering activities and celebrations for the general public, young and old, to rediscover the city’s heritage.

Where: Various locations

When: 23–25 November

More: lumiereshk.com

What’s on: 11th Annual Hong Kong International Comedy Festival

Catch some of the best comics in the game, as they vie to win HK$40,000 in the 11th Annual Hong Kong International Comedy Festival. The festival will see a series of heats, leading up to a grand final. International comedy stars Ahmed Ahmed and Paul Ogata will also do a series of shows as part of the festival. Organised by Takeout Comedy. A must on the list of things to do for comedy fans.

Where: Various locations

When: Various times, until 25 November

Tickets: hkcomedyfestival.com

What’s on: 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 stay for dinner at one of Discovery Bay’s D’Deck restaurants you will get a free ferry ride back to Central. A good one if you want to combine Christmas shopping and things to do.

Where: Discovery Bay Plaza

When: 11am–6pm, 26 November

More: handmadehongkong.com

What’s on: Pre-Christmas Gift Parade

The arrival of the Prestige Shopping Fairs at the Conrad Hong Kong heralds the start of the festive season, and is the perfect opportunity to stock up on gifts, discover new Hong Kong brands, and catch up with friends. This fair will feature more than 200 vendors showcasing clothing, jewellery, children’s toys, food, Hong Kong themed gifts and much, much more.

Where: Conrad Hong Kong, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty

When: 10am–8pm, 27 November

More: prestigefairs.hk

What’s on: Who Am I

The Who Am I: Video Installation by Allen Wong exhibition showcases two sets of artistic expressions – video installations and mixed-media installations based on Wong’s recurrent theme of traditional Chinese bird cages. The exhibition is on display at the Taipa Village Art Space, which opened in 2016. It is the seventh show at the art space, which aims to contribute to the development of the cultural and creative industries in Macau.

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

When: 12pm–8pm, until 29 November

More: taipavillagemacau.com

What’s on: Festive Korea 2017

Get your fill of Korean culture at this two month festival, with the theme “Korean Arts: Beyond Imagination”. Now in its 7th year, Festive Korea will host more than 30 events. Enjoy music, films, performing arts, visual arts, food, and other special programmes. There’s something to suit all tastes.

Where: Various locations

When: Until 30 November

More: festivekorea.com

What’s on: In Praise of Silk

Check out this magnificent collection of contemporary fashion and historical costume designs at the In Praise of Silk: Fashion from China National Silk Museum Across Time exhibition. The exhibition is a tribute to “mulberry silk”, the fibre that made China famous since historical times. A glimpse into the evolution of the Chinese fashion and silk culture is offered by the collaboration between HKDI’s Department of Fashion and Image Design (FID) and the China National Silk Museum, the world’s largest silk museum. The Museum collection will also feature multimedia installations, an exploration into the production of silk with a weaving loom, photographs, and more. Add to the list of things to do for history buffs.

Where: d-mart, Hong Kong Design Institute, 3 King Ling Road, Tseung Kwan O, New Territories 

When: Until 2 December

More: hkdi.edu.hk

What’s on: In Search of Light Photographic Exhibition

In Search of Light by George Turner brings Northern Europe alive across the colour of all four seasons, demonstrating the beauty of this continent all year round. Featuring destinations such as Norway, Finland, Scotland, and Iceland, George Turner captures the beauty of the road less travelled in these countries; providing you inspiration to create your next holiday.

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

When: Until 9 December

More: facebook.com

What’s on: Hong Kong Culture Festival

The Hong Kong Culture Festival aims to promote awareness of the city’s cultural heritage. It will see an array of events and performances to raise public interest and encourage participation in traditional culture, particularly among young people. As an integrated platform for collaboration across different cultural fields, the Hong Kong Culture Festival also aims to nurture creative talents and inject innovation into traditional culture. A must for families looking for things to do.

Where: Various locations

When: Until 31 December

More: hkculturefestival.com

What’s on: Swiss Accessory and Watch Design Exhibition

The HKDI Gallery is proud to collaborate with prestigious art and design academy Geneva School of Art and Design (HEAD – Genève) for its first ever showcase in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong exhibition will be presenting an exquisite collection of more than 100 exhibits at HKDI’s Experience Centre, including refined watches and accessories produced by their students and recent graduates.

Where: HKDI Gallery, Experience Centre, 3 King Ling Road, Tseung Kwan O, New Territories

When: 10am–8pm, until 7 January. Closed Tuesdays and 3 and 10 December.

More: hkdi.edu.hk

What’s on: Glitter, Glitz and Glamour exhibition at Garden of Stars

An exhibition of caricatures by the ‘Godfather of Hong Kong movie posters’, Yuen Tai-yung, will be on display at the Garden of Stars. The Glitter, Glitz and Glamour exhibition will feature portraits of Hong Kong film and movie industry stars such as Andy Lau, Jackie Chan, Bruce Lee, Leslie Cheung, and Anita Mui, as well as famous international singers and personalities such as Michael Jackson, Angelina Jolie, and Steve McQueen. A fun exhibition to add to your list of things to do.

Where: Garden of Stars, Avenue of Stars, Tsim Sha Tsui

When: Until 31 March

More: avenueofstars.com.hk

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