Things to do in Hong Kong: October 26–November 1

Foodies are spoilt for things to do this week, with the annual Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival bringing some of the best from the global food and beverage scene to Hong Kong. And when that’s over you get a candy fix by heading trick or treating on Halloween! Here’s some highlights of things to do this weekend and beyond.

things to do: The Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival is back!
The Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival is back!

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What’s on: Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival

The world-class Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival is one of the highlights of the things to do in October. Located at the Central Harbourfront Event Space, offering foodies the chance to sample some fantastic food and drink from more than 300 booths. There will also be special events, such as tasting classes with industry experts.

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

When: 26–29 October

Tickets: discoverhongkong.com

What’s on: Sardinian Food and Culture Week

Don’t miss Sardinian Food and Culture Week this October. Following the success of their Sardinian night, The Italian Women’s Association is presenting four events with chef Franco Fenu, in collaboration with Beyond Thirty-Nine and Sardinianiche, as part of Food and Culture Week. Chef Franco, owner of the renowned Ciusa restaurant in Sardinia’s Nuoro, will preside over the four food events.

Where: Various locations

When: 26–29 October

More: iwa.org.hk

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, 26 October–5 November

More: taikooplace.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, 26 October–25 November

Tickets: hkcomedyfestival.com

What’s on: The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Looking for things to do to get you in the Halloween spirit? Cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a 1975 musical science fiction comedy horror film directed by Jim Sharman. Written by Sharman and Richard O’Brien, it was based on the wildly successful 1973 musical stage production, The Rocky Horror Show. Watch this much-loved film at the Hive Sai Kung on the gigantic outdoor screen under the stars, with free popcorn, snacks and drinks!

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

When: 7.3pm–10pm, 27 October

More: pelago.events

What’s on: Dolce Morte

Looking for more things to do for Halloween? Aqua’s Dolce Morte Halloween Party 2017 is set to be a spectacular affair, held on Saturday, 28 October from 10pm until late. Join the fun of this theatrical Halloween event. The late night party will have DJs, Veuve Clicquot Champagne and professional make-up artists on hand to create your Day of the Dead style Halloween character of choice.

Where:  Aqua Spirit, 29-30/F, 1 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

When: 10pm–late, 28 October

More: facebook.com

What’s on: Ophelia’s Rocky Horror Picture Show Halloween LIVE

Get set for Hong Kong’s most outrageous Halloween party at Ophelia’s, with its Rocky Horror Picture Show Halloween LIVE event. Ophelia will be presenting a glitz and glam version of the legendary Halloween cult classic featuring Time WarpSweet TransvestiteToucha Touch MeHot Patootie, and many many more. Pull out your Halloween costume and prepare for deadly dancers and live performances, insane freak shows and prizes for the craziest costumes. There will be killer cocktails and cool beats. Free admission for all freaks in costume.

Where: Ophelia, Shop No. 39A, 1/F, The Avenue, Lee Tung Avenue, 200 Queen’s Road, Wan Chai 

When: From 6pm, 28 October

More: facebook.com

What’s on: Halloween Retro Games

The Arcade is joining forces with RETRO.HK, an organisation that has previously held three retro gaming expos, to host the Halloween Retro Games on 28 and 29 October. The event will feature exhibitions and activities along with the Retro Gaming Competition, where people battle it out in four classic games. Perfect for fans of classics such as Atari, Nintendo Family Computer, Sega Genesis and countless other Japanese consoles who are looking for things to do or want to introduce their kids to these games.

Where: The Arcade, Cyberport

When: 28–29 October

More: arcade.cyberport.hk

What’s on: Alice@Wonderland The Musical

Opera Hong Kong is presenting K. Wah Opera Hong Kong Children Chorus Annual Concert 2017 – Opera Hong Kong Children Chorus student ensembles & Alice@Wonderland The MusicalAlice@Wonderland The Musical is a new adaptation of the fairy tale, as the finale performance by the children members of Opera Hong Kong Children Chorus.

Where: Theatre, Sai Wan Ho Civic Centre, 111 Shau Kei Wan Rd, Sai Wan Ho

When: 7.30pm, 28 October, 2.30pm 29 October

More: operahongkong.org

What’s on: Cross Harbour Swimming Race

For 70 years, the Cross Harbour Race has been a highlights of things to do for keen swimmers eager to participate in the annual swim across Victoria Harbour. The demanding event starts at Tsim Sha Tsui Public Pier at 8.30am and culminates at Wan Chai’s Golden Bauhinia Square Public Pier. Registrations have closed but you can cheer on competitors to show your support and enjoy the atmosphere.

Where: Victoria Harbour

When: 8.30am–12pm, 29 October

More: hkharbourrace.com

things to do: Canstruction sees people make sculptures out of cans for charity.
Canstruction sees people make sculptures out of cans for charity.

What’s on: Canstruction Hong Kong

Canstruction Hong Kong, organised by Food Angel by Bo Charity Foundation, is on at Hysan Place and Lee Garden this year. This year’s motto is “adopt a can, give love and care to the needy”. Under the theme “Treasure of Hong Kong,” participating teams will construct sculptures with canned foods that present beloved Hong Kong traditions, foods and landscapes on 21 October.

Where: Hysan Place & Lee Garden

When: Until 30 October

More: foodangel.org.hk

What’s on: Hong Kong Cancer Fund’s Shop for Pink

The city’s largest cancer support organisation, Hong Kong Cancer Fund, is hosting its annual fundraiser Shop For Pink, in October. More than 20 retailers will sponsor this year’s Shop For Pink, offering some of their best and pinkest items to raise money in support of women with breast cancer in Hong Kong.

Where: Various locations

When: Until 31 October

More: pink.cancer-fund.org

What’s on: Amoy Plaza Ghouls Night Out

Get into the Halloween spirit at Amoy Plaza’s Ghouls Night Out. Step into the wickedly wonderful world of Witchy’s House. The fiendish yet alluring sorceress, along with her gargantuan witch’s hat, can be found at the First Floor Atrium of Amoy Plaza Phase 2. From 25–31 October from 6pm, customers who make purchases at designated outlets will be able to enjoy some classic trick-or-treating and collect Halloween candies. On Sunday, 29 October, Amoy Plaza will also play host to a pre-Halloween party, where ghouls and monsters will take over the mall and distribute funky balloons and temporary tattoo stickers to guests.

Where: Amoy Plaza, 77 Ngau Tau Kok Road, Kowloon Bay

When: Until 31 October

More: facebook.com

What’s on: Museum of the Moon

Uk artist Luke Jerram’s touring artwork, Museum of the Moon, is coming to Lee Tung Avenue as part of Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations.  The seven-metre-wide glowing sculpture features NASA imagery of the lunar surface. Lee Tung Avenue will also host a LED Fire Dragon Fiesta and a traditional mid-Autumn market.

Where: Lee Tung Avenue, Wan Chai

When: evenings, until 31 October

More: leetungavenue.com.hk

What’s on: Shop and Sip Pre Christmas Bazaar

For the 16th consecutive year ShoppingHongKong is organising one of its famous Holiday Bazaars, the Shop and Sip Pre Christmas Bazaar, at the glamorous American Club in Tai Tam. This year will be different though, as the new owners will be celebrating their acquisition with a free flow of Prosecco for all the shoppers on that day! Come and join the pre-holiday fun with an amazing selection of new niche brands and more surprises.

Where: American Club, 28 Tai Tam Road, Tai Tam

When: 10am–6pm, 1 November

RSVP: facebook.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: 1–5 November

More: facebook.com

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: 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: 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: 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.

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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