Things to do in September in Hong Kong

There’s so many world-class cultural events in Hong Kong in September it’s hard to prioritise from this exciting list of things to do! Here’s some highlights.

Priscilla Queen of the Desert, The Musical is a highlight among the things to do in Hong Kong in September
Priscilla Queen of the Desert, The Musical is a highlight among the things to do in Hong Kong in September

What: 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 your list of things to do.

Where: Various locations

When: 6 September–31 December

More: hkculturefestival.com

What: Struggle for Happiness – Gabby So

Hong Kong actress Gabby So is beginning the world tour of her solo show Struggle for Happiness. The show is based on Alice Munro’s Nobel Prize-winning story about the life of 19th-century Russian woman, Sophia Kovalevsky, known as the ‘first female mathematician’.

Where: Hong Kong Arts Center, 2 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai 

When: 8pm, 7–9 September

Tickets: urbtix.hk

What: Downtown Cocktails

A new addition to the list of things to do in Hong Kong, the Downtown Cocktails will see 20 of the city’s top cocktail bars showcase innovative cocktails at affordable prices at Chater Garden. There will also be music with a mixture of bands and DJs, cocktail making workshops and more.

Where: Chater Garden, Chater Road, Central

When: 8–10 September

Tickets: downtowncocktailshk.com

What: Audrey Hepburn Exhibition

A highlight of things to do in September for Audrey Hepburn fans. An exhibition of some of the actress’s celebrated fashions and accessories, as well as other memorabilia such as original film scripts and photographs are on display at Landmark in Central. The exhibition comes ahead of an auction of Hepburn memorabilia at Christie’s in London later this September.

Where: Landmark Atrium, 5 Queen’s Road Central, Central

When: 10am–10pm. Until 8 September

More: christies.com

What: Altfield Interiors Fabric Pop-Up Sale

Don’t miss the chance to get some exquisite textiles from top interior design brands at Altfield Interiors Fabric Pop-Up Sale! Expect to find a mass of colourful show lengths, fabric remnants and one-off pieces which are ideal for refreshing cushions, headboards or roman blinds in the home. Brands available in the sale include Pierre Frey, Pollack, Jim Thompson, Rubelli, Manuel Canovas, Cole & Son, Brochier, and more.

Where: 1101, Nine Queen’s Road, Central

When: 10am–6pm, Monday to Friday; 10am–5pm, Saturday. Until 8 September

More: altfield.com.hk

What: Bookazine Launch and Book Signing Event

Join Ritu Hemnani’s launch and book signing event for Gope and Meera – A Migration Story at Bookazine. Beautiful and heartwarming, this story is a tale about a cherished homeland reluctantly left behind and during the Partition of India and subsequent mass migration that impacted millions. It is a tale of tragic loss, determined hope, preserved culture and spirited victory that will captivate readers of all ages.

Where: Bookazine Exchange Square, Shop 305-307, One Exchange Square, Central

When: 4pm–5pm, 9 September

More: bookazine.com.hk

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 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 Main Plaza

When: 11am–6pm, 10 September

More: handmadehongkong.com

What: Hong Kong Impression – Community Planning Workshops

Join a Community Planning Workshop, part of the Hong Kong ∞ Impression exhibition which celebrates the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. There will 16 workshops for parents and schoolchildren to explore urban planning while learning about traditional culture and heritage conservation in a fun and creative way. Conducted by the cultural education platform – Viva Blue House Studio – the Community Planning Workshop takes inspiration from the Blue House Cluster, a historical Grade 1 collection of 1920s- to 1950s-era tenement buildings located on Stone Nullah Lane in Wan Chai.

Where: City Gallery, 4/F, 3 Edinburgh Place, Central

When: 11.30 am–12.30 pm; 2.00 pm–3.00 pm; 3.30 pm–4.30 pm and 5.00 pm–6.00 pm; 9–10 September

Register: here

Things to do: Art in the Bar is coming to Hong Kong
Don’t miss this one-off event, Art in the Bar

What: Art in the Bar

Asian video art will take over Hong Kong’s hottest bars for one night only on 14 September when CoBo Social, Asia’s first online and offline art community platform, presents Art in the Bar. From 6pm onwards, Art in the Bar will take place across 11 of the city’s hottest venues, who will team up with CoBo Social to offer special promotions, performances and screenings of cutting-edge video art.

Where: Various locations

When: 6pm–11.30pm, 14 September

More: Facebook.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: Road to Ultra – Hong Kong

Music fans looking for things to do will be pleased the electronic music festival, Road to Ultra – Hong Kong, is returning this year to the beautiful outdoor location of Nursery Park in the West Kowloon Cultural District. Enjoy world-class international acts and unparalleled production, bringing music fans a one-of- the-kind multisensory festival experience.

Where: Nursery Park, West Kowloon Cultural District, West Kowloon

When: 12pm–10pm, 16 September

More: hongkong.roadtoultra.com

What: Woodland Pre-Schools Open Days

Looking for a place for your little one? Parents are invited to drop by the Woodland Pre-Schools Open Days at one of their campuses. Explore the pre-school with your child, meet the dedicated teaching team and have a chat about the curriculum.

Where: Various locations

When: Various times, 16 September–26 November

More: woodlandschools.com

What: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) is a chance to experience the plays of William Shakespeare as you never have before. His 37 plays have been condensed into an irreverent romp which moves at furious pace for 97 minutes. This amazing production has travelled the world, with shows in the US, New Zealand, Canada and Japan, as well as a 10-year run at the Criterion Theatre in London’s West End. A must on the calendar of things to do for theatre fans.

Where: Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Drama Theatre, 1 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai 

When: 19–24 September

More: aba-productions.com

What: Beertopia

This home-grown event which celebrates craft beer hits the Central Harbourfront Event Space again for a weekend of quality brews. There will be hundreds of different craft beers to sample from around the globe, along with food and entertainment, in a fun-filled atmosphere. Look out this year for two new areas, one for cider fans and one for ‘beer geeks’.

Where: Central Harbourfront Event Space

When: 22–23 September

More: beertopiahk.com

What: Asia Contemporary Art Show

Browse and buy original paintings, limited editions, sculpture and photography from some of the world’s most interesting and promising artists – from emerging and mid-career artists, to those who have already achieved recognition in private and public collections, and at auction. The Fall edition of the Asia Contemporary Art Show will also have new sections – ‘Intersections: Japan’ and ‘Artist Dialogues’. This is a fixture on the list of things to do in Hong Kong for art lovers.

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

When: 22–24 September

More: asiacontemporaryart.com

What: Kellett School Open Day

Kellett School, The British International School in Hong Kong, is welcoming prospective families to visit their Pok Fu Lam and Kowloon Bay schools for the Kellett School Open Day on 23 September. The Pok Fu Lam Preparatory School will be open from 10am until 1pm and the Kowloon Bay Prep and Senior School campus will be open from 11am until 2pm.

Where: Pok Fu Lam Preparatory, 2 Wah Lok Path, Wah Fu, Pok Fu Lam; Kowloon Bay Prep and Senior, 7 Lam Hing Street, Kowloon Bay

When: 10am–2pm, 23 September

Register: here

What: The Great Relay Hong Kong

This team trail running event is run in a relay format. Teams of two, four or six people complete a 5km loop and then hand the baton to a teammate. Teams collectively complete a 50km or 100km course, or a 5.5km trail loop around the Aberdeen Reservoir in Aberdeen Country Park. There is also a 30km course for 11 to 17-year-olds.

Where: Aberdeen Reservoir, Aberdeen Country Park

When: 24 September

More: tghkrelay.com

What: American Women’s Association Welcome Back Breakfast

Join the American Women’s Association of Hong Kong for its annual Welcome Back Breakfast. Catch up with old friends about your summer and make some new friends. Hear about the Association’s exciting program of upcoming activities and events in which you can become involved during the year.

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

When: 9.30am–12pm, 28 September

More: awa.org.hk

What: Priscilla Queen of the Desert, The Musical

Based on the Oscar-winning movie, this musical tells the tale of three friends who embark on a life-changing journey across outback Australia. It has won wide acclaim and Olivier and Tony awards after Broadway and West End seasons and is now coming to Hong Kong. One for fans of dance-floor favourites who are looking for things to do.

Where: Lyric Theatre, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts

When: 29 September–15 October

More: priscillahk.com

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: The Garden at the K11 Art Foundation

What’s on at chi art space? The K11 Art Foundation (KAF) is presenting The Garden, a group exhibition curated by Enoch Cheng, which replaces flora and fauna found in the natural world with contemporary art pieces to create a multi-sensory ‘art garden’. The Garden features works by nine artists, including new, commissioned pieces by six Hong Kong-based artists.

Where: chi art space, 663 Clear Water Bay Road, Clear Water Bay 

When: 10am–6pm. Until 13 October

More: k11artfoundation.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

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