The weather has warmed right up and Hong Kong is a hive of activity when it comes to things to do over the next seven days. Make the most of the outdoors with an open air cinema experience and some fun fairs and markets over the weekend. And don’t forget to check out the Pediatrics and Parenting Conference which has free admission and a host of expert parenting tips and advice!
Fast becoming a hub for fans of time-honoured handcrafted arts with a modern twist, Yarn in the Works is hosting free regular knit nights on Thursdays in its Sheung Wan studio. If you are looking for craft-oriented things to do, drop in and share advice or get tips from other knitters as you work on your craft projects as part of a creative community. Knit Nights are held every Thursday except on public holidays or in extreme weather conditions.
Where: 28 Pound Lane, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
When: 7-9pm, 20 April
Enjoy the experience of watching a film in the open air on the roof terrace at The Hive in Wan Chai. This Friday the cinema is screening the Natalie Portman ballet thriller, Black Swan. There will be drinks and snacks available and admission is HK$120 for members and HK$140 for non-members. Admission includes two drinks.
Where: The Hive, 21/F The Phoenix, 23 Luard Road, Wan Chai
When: 7pm, 21 April
The city’s first Pediatrics & Parenting Conference, presented by AD MediLink, will see health and parenting institutions, practitioners and organisations all under one roof. The conference will showcase products and services from 23 kid-focused organisations, including healthcare clinics and baby and children product providers. There will also be a range of panel discussions to inform and educate parents on topics relevant from birth to teens.
Where: JW Marriott Hotel, 88 Queensway, Pacific Place, Admiralty
When: 9.30am-4.30pm, 22 April
Yew Chung International School Hong Kong is hosting a special family event to celebrate Earth Day this year. It will feature lots of fun activities, interactive games and an eco-friendly market offering all kinds of mouth-watering goodies, as well as environmentally-sound gifts and souvenirs. The school’s charity partner, The Nature Conservancy, will also be present to share information and ideas on how to improve the environment.
Where: YCIS Secondary, 3 To Fuk Road, Kowloon Tong
When: 11am–3.30pm, 22 April
Looking for something active when it comes to things to do? The Country of Origin 30km Trail Run is aimed at bringing together teams from different nationalities. The route is a 30km clockwise loop starting and finishing in Mui Wo, outside the China Bear pub next to the ferry terminal. Teams must have three members from the same nationality of any gender and age combination. Male, female or mixed teams are welcome and teams must start, run and finish together. Fancy dress in national costume or colours is encouraged.
Where: Starts and ends at China Bear, Mui Wo Centre, Mui Wo, Lantau Island
When: 8.30am-5.30pm, 22 April
What: Tong Chong Street Market
Enjoy a festival of street food from around the world when the Tong Chong Street Market returns to Taikoo Place on the weekend. Some of the new vendors include Japanese kitchen Okra, Kitute’s Brazil and The Meepok Club, serving Singaporean classics alongside their homemade signature chili sauce, as well as Hui Kee, the first creating classic HK-style fish balls using certified sustainable fish. Marketgoers are encouraged bring their own utensils, containers and bags to start a zero-waste, sustainable living style.
Where: Tong Chong Street, Taikoo Place
When: 11am–3pm, 22-23 April & 29-30 April
Disney fans will love the chance to see the largest Winnie the Pooh exhibit to show in Hong Kong, featuring 92 pieces of memorabilia from the Walt Disney Archives, bringing beloved teddy bear, Winnie the Pooh, to life. Enjoy seeing storybooks, sketches, original animated cels and toys from the Walt Disney Archives collection in the US, many of which are being exhibited for the first time.
Where: Times Square, 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay
When: 10am-10pm, until 23 April
The Australian Consulate-General Hong Kong and the New Zealand Consulate-General in Hong Kong have organised a commemoration service on 25 April in Hong Kong to allow people to remember the fallen and their legacy of the “Anzac legend”. There will be a service at 6.15am at the Cenotaph in Statue Square on Chater Road, Central. Members of the public may lay wreaths according to the order of service. The service is scheduled to end about 6.45am. This will be followed by a Gunfire Breakfast at Grappa’s Cellar.
Where: Cenotaph, Statue Square, Chater Road, Central
When: 6.15am, 25 April
Meet first-time author Dr Kamilla Holst as she shares how writing about her own struggle with extreme abuse and triumph over fear in The Fear Bucket List inspired her to provide hope and healing to other women like her. Holst has now gone on to work with women survivors in Afghanistan, Cambodia, and Vietnam and 100 per cent of the profits from the book will go towards this work with Hagar. Last year, Hagar supported almost 1,000 women and child victims of trafficking, domestic violence and exploitation.
Where: Bitters & Sweets, 1/F, 52-54 Wellington Street, Central
The Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) is one of Asia’s oldest and most reputable platforms for filmmakers, film professionals and filmgoers from all over the world to launch new work and experience outstanding films. This year the 41st edition will screen more than 250 titles from more than 55 countries in over 11 major cultural venues.
Where: Various locations
When: Until 25 April
The American Women’s Association is hosting a fashion show with a difference. Conscious Couture – A Fashion Show For Charity celebrates designers working in the fashion industry who support the shift to a more conscious way of consuming and living with sustainable and environmentally-friendly creations.
Where: The American Club Hong Kong, 28 Tai Tam Road, Tai Tam
When: 6.30pm-10pm, 26 April
Still looking for things to do? Don’t miss Handmade Hong Kong at Cafe Sausalito. Located in the heart of the city’s DIY area, this new market will see specialty coffee shop Café Sausalito connect the community to local artists and vendors in a fun fair of shopping, workshops, coffee and live music.
Where: Cafe Sausalito, 201 Tai Nan Street, Sham Shui Po
When: 11am-5pm, 30 April
The Solo Exhibition by Cheng Hon Shan will feature 15 art pieces by the English Schools Foundation Jockey Club Sarah Rose School (JCSRS) student, who has autism. The artwork showcases his perspective on the city landscape. The exhibition launched on 2 April, to coincide with World Autism Awareness Day.
Where: Art and Culture Outreach, 14/F, Foo Tak Building, 365-367 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai
When: noon-7pm, Tuesdays to Sundays, until 30 April
A unique exhibition that will bring together the work of Roland Flexner and Ai Weiwei for the first time. The two artists first crossed paths in New York in the 1980s and have since developed an on-going friendship. In this exhibition, Roland Flexner’s iconic ink paintings will be shown together with a body of work by Ai Weiwei, which will be exhibited here for the first time and includes a series of paintings tracing back to his days in New York.
Where: Massimo De Carlo Gallery, 301-302A Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central, Hong Kong
When: 10.30am-7pm, until 14 May
The Legend of Hong Kong Toys celebrates the time when the city was once the world’s largest toy exporter and “Made in Hong Kong” was a guarantee of good quality. The Hong Kong Museum of History has partnered with the Hong Kong Toys Council and the Toys Manufacturers’ Association of Hong Kong to organise this exhibition. It showcases around 2,000 toys and explores the evolution of toys in the past century and the way Hong Kong became a toy kingdom.
Where: Hong Kong Museum of History, 100 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
When: 10am–5pm, until 15 May
Foodies looking for things to do should head to a unique and exclusive pop-up on The Lawn at The Upper House, which will be held every weekend for the next three months. Restaurant Yardbird and curated convenience store Sunday’s Grocery will be offering a special snack menu with dishes such as fried chicken, katsu sando and rice cakes. There will also be a selection of special drinks prepared by the Yardbird team, such as whisky lemonade, jumbo ozaki, Sunday’s sake and Sunday’s shochu.
Where: The Lawn, The Upper House, 88 Queensway, Admiralty
When: Thursday to Saturday, 6pm-10.30pm, Sunday 3pm-10.30pm, until 30 June
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