If you’re wondering what to do in Hong Kong at the moment, here’s our guide to what’s on in Hong Kong Island this weekend and the coming month, plus events in Kowloon and beyond. You’ll find fun activities for the kids and family, cool things to do in HK at night – plus online Hong Kong events you can enjoy at home. We’ve kept everybody in mind, so you should find something to keep you occupied among our list of top things to do in Hong Kong.
Upcoming Events in June
Refugee Week Hong Kong 2023
Returning to Hong Kong for the second time, Refugee Week is an annual festival held each June that celebrates the contributions and resilience of refugees and asylum seekers. Hong Kong will be hosting a series of events throughout June organised by NGOs, independent projects, and refugee artists.
When: 1 to 30 June
Where: Various locations
RUN Fashion Show for World Refugee Day
The RUN Fashion Show showcases the many talents of refugees in Hong Kong. Donations from the event go to support RUN’s four core programmes.
When: 7 June
Where: Central Market
“Soak & Shake @ WET 76” Poolside Party
W Hong Kong is bringing back its Pool Party on 10 June, from 8pm. “Soak & Shake @ WET 76” promises to be a vibrant pink-themed party with unlimited drinks, free-flow tapas and popular DJs providing the beats.
When: 10 June
Where: W Hong Kong , West Kowloon
Car-Themed Pets Garden at K11 MUSEA
In a collaboration with MINI HK, K11 MUSEA has revamped the Pets Garden on the 7th floor Bohemian Garden into a car-themed Pets Garden. Featuring MINI-themed elements such as life-size cutouts of the MINI Countryman, covered pet houses, a raised walking bridge and more, the refreshed garden offers lots of Insta-worthy spots for pet owners and their fur-kids.
When: Until 11 June
Where: 7/F, K11 MUSEA, Tsim Sha Tsui
Angels Charity Zumbathon
Angels for Children Charity Zumbathon 2023 returns to the Hong Kong Football Club for hours of Zumba fun in support of the children of Po Leung Kuk.
When: 17 June
Where: Hong Kong Football Club, Happy Valley
One Sheet of Warm Coexistence: The Photo Exhibition
Eaton HK is hosting a month-long queer arts and culture program, “It’s Morphing Time!”, from 10 June to 22 July 2023, celebrating Pride Month and embracing the power of being queer. With over 20 diverse activities, it aims to inspire collective action and social change, while partnering with organisations and non-profits to support local queer platforms promoting inclusivity.
When: 23 June to 22 July
Where: Eaton HK, Kowloon
Candid Reflections – Solo Exhibition by Roy Cheng
Candid Reflections is an exhibition of oil paintings by Hong Kong local artist Roy Cheng themed around his love of basketball.
When: Until 24 June
Where: KC100 Art Space, Kwai Chung
Designing Circularity Exhibition
Presenting at The Consulate-General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Hong Kong, Designing Circularity – Design for the Circular Economy in the Netherlands and Hong Kong” is an exhibition about sustainable lifestyle. The exhibition highlights innovative sustainable designs from the Netherlands in three areas: Built Environment, Fashion, and Everyday Goods. There’ll also be various talks by industry experts and sustainability-themed workshops for visitors.
When: Until 28 June
Where: Central Market
Events in July and Beyond
Ways of Water
Presenting at Eaton HK, Ways of Water is an exploration of Hong Kong’s waterways through a series of screenings, workshops, installations, exhibitions, performances and more. Highlights include a photography exhibition by Ghost Net Hunter Harry Chan, Sustainable Pearl Workshop and an installation exhibition and performance by Law Yuk Mui.
When: Until 2 July
Where: Eton HK, Kowloon
S2O Hong Kong Songkran Music Festival
For the first time ever, the world’s wettest party, the S2O Songkran Music Festival is coming to Hong Kong’s Central Harbourfront this August. The event will feature two days of high-energy electronic dance and pop music from world-renowned DJs and local and regional musicians, amazing stage displays and a 360° water splashing system to drench fans as they sweat to the beats.
When: 5 and 6 August
Where: Central Harbourfront Event Space
Madagascar – The Musical
After a four-year hiatus, Madagascar – The Musical returns to Hong Kong this December. Follow the adventures of Alex the lion and his friends as they escape Central Park Zoo and go on an adventure to explore the world! Suitable for all ages, the whole family is sure to have a rocking good time.
When: 14 to 24 December
Where: Lyric Theatre, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Wan Chai
School Events and Open Days
CDNIS Summer Programme
CDNIS are running a range of weekly camps from 19 June to 4 August, for students aged three to 18. From sports and music to languages, arts, academics and more, there’s something for everyone. Register for the camps here. The school is also offering a huge range of after-school activities and classes also open to CDNIS and non-CDNIS students. Visit the CDNIS ASA website for more details and to register.
When: 19 June to 4 August
HKA Summer Programme 2023
If you’re looking for fun and educational activities for the kids this summer, Hong Kong Academy’s Summer Programme offers an engaging and diverse range of activities for children of all ages. From STEAM, sports and the arts, to multi-activity, there’s something for every child.
When: 19 June to 4 August
Where: HKA, Sai Kung
More: Book here
Experience a Day at AISHK
Find out what a day at AISHK is like as you tour the school’s award-winning campus, meet the teachers and find out more about the school’s curriculum and philosophy as your little one(s) enjoy a class and activities.
When: 23 August (Primary); 30 August (Secondary)
Where: AISHK, Kowloon Tong
St Peters Lutheran College Brisbane – Virtual Tour
For a great insight into the campus of St Peters Lutheran College, a co-educational day and boarding school in Brisbane, Queensland, visit the school website for a virtual tour.
When: Until 31 December
Fun Activities for Kids & Family
Cup Noodles Museum
The famous Cup Noodles Museum by Japanese Ramen brand Nissan has landed in Hong Kong! Spanning nearly 10,000 sq. ft. the museum features interactive workshops, exhibitions, photo opps and a shop offering exclusive merchandise. Highlights include the Noodle Wall showing different flavours and packaging from around the world and the 3-metre Noodles Cup.
Where: China Hong Kong City, TST
Ocean Park’s Water World
The much-anticipated theme park Water World has opened at Ocean Park. With five different zones to explore, there’s plenty to be excited about!
Where: Ocean Park, Aberdeen
Cool Things to Do in Hong Kong at Night
BaseHall Dining Events Programme
Basehall, the multi-concept food hall in Jardine House, hosts a programme of entertainment throughout the year – including DJ nights, drag events, music nights, Friday happy hour and more. Check out the website for this month’s entertainment line-up.
Where: BaseHall HK, Central
The Wine Bar by Crushed at Detour
Looking for something fun to do on Thursday evenings? Crushed Wines and neighbouring café Detour have teamed up to bring “The Wine Bar” to Sai Ying Pun. Taste the wines at Crushed from 7pm to 10pm, select your favourite, then head next door to Detour to enjoy with your favourite sandwich by Fat Chad’s.
When: Every Thursday
Where: Crushed and Detour, Sai Ying Pun
The MET HD Live 2022/23 Season
After a turbulent few years, The Metropolitan Opera of New York (The Met) reopened for the 2022/23 season on 27 September with the Met premiere of Cherubini’s Medea featuring Sondra Radvanovsky in the title role. The 2022/23 season lineup will include Met premieres of contemporary operas and new productions of classic works including Kevin Puts’s The Hours, Terence Blanchard’s first opera Champion, Giordano’s Fedora, Mozart’s Don Giovanni and acclaimed English Director Simon McBurney’s Die Zauberflöte featuring projections and acrobatics.
More great events in Hong Kong
Superbrunch at The Sixteenth
Pirata Group has introduced a new five-hour “Superbrunch” at four of its venues at The Sixteenth in Quarry Bay. Enjoy two hours of free-flow food and champers, followed by a three-hour outdoor party with live music. There’ll also be prizes for the best dressed “Superbruncher” in the event theme; head along for some Sunday afternoon fun.
When: Every Sunday
Where: The Sixteenth, Quarry Bay
Ladies Night Out at ICHU
Every Wednesday at ICHU, ladies can enjoy a range of cocktails and wines at reduced prices plus live DJ sets.
When: Every Wednesday
Where: ICHU, Central
Things to do in Hong Kong Island and Kowloon
Explore the Avenue of Stars
The Avenue of Stars reopened last year after a three-year construction hiatus. Now it’s back, bigger and better than ever and it’s one of our favourite things to do with visitors! Head over to TST to meander along the foreshore and learn about some of Hong Kong’s home-grown stars, including the beloved, Bruce Lee.
Where: TST; to get there, walk from the Star Ferry or from MTR East Tsim Sha Tsui Station Exit P1; use the staircase or the escalator adjacent to Tsim Sha Tsui East (Mody Road) Bus Terminus
American Women’s Association Coffee Morning
The American Women’s Association of Hong Kong holds a weekly coffee morning every Thursday; CHAT – Come Have A Talk. The informal gathering is for member, newcomers and non-members and provides a friendly atmosphere to have a coffee or tea and some “grown-up” time away from the little ones. It’s a drop-in activity so people are welcome to join anytime between 10.30am and noon. The group often stays for lunch.
When: Every Thursday (except public holidays)
Where: Cafe 8, Roof Level, Hong Kong Maritime Museum, Central Ferry Pier No.8, Central
Cooee Coffee – Australian Association of Hong Kong
The Australian Association of Hong Kong holds a weekly coffee morning, Cooee Coffee, every Friday, which acts as a casual get-together for both newcomers to Hong Kong, as well as a chance to catch up with old friends. In addition to meeting new people, it’s also a chance to get some advice and tips on living in Hong Kong.
When: Every Friday (except public holidays), 10am to 12pm
Where: Oolaa Petite Shop 2 Tower 2 Starcrest, 9 Star Street, Wan Chai
Be a tourist in your own city
There’s never been a better time to explore Hong Kong. Many of the city’s iconic tourist attractions have minimal crowds and incredible deals right now. If you’re looking for things to do, the Hong Kong Tourism Board has created a special website hkison.com, which houses all the great deals around town. Check it out and see if there’s a deal that works for you or your guests. You’ll find deals on theme parks, restaurants and staycations. The tourism board have let us know that the site is updated regularly, so keep checking back for the latest.
Wycombe Abbey School Tour
Wycombe Abbey School Hong Kong offer daily tours of their Tin Wan Campus during term time, providing prospective parents and students with the opportunity to experience the school in operation. Register for a tour to find out more about the school, tour the facilities and meet the staff.
When: Daily during term time
Where: Tin Wan Campus, 17 Tin Wan Street
Happy Wednesday at Happy Valley Races
Wednesday night at the Happy Valley Races is a favoured Hong Kong pastime. It costs just HK$10 to get in and see the spectacle of race fans watching world-class horse racing against a backdrop of skyscrapers. During this time of social distancing, the races may be off, but you can stay up to date with the racing world by tuning into the Happy Wednesdays YouTube channel.
When: Every Wednesday all year round (gates open at 5.15pm, first race 7.15pm)
Where: Happy Valley Race Course, Wong Nai Chung Road, Happy Valley
More: hkjc.com| Open Space YouTube Channel
More Must-Do’s in Hong Kong
Explore a park
Take an escalator from Pacific Place mall up to an unexpected oasis. Hong Kong Park contains fountains, an aviary and a children’s playground. Or escape Causeway Bay’s crowds at Victoria Park, where going early will get you a glimpse of local Tai Chi groups. Playground spaces and a rock park keep kids entertained. Meanwhile, Hong Kong Zoological & Botanical Garden offers the chance to watch monkeys up close for free.
More: Parks, playgrounds and outdoor centres for the kids
Hang out at the beach!
Hong Kong has too many beaches to count, but all provide just what you need for an enjoyable day out without burning through the cash. Repulse Bay is a must-visit for its accessible and expansive arc of sand. Big Wave Bay is another popular one, attracting surfers to its decent break. And camping bays at Pui O allows you to wake to the sound of rolling waves.
More: Top Hong Kong beaches
See the light show
The city’s iconic skyline takes on a new glow as buildings each side of the harbour beam lights across the water. The Symphony of Lights spectacle takes place every night at 8pm. Head down to the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront for the best view and marvel at Hong Kong Island’s skyline at night.
Take in a temple
For a free thing to do that’s instantly transporting, nothing beats a visit to a temple; and Hong Kong has plenty! We’ve already mentioned Wong Tai Sin, but another great temple to see is Man Mo on Hollywood Road. This atmospheric building is one of Hong Kong’s oldest temples, and is dedicated to the god of literature.
More: Must-see temples and places of worship in Hong Kong
Roam a rooftop
IFC Mall’s landscaped rooftop provides one of the city’s few free public seating spots, making it perfect if you bring a coffee and book or plan a city picnic with the kids. The sight of ferries chugging across the harbour never gets old.
Eye some artworks
Galleries along Hollywood Road are an ideal first stop for browsing artworks, but you can also head to the JCCAC artist colony in Shek Kip Mei, where about 140 artists have studios. It’s open from 10am to 10pm daily and is perfect for those who are looking for a Hong Kong attraction that is free and has a cultural flavour.
More: Your guide to Hong Kong’s cultural institutions
Mosey around a market
The vibrant street markets have a lively, bustling energy and provide great people watching, as customers haggle with stallholders. Of course, the cost of this outing will rise if you start buying things! There are also speciality markets such as the fish, bird and flower markets.
Hike in nature
About three quarters of Hong Kong’s land space is Country Park, so getting into green space is surprisingly easy. Central’s Morning Trail is a great first introduction. The paved stroll takes you up to The Galleria at the top of the Peak, with gorgeous city views to boot.
More: Family-friendly hikes in Hong Kong
Chase a waterfall
Why not tie your hike in with a visit to a waterfall? Hong Kong has its fair share, including the famous Bride’s Pool in Plover Cove Country Park, which has a fascinating backstory (follow the link below to discover it!). Some waterfalls here are easily accessible; others require a decent trek to get to. If it’s warm enough, there are some superb swimming opportunities to.
More: 5 of our favourite Hong Kong waterfalls
Hop on a Tram
Jump aboard at Western Market and view the city with new eyes as the tram trundles through Wan Chai and Causeway Bay. It’s just HK$2.30 to experience this piece of iconic local culture.
Online Things to Do
Enjoy a (free) performance
- Savour the world of art at home with virtually@HKMoA, Hong Kong Art Museum’s online portal which gives the public access to art through a variety of multimedia resources. Browse the website for audio guides, pamphlets, exhibition multi-media programmes and images from the featured collections.
- Stream comedies, cabarets, concerts, art exhibitions and more thanks to the The Social Distancing Festival.
- Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s YouTube channel, The Shows Must Go On!, includes streams of his musicals for free, or you can sing along with Broadway stars performing from their homes as part of Broadway World’s Living Room Concerts.
- Watch Live At-Home concerts on the Billboard Facebook page.
- Shakespeare’s Globe is offering free streams of plays including A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo and Juliet. Tune in via its YouTube channel.
- Turn your living room into a Disneyland Park, complete with Disney’s iconic parade. Watch the Disney Parks YouTube channel and virtually visit the happiest place on earth.
- Hours and hours of house music was streamed from March through to May 2020 as part of the Defected Virtual Festival and is still available on the Defected Records YouTube channel.
Tour a museum (or a famous landmark!)
- Google Arts and Culture is packed full of interesting content. You’ll be able to view digital exhibitions and go on virtual tours at renowned museums and galleries across the world, from the Louvre in Paris to New York’s Guggenheim. There are also virtual tours of famous landmarks, from street views of the Sydney Opera House to the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt.
Go to the zoo (via a virtual tour)
- San Diego Zoo and Melbourne Zoo are among many that are bringing the wild and wacky to us. Watch pandas play and lions laze from the 24/7 live feeds in the animal enclosures.
- If seaside scenes are more your vibe, aquariums like the Vancouver Aquarium and Monterey Bay Aquarium have jellyfish, otter and penguin cams.
Travel from home
- Tick off your bucket list with Google Earth or Google Street View, a virtual tour of interactive panoramas from positions along many streets in the world.
- Keen for the outdoors? Explore.org has up to 100 livestream webcams set up in national parks and wildlife sanctuaries around the world that you can view at any given moment – including the spellbinding Northern Lights!
- Ushuaïa Ibiza has launched #StayAtHomeSessions on Facebook – a re-stream of some of 2019’s best DJ sets from Ibiza, to bring the party atmosphere into your homes!
- Travel to Western Europe with Visit Monaco’s virtual tours. Enjoy 360-degree views of its streets and landmarks, including Hotel de Paris Monte-Carlo.
- Travel company andBeyond has a live streaming service where viewers can enjoy wildlife sightings on Instagram Live and interactive three-hour safaris twice a day on YouTube and Facebook.
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