There’s always so much to see and do in Hong Kong which is why it’s such a great city to call home. Here’s a highlight of what’s on this weekend and beyond.
What’s on: Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance
Coinciding with the Mid-Autumn Festival is the Fire Dragon Dance, where a 67-metre-long dragon is studded with thousands of burning incense sticks and wends it ways through the backstreets of Tai Hang in Causeway Bay. This year’s parades will be held on 3–6 October in Tai Hang and 4 October in Victoria Park. The event’s origins date back to the people of Tai Hang village miraculously stopping a plague with a fire dragon dance in the 19th century. The tradition is now part of China’s official intangible cultural heritage.
Where: Tai Hang, Causeway Bay (Best Vantage Point: Wun Sha Street); Soccer Pitch, Victoria Park
When: Around 8:15–10pm, 6 October
What’s on: Hong Kong Tennis Open
Five of the world’s top thirteen female players, including Caroline Wozniacki and Venus Williams, will play at the Hong Kong Tennis Open. The WTA International Series event will take place at Victoria Park Tennis Stadium. Players will compete for a US$500,000 prize purse. A range of fan and community events will also be on offer. Perfect if you are looking for family-friendly things to do.
Where: Victoria Park Tennis Stadium, Causeway Bay
When: 7–15 October
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, Discovery Bay
When: 11am–6pm, 8 October
What’s on: Hong Kong Cyclothon
The third edition of the Hong Kong Cyclothon is back. A mix of amateur and professional races and rides, some of the world’s top international cyclists will come to Hong Kong for the event. Registration is closed but you can cheer on the cyclists for this popular event. Vantage points for the CEO Charity & Celebrity Ride, Team Time Trial, Men’s Open Race, Women’s Open Race and Sun Hung Kai Properties Hong Kong Challenge are on either side of Salisbury Road near Tsim Sha Tsui promenade and along Mody Road near UC Centenary Garden in Tsim Sha Tsui East.
Where: To watch the start and finish of the 50km Ride and the 30km Ride, head to either side of Salisbury Road near Tsim Sha Tsui promenade and 1881 Heritage.
When: 8 October
What’s on: My Furry Kids At Home Photo Exhibition
Adopting an animal not only saves a life, but also provides immense joy to those who adopt. My Furry Kids at Home Photo Exhibition features 50 heartfelt cat adoption stories along with family photographs. Exhibiting stories come from all backgrounds including, cats that have been rescued by inspectors; elderly cats requiring special care; and “Fan Shu” and “Siu Pak”, the two cats of local music group Rubber Band’s member “Lai Man”.
Where: Times Square, 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay
When: Until 8 October
New and expectant mothers are welcome to this session, conducted by Yvonne Heavyside, an experienced health visitor and lactation consultant. The free event will cover advice on how to successfully breastfeed your baby and the importance of getting off to a good start. There will be a question and answer session at the conclusion of the talk. There will also be advice on ways to get off to a good start by immediate skin to skin contact and frequent undisturbed feeding.
Where: The Woodland Montessori Academy, On Fung Building, 110-118 Caine Road, Mid Levels
When: 6.30pm–8pm, 9 October
What’s on: Aida
Opera Hong Kong will be staging performances of Verdi’s most famous opera, Aida, at the Cultural Centre, as a co-production with the Shanghai Opera House. A poignantly evocative story of a love triangle during the times of war between Egypt and Ethiopia, Aïda features the most intricate and memorable music that Verdi ever wrote. The timeless story of the conflicting duties of love and patriotism will feature a star-studded international cast, which includes two of the opera world’s reigning Aidas.
Where: Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
When: Various times, 10–15 October
What’s on: Stamford American School Open House
Stamford American School invites you to meet Stamford’s Superintendent Malcolm Kay at the school’s Open House to discover how Stamford leads every child to achieve more than they believe they can. Malcolm will share how Stamford’s unique combination of a standards-based curriculum, individualised learning plans and a unique STEMinn (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math & Innovation) Program from age five offers children a passport to success at leading universities worldwide.
Where: Stamford American School Admissions Office, Two Exchange Square, Level 40, Suites 4005-4007, 8 Connaught Place, Central
When: 11–12 October
What’s on: Roots of Flamenco
Flamenco’s “Golden Couple” will be in Hong Kong for the phenomenal Roots of Flamenco performance. Dancer Sonia Olla and singer Ismael Fernandez will perform on 11 October in Gypsy Jazz Flamenco and in Tablao Sevilla Flamenco on 12 October. Sonia and Ismael worked with pop-icon Madonna for her 2015-2016 Rebel Heart tour. Sonia choreographed while samples of Ismael’s voice are featured in La Isla Bonita.
Where: Lecture Hall, Sheung Wan Civic Centre, 345 Queen’s Road Central, Sheung Wan
When: 8pm, 11–12 October
What’s on: Oktoberfest at Happy Valley Racecourse
Oktoberfest returns to Happy Valley Racecourse for the city’s biggest Oktoberfest party! Head down to Happy Wednesday Oktoberfest for German food, folks and fun in the finest tradition of celebrating great Bavarian beer. The four-week party starts on Thursday, 5 October and continues on the next three consecutive Wednesdays, 11, 18 and 25 October.
Where: Happy Valley Racecourse, Happy Valley
When: 5 October, 11, 18 and 25 October
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: Until 15 October
What’s on: 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.
What’s on: 10th Chinese Documentary Film Festival
The Chinese Documentary Festival is back for its 10th edition with a compelling lineup of film screenings and public events. The programmes include Competition (Shorts and Features), Hong Kong Selection, Selection of New Taipei City Documentary Awards Selection, International Selection, and Retrospective of films from the previous Festivals.
Where: Various locations
When: Until 19 October
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
What’s on: 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. Witchy Witch will lure shoppers into her lair. 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.
Where: Amoy Plaza, 77 Ngau Tau Kok Road, Kowloon Bay, Kowloon
When: 1pm–9pm, until 31 October
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
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
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
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
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, 8 September – 7 January. Closed Tuesdays and 3 and 10 December.
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
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