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WA: Jan 4 to 11

By Jenny Leung 3 January 2018
The holiday season may be over, but that doesn't mean the fun has to stop! Just take a look at our rundown of the best events and happenings around town this weekend - we guarantee it will help you get over the January blues and ready to take on 2018 in full gear.

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Festive Season at Scarlett Café & Wine Bar

Head down to Scarlett Café & Wine Bar this week before its mouth-watering festive food promotion ends on January 8. Hungry diners will get to sink their teeth into delicious meals featuring lobster, guinea fowl, deer meat, or even monkfish, but don't worry if you're not feeling as adventurous, you can still take full advantage of their 30% discount off all Grand Cru wines from Burgundy too. Cheers to that! When: Until January 8, (Monday to Friday, 3pm - 12am / Saturday to Sunday, 11am - 12am) Where: Scarlett Café & Wine Bar, 2 Austin Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui How much: Free admission Click here for more information

The Chameleons Live Debut in Hong Kong

Making their debut in Hong Kong this Friday night, The Chameleons will be belting out all their best classic hits. Led by post-punk pioneer Mark Burgess, the concert will surely be a rocking way to kick start your weekend and New Year. When: January 5, (7.30pm - 10.30pm) Where: KITEC, 1 Trademart Drive, Kowloon Bay How much: $480 - $680 Click here for more information

CATS the Musical

As one of the longest running shows in the West End and Broadway, the multi-award-winning musical CATS returns after a 12-year break with additional extended performances from January 6 to February 11. The iconic musical, now with a modern twist, will be bringing you and your little ones into the magical world of the Jellicle Cats as they come out to play on the night of the Jellicle Ball. With a dazzling fusion of feline dancing, a larger-than-life junkyard, and all the hit songs from the show, you can’t afford to sit this one out. So get your tickets now before it’s too late! When: January 6 - February 11 Where: Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, 1 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai How much: $445 - $1,045 (Family packages available) Click here for more information

Kid’s​ ​Movie​ ​Screening​ ​Weekend

From now until the end of February, FRITES will be putting on afternoon showings of all your favourite family animated movies every Saturday and Sunday at their restaurant locations across town. From the beloved Penguins of Madagascar, to the ever-courageous Mulan, the movie screenings will be a perfect way to spend some quality family time together. When: January 6 - February 25, (12pm onwards) Where: All FRITES locations (except for Quarry Bay) How much: Free admission Click here for more information

The Green Race Braemar Hong Kong

Put your New Year’s resolutions into action at The Green Race on Saturday. Various routes are planned around Braemar Hill to cater for runners of all levels including a family-friendly 3km route, and an intense 10k route for ambitious athletes. As an eco-friendly race, runners will be presented with recycled wood medals and trophies at the finish line, and remember to bring your own water bottles to help keep waste to a minimal. When: January 6, (7.30am onwards) Where: The Glass House, Choi Sai Woo Shopping Centre, 45 Braemar Hill Road, North Point How much: $400 - $600 Click here for more information

Clearwater Bay Chase

Grab your running shoes because the Clearwater Bay Chase is back. With fabulous prizes for the winners, and souvenir packs to take away for all racers, the Chase is suitable for runners of all levels. There's even a Parent & Child team that will give you the perfect opportunity to get the family up and active. When: January 7, (8.30am onwards) Where: The Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club, 139 Tai Au Mun Road, Clear Water Bay How much: $350 - $380 Click here for more information

Bollywood Happy Wednesday

Start your year with a taste of India at the Bollywood night at Happy Wednesday. There will be delicious Indian nibbles all around, amazing Bollywood performances on stage, games for you to transform into a Bollywood Goddess, and even a photo contest for you to win a pair of round-trip flight to Tokyo, Japan. So what are you waiting for? We'll see you there. When: January 10 Where: Happy Valley Racecourse, Wong Nai Chung Road, Happy Valley How much: $10 Click here for more information

Coming Up ...

KidsFest! 2018

KidsFest! returns this year and boy do they have a treat for the little ones or what. Featuring a series of world-class theatre productions over the course of five weeks, the festival will provide an interactive platform for the whole family, and help develop your child's interest in arts and literature, not to mention offer a whole load of fun along the way. From the adorable tale of the Ugly Duckling, to an exciting adventure with Mouse and the terrifying Gruffalo, there's something for everyone. Tickets are already on sale so hurry up and grab them now. When: January 12 - February 11 Where: Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, 1 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai How much: $195 - $435 Click here for more information

Imagine Dragons Evolve World Tour Live in Hong Kong

Yes, they're finally here! Making their way to Hong Kong for the very first time, the Grammy award-winning alt-rock band Imagine Dragons will be lighting up the stage at Asiaworld Expo with their chart-topping anthems next Saturday. Grab your tickets now to catch them in action. When: January 13, (8pm onwards) Where: Asiaworld Expo, Cheong Wing Road, Chek Lap Kok How much: $588 - $888 Click here for more information

Volvo Ocean Race Festival

In order to celebrate the heroic sailing teams of the Volvo Ocean Race arriving into Hong Kong at the finish line for the fourth leg of the race, Kai Tak Runway Park will be transformed into an entertainment extravaganza featuring live music performances, interactive games, lion dancers, and a ton of delicious nibbles. Don’t miss the in-port races where you can catch the teams in action competing along Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island before they set sail again. Get yourself a front row ticket in a spectator boat for the in-port race, and enjoy a day in the VIP Lounge during the festival. When: January 17 - 31 Where: Kai Tak Cruise Terminal, 33 Shing Fung Road, Kai Tak How much: Free admission Click here for more information

Ongoing Events ...

NG Lung Wai: Elvis Presley Vs Marilyn Monroe

Made up of more than 6,000 Marilyn Monroe pixels that combine to create an Elvis Presley portrait, Pointillism artist Ng Lung Wai adds a spot of colour to our concrete jungle. As the largest art installation that NG Lung Wai has ever attempted, this unique piece of artwork reflects on the mysterious relationship between the two most iconic stars of the 1950s. So next time you're in the Fortress Hill area, don't forget to look up to spot this hidden gem on the side of Concord Commercial Building along King's road - it's definitely an Instagram-worthy piece. When: Until January 12 Where: Concord Commercial Building, 152 Kings Road, Fortress Hill How much: Free admission Click here for more information

Christian Marclay: SCREAMS

Christian Marclay is exhibiting his series of unique woodcut artwork in Hong Kong for the very first time. Created through a combination of collage, digital technology, and traditional print-making techniques, his new series of expressive prints use cut-outs of screaming faces from Manga and other comic book to create faces that take on a haunting, yet explosive energy. It's a one-of-a-kind collection not to be missed. When: Until January 13, (Tuesday to Saturday; 11am - 7pm) Where: White Cube Hong Kong, 50 Connaught Road, Central How much: Free admission Click here for more information

The Weight of Lightness: Ink Art at M+

From paintings and calligraphy, to photography and installations, The Weight of Lightness: Ink Art at M+ features work from more than 40 artists from across the world. Through a series of talks, tours, and dance performances, the exhibition will offer all art lovers a chance to dive deep into the history of ink art over the past decades, and uncover the endless creative potential of this beloved traditional art form. When: Until January 14, (Wednesday to Sunday; 11am - 6pm) Where: M+ Pavilion, West Kowloon Cultural District How much: Free admission Click here for more information

YellowKorner presents: Kaleidoscope Exhibtion

Come celebrate the freedom of creativity and brighten up your day with pops of colourful photography, fashion, and just genuine good vibes. Featuring works by artists Nicolas Bets, Elena Iv Skaya, and Akid Hakan Celebi, a vibrant wonderland will be created through immersive and interactive spaces. Held at Hong Kong's most creative hub, PMQ, it promises to be an aesthetically pleasing trip for all art-lovers, fashionistas, and those looking to up their Instagramming game. When: Until January 20, (11am - 8pm) Where: PMQ. Aberdeen Street, SOHO How much: Free admission Click here for more information

BALLS - 100 Day Pop-up

Thanks to Pirata Group’s brand new 100 days pop-up concept on Star Street, the group's team of talented chefs have put together a fun spin on everyone's favourite comfort food. From traditional Italian meatballs with a twist, to a healthier veggie ball option, these brilliant creations will be served alongside a selection of simple starters, desserts, and a very affordable drinks list. The casual eatery will be open for all-day dining and takeaway from Tuesday to Sunday, with no reservations, no service charge, and no fuss. When: Until February 8, (Tuesday to Sunday, 12pm - 10pm) Where: Star Street, Wan Chai How much: Free admission Click here for more information

Tong Chong Street Market

Gather round boys and girls, because the beloved Tong Chong Street Market is back to fill up your weekend with local organic produce, the trendiest food stalls, and exciting workshops. Returning with a fresh new look and unique theme each month, the market is the perfect place to be for all foodies and green thumbs alike. When: Until February 11 Where: Tong Chong Street, Quarry Bay How much: Free admission Click here for more information

The AIA Great European Carnival 2017

The AIA European Carnival is back once again to give you an unforgettable day by the harbour. Aside from fun, challenging games with lots of fluffy toys to win, there will also be plenty of ride attractions for all ages like the 360-degrees swinging Altitude, the crazy Bavarian Fun House, or the Inflatable Slides and Assault Course, as well as delicious foods to keep your bellies warm, and amazing entertainment like the Great Circus of Europe. Opening its doors everyday until February 25 (except for January 12), the carnival will be lighting up our city until Chinese New year, so you'll have plenty of time to plan your visit. As an extra bonus, from now util January 31, all students will get free access to the Carnival from Monday to Thursday, 4pm to 10.30pm by presenting their student card at the door! When: Until February 25, (11am - 11pm) Where: Central Harbourfront, 9 Lung Wo Road, Central How much: $40 - $130 for AIA Carnival / $150 - $400 for Great Circus Click here for more information

HK Ice Carnival

Strap in boys and girls, following on from last year's Winter Wonderland, this year's Ice Carnival at Tai Tong is going to be an all-round fun fest like you've never seen before. Aside from the mesmerizing 10,000 square foot Ice World making a return this year, there will also be seven other game worlds such as the Rally City, Inflatable Funland, an animal farm, and even a magic theatre show. Definitely one for the kids! When: Until February 25, (Monday to Thursday, 12pm - 6pm / Friday to Sunday, 10am - 6pm) Where: Tai Tong, Yuen Long How much: $80 Click here for more information

Damien Hirst: Visual Candy and Natural History

Presenting a selection of paintings and sculptures by the artist of wonders Damien Hirst, Gagosian will be exhibiting his most ambitious and complex selection of projects to date. From abstract expressionism and pop art, to extraordinary glass installations of biological specimens, this is definitely one not to be missed. When: Until March 3, (Tuesday to Saturday; 11am - 7pm) Where: Gagosian, 7/F, Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central How much: Free admission Click here for more information

Pixar 30 Years of Animation

Presenting Pixar 30 Years of Animation, the Hong Kong Heritage Museum and Pixar Animation Studios have put together a special exhibition for their fans in Hong Kong. Featuring the finest selection of artwork including hand-drawn sketches, paintings, storyboards, and sculptures, the exhibition offers a rare and unique opportunity for visitors to get a glimpse of the true craftsmanship that goes on behind the scenes in the ever-creative and magical land of Pixar. When: Until March 5, (10am - 6pm) Where: Hong Kong Heritage Museum, 1 Man Lam Road, Sha Tin How much: $10 - $20 Click here for more information

Glitter, Glitz and Glamour

Come see your favourite celebrities in caricatures down by the Garden of Stars at Tsim Sha Tsui, where over 20 international and local singers and actors will be drawn by the famed movie poster artist, Mr Yuen Tai Yung. Exclusively created for the Glitter, Glitz, and Glamour exhibition, the collection features everyone from Angelina Jolie to the world-renowned action star Jackie Chan, and is a must-go to add to your to-do list! When: Until March 2018 Where: The Garden of Stars, Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East How much: Free admission Click here for more information

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Jenny Leung

Senior editor

Born in Hong Kong and raised in the UK, Jenny grew up with the best of both worlds. She loves just about anything to do with music and doesn’t shy away from belting out a tune or two when it comes to karaoke. If she’s not out and about exploring the city and practising her photography skills, she’s probably tucked up in bed with a book or glued to her laptop doing her online shopping.