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The Weekend Ahead: April 16 - 17

By Sophie Pettit 13 April 2016
With the post Sevens blues hanging over the city, and the rain pouring down like there's no tomorrow, it's a good job there are so many exciting events to look forward to this weekend. From mind-blowing magic to international DJ's, it seems there's no end to the fun in our buzzing city.

The Illusionists

illusionists They've taken Broadway by storm, and now it's time for The Illusionists to work their magic on Hong Kong. This dazzling team of globally renowned magicians have an unbelievable night lined up, with each act proving to be more jaw-dropping than the last. Watch in disbelief as The Escapologist wriggles his way out of ties and chains whilst suspended over the audience, and try your best to comprehend how The Manipulator produces items out of thin air. Bravo!  When: April 14 - 17, (2.45pm or 7.45pm) Where: Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre,  10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui How much: $395 - $995 Click here to buy your tickets

 Third Culture Film Festival

tcff Kick back and grab the popcorn! After a hectic weekend of rugby, relaxing in front of the big screen is exactly what the doctor ordered. Celebrating the talent of undiscovered film makers, and hoping to establish itself as a platform for these artists, the Third Culture Film Festival is overflowing with cinematic excitement. The short film submissions, which totaled 1,800 from all corners of the globe, have been divided into six categories. Each category showing is two hours long and will be played over the weekend in California Tower. With categories as varied as Animation, It Ain't Disney, and The Darkness, there's definitely something to suit all tastes. When: April 15 - 17, (times vary) Where: Loft 22, 22/F, California Tower, 32 D'Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong How much: $180 - $1,080 Click here to buy your tickets

Rooftop Yoga

Screen Shot 2016-04-11 at 11 Find your zen on the rooftop garden of The Fringe Club, courtesy of urban farming initiative Rooftop Republic. Inspired by traditional hot yoga sequences, Alison Yu will be leading this open air session, which aims to connect your body and mind through movement and meditation. Each ticket includes one non-alcoholic drink and a Rooftop Republic membership, which entitles you to discounts at Colette's and the Fringe Vault cafe. When: April 16, (10am - 11.15am) Where: Rooftop Garden, The Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Road, Central How much: $225 (includes one non-alcoholic drink) Click here to buy your ticket

Read more! Get active and check out Top 6 Wacky Workouts


twagger This is one for the whole family - four-legged friends included. Trailwagger is a great opportunity to meet fellow dog walkers as you cover the 8km scenic route from Mui Wo to Discovery Bay. With a bowl of water waiting for each pooch as they cross the finish line, and a selection of prizes up for grabs, we've got a feeling this new event is going to be a big hit with the canine population. Plus, all funds raised will be donated to Hong Kong's less fortunate bow wows. Extra ferries are scheduled from Discovery Bay to the start line to ensure all hounds arrive on time. When: April 16, (10am) Where: Mui Wo, Lantau (in front of China Bear) How much: $350 (includes two post-event drinks and event t-shirt) Click here for more information

Cinderella: The Mini-Panto

cinderella After a hugely successful premier performance last year, the Hong Kong Players and the HK Down Syndrome Association (HDKSA) are partnering up for another mini-panto. Based on the Hong Kong Players' Christmas show, which was staged at Udderbelly last December, a whole of host of HKDSA performers will be stepping into the spotlight as characters from the classic fairytale, Cinderella. Expect big laughs, hits including Call Me Maybe and When You Believe, and a whole lot of enthusiasm from this cast of 7 to 35-year-olds. Encore!  When: April 16, (12.30pm - 2pm) Where: Grappa's Cellar, Jardine House, 1 Connaught Place, Central How much: $100 (includes one drink) Click here for more information

Reach Out Scavenger Hunt

scavenger hunt

The city is your playground this weekend, with the Chatteris Educational Foundation Charity Scavenger Hunt. Raising money for their Reach Out Summer Camps, which take less privileged students on educational adventures outside the classroom, teams of four will be racing across the city searching for clues and points. With prizes including hampers, wine, restaurant vouchers, and theme park vouchers, and a celebratory after party at Crafty Cow in Sheung Wan, we think it's time to start gathering together your best scavengers! Registration closes on April 14, so get your team together and get ready to hunt. If you don't have a team of four on hand, don't panic - there will be plenty of teams looking for extra members on the day.

When: April 16, (2pm - 5pm) Where: Red Bar, 4/F, IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central How much: $100 per person Check out the Facebook event page

Ladybeard Returns to Hong Kong

Ladybeard_HK_April2016-2 Heavy metal singer come cross-dresser Ladybeard is returning to Hong Kong this weekend for a series of performances so wacky, you'll be hard pressed to forget them. With 14 million hits on (her?) latest single Nippon Manju, the wacky character has taken Youtube by storm and has an ever-growing fan base fuelling her rise to fame. Combining heavy metal with cutesy and oh-so-"kawaii" Japanese pop, we can say with confidence that you have never seen anything like this before! When: April 16, (9pm); April 17, (3pm) Where: Focal Fair, 28/F, Park Avenue Tower, 5 Moreton Terrace, Causeway Bay How much: $250 Click here to buy your tickets

Read more! Spend Five Minutes with Ladybeard.

Afrojack Presents: Jacked

afrojack Rocketing into DJ Mag's Top 10 Best DJs in the world, there's no doubt dance music maestro Afrojack knows how to work the decks. The Dutch DJ, record producer, and remixer is staging a one night takeover at Pacha, one of Macau's most prestigious party venues, promising to raise the roof until the early hours. With a glittering track record of collaborations with some of the world's biggest stars, including Beyoncé, Madonna, and David Guetta, this is a party you definitely don't want to miss. When: April 16, (9pm - late) Where: Pacha Macau, Studio City, Estrada do Istmo, Cotai, Macau How much: $400 (includes one drink) Click here to buy your ticket

Children's Bookfest at The Repulse Bay

bookfest Are you sitting comfortably? In association with Bookazine, The Repulse Bay is being transformed into a hub of creativity and imagination this Sunday. With a James and the Giant Peach photo booth, a talented face painter, and captivating story telling sessions throughout the day, your youngsters won't want to leave! In addition, the schedule is overflowing with workshops, from cartoon strip masterclasses with cartoonist Larry Feign to wooden block character puzzles - the perfect way to keep little hands busy. Plus, we hear The Gruffalo will be making a guest appearance! When: April 17, (10am - 4pm) Where: The Repulse Bay, 109 Repulse Bay Road, Repulse Bay How much: Free Click here for more information

Read more! Find out How To: Help Your Children Fall in Love with Reading or check out these Academic and Creative Classes for Kids.

The Foam Run

the foam run

The Foam Run is a vibrant event for the gentle jogger, hosted in aid of the Hong Kong Institute of Diabetes and Obesity. This untimed 5km route takes participants in a circular route in Tai Wai, along a beautiful river-side path, and through multiple walls of multi-coloured foam. Prompted by the rising issue of childhood obesity in Hong Kong, it is hoped that this imaginative take on a charity run will encourage more people to adopt a healthy lifestyle and get active. Make sure you sign up in advance as tickets will not be sold on the day. When: April 17, (10.30am) Where: 77 Tsuen Nam Road, Tai Wai How much: $150 (includes a souvenir t-shirt) Click here for more information

Read more! Check out Your Guide to Hiking and Running Races in Hong Kong.

 Yoga on the Beach

yoga on the beach With your toes in the sand and the ocean stretching out before you, we can't think of a better place to wind down after the weekend and free up your chakras than on the beach. Join Rachel from The Yoga Room in Repulse Bay for a blissful evening yoga session as the sun goes down. Remember to bring your own mat, water, and towel. When: April 17, (5pm - 6pm) Where: Repulse Bay Beach, Repulse Bay (near the Volleyball area) How much: $110 Click here to buy your tickets

Read more! Check out our Guide to Hong Kong's Best Dance Classes.

Lee Tung Avenue

a_low Lee Tung Avenue and St James Settlement are joining forces to welcome the less fortunate into the creative world. Hong Kongers are being asked to donate unused and pre-loved cameras, which will then be passed on to children in need. Whilst you are hanging out at Wan Chai’s swankiest street, check out the stunning shots captured by National Geographic Photo Contest 2015 prize-winner, Kelvin Yuen (pictured). At just 19 years old, and with only 18 months of photography experience under his belt, his images are truly breathtaking. When: Kelvin Yuen, runs until April 30, (10am – 10pm daily); Camera CSR Programme, runs until May 31, (10am – 10pm daily) Where: Kelvin Yuen, Pop up Store at Central Piazza, Lee Tung Avenue, Wan Chai; Camera CSR Programme, Basement 1/F, Customer Service Centre, Lee Tung Avenue, Wan Chai How much: Free Click here for more information

Tong Chong Street Market 

Screen-Shot-2016-04-01-at-1 Riding high on the popularity of its debut last October, the Tong Chong Street Market is back for round two. A mouth-watering selection of Hong Kong’s finest eateries, including Golden Pig and MAMA Burger and Lobster, will be rustling up their signature dishes every Sunday until June 12, alongside some new creations crafted exclusively for the market. In addition to tasty food, there will be a delicious range of fresh farmer produce on sale, tips for growing your own crops, and a sustainability corner selling seeds to raise money for Hong Kong charity Food Angel. Pooches are welcome to join in the fun, and please remember to bring your own bags! When: Runs every Sunday until June 12, (11am-5pm) Where: Taikoo Place, Tong Chong Street, Quarry Bay How much: Free Click here for more information

Read more! Check out Hong Kong's Ultimate Healthy Eating Guide or our Localiiz Restaurant Reviews.

Plan Ahead ...

Don't miss your chance to grab tickets for these up coming events before it's too late. Sign up! C3fit Action Asia Challenge Trail Run - May 8, (7.15am) Stanley Dragon Boat Warm Up Races - May 14, (8am-5pm) Run Light Paddle - May 15, (9am - 1pm) Buy tickets! Big Bad Jazz - April 22, (9.30pm) Learn to Dance in a Day - April 23, (2pm) Swan Lake on Ice – April 27 – May 8, (times vary) Le French May 2016 – May 1 – June 30, (times vary) Rosé Revolution 2016 - May 7, (1pm - 7pm) Olivia Newton-John Live in Hong Kong - May 12, (8pm) Lil John: Time to Get Loose - May 13, (9pm) Peppa Pig Live! Treasure Hunt - May 14 - 15, (times vary) Clash of Champions - May 14, (7pm) Esencia Flamenca Presents: La Partida – May 14, (8pm)  The Philadelphia Orchestra – May 19 – 20, (8pm) Check out our annual calendar of holidays and events.

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Sophie Pettit


Sophie is always on the lookout for a great story and her next big adventure and loves nothing more than discovering the city’s hidden gems—and most delicious cocktails. When she’s not exploring new places, she’s off travelling and ticking countries off her bucket list.