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The Weekend Ahead: April 23 - 24

By Sophie Pettit 20 April 2016

If the hump day blues are getting you down, and the dreary weekend forecast is simply compounding the problem, now is the perfect time to browse the biggest, best, and most exciting events our city has in store this weekend. With food festivals, stunning musical performances, and family fun days dotted around the city, it's set to be yet another jam-packed weekend.

Books for Love

Books for LOve If you're on the hunt for your next good book, or looking to reignite your love of reading, then head down to Taikoo Place for the annual Books for Love $10 charity book sale, where you'll have over 100,000 donated titles to choose from! Little bookworms can join in a series of free, interactive storytelling workshops courtesy of Shakespeare4All, TEBie, and The Boys' and Girls' Association of Hong Kong (BGCA). Plus, all proceeds will go to BGCA to create more educational opportunities for children in need. Can you help them smash last year's fundraising total of $510,000? Sure you can! When: April 21 - 24, (12 noon - 8pm) Where: ArtisTree, 1/F, Cornwall House, Taikoo Place, 979 King's Road, Quarry Bay How much: Free entry; $10 per book Check out the Facebook event page

Read more! Find out How To: Help Your Children Fall in Love with Reading

Fringe Club Events

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The Fringe Club is bursting at the seams this weekend! Kicking off the action is the Asian premier of John and Jen, a two-person musical performed off-Broadway in 1995 and 2015. Watch Sarah Martin and Nathan Koval (pictured above) bring to life this emotional exploration of sibling relationships against the backdrop of 1950s to 1990s America. Encore! 

Learn about all things jazz with the Big Bad Jazz workshop, courtesy of expert Sinclair Ang. History, live performances, hands on activities, and a swinging party to round it all off - there's no doubt toes will be tapping this Saturday at the Fringe Dairy.

So you've mastered the art of playing jazz music, but how are your vintage moves? The Learn to Dance in a Day workshop will cover the basics of Swing, the Charleston, and the Lindy Hop over the course of three hours. Can't find a partner? Not a problem. You'll be paired up on the day.

On the Rooftop Republic rooftop, nutritionist Tanja Guigon-Rech will be explaining why fad diets don't work and how to eat healthily even when your stress levels are off the chart in her We Are What We Eat Nutrition Talk. With summer just over the horizon, now is the perfect time to kick your healthy eating plan into action!

When: John and Jen, April 21 - 23, (7.30pm); Big Bad Jazz, April 22, (9.30pm); Learn to Dance in a Day, April 23, (2pm - 5pm); We Are What We Eat Nutrition Talk, April 23, (4pm - 5.30pm) Where: Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Road, Central How much: $190 - $290 Click on the links above to buy your tickets

 TakeOut Comedy Presents: Alonzo Bodden

20130912_TimeOutHKComedyNight_017_LowRes If you're looking for an evening of side-splitting comedy, then look no further. Star of Comedy Central, The Tonight Showand the Conan O'Brien Showfunny man and winner of Last Comic Standing: Series 3, Alonzo Bodden is touching down in Hong Kong for a series of signature frank, honest, and hilarious stand-up performances. Marking his Hong Kong debut, we can't think of any better venue to welcome Bodden than TakeOut Comedy - the first full-time comedy club in Asia. When: April 22 - 23, (9pm) Where: TakeOut Comedy Club, 34 Elgin Street, Central How much: $300 Click here to buy your tickets

Read more! Check out our roundup of comedy nights around the city.

A Tale of Two Cities: Blood For Blood

2 cities blood for blood From comedy to crisis, British theatre director and playwright Jonathan Holloway's much-anticipated production of A Tale of Two Cities: Blood For Blood looks set to wow audiences this weekend. Originally set during the French Revolution, Holloway has reworked the Dickensian tale as a 21st century exploration of grief, self-sacrifice, and loss. A packet of tissues might be a good idea for this one guys! When: April 22- 23, (8pm); April 24, (3pm); April 29 - 30, (8pm); May 1, (3pm) Where: The Hong Kong Jockey Club Amphitheatre, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, How much: $220 - $420 Click here to buy your tickets

Country of Origin Trail Run

country of origian Feeling patriotic? To celebrate our city's diverse mix of nationalities, teams of three hailing from the same nation will complete a 30km course around the picturesque island of Lantau. Competitors will gather at Mui Wo Pier for an 8am start, with three food and water pit stops along the way. In the spirit of patriotism and unity, teams must stick together and cross the finish line as a unit. The deadline for registration is Friday - good luck everyone! When: April 23, (8am) Where: Mui Wo Pier, Mui Wo, Lantau How much: Free Check out the Facebook event page

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

Food Markets

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Restaurant app FeedMe Guru will be showcasing 11 of Hong Kong's most delicious cafés and restaurants, supported by Justina R, every Saturday afternoon for the next eight weeks. From Korean Fried Chicken courtesy of Central hangout Moyo, to the experimental Liquid Nitrogen Popcorn of Zuc.cch.ero, prepare yourself for a seriously mouth-watering day at the Alley Street Food Market. Guru Notes are the designated currency, with one Guru Note equating to $10 and dishes costing between four and ten Guru Notes apiece.

Make sure you save some room for the first ever LKF Street Food Festival. Over 50 local and international street food vendors, including Stacks Ice Cream and Common Room, will be rustling up an irresistible array of dishes whilst musicians, dancers, jugglers, and magicians dazzle you with their performances. Entry to the market is free, however if you're planning to tuck into the tasty treats on offer, it might well be worth bagging yourself a voucher book worth over $1,000 - for $188 online, or $220 on the door.

With an impressive track record of sell-out Southside Markets (pictured above) under its belt, The April Southside Market looks set to continue the trend. This time around, an estimated 400 guests will enjoy a delicious buffet lunch courtesy of host restaurant, The Butchers Club, and other selected vendors. Face painters, games on the lawn, and an al fresco rooftop cinema will keep little ones entertained, so you can make the most of the free-flow bar and check out the local business stalls.

When: Alley Street Food Market, every Saturday until June 11, (12 noon - 7pm) LKF Street Food Festival, April 23, (1pm - 12 midnight), April 24, (1pm - 10pm) The April Southside Market, April 24, (12 noon - 5pm) Where: Alley Street Food Market, Alley @ PMQ, Bread n Butter Cafe, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central LKF Street Food Festival, Lan Kwai Fong, Central The April Southside Market, The Butchers Club Deli at Edits, Rooftop, 16/F and Rooftop, Shui Ki Industrial Building, 18 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen How much: Free - $550 Click on the links above for tickets and more information

Read more! Make sure you've got the 6 Hong Kong Apps You Can't Live Without.


tannhauser Under the guidance of conductor James Levine, a talented cast of operatic singers will bring Tannhäuser to life this weekend, as it returns to the Wellcome Theatre for the first time in over a decade. Crafted by German composer and operatic master, Richard Wagner, this five hour-long musical masterpiece follows the plight of a young knight torn between love and passion. Now that's an emotional rollercoaster. When: April 23, (5pm) Where: Wellcome Theatre, Bethanie, The Academy's Landmark Heritage Campus, 139 Pok Fu Lam Road, Pok Fu Lam How much: $210 Click here to buy your tickets

Grana Presents: So Long, Causeway Bay

Grana Changing the way the fashion industry works one high quality, guilt-free, wardrobe essential at a time, we are heartbroken that the Grana Causeway Bay pop-up has come to the end of its shelf life. Don't panic though, as The Fitting Room on 108 Hollywood Road is still open and ready for business. The Grana team is simply treating us to a celebratory bash with drinks, snacks, balloons, and the first ever Grana warehouse sale. With 20% discounts off sample styles and one-off samples running throughout the final week of April, you'd be crazy not to swing by and check out the offerings. Well, sale shopping is practically money saving, isn't it? When: April 23, (6.30pm - late) Where: The Fitting Room by Grana - Causeway Bay Pop Up, 10 Pak Sha Road, Causeway Bay How much: Free Check out the Facebook event page

Szymanowski Quartet

quartet Join the Syzmanowski Quartet this weekend for an unforgettable evening of classical music. Passing through Hong Kong on their global tour to celebrate twenty years since their creation in Warsaw, this internationally acclaimed quartet of musicians will be demonstrating their entrancing blend of passion and technique with pieces including Haydn's String Quartet Op.33., No. 2, "The Joke" and Bacewicz's Piano Quintet No.1. Plus, Hong Kong pianist Mary Wu will be joining forces with them for one night only! Now that's something you don't want to miss. When: April 23, (7.30pm) Where: Grand Hall, Lee Shau Kee Lecture Centre, Centennial Campus, The University of Hong Kong, Pok Fu Lam How much: $150 Click here to buy your tickets

Boujis Presents: DJ Katch

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What better way to celebrate the weekend than with a night on the dance floor? International club DJ and producer, DJ Katch, will be taking to the decks in Central nightclub, Boujis, for a night of massive music anthems. His trademark hit, The Horns, has already claimed the Number one spot in the Billboard Club charts, but that's not all he'll be bringing to the floor. With golden albums and international chart topping hits under his producing belt, DJ Katch knows exactly how to make the crowd go wild.

When: April 23, (10pm - late) Where: Boujis, 37 Pottinger Street, Central How much: Free Click here for more information

Clean Up Our Own Backyard Hong Kong!

Clean Up Your Own Backyard HK UPDATE: In light of the rather dreary weather forecast, this event has been postponed until May 1. Save the date!  Join litter-warrior, jet pilot, and keen hiker Lachlan 'Locky' Lawford as he cleans up waste and rubbish tainting the picturesque Golden Coast area of So Kwan Wat. With high hopes that similar events will follow, Clean Up Our Own Backyard Hong Kong! has been organised in association with and with the help of Tuen Mun and Southern District Councillors. Lawford is passionate about bringing the continuing problem of illegal waste disposal into the spotlight and educating adults and children about the importance of looking after our environment. If you can't make it this weekend but still want to help out, donations of litter bags and rubber gloves would be greatly appreciated! When: April 24, (9am - 12 noon) Where: So Kwan Wat village pond, Tuen Mun How much: Free Click here for more information or email [email protected] if you want to volunteer

 Pokfulam Challenge: Charity Fun and Family Day

pokfulam challenge If getting the whole family up and active is your priority this weekend, head over to the Pokfulam Challenge: Charity Fun and Family Day. With a 10km course, a family treasure hunt, and all proceeds going to charity, this day out is sure to keep everyone happy. This year's chosen charity is EMERGENCY, which works to rescue, support, and rehabilitate victims of war, land mines, and poverty. Good luck everyone! When: April 24, (10am) Where: HK PHAB Association Pokfulam PHAB Camp, 75 Pok Fu Lam Reservoir Road, Aberdeen How much: $250 per person; $1,120 per team of four Click here for more information

La Feria de Abril at La Paloma

La Paloma The trendy neighbourhood of Sai Ying Pun is getting a Spanish makeover this weekend in celebration of the annual Seville Fair (aka La Feria de Abril). In collaboration with the Spanish Chamber of Commerce, this Spanish fiesta looks set to be a truly delicious affair, with La Paloma serving up speciality dishes such as paella, croquettes, and churros - all washed down with a traditional glass of Tío Pepe sherry. Flamenco dancers will be dazzling guests while a range of hands-on workshops keep little hands entertained. Plus, those who manage to get hold of a Flamenco outfit will be rewarded with a complimentary food and drink coupon upon arrival. Olay! When: April 24, (11am - midnight) Where: La Paloma, 1/F, SoHo 189, 189 Queen's Road West, Sai Ying Pun How much: $200 (includes two consumption tickets); early bird, $150 (available until April 22) Click here to visit the Facebook event page, and contact La Paloma to buy tickets

 Appreciate Hong Kong - Outdoor Music Performances 

Stone Houses Family Garden_Overview The fourth and final instalment of the Outdoor Music Performances, courtesy of the Appreciate Hong Kong campaign, will be held at one of Hong Kong's most historic landmarks, The Stone Houses Family Garden in Kowloon City. Treat your eyes and ears to an al fresco afternoon of music courtesy of the Music Office Woodwind Quintet in the setting of this lasting relic of the 1944 Japanese invasion. It's a first come, first served affair, so make sure you arrive in plenty of time! When: April 24, (1pm) Where: Stone Houses Family Garden, 133 Junction Road, Kowloon City How much: Free Click here for more information

 Plan Ahead …

Don’t miss your chance to grab tickets for these up coming events before it’s too late. Sign up! Hard As Nayls - April 30, (3pm); May 1, (9am) 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! Swan Lake on Ice – April 27 – May 8, (times vary) A Tale of Two Cities: Blood For Blood - April 28 - May 1, (3pm, and 8pm) Hushup Social #2 - April 28, (7pm - 11pm) 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) Soul Sisters Gala Dinner - May 28, (7.30pm) 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.