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The Weekend Ahead: April 9 - 10

By Sophie Pettit 6 April 2016
The streets are heaving, the drinks are flowing, and it's socially acceptable to wear fancy dress at all hours. That's right, the Hong Kong Sevens is back! If a weekend of rugby madness isn't up your street, however, there are plenty of other events going on around town. From countryside sprints to live music performances, this weekend is definitely going to be one to remember.

Hong Kong Rugby Sevens

hksevens Fancy a scrum? The biggest sporting event in Hong Kong's calendar is back, and we can already feel the excitement bubbling in the city. Marking the 41st anniversary of the infamous Hong Kong Rugby Union tournament, a whopping 120,000 visitors are expected to fill the stands over the course of three days. Teams from all corners of the globe, including England, New Zealand, and South Africa, will battle it out on the pitch to snatch the title from defending champions, Fiji. Expect chanting, dancing, and costumes on a whole new level of bizarre. Come on Hong Kong!  When: April 8 - 10 Where: Hong Kong Stadium, 55 Eastern Hospital Road, So Kon Po How much: Ballot closed Click here for more information

Read more! Check out 7 Places to Watch the Rugby Sevens.

Swire Series: Time for Three

time for three If the sound of chanting rugby fans isn't music to your ears - don't panic! Time for Three, a classically trained trio of string musicians, is touching down in Tsim Sha Tsui for a weekend of unique performances. Armed with two violins and a double bass, these talented musicians push the boundaries of how these instruments can be played, giving classical music a fresh twist, and delighting audiences around the globe. If you want to get up, close, and personal with the band, get involved with the two-hour musical improvisation session on Saturday afternoon (click here for more information). When: April 8 - 10, (3pm or 9pm) Where: Concert - Concert Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui How much: $90 - $380 Click here to buy your tickets

Wellness 360 Fair By the Beach

wellness 360 Riding high on a wave of popularity, the Wellness 360 Fair is returning for round five. Partnering up with Healthy Living HK, Lantau Mama, and Sommer Life, there will be a whole range of stalls, activities, and tasty treats to keep adults and youngsters entertained. From iridology to coconut madness, there are plenty of quirky and exciting things to check out. Driven by the desire to spread the wonder of healthy living and natural goodness, this feel-good event is well worth a visit. When: April 9 - 10, (10am - 6pm) Where: The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay How much: Free Check out the Facebook event page

Jason Derulo

jason derulo Celebrating his fifth anniversary in style, the one and only Jason Derulo is touching down in Macau for an unforgettable night of music and dancing. Taking over one of Macau's largest and most prestigious party venues, the American singer, songwriter, and dancer will be Ridin' Solo on the decks. Derulo is one of the globe's hottest stars right now, so grab your dancing shoes and hop on that ferry! When: April 9, (11.59pm - late) Where: Club Cubic, 2/F, The Shops at The Boulevard, City of Dreams, Estrada de Istmo, Cotai, Macau How much: $450, advance; $600, on the door Click here to buy your tickets

Eat More Art Workshop

pmk From unique music to artwork with a twist, Hong Kong really is mixing it up this weekend! Popsy Modern Kitchen, the Sheung Wan restaurant where artwork and dining come together as one, is hosting a series of workshops throughout April and May that are both creative and delicious. Under the guidance of Jennifer Chung, Popsy Modern Kitchen's founder, you will explore a particular art revolution and practice the specific techniques and drawing style. Then, with a cookie as your canvas, it's time to create an edible masterpiece. Art has never been so tasty! When: April 9, (3pm - 5pm) Where: Popsy Modern Kitchen, 5/F, The Wellington, 198 Wellington Street, Sheung Wan How much: $350 (includes one drink) Click here to buy your tickets

Bonaqua Lifeproof Action Sprint Sai Kung 12km

bonaqya The third and final installment of this year's Bonaqua Lifeproof Action Sprint series is to be held in the picturesque surroundings of Sai Kung. The 12km course will snake through the countryside, with truly awesome views to spur runners over the finish line. Due to new regulations surrounding river gullies, the course has had to be tweaked a little. However, with dirt trails, stone stairs, and country park roads in the mix, there's no doubt the Sai Kung sprint will be as exciting as ever. Don't forget to take your own drinks and water bottles - there is a water checkpoint en route, but a no-cup policy is in place. There are still some places available, so don't miss your final chance to sign up. When: April 10, (8am) Where: Pak Tam Chung, Sai Kung How much: $250 Click here for more information

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

Country Parks Hiking and Planting Day

HnP2016_NeiLakShan_TreePlanting_42 Plant seeds for a greener future with Friends of the Country Parks and the Agriculture, Fisheries, and Conservation Department on Sunday morning. In order to raise awareness of nature conservation, and in particular the preservation of trees, hikers are being encouraged to join the Country Parks Hiking and Planting Day in Lion Rock Country Park. Over the course of two hours, up to 1,000 volunteers of all ages will hike 4km through the beautiful setting of Lion Rock Country Park, soaking in breath-taking views along the way. Don’t panic if you don’t have a trowel to hand – all seedlings and tools, as well as tips and advice, will be provided once you reach the planting site. When: April 10, (9am - 10.30am) Where: Enrolment point, end of Tsok Pok Hang Forest Track; Planting location, Tsok Pok Hang, Lion Rock Country Park How much: Free Click here for more information

Handmade in Hong Kong Presents: Discovery Bay Sunday Markets

handmade Browse the creations of local artists and craftspeople at the handmade market in Discovery Bay. Rustic soap, delicious jams, and unique jewellery are all ready for the taking, as you stroll leisurely around the stalls, enjoying the slower pace of Lantau life. With over 100 unique stalls popping up, a delicious selection of restaurants nearby, and handmade goods experiencing a global increase in popularity, it's no wonder the Sunday Markets are a hit. Just remember to take your own bag! When: April 10, (11am – 6pm) Where: Discovery Bay Main Plaza, Discovery Bay, Lantau How much: Free Check out the Facebook page for more information

Dog Adoption Sunday

dog adoption

If you're crazy about canines, and longing for a furry companion to call your own, then get yourself down to Dog Adoption Sunday. Organised by Kirsten’s Zoo Charity, a not-for-profit volunteer animal rescue organisation, Rude Bar will be overflowing with furry faces looking for a new home. Their adoption events have proven hugely successful in the past, with animals of all shapes and sizes starting afresh at the side of their new, adoring owner. However, before you scoop up a pooch, please paws for thought and seriously consider if you have the time, resources, and space to welcome these loyal creatures into your life. Happy adopting!

When: April 10, (1.30pm - 4.30pm) Where: Rude Bar, Upper Basement, 79 Wyndham Street, Central How much: Free Check out the Facebook event page

Pololi & GuavaPass Present: Move with the Pacific

mooove Check out from the chaos of city life and find your inner calm with an afternoon of yoga. As part of the Move with the Pacific series, courtesy of Pololi and GuavaPass, Mahalo Tiki Lounge's open air terrace is being transformed into a tropical paradise. With a breathtaking view of the mountains, this relaxing class with a Yoga Union instructor is the perfect way to prepare your body and mind for the week ahead. Plus, each ticket includes a welcome drink and a delicious poke lunch set, which is redeemable at anytime in the two weeks following your class. Aloha! When: April 10, (3pm - 4.30pm) Where: Mahalo Tiki Lounge, 202 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai How much: $350; early bird, $300 (sales end April 8) Click here to buy your tickets

Read more! Check out Top 6 Wacky Workouts or the Ultimate Healthy Eating Guide.

 Let Us Shine Charity Concert

shine_banner What better way to round off the weekend than with an evening of live vocal performances? The Good Hope Singers are joining forces with Hong Kong's visually impaired performers for a very special, one-off performance. Over the course of three hours, a whole host of talented vocalists, including the Hong Kong Society for the Blind kids choir, will be stepping into the spotlight to charm the audience with their effortless harmonies and melodies. Raising funds for Music Through My Spectacle, a piano book created especially for visually impaired musicians, this charity concert is a fantastic way to appreciate our city's local talent and do your bit for the community too. When: April 10, (7.30pm) Where: Concert Hall, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, 1 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai How much: $250 - $350 Click here to buy your tickets

 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

Plan Ahead ...

Don't miss your chance to grab tickets for these up coming events before it's too late. Sign up! TrailWagger – April 16, (10am) Hong Kong Reach Out Scavenger Hunt – April 16, (2pm-5pm) The Foam Run -  April 17, (10.30am) Stanley Dragon Boat Warm Up Races - May 14, (8am-5pm) Buy tickets! The Illusionists – April 14 – 24, (times vary) Rooftop Yoga – April 16, (10am) Ladybeard Returns to Hong Kong - April 17, (3pm) Swan Lake on Ice – April 27 – May 8, (times vary) Le French May 2016 – May 1 – June 30, (times vary) Olivia Newton-John Live in Hong Kong - May 12, (8pm) Lil John: Time to Get Loose - May 13, (9pm) 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.