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The Weekend Ahead: May 7 - 8

By Sophie Pettit 4 May 2016
Variety is the spice of life, in which case we're in for one sizzling feast this weekend. From breathtaking theatre productions to epic sporting battles, rooftop yoga to French May treats, there's something to satisfy all taste buds. Oh and did we mention there are three food markets on offer? Get ready to tuck in Hong Kong!

 Hockey 5's: Adult Divisions

ice-hockey Pucks at the ready! The pitch may be cold, but the competition will be smoking hot as 1,500 players from across the world battle it out for the Hockey 5’s title. As the largest and most competitive ice hockey event in Asia, it makes sense that the prestigious Hockey 5’s tournament is taking over Mega Ice, the city’s largest ice rink which boasts epic views over Victoria Harbour. Everyone is welcome to cheer on the athletes as they pursue the perfect goal, and after a week of intense matches the final on May 7 at 9.30pm is going to be a game you don't want to miss. When: Runs until May 7, (times vary) Where: Mega Ice, Unit 1, 10/F, MegaBox, 38 Wang Chiu Road, Kowloon Bay, How much: Free Click here for more information

 Swan Lake on Ice

swan lake It seems that ice rinks are all the rage in Hong Kong this weekend, with the world's first ever theatrical ice skating company, the Imperial Ice Stars, spinning into the spotlight with their award-winning show, Swan Lake on Ice. Expect dramatic lifts, soaring leaps, and intricate foot work, as this world-class team of skaters take to the stage and bring Tchaikovsky's iconic love story to life. When: Runs until May 8, (times vary) Where: Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui How much: $345 - $945 Click here to buy your tickets

Food Markets

Truck fesitval We hope you're feeling hungry, because a mouth-watering selection of food markets are popping up across our city this weekend. First up, taking meals on wheels to a new level of tasty, it's the debut appearance of the Food Truck Festival. In light of recent changes to restrictions surrounding these delicious vehicles, the Boomshack, A la maison XXL Seafood & Grill, Homie Cookies, and Super Star food trucks will be parked up in the PMQ courtyard for an entire weekend, alongside an island bar and a range of other food stalls. We're already eyeing up Boomshack's chicken waffles oozing with cheese. Yum!  Make sure you save some room, because restaurant app FeedMe Guru is showcasing 11 of Hong Kong’s most delicious cafés and restaurants, supported by Justina R, every Saturday afternoon until June 11. From Korean Fried Chicken by Moyo, to the experimental Liquid Nitrogen Popcorn of Zuc.cch.ero, prepare yourself for a seriously flavourful 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. Bear with us, because there's one more market to squeeze in. A delectable selection of Hong Kong's finest eateries, including Golden Pig and MAMA Burger and Lobster, are rustling up their signature dishes every Sunday until June 12 at the returning Tong Chong Street Market, alongside some new, exclusive creations. 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, but please remember to bring your own bags! When: Food Truck Festival, runs until May 8, (times vary) Alley Street Food Market, runs every Saturday until June 11, (12 noon - 7pm) Tong Chong Street Food Market, runs every Sunday until June 12, (11am - 5pm) Where: Food Truck Festival, PMQ Courtyard, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central Alley Street Food Market, Alley @ PMQ, Bread n Butter Cafe, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central Tong Chong Street Market, Taikoo Place, Tong Chong Street, Quarry Bay How much: Free - $330 Click on the links above for more information

Read more! Tuck into Hong Kong's Ultimate Healthy Eating Guide.

Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales


Are you sitting comfortably? From the creators of the hugely popular children's tale, The Gruffalo, comes a collection of hilarious and heart-warming tales. With a little help from their puppet pals, the award-winning Scamp Theatre company will bring Tiddler, Monkey Puzzle, The Smartest Giant in Town, and A Squash and a Squeeze to life on the Drama Theatre stage. With live music, guaranteed giggles, and a whole host of vibrant characters stepping into the spotlight, Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales is sure to delight children of all ages.

When: May 6, (5pm); May 7 - 8, (11am, 2pm, and 4.30pm) Where: Drama Theatre, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, How much: $195 - $435 Click here to buy your tickets

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

 Mother's Day Events

MOTHERS DAY Looking for a unique way to show your mum just how much you love her? Nothing beats a unique, handmade gift and quality time together - so a family workshop is the perfect solution! The Make Your Own Flowers for Mother's Day Workshop will teach little ones and their parents how to make a flower broach out of yarn. The perfect Mother's Day gift! Plus all proceeds will go towards Lizzie Bee, a Hong Kong charity which organises artistic workshops for the community. If you're looking for something to do on the big day, however, why not treat mum to a meal at Hullet House? Lizzie Bee will be on hand to keep little hands busy with its Make a Rose for your Mum Workshop. Whether you fancy High Tea in The Parlour or a hearty Sunday Roast, this boutique hotel is the perfect place for your mum to relax and enjoy herself. Meanwhile, The Peninsula Hotel is teaming up with local charity KELY Support Group to present the Mother’s Day Charity Brunch. Hosted by renowned comedian Vivek Mahbubani, the afternoon promises to deliver laughs a plenty, along with raffles and silent auction to raise funds for the charity’s drug and alcohol prevention and education programmes to help young people in Hong Kong. With head chef of Felix at The Peninsula, Yoshiharu Kaji, at the helm, this is set to be one classy affair that every mother deserves. When: Make Your Own Flowers Workshop, May 7, (11.30am - 1pm) Rosé, Roast, and Roses on Mother's Day, May 8, (times vary) Mother's Day Charity Brunch, May 8, (11.30am - 2.30pm) Where: Make Your Own Flowers Workshop, KPC Yarn Studio, 1/F Novel Industrial Building, 850 - 870 Lai Chi Kok Road, Cheung Sha Wan How much: $100 Click on the links above for more information and to buy your tickets

Read more! Find the perfect gift with Top 6 Mother's Day Gift Ideas.

Asia Rugby Championships

rugby Fancy a scrum? Get ready for an epic battle this weekend as the Asian Rugby Championship takes over the Hong Kong Football Club for the campaign opener. Both the male and female Hong Kong and Japanese Rugby Union teams will battle it out on the pitch for much sought after world ranking points. Prepare yourselves rugby fans, it's going to be intense! When: May 7, (Women's match, 1pm; Men's match, 4.30pm) Where: Hong Kong Football Club, Happy Valley (entry through HKFC Stadium Entrance via Happy Valley Infield next to the Hong Kong Racing Museum) How much: Free Click here for more information

Read more! Find out Where to Play Rugby in Hong Kong

Royal Geographic Society Treasure Hunt

Treasure Hunt From art and craft workshops to city treasure hunts, there are plenty of opportunities to learn something new this weekend. In association with Team Building Asia and iDiscover City Walks, the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) has planned a journey of discovery through Sheung Wan and Central. Teams of 4 to 6 will have to take photographs, answer quiz questions, and pass through checkpoints as they learn about our city's history, geography, and trivia. After three hours of downtown hunting, light refreshments will be available at the Maritime Museum's Cafe 8 as the prize giving ceremony unfolds. If you haven't got a full team, don't panic - RGS will link you up with team mates on the day. When: May 7, (3pm - 8pm) Where: Hollywood Road Park, 28 Des Voeux Road West, Sheung Wan How much: $350 Check out the Facebook event page

Read more! Keep exploring with these 6 Alternative City Tours

Ozone in Wonderland

Ozone in Wonderlan Dig out your wacky accessories and follow Alice down the rabbit hole for a night of fantasy fun at Ozone. The highest bar in the world is throwing a birthday party to remember, after enjoying five years at the top of the iconic International Commercial Centre. Join your favourite characters from the Lewis Carrol classic, including the Mad Hatter and the Queen of Hearts, who will make an appearance while Ozone's resident DJs takes to the decks, and their mixologists whip up a storm in a glass. When: May 7, (10pm - late) Where: Ozone, 118/F, The Ritz-Carlton, International Commercial Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon How much: Free Check out the Facebook event page

C3fit Action Asia Challenge Hong Kong

c3action fit Feeling adventurous? Take on the C3fit Action Asia Challenge this weekend, and see if you can complete the scenic trail through the New Territories within the time constraints. Designed to promote healthy living, this annual race offers participants the opportunity to run the entire course, or mix it up with cycling and kayaking - plus a 100m abseil off Tai Lam Chung Damn. Athletes can go solo or pair up with team mates and split the load. There are still some spaces left, so sign up quick for these 12km, 15km, or 37km challenges! We wish all participants the best of luck, and can't wait to cheer them across the finish line! When: May 8, (7am) Where: Tai Lam Chung Road, Tai Lam Chung, New Territories How much: $265 - $420 per person Check out the Facebook event page

Read more! Keep active with our Guide to Hiking and Running Races in Hong Kong.

Climbing Carnival

bun-scrambling Fancy a scramble? The annual Cheung Chau Bun Festival is almost upon us, during which twelve contestants will scale a 14-meter high tower adorned with 9,000 imitation buns as the clock strikes midnight. This weekend, however, the public are invited to learn more about the festival, browse local stalls, and even have a go at bagging some buns themselves at the Climbing Carnival. Who knows, you might discover a natural talent ... When: May 8, (12 noon - 6pm) Where: Soccer Pitch, Pak Tai Temple Playground, Cheung Chau How much: Free Click here for more information

Read more! Learn more about the Bun Scrambling Competition.

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: May 8, (1.30pm - 4.30pm) Where: Rude Bar and Lounge, Upper Basement, 79 Wyndham Street, Central How much: Free Check out the Facebook event page

Move with the Pacific

mooove Escape the chaos of city life and find your inner zen with an afternoon of yoga at Move with the Pacific, courtesy of Pololi and GuavaPass. Mahalo Tiki Lounge’s open air terrace is being transformed into a tropical paradise, offering you a breathtaking view of the mountains as you stretch and relax with your ApeYoga instructor. 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! It's no secret that Hong Kongers love their yoga, so another session on the same day will come as no surprise. Get yourself down to Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park for Silent Disco Yoga, grab a set of headphones, and try your hand at an al fresco class with a difference. With soothing music playing in the background and the harbour stretching out before you, there's no better place to find your inner calm and spend some quality time with mum. Kids from the age of 8 are welcome to join in, just remember to bring your own mat! When: Move with the Pacific - May 8, (3pm – 4.30pm) Silent Disco Yoga - May 8, (Registration, 5.45pm; Class, 6pm - 7pm) Where: Move with the Pacific - Mahalo Tiki Lounge, 202 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai Silent Disco Yoga - Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park, 16 Eastern Street North, Sai Ying Pun How much: Move with the Pacific - $350; early bird, $300 (sales end May 6) Silent Disco Yoga - $150 per person; $250 - $450 for packages Click on the links above to buy your tickets

Read more! Get active with our Top 6 Wacky Workouts.  

 Hong Kong Rum Run

rum run   If you fancy a tipple and love your rum, then you'll be in your element this month. In the lead up to the Rum Festival HK, 26 of our favourite bars, including Rummin Ting's and The Pontiac, are taking part in the biggest rum race our city has ever seen. Grab a rum passport from any of the participating bars throughout May and make your way around each venue, collecting a stamp with every specially crafted rum-based beverage consumed. Pirates Breakfast anyone? The first 20 rum lovers to hand in their completed passports will bag amazing prizes, including cash and VIP tickets to the famous Rum in the World Masterclass. Get set, go!  When: Runs until May 27 Where: Locations vary How much: Free Check out the Facebook event page

Le French May

le french may The annual celebration of all things French is in full swing, with markets, performances, and parties popping up across the city. This weekend, piano maestro Yves Henri will be filling the Asia Hong Kong Centre with the works of romantic composer, Frédéric Chopin, in Chopin: Nohant's Years, whilst Serie Serie takes to the roof in the first of a weekly series of events which share the most popular French TV Dramas with the people of Hong Kong. Don't forget to check out our roundup of Le French May events, because tickets are selling faster than you can say ooh lá lá! When: Runs until June 30 Where: Locations vary How much: Prices vary Click on the links above to find out more and get your tickets

Plan Ahead … 

Don’t miss your chance to grab tickets for these up coming events before it’s too late. Sign up! Stanley Dragon Boat Warm Up Races – May 14, (8am-5pm) Run Light Paddle – May 15, (9am – 1pm) TakeOut Comedy Basic Standup Comedy Class – May 16, (7pm – 11pm) Run for Change: A Starry Night Run – May 21, (6pm – 9.30pm) Buy tickets! Le French May 2016 – Runs until June 30 Olivia Newton-John Live in Hong Kong – May 12, (8pm) Lil John: Time to Get Loose – May 13, (9pm) Rum & Bass Season Opener Junk - May 14, (10am - 5pm) Peppa Pig Live! Treasure Hunt – May 14 – 15 Clash of Champions – May 14, (7pm) Esencia Flamenca Presents: La Partida – May 14, (8pm)  The Philadelphia Orchestra – May 19 – 20, (8pm) HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens - May 20 - 22 Italian Market - May 28 - 29 (12 noon - 8pm) Soul Sisters Gala Dinner – May 28, (7.30pm) James and the Giant Peach - June 3 - 5 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - June 10 - 12 Clockenflap Early Bird Tickets (available until May 19) - November 25 - 27 WICKED (Centurion Member and American Express Card Member tickets on sale now) – December 8 – January 1 Save the date! WICKED (general ticket sales) – May 19 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.