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The Weekend Ahead: August 13 – 14

Rio may be on the other side of the world, but the Olympic Games are definitely making their mark on the city, with a whole host of energetic events planned over the weekend. Whether you’re swing dancing the night away, making a splash in a pool, or setting sail to the outlying islands, now is the time to get up and active in the 852.

Blue Man Group in Macau

blue man group

Feeling blue? An evening of flying paint, banging drums, and experimental sounds in the company of these funny fellows is sure to get you smiling. Rocketing to fame in the US back in the 1990s, the Blue Man Group still holds a totally unique place in the rock music industry – even after 25 years in the business! Why not make a weekend of it and book an overnight stay in Macau? You’ll feel positively refreshed after a spontaneous city break.

When: August 11 – 28, (2pm, 5pm, and 8pm)
Where: The Venetian Theatre, The Venetian Macau, Macau
How much: $380 – $880 (hotel and ferry packages are available)
Click here to buy your tickets

HKTDC Food Expo

Food expo 2

The weekend all foodies have been waiting for is finally here as the 27th HKTDC Food Expo returns to the city. We hope you’re hungry Hong Kong because over 1,000 exhibitors from all corners of the world are expected to join the banquet, whipping up their most delicious creations in addition to leading seminars and interacting with guests. With 47,000 recorded visitors last year, this is one event food lovers definitely don’t want to miss.

When: August 11 – 14, (10am – 10pm); August 15, (10am – 6pm)
Where: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai
How much: Free
Click here for more information

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

Asia Rugby Under 20 Sevens Series


Get ready for an epic battle this weekend as the Asia Rugby Under 20 Sevens Series takes over King’s Park Sports Ground. Both male and female teams from across Asia will be touching down in the city for a jam-packed weekend of tries, tackles, and teamwork. There’s plenty of room for spectators to cheer on these young professionals from the sidelines, but prepare yourselves rugby fans – it’s going to be intense!

When: August 12 – 13, (1pm)
Where: King’s Park Sports Ground, 11 Wylie Path, Ho Man Tin, Kowloon
How much: Free
Click here for more information

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



Friday night plans? Scrap them. Howard and Lawrence, the Grammy Award-winning Disclosure brothers behind smash hits including Latch, Omen, and Magnets, will be raising the roof at AsiaWorld-Expo for one night only in their premier Hong Kong performance. Not bagged your ticket yet? Latch onto it fast. Trust us, we’ve seen this DJ duo perform before and this is one party you definitely don’t want to miss.

When: August 12, (8pm)
Where: Hall 10, AsiaWorld-Expo, Lantau
How much: $580 – $880
Click here to buy your tickets

Urban Farming for Kids

Urban Farming for Kids

Get your youngster’s green fingers tingling with an educational and exciting morning atop the Fringe Club, and plant seeds for a greener future in the city. Fruit, vegetables, and herbs will be the focus of this morning workshop, which includes a complimentary soft drink, a Rooftop Republic membership, and a plant to take home and nurture. You might even get a cheeky nibble of some freshly harvested herbs!

When: August 13, (3.30pm – 5.30pm)
Where: Rooftop Garden, The Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Road, Central
How much: $380
Click here to register your youngsters

Read more! Find out How To: Grow Your Own Balcony Food

The Pulse Presents: Endless Summer

the pulllse

Gather together your most competitive friends and take part in the The Great Escape. This interactive treasure hunt requires phones, photographs, and quick thinking if you’re to be in with a chance of qualifying for the championship game on August 20, and winning the ultimate prize – a trip to the tropical island of Guam!

The fun doesn’t stop there either, with the Beer Festival returning for the final time at this beachside spot. Kowloon Bay Brewery is the star of the show this time, with two hours of free-flow ensuring you have plenty of time to fall in love with this tasty tipple, while live bands and DJs provide the perfect summer soundtrack for a day by the beach. Don’t forget to sign up for the Beer Pong Tournament too!

When: The Great Escape – August 13, (4pm – 6pm)
Beer Festival – August 13, (2pm – 10pm)
Where: The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay
How much: The Great Escape, $200; Beer Festival, $99
Click here to buy your tickets

Read more! Check out Restaurant Review: Amalfitana


runningfest final

If you’re looking to take your running to the next level, look no further. Hong Kong Runningfest is back, with nine days of exciting races planned. Kicking off the action this Saturday, it’s the Central BackStreet Run. From 4pm onwards, runners will be touring the streets of Central, Sheung Wan, and Lan Kwai Fong – which is perfect for those of us who prefer to show our support from the comfort of a bar. That’s just the start of the fun, with a haunting Ghostfest Run planned on August 16, a booze-fuelled Happy Our Run on August 19, and finally the colourful Hong Kong Streetathon Carnival! Registration for all events is already closed, however spectators are more than welcome to cheer on the running crowds.

When: August 13 – August 21
Where: Locations vary
How much: Free
Click here for more information

Read more! Get active with Your Guide to Hiking and Running Races in Hong Kong

Lee Tung Avenue Presents: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”


Step into a fairy tale world and introduce your little ones to the magical world of Shakespeare at Lee Tung Avenue every Saturday throughout the summer holidays. From Face Painting (5.30pm – 6.45pm) to Role Play and Dancing Workshops (6.45pm – 7.15pm), and Fairy Flash Mobs (7.15pm – 7.30pm and 8.30pm – 9pm), this Midsummer Night’s Dream inspired event is guaranteed to delight curious and creative minds.

When: Runs every Saturday until August 27, (5.30pm – 9pm)
Where: Lee Tung Avenue, Wan Chai
How much: Free
Click here for more information

Read more! Check out 20 Fun Things to Do with Kids this Summer

Dirty Boogie Swing ‘N’ Dance 

dirty boogie

Grab a partner, get down with the trumpets, and party like it’s 1930. The Swing Revue, led by glamorous leading lady Laura Ingham and The Bembol Rockers, will be leading the party at Grappa’s Cellar with a retro repertoire sure to get everyone on the dance floor.

Fancy brushing up on your moves before the big night? Swing by Hong Kong Sports Centre at 5.30pm, and Learn How To Swing Dance with professional dancers Haley and Dan for $100 – make sure you pre-register as space is limited!

When: August 13, (8pm)
Where: Grappa’s Cellar, Jardine House, 1 Connaught Place, Central
How much: $200 (includes one drink)
Click here to buy your tickets

Read more! Let loose at Hong Kong’s 10 Best Live Jazz Bars

 Hot Streak Pool Party

W Party 2

Fancy a dip? Make a splash at the Hot Streak Pool Party, in the penultimate instalment of the summer series. Taking over the city’s highest outdoor pool at the W Hotel, which clocks in at a whopping 76 floors, there will be DJs, a silent disco, and light visuals to keep you entertained throughout the evening – as if the view isn’t enough! The drinks will be flowing, the music will be pumping, and all ticket holders will have access to the 6/F WOOBAR party until 4am. Cheers! 

When: August 13, (8pm)
Where: 76/F, W Hotel, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon
How much: $350 (includes one drink)
Click here to buy your tickets

Read more! Make a splash at the Coolest Outdoor Pools in Hong Kong

Handmade in Hong Kong Presents: Discovery Bay Sunday Markets


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. Feeling the heat? Cool down with a pot of delicious, locally churned, dairy-free ice cream courtesy of Wild Mylk for just $40 a pot. 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: August 14, (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 Day

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: August 14, (1.30pm – 4.30pm)
Where: Rude Bar, Upper Basement, 79 Wyndham Street, Central
How much: Free
Check out the Facebook event page

Read more! Find out How To: Choose a Pet Responsibly

 Ninepin Islands Boat Tour 


Fancy an adventure? Set sail with passionate local explorer Wouter of Adventure Tours and get to grips with the outlying Ninepin Islands. Whether you’re a lover of unique rock formations, or just looking to make some new friends, the Ninepin Islands Boat Tour promises a fun and informative day out – not to mention spectacular views over the ocean and surrounding islands. Just remember to wear proper footwear so you can check out the islands on foot too.

When: August 14 and September 3 (1.30pm – 4pm)
Where: Wu Kai Sha MTR
How much: $390
Click here to buy your tickets

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“Life Is Art” Pop-up Mini Fest

Abby Road

Beatlemania will be sweeping over the world once again this September with the global release of the documentary, The Beatles: Eight Days A Week. To celebrate the fab four, PMQ is hosting a Beatle-inspired pop-up Mini Fest in collaboration with international movie channel MOViE MOViE. Feast your eyes on the original Abbey Road photographs, which are on display in Hong Kong for the very first time, recreate the famous album cover yourself, and watch local artists create new pieces live!

When: Runs until August 14, (1pm – 8pm)
Where: PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central
How much: Free
Click here for more information

Harmonic Motion


Looking for new and exciting things to do in the final weeks of the summer break? We’ve got just the thing. A colourful, crocheted playground, courtesy of Japanese textile artist Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam, has popped up in the IFC Mall, and is guaranteed to entertain all ages until September 12. Kids and adults are invited to crawl, swing, and tumble around the hand-knitted jungle, which took over 10 months to create. Make sure you call the reservation hotline to pre-book your 20 minute slot!

When: Runs until September 12
Where: Oval Atrium, 1/F, IFC Mall, Central
How much: Free (pre-registration is required)
Click here for more information

 Plan Ahead …

Don’t miss your chance to grab tickets for these upcoming events before it’s too late.

Next weekend!

Blue Man Group in Macau – Runs until August 28, (2pm, 5pm, and 8pm)
Summer International Film Festival – August 16 – 30
Arnold Business Lunch – August 19, (12 noon – 2.30pm)
Swan Lake – August 19 – 28, (2.30pm and 7.30pm)
Arnold Classic Asia Multi-Sport Festival – August 20 – 21, (10am – 6pm)
Pacha Macau Presents: Summer Love Pool Party – August 20, (2.30pm – 10.30pm)
Instameet HK x Adorama Photowalk – August 20, (5pm)
Endless Summer Hong Kong International Reggae Ska Festival – August 20, (5pm)
Import Beer Club #17 – August 20, (8.30pm – 10.30pm)
Arnold Seminar – August 21, (11am – 12.30pm)
#ClicquotJourney Soho – August 21, (11am – 4pm)
Doggy Summer Social: Session Two – August 21, (3.30pm – 7.30pm)
Hushup Indoor Summer Garden Cinema Presents: Edward Scissorhands – August 21, (4pm – 6pm)
Silent Disco Zumba & Yoga – August 21, (6pm)
The Fab Fourever – August 21, (8pm)

Sign Up!

AVOHK 5k Series – August 27, September 10, September 25, and October 8
Nepal Youth Foundation Charity Hike – September 3, (3.45pm)
The Great Relay – September 10 – 11
From Darkness to Sunrise City Orienteering Competition – September 24 – 25
Central Rat Race
 – October 16, (9am)
Repulse Bay Triple – October 22, (1pm)
The Sedan Chair Charity Race – October 30, (10am – 1.30pm)
The Community Chest Wheelock Swim for Millions – October 30
Terry Fox Run – November 5, (10am – 3pm)
Oxfam Trailwalker – November 18 – 20
Win Win Run – December 18

Buy tickets!

Hushup Indoor Summer Garden Cinema – August 21 and 28, September 4 and 11, (4pm – 6pm)
Jimmy Carr – Funny Business Live in Hong Kong – August 24 – 25, (7/8pm)
Concert in the Dark – August 24 – 28
Slide the City – August 24 – 29
Andy Warhol Painting Workshop – August 25 – 27, (3pm – 6pm)
Jane Eyre – August 26 – 28, (2.30pm and 8pm)
Swan Lake – August 26 – 28, (7.30pm)
Hi-5 Fairytale – August 27 – 28, (11am and 2.30pm)
#ClicquotJourney Sai Ying Pun – August 28, (11am – 4pm)
Stephen K Amos LIVE – September 1 – 3
JupYeah #lookmatters Fashion Swap – September 11, (12 noon – 6pm)
Jeeves & Wooster in Perfect Nonsense – September 13 – 25
Pep Bou’s Bubble Magic – September 14 – 18
Asia Contemporary Art Show – September 16 – 18
Road to Ultra – September 17, (12 noon – 10pm)
The Hunting of the Snark – September 20 – 25
STOMP – September 23 – October 9
Earth, Wind, & Fire Live in Hong Kong – September 24, (8.15pm)
The Gruffalo’s Child – September 30 – October 2
Hong Kong ePrix – October 8 – 9
Clockenflap – November 25 – 27
Roald Dahl’s The Twits – November 25 – 27
WICKED – December 8 – January 1

Save the date!

Reiki Cafe – August 30, (11am – 2pm)
Hong Kong International Schools Festival
 – September 24, (9.30am)

Check out our annual calendar of holidays and events, or Your Guide to Hiking and Running Races in Hong Kong.

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