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The Weekend Ahead: March 12 – 13

From mouth-watering bites at the Taste of Hong Kong festival, to a fiesta of live, musical performance, our city is overflowing with excitement for all the senses this weekend. Your only problem might be fitting them all in!


Taste of Hong Kong

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From London to Sydney, Cape Town to Milan – and now Hong Kong. We hope you are feeling peckish, because the much-anticipated Taste of Hong Kong Festival is taking over the Central Harbourfront in what promises to be the tastiest weekend of the year. Watch top chefs whip up mouth-watering dishes in live demonstrations, sip on fine wines and champagne, and sample a whole range of delicious goodies from the market. Fourteen of Hong Kong’s hottest restaurants, including Bibo, Amber, and Aberdeen Street Social, will be making their signature dishes for you to nibble on, as well as crafting new, iconic creations especially for the festival. Fill your boots with crowns (the official currency of the festival) and indulge in delectable dishes and drinks. What better way to celebrate Hong Kong’s eclectic restaurant scene? Bon appétit! 

When: Runs until March 13, (times  vary)
Where: Central Harbourfront Event Space, 9 Lung Wo Road, Central
How much: $138 – $168
Click here to buy your tickets


Jim Stynes Football Trophy

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Fancy a kick around? With fire in their bellies, the Hong Kong Australian Dragons are, once again, taking on the Hong Kong Gaelic Dragons in the annual St.Patrick’s Day match. The Australian boys have not yet claimed the trophy – could this be the year that all changes? In honour of the late Irish-born, Australian footballer Jim Stynes, this patriotic “compromise rules” match promises to have you on the edge of your seats. If you can handle any more action after that patriotic battle, stick around for the ladies game in the evening. With a whole range of entertainment and games planned, this Paddy’s Day match is the perfect outing for the whole family.

When: March 12, (2pm)
Where: HKFC Main Pitch, Hong Kong Football Club, 3 Sports Road, Happy Valley
How much: Free
Click here for more information

Read more! Check out our roundup of the best St.Patrick’s Day celebrations.


Salsa Street Party

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Unleash your inner Latino, and sashay down to Lee Tung Avenue for an evening of laughter, music, and dance. In partnership with the Hong Kong Salsa Festival and World Salsa Championships, Wan Chai’s sophisticated, tree-lined avenue will be transformed into a vibrant hub of salsa dancing, with international stars taking to the stage to show off their finest moves. Expect intricate footwork, twists and turns, and plenty of hip action. Fancy a whirl? Well, it would not be a street party without audience participation! Under the guidance of award-winning dancers, you learn the basic moves of salsa. Then it is time to lose yourself in the music and feel the rhythm – you will be moving like a pro in no time!

When: March 12, (6pm – 8.30pm)
Where: Lee Tung Avenue
How much: Free
Click here for more information


Children’s Kidney Fund 20th Anniversary
Charity Concert
Les Misérables

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It’s all about the music this weekend, with our favourite songs from the hit musical Les Misérables filling the two-tier Academic Community Hall. Classics including I Dream a Dream, On My Own, and Bring Him Home will be brought to life by talented, local singers, with the help of an classical orchestra and chorus. With romance, danger, and poignant questions regarding morality, this musical is an emotional rollercoaster set in the midst of civil war in 19th Century France. Organised by the Philmusica Foundation and the Children Kidney Fund (CFK), the concert aims to raise both funds and awareness for youngsters battling kidney diseases. Gather your friends, and celebrate the wonderful work of this organisation with an evening of rousing music!

When: March 12, (8pm)
Where: HKBU Academic Community Hall, 224 Waterloo Road, Kowloon Tong
How much: $200 – $300
Click here to buy your tickets


 The EFG Jazznote Club Festival

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The musical fun doesn’t stop there, with this five-night jazz fest, which is already in full swing. Internationally renowned jazz musicians have flown in from around the world to join Singapore’s King of Swing, Jeremy Monteiro, on stage at the dimly lit Orange Peel Jazz Lounge. Monteiros’ guests include Hong Kong’s renowned jazz guitarist Eugene Pao, who will come together to perform tracks from their new duet album, To Paris with Love. Talented UK vocalist, Tina Mey, will also be stepping into the spotlight, whilst smooth bassist Rudi Engel and rising musical star, Hong Chanutr Techantana-nan, produce rich tones and groovy rhythms. Whether you are a boogie woogie kid or a fan of the blues, these charismatic performances are sure to get toes tapping.

When: Runs until March 12, (9.30pm)
Where: Orange Peel. 2/F, 38-44 D’Aguilar Street, Central
How much: $300 – $350
Click here to buy your tickets


 Handmade in Hong Kong Presents: Discovery Bay Sunday Markets

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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 handmade goods experiencing a global increase in popularity, it is no wonder the Sunday Markets are a hit. Remember to take your own bag!

When: March 13, (11am – 6pm)
Where: Discovery Bay Main Plaza, Discovery Bay, Lantau
How much: Free
Click here for more information


St.Patrick’s Day Parade

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Celebrate the rich heritage of the Emerald Isle, don your greenest outfit, and join the St.Patrick’s Day Parade. Riding high on its popularity last year, the harbourside march is back for round two – promising to be bigger, better, and greener than ever. Spritely leprechauns will be congregating at RED Bar in the IFC from 12.30pm for a cheeky Irish tipple before heading to the Observation Wheel for the traditional lighting of the eye and the dragon. The fun does not stop there either, with an exciting line up of traditional Irish entertainment in Tamar Park post-march. From traditional dance to folk music, people of all ages will be taking to the stage in honour of St.Patrick. Everyone is welcome, whether of Gaelic descent or not, so grab a Guinness and join the fun!

When: March 13, (parade – 2pm; entertainment – 2pm-5pm)
Where: Observation Wheel, Central; Tamar Park, Admiralty
How much: Free
Click here for more information

Read more! Check out our roundup of the best St.Patrick’s Day celebrations


Pololi & GuavaPass Present: Move with the Pacific

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From Ireland to Hawaii, check out from the chaos of city life, and let the rhythms of Zumba whisk you away to tropical climes. This vibrant exercise class, lead by a passionate instructor from Amico Studio, is a fantastic way to keep fit whilst having fun. Nestled in the midst of the skyscrapers, Mahalo’s open air terrace is the perfect place to let go off your inhibitions, and bust out some classic Zumba moves. The Move with the Pacific series, organised by Pololi and GuavaPass, will transform Mahalo Tiki Lounge into a tropical paradise almost every Sunday until the end of May. Try your hand at Hawaiian dancing, or get back to nature with yoga – with the mountains providing a breathtaking back drop, there is no better place to relax. 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: March 13, (3pm)
Where: Mahalo Tiki Lounge, 202 Queen’s Road East, Central
How much: $350; early bird, $300 (sales end March 11)
Click here to buy your tickets


 Hong Kong Arts Festival: King and Country

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Do not miss your last chance to step into Shakespeare’s world of drama, bloodshed, and hilarity. As part of Hong Kong Arts Festival, and to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the playwright’s death, the globally renowned Royal Shakespeare Company will whisk you back to 15th century England with their performances of Henry IV, Part I and Part II, and Henry V. Expect bloody battles, kings in disguise, poetic soliloquies, and a poignant exploration of what constitutes a good leader. Under the guidance of talented British director, Gregory Doran, this Shakespearian series promises to have you laughing, crying, and everything in between.

When: Runs until March 13, (2pm and 7.30pm – each performance is 3 hours and 15 minutes, not including the interval)
Where: Lyric Theatre, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, 1 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai

How much: $200 – $680
Click here to buy your tickets


Freespace Happening

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Are you sitting comfortably? Let your imagination run wild as local storyteller, Uncle Hung, whisks you away to a fantasy world, retelling the audience’s literary creations to the soundtrack of Charles Kwong and the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble. Local music groups will take to the stage to explore love and life with their performances, whilst members of the audience get the chance take part in the immersive theatre performance of Someone Else, courtesy of UK theatre maker Ant Hampton (click here to register). Wander down to the Playwrights’ Playground to hear local, creative minds read extracts of their scripts, try your hand at making and playing your very own Thumbiano, and browse the extensive Reading on the Grass library. The perfect way to wind down after a jam-packed weekend.

When: March 13, (2pm-9pm)
Where: Nursery Park, West Kowloon Cultural District, Tsim Sha Tsui
How much: Free
Click here for more information


Hong Kong International Young Readers Festival

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Our city is a haven for bookworms this weekend, with the return of the annual Hong Kong International Young Readers Festival. This weekend, a whole range of talks and interactive workshops are popping up across the city. Whether your little one is crazy about comedies, or firmly wedded to fairytales, you will have no problem finding something to engage them. Join Yangsook Choi, best-selling author and illustrator of This Next New Year, to master the art of drawing dragons, and learn some fun facts about the star of her book too. Perhaps Science Fiction dominates your youngster’s bookshelves? Well, you cannot miss author Brian Falkner talking about his new cyber thriller, Brain Jack, which sees technology taking over the world.

When: Runs until March 18, (times vary); click here for the weekend schedule
Where: Central, Wan Chai, and Causeway Bay (click here for more information)
How much: $80 – $120
Click here to buy your tickets

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


Hong Kong Flower Show

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Victoria Park is overflowing with vibrant colours and fragrant aromas this weekend, as the annual Hong Kong Flower Show comes into full bloom. Exquisite flower arrangements, landscape displays, and potted plants-a-plenty will transform the park into a vivid hub of floral scents. Feast your eyes on a whole range of unusual species, and wonder at the beauty of these gifts of nature. The Mediterranean “snapdragon” (aka Antirrhinum majus) is taking centre stage this year, being awarded the title of theme flower. Admire the artistic impressions of local primary and secondary school children, of which the snapdragon was the focus, as the winners of the Jockey Club Student Drawing Competition are announced on March 11. Music performances, floral art demonstrations, and fun games are scheduled throughout the weekend, making it the perfect family outing.

When: Runs until March 20, (9am – 9pm)
Where: Victoria Park, Causeway Bay
How much: $14
Click here for more information


Plan Ahead …

Do not miss your chance to grab tickets for these up coming events before it is too late.

Sign up!
TrailWagger – April 16, (10am)

Buy tickets!
Gormei Art Hour – March 8 – 23, (noon – midnight)
Taste of Hong Kong – March 10 – 13, (times vary)
The Beach Boys with the HK Phil – March 18 – 19, (8pm)
Hong Kong Arts Festival – Runs until March 20, (times vary)
Art Central – March 23 – 26, (click here for special Localiiz discount!)
Thunder From Down Under – April 3, (7pm and 9pm)
An Evening With Tom Jones Live – April 7, (8pm)

Check out our annual calendar of holidays and events.

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