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The Weekend Ahead: June 18 – 19


Our city is overflowing with exciting events this weekend as Father’s Day, World Music Day, International Day of Yoga, and the official start of summer pop up on our calendar. From groovy music performances to free yoga sessions, and beer tastings to swing dancing in the street, it really is all systems go.


Mister Maker and The Shapes Live On Stage

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Bursting at the seams with colour and creativity, the hit CBeebies show Mister Maker and The Shapes is taking to the stage on its very first live theatre tour. Taking over the Jockey Club Amphitheatre for one very special weekend of creative performances, Mister Maker will be delighting little ones with catchy tunes, exciting dance routine, and tonnes of audience participation – watch out mum and dad! Of course it wouldn’t be a real party without Mister Maker’s trusty pals, Circle, Triangle, Square, and Rectangle, who will be wowing their fans with live dance routines. So come on, grab your tickets and let’s have some fun!

When: June 17 – 19, (times vary)
Where: Jockey Club Amphitheatre, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, 1 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai
How much: $225 – $435
Click here to buy your tickets


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Hedge Fund Fight Nite

Finance and boxing – now, this might not be the first pairing to spring to mind, but with the ever-popular Hedge Fund Fight Nite returning for its tenth year in the ring, clearly it’s a winning combination. After four months of intense training, the finance-come-boxer finalists will battle it out for the glory in six boxing bouts while friends, colleagues, and guests cheer from the sidelines. Not only is the Hedge Fund Fight Nite a great opportunity to network with your fellow financial colleagues, there will also be a live charity auction with all proceeds going towards smashing the $1 million target for child and youth charities.

The fun doesn’t stop there either, with an after party to remember at Boujis. This swanky downtown nightclub will be bursting at the seams with ball-goers dressed up to the nines and of course the boxers themselves! With Boujis’ resident DJ duo, DJ Blaze, and DJ Re:Flex spinning the decks throughout the night, this after party is one you don’t want to miss.

When: Hedge Fund Fight Nite – June 17, (6.30pm)
After party – June 17, (10pm – late)
Where: Hedge Fund Fight Nite – The Conrad Hotel, Pacific Place, One Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty
After party – Boujis, 37 Pottinger Street, Central
How much: Hedge Fund Fight Nite – $2,000 per person
After party – Free entry (advanced guest list and table booking recommended)
Click on the links above for tickets and more information


The Greatest Escape Centenary Dinner: The Sir Ernest Shackleton Epic

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Have you ever been to Antarctica? No, us neither. It’s no secret, however, that it’s inhumanely cold and, should you get stranded there, your chances of survival would be very slim. It is unbelievable, then, to imagine that 100 years ago Sir Ernest Shackleton lead his entire team to safety without so much as a map to navigate the 800-mile voyage to South Georgia. Deemed one of the greatest escapes in history, the centenary of this feat is to be marked with a black tie dinner, courtesy of the Royal Geographic Society. Special guests and explorers Stephen Venables and Tim Jarvis will be speaking about their adventure, retracing Sir Shackleton’s journey, whilst diners enjoy a delicious three-course dinner. Cheers!

When: June 17, (6.30pm)
Where: The Hong Kong Football Club, 3 Sports Road, Happy Valley
How much: $1,180
Click here for more information


HK Philharmonic Presents: Jaap and Karen Gomyo

For a truly rousing evening of classical music, look no further than the Concert Hall in Tsim Sha Tsui. Under the baton of conductor Jaap Van Zweden, the HK Philharmonic Orchestra will be captivating guests with its moving performance of Rossini’s The Thieving Magpie. With string melodies, punchy percussion, and dramatic crescendos, this is a performance you won’t forget in a hurry. Violinist Karen Gomyo will follow with a violin concerto by Bruch, before the premier performance of John Borstlap’s latest composition. Encore!

When: June 17 – 18, (8pm)
Where: Concert Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
How much: $280 – $680
Click here to buy your tickets


Groovie Showcase No. 1

Are you feeling groovy? We hope so, because this Friday sees the launch of the Groovie Showcase music series at the Fringe Club. In the first instalment of this late night musical showcase, an eclectic line up of toe tapping musicians and bands will be taking to the stage in the Fringe Dairy. This time around, the soulful and talented Indigo Town will be stepping into the spotlight with their funky covers of classic tunes. We’ve spotted these guys at multiple events around the city, and highly recommend spending Friday night in their company. Ten-piece funk band Groove Lee, and fanfare rock group, French Marching Band, will be joining in the action too, so what are you waiting for? Grab a drink and get groovy.

When: June 17, (9.30pm)
Where: Fringe Dairy, Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Road, Central
How much: $110 advance; $120 on the door (includes one drink)
Click here for more information


RUMI X Feel Good Day

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If you’re looking for a feel-good event, this one’s for you. Celebrating the launch of their latest eco-concious clothing line, crafted out of recycled coffee grounds, RUMI X is hosting an eco-wellness market and treating all guests to a weekend of free classes. From yoga to bootcamp, there’s a class to suit all tastes – just make sure you pre-register to ensure you get a spot. Of course, the weekend wouldn’t be complete without a spot of retail therapy. Gluten-free peanut butter, essential oils, and environmentally friendly gym wear – this healthy market really does have it all.

When: June 18 – 19, (9.30am – 7pm)
Where: Sohoyard, 19 Old Bailey Street, Central
How much: Free
Check out the Facebook event page


Go Skateboarding Day

Boarding buddies unite! The annual celebration of skateboarding is coming up this Saturday and, in light of the sport’s official addition to the 2020 Olympic Games schedule in Tokyo, it looks set to be bigger and better than ever. Get down to Morrison Hill at 11am for lunch and a couple of games of Race Track and Skate Or Dice, before hopping on the bus to Tseung Kwan O Skatepark. Now the serious skating starts, with the two winners at the end of the day qualifying to compete in the Asian Championships in South Korea this August – we think it’s time to get practicing! If you’re not a natural boarder, there are plenty of spots to kick back and relax as you watch the boarding action unfold on the ramps.

When: June 18, (11am – 8pm)
Where: Tseung Kwan O Skatepark, Po Hong Road, Tseung Kwan O
How much: Free
Check out the Facebook event page


Belgian Craft Brewery at The Pulse

If your papa loves a pint, then he’ll love spending the afternoon at The Pulse. This Father’s Day, the luxury shopping mall is partnering with Belgian craft brewery, The Artist, and inviting you to customise your own beer packaging as a lovely surprise for papa. Take a photo at The Artist’s signature tricycle and bring home your personalised craft beer, which comes in three flavours – Blonde Beer, White Beer, and Raspberry Beer. The service and the beer are both free if you spend over $300 in the mall, but on a first-come first-served basis, so get in there quick. The fun doesn’t stop there either, with free unlimited popcorn for little ones to crunch on, a beer-themed balloon for dad, and the chance for football kids to show off their ball skills (and even bag a prize or two!) at the Soccer Street Show. Score! 

When: June 18, Customised Beer (2pm – 3pm); Soccer Street Show (4pm – 6pm)
Where: The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, (+852) 2815 8888
How much: Free (you spend over $300 in the mall)
Click here for more information


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Beach Clean Up

Lazing away the summer days on the beach becomes drastically less desirable when litter is scattered across the sand. Not to mention the harm it does to Hong Kong’s local animal population and ecosystem. Join the Green DB team this weekend and tackle the lingering issue of littered beaches head on. Volunteers of all ages are welcome to join the Beach Clean Up which aims to tidy up Sam Pak Wan Beach before everyone jets off on their summer holidays. Gloves and rubbish bags will be provided, but don’t forget to bring your own water bottles and wear closed-toe shoes.

When: June 18, (2pm – 4pm)
Where: Sam Pak Wan Beach, Discovery Bay
How much: Free
Click here for more information


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Le French May Presents: World Music Day

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Like musique to our ears, Lee Tung Avenue is joining forces with Le French May to throw a multi-cultural musical celebration this weekend. With World Music Day coming up next week (June 21), this Saturday is the perfect time to fill the streets with toe tapping tunes. Taking over Wan Chai’s swanky Lee Tung Avenue and the nearby Open Piazza, an eclectic line up of local dance groups, artists, and musicians will be delighting crowds throughout the afternoon at World Music Day in Wan Chai. Grab a partner and try your hand at swing dancing, strike a pose in the photo booth, or brush up on your French at the elementary Speak Dating French Workshop. Ooh la la!

Then it’s onto Sai Wan Ho for a night of music and dancing courtesy of French star Charles-Baptiste. Sharing the stage with local Hong Kong pop band Stranded Whale and rock singer Jing Wong, this grungy venue will be overflowing with beats from across the globe that are sure to get you moving.

When: World Music Day in Wan Chai – June 18, (2pm – 7pm)
Charles-Baptiste and Guests Concert – June 18, (7.30pm)
Where: World Music Day in Wan Chai – Lee Tung Avenue, Wan Chai; The Open Piazza, Hopewell Centre, 183 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai
Charles-Baptiste and Guests Concert – Hang Out, 2 Holy Cross Path, Sai Wan Ho,
How much: Free
Check out the Facebook event page


REWIND Presents: Day & Light

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Raising the bar once again, the Rewind team are taking over an open-sided warehouse for 12 hours of beats and boogying. The fun kicks off at 4pm, with La Station on hand to provide tasty treats and an in-house bar to keep the beer, wine, and sangria flowing until the early hours. Burning Man vibes will be all around, with creative face painters, street artists, and costumes galore. Of course, it wouldn’t be Rewind without an awesome DJ line up. House, techno, and underground beats will fill the Kennedy Town venue throughout the night – in fact, you’ll be dancing right through to sunrise.

When: June 18, (4pm – 4am)
Where: Kennedy Town
How much: $120 advance; $150 on the door
Click here to buy your tickets


How Cool is That?!

Have a drink and help the homeless – could it get any easier? Wine, beer, and house shooters will be available for just $55 a piece at Peel Fresco Music Lounge on Saturday evening. More importantly, one hot meal will be donated to Hong Kong’s homeless community for every beverage you buy, courtesy of Peel Fresco. Organiser and humanitarian movement impactHK hopes to smash its target of 400 meals for the homeless this month, and by trotting down to Peel Fresco Music Lounge and enjoying a tipple, you can be part of it – now how cool is that?!

When: June 18, (5pm – 8.30pm)
Where: Peel Fresco Music Lounge, 49 Peel Street, Soho, Central
How much: Free entry and $55 drinks
Check out the Facebook event page


Import Beer Club #15

How well do you know your beer? Whether you’re a professional pint drinker or keen to expand your horizons, this relaxed evening gathering is the perfect opportunity to kick back with new friends. American tipples are stepping into the spotlight this time around, with five of the nation’s most famous craft brewery creations waiting to be tried at popular Soho hang out, Tipping Point. Each ticket covers the cost of all beer (challenge accepted) as well as snacks to cleanse your palate in between each tasting. At the end of the evening, participants will vote for their favourite pint and the champion beer will be announced. Bottoms up!

When: June 18, (8.30pm – 10.30pm)
Where: Tipping Point – Soho, G/F, Escapade, 55 Elgin Street, Central
How much: $200 (includes beer and snacks)
Check out the Facebook event page


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International Day of Yoga

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After such a hectic weekend, we’re going to welcome the International Day of Yoga celebrations with open arms. Get down to Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park for 7.30am on Sunday morning, and enjoy a free morning of yoga sessions, talks, and advice. Celebrating the International Day of Yoga (June 21), this morning of yoga fun is the perfect way to prepare yourself for the week ahead. With views of the harbour stretching out before you, it’s a pretty picturesque place to perfect your downward dog. Just make sure you pre-register online – in a city as yoga-loving as ours, there’s no doubt this event will fill up fast!

When: June 19, (7.30am)
Where: Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park, 16 Eastern Street North, Sai Ying Pun
How much: Free
Click here to register


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Air Supply 40 Years – Live in Hong Kong

Eighties soft rock sensation, Air Supply, are back in Hong Kong for another jamming performance on Sunday night. Filling Star Hall with their biggest hits, including Every Woman in the World and Making Love Out of Nothing at AllGraham Russell and Russell Hitchcock will no doubt make this a night to remember as they celebrate 40 years in the charts. Well done lads!

When: June 19, (8pm)
Where: Star Hall, 3/F, KITEC,1 Trademart Drive, Kowloon Bay
How much: $780 – $980
Click here to buy your tickets


Plan Ahead …

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

Next weekend!

The Great Big Summer Disco – June 25, (2pm – 10pm)
Hong Kong Dog Rescue Summer BBQ Party – June 25, (3pm – 9pm)
W Pool Party – June 25, (8pm)
The Met Opera HD Live Presents: Mozart’s The Magic Flute – June 26, (5.30pm)

Sign Up!

IRIS: Your Eascape with ManulifeMOVE – June 25 – 26, (9am – 9pm)
Central Rat Race – October 16, (9am)

Buy tickets!

Don’t Let Daddy Know – July 1, (8pm)
Sesame Street Live: Make a New Friend – July 1 – 3, (2.30pm and 5.30pm)
International Arts Carnival – July 8 – August 7
The Good Life Junk – July 10, (10am – 6pm)
Fatboy Slim at Pacha Macau – July 15, (9pm – late)
Outlook Festival 2016 Hong Kong Launch Party – July 16, (4pm – 1am)
Let It Be Musical – July 22 – 24
Shrek The Musical – July 22 – August 7
Blue Man Group in Macau – August 11 – 28
Disclosure DJ Set in Hong Kong – August 12, (8pm)
Arnold Classic Asia Multi-Sport Festival – August 20 – 21, (10am – 6pm)
Arnold Seminar – August 21, (11am – 12.30pm)
Jimmy Carr – Funny Business Live in Hong Kong – August 24 – 25, (7/8pm)
The Hunting of the Snark – September 20 – 25
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!

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival – July 18 – 24

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

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