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The Weekend Ahead: August 20 – 21

It’s time to flex those muscles Hong Kong, because the biggest sporting weekend of the year is upon us – with none other than Arnold Schwarzenegger leading the festivities. Looking for something more chilled out? Not a problem. From Reggae Ska festivals to garden cinema screenings, and bridal fairs to champagne-fuelled street parties, there’s an event to suit every mood this weekend.

Arnold Classic Asia


Get stuck into interactive workshops, live sports demonstrations, and maybe even catch a glimpse of the Terminator himself – Arnold Schwarzenegger – at Arnold Classic Asia. Making its Hong Kong debut this weekend, this fitness bonanza is sure to get your blood pumping.

Make sure you come and say hello to the Localiiz team – we have tonnes of fun and games planned at Booth E05! The fun doesn’t stop there either, with the chance to party the night away with Arnie at Lily & Bloom on Sunday evening, at the official Arnold Classic Asia After Party. We’ll see you there!

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When: Arnold Classic Asia Multi-sport Festival, August 20 – 21, (10am – 6pm)
Official After Party
August 21, (7pm – 12 midnight)
Where: Arnold Classic Asia Multi-sport Festival, AsiaWorld-Expo, Lantau
Official After Party, Lily & Bloom, 5/F and 6/F, 33 Wyndham Street,
How much: Arnold Classic Asia Multi-sport Festival, $150 per day; $255 for the weekend
Official After Party, $200 (includes one welcome cocktail)
Click on the links above for more information

Read more! Find out what’s in store at the Arnold Classic Asia Multi-sport Festival

 Hong Kong Scottish Day


Fancy a scrum? Join Hong Kong Scottish, one of the city’s biggest and most successful rugby clubs, for a day of hands-on action at King’s Park Sports Ground. Cheer on the male and female teams as they battle it out on the pitch, and tuck into a delicious range of food and drink stalls. Then it’s over to the kids area for an afternoon of family fun with bouncy castles, mini tugs of war, colouring stations, and more.

When: August 20, (12.30pm – 6pm)
Where: King’s Park Sports Ground, 11 Wylie Path, Ho Man Tin
How much: Free
Click here for more information

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

Summer Love Pool Party


Forget grey skies and rainclouds, Pacha Macau is getting totally tropical. Grab your swimmers, hop on the ferry, and make a splash at the latest instalment of the Summer Love Pool Party series. Dutch DJ Ferry Corsten will be making waves at the glamorous nightclub venue, leading partygoers through the afternoon with his electronic dance music remixes. Continue the fun into the early hours at the after party. Cheers!

When: August 20, (2.30pm – 10.30pm)
Where: 3/F, Outdoor Pool, Pacha Macau, Studio City, Macau
How much: $450 – $550
Click here to buy your tickets

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Photo courtesy of @lielaine

Cameras at the ready Hong Kong! Join fellow photo-lovers on a Photowalk, and snap some shots to remember as you sail across Victoria Harbour on the Star Ferry. Organised by Instameet and Adorama, this evening session is a great way to meet new people, get creative behind the camera, and even win prizes – including a Canon 7D Mark II kit! To be in with a chance, all you have to do is tag your Photowalk snaps #instameetHKxAdorama. Say cheese! 

When: August 20, (5pm – 8pm)
Where: Outside Pacific Coffee, Shop 106 – 110, Great Eagle Centre, 23 Harbour Road, Wan Chai
How much: Free
Click here to register

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

IMPI World Series Asia 4


Stepping into the ring this weekend are the stars of the long-awaited IMPI World Series Asia. Male and female MMA fighters from across the world will be battling it out at the Southorn Indoor Stadium, including Hong Kong’s very own Henry Tong. Ding, ding, ding!

When: August 20, (6.30pm – 11pm)
Where: Southorn Stadium, 111 Johnston Road, Wan Chai
How much: $280 – $1,500
Click here to buy your tickets

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Import Beer Club

Import Beer Club

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. Spanish tipples are the star of the show this time around, with Spanish snacks to cleanse your palate in between each tasting, and a whole host of surprises guaranteed to round the summer Import Beer Club series off with a bang. At the end of the evening, all participants will vote for their favourite pint and the champion beer will be announced. Bottoms up! 

When: August 20, (8.30pm – 10.30pm)
Where: PLATFORM, 1/F, 120 Connaught Road West, Sai Ying Pun
How much: $200 (includes all beer and snacks)
Check out the Facebook event page

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#ClicquotJourney Street Parties

clicquot journey

Traveling the world with a glass of champagne in hand may sound like an expensive feat, but this weekend you can get a taste of the high life on a budget – and ditch the jet lag too. Embark on a #ClicquotJourney in Soho, and tuck into four signature dishes from a whole range of eateries and cuisines along Bridges Street – from oysters at The Walrus to Aussie treats at Oolaa – each paired with a glass of crisp Veuve Clicquot. If you can’t make it this time around, don’t panic, you can get your fill of bubbles on the next #ClicquotJourney in Sai Ying Pun on August 28.

When: August 21, (11am – 4pm)
Where: Bridges Street, Soho
How much: $488 (includes 4 signature dishes and 4 glasses of Veuve Clicquot)
Click here to buy your tickets

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 Endless Summer Hong Kong International Reggae Ska Festival


If reggae and ska are your jam, there’s only one place to be this weekend. Riding high on its success last year, the Endless Summer Festival will see an international line up of bands and selectors, including Hong Kong’s very own Ska group The Red Stripes, take over the PMQ Courtyard and Marketplace for an evening of ‘irie’ vibes. Get there early to bag a limited edition Endless Summer tote and free Havaianas flip flops!

When: August 20, (5pm – 11pm)
Where: Marketplace and Courtyard, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central
How much: $380 advance; $400 on the door
Click here for more information

Paradise Found Bridal Fair

Bridal Fair FINAL

If you’ve got a big day in the pipeline, there’s nothing more deserving of a slot in your diary. Taking over the Island Shangri-La for one day only, the Paradise Found Bridal Fair is the perfect place to find inspiration, with a decadent showcase of wedding ideas, themes, and packages filling the Ballroom. This promises to be a show-stopping occasion – so gather your nearest and dearest and spend the afternoon in paradise.

When: August 21, (12 noon – 6.30pm)
Where: Island Shangri-La Hong Kong, Pacific Place, Supreme Court Road, Admiralty
How much: Free
Click here to register

Cat Adoption Day


Are you longing for a furry companion? Scoop up a kitty to call your own in Ap Lei Chau this Sunday afternoon, with the return of Cat Adoption Day. Organised by Kirsten’s Zoo Charity, a not-for-profit volunteer animal rescue organisation, these adoption events have proven hugely successful in the past, with cats of all shapes and sizes starting afresh at the side of their new, adoring owner. Before you commit to your new furry friend, please paws for thought and seriously consider if you have the resources to welcome these puurrrfect creatures into your life. Happy adopting!

When: August 21, (1pm – 4pm)
Where: Whiskers N Paws, 10/F, Horizon Plaza, 2 Lee Wing Street, Ap Lei Chau
How much: Free
Check out the Facebook event page

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

Doggy Summer Social: Session Two

LAP Doggy

There’s plenty of fun planned for our canine companions too, with the second Doggy Summer Social planned for Sunday afternoon. Pups can take a dip in the dog-friendly pool and socialise with their new furry friends, while bartenders shake up delicious cocktails for human guests, and live musicians take to the stage. All proceeds will be donated to Lifelong Animal Protection (LAP) – let’s see if we can beat last month’s total of $70,000! If you can’t make it this time round don’t worry – these pet-friendly socials are planned to occur monthly, so just keep your eyes peeled for news of the next one.

When: August 21, (3.30pm – 7.30pm)
Where: Rooftop, The Beach Club, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay
How much: $150 – $250 (includes food and two drinks)
Click here to buy your tickets

Read more! Check out Hong Kong’s Top 10 Dog Friendly Hangouts

Indoor Summer Garden Cinema: Edward Scissorhands


With a rather gloomy forecast over the weekend, Hushup’s Indoor Summer Garden Cinema is the perfect solution to brighten up your day. Grab some popcorn, kick back in your deck chair, admire the indoor summer garden, and tune in to one of most unique love stories of all time – Edward Scissorhands. Can’t make it this weekend? Don’t worry, the Indoor Summer Garden Cinema has an exciting schedule of weekly viewings lined up.

When: August 21, (4pm – 6pm)
Where: Ovolo Southside,
How much: $180
Click here to buy your tickets

Silent Disco Yoga and Zumba


After the excitement of the weekend, an al fresco workout for both your body and mind is the perfect way to prepare for the week ahead. Grab a set of wireless, illuminated headphones and join The Yoga Room for an energising session of Zumba – the dance fitness craze which is guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

Then it’s time to take it down a notch with a calming yoga class. As the sun sets over Victoria Harbour, it’s time to zone out, soak up the views, and enjoy a relaxing mix of tranquil music to accompany your poses and flow. Just remember to bring your own mat!

When: August 21, (Zumba, 6pm – 7pm; Yoga, 7pm – 8pm)
Where: Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park, Sai Ying Pun
How much: $150 per class; $250 for both
Click here to buy your tickets

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runningfest final

If you’re looking to take your running to the next level, then look no further. Hong Kong Runningfest is back, with a marathon of quirky races occurring daily until August 21. The booze-fuelled Happy Our Run is kicking off the final weekend of action on August 19, followed by the scenic FOOL Marathon on August 20, and finally the colourful Hong Kong Streetathon Carnival on August 21! Registration for all events is already closed, however spectators are more than welcome to cheer on the running crowds.

When: Runs until 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

 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: Runs until August 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

 Summer International Film Festival


Returning with another jam-packed schedule of exciting movie showings, the Summer International Film Festival is taking over venues across the city until the end of August. From Hollywood hits including The Wizard of Oz and Cabaret, to cult classics such as This is Spinal Tap, there’s something to please every movie lover over the course of this two-week festival. The Localiiz ladies will be tapping their sparkly red heels together at their first showing on Thursday – we’ll let you know how it goes! Click here to see the full line up.

When: Runs until August 30
Where: Locations vary
How much: $75 – $140
Click here to buy your tickets

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.

Attention! Please note that Jimmy Carr: Funny Business Live in Hong Kong has been rescheduled to September 8 and 9.

Next weekend!
Feeding Hong Kong Annual Volunteer Awards Celebration – August 24, (7.30pm – 9.30pm)
Concert in the Dark – August 24 – 28
Slide the City – August 24 – 29
K11 x Vienna Boys Choir – August 25, (12 noon – 1pm)
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)
AVOHK 5k Series: Bowen Road – August 27, (8am)
Faust Free Trial Theatrical Workshops – August 27 and September 3, (9.30am – 5pm)
Mason Jar Decorating and Flower Basket Workshop (email info.hkg@pttfamily.com to register) – August 27, (10am – 11.30am)
Hi-5 Fairytale – August 27 – 28, (11am and 2.30pm)
Prana Wheel Workshop with Rachel – August 27, (3pm – 6pm)
Run Light Paddle: Lantau – August 28, (9am)
#ClicquotJourney Sai Ying Pun – August 28, (11am – 4pm)
Hushup Indoor Summer Garden Presents: The Karate Kid – August 28, (4pm – 6pm)
Yoga on the Beach – August 28, (6pm – 7pm)
Blue Man Group in Macau – Runs until August 28, (2pm, 5pm, and 8pm)
Summer International Film Festival – Runs until August 30

Sign Up!

AVOHK 5k Series – 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)
MTR Hong Kong Race Walking – October 23, (8am – 1.30pm)
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 – September 4 and 11, (4pm – 6pm)
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)
Journey to the West – August 26 – 27, (8pm); August 28, (3pm)
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
Hong Kong Scottish Beach Day – September 4, (10am)
Jimmy Carr: Funny Business Live in Hong Kong – September 8 – 9, (7pm, 8.15pm, and 9pm)
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!

Spartan Race Public Ticket Sales – August 25
Reiki Cafe
 – August 30, (11am – 2pm)
Hong Kong International Film Festival – August 11 – 25, 2017
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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