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The Weekend Ahead: August 27 – 28

Time flies when you’re having fun, which is the only way to explain the fact that the final weekend of August is just around the corner. Don’t worry though, because the summer shenanigans are showing no signs of slowing down. From giant inflatable slides to dramatic stage performances, and dog-friendly happy hours to fairy workshops, there’s plenty to keep you entertained.

Slide the City Hong Kong


The tallest, longest, and most slippery water slide our city has ever seen is taking over Central Harbourfront this weekend – and it’s one ride you definitely don’t want to miss. Sliders can climb up the tallest Slide the City tower in Asia, checking in at a whopping 10m, before whizzing down the 1,000-foot-long water slide, lapping up views of Victoria Harbour en route. This year, bubble tubs, Mega Beer Pong, and a water balloon maze are adding to the fun too! After all that excitement, it’s time to grab some snacks, enjoy live music, and work on your tan on the artificial mini-beach.

When: August 24 – 29, (9am – 11pm)
Where: Central Harbourfront Event Space, Central
How much: $180 – $580
Click here to buy your tickets

Read more! Check out Steeper and Faster: Slide the City Returns to Hong Kong

Andy Warhol Painting Workshop


Paintbrushes at the ready! Channel your inner Andy Warhol and create your very own piece of pop art at the Artify studio in Chai Wan this weekend. The final instalment of the Summer Art Fever workshops, these afternoon sessions are the perfect opportunity to develop your creative skills under the guidance of talented local artist Jessie Siu.

When: August 25 – 27, (3pm – 6pm)
Where: Artify Gallery, Unit 7, 10/F, Block A, Ming Pao Industrial Centre, 18 Ka Yip Street, Chai Wan
How much: $780 per person per session
Click here for more information

Concert in the Dark 2016

Concert in teh Dark

Turning out the lights at KITEC this weekend, Concert in the Dark 2016 returns for the sixth year to bring a totally unique musical concert organised entirely by the visually impaired. Audience members will be treated to an interactive, pre-show experience in the dark before listening to a live musical showcase – all in aid of Hong Kong’s Dialogue in the Dark Foundation. You’ll be amazed how heightened your other senses become in the absence of sight!

When: August 25 – 28, (12 noon, 4pm, and 8pm)
Where: Rotunda 3, 6/F, KITEC, 1 Trademart Drive, Kowloon City
How much: $480 – $1,500
Click here to buy your tickets

Swan Lake

swank lake

Leaping into the spotlight this weekend is one of the most iconic love stories of all time – Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. This entrancing tale of good and evil will be brought to life by the talented dancers of the Hong Kong Ballet, with the Principal Dancer of The National Ballet of Canada, Jurgita Dronina, making guest appearances as the leading lady on Saturday and Sunday evening. Why not make an evening of it, and enjoy 15 percent off food and beverages at all bars and restaurants in the InterContinental hotel before or after the show? Simply present your ticket for the performance of the same day.

When: August 26 – 28, (2.30pm and 7.30pm)
Where: Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
How much: $140 – $1,000
Click here to buy your tickets

Read more! Brush up on your moves at Hong Kong’s Best Dance Classes

Jane Eyre

Jayne Eyre

From one love story to another, Jane Eyre is also taking to the stage this weekend as part of the Emerging Directors Programme. Michael Sharmon’s stage adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s famous 19th century novel has three performances scheduled over the weekend, with a talented cast of young and professional actors taking on the roles of strong willed Jane and, perhaps the most famous Byronic hero of all time – Mr Rochester.

When: August 26 – 27, (8pm); August 28, (2.30pm)
Where: Y Studio, Youth Square, Chai Wan
How much: $120
Click here to buy your tickets

AVOHK 5k Series: Bowen Road


As high summer draws to a close, Hong Kongers are digging out their running shoes and getting back on the track. Kicking off the ever popular AVOHK 5k series, the crowds will be gathering to complete the Bowen Road trail bright and early on Saturday morning. Kids as young as 12 years old are welcome to take part, making it the perfect opportunity to get the whole family up and active. Can’t make it this time around? Don’t panic. This is the first in a four part series of 5km races, which are planned every other weekend until October 8.

When: August 27, (8am)
Where: Bowen Road
How much: $150 per race; $500 for all four
Click here to register online

Read more! Find out The Best Places to Run in Hong Kong

Mason Jar Decorating and Flower Basket Workshop


Summer is in full bloom this weekend at Potato Head, with floral workshops to keep little hands busy, courtesy of local florist June In March. Kids aged 4 to 10 years old can get creative with mason jars and flower baskets, while Mum and Dad kick back with a free coffee. Plus, with the launch of Potato Head’s kids menu, why not check it out and stay for lunch?

When: August 27, (10am – 11.30am)
Where: Potato Head Hong Kong, G/F, 100 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun
How much: $250 per child (includes one drink for Mum or Dad)
Email info.hkg@pttfamily.com to register

Read more! Check out Hong Kong’s Best Academic and Creative Classes for Kids

Hi-5 Fairytale


Bursting at the seams with colour and excitement, a weekend with kids music group, Hi-5, is sure to put a smile on your little ones’ faces. Joined by their puppet friends, Chatterbox and Jup Jup, the Hi-5 team have a whole host of surprises up their sleeves – expect funny fairy tales, catchy songs, and lots of dancing!

When: August 27 – 28, (11am, 2.30pm, and 6.30pm)
Where: Star Hall, KITEC, 1 Trademart Drive, Kowloon Bay
How much: $250 – $688
Click here to buy your tickets

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

Prana Wheel Workshop with Rachel

PRana Wjheel

So you’ve mastered the Warrior and the Downward Dog – now it’s time to step things up a notch and get to grips with the Prana Wheel. Over the course of three hours, Rachel from The Yoga Room will introduce you to the Prana Wheel, showing you how to get in and out of poses safely, and specifically focusing on back bends and inversion. If you’re looking to work on your flexibility, core strength, and balance, then this is right up your alley.

When: August 27, (3pm – 6pm)
Where: The Yoga Room, 4/F, 104 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan
How much: $600 workshop only;  $700 includes rental of one wheel; $1,590 includes purchase of one wheel
Check out the Facebook event page

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


This Saturday is your last chance to step into a fairy tale world at Lee Tung Avenue, and introduce your little ones to the magical world of Shakespeare. 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: August 27, (5.30pm – 9pm)
Where: Lee Tung Avenue, Wan Chai
How much: Free
Click here for more information

Helium3 Live in Concert


Launching their latest album, Welcome to the New World, Hong Kong based rock band Helium3 will be filling Grappa’s Cellar with their 80s-inspired, smooth rock vibes throughout the evening. Plus, all proceeds will be donated to local children’s charity, the Sunnyside Club.

When: August 27, (7.30pm)
Where: Grappa’s Cellar, Basement 1, Jardine House, 1 Connaught Place, Central
How much: $138 (includes one drink)
Click here to buy your tickets

Hot Streak Pool Party

W Party 2

Fancy a dip? Make a splash at the final Hot Streak Pool Party, and see the summer series out with a bang. 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 27, (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

Run Light Paddle: Lantau


The Lantau leg of TerraMar’s ever popular Run Light Paddle series is scheduled for this weekend, with participants taking on either a 22km trail run, or a 7km stint in their kayak, followed by a 19km trail run – phew! Registration closes on August 24, so you’d better act fast! Of course, spectators are welcome to join in the fun at Pui O Beach where there will be refreshments, and kayak instructors will be on hand to show you the ropes until 3pm.

When: August 28, (9am)
Where: Mui Wo to Pui O Beach, Lantau
How much: $300 – $1,000 for participants; free to watch!
Click here for more information

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

Summer Beach Maze

DB Maze

This weekend is your last chance to get lost – in the biggest inflatable beach maze the city has ever seen, that is. With three stages of ascending difficulty, blow up obstacles, and even high-platform water guns, the colourful 75m long and 15m-wide pop up is sure to put a smile on your face – whatever your age!

When: Runs until August 28, (11am – 5.30pm)
Where: Tai Pak Beach, Discovery Bay, Lantau
How much: Free
Click here for more information

Read more! Explore Lantau with our Island Guide

Four-Paws Fundraiser

Four Paws

With National Dog Day on Friday, pup-friendly bar Stazione Novella couldn’t have picked a better weekend to throw its Lifelong Animal Protection (LAP) charity fundraiser. Pooches can tuck into complimentary Pupperoni dog treats, made in house from 100 percent pork skin, while humans kick back with a cooling Aperol Spritz – with 15 percent of every purchase being donated to LAP. Make sure you tag your best photos @StazioneNovella and #stazzypooch to be in with a chance of winning some drinks on the house.

When: August 28, (11am – 5pm)
Where: Stazione Novella, 52 – 56 Staunton Street, Soho
How much: $78 per Aperol Spritz (15 percent donated to LAP)
Check out the Facebook event page

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

#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 Sai Ying Pun, and tuck into four signature dishes from a whole range of eateries and cuisines along Bridges Street – from breakfast classics at High Street Grill to Indonesian specialities from KAUM at Potato Head – each paired with a glass of crisp Veuve Clicquot. Bottoms up!

When: August 28, (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

Read more! Tuck into Hong Kong’s 12 Best Free-Flow Brunch Buffets

Hong Kong Squash Open 2016


It’s the weekend Hong Kong’s squash enthusiasts have been waiting for – the Hong Kong Squash Open 2016. Asia’s finest players will be battling it out on the court throughout the week, with tensions rising as the semi-finals unfold from 2.30pm on August 27, followed by the grand finals from 3.30pm on August 28. Hong Kong currently has seven players in the running – will they claim the title? Come on!

When: Runs until August 28
Where: August 23 – 25, Hong Kong Squash Centre, 23 Cotton Treet Drive, Admiralty
August 26 – 28, Hong Kong Park Sports Centre, 29 Cotton Tree Drive, Admiralty
How much: Free – $450
Click here for more information

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Indoor Summer Garden Cinema: The Karate Kid

The Karate Kids

Grab some popcorn, kick back in Hushup’s Indoor Summer Garden Cinema, and tune into the original 1984 American martial arts smash hit movie, The Karate Kid. 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 28, (4pm – 6pm)
Where: Ovolo Southside, 64 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang
How much: $180
Click here to buy your tickets

 Yoga on the Beach

Yoga on the Beach

With your toes in the sand and the ocean stretching out before you, we can’t think of a better place to wind down after the weekend and free up your chakras than on the beach. Join Emily from The Yoga Room in Repulse Bay for a blissful evening yoga session as the sun goes down. Remember to bring your own mat, water, and towel. Namaste!

When: August 28, (6pm – 7pm)
Where: Repulse Bay Beach, Repulse Bay (near the Volleyball area)
How much: $110
Click here to buy your tickets

Read more! Unwind with these 6 Tried and Tested Relaxation Techniques

Mahler Symphony No.8 Concert


The grand finale of the Vienna Music Festival looks set to be a show-stopping affair, with Gustav Mahler’s famous Symphony No.8 filling Hong Kong City Hall on Sunday evening. With a talented cast of eight soloists, several choirs, and an orchestra of over 100 musicians, performances of this large scale symphony are few and far between – so make sure you grab a seat while you can.

Keen to learn more about Mahler’s masterpiece? Head down to the Open Rehearsal on August 27 at 7.30pm to listen to a brief introduction by conductor Jimmy Chiang and get involved in the post-performance Q&A session.

When: August 28, (7.30pm – 9pm)
Where: Hong Kong City Hall, 5 Edinburgh Place, Central
How much: $380 – $2,280
Click here to buy your tickets

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 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. Click here to see the full line up.

The Localiiz ladies highly recommend catching the second viewing of The Wizard of Oz 3D on August 28 – thanks to the wonders of digital remastering we actually felt like we were skipping down the yellow brick road.

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.

Next weekend!

Natural and Organic Products Asia Expo – August 31 – September 2, (10am – 5/6pm)


Punchline Comedy Club Presents: Stephen K Amos LIVE  with Maff Brown. September 1 – 3 at Tamarind. Tickets $350 with the opportunity for pre-event buffet for $150. Read more

TheGreenRace Plover Cove – September 3, (8am)
Faust Free Trial Theatrical Workshops – September 3, (9.30am – 5pm)
Kowloon Bazaar – September 3, (11am – 8pm)
Nepal Youth Foundation Charity Hike – September 3, (3.45pm)
White Party HK Goes Alice in Wonderland at Cyberport – September 3, (9pm – 4am)
Dragon-i Presents: Roger Sanchez – September 3, (10pm)
Hong Kong Scottish Beach Day – September 4, (10am)
Hushup Indoor Summer Garden Cinema: Stand By Me – September 4, (4pm – 6pm)

Save the date!

Hong Kong International Film Festival – August 11 – 25, 2017

General Assembly Logo

General Assembly Presents: Made in Hong Kong Week – With a different industry theme for each of the five nights, Made in Hong Kong gives attendees a peek inside the machinations of Hong Kong’s most interesting businesses. September 5 – 9

Hong Kong International Schools Festival – September 24, (9.30am)

Wellness 360 Logo

Wellness 360 Fair in the City – Health and wellness vendors showcase their wares along with kids’ activities and family-oriented fun.  September 25, (11am – 7pm) at Lee Garden One.

Hong Kong Food Festival – December 24 – 28, (10am – 7/9pm)

Sign Up!

AVOHK 5k Series – September 10, September 25, and October 8
The Great Relay – September 10 – 11
Salomon X-Trail Series – September 11, (8am)
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)
Spartan Race Hong Kong – November 5 – 6
Oxfam Trailwalker – November 18 – 20
Win Win Run – December 18

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Jimmy Carr: Funny Business Live in Hong Kong – September 8 – 9, (7pm, 8.15pm, and 9pm)
Flo Rida at Pacha Macau – September 10, (10pm – 5am)
JupYeah #lookmatters Fashion Swap – September 11, (12 noon – 6pm)
Hushup Indoor Summer Garden Cinema: Little Miss Sunshine – September 4, (4pm – 6pm)
Jeeves & Wooster in Perfect Nonsense – September 13 – 25
Pep Bou’s Bubble Magic – September 14 – 18
The Importance of Being Earnest – September 15 – 16, (7.15pm)
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
An Evening with Jeff Green Presented by The Punchline Comedy Club – October 14 – 15, (9pm – 11pm)
Clockenflap – November 25 – 27
Roald Dahl’s The Twits – November 25 – 27
St Petersburg Ballet Theatre Presents: Swan Lake – December 2 – 3, (3pm and 8pm)
The Wonderful World of Disney On Ice – December 8 – 11, (11am, 3pm, and 7.30pm)
WICKED – December 8 – January 1


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

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