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The Weekend Ahead: July 2 – 3

After three whole weeks without a public holiday (how do we cope), we’re more than ready for a three-day fiesta of stars, stripes, and all things independent in the city. From traditional Handover Day celebrations to snorkelling tours, and music festivals to fruity workshops, now’s the time to rest up Hong Kong because this weekend is going to be anything but quiet.

 Carlos Acosta: A Classic Farewell


Cuban ballet virtuoso, Carlos Acosta, is leaping into the spotlight this weekend to delight Hong Kong audiences for the final time as he swings by on his global, farewell tour. Renowned by many as the leading ballet dancer of his generation, the opportunity to witness Acosta’s breathtaking strength, grace, and technique firsthand, before he retires, is one to grab with both hands. Joined on stage by a talented cast, Acosta will perform his most famous dances, including pieces from Swan Lake and the Nutcracker, as well as treating guests to video clips showing the reality of life as a professional ballet dancer. Standing ovation? We think so.

When: June 30 – July 2, (7.45pm)
Where: Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
How much: $160 – $540
Click here to buy your tickets

Read more! Shake your tail feathers at Hong Kong’s Best Dance Classes.

Handover Celebrations

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July 1 marks the 19th anniversary of the Establishment of the HKSAR, which means it’s time to reflect and celebrate the unique character and diversity of our city. Early birds can catch the Flag Raising Ceremony (pictured above) in Golden Bauhinia Square at 8am. If you’re leaning towards a lie in, however, there are still plenty of opportunities to mark the day. From traditional lion dances in Tai Po to ballroom dancing in Admiralty, this year’s Handover celebrations are as varied as ever. If you were expecting a firework display, however, you’ll have to wait until next year as such celebrations are only used to mark the milestone years.

When: July 1
Where: Locations vary
How much: Free

Smile Utopia Bank Holiday Rooftop Party


Wong Chuk Hang is the new Ibiza, haven’t you heard? Well, for this weekend at least, as Smile partners up with local nightlife brand Utopia for the first in a series of Ibizan-inspired rooftop sessions. DJ Albane and DJ Jo.D will be leading the party with a groovy blend of disco, tech, and house, providing the perfect soundtrack for an afternoon of public holiday fun at the swanky Ovolo Southside hotel. Pioneering free expression and inviduality, Smile’s underground nights have become something of an anticipated occasion in the city – and with the usual basement venue being switched for an outdoor terrace, this event looks set to be even bigger and better than before. As usual, the drinks will be flowing, the BBQ will be sizzling (jerk chicken and cheese burgers? Yes please), and all leftover food will be donated to the homeless. Cheers!

When: July 1, (2pm – 11pm)
Where: Ovolo Southside Hotel, G/F, 64 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang
How much: $50 (includes one drink)
Click here to buy your tickets

Sesame Street Live: Make a New Friend

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Little ones will be over the moon when they hear that Big Bird, Elmo, and all their Sesame Street pals are spending the public holiday weekend in Hong Kong! Bursting at the seams with colour and excitement, this vibrant theatre production of the timeless children’s TV programme will be filling Star Hall with catchy tunes and energetic dance routines, while explaining the importance of friendship. Delighting youngsters and parents for almost 50 years, and winning 139 Emmy awards in the process, these educational characters have definitely won a place in our hearts. Encore!

When: July 1 – 3, (2.30pm and 5.30pm)
Where: Star Hall, KITEC, 1 Trademart Drive, Kowloon Bay
How much: $180 – $680
Click here to buy your tickets

Read more! Check out Hong Kong’s Best Kids Summer Camps.

 A Blazing Night

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If you fancy a weekend break in Japan but can’t stomach the air fare, don’t panic – you can get a taste of the culture right here in Hong Kong. Well, a taste of the liquor culture at least. Scoot down to Orange Peel Music Lounge at 6.45pm for two hours of Japanese sake free flow … with a UV dress code (slightly bizarre, but we’re going with it). The fun doesn’t stop there either, with beer pong, live music, canapés and cupcakes, a lucky draw, and a disco in the dark. Kanpai!

When: July 1, (6.45pm – 11.45pm)
Where: Orange Peel Music Lounge, 38 – 44 D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Central
How much: $380
Click here to buy your tickets

Read more! Sip on Hong Kong’s 10 Coolest Summer Cocktails.

Don’t Let Daddy Know Macau


If you’re a fan of EDM and you haven’t bagged your ticket to Don’t Let Daddy Know (DLDK) – well, what are you playing at? Descending on Studio City Macau for a night of electronic madness, the DLDK team definitely don’t intend to come quietly, with a huge line up of international names including Steve Angello, Showtek, and Moti cranking the bass from 8pm until the early hours of Saturday morning. Riding high on a wave of success since the Ibizan launch back in 2012, DLDK raised the bar for electronic music events in Hong Kong last November, and looks set to blow minds in Macau this time around. There will be music, there will be lights, and there will be flames – just Don’t Let Daddy Know, okay?

When: July 1, (8pm – 3am)
Where: Studio City Event Centre, Studio City Macau, Estrada Flor de Lotus, Macau
How much: $850 – $1,500
Click here to buy your tickets

Hoi Ha Marine Park and Snorkelling Tour

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Looking for an adventure? Dive into Hong Kong’s underwater world with the Hoi Ha Marine Park and Snorkelling Tour, courtesy of Adventure Tours. Hoi Ha Wan harbours crystal clear waters, a rich array of marine life (including seahorses), and 84 species of colourful coral. After a taxi ride from the University MTR meeting point, you’ll paddle out to the coral colonies in a kayak  – then it’s into the water you go, for a three-hour long snorkelling session in one of Hong Kong’s best kept secrets. Kids are welcome to join in the fun – however, all participants must be able to swim 50m unaided and be confident jumping straight into deep water.

When: July 2, (10am)
Where: University MTR Station
How much: $390 for adults; $350 for kids (includes all transport, equipment, and instruction)
Click here to buy your tickets

Read more! Take a dip at Hong Kong’s Cleanest Water Spots.

“Eat More Art” Workshop


Cookie lovers unite! Popsy Modern Kitchen, the Sheung Wan restaurant where art and dining come together as one, is inviting cookie lovers to get creative with the ‘Eat More Art’ workshop series. Under the guidance of Jennifer Chung, Popsy Modern Kitchen’s founder, you will transform your cookie into an edible masterpiece and craft a sparkling sea shore cookie gift box to match. Can’t make it this weekend? Don’t worry, the workshops will run every Saturday afternoon until August 28.

When: Runs every Saturday until August 28, (3pm – 5pm)
Where: Popsy Modern Kitchen, 5/F, The Wellington, 198 Wellington Street, Sheung Wan
How much: $350 (includes one drink)
Click here to buy your tickets

Read more! Browse Hong Kong’s Hottest Swimwear.

Fruit Jamming Market

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It’s getting fruity at PMQ this weekend, with four days of workshops and market stalls that will guarantee you never look at an orange in the same way again. Much more than a healthy snack, you’ll learn how to make lip balms, beauty masks, fruity spray paints, tie-dye fabric with the leftover juice, and even orange wine. Plus, there will be plenty of fresh juices and ice lollies to keep you cool. This weekend of raw, natural fun is perfect for adults and kids alike – just make sure you register online for individual workshops, and double check any age restrictions.

When: June 30, (4pm – 8pm); July 1 – 3, (1pm – 8pm)
Where: Marketplace and Courtyard, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central
How much: Free
Click here for more information

Read more! Eat clean with Hong Kong’s Ultimate Healthy Eating Guide.

Independence Day Celebrations

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Starting the Independence Day celebrations early, The Butchers Club National Day Long Weekend Party is bringing America to Wan Chai on July 1, with beer pong, flip-cup, keg stands, funnels, and eating competitions from 4pm. Feeling peckish? The Glory Hole Burger (pictured above), an American-inspired combo of donut and burger, can be all yours for $100, as can the Canadian-style Cheese Burger Poutine. Yum!

Alternatively, round up the family and book your place at Stone Nullah Tavern’s Independence Day Party. Whilst the kids enjoy face painting, a kiddie pool, balloons, and a magic show, adults can sip on free-flow PBR Beer, Lynchburg Lemonade, and Twisted Tea for just $199. Make sure you swing by the BBQ to get your fill of American grilled food ($359 for adults and $150 for kids).

Last, but by no means least, The Pontiac is throwing a bash to remember on July 3, with a drag show, pool party, BBQ, and a whole load of drink specials. Starting at 3pm, the The Pontiac’s Red, White & Rainbow Celebration celebrates diversity, independence, and equality for all. So dig out your best fancy dress costume and raise a glass to solidarity.

When: National Day Long Weekend Party – July 1, (4pm)
Independence Day Party – July 3, (12 noon – 5pm)
The Pontiac’s Red, White & Rainbow Celebration – July 3, (3pm – 11pm)
Where: National Day Long Weekend Party – The Butchers Club Burger, G/F, Rialto Building, 2 Landale Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Independence Day Party – 69 Stone Nullah Lane, Wan Chai
The Pontiac’s Red, White & Rainbow Celebration – The Pontiac, 13 Old Bailey Street, Central
How much: Free – $359
Click on the links above for more information

Read more! Check out Five Minutes With: Beckaly Franks of The Pontiac.

H2 Music Festival

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Returning for its sixth edition, the annual H2 Music Festival (previously the Handover Hallelujah) is in full flow at Hong Kong’s ever-popular live music venue, The Wanch. Grab yourself a $50 pint, courtesy of official sponsor Carlsberg, and enjoy a jam-packed line up of 76 local bands and musicians. Variety really is the spice of life at this seven-day musical bonanza, with sounds ranging from indie pop to rock, and folk to comedy. Make sure you catch Indigo Town on July 1 at 10pm – we can’t get enough of their funky, soulful covers of classic tunes.

When: Runs until July 3
Where: The Wanch, 54 Jaffe Road, Wan Chai
How much: Free
Check out the Facebook event page

Silent Disco Yoga

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Shake up your exercise regime and join Holly from The Yoga Room for a yoga session with a difference. As the sun sets over Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park, it’s time to grab a set of wireless, illuminated headphones, soak up the views of Victoria Harbour, and enjoy a relaxing mix of tranquil music to accompany your poses and flow. Just remember to bring your own mat!

When: July 3, (6.30pm – 7.30pm)
Where: Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park, 16 Eastern Street North, Sai Ying Pun
How much: $150
Click here to buy your ticket


summer fest

Outdoor space isn’t the most abundant in this city, so we’re welcoming Summerfest’s arrival at Central Harbourfront Event Space with open arms. From puppet theatre to Jenga, and gardening to ping pong, there are plenty of games and activities to keep the kids entertained whilst you kick back on your deck chair and soak up the view. Running right through the summer until August 21, we’re definitely planning to catch and sunset or two. Whilst you’re down there, check out the array of monumental sculptures created by world-renowned artist Fernando Bolero, which are on display until August 13.

When: Runs until August 21, (9am – 9pm)
Where: Central Harboufront Event Space, Central
How much: Free
Click here for more information

Commentary x Humour = Cartoons Before and After the 1911 Revolution


If you’re looking to add a dash of culture to your weekend, swing by the Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum in Central, and check out the Commentary x Humour art exhibition. Tucked away on the top floor of the colonial, red brick museum, you’ll find a series of 20th century cartoons which trace the political journey of China during the Qing Dynasty. Open to the public until early October, this temporary exhibition is part of a series of events to commemorate the 150th birthday of Dr Sun Yat-sen – the father of Chinese nationalism. It makes sense, then, to wander around the rest of the museum and check out the permanent exhibitions which shed some light on the life and times of this influential historical figure.

When: Runs until October 10, (10am – 6/7pm; closed on Thursday)
Where: Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum, 7 Castle Road, Mid-Levels, Central
How much: $10
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!

Theatre Hikosen Presents: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – July 8 – 10
Friday Night Lights with Adam Weirick – July 8, (7.30pm – 9pm)
Lamma Island Beach Cleanup – July 9, (10.30am – 12 noon)
Sheko Challenge – July 9, (12.30pm)
Jack Wills Summer Pool Party – July 9, (6pm – 3am)

Sign Up!

HSBC Hour – July 11 – 17
AVOHK 5k Series
 – August 27, September 10, September 25, and October 8
Hong Kong Cyclothon – September 25
New World Harbour Race 2016 – October 16, (8.30am)
Central Rat Race
 – October 16, (9am)

Buy tickets!

The Underground Heavy #15 – July 7, (8pm – 11.30pm)
International Arts Carnival
 – July 8 – August 7
The Good Life Junk – July 10, (10am – 6pm)
Italian Wine and Pizza: A North to South Voyage – July 15, (6pm – 10pm)
Fatboy Slim at Pacha Macau – July 15, (9pm – late)
Outlook Festival 2016 Hong Kong Launch Party – July 16, (4pm – 1am)
Hong Kong Stories – July 20, (8pm – 10pm)
Let It Be Musical – July 22 – 24
Tegan and Sara in Hong Kong – July 28, (8pm)
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)
Pep Bou’s Bubble Magic – September 14 – 18
Road to Ultra – September 17, (12 noon – 10pm)
The Hunting of the Snark – September 20 – 25
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!

TGIF Night Picnic at Central Harbourfront Event Space – July 15, (6.30pm – 9.30pm)
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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