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The Weekend Ahead: June 11 – 12

Whether you’re grabbing a paddle, sipping a cocktail, or jigging along to the accordion, you’ve got plenty of choice this weekend. From flying cars and big band jazz, to rooftop parties and the biggest Dragon Boat Carnival to ever grace our shores, there’s absolutely no slowing down in the city that never sleeps.

 Negroni Week


Perhaps the hippest coffee shop in the city, WINSTONS COFFEE, is also making a splash on the cocktail scene as it takes part in Negroni Week, the global movement which sees over 6,000 bars across the world celebrate the delicious combination of campari, gin, and vermouth whilst raising money for charity. WINSTONS will be donating $25 from each $100 Negroni cocktail sold to local animal welfare charity SPCA (HK). As if we need any more reason to swing by Sai Ying Pun, World Gin Day (June 11) will be marked with 2-for-1 Negronis all day (9am – 11pm). If you can’t make it to WINSTONS, there are plenty more bars scattered across the city that are taking part, including Potato Head, Origin, Ham & Sherry. Bottoms up!

When: Runs until June 12, (9am – 11pm)
Where: Winston’s Coffee, 213 Queens Road West, Sai Ying Pun
How much: $100 per cocktail
Check out the Facebook event page

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Dragon Boat Carnival

Discover HK Dragon Boat

Biceps are bulging, there’s a paddle every way you turn, and lycra is making a come back – that’s right, the annual Dragon Boat Carnival is upon us. After months of training, local and international teams will battle it out on the water at Central Harbourfront. With a jam-packed schedule of international and local races, fancy dress races, and drum parades, there’s no doubt you’ll get your fill of traditional dragon boat culture. Enjoy a tipple or two at the San Miguel Beerfest, while the little ones play in the brand new family zone. From face painters to inflatables, and even tattoos – fake ones, don’t worry Mum! – your only problem might be persuading them to leave!

While you’re down there, make sure you check out the array of monumental sculptures created by world-renowned artist Fernando Botero, which will be displayed in the Central Harbourfront Event Space until August 13.

When: June 10 – 12, (11am – 11pm)
Where: Central Harbourfront
How much: Free
Click here for more information

Read more! Discover the story behind the Dragon Boat Festival.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

From dragon boats to flying cars, quirky transport is all the rage this weekend. Join the beloved Potts family and Truly Scrumptious as they take to the Drama Theatre stage for an evening of music, laughter, and toot sweets. With a magical car, a rich soundtrack of musical classics, and the Baron and Baroness of Vulgaria hot on the trail, this colourful stage adaptation of the wacky movie, courtesy of award-winning theatre company Face Productions, is sure to delight all the family. Just watch out for the Child Catcher!

When: June 10 – 11, (7.30pm); June 12, (3pm and 7.30pm)
Where: Drama Theatre, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, 1 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai
How much: $395
Click here to buy your tickets

HK Philharmonic Presents: Jaap’s Bruckner 4

Looking for something a little more classical? Then news of world-famous conductor Jaap van Zweden’s performance at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre will be music to your ears. Bruckner’s dramatic titanic fourth symphony will fill the Concert Hall as the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra brings the 19th century composition to life. Then it’s over to French-Canadian pianist, Louis Lortie, as he steps into the spotlight with his sublime performance of Mozart’s 22nd piano concerto. Encore! 

When: June 10 – 11, (8pm)
Where: Concert Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
How much: $280 – $680
Click here to buy your tickets

Le French May


The month of May may be over, but the annual celebration of all things French is still in full swing with exhibitions, performances, and parties popping up around the city. Armed with his accordion, celebrated French musician Richard Galliano will be filling the Concert Hall with an alternative version of Vivaldi’s infamous Four Seasons piece, followed by a tango-inspired performance on the bandoneon.

Meanwhile, the father of French impressionist painting, Claude Monet, is the centre of attention at the Hong Kong City Hall, in an exhibition which runs until mid-July. Featuring 17 of his most famous paintings, pastels, and tapestries, Claude Monet: The Spirit of Place (pictured above) is a once in a lifetime opportunity to admire the gardens, landscapes, and the famous lilies which shaped the development of the French art movement.

When: Richard Galliano – June 10, (8pm)
Claude Monet: The Spirit of Place – Runs until July 11
Where: Richard Galliano – Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall, 5 Edinburgh Place, Central
Claude Monet: The Spirit of Place – Hong Kong Heritage Museum, 1 Man Lam Road, Sha Tin
How much: Richard Galliano – $200 – $400
Claude Monet: The Spirit of Place – $20
Click on the links above for more information

 Feel the Now Champagne Zen Workshop

Combining Hong Kong’s favourite past times, the Champagne Zen Workshop is taking over The Pulse for a morning of meditation, brunch, and bubbles. Find your inner calm with an hour-long, al fresco yoga session, courtesy of Melanie B – the founder of Yoga Bam Bam. Then it’s time to pop the corks and celebrate Moët Party Day with the Southside ocean stretching out before you. A delicious selection of sushi, satay, and spicy treats are sure to get your taste buds tingling. If you fancy a post-brunch dip in the relaxing Onsen Japanese baths, remember to pack your swimsuit! If yoga isn’t your thing, but an al fresco brunch takes your fancy, you can pay $480 and join the yogis for two hours of brunching and two complimentary glasses of Moët Ice Imperial. Cheers!

When: June 11, (10am – 1.30pm)

Where: Rooftop, Lobby A, The Pulse, Repulse Bay
How much: $580
Click here to buy your tickets

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Wellness 360 Fair

wellness 360

The ever popular Wellness 360 Fair is back, and thank goodness – it’s about time we put the detox into action and cared for our bodies. Taking over The Pulse for two days, the event will showcase a whole range of stalls, activities, and tasty treats to keep adults and youngsters entertained. Pamper your lips with a KISS Balm Craft Kit, courtesy of Coconut Matter, and make sure you swing by the Lotus Centre Wellness stall to claim your free Millennium Method trial. Driven by the desire to spread the wonder of healthy living and natural goodness, this feel-good event is well worth a visit.

When: June 11 – 12, (10.30am – 6pm)
Where: 2/F, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay
How much: Free
Check out the Facebook page

Smile 1st Birthday Rooftop Gathering


Smile is throwing a rooftop party to remember in celebration of its first birthday. Kicking off at 2.30pm, the swanky setting of Ovolo Southside hotel is playing host to the festivities. Pioneering free expression and individuality, Smile’s underground nights have become something of an anticipated occasion in the city. The usual basement venue has been switched for the rooftop this weekend though, with DJ Fun Key leading the celebrations, as street art, photography exhibitions, and tasty food provide guests with plenty of excitement. Drinks are very reasonable, setting you back between $30 and $70 – plus, all cans and bottles are recycled and leftover food will be donated to the homeless.

When: June 11, (2pm – 11pm)
Where: Ovolo Southside, 64 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen Southside
How much: $150 (includes one drink)
Click here to buy your tickets

Wan Chai Wine Walk and Music Stroll

wine walk

Fans of whisky, wine, and walking will be in their element at the Wan Chai Wine Walk and Music Stroll, which is taking over the ever-so-swanky Lee Tung Avenue this Saturday. Over 30 stalls will line the avenue, treating guests to a delicious selection of tipples throughout the afternoon. Need a pick-me-up? Swing by the ZERO coffee craft vans and experience the creamy combination of liquid nitrogen and cold coffee. Jazz performances, cartoonists, and living statues are sure to keep you entertained. Don’t miss your chance to win an 18-bottle premium wine cellar by uploading your best snap at Vevautz Wine Cellars to Instagram with the tags #Vinvautz_France, #theeastwanchai, and #leetungavenue. Good luck!

When: June 11, (2.30pm – 6pm)
Where: Lee Tung Avenue, Wan Chai
How much: Free
Click here to register

 Pacha Macau Presents: Summer Love Pool Party


In case you hadn’t noticed, it’s getting pretty warm. Make the most of  the sunshine whilst staying super cool at Pacha Macau’s Summer Love Pool Party. With the one and only Paris Hilton taking to the decks at the Studio City pool, it’s definitely going to be a glamorous affair. Dig out your most tropical swimmers, slap on the sun cream, and make a splash with a cocktail in hand. With a chart-topping selection of club hits under her belt, including High Off My Love which rocketed to number three in the US Dance Club Songs chart, Miss Hilton will provide the perfect soundtrack for an afternoon of tropical excitement. The fun doesn’t stop there either, with an after party kicking off from 10pm until the early hours. Cheers!

When: June 11, (2.30pm – 10.30pm)
Where: 3/F, Outdoor Pool, Studio City, Macau
How much: $450
Click here to buy your tickets

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Happy-Go-Lucky Bigband Presents: Happy Go Lives 2016

Jazz up your weekend with a big band performance, courtesy of the talented Happy-Go-Lucky Bigband musicians. Filling the city’s only dedicated jazz and cabaret event space, the Fringe Dairy, the rich tones of this timeless music style are sure to get your toes tapping. With authentic vintage features from 1913 and a full bar to be taken advantage of (well, it is the weekend), jazz performances at the Fringe Club are something our editorial team just can’t get enough of. Plus, you’re in prime location for a post-show drink in Central. Bonus!

When: June 11, (10pm – 11.45pm)
Where: Fringe Dairy, Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Road, Central
How much: $130 in advance; $150 on the door
Click here to buy your tickets

Read more! Check out Hong Kong’s 10 Best Live Jazz Bars.

Tong Chong Street Market 

lobster roll

After two utterly delicious months, our taste buds are certainly going to miss the Tong Chong Street Market. Make the most of the pop up’s final instalment this Sunday, and tuck into a mouth-watering selection of Hong Kong’s finest eateries. From Popit Lobster Rolls (pictured above) to fresh juices, and American bagels to strawberry sandwiches, you’ll be spoilt for choice! In addition to tasty food, there will also be a delicious range of fresh farmer produce on sale, tips for growing your own crops, and a sustainability corner selling seeds to raise money for Hong Kong charity, Food Angel. Pooches are also welcome to join in the fun.

When: June 12, (11am-5pm)
Where: Taikoo Place, Tong Chong Street, Quarry Bay
How much: Free
Click here for more information

Read more! Tuck into Hong Kong’s Ultimate Healthy Eating Guide.

Dog Adoption Sunday

If you’re crazy about canines, and longing for a furry companion to call your own, then get yourself down to Dog Adoption Sunday. Organised by Kirsten’s Zoo Charity, a not-for-profit volunteer animal rescue organisation, Rude Bar will be overflowing with furry faces looking for a new home. Their adoption events have proven hugely successful in the past, with animals of all shapes and sizes starting afresh at the side of their new, adoring owner. However, before you scoop up a pooch, please paws for thought and seriously consider if you have the time, resources, and space to welcome these loyal creatures into your life. Happy adopting!

When: June 12, (1.30pm – 4.30pm)
Where: Rude Bar, Upper Basement, 79 Wyndham Street, Central
How much: Free
Check out the Facebook event page

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

Plan Ahead …

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

Next weekend!

The Greatest Escape Centenary Dinner: The Sir Ernest Shackleton Epic – June 17, (6.30pm)
TakeOut Comedy Presents: John Robertson – June 17 – 18
Mister Maker and The Shapes Live on Stage – June 17 – 19
Vibes Tropical Revival – June 18, (7pm)

Sign Up!

International Yoga Day 2016 Celebration – June 19, (7.30am – 9.30am)
IRIS: Your Eascape with ManulifeMOVE – June 25 – 26, (9am – 9pm)
Central Rat Race – October 16, (9am)

Buy tickets!

The Hong Kong Women’s Choir Presents: Soul Sisters – June 16, (8pm)
The Great Big Summer Disco – June 25, (2pm – 10pm)
Hong Kong Dog Rescue Summer BBQ Party – June 25, (3pm – 9pm)
Don’t Let Daddy Know – July 1, (8pm)
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)
Shrek The Musical – July 22 – August 7
Blue Man Group in Macau – August 11 – 28
Disclosure DJ Set in Hong Kong – August 12, (8pm)
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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