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The Weekend Ahead: June 4 – 5

Pool parties, summer fairs, championship rugby matches, and tapas by the beach – it’s all going on this weekend. Summertime is well and truly here, bringing a whole new season of exciting events to get stuck into. Enjoy!

Summer Fairs

prestige summer fair 2016

Popping up for one day only, shoppers are invited to feast their eyes on a huge selection of pop-up shops at the Prestige Summer Lifestyle and Gift Fair. From women’s fashion to health and beauty products, and homeware to jewellery, there will be plenty of stalls to keep you busy in the Grand Ballroom of the Conrad Hong Kong. The Happy Plantarian nutritionists will also presenting three ‘Eat Whole. Stay Young’ talks throughout the day – pre-register to ensure you don’t miss out on the live cooking demonstrations, food sampling, and free recipes!

Who said you have to leave Hong Kong to pick up unique finds from across the continent? From Mumbai to Bangkok, and China to Jakarta, the Summer Sparkles fair will be overflowing with clothes, accessories, ethnic wear, wine, and homeware with that distinctive Asian flair. Enjoy free wine tasting, cake pops, henna, and eyebrow shaping, and if you need a break from all the excitement and fancy a sneak peek into the future, take a seat with a renowned tarrot card reader from Mumbai. Magic!

When: Prestige Summer Lifestyle and Gift Fair – June 3, (10am – 7pm)
Summer Sparkles – June 4, (11am – 8pm)
Where: Prestige Summer Lifestyle and Gift Fair – Grand Ballroom, Conrad Hong Kong, One Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty
Summer Sparkles – The Mira Hotel, 118 – 130 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
How much: Free
Click on the links above for more information

Read more! Shop Til You Drop at Hong Kong’s Best Summer Fairs.

Le French May Presents: Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the beast

The month of May has come to an end, but the annual celebration of all things French is still in full swing with markets, performances, and parties popping up around the city. The art of ballet is the centre of attention in the Grand Theatre this weekend, as Malandain Ballet Biarritz’s breathtaking production of Beauty and the Beast (pictured above) leaps into the spotlight. The timeless love story, which explores the duality of humanity, is full of emotion and symbolism. Take our word for it, this is a performance you don’t want to miss.

When: June 3 – 4, (8pm)
Where: Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
How much: $120 – $480
Click here to get your tickets

 Roald Dahl’s ‘James and the Giant Peach’

James and the Giant Peach FINAL

Step into Roald Dahl’s timeless world of creativity, imagination, and adventure as the UK production of James and the Giant Peach steps into the spotlight at the Lyric Theatre. Watch the young orphan boy escape the clutches of his evil relatives and embark upon an adventure beyond his wildest dreams – aboard a giant peach, no less. This theatre adaptation promises to entrance both young and old, with plenty of laughs, music, and heartwarming moments along the way.

When: June 3 – 5, (times vary)
Where: Lyric Theatre, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, 1 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai
How much: $295 – $595
Click here to buy your tickets

Read more! Find out How To: Help Your Children Fall in Love with Reading.

HK Phil Presents: Frozen Planet in Concert

Frozen Planet

From the depths of the ocean to the iciest peaks, and everything in between, the hit BBC series Frozen Planet continues to thrill and enthrall viewers across the globe, taking them on unforgettable journeys to the very ends of the earth. Prepare for goosebumps as the HK Philharmonic throw live music into the mix in Frozen Planet in Concert, while breathtaking scenes of polar creatures and frozen landscapes from the Arctic and Antarctic are projected around the Concert Hall. You may not have thought it would be possible to come face to face with high definition polar bears, penguins, and whales in Tsim Sha Tsui, but thanks to the initiative of composer George Fenton, that’s exactly what’s in store. Wrap up warm!

When: June 3 – 4, (8pm)
Where: Concert Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
How much: $180 – $480
Click here to buy your tickets

Oosh Princess Party


It’s time to polish your tiara, as the Oosh Princess Party kicks off on Friday night at 9pm. Whether you’re a fan of Cinderella or a die-hard Britney fan, you’ll be in your element as pop princess remixes pump through the speakers and classic princess movie clips are projected onto the walls. Breaking the mould of gay events in the city, Oosh is a place where having fun and dancing your socks off rule the roost. The first 100 guests will receive a sparkly tiara to wear throughout the night – make sure to tag your photos #ooshhk! And they all partied happily ever after … 

When: June 3, (9pm – 5am)
Where: Oosh, 45 Pottinger Street, Central
How much: Free entry before 11pm
Check out the Facebook event page

Read more! Check out our interview with GJ, co-founder of Oosh.

International Jazz Twins

Jazz Twins

From princess parties to jazzy performances, variety really is the spice of life come Friday night. Hong Kong’s very own Jazz Twins, Carl and Alan Maguire, are returning to their home city for three special performances. Giving jazz music a fresh image and reinstating the art on stage – where it belongs – Peel Fresco will be filled with smooth melodies and catchy riffs as these talented brothers step into the spotlight with jazz pianists, Ted Lo and Bob Mocarsky. At just 20 years old, this jazzy duo have already recorded tracks with Grammy award winner Kirk Whalum and six-times Grammy nominee Donald Brown – basically, this is a live performance you don’t want to miss. Encore!

When: June 3, 5, and 7, (9pm)
Where: June 3 and 5 – Peel Fresco, 49 Peel Street, Central
June 7 – Orange Peel, Flat A – C, 2/F, Ho Lee Common Building, 38 – 44 D’Aguilar Street, Central
How much: $100 (free on June 7)
Check out their Facebook page

Read more! Swing by Hong Kong’s 10 Best Live Jazz Bars.

Crossfit Downtown Throwdown

Crossfit Downtown Throwdown FINAL

It’s time to flex those muscles as the city’s biggest Crossfit competition returns for another year. With athletes battling it out in a range of Crossfit-style events, such as rope climbing and weightlifting, the Crossfit Downtown Throwdown is a fantastic opportunity for members of the public to find out more about the fastest growing sport in our city, and why such a diverse range of people have fallen in love with it. Organised by Coastal Fitness, there will also be a range of food stalls for peckish supporters, courtesy of Bad Food Gone Good and Calimex, as well as a variety of health and fitness-related stalls to browse throughout the day. We wish all competitors the best of luck!

When: June 4 – 5, (9am – 5pm)
Where: Kellett School Kowloon Bay, 7 Lam Hing Street, Kowloon Bay
How much: Free
Check out the Facebook event page

On The List Presents:
Clearance Shopping and Tasting Weekend at PMQ

On The List

With the summer holidays booked, the staycations arranged, and the junk and beach engagements filling up your diary, now is the perfect time to revamp your summer wardrobe. Renowned for arranging discount sales of the world’s finest brands, On The List is back with a perfectly timed summer special. From Berayah dresses, to Ori & Occi espadrilles, and many more, we recommend getting down to PMQ nice and early to bag yourself a bargain. With up to 90 per cent off these popular Hong Kong brands which cater for women, men, and children, as well as a delicious spread of coffee, sandwiches, beers, and wine courtesy of La Station, you’ll be hard pressed to come across a shopping event quite like this one. All you have to do is register online (for free!), and your personal invitation will swoop straight into your inbox.

When: June 4 – 5, (11am – 8pm)
Where: PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central
How much: Free
Check out the Facebook event page

Read more! Browse our Top 5 Summer Sandals.

Pool Parties

W Pool Party 2

Fancy a dip? If there’s one thing that makes the outrageous humidity in this city bearable, it’s the return of pool party season. Kicking off the summer with a splash, the Hard Rock Hotel is flying in a huge line up of DJs for the Born Out of Music Pool Party. With the electronic music duo, Bassjackers, leading the celebrations from 3pm, it’s hard to think of a reason not to get on the ferry to Macau.

If you’re looking for something a little closer to home, however, bag yourself a ticket for the infamous W Summer Pool Party. Taking over the city’s highest outdoor pool, which clocks in at a whopping 76 floors, there will be flame throwers, light visuals, and dance performances 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: Born Out of Music Pool Party – June 4, (3pm – 12 midnight)
W Summer Pool Party – June 4, (8pm – 12 midnight)
Where: Born Out of Music Pool Party – Hard Rock Hotel Macau, City of Dreams, Estrada do Istmo, Cotai, Taipa, Ilhas, Macau
W Summer Pool Party – W Hong Kong, 1 Austin Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
How much: Born Out of Music Pool Party – $680
W Summer Pool Party – $350 earlybird; $450 on the door
Click on the links above to buy your tickets

Read more! Take a dip in one of Hong Kong’s Coolest Outdoor Pools.

Asia Rugby Championships


Rugby fans unite! Show your support for Hong Kong’s male rugby team as they take on South Korea in the latest round of the Asia Rugby Championships. With both nations determined to steal the title of reigning champion, Japan, this match looks set to be a nail-biter. So gather your friends, grab a drink, and cheer on the home team – it’s free entry after all. Just remember, there isn’t a fancy dress code at this rugby event. Come on Hong Kong! 

When: June 4, (4.30pm)
Where: Hong Kong Football Club, Happy Valley (public entry through HKFC Stadium Entrance via Happy Valley Infield next to the Hong Kong Racing Museum)
How much: Free
Click here for more information

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

Indie Rock Dance Party

indie rock dance party

From rugby to rock, Hong Kong Brew House is handing over its basement venue to some of the most exciting musical performers our city has to offer. If you’re into the Indie scene, then this is one line up you won’t want to miss. Clockenflap performers, The Sleeves, will be playing their mix of punk, classic rock, and 80s indie, while up-and-coming Shumking Mansion will bring dance rock and synth pop to the stage. Fresh from their Canadian tour, Shotgun Politics will be entertaining the crowds, followed by the psychedelic group, Psycho in Mongkok, and globally renowned British rock ‘n’ roll DJ, Supersonic Ian. Remaining tickets will be available on the door, but with a line up like that, we wouldn’t want to take the risk.

When: June 4, (9pm)
Where: B/F, Hong Kong Brew House, 21 D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Central
How much: $80
Click here to buy your tickets


Sai Kung MArket

For a spot of rustic retail therapy, head up to the Sai Kung Sunday Market (pictured above). Over 50 vendors will be displaying products such as organic food, jewellery, wine, chutney, home decor, books, and even puppies. That’s right – if you’ve got a soft spot for furry friends, then you might end up coming home with more than just a jar of chutney, as local rescue shelter Catherine’s Puppies will be attending with a host of rescued pooches in tow.

If you’re looking for something truly unique, browse the creations of local artists and craftspeople at the Discovery Bay Sunday Market. Handmade soap, delicious jams, and unique jewellery are all ready for the taking, as you stroll leisurely around the stalls, enjoying the slower pace of Lantau life. With over 100 unique stalls popping up, a delicious selection of restaurants nearby, and handmade goods on offer, it’s no wonder these Sunday Markets are a hit. Just remember to take your own shopping bag in the interests of making this an environmentally friendly event.

With only two sessions left, now is the perfect time to check out the Tong Chong Street Market. A mouth-watering selection of Hong Kong’s finest eateries, including Golden Pig and MAMA Burger and Lobster, will be rustling up their signature dishes every Sunday until June 12, alongside some new creations crafted exclusively for the market. In addition to tasty food, there will 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.

When: Sai Kung Sunday Market – June 5, (11am – 5pm)
Discovery Bay Sunday Market – June 5, (11am – 6pm)
Tong Chong Street Market – Runs every Sunday until June 12, (11am – 5pm)
Where: Sai Kung Sunday Market – Hong Kong Academy, 33 Wai Man Road, Sai Kung
Discovery Bay Sunday Market – Discovery Bay Main Plaza, Discovery Bay, Lantau
Tong Chong Street Market – Taikoo Place, Tong Chong Street, Quarry Bay
How much: Free
Click on the links above for more information

Read more! Bag yourself a bargain at one of Hong Kong’s Best Markets.

Tapas by the Beach

tapas by the beach

Finally, the rescheduled celebration of Spanish feasting is upon us. Get yourself down to Shek O Beach this Sunday for an outdoor food extravaganza as The Spanish Academy brings paella, croquettes, tortillas, and drinks-a-plenty to the shore. Each ticket includes five drinks tokens as well as free-flow tapas and paella, which will be cooked throughout the day to ensure your plate is full of fresh goodness. Just make sure you keep an eye on the Facebook event page for weather-related updates.

When: June 5, (1pm – 9pm)
Where: Shek O Beach
How much: $368 for adults; $184 for kids
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!

Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival – June 10 – 12
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
 – June 10 – 12
HK Philharmonic Presents: Jaap’s Bruckner 4 – June 10 – 11, (8pm)
Feel the NOW: Champagne Zen – June 11, (10am – 1.30pm)
Smile 1st Birthday Rooftop Gathering – June 11, (2pm – 11pm)
Pacha Macau Presents: Summer Love Pool Party – June 11, (2.30pm – 10.30pm)
Back to Acoustic Guitar Festival – June 11, (2.30pm)

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International Yoga Day 2016 Celebration – June 19, (7.30am – 9.30am)

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The Hong Kong Women’s Choir Presents: Soul Sisters – June 16, (8pm)
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
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
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 25, (8pm)
The Hunting of the Snark – September 20 – 25
Hong Kong ePrix – October 8 – 9
Clockenflap – 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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