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The Weekend Ahead: October 1 – 2

With Hong Kong National Day falling on October 1, this weekend is all about celebrating the wonderful city we call home. From spectacular firework displays to colourful stage productions, and harbour clean-ups to sociable cycling trips, there’s no doubt it will be a memorable one, however you decide to spend it.

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The Gruffalos Child Hong Kong

The Gruffalo’s Child

To the delight of little ones across the city, the stage adaptation of the smash-hit children’s book, The Gruffalo’s Child, is arriving in Hong Kong. Telling the heart-warming tale of one little Gruffalo’s hunt for the Big Bad Mouse – who might not be so big or bad after all – this adventure will have youngsters enthralled from start to finish.

When: September 30 – October 2, (11am, 2pm, 4.30pm, and 5pm)
Where: Drama Theatre, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, 1 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai
How much: $195 – $435
Click here to buy your tickets

Read more! Check out 20 Fun Things To Do with Kids

30th Macau International Music Festival

Serving up a treat for both your eyes and ears, the 30th Macau International Musical Festival will see an impressive line up of talented musicians and groups, hailing from around the world, perform at World Heritage sites across the city. Encore!

When: September 30 – October 30, (8pm)
Where: Macau
How much: Free – $800
Click here for more information

Michael Kistler urban photography Melt with You exhibition Hong Kong

Michael Kistler Presents: ‘Melt With You’

Our favourite urban photographer, Michael Kistler, is back with another mesmerising exhibition – this time at Ebb & Flow in The Park Lane hotel. Capturing the magic of Tsim Sha Tsui under the cover of darkness, ‘Melt With You’ is a truly unique set of shots, best enjoyed with one of Ebb & Flow’s delicious cocktails in hand.

When: Runs until January 2017, (8am – 1am)
Where: Ebb & Flow, G/F, The Park Lane Hong Kong, 310 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay
How much: Free
Click here for more information

Read more! See City Life Through the Lens of Michael Kistler

Good Music for Kids

Listen out for bumblebees, fairies, wizards, and more during the Good Music for Kids concert! Created especially for youngsters aged 3 to 6, this introduction to the world of classical music is sure to get their imaginations running wild.

When: September 30 – October 2, (4pm and 7.30pm)
Where: Hong Kong City Hall Theatre, 5 Edinburgh Place, Central
How much: $260 – $360
Click here to buy your tickets

Emack & Bolio's Ice Cream Block Party

Emack & Bolio’s Ice Cream Giveaway

As if we could love the Emack & Bolio’s team any more, now this wacky parlour is treating us to a free ice cream giveaway! Trot down to the new Tsim Sha Tsui store from 5.30pm onwards to claim your free scoop of ice cream, while DJ Re:Flex throws down some Fri-yay beats. With a limit of 500 scoops, just make sure you get down there early.

When: September 30 (5.30pm)
Where: Shop G42, G/F, Miramar Shopping Centre, 132 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
How much: Free
Check out the Facebook event page

Read more! Tuck into The Ultimate Guide to Ice Cream in Hong Kong

Thriller Live

Moonwalking direct from London’s West End, Thriller Live will make its debut on The Parisian Macau stage this weekend. Celebrating Michael Jackson’s unbelievable career, this sparkling production is the perfect way to mark the opening of The Parisian Theatre.

When: September 30 – November 13
Where: The Parisian Theatre, The Parisian Macau,
How much: $180 – $480
Click here to buy your tickets

Pink Season Launch Party

It’s time to pop the corks and celebrate the official launch of Pink Season the best way we know how – music, entertainment, and bubbles galore. Hosted by downtown LGBT hangout, Circo, the grand Launch Party is not to be missed – oh, and did we mention there will be Happy Hour prices and lucky draws? Cheers to that!

When: September 30, (7pm – 10pm)
Where: Circo, 22/F, Oliv, 15 Sharp Street East, Causeway Bay
How much: $200 advance; $250 on the door (includes one drink)
Check out the Facebook event page

Read more! Find out What’s On This Pink Season in Hong Kong

Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra Lea Salonga

Hong Kong Phil Presents: Lea Salonga

Enchanting audiences around the world with her Disney Princess voice and musical repertoire, Lea Salonga is a celebrated vocalist with good reason. Catch her in Hong Kong this weekend as she performs a duo of concerts, Disney & Broadway Magic and Singing From Her Heart. Supported by the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, this looks set to be a truly magical weekend.

When: Disney & Broadway Magic – September 30 – October 1, (8pm)
Singing From Her Heart – October 2 – 3, (4.45pm)
Where: Disney & Broadway Magic – Concert Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Singing From Her Heart 
– October 2 – 3, (4.45pm)
How much: $50 – $780
Click on the link above to buy your tickets

Fish for Trash: Aberdeen Harbour Clean Up

Returning for round three, Fish for Trash invites volunteers of all ages to tackle the issue of marine pollution in Aberdeen head on by hopping on board and clearing the water of floating litter. All equipment will be provided – just remember to wear sunscreen.

When: October 1, (10am – 1pm)
Where: Aberdeen Harbour
How much: Free
Click here for more information

Read more! Find out about Volunteering in Hong Kong

Pink Season LGBT Hong Kong

Pink Season Bike Ride

Grab life by the handlebars and spend the day cycling around the scenic areas of Tai Wai. After a full day of active socialising, you’ll no doubt jump at the chance to tuck into a post-pedaling barbecue. Registration is free, however, if you’re planning to rent a bike upon arrival, remember to bring along your $60 fare.

When: October 1, (10am – 6pm)
Where: Tai Wai
How much: Free (bring $60 cash for your bike rental)
Click here to register

Read more! Find out All You Need to Know About Sport Cycling in Hong Kong

Gold Coast Motor Festival

If a good-looking motor gets you hot under the collar, then the Gold Coast Motor Festival will be right up your street. Over 60 world-class vintage, super, and collector cars will be on display at this two-day festival. Make sure you catch the Classic Parade and swing by the music zone for a quick boogie before heading to the family entertainment zone with the kids.

When: October 1, (10am – 9pm); October 2, (10am – 7pm)
Where: Hong Kong Gold Coast
How much: $100
Click here to buy your tickets

National Day Horse Racing

Feeling lucky? Join thousands of hopeful Hong Kongers and place your bets at this thundering battle for the prestigious National Day Cup. Plus, don’t miss the world-famous Tianjin Acrobatic Troupe present their thrilling “Group Foot Juggling Act”.

When: October 1, (12 noon – 6pm; gates open at 11am)
Where: Sha Tin Race Course
How much: $10 standard; Free for tourists (must bring passport); $130 for Members’ Enclosure with Tourist Badge
Click here for more information

outdoor kids cinema hong kong

CNCF Family Fun Movie Day

If you’re looking for an event the whole family will enjoy, look no further. To raise money and awareness for less fortune youngsters in the city, the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation (CNCF) is treating us to an afternoon of games, activities, stalls, and delicious food and drink. Then it’s time to get comfy with your loved ones and enjoy an outdoor screening of the timeless Disney classic, The Lion King. 

When: October 1, (1pm – 7pm)
Where: The Podium at Cyberport, 4/F, Cyberport 2, 100 Cyberport Road, Pok Fu Lam
How much: $100 for adults, $200 for kids, and $500 for families of four
Click here to buy your tickets

Rugby National League

Rugby fans unite! The Rugbypass.com Men’s Rugby League Premiership kicks off this weekend with three fixtures between the city’s biggest teams, including Natixis FC, Bloomberg Hong Kong Scottish, and Kowloon RFC, at pitches across the city. Who will be victorious? Only one way to find out.

When: October 1, (4.30pm)
Where: Hong Kong Football Club, 3 Sports Road, Happy Valley
Happy Valley 8, 2 Sports Road, Happy Valley
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

Rewind Presents: Waves Vol#2

After a well-deserved summer break, the Rewind team are back with the second instalment of the Waves Beach Party series. Get yourselves over to Shek O for a Medditeranean-inspired night of DJs, drinks, and dancing on the sand at popular restaurant Cococabana.

When: October 1, (5pm – 12 midnight)
Where: Cococabana, G/F, Shek O Beach Building, Shek O
How much: Free
Check out the Facebook event page

feature fireworks

National Day Fireworks Display

It’s a well known fact that Hong Kong likes to go all in with the National Day firework celebrations. Catch 23 minutes of dazzling action as more than 23,000 fireworks light up the sky over Victoria Harbour. You can also listen to synchronised music blaring from the speakers along the waterfront, or tune in to Radio FM 97.6 – 98.9 to hear it.

When: October 1, (9pm)
Where: Victoria Harbour
How much: Free
Click here for more information

Read more! Check out 5 Ways to Celebrate Hong Kong National Day 2016

ASI SUP Yoga Teacher Training

If you’re looking to take your love of SUP Yoga to the next level, then this is the course for you. For the first time ever, you can attain your teaching qualification right here in Hong Kong. After two days split between the classroom and the water, you’ll be fully equipped to join SUP Yoga team for an epic summer on the water in 2017!

When: October 2 – 3, (9am – 4pm)
Where: Stanley
How much: $4,000
Click here to register

Read more! Check out Your Guide to Wakeboarding, Surfing, and other Boardsports

Sai Kung Sunday Market Hong Kong

Sai Kung Sunday Market

For a spot of rustic retail therapy, head to Sai Kung where 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.

When: October 2, (11am – 5pm)
Where: Sai Kung Markets, 33 Wai Man Road, Sai Kung
How much: Free
Check out the Facebook event page

Read more! Explore Secret Sai Kung Getaways with our Island Guide

 Pink Season Presents: The Art of Brunch

Brunching really is something of an art in Hong Kong. Perfect your skills and continue the Pink Season celebrations at Bibo, Sheung Wan’s trendy restaurant-come-gallery, and tuck into a delicious four-course brunch with free-flow champagne, while a live DJ spins the decks.

When: October 2, (12 noon – 3pm)
Where: Bibo, G/F, 163 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan
How much: $750
Click here to buy your tickets

Read more! Check out Hong Kong’s 12 Best Free-Flow Brunch Buffets

YogaPOP #102

Wind down from another jam-packed weekend in the city with a harbour-side session of yoga and meditation. Lead by yoga instructor Anna, yogis of all levels – including complete beginners – will love this relaxing al fresco workout. Simply pay as you wish, and remember to bring your own mat/towel, and water.

When: October 2, (4.30pm – 6pm)
Where: Tamar Park (near the Observation Wheel)
How much: Pay as you wish
Check out the Facebook event page

KINO Film Festival Presents: Colonia

As part of the ongoing KINO Film Festival, the award-winning film Colonia will be screened at The Grand Cinema this weekend. Starring Emma Watson, this award-winning tale of love, risk, and deception, set during the Chilean coup of 1973, is a thrilling watch. Check out the full KINO Film Festival schedule, which runs until October 16.

When: October 2, (7pm); October 9, (1.50pm)
Where: The Grand Cinema, 2/F, Elements, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon
How much: $85
Click here to buy your tickets

Labyrinth Hushup Rooftop Cinema Hong Kong

Rooftop Cinema HK: Labyrinth

UPDATE: In light of the rather dreary forecast, we recommend keeping an eye on Hushup’s Facebook page for updates on this outdoor event.

Kicking off this year’s 1980s-inspired Rooftop Cinema series, Hushup will be screening Labyrinth this Sunday evening on Shore’s swanky downtown terrace. Keep your eyes peeled for the one and only David Bowie in this fantasy musical, and enjoy free Peroni with any food order.

When: October 2, (7.30pm – 10pm)
Where: Shore, 4/F, L Place, 139 Queen’s Road Central, Central
How much: $200
Click here to buy your tickets

Clutter 02

Move to your feet to an alternative beat at Social Room this Sunday evening. Local band We’ve Locked All The Doors will be joined by a selection of other unique musical performers for a night of strictly non-mainstream sounds – with some wacky visuals thrown into the mix for good measure.

When: October 2, (8pm – 12 midnight)
Where: Social Room, 3/F, Won Hing Building, 74 – 78 Stanley Street, Central
How much: Free
Check out the Facebook event page


Forget pianos and trumpets, this show is all about creating incredible rhythm using alternative instruments – bin lids, plastic bags, even the kitchen sink! Delighting audiences around the world for 25 years, STOMP’s Macau debut is well worth hopping on the ferry for.

When: Runs until October 9
Where: The Venetian Theatre, The Venetian Macau, Cotai Strip, Macau
How much: $180 – $780
Click here to buy your tickets

Tong Chong Street Market

A delectable selection of Hong Kong’s finest eateries, including Golden Pig and Pololi, will be rustling up their signature dishes this Sunday at the returning Tong Chong Street Market. You can also browse local stalls and bag some homegrown goods – just remember to bring your own bags.

When: Runs every Sunday until December 18, (11am – 5pm)
Where: Taikoo Place, Tong Chong Street, Quarry Bay
How much: Free
Click here for more information

Irene Flanhardt Presents Backstage Scenery Hong Kong Cantonese Opera

Irene Flanhardt Presents Backstage Scenery

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the curtain of traditional Chinese opera? Well ponder no longer because this Saturday marks the opening of Irene Flanhardt’s stunning new photography exhibition, Backstage Scenery, which captures life behind the stage of four operas performed in Tai O. From decadent costumes and intricate face makeup, to pre-performance nerves and preparation – all in sweltering temperatures – we can’t wait to check out this entrancing series of images.

When: Runs every Saturday, Sunday, and public holiday until December 18, (12 noon – 5.30pm)
Where: Flanhardt Galerie und Atelier, 1/F, Block B, Tai O Garden, Tai O Fishing Village, Shek Tsai Po Street, Tai O, Lantau
How much: Free
Click here for more information

Read more! Check out our interview with artist and photographer Irene Flanhardt

The Coming Week


The Skatalites Live

Swinging by on their world tour, The Skatalites will be raising the roof with their authentic Ska tunes for one night only. These guys have inspired bands including The Police, No Doubt, and The Clash during their time, so grab your chance to see them with both hands.

When: October 4, (8pm)
Where: Hang Out, 2 Holy Cross Path, Sai Wan Ho
How much: $450 advance; $520 on the door
Check out the Facebook event page

Drink For Good

Returning for the fourth year in a row, Drink For Good sees a bucket load of bars and restaurants across the city, including Aberdeen Street Social, Zuma, and Ham & Sherry, donate $5 from every drink purchased to local charity HandsOn Hong Kong. We’ll cheers to that!

When: October 6
Where: Central, Soho, Lan Kwai Fong, Wan Chai, Quarry Bay, and Kennedy Town
How much: Free
Click here for more information

Spartan Race Bootcamp

The Spartan Race is getting closer, so now’s the time to get training. Join fellow warriors at the weekly Bootcamp sessions in Tamar Park – just remember to sign up beforehand as there are only 20 spots available.

When: Runs every Thursday until November 3, (7.30pm – 8.30pm)
Where: Tamar Park, Admiralty
How much: $120
Click here to register

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