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The Weekend Ahead: October 29 – 30

It may be Halloween, however ghouls and ghosts are just the start of the story with tonnes of exciting events popping up around the city this weekend. Food festivals, movie showings, charity races, and vintage vinyl sales – just keep your wits about you at this spooky time of year, and don’t forget to check out our guide to alternative Halloween events and parties!

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Wine & Dine Festival

We’re in for a truly delicious weekend as the Wine & Dine Festival returns to Central Harbourfront. Tuck into street food and gourmet dishes, tour the world in a wine glass in the Country Pavilion, lose yourself in a sugar-induced haze in the Dessert Garden, and enjoy live entertainment on The Stage. Yum!

When: October 27, (7.30pm – 11.30pm); October 28 – 29, (12 noon – 11.30pm); October 30, (12 noon – 10pm)
Where: Central Harbourfront Event Space
How much: $30
Click here for more information

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Art Symposium

As part of the autumn edition of Hong Kong Art Week, the Asia Society Centre is hosting a series of talks to discuss why art matters. A diverse group of speakers, ranging from journalists to art collectors, will tackle topics including ‘Why Artists Matter’, ‘Bringing a City Together Around Culture: Why Bother?’, and ‘Looking to the Future – Art, Innovation, and Technology’. Sound interesting? Register online now to reserve your spot at this free event.

When: October 28, (2.30pm – 5.30pm); October 29, (9.30am – 12.30pm/ 2.30pm – 5.30pm)
Where: Asia Society Centre, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty
How much: Free
Click here to register online

Drink & Doodle

With a drink in one hand and a pencil in the other, doodlers will be in their element at HKWall’s Drink & Doodle networking event. Located at funky coworking space theDesk, this is the perfect opportunity to meet fellow creative minds, engage in exciting discussions, and perfect your handiwork too.

When: October 28, (6.30pm – 10pm)
Where: theDesk, 511 Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun
How much: Free for creative industry professionals (bring a business card); $150 for everyone else
Click here to register

TakeOut Comedy Presents: Paul Ogata

Rounding off the 10th Annual International Comedy Festival with a bang, award-winning comedian and Hong Kong favourite Paul Ogata will be tickling the crowds with his dry observations and sarcastic takes on daily life. Remember to pick up your tipple of choice en route to this BYOB venue.

When: October 28, (9pm); October 29, (8pm and 10pm); November 4, (8pm and 10pm); November 5, (9pm)
Where: TakeOut Comedy Club, 34 Elgin Street, Central
How much: $250 – $300
Click here to buy your tickets

Read more! Check out Hong Kong’s most hilarious Comedy Nights

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Foxglove Presents: Alemay Fernandez

Rising jazz star Alemay Fernandez is flying over from Singapore for one special performance at speakeasy, Foxglove. Joined by The Chris Carpio Trio, Fernandez will perform her debut album, ‘Hard To Imagine’. A unique combination of jazz, soul, gospel, and blues, these stunning vocals and swinging beats are wholly worthy of your Friday night.

When: October 28, (10.30pm – 1.30am)
Where: Foxglove, 2/F, Printing House, 6 Duddell Street, Central
How much: Free
Check out the Facebook event page

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St John’s Cathedral Michaelmas Fair

Kicking off the holiday bazaar season, approximately 40 stalls will pop up in the grounds of St John’s Cathedral with the return of the Michaelmas Fair this Saturday, offering handicrafts, clothes, accessories, and books in the name of charity. With a bouncy castle, balloons, and games to keep youngsters entertained, this is the perfect opportunity to get a head start on your Christmas shopping.

When: October 29, (10am – 4pm)
Where: 4 – 8 Garden Road, Central
How much: Free
Click here for more information


Pink Season Presents: Sports Day

Harking back to old school days – minus the egg and spoon – Sports Day is your chance to engage in a spot of healthy competition with your fellow Pink Seasoners. From swimming to basketball, and yoga to skateboarding, there are plenty of opportunities to get up and active.

When: October 29, (10am – 6pm)
Where: Li Po Chun United World College, 10 Lok Wo Sha Lane, Sai Sha Road, Sha Tin
How much: Free
Click here for more information

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

TEDxWanChai 2016: Crossroads

A day-long bonanza of inspiring talks, intellectual discussions, and live performances, the mainstage TEDxWanChai event promises to be something special. Speakers including a National Geographic photographer, a neuroscience designer, and a food security researcher, will share their perspective on Hong Kong’s unique position at a crossroads between old and new. Be prepared for surprises throughout the day too!

When: October 29, (10am – 6pm)
Where: Lyric Theatre, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, 1 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai
How much: $645 – $895
Click here to buy your tickets

Disco Soup Hong Kong

Disco Soup Hong Kong

In light of the shocking statistic that 3,500 tonnes of food go to waste in Hong Kong every single day, the city’s first Disco Soup event is going ahead this weekend. Volunteers are invited to swing by for as long as they please to help create and eat delicious meals using food that would have otherwise gone to waste. Oh, and the disco part? Host restaurant Locofama will be pumping out tunes throughout the day.

When: October 29, (11am – 4pm)
Where: Locofama, 9 – 13 Fuk Sau Lane, Sai Ying Pun
How much: Free
Click here to register

Read more! Check out Your Guide to Charity Work in Hong Kong

Shi Fu Miz Festival

Ticking the boxes of both new and exciting, the Shi Fu Miz Festival will be popping up on Pui O Beach this Saturday for a day of activities, workshops, and performances. Polish your circus skills at the Hulla Hoop and Contact Juggling workshops, spruce up your outfit with a handmade flower crown, do your bit for the environment by cleaning up the beach, and round off the experience with a spot of calming, coastal meditation.

When: October 29, (11am – 10pm)
Where: Life Base, Pui O Beach, Pui O, Lantau
How much: $400
Click here to buy your tickets

Crate Diggers: Record Fair & After Party

Old-school music lovers looking to expand their vinyl collection need to scoot over to XXX this weekend for some good old fashioned crate digging. After the Record Fair, an awesome line up of vinyl DJs will raise the roof until the early hours at the After Party. Dress up for discounted entry!

When: Record Fair, October 29, (3pm – 9pm)
After Party, October 29, (10pm – 3.30am)
Where: XXX Studio, Unit 2A, Kin Luen Factory Building, 89 – 91 Larch Street, Tai Kok Tsui
How much: Record Fair, Free
After Party, $130 – $150
Check out the Facebook event page

Before My Baby Presents: Empower Yoga

Yoga is ideal for strengthening your body and mind, while also creating inner calm and relaxation – aka the perfect conditions for falling pregnant! Ahead of the Before My Baby Winter Conference on November 17, men and women hoping to start a family are invited to join qualified yoga instructor and friend of Localiiz, Emma Brown, for an outdoor session of Empower Yoga in Tamar Park. Fertility-friendly snacks will be provided!

When: October 29, (4pm – 5pm)
Where: Tamar Park, Central
How much: Free
Click here for more information

Read more! Find out 5 Things You Need to Know About Giving Birth in Hong Kong


Sai Kung Outdoor Cinema Club Presents: Beetlejuice

The bizarre tale of Beetlejuice is the movie of choice at this month’s Halloween-inspired Sai Kung Outdoor Cinema Club. In addition to drinks and snacks, there is also a special pre-showing trick or treat route planned around Sai Kung for youngsters.

When: October 29, (6pm – 9pm)
Where: The Hive Sai Kung, 5 Tai Mong Tsai Road, Sai Kung
How much: $120 (includes two drinks and snacks)
Click here to buy your tickets

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The Met Live in HD

Treat yourself to a night at the opera as part of The Met’s award winning Live in HD series. On Saturday evening, Giacomo Puccini’s famous Madama Butterfly will grace the big screen. A dramatic tale of love, desertion, and tragedy, this operatic classic is a must-see. The following day, Puccini’s Parisian composition, Manon Lescaut, will be screened. Kristine Opolais will play the temptress at the heart of this passionate opera, while the orchestra falls under the baton of Fabio Luisi.

When: Manon Lescaut, October 29, (6pm)
Madama Butterfly, October 30, (5pm)
Where: Wellcome Theatre, Béthanie Campus, 139 Pok Fu Lam Road, Pok Fu Lam
How much: $210
Click here to buy your tickets

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The Community Chest Wheelock Swim for Millions

This weekend, swimmers will be making a splash to raise funds for The Community Chest – a Hong Kong charity with supports 2,400 service units across the city which support everyone from the elderly to families and the terminally ill. Registration is now closed, however with game booths, bouncy castles, and the beach on hand, this will be a great day out for the whole family.

When: October 30, (8am – 1pm)
Where: Repulse Bay Beach, Repulse Bay
How much: Free
Click here for more information

Walk for Syria Charity Walk

The devastating Syrian conflict has now entered its 6th year, forcing millions to flee their homes with no idea where to go. Supporters of all ages are welcomed to join a 4km charity walk around Clearwater Bay this weekend to raise both funds and awareness, and put an end to this humanitarian crisis.

When: October 29, (10am – 12 noon)
Where: The Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club, 129 Tai Au Mun Road, Clearwater Bay
How much: $300 minimum donation
Click here for more information

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The Sedan Chair Charity Race

Established back in 1975, the weird and wacky Sedan Chair Charity Race sees teams of eight runners and one passenger race around a 2.1km course on The Peak with a decorated sedan chair in tow. Last year’s fancy dress efforts ranged from Happy Valley horses to the cast of Frozen, so who knows what’s in store this time around! There will also be street dancing, interactive games, and music performances on the day.

When: October 30, (10am – 1.30pm)
Where: Matilda International Hospital, 41 Mount Kellett Road, The Peak
How much: Free (sponsorship is welcome!)
Click here for more information

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

Howl-O-Ween Waggy Walk

Dig out your spookiest Halloween outfit and whip up something for your pooch too, because local animal charity Kirsten’s Zoo is inviting both two-legged and four-legged walkers to get active for charity in the Howl-O-Ween Waggy Walk. Choose from a gentle 4km family-friendly Waggy Walk or the slightly longer 8km Tails on Trails, and pile into BBQ, drinks, and goodie bag fun at the finish line.

When: October 30, (1.30pm – 3.30pm)
Where: Aberdeen Country Park, Magazine Gap Road
How much: $350
Click here for more information

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 Pop Pour Party: Gourmet & Wine Walk

Good food, fine wines, and great entertainment are up for the taking as this popular annual event returns to the Starstreet Precinct neighbrhood. Enjoy a relaxing day out in the chilled atmosphere, and soak up the sights and sounds of the live band and street performances.

When: October 29, (2pm – 6pm)
Where: Starstreet Precinct, Wan Chai
How much: $280 – $360
Click here to buy your tickets


Michael Kistler Presents: ‘Melt With You’

Our favourite street 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

 Slutwalk Hong Kong

The annual Slutwalk is returning to Central Hong Kong for its fifth edition, following a one year hiatus. Supporters are invited to march from Charter Road to Lan Kwai Fong on Sunday afternoon to raise the profile of sexual violence and victim blaming.

When: October 30, (2pm – 4pm)
Where: Charter Road, Central
How much: Free
Check out the Facebook event page

Children’s Bookfest

Don’t worry, there won’t be any ghost stories at the Children’s Bookfest – light-hearted Halloween entertainment is the order of the day. There will be tonnes of other activities to get stuck into as well, including parades, glow-in-the-dark hair tattoos, bingo competitions, a treasure hunt, and scary cookie decoration workshops.

When: October 30, (3pm – 6.30pm)
Where: The Repulse Bay, 109 Repulse Bay Road, Repulse Bay
How much: Free
Click here for more information

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

Silent Disco Zumba and Yoga

Grab a set of wireless, illuminated headphones and join The Yoga Room for an energising al fresco session of Zumba followed by a calming yoga class as the sun sets over Victoria Harbour. Remember to bring your own mat!

When: October 30, (4.30pm – 6.30pm)
Where: Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park, Sai Ying Pun
How much: $150 per class; $250 for both
Click here to buy your ticket

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Marco Polo German Bierfest

UPDATE: Ticket holders for October 21 – 23, the dates the Bierfest had to be cancelled, are welcome to join the fun on any day of their choosing before November 12.

The award-winning Marco Polo German Bierfest is back with more brews than you can shake a tankard at! Join the 25th anniversary celebrations with traditional German beer and food against the backdrop of Victoria Harbour, plus great entertainment from The Notenhobler band from Germany.

When: Runs until November 12, (6pm – 11pm)
Where: Marco Polo Hong Kong Hotel, Viewing Platform, 6/F, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui
How much: $160 – $280 for adults; $120 – $160 for kids
Click here for more information

Rooftop Cinema HK Presents: Ghostbusters

If bustin’ makes you feel good then there’s only one place for you this weekend. Catch a rooftop screening of Ghostbusters on Shore’s swanky downtown terrace on the eve of Halloween and celebrate the spooky festival in true 80s style. Follow the ghostbusting trio on their retro adventure, keep your eyes peeled for signs of the supernatural, and enjoy free Peroni with any food order.

When: October 30, (7.30pm – 10.30pm)
Where: Shore, 4/F, L Place, 139 Queen’s Road Central, Central
How much: $200
Click here to buy your tickets

Thriller Live

Moonwalking direct from London’s West End, Thriller Live is a dazzling celebration of the one and only Michael Jackson. Performing iconic hits from all stages of his life, this sparkling production is sure to dazzle audiences in the newly-opened Parisian Theatre.

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


11 Million Reasons

Hosting the Asian premier of the 11 Million Reasons photography exhibition, restaurant-come-gallery Popsy Modern Kitchen is now home to the series of heartwarming shots. Created by British photographer Sean Goldthorpe, in collaboration with The British Council, the series pays tribute to the disabled community by recreating 20 iconic moments from dance moves, including Flash Dance and Black Swan (pictured above). While you’re there, tuck into the delicious English Garden Brunch which got a big thumbs up from our editor.

When: Runs until November 20
Where: Popsy Modern Kitchen, 5/F, The Wellington, 198 Wellington Street, Central
How much: Free
Click here for more information

New Vision Arts Festival

Art, music, and theatre come together in this inspiring showcase of the city’s most creative talent at the New Visions Arts Festival. A host of extension activities also await, including exhibitions, an arts salon series, masterclasses, a workshop, pre-performance talks, and meet-the-artist sessions.

When: Runs until November 20
Where: Locations vary
How much: Prices vary
Click here to buy your tickets


Jerkface “Saturday Morning” Exhibition

Celebrate the Grand Opening of new contemporary art gallery, Over The Influence, and check out your favourite Saturday morning cartoon characters in the debut exhibition, ‘Jerkface’. Sculptures, comics, and animations await – so keep your eyes peeled for Donald Duck!

When: Runs until December 10
Where: Over The Influence, 1/F, 159 – 163 Hollywood Road, Central
How much: Free
Click here for more information

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

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

Duddell’s Presents: Geomantic Intervention by Adrian Wong

How does art impact the space that surrounds it? Duddell’s latest exhibition, curated by renowned artist Adrian Wong, explores the impact of artworks on the flow of energy through the Salon and Library at Duddell’s.

When: Runs until March 10th.
Where: Duddell’s, Level 3, Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street
How much: Free, RSVP required: programs@duddells.co
Click here for more information

The Coming Week

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Harry Harrison Presents: Pandaring

Expect pandas, politics, and yellow umbrellas at the latest exhibition of British-born, Hong Kong-based political cartoonist Harry Harrison. Entitled ‘Pandaring’, a selection of Harrison’s cleverest creations, as seen in the SCMP, will be on display at Central gallery, Rouge Éphémère, until November 12. Plus, 10 original pieces, which have never been published before, as well as signed copies of illustrations as seen in the SCMP, are available for purchase!

When: Runs until November 12, (Tues – Sat, 1pm – 7pm)
Where: Rouge Éphémère, Flat B, 1/F, 89 Hollywood Road, Central
How much: Free
Click here for more information

Spanish October Presents: Film Festival

One of the best ways to share one’s culture is unquestionably through film. Starting on October 26, the Spanish Chamber of Commerce will bring España to the big screen with the 11th edition of the Spanish Film Festival.

When: October 26 – November 23
Where: The Grand Cinema, 2/F, Elements, 1 Austin Road, Kowloon
How much: $90 for adults; $60 for kids
Click here to buy your tickets

Read more! Find out what’s on this Spanish October in Hong Kong

Special Studio Screening: #SheObjects

Thought-provoking documentary She Objects is the movie of choice at this week’s Special Studio Screening. The work of rising Hong Kong filmmaker Nicole Fan, She Objects shines a light on female self-esteem issues, violence, and eating disorders in an honest and raw exploration. Fan will then be joined by prominent female Hong Kong figures to lead a post-showing discussion.

When: November 2, (6.30pm – 9.30pm)
Where: The Hive, 8/F, Cheung Hing Industrial Building, 12P Smithfield Road, Kennedy Town
How much: $100 – $150
Check out the Facebook event page

Clearwater Bay Open: PGA Tour China Series

Birdies, bogies, and eagles – it’s time to brush up on your golfing lingo as the first PGA Tour China Series event to be held outside Mainland China tees off on Thursday morning. Catch Hong Kong’s number one player, Jason Hak, take on top golfers from around the globe, playing 72 holes on the picturesque Clearwater Bay course in pursuit of the $180,000 prize.

Special Offer! Enjoy 50% discount on tickets by entering the code CLEARWATERMEDIA50

When: November 3 – 6
Where: The Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club, 139 Tai Au Mun Road, Clearwater Bay
How much: $50 – $100 per day; $160 weekend pass; $240 four day entry
Click here to buy your tickets

The Gallery Walk For Charity

As part of the autumn edition of Hong Kong Art Week, over 40 galleries in Central, Sheung Wan, and Sai Ying Pun will be opening their doors to the public for an evening of exciting art exhibitions, music and dance, and delicious food and drinks. Simply meander through the streets of these trendy Hong Kong neighbourhoods and see which galleries catch your eye.

When: November 3, (5pm – 10pm)
Where: Central, Sheung Wan, and Sai Ying Pun
How much: $390
Click here to buy your tickets

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