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The Weekend Ahead: May 14 – 15

With the International Day of Families coming up this Sunday, there’s no better time to gather together your nearest and dearest and make the most of the city’s jam-packed social calendar. Delicious rum cocktails, classic movie showings, French feasts, and dragon boat races – whatever you fancy, Hong Kong has got you covered.

Affordable Art Fair


Riding high on its popularity last year, the Affordable Art Fair is back to spice up the walls of Hong Kong’s homes this weekend. Showcasing the collections of 110 local and international galleries, a whole host of works by both famous names and emerging talent will be up for grabs from just $1,000! With friendly experts on hand to share their words of wisdom, hands-on demonstrations, and tasty treats – in addition to the visual feast of original art work – the fair is definitely worth a visit. If you’re keen to learn more about the wonderful world of art, don’t miss your chance to grab a ticket to the TEDx Artful Talk on Friday, May 13, where guest speakers such as creative duo The Connor Brothers, M+ lead curator Aric Chen, and Professor Jeffrey Shaw will be sharing their thoughts on art topics, while graffitists and artists make a live performance. TEDx ticket holders will also receive a complimentary pass to the Affordable Art Fair – bonus!

When: May 13, (12 noon – 9pm); May 14 – 15, (11am – 7pm)
Where: Hall 3B and C, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai
How much: $150 (buy one get one free!)
Click here to buy your tickets

Swire Series Presents: Charlie Chaplin’s ‘Gold Rush’

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Get your weekend off to a laughing start with a screening of Charlie Chaplin’s The Gold Rush. The Hong Kong Philharmonic orchestra will fill the circular Concert Hall with a live soundtrack to accompany the visual escapades of Chaplin’s loveable tramp character, which will be projected on to three screens around the venue. Perfect for busy Hong Kongers who find it hard to catch early evening concerts, the latest instalment in the Swire Denim Series starts at 9pm, followed by an after party at Deli & Wine for an additional $80 per person.

Want to make it a family affair? As part of the Swire Sunday Family Series, Chaplin and the Hong Kong Philharmonic are joining forces again on Sunday afternoon when The Gold Rush takes to the screen at a family-friendly hour in Chaplin for Kids. Chaplin’s humour is bound to have little ones in stitches – who can sit through the bread roll dance without cracking a smile hey?

When: Charlie Chaplin’s Gold Rush – May 13 – 14, (9pm); Chaplin for Kids – May 15, (3pm)
Where: Concert Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
How much: $90 – $380
Click on the links above to buy your tickets

 Hong Kong Rum Run


If you fancy a tipple and love your rum, then you’ll be in your element this month. In the lead up to the Rum Festival HK, 26 of our favourite bars, including Rummin Ting’s and The Pontiac, are taking part in the biggest rum race our city has ever seen. Grab a rum passport from any of the participating bars throughout May and make your way around each venue, collecting a stamp with every specially crafted rum-based beverage consumed. We strongly recommend the Heritage Mojito (served in a baby pumpkin) at The Pawn, the Tiki Stormy at The Envoy, and the Forgotten Night at Mahalo (pictured above). Electronic DJ and music producer, DJ Noble, will also be spinning the decks at Honi Honi Tiki Cocktail Lounge this Friday night, so you can sip on your rum to his soundtrack of groovy, house beats. The first 20 rum lovers to hand in their completed passports will bag amazing prizes, including cash and VIP tickets to the famous Rum in the World Masterclass. Get set, go! 

When: Runs until May 27
Where: Locations vary
How much: Free
Check out the Facebook event page

Stanley Dragon Boat Warm Up Races

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Paddles at the ready! The city’s biceps are growing as teams get stuck into their training schedules in preparation for this year’s Dragon Boat Festival on June 9. Catch a series of warm up races in Stanley this weekend, as the mens, ladies, and mixed teams in both standard and small boats battle it out on the water to the sound of the cheering crowd. We wish all paddlers the best of luck, and can’t wait to cheer them across the finish line!

When: May 14, (8am – 5pm)
Where: Stanley Main Beach
How much: Free
Click here for more information

Peppa Pig Live! Treasure Hunt

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Arguably the most popular pig in the world right now, Peppa Pig and her family and friends are touching down in Hong Kong for a series of live performances guaranteed to delight young fans. Having entertained over half a million guests so far, this charming puppet performance, based on the hit TV show, is bursting with bright colours, exciting adventures, and sing-along songs that are bound to get little toes tapping. Peppa will be joined by her family and friends on her treasure hunt, with lots of giggling and oinking along the way. A fantastic show for first-time theatre goers and junior enthusiasts alike!

When: May 14 – 15, (11am, 2.30pm, and 5.30pm)
Where: Star Hall, Kowloon Bay International Trade and Exhibition Centre, 1 Trademart Drive, Kowloon Bay
How much: $280 – $580
Click here to buy your tickets

 Food Markets

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UPDATE: Unfortunately the Alley Street Food Market has been cancelled due to a technical glitch with the fire alarm control system. Obviously safety comes first, but the FeedMe Guru team promise to be back soon with another delicious event for us to tuck into. 

We hope you’re feeling hungry, because a mouth-watering selection of food markets are popping up across our city this weekend. Adding a touch of “je ne sais quois” to Hong Kong’s market scene, the French Traditional Food and Wine Market is taking over Stanley Plaza. From Alsation cheese to French wine, and pâté to fresh seafood, you’ll be whipping up authentic French dishes for days to come. Bon appetite!  

Make sure to leave some room because a delectable selection of Hong Kong’s finest eateries, including Golden Pig and MAMA Burger and Lobster, are rustling up their signature dishes every Sunday until June 12 at the returning Tong Chong Street Market, alongside some new, exclusive creations. 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. Pooches are welcome to join in the fun, but please remember to bring your own bags!

When: French Traditional Market at Stanley – May 14 – 15, (11am – 6pm)
Tong Chong Street Food Market – Runs every Sunday until June 12, (11am – 5pm)
Where: French Traditional Market at Stanley – Murray House, Stanley Main Street, Stanley
Tong Chong Street Food Market – Taikoo Place, Tong Chong Street, Quarry Bay
How much: Free
Click on the links above for more information

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

Bun Scrambling Competition


Up there with the quirkier celebrations in Hong Kong’s calendar, the Cheung Chau Bun Scrambling Competition is back for another year to celebrate Buddha’s Birthday. As night falls on the island, twelve contestants will scale a 14-meter high tower adorned with 9,000 imitation buns. The aim of this rather unusual late-night game is to collect as many buns as possible in three minutes, ideally those higher up which are worth more precious points, in pursuit of the title of King of Kings, Queen of Queens, or Full Pockets of Lucky Buns. Just your average birthday party then …

When: May 14, (11.30am – midnight)
Where: Soccer Pitch, Pak Tai Temple Playground, Cheung Chau
How much: Free
Click here for more information

Read more! Get out of the city with our Island Series: Cheung Chau Guide.

Clash of the Champions

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Stepping into the ring this weekend is Hong Kong’s very own “Wonder Kid”, Rex Tso. Pulling on his trusty boxing gloves for a nail-biting match on his home turf, Tso will be taking on Korean multi-title champion Young Gil Bae in Clash of Champions. Who will emerge victorious? Tso and Bae aren’t the only international names battling it out this weekend either, with Olympic gold medallist Ryota Murata from Japan hoping to continue his winning streak as he comes to blows with Felipe Santos Pedroso from Brazil.

When: May 14, (7pm)
Where: Hall 5G, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai
How much: $380 – $2,880
Click here to buy your tickets

Read more! Check out Five Minutes With: “Wonder Kid” Rex Tso.

La Partida Departure


From fierce competition in the ring to fiery performances on the stage, it looks set to be a dramatic weekend in Hong Kong. The latest creation of director, choreographer, and professional dancer Adrian Santana, La Partida Departure is a unique fusion of Spanish flamenco and Asian performances. Inspired by his personal experiences, Santana’s stage show explores and unites these two diverse cultures through the language of flamenco. Renowned for it’s fiery character, passionate undertones, and strong movements, Esencia Flamenca’s multi-cultural cast of musicians and dancers promise to take you on a rollercoaster of emotions. Ole!

When: May 14, (8pm – 10pm)

Where: Y-Theatre, Youth Square, Chai Wan
How much: $320 – $450, (packages are also available)
Click here to buy your tickets

Very Aberdeen

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The normally laid-back neighbourhood of Aberdeen is overflowing with excitement this weekend, with an explosion of activity on the promenade, courtesy of Very Hong Kong. From hands-on urban farming workshops and pop up swap shops, to exciting musical and dance performances, Very Aberdeen is a fitting celebration of this historic southside town. Need to keep little hands busy? Your kids will love creating colourful sea creature bookmarks with artist Cecilia Ho of 2Bliss Studio. Then, at 2pm it’s time to download the iDiscover City Walks app and take the family on a treasure hunt through Aberdeen. With historical facts, hidden gems, and 12 checkpoints to mark down on your stamp card, it’s no wonder these Family Treasure Hunts have proved so popular in the past – well, who doesn’t like an adventure?

When: May 15, (12 noon – 6pm)
Where: Aberdeen Promenade, Aberdeen Praya Road, Aberdeen
How much: Free
Click here for more information

Read more! Explore more with 6 Alternative City Tours.


yoga on the beach

Find your inner zen and prepare yourself for the week ahead with an afternoon of yoga at Move with the Pacific, courtesy of Pololi and GuavaPass. In the penultimate Move with the Pacific event, Mahalo Tiki Lounge’s open air terrace will be transformed into a tropical paradise, offering you a breathtaking view of the mountains as you stretch and relax with your Yoga Union instructor. Plus each ticket includes a welcome drink and a delicious poke lunch set, which is redeemable at anytime in the two weeks following your class. Aloha!

It’s no secret that Hong Kongers love their yoga, so another session on the same day will come as no surprise. The Yoga Room will lead a blissful evening of Yoga on the Beach as the sun goes down over Repulse Bay. With your toes in the sand and the ocean stretching out before you, we can’t think of any better place to relax. Just remember to bring your own mat, water, and towel.

When: Move with the Pacific – May 15, (3pm)
Yoga on the Beach – May 15, (5.30pm – 6.30pm)

Where: Move with the Pacific – Mahalo Tiki Lounge, 202 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai
Yoga on the Beach – Repulse Bay Beach, Repulse Bay (near the Volleyball area)
How much: $100 – $350
Click on the links above to buy your tickets

Read more! Get active with Top 6 Wacky Workouts

 Le French May

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The annual celebration of all things French is in full swing with markets, performances, and parties popping up around the city. Like musique to our ears, two of the globe’s most talented jazz musicians, Baptiste Trotignon and Minino Garay, will be filling Hong Kong City Hall with their World-Acclaimed Jazz Duet. Meanwhile, French trumpet maestro Guy Touvron will be joining forces with the Hong Kong Wind Kamerata in Une Trompette Chantante in Le French May, whilst the talented dancers of Compagnie Rêvolution take over the Drama Theatre with their electro, hip-hop production, Bliss. Don’t forget to check out our roundup of Le French May events, because tickets are selling faster than you can say ooh lá lá!

When: Runs until June 30
Where: Locations vary
How much: Prices vary
Click on the links above to find out more and get your tickets

Plan Ahead …

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

Sign up!
Run for Change: A Starry Night Run – May 21, (6pm – 9.30pm)
Green Run – June 5, (8am)

Buy tickets!

The Philadelphia Orchestra – May 19 – 20, (8pm)
HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens – May 20 – 22
Italian Market – May 28 – 29 (12 noon – 8pm)
Soul Sisters Gala Dinner – May 28, (7.30pm)
James and the Giant Peach – June 3 – 5
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – June 10 – 12
Shrek The Musical – July 22 – August 7
Clockenflap Early Bird Tickets (available until May 19) – November 25 – 27
WICKED (Centurion Member and American Express Card Member tickets on sale now) – December 8 – January 1

Save the date!

WICKED (general ticket sales) – May 19

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