Public pools open
It’s warming up, so dig out your swimming stuff and head out to one of Hong Kong’s many public pools.
HKIS World’s FairThe annual HKIS World’s Fair is back, celebrating cultural diversity in Hong Kong with international food, shopping and entertainment. This year, to mark the school’s 50th anniversary, the fair will have a “vintage HKIS” theme, transporting visitors to the Hong Kong of yesteryear. Families welcome and admission is free. On-site parking is not available but a complimentary bus runs to and from the event. 11am-3pm, HKIS High School, 1 Red Hill Road, Tai Tam, www.hkis.edu.hk
Celebrating music, creativity and technology, Sonar debuts in Hong Kong and brings in a lineup of live acts and DJs including DJ Shadow, Gilles Peterson and Dave Clarke. Tickets are $180-780. 11am-3pm, Hong Kong Science Park, Sha Tin. Visit sonarhongkong.com for more information.
Borrelli Walsh Beach 5sAfter taking a break from the sand in 2016, The Beach 5s is back for two days of fun and games at Repulse Bay beach. Making its debut this year – and joining the staple line up of men’s and women’s rugby, netball and dodgeball – is the Neymar Jr’s Five. This five-a-side tournament is inspired by street football and features one special rule: each time you score, the opposition loses a player. Aside from the sporting action, enjoy free family entertainment, a live DJ, food, drink and shopping from an array of lifestyle brands. Free admission. Matches take place from 9am-6pm on both days. www.beach5shk.com.
Sai Kung Sunday MarketBrowse through over 60 stalls of food vendors and artisans at this well-established indoor market. Children can enjoy face painting and cuddles with adorable puppies, while you eat, browse and shop. 11am-5pm, Hong Kong Academy, 33 Wai Man Road, Sai Kung.
Ching Ming Festival
Public holiday for the tomb-sweeping festival.
APR 5, 12, 19 & 26
Cantonese Slang Class
Learn Cantonese slang from Sai Kung resident, Kristy Lau. Holding informal Cantonese classes in Sai Kung, she will teach you a range of informal phrases for work, social situations and living in Hong Kong. Each class with teach on different subject with different note. 10-11am, Steamers, $450 per person for four classes. Enrol at least one day before the class by calling Kristy 6377 5567.
Pop up shopA range of Sai Kung businesses showcasing their products including Gifts in a Tin, Not Only Olives, Ladies Who Lunch Dresses, Small Print and more. Coffee and prosecco will be served for all shoppers. 11am-4pm, Cena in Sai Kung Square. For more details, contact Claire Brownless at 6100 0253.
Kidz Night Out
Held from 5.30-8.30pm, Kidz Night Out aims to provide an educational experience for children, where they can learn, build and play with LEGO. Pizza and drinks are included. $300 per child or $250 for current students. Book your spot by calling 2791 0007. For more information visit bricks4kidz.com.hk/saikung
Hong Kong Rugby Sevens
Rugby madness descends on Hong Kong for three days of tries, tackles and copious amounts of beer. If you’re heading to the South Stand, don’t forget your fancy dress costume. Hong Kong Stadium, 55 Eastern Hospital Road, So Kon Po, www.hksevens.com
Join mountaineer and domestic worker Liza Avelino for a hike in Lantau, followed by a stretching and cool down session led by yoga wear brand A Day with Fé on Mui Wo’s Silvermine Bay beach. Avelino is a graduate of Enrich, a charity that promotes the economic empowerment of migrant domestic workers by giving them the tools to save, budget and plan. She has completed two Trailblazers, trekked to the highest elevations in the world and now organises hikes with Clean Up Hong Kong Trails. Tickets are $200 each and all proceeds go to Enrich. A Day with Fé is also generously donating their Mira Beau tops to the Empowerment Hike participants. Register now while stocks last at www.enrichhk.org
2017 UCI Track Cycling World Championships
The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) Track Cycling World Cup will be held in Hong Kong is back this year at the Tseung Kwan O Velodrome. Hong Kong Velodrome, 105-107 Ho Pong Road, Tseung Kwan O. Tickets start at $120 for adults, $50 for concessions. For more information, visit trackworldcup.hk.
Public holiday (and the start of a four-day weekend!).
2017 Bonaqua LIFEPROOF Action Sprint RUN
The Sprints are back although still with no river gullies due to the AFCD restrictions across Hong Kong. First in the series is the Repulse Bay run (two distances:14 km and 9 km), followed by runs at Discovery Bay (April 23) and Sai Kung (May 6). Register online at www.actionasiaevents.com. 8am, Repulse Bay.
Another public holiday.
Tin Hau Festival
One of the most colourful celebrations taking place in Tin Hau temples around Hong Kong, celebrating the birthday of the goddess of the Sea with paper floral towers kung fu troupes and marching bands.
Shrewsbury International School Hong Kong Open House
Meet the Principal and team of a new international primary school at their information office in Central. The programme will be linked to the English National Curriculum, suitable for students between 3 and 11. The school site will be purpose built, offering function specific facilities tailored for young children. Visit www.shrewsbury.hk for more information.
APR 23-MAY 28
The 6th Hong Kong Games
The 6th Hong Kong Games will see teams competing in eight sports including athletics, basketball, futsal, swimming, tennis and more. Held across different sporting venues in Hong Kong. Opening ceremony April 23. Visit www.hongkonggames.hk for more information.
Conscious Couture – AWA Charity Fashion Show
The American Women’s Association presents a fashion show focused on sustainable couture, from the manufacturing process to the materials used and the wages paid to the factory workers. The fashion show is the culmination of a fundraising season which is expected to raise $1,000,000 to help local charities that benefit at risk women and children, the elderly, and the disabled. Each designer has selected one look to donate for the fundraising auction. Ready to wear items will be available for purchase after the show. 6:30-10pm, American Club Tai Tam. Tickets are $1,000 each from www.awa.org.hk or call 2527 2961.
The Great Chefs of Hong Kong
This dining experience brings together top chefs from nearly 50 of Hong Kong’s favourite dining destinations including Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, The Luxe Manor and VEA Restaurant and Lounge to name just a few. Savour different cuisines, meet the chefs and take part in the Super Lucky Draw and tombola. Proceeds go to Heep Hong Society Parents Resource Centres which supports special needs children, youth and their families. 6-9pm, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai. Tickets from $880 per person at www.heephong.org/greatchefs.
Kindergartens Festival 2017
Looking for a good education for your little one? Head to this annual mega kindergarten, organised by Education Post, South China Morning Post, to meet representatives from a range of kindergartens, both local and international education streams, as well as respected pre-nursery and playgroup institutions. Noon – 4pm, J.W. Marriott Hong Kong, Admiralty. For more details and to register, visit en-hk.kindergartensfestival.com.
PFS Fearless Dragon Charity Run 2017The race will take competitors around Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark for a 3km, 10km or a 15km race. The event supports the sport rehabilitation and social inclusion projects for people with a disability. Entry fee is $290. Starting point is at Pak Tam Chung Picnic Garden. Man Yee Road, Sai Kung. For more information, visit www.fearlessdragon2017.weebly.com.