What’s on in March 2019

Outward Bound Adventure Race
Image: Courtesy of Outward Bound

Hong Kong Restaurant Week
Experience 11 days of culinary finesse at over 150 of the most in demand restaurants in town this spring. With three courses starting from $148, it should already be in the diary for any cuisine connoisseurs. Various times and locations. restaurantweek.diningcity.hk

47th Hong Kong Arts Festival
All genres of performing arts are represented in this month-long programme. Times, prices and locations vary. hk.artsfestival.org/en

International Women’s Day Gala Lunch
Hosted by The Women’s Foundation, this year’s panel has been orchestrated around the title ‘Curating Gender Equality: a Conversation with Women in the Arts’. 12 noon-2pm. Individual tickets from $1,900 or a table from $31,000. Conrad Hong Kong, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty. twfhk.org

MAR 1-3
Trans Lantau Race
The 8th edition of the trail running race on the biggest outlying island in Hong Kong. The course is spread over two national parks and different trails, a good chance to keep active this spring. Start times vary. Entrance fees are $450 for 25km, $680 for 50km and $1,480 for 100km. Mui Wo River Silver Garden, Mui Wo. translantau.com

Winners of The Clearwater Bay Chase
Image: Courtesy of The Clearwater Bay Chase

Clearwater Bay Chase 2019
A 10km charity run from Clearwater Bay Marina to Clearwater Bay 2nd Beach. All enrolment fees go to Breakthrough in support of their liberal studies project. 7.30am-12 noon. The Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club, 139 Tai Au Mun Road, Clearwater Bay. cwbgolf.org

MAR 5-14
Series of talks to inspire and empower women to develop professionally from the American Women’s Association of Hong Kong. Tickets from $220. Times and locations vary. awa.org.hk

Wednesday Open Mic at HQ
An open mic event hosted by some of Hong Kong’s top comedians. 8.30-10.30pm. Free. HQ by Terrace Concepts, 3/F, 1 Lyndhurst Terrace. facebook.com/HQbyTerraceConcepts

Affordable Tattoo Artfair
Meet local Hong Kong tattoo artists, mingle, chat and get inspiration for a new tatt whilst watching a live demonstration. 7-11pm. Free. The Aftermath Bar, 57-59 Wyndham Street, Central. facebook.com/pg/TheAftermathBar

International Women’s Day
Celebrate all the women in your life.

I Am Woman, art show by Kate Sparrow
Celebrate International Women’s Day with an exhibition by Kate Sparrow featuring a series of paintings of inspirational Hong Kong women. 5.30-8.30pm. Anita Chan Gallery, Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Road, Central. katesparrow.com

MAR 10
Hong Kong E-Prix
Car fanatics get ready for a day filled with speed and excitement as the motorsport races along the most dramatic skyline in all of Asia. Adults $2,880 and Concessions $1,440. Central Harbourfront Event Space. hkformulae.com

MAR 10
Women’s Adventure Film Tour
In celebration of International Women’s Day, the film festival showcases 12 short films of fantastically adventurous women who have achievements and gripping stories to tell. 5-7.30pm. Leo Lee Arts Center, 37 Nam Long Shan Road, Hong Kong Island. eventbrite.hk

MAR 10
Outward Bound Adventure Race
Challenge your inner adventurer in a race of trailing running, kayaking, swimming and tactical navigation. Designed for teams of four with two course options including a Challenge route at 16km or Elite route at 20km. Register online at fringebacker.com/en/event/outward-bound-adventure-race-2019

MAR 10
Healthy Hike & Run
Run and hike around Tai Lam with this Action Asia Event. Distances of 5km, 13km and 19km available. 8.30am start. $300. Tai Tong Shan, Tai Lam. actionasiaevents.com

MAR 11-APR 13
Women’s Five Run & Fun Fitness Programme
Go on a journey of fitness with Women’s Five in their five week fitness programme in preparation for a five or 10km run. $800-880 for the run and fitness program, $390-420 for run only. Aberdeen Country Park. womensfive.com

MAR 15-24
Hong Kong Flower Show
For those horticulture lovers seeking a refreshing haven in the middle of the busy city, this year’s Flower Show will explore the theme ‘When Dreams Blossom’ and features Chinese Hibiscus, the rose of China. 9am-9pm. Tickets $14. Victoria Park, Causeway Bay. lcsd.gov.hk

MAR 16-17
VeggieWorld Hong Kong
Hong Kong’s first trade fair for a vegan lifestyle. See the latest vegan products and learn tips from vegan movers and shakers. Saturday 10am-8pm and Sunday 10am-6pm. One day ticket $150, weekend ticket $280, children up to age 14 free. PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central. veggieworld.de

MAR 16
Lantau Stairmaster Race
In the 7th year of the toughest short course race of Hong Kong will take you over both Sunset and Lantau Peaks, two times. 9am. $298 (register together with the Twins Stairmaster for $500). Starting from Nam Shan. thetrailhub.com

Sai Kung market in Hong Kong
Image: Courtesy of Sai Kung Sunday market

MAR 17
Sai Kung Sunday Pop Up
The monthly pop up market is back with vendors selling various wares including candles, jewelry and leather goods. 12 noon-5pm. Momentai Bar & Restaurant, Kiosk 1 Waterfront, Wai Man Road, Sai Kung.

MAR 18-APR 4
Hong Kong International Film Festival
One of the largest cultural events in the city braces the cinematic scene. Tickets from $55. Several locations including the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre and Hong Kong Science Museum. hkiff.org.hk

MAR 21-APR 28
Portrait of Hong Kong by Fan Ho
A selection of previously unpublished photos, including some rare vintage pieces. Cocktail opening on March 21, 6-9pm. Exhibition from March 22, 11am-6pm. Blue Lotus Gallery, 28 Pound Lane, Sheung Wan. bluelotus-gallery.com

MAR 21-24
Taste of Hong Kong
Taste gives foodies a chance to experience over 60 signature dishes Hong Kong has never seen before, with some of the city’s best chefs. Session times vary. Tickets from $96. Central Harbourfront, 9 Lung Wo Road, Central. hongkong.tastefestivals.com

MAR 23
Sai Kung Montessori Information Session
Learn more about the Montessori philosophy created over 100 years ago. 10am. Free. 787 Unit SB, Tan Cheung, Sai Kung. saikungmontessori.com

MAR ​23
Twins Stairmaster Race
A tough 1000m of climbing over 10km, the race takes you over Violet Hill and the Twins and back, over night. 7.30pm. $298 (register together with the Lantau Stairmaster for $500). Starting from Tai Tam Reservoir Road. thetrailhub.com

MAR 23-APR 30
Paws by the Sea 2019
Take part in Paws by the Sea and a whole range of activities with Hong Kong’s first seaside Doggie Speed Dating, a Guiness World Record attempt, a Doggie Wedding Expo, Instagrammable photo spots for dogs, dog training, educational workshops and more. Free. For registration, email pawsbythesea2019@eventist.com

MAR 23 & 30
HKUST Spring Garage Sale
Have a snoop around Sai Kung’s biggest garage sale with over 200 tables of new and much loved goods. 9am- 2:30pm. Free. Advance reservation of tables to sell is necessary, email Jean for more information.

MAR 24
Race the Runway HK
All fundraising will be donated to Habitat of Humanity, difficulty levels range from 1km kids dash to 10km challenge. Race area opens from 7.30am. From $300 for 5km and 10km runs, $220 for 1km kids dash and $1,800 per team. Kai Tak Runway Park, Kowloon. racehk.com/runway

MAR 24
The Green Run
The eco-conscious Green Run has distances of 3km and 10km for individuals and teams. With reusable water cups, recycling bins, and environmentally-friendly souvenirs. 8am-1pm. $300. Charles K Kao Auditorium, Hong Kong Science Park & Pak Shek Kok Promenade, Sha Tin. greencouncil.org

MAR 25
Tom Odell Live
Ivor Novello-winning songwriting sensation Tom Odell makes his first appearance in Hong Kong. 8pm. $590. Kowloon Bay International Trade & Exhibition Centre, Kowloon. livenation.hk

MAR 26-30
Hong Kong French Theatre Festival
Hong Kong celebrates the fourth edition of the festival, raising money for Pour Un Sourire d’Enfant. Tuesday to Friday 8pm, Saturday 5pm. Adults $300, Students $200. Sheung Wan Civic Center. thkftf.com

MAR 27
Jimmy Carr Live in Hong Kong
Rescheduled from September, British best-loved comedian, Jimmy Carr, brings The Best of Ultimate Gold Greatest Hits Tour along with new material. 8pm. Tickets from $488. Kowloonbay International Trade & Exhibition Centre, Kowloon. hkticketing.com

MAR 27-31
Art Central
Showcasing over 100 leading art galleries as well as performances, talks, large scale installations and new media. Open daily from 12 noon. Tickets from $240. The New Central Harbourfront, 9 Lung Wo Road, Central. artcentralhongkong.com

MAR 28
Pet Shop Boys
Successful British duo, Pet Shop Boys, bring The Super Tour to Asia, featuring their latest album Super alongside their greatest hits, including ‘Always on My Mind’ and ‘West End Girls’. 8pm. Tickets from $588. AsiaWorld Expo, Airport Expo Blvd, Chek Lap Kok. hkticketing.com

MAR 29
Zakir Khan
Mad Rascals HK and Cutting Chai Events co-present Indian- standup-comedian, Zakir Khan for the first time ever in Hong Kong. $250-500. Y Theatre, Chai Wan. ticketflap.com

MAR 29-31
Hong Kong Art Basel
Discover the world’s iconic names and leading modern galleries all gathered under one roof in the art hub of Asia. Opening hours vary daily. One day ticket from $300. Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai. artbasel.com/hong-kong

MAR 29-31
Hong Kong Photobook Fair
Independent publishers invited to share their photobooks. Friday and Saturday 12 noon-8pm and Sunday 11am-6pm. Free. Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Road, Wan Chai. hkphotobookfair.com

MAR 29-APR 1
Asia Contemporary Art Show
As Asia’s hub for contemporary art, Hong Kong invites a platform for international art lovers to join together and appreciate over 2,500 pieces of artwork. Opening times vary. 2-for-1 tickets including complimentary drinks for $270. Conrad Hong Kong, Pacific Place 88 Queensway. asiacontemporaryart.com

MAR 30
Chinese Academy Poetry Tea House
Join Chinese Academy for a poetic spring afternoon while sipping tea and enjoying performances based on work written by our young poets. Starts at 2pm. Free admission. Please register at caps.edu.hk

MAR 30
Hong Kong Whiskey Festival
The Intercontinental Hotel hosts the fourth edition of the most sought after event for whiskey lovers. From tastings to masterclasses, there are over 1,000 whiskey’s to taste at $260 per ticket. 1-8pm. Intercontinental Grand, 70 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon. hkwhiskyfestival.com

MAR 30
Bebegarten 6th Birthday Party and Open Day
Join in the fun with bouncy castle, magic shows, arts and crafts, sand art, and more! 10am-3pm. Free. Bebegarten Education Centre, Unit 301-305, One Island South, 2 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang.

MAR 30
WWF Earth Hour 2019
Reduce and rethink with 2019’s theme to “Change the Way We Live” and preserve the earth’s biodiversity. Pledge to switch off your lights at 8.30pm. earthhour.wwf.org.hk

MAR 30-31
Hong Kong Beach 5s
Asia’s biggest beach sporting festival with rugby, netball, dodgeball, volleyball and football competitions. Family entertainment areas with bouncy castles, food vendors and more. 9am-8pm. Repulse Bay Beach. beach5s.com

MAR 31
British Mothering Sunday
Don’t forget good old Mum, all you Brits!

MAR 31
Merrell Challenge
A team adventure with coasteering, orienteering, running, river running, stand up paddle boarding and special team tasks. Elite team requires 2 members to cover 27km, whilst the Explorer team needs 3 members for 16km. 9am start. Elite Challenge is $1,300 and Explorer Challenge is $1,450. Deep Water Baby Beach. merrell-challenge.hk