After four long months without public holidays, we’ve finally made it to October! From the Hong Kong Tennis Open, Hebe Haven Yacht Club’s annual Dinghy Race to Sarah Brent’s artwork exhibition, read on to find out the best things to do in Sai Kung and beyond this month!
UNTIL OCT 22
Priscilla Queen of the Desert
Based on the Oscar-winning movie, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is the story of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus named Priscilla, searching for love and friendship. They end up on a journey of self-discovery and the road trip of a lifetime across the Australian outback.
The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Lyric Theatre. Tickets from $445 via hkticketing.com.hk
Strays Go To Sunday Market!
If you’re thinking about either adopting, fostering, sponsoring dogs, or even just volunteering now’s your chance! Meet some stray friends who are looking for their forever home.
11am-5pm, Hong Kong Academy, 33 Wai Man Road, Sai Kung. For more information visit facebook.com/saikungstrayfriendshk
Halloween costume crafting
Learn sewing techniques, make fantasy wear and turn everyday items into scary designs. No prior knowledge required. Wearing long pants, close-fitted shirts and closed-toe non-slip shoes on the day.
2:30-5:30pm on October 1,8,15,22 and 29. At MakerBay Central, PMQ Unit H-508. $480 per person per session. Register at makerbay.org
A day commemorating the anniversary of the establishment of the People’s Republic of China. Catch the fireworks as they light up Victoria Harbour, starts at 9pm.
The day following National Day
After four consecutive months of zero public holidays, there’s not only one but two this week!
Sotheby’s Contemporary Ink Art Auction: Confluence
A thematic sale of contemporary art spanning works by artists trained in, or influenced by, the ink painting tradition. The sale features paintings by artists such as Hans Hartung, Charles-Hossein Zenderoudi, Krishen Khanna and Isamu Noguchi.
11 am, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Wan Chai. More information at sothebys.com
Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance Festival
Dating back to 1880, the annual Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance Festival returns as part of the Mid-Autumn Festival. For three nights and days, visitors can see the famous 67-metre-long ‘fire dragon’ as it winds its way through the streets of Tai Hang.
Around 10:45–11:30pm on October 4 at Victoria Park. All other dates, around 8:15–10:30pm at Tai Hang. For more information visit taihangfiredragon.hk
Held on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar, this festival stems from an ancient harvest ritual. Take the chance to put your feet up—or enjoy the lanterns and mooncakes.
Contemporary Bonsai Exhibition 2017
Organised by the Penjing Association of Hong Kong, the exhibition will feature some of Hong Kong’s famous bonsai artists. 10am-7pm at Kowloon Park, Tsim Sha Tsui. Free admission.
For more information call 8202 8112 or visit facebook.com/PenjingHK
The day following Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival
Public holiday again!
Monkey God Festival
Falling on the 16th day of the eighth lunar month, this festival celebrates the Monkey God from the Ming Dynasty novel Journey To The West. Watch people burn incense and paper offerings at the Monkey God Temple at Po Tat Estate in Sau Mau Ping.
For more information call 2717 3378
Hong Kong Tennis Open
The Hong Kong Tennis Open returns for the fourth year. Watch as world-class players descend on Hong Kong to battle it out for the grand prize of US$500,000. The first three days of the tournament are free to the public on a first come, first-served basis. Thereafter, tickets start at $160. Victoria Park Tennis Stadium, Causeway Bay.
Buy tickets at cityline.com and Tom Lee outlets, or call 2111 5333
PAGEANT: The Musical
Directed by Marek Steenkamp and presented by The Hong Kong Singers Limited, PAGEANT is an official Pink Season 2017 Calendar Event that mocks pageant shows by being one. Judges selected from the audience have to choose which one of the show’s six contestants (all played by men) are worthy of the title of Miss Glamouresse. The hopefuls all compete in a grueling series of evening gown, swimwear, and talent rounds.
Children under 10 not admitted. 8pm, McAuley Studio Theatre, HK Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Road, Wan Chai. Tickets available through urbtix.hk
Hong Kong Academy Open House
Hong Kong Academy is an international, inclusive and dynamic learning community. As an English medium, IB World School, students experience hands-on, integrated learning that supports students’ pathways to individual excellence by fostering creativity, communication and problem-solving skills.
Hong Kong Academy, 33 Wai Man Road, Sai Kung New Territories, Hong Kong, hkacademy.edu.hk
A range of local businesses showcase their wares in this day-long pop-up shop. Participating businesses include Ladies Who Lunch Dresses, Not Only Olives, Gifts In A Tin, And Small Print Jewelry, Orangutan Aid and The Lovely Mara. 11am-4pm at CENA in the square, Sai Kung.
For enquiries, call Claire Brownless on 6100 0253 or Angela on 6114 4219.
Helena May Charity Bazaar
Over 50 stalls selling handmade crafts, jewellery, accessories and books, among other things, on the day.
The Helena May, 35 Garden Road, Central. Call 2522 6766 or visit helenamay.com for more information.
Sarah Bent is showcasing her artwork. A self-taught artist, Bent’s artwork is done mainly in watercolour. She has exhibited in England, America, Australia, and many countries in Asia. noon-4pm daily, closed on Wednesday.
Opening reception on October 14, 6-8:30pm. Closed on Wednesdays. H Studio Gallery, 1/1 Wan King Path, Sai Kung. For more information, contact Helen Boyd at 9123 8664
SUNDAYS FROM OCT 15
Container Port BBQ Boat Trip
Join a tour on a boat trip that explores one of the largest and busiest container ports in the world. See ships loading, unloading, refueling, and being pushed by tugs.
11am-3:30pm. $900 per adult, $760 per child, including a sausage sizzle, salads and vegetables, carrot cake and beer, wine, soft drinks and water. Book tickets at hongkongyachting.com
Central Rat Race
Race through obstacles in Hong Kong’s Central District in your best fancy dress outfits. This event supports MINDSET, a charity that aims to make a difference in the area of mental health.
Find out more and sign up at centralratrace.com
Song Saa Yoga Retreat
Join Flex Studio at Song Saa Private Island for an exclusive six-day yoga retreat. Enjoy daily intensive yoga sessions, explore the beautiful Cambodian archipelago, and join the Song Saa Foundation in its philanthropic work. The package is inclusive of all organic food and beverages, yoga classes with Flex Studio’s director, water activities, and more. Limited spaces.
Lush Kids Party
Pink Season teams up with LUSH to host a fun-filled afternoon of creativity for rainbow families. 3-5PM, 492 Lockhart Road, Causeway Bay on October 15; and 3-5pm, 68 Sai Yeung Choi Street South, Mong Kok on October 22. Free registration.
Register at eventbrite.hk
Under Our Shelter
A curated look at Hong Kong’s history as a place of refuge using new, archived and privately held images, many of which have never been displayed in public. The Grand Opening Night runs from 6:30-9:30pm on October 19 at Loft 22, California Tower, Lan Kwai Fong. Tickets available at ticketflap.com for $288 which includes entry and a catalogue of the highlight photos from the exhibition. All other nights are free entry with a suggested donation of $100.
The event will be moved to St Andrew’s Church, Tsim Sha Tsui between October 23-28. facebook.com/events/360831787682741
The Hebe Haven Yacht Club 24 Hour Charity Dinghy Race 2017
Held just in front of Hebe Haven Yacht Club, the annual Hebe Haven Yacht Club 24-Hour Dinghy Race is the longest and only endurance aquathon in Hong Kong and south Asia. The event features a mini-village where families can unwind and watch the boats race through the two-day weekend.
Race starts at 2pm, Hebe Haven Yacht Club, Pak Sha Wan, Sai Kung. To register, visit hebehaven24hour.com
OCT 21-NOV 3
An exhibition that shows the relationship between digitality and physicality. Experience a rearrangement of what is already familiar through physical manifestations of online concepts.
Geneyclee Gallery, 702, 7/F, Sunbeam Centre, 27 Shing Yip Street, Kwun Tong, geneycleegallery.com. Spaces limited for opening reception on October 20 (6-9pm). RSVP to email@example.com
A fundraising event for local charities and St John’s Cathedral. There will be stalls and booths, selling bargain items, clothing, accessories, food and drink, as well as live performances and game booths.
10am-4pm, St John’s Cathedral, Central.
Wildlife of Russia: Mike Korostelev Photography Exhibition
Dive with orcas, swim with seals, fish for salmon with brown bears and see the beauty of Russia through Mike Korostelev’s photography.
Galerie Les Noms, 47 Sai Street, Sheung Wan, glesnoms.com
Forest Bathing Guided Walk
Connect with nature and engage in a forest therapy walk. Be led through a series of activities designed to slow you down, open your senses and connect to your intuition so you experience the forest in a way you never have before.
$380 per person. 8-11am, meeting at Sai Kung Town Taxi Stand on September 21 and Shek Kip Mei Station Exit A on September 28. To sign up and find more information, visit kembali.org
ESF 50th Anniversary Marathon
In celebration of ESF’s 50th anniversary. Race categories include 1km to 10km runs and a 1km family walk. There will also be a community carnival.
Visit the carnival from 9:30am–4pm at Edinburgh Place, Central, and watch the races from 8am–10:30am at the Central harbourfront.
Lan Kwai Fong Halloween Party
Watch as Hong Kong’s premier party zone becomes the playground for massive street party, with costume and cosplay, featured drinks, Monster Mash competition, live performances and more throughout the week. Lan Kwai Fong, Central.
Get more details at lankwaifong.com
Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival
This festival brings world-class world-class food, drinks and entertainment to the Victoria Harbour skyline. Enjoy wine-pairing menus prepared by master chefs, tasting classes with industry experts, and wine and food booths spanning everything from single malts to artisanal cheese.
Central Harbourfront Event Space, $30 admission. For opening times, visit discoverhongkong.com
Chung Yeung Festival
Also called the Double Ninth Festival because it falls on the ninth day of the ninth month of the Lunar calendar. Similar to the Ching Ming Festival, families go to cemeteries to visit graves and worship ancestors.
Harbour Race 2017
Watch thousands of swimmers racing across the Victoria Harbour. From 8:30am, Tsim Sha Tsui Public Pier.
The Sedan Chair Charity Race
Race with a sedan chair to raise money for charity. All funds will go to local small charities which run education, health or social welfare community programmes.
The Matilda International Hospital, Mount Kellett Road. Sign up at sedanchairace.org
Boo! Time to get your face paint and costume ready!