Event highlights in August
Since launching in 2015, the city's Reggae Ska Festival has quickly become one of the highlights if the musical calendar and it's a welcome injection of diversity into Hong Kong's often staid music scene. This year's exciting lineup features Roddy Radiation from The Specials hailing from Japan, Japan’s The Mighty Crown and so much more. We're in for a treat!
Dedicated to one of the most internationally famous French photographers Willy Ronis, this exhibition showcases his most iconic works as well as less known ones. Many of Ronis’s best-known photographs are micro-narratives, portraying men and women, on the street, in ordinary, everyday activities. Ronis’s lens also highlights social injustice and the underprivileged classes of society.
The runner-up of RuPaul's Drag Race Season 5 and later the crowned winner of RuPaul’s All Stars Drag Race Season 2, Alaska 5000 has charmed audiences all of the world with her witty banter and impressive music career, which included singles like Ru Girl, Your Makeup Is Terrible, and Nails. So if you love cabaret, over-the-top acts and drag comedy acts, you don’t want to miss the chance for an evening with Alaska in Hong Kong.
Editor's note: The GOT7 2019 World Tour will be postponed to later dates because of protests in Hong Kong. Check out Rolemodel Entertainment Group (REG)'s page for refund and postponement details.
Clear out your schedule for August 31 and September 1, and head down to Asia World Expo, where you can see K-pop boyband GOT7 performing live in Hong Kong. The boys are returning to Hong Kong as part of their "Keep Spinning" World Tour, where fans can expect renditions of songs from their latest album, Spinning Top. Ticket prices range from $588 to $2,388 and will go on public sale starting July 15 on HK Ticketing; while UnionPay credit cardholders can purchase tickets in advance from July 9 to 11. Don't miss it!
Charming both fine art and mainstream audiences worldwide with his cute and psychedelic works, which often feature colourful flowers with smiley faces and original characters like Kaikai and Kiki, eccentric Japanese artist Takashi Murakami returns to Hong Kong for a major survey exhibition. The exhibition will be taking over all the art galleries at Tai Kwun, showcasing more than 60 paintings and sculptures in an immersive setting that explores the multi-faceted work and life of Murakami. Those range from large-scale post-apocalyptic works to interpretations on classical Japanese paintings and Buddhism to his creative collaborations, including the character Doraemon. Also at the exhibition are some of the artist’s iconic and outlandish costume designs, video works, samples of his private art collection and the artist’s spectacular wall and floor art.
Make a literal splash at Hong Kong Disneyland’s summer event – the Pixar Water Play Street Party. Bringing together all the popular Pixar characters, including the likes of Woody from Toy Story, Joy and Sadness from Inside Out, Russell and Dug from Up, as well as The Incredibles, look forward an array of new floats as characters on it splash and spray water to the crowds during the parade. It’s certainly a way to cool down.
Summer is officially here and that only means the return of Central Harbourfront SummerFest. This year, the 68-day festival features a wide range of 30 large-scale events and the city’s first-ever Smartizen Park, which showcases the latest technologies and demonstrating how new technologies are being integrated into our daily lives. Some highlights to look forward to include the large-scale Sound Color Stone exhibition, showcasing more than a hundred pieces of stone art paintings by various artists from around the world, and Pure Playground, an all-out outdoor yoga party. Best of all, everything’s free.
Looking for things to do on a budget?
We all know Hong Kong isn’t the cheapest city to live in. Whether you were born here or moved to the city as an expat, true Hongkongers are always on the lookout for fun things to do without spending a fortune. To help you achieve that aim, we’ve gone around town and uncovered the best wallet-friendly activities in the city. From the best cheap eats and free shows to the best spots for water sports, you don’t have to drop more than $100 to enjoy these awesome affairs.And if you’re literally down to your last few dollars, check out all the free things to do in Hong Kong that exist for further inspiration.