Event highlights in August
The biggest culinary event of the summer returns bigger and better. Back for its 29th edition, taste your way around the world with international cuisine and delicacies from countries like Canada, Japan, Korea and Taiwan. Bring home your favourite snacks and food products from popular brands like Kee Wah Bakery and Vita Green. There’s literally something for everyone and you won’t go empty-handed.
Sick of the same old summer blockbusters? Expand your cinematic palette and catch a variety of films ranging from award-winning films fresh off the festival circuit to hot new Asian releases and restored classics. This year’s festival will showcase the works of Mamoru Hosoda, one of the finest modern directors working in anime and open with a premiere of his new film, Mirai.
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 our city's often staid music scene. This year's lineup features The Toasters from the US, Oreskaband hailing from Japan, and Hong Kong’s very own The Red Stripes.
W Hotel’s signature late-night pool party series is in full swing. Party the night away at Hong Kong’s highest outdoor pool, featuring live music, stunning light effects and thrilling performances from the hottest DJs in town. Expect electrifying atmosphere at this all-night pool party and pop along to the afterparty at Woobar to keep the party going. Free-flow champagne and disco await.
The Central Harbourfront is being transformed into a giant inflatable playground filled with a series of giant inflatables, inviting people to have fun and challenge their own athletic prowess. Some of the highlights include giant bowling, basketball, and dart ball (it’s like darts, but you kick a ball instead of throwing a dart). There’s tons of other interactive art installations and Instagrammable lighting effects, too.
The Hidden Planet Mystery Tour at The Pulse shopping complex in Repulse Bay is a family-friendly event that includes light-themed attractions, from the Rainbow Room to the Room of Infinity. Take IG-worthy pictures with the monsters of the Hidden Planet – including Pete, Uni, Luc, Shan and Ed – and immerse yourself in their world.
Aesthetically rich and extremely moving, Jacada Travel’s underwater photo exhibition showcases an array of striking images that feature record-breaking freediver Hanli Prinsloo’s relationship with marine animals and life underwater. Dive into the world underwater while learning more about the environmental issues under the current social and political climate.
Come and support local businesses and shop for hidden gems at the return of the Discovery Bay Sunday Markets. Browse through a wide selection of handmade unique products and creative locally made goods. There's plenty of eatery options and a gorgeous seaside view to make it a family day out.
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.