Best things to do in Hong Kong in October
If you've ever watched an episode of RuPaul's Drag Race, then you probably know how much work it takes to transform into a fabulous drag queen – well, now your turn. Explore your untapped talent for drag while you learn everything you need to know about makeup, pick up some killer dance moves and unleash your colourful alter ego. There's even a grand prize up for grabs for the ultimate queen!
Backstreet’s back, alright! 90s nostalgia is bigger than ever and look forward to another trip down memory lane as the ultimate 90s boyband Backstreet Boys has just announced they’re heading to Macau’s The Venetian this October as part of their new DNA World Tour. Following their latest album DNA, which features songs written by Charli XCX – debuted at the top of the charts. Clearly, the boys still got it. Get ready to rock your body.
Billed by the promoters as ‘the most exciting thing to happen to Lantau Island since the Mongol invasion of 1276’, Rotten Head Festival is turning Tat Tung Road Garden in Tung Chung into a massive outdoor party on October 26. The family-friendly festival features 10 Lantau and Hong Kong craft breweries, a bunch of food stalls, pop-up shows, the Handmade Hong Kong market, a baby disco, a play area for kids and live music all day long. Well-known brands Gweilo, Moonzen and Young Master are taking part, and so is up-and-coming cider-maker Hong Kong Whistle. Grab a beer, bring your little ones to the kids’ dance floor or dinosaur-painting area, and chill out to the music of 11 different bands, including headliner Ariclan.
After his controversial art exhibition "Tear and Consume" back in November 2018, in which guests were invited to tear up his artworks Banksy-style, the talented artist Ernest Chang is back at it again. Presenting his latest collection of artworks, "Famous by Proxy" features a series of acrylic silkscreen canvases, screen prints, 3D pieces and neon lighting. Combining classic European paintings going as far back as the Renaissance with his love for comic book and manga characters, this exhibition is able to speak to the masses by fusing Western traditions with contemporary culture.
A music, art, and wellness revelry all rolled into one, Shiz Fu Miz is back with a new lineup and new venue on Cheung Chau. Experience the best underground electronic throughout the two-day fest and dive into the almost ridiculous amount of activities including yoga, gong bath meditation, drumming, silent disco, street art and farming to just name a few.
Travel back in time this October and head to F11 Foto Museum to witness a beautiful display of black and white photography by one of the most influential Dutch photographers in the 20th century, Ed van der Elsken. Extending beyond his direct and avant-garde style, this particular collection showcases Elsken's love and perspective of the old Hong Kong. A city which he described as "the prettiest of harbour cities".
Featuring a range of sculptural works along with large-format paintings by Brooklyn-based contemporary artist, José Parlá, Textures of Memory showcases Parlá's most representative works spanning from 2004 to 2018. Using archives of walls and textures as a basis, along with his practice of abstract expressionism, this comprehensive exhibition takes places over two venues: The Annex (September 18 - October 12) and Ben Brown Fine Arts Exhibition (September 19 - November 6).