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Best events happening in Hong Kong this October

We’ve got you covered for the whole month

Jenny Leung
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Jenny Leung
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Time Out Hong Kong
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October has arrived, which means Autumn is slowly making its way to the city. Of course, October also means there'll be all kinds of spooky Halloween activities to look forward to at the end of the month. But before that, you can keep yourself occupied with some of the coolest events to show your face at this month. From art exhibits and cultural festivals to various pop-up stores that will satisfy any foodie in town, there's a whole lot of entertainment to watch out for this month.

RECOMMENDED: Looking to head of the hills instead? We've got you covered too. Soak in those autumn feels at the best places to see autumn leaves in Hong Kong, check out these picturesque cycling routes or challenge yourself to one of Hong Kong's best hiking trails.

Best things to do in Hong Kong in October

Hong Kong Ballet presents ‘The Great Gatsby’
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Hong Kong Ballet presents ‘The Great Gatsby’

Get ready for the glitz and glam of the Roaring Twenties in New York as Hong Kong Ballet’s critically acclaimed melodrama ‘The Great Gatsby’ returns for eight performances at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre from October 27 to 29 and November 4 to 5.

A tale of the enigmatic, self-made millionaire Jay Gatsby, who is in search for his long-lost love, the show reflects the disintegration of social values and the pursuit of luxury and pleasure. The production brings F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel to life with stunning visuals, stylish dancing, shocking scandals, and live jazz music performed by Billy Novick’s Blue Syncopators and award-winning blues singer E. Faye Butler. It also features local veteran dancer Wong Tan-ki’s tap dancing and Academy Award-winning designer Tim Yip’s original art deco sets and costumes. 

Learn more about the programme here and grab your tickets on URBTIX today.

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  • Restaurants
  • Central

Lee Tung Avenue’s popular bar and resto, The Baker & The Bottleman, is heading to Landmark to offer its signature products like artisanal pastries, bread, and savoury treats, including lunch sets, coffee, and tea.

The pop-up store will be located on Shop 239, 2/F of Landmark, and will be open for six months starting in September. Patrons can enjoy freshly baked pastries, including some flaky croissant variations (starts at $28), cranberry and dark chocolate scones ($25), and savoury treats, like sesame sausage roll ($25), caramelised onion tart ($32), among others. Come by on September 14 to 16, from 12pm onwards, order some of their baked items and get a chance to enjoy complimentary coffee (limited quota of 50 complimentary cups per day) made from quality beans by the award-winning Oasis Coffee Roasters from Taiwan. Pre-order items from The Baker & The Bottlemen eshop to enjoy $5 off per item (only for the lunch and breakfast sets). 

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If you've been around the harbourfront area at Tsim Sha Tsui lately, you might have noticed the huge swimming pool installation located outside the Hong Kong Museum of Art (HKMOA). Created by Hong Kong artist Chan Wai-lap, the installation – titled, Some of Us are Looking at the Stars – is part of HKMOA's Harbour Wonder exhibition, which also features a set of six art installations by local artist Tsoi Wai-kuen. Standing four-metre-tall and 11-metre-long, Chan's installation invites audiences to step into a fantasy world that draws on his personal memories and experiences of swimming pools, while exploring themes of public and private spaces. The installation plays with light, sound, and even the weather to create an ever-changing scene for those who step inside. 

Meanwhile, Tsoi's set of six art installations – titled, A symphony of delights – takes inspiration from iconic buildings and their exterior designs on both sides of Victoria Harbour, including the Cultural Centre, HKCEC, and IFC. Sitting at Art Square in the forecourt of HKMoA, the installations come in both dynamic and static form, acting as playful 'landmarks' for people to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery amidst the hustle and bustle of the city. 

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