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Best things to do in Hong Kong in October

We’ve got you covered for all the best events, gigs and festivals happening in town this month

famous by proxy
By Time Out Hong Kong |
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Autumn is finally making its way to the city, marking an exciting time in Hong Kong. Aside from all the raucous Halloween parties happening across town come the end of the month, now is also the perfect time to hit the outdoors and explore some of Hong Kong's secret islands and beautiful hiking trails.

From spending a day under the sun at the Hong Kong Beach Festival to supporting the Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation on a Pink Walk, there's a whole bunch of great events and entertainment to watch out for this month.

Best things to do in Hong Kong in October

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pink season drag workshop
LGBTQ+

Drag Queen Workshops

icon-location-pin WeWork (LKF), Lan Kwai Fong
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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!

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Backstreet Boys
Music, Pop

Backstreet Boys

icon-location-pin The Venetian Macao, Cotai
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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.

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Rotten Head Festival
Rotten Head Festival
Things to do, Festivals

Rotten Head Festival

icon-location-pin Tung Chung Waterfront, Tung Chung
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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. 

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Art

Famous by proxy

icon-location-pin The Stallery, Wan Chai
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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.

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Shi Fu Miz 2017
Music, Music festivals

Shi Fu Miz Festival

icon-location-pin Sai Yuen Farm, Cheung Chau
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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. 

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Ed van der Elsken
Ed van der Elsken
Art

Hong Kong the way it was by Ed van der Elsken

icon-location-pin F11 Foto Museum, Happy Valley
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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".

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Textures of Memory by José Parlá
Ben Brown Fine Arts
Art

Textures of Memory by José Parlá

icon-location-pin Ben Brown Fine Arts, Central
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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).

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