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Best things to see and do in Hong Kong this September

Make it a September to remember

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Jenny Leung
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The official summer months might be over but let us assure you that there are still plenty of activities happening around town to fill up your social calendar. If you're not too busy getting some fresh air, going on a hike, or exploring some of Hong Kong's best secret islands, then check out these events that we've picked out for you in September. We'll keep updating the page with new things too so bookmark the page and check back whenever you need!

RECOMMENDED: With Mid-Autumn Festival landing on September 21 this year, follow our guide on all the best things to see, do, and eat to celebrate the holiday!

Event highlights in September

  • Art
  • Central

A solo exhibition by London-based artist Michael John Hunter, The More Things Change features a series of works that challenge our perception of the real and the imaginary. Combining the artist's skills in photography with his passion for sculpture making, the exhibition invites the audience to contemplate how the truth is perceived through the use of fake macro photography, where enlarged sculptures of vintage toys are placed in 'real-life' locations to enhance and demonstrate the scale of each sculpture.

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  • Tseung Kwan O

The popular Japanese cartoon character Butt Detective (yes, he has a literal butt for his face) has landed in Hong Kong and he’s here to find the missing 'golden pearl milk tea'! From June 25 to September 26, the Butt Detective exhibition invites all to investigate through seven curated spaces and rack their brains around challenging missions and fun games. From the Butt Detective Agency to the Wankoro Police Station and the Hoo Hoo Museum, scour high and low for hidden clues, jot down every detail in your very own detective notebook, and help the Butt Detective gather all the evidence to catch the culprit – don’t forget to use your special ‘magnifying glass’ too! 

At the end of your journey, stop by the pop-up store and pick up some exclusive merch like toys and key rings, storybooks, stickers and stationery, accessories, along with special cookies and cold-brew teas. Having previously attracted almost 100,000 visitors when showcasing in Taipei, The Butt Detective Exhibition is one not to be missed.

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  • Tai O

Tai O art community group, Tai O Fei Mao Li, is back to bring city dwellers a glistening Mid-Autumn Festival this year as the annual Tai O Lantern Festival returns. Lighting up the streets of Hong Kong's mini Venice, the festival features a slew of handmade lanterns in all shapes and colours, all made and decorated by Tai O locals and volunteers. The lanterns will light up every night from 6.30pm to 9.30pm. If you do decide to visit, please reminded not to disturb the local villagers and be respectful of their privacy.

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  • Wong Tai Sin

Wong Tai Sin Temple is celebrating its 100th anniversary this Mid-Autumn Festival, and Temple Mall is joining in on the fun! Open from now until October 4, the 3.5-metre-tall Golden Autumn Lumiere interactive installation will give you the perfect 'grammable moment with mirror walls and hanging lanterns that will change colour in sync with your movements. The mall, along with Wong Tai Sin Temple, will also be decked out in a dazzling display of Chinese zodiac-inspired lanterns. From September 18 to 24, visitors can even head to the Sik Sik Yuen Centennial Carnival at Wong Tai Sin Temple to collect stamps from different booth games. Those who successfully fill up their ‘Carnival Passport’  with nine stamps can then redeem a mini lantern too!

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  • Art
  • Central

Taking place from September 30 to October 17 at the former flagship location of Topshop in Central, the Digital Art Fair Asia (DAFA) will be Asia’s first physical art fair that focuses on contemporary art with cutting-edge technology, new media art, NFT Crypto Art, and immersive art experiences. The exhibition will feature art pieces  – both in physical and virtual format –  by over 40 international and local artists.

The art fair will be divided into five zones: Immersive; which will feature artworks by Turkish-American new media artist Refik Anadol and Krista Kim, Toronto-based artist and creator of the first ‘NFT virtual house’; Prestige, a showcase of world-class new media and NFT contemporary art collections; Pioneer, a zone co-curated by urban art specialist Hannah Smith featuring the likes of Sean Foley, SurrealHK (Tommy Fung), Szabotage, and more; New Media, where there’ll be artworks by NFT sound artist and ‘Godfather’ of Chinese hip hop MC Yan, leading Hong Kong digital artist Henry Chu, and Victor Wong, the creator of A.I. Gemini, the world’s first artificial intelligence ink artist; and last but not least, the Virtual Reality Art Experience Zone, which will feature the dslcollection VR art museum – the first virtual art museum established in 2005 by Paris-based collectors Sylvian and Dominique Lévy.

In addition to NFT and digital art, there will also be an extensive programme of talks available. Visitors will get to engage with leading voices in the industry and share insights about everything from collecting digital art and NFT to learning how to create art in virtual reality. Tickets are now on sale at www.digitalartfair.io.

  • Art
  • Tai Hang

Pomodoro is a joint exhibition that tells the story of artistic collaboration in the time of the pandemic. Presenting works by London-based photographer Chris Rhodes and artist goldsmith Joy BC, the exhibition will see solo pieces by both artists sitting side by side, as well as collaborative works where Chris would recruit different mundane objects in his reach and juxtaposing them alongside Joy's creations, while Joy would reflect further on her own works and the collaboration with Chris's photographs. The combination of Joy’s jewels and Chris’s photography calls into question the art of still life and perfectly blends together the precious and the mundane in a harmonious and playful manner.

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  • Art
  • Central

Serendipity in the Street is a meaningful group exhibition that looks into the everyday life of Hongkongers in the Central and Sheung Wan neighbourhood. Using the everyday life observation practice of 'Modernologio', which originated in Japan, the exhibition reflects the complex connections and relationship between people, space, and activity through the works of seven local artists including Annisa Cheung, Choi Sai Ho, South Ho, Charles Kwong, Ocean Leung, Frank Tang Kai Yiu, and Nerve.

  • Art
  • Aberdeen

Critically acclaimed Puerto Rican-American artist Enoc Perez is presenting his first solo exhibition at Ben Brown Fine Arts's Hong Kong gallery from September 7 to October 13. Exploring the significance of architectural space around the world – from their aesthetic and conceptual importance to the roles they play in relation to popular culture – Perez's new body of works features oil paintings of classic architectural works, modern interiors, as well as a vibrant set of palm tree paintings inspired by the landscape of his native country.

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  • Sha Tin

Coffee pop-up alert! From August 25 to November 21, Blue Bottle Coffee is inviting every pooch in town to visit their pet-friendly pop-up at New Town Plaza's new Kids and Pets Park. During the three-month pop-up, visitors will get to sip on Blue Bottle's signature brews and indulge in two exclusive waffle parfaits – oolong jam-infused and peanut butter cream – by local food brands JamStory and The Nutter. There'll even be a special coconut ice cream for all furry friends to enjoy! Bag yourself one of the park's pet-friendly tents and settle inside to enjoy your treats while your little furballs run wild around the park's pet maze.

On top of drinks and nibbles, there'll also be a series of workshops and activities available, including coffee pourover and tie-dye classes, as well as a biking tour, led by local cycling and lifestyle platform Bike The Moment, that will take you around the neighbourhood of Sha Tin to discover its unique and scenic side. Click here to watch our First Look video of the pop-up.

  • Art
  • Central

Trust & Confusion is an eight-month-long exhibition featuring over 20 newly commissioned works from artists around the world consisting of static artworks, audio works, and live performances such as dancing and singing – by a chorus of tone-deaf singers. The art show is split into a ‘day’ and ‘night’ theme. Inside the ‘day room’, artworks would change and evolve over the exhibition period, while the ‘night room’ will present a solo or duo showcase by different artists. So, whether you’re visiting for the first time or returning for another round, you’ll always be in for a surprise.

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