Want to plan ahead and fill up your calendar for the next seven days? Discover the biggest and best things to do in Hong Kong from Monday morning to Sunday evening with our ultimate list. From the latest restaurant openings and the best art exhibitions in Hong Kong to pop-up events and free community classes, we’ve got you covered for the rest of the week. And if you're looking to get some fresh air after a long day at work, why not fit in a hike on a weeknight?
This week's best events
Under the curation of renowned urban artist Alexandre Farto – aka Vhils – Pauline Foessel, the Annual Arts Exhibition between China and the Portuguese-speaking countries feature the works of 27 artists in Macao. The theme this year is “Alter Ego”, where six individuals exhibitions showcase and explore the interaction of people and the interconnected world, as well as the language within relationships and human communication. It’s well-worth making a ferry trip over.
Cantonese opera was once the most popular art form in our city and our greatest cultural export. This two-month-long festival pays tribute to that. The celebration brings to Hong Kong a diverse range of performers including the Shanghai Kunqu Opera Troupe and the Second Troupe of the China National Peking Opera Company who will showcase the different styles and unique charms of regional Chinese opera.
The annual family-friendly festival is back again. The carnival puts on an array of performances all over town, providing great opportunities for family bonding. Expect everything from a ballet version of Hansel and Gretel and traditional Chinese puppetry to a special neon production by New Orleans’ Lightwire Theater. Perfect to keep the kids busy this summer.
The annual SummerFest held at the Central Harbourfront Event Space is back better and bigger. Literally. This year, the 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, as well as various community events by the playground throughout the entire summer.
After loaning a dozen mummies to the Museum of History last summer, the British Museum returns with an exhibition showcasing luxury goods from 900 to 300 BC. This rare collection highlights more than 200 artefacts crafted by the Assyrians, Babylonians, Achaemenids and other lands eventually conquered by Alexander the Great. Visit the exhibition to learn how rich folk used to live it large.
The city's annual literature extravaganza is back again this July. Head down to pick up the latest popular fictions or catch up on your summer reading and purchase books in bulk. There's also multiple lectures and book signings running throughout the six-day event, including appearances by internationally renowned writers and literary heavyweights.
Everyone’s favourite superhero family finally returns this summer after 14 years. And to celebrate the momentous occasion, The Incredibles 2 (plus Frozone and Edna Mode) is taking over Times Square for an entire month. There are plenty of photo ops with the characters including a four-meter-tall giant Jack-Jack, a figure of Elastigirl being badass on a bike and the new villain, the Underminer. You can also try your hand at the new Lego video game as well. Don’t miss the chance to meet the whole team on July 21-22 and July 28-29.
The Hong Kong Design Centre joins forces with local shop Kapok for a three-month pop-up to showcase emerging Asian designers and their innovative work. Some 13 award winning creations will be available for purchase at this pop-up with products ranging from DIY digital cameras to filament-shaped LED light bulbs.
A group exhibition organised together with the iconic Galerie Denise René from Paris demonstrating and celebrating the beauty of Op art and kinetic art, view both historical and more recent works by artists who have worked within the legacy of the historical movement into the 21st century and up-and-comers in the genre. Marvel at the artworks comprised of osculating colours and forms that invite the viewer to be an active participant.
Local indie shop The Refinery is hosting a mini-exhibition featuring all your favourite Mr Men and Little Miss characters! The month-long showcase features designing exclusive, limited edition products sold only at the shop at PMQ. Aside from exclusive products, The Refinery is also providing personalisation services – a first of its kind in Asia. Choose a product type, select your favourite character and customise the name. Get ready to take home some awesome bespoke gifts.