The best things to do in Hong Kong this weekend
Get ready for critically acclaimed stage performances, stunning dance pieces and sensational musical renditions all packed into a single month. Back for its 47th outing, the festival features more than 160 shows around Hong Kong, including Touching the Void, staged by Tony Award-winning theatre director Tom Morris, and a concert led by Brazil’s revered São Paulo Symphony Orchestra.
Food delivery app Deliveroo and Heart of Darkness - a leading craft brewery from Vietnam, which has recently set its sights on Hong Kong - are taking over Sai Ying Pun this Saturday. Stop by 58 High Street for a three-hour block party featuring free food supplied by the likes of Beef & Liberty, Crystal Jade and PizzaExpress, as well as free beer from Heart of Darkness. Free food and free beer? Don't mind if we do.
Local music showcase The Underground celebrates its 15th anniversary with a literal bang by inviting some of its favourite acts from across the years to perform at this all-star gig. Featured acts include Airtub, who played at The Underground's debut back in 2004; Brothers of Roadkill, who use bass and keys as melodic anchors in their kick-ass blues tunes; Thinking Out Loud, fronted by The Underground's founder Chris B; as well as The David Bowie Knives, known for their hook-driven rock songs described as “somewhere between Oasis, The Stooges and Eagles of Death Metal”. All tickets include one drink.
You know spring is officially here when the Hong Kong Flower Show is back. Organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department to promote horticulture and the awareness of greening, see hundreds of thousands of floral lovers from Hong Kong and all over the world converge to Victoria Park to admire all the flowers in full bloom. With this year’s theme centered around Chinese hibiscus, expect a wide palette of colours and flowers and have your cameras ready. Be on the lookout for a wide range of activities including music and cultural performances, floral art demonstrations, greening activities workshops and photo competitions.
Beer pong is no longer just a party game. It’s a real sport these days. The Pong World Championship 2019 is launching in Hong Kong. Catch experts and players from Hong Kong and overseas compete via the upgraded PONGConnect – essentially a digital beer pong table. The public can also try their hand at the game with the good old fashion beer pong (red solo cups and all).
Celebrate the art and music of 1980s New York with a three-day party hosted by Potato Head Hong Kong and Perrier Jouët at Central Pier 7. Conveniently timed during Hong Kong Art Week, Art of the Wild features sunset sessions that last until the early hours of the morning. Featuring an international line-up of DJs replete with installations and digital amplifications from Berlin-based graffiti artist Nomad. Each ticket comes with a glass of Perrier Jouët with additional champagne, cocktails and Indonesian bites for guests to indulge in.
Infusing graffiti art and hip-hop elements into the ancient art form of shodo, Japanese artist Mami’s calligraphy works, or as she calls it “calligraf2ity”, have captivated audiences all over the world. You can see the contemporary calligrapher in action at a special live painting performance on March 21 ahead of her Hong Kong debut exhibition.
Asia’s finest food and drink producers come together at Taste of Hong Kong to bring visitors an amazing four-day festival. The event features dishes from some of the city’s best restaurants, including John Anthony, Old Bailey and Chôm Chôm. And with fantastic drinks and live entertainment, this exciting event should satisfy any foodie!
K-pop band BTS might be the biggest thing in pop right now. Lucky for us, the seven-piece group has just announced that they’re performing not one but four nights in Hong Kong in March. As part of their Love Yourself world tour, you can expect BTS to bring their A-game and electrifying dance moves synched to their chart-topping hits like Fire, Blood, Sweat and Tears and DNA.
Get ready for the first ever Hong Kong Seaside Doggie speed-dating – yes, you read that right – an event for all dogs and dog-owners at Link’s Stanley Plaza. Bring along your pups and doggos and help them find the love of their lives. On March 31, a Doggie Wedding Gown Exhibition and Design Competition will take place, where owners can design a unique wedding dress for their pets and dress up them as a model in the catwalk (or should we say, dogwalk) show. There’s more – there will be dogs-in-waiting who are looking to be adopted into new families. Look forward to many fun activities for owners and their four-legged best friends to test their teamwork skills. It’s going to be a paw-fect day out.