After a February that felt like it lasted two days, largely thanks to the indulgent Chinese New Year break and Valentine’s Day celebrations, we’re stepping into March with renewed energy and an appetite for fresh, healthy habits and exciting new experiences. From Hong Kong’s favourite wellness festival to swoon-worthy concerts and film festivals, take a look below for our list of the best things to do in Hong Kong this March.
Women of Wine Festival
When: 1 March, 6pm
Price: HK$450–950 from EventBrite
With Women’s Day on 8 March (scroll down for more ways to show your support for your fellow leading ladies), what better way to celebrate brilliant women than to toast to their success — and their beautiful wines? The Women of Wine Festival returns, this time at the swish, newly opened Murray Hotel, where you’ll have the chance to taste the best wines and Champagnes made by women from all around the world, served by Hong Kong’s female wine suppliers. Aside from wine tasting workshops, there’ll also be seminars featuring a stellar line-up of speakers, from winemakers to CEOs to leading voices in the art world. Check out the full programme here.
The Murray, Hong Kong, a Niccolo Hotel, 22 Cotton Tree Drive, Central, Hong Kong
IRIS: Your Escape
When: 3–4 March
Price: HK$200 for one day pass; HK$250 for weekend pass from Fringebacker
Hold on to your yoga mats; Hong Kong’s favourite (and largest) outdoor wellness festival returns this weekend to West Kowloon Nursery Park. Over the two days, you’ll be able to take part in more than 60 yoga, fitness and meditation classes and demos from wellness gurus such as Nike Master Trainer Utah Lee, as well as celebrity yoga teachers Rosemary Vandenbroucke and Margaret Chung. You’ll also be able to discover the latest trending brands selling healthy food and drink, wellness apparel and accessories, and more ways to live a healthier and happier life. More info on the lineup here.
Nursery Park, West Kowloon, Hong Kong
Kim Chi & Naomi Smalls
When: 7 March, 8pm
Price: HK$488–1,088 (VIP Meet and Greet) from HKTicketing
Fans of RuPaul’s Drag Race will be ecstatic for this show featuring the iconic drag duo Kim Chi and Naomi Smalls — both top three finalists from season eight. The besties will be bringing their eleganza to the Hong Kong stage for the first time. Beloved for their glittery personalities, the two will be performing a comedy and lip sync show, hosted by the glamourous comedienne Lady Bunny, the creator and emcee of Wigstock, the infamous New York drag festival which sees drag queens dressing up each Labor Day for the past 20 years.
Hong Kong Jockey Club Amphitheatre, HKAPA, 1 Gloucester Road, +852 2584 8500
When: 10–11 March, 2pm
When the weather is as good as it’s been recently, it’d be a crime not to enjoy the weekend outdoors. Before it gets unbearably hot in Hong Kong, check out the two-day extravaganza that marks the season finale to Freespace Happening — West Kowloon Cultural District’s monthly outdoor celebration of the arts. Familiar faces to the stage include local rockers Chochukmo as well as new sounds from American multi-instrumentalist Kaya Doran, Taiwanese pop-punk foursome 88balaz, and more. As usual, there’ll be plenty to explore in the handicraft marketplace, while the workshop agenda features a mini harmonica class, a Xiqu operatic movement workshop, and a workshop with artist Ng Ka-chun at the M+ Rover Travelling Creative Studio. Craft beer lovers won’t want to miss out on the exclusive Freespace Happening craft brew by Mak’s Beer. Learn more here.
Nursery Park, West Kowloon Cultural District, West Kowloon, Hong Kong
When: 10 March
Price: HK$480–1,280 from HKTicketing
Legend is back. Whether you adore the man for his swoon-worthy musical talent and good looks (or let’s face it, probably more for his wife’s sensational Twitter feed and family antics), you won’t want to miss this tour of his latest album, Darkness and Light, featuring smash hits “Love Me Now” and “Penthouse Floor.” He’ll also be bringing his beloved cinematic tracks from La La Land and the recent Disney blockbuster Beauty and the Beast featuring Ariana Grande.
Hall 10, AsiaWorld-Expo, Chek Lap Kok, Hong Kong
Brewer’s Workout at Young Master Ales Brewery
When: 11 March, noon–2:30pm
Price: HK$280 from Young Master Ales
Lifting massive bags of hops ain’t easy work. Head over to Young Master Ales Brewery for a heart rate-raising, fat-busting workout using kegs, grain bags, and other beery paraphernalia. You’ll be taught by trained instructors, of course. The ticket price includes a workout and a brewery tour, so hopefully all those beer calories cancel out in the end.
Young Master Ales, G/F, Sungib Industrial Centre, 53 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong
European Union Film Festival
When: 1–18 March
Price: HK$85 from Broadway Cinemas
Alternative movie buffs will be keen on the 16 critically acclaimed European films coming to Hong Kong this fortnight, with award-winning titles including documentaries from Ireland and Italy arriving for the first time. Hosted at both Broadway Cinematheque and AMC Pacific Place, the festival opens with “The Divine Order,” set in a stark Swiss landscape in 1971 at the start of its suffragette movement. The festival closes with “Welcome to Germany,” a refugee comedy which topped the German box office before being nominated for Best Comedy at the European Film Awards.
International Women’s Day
When: 8 March
International Women’s Day has been observed for over a hundred years, and this year, more than ever, is a call to action to fight for gender equality and parity; aptly so, this year’s theme is #PressforProgress. It’s also meant to be a day of celebration of the successes and achievements of women from across all fields, whether it’s culture or politics or enterprise. There are a vast array of things you can do to celebrate, in addition to three of the highlights below:
When: 8 March, 7:30pm
Price: US$20 (HK$157) from Camel Assembly
Over at Eaton House, Camel Assembly — a global community of creative women striving to make change — is hosting the first #ActiveActivist event, sharing the beliefs and actions of women campaigning every day to shape their causes. It’ll be an evening of talks, artist performances and free flowing wines by two female winemakers. Speakers include Rachel Peng, founder of Free Water HK; Sabrina Chan, student and founder of Donut Waste; Adella Namagembe, chairperson of Refugee Union; and Christy Chow, the winning artist of the 2017 Hong Kong Human Rights Art Prize.
Amazing Grace: Fivelements Women’s Wellness Retreat
When: 8–11 March
Price: From HK$598–10,700 from Fivelements Hong Kong
Yearning for a restful and energising respite, to clear your intentions, and meet like-minded and inspiring women? Head to Fivelements Hong Kong — the only outpost of Bali’s ultimate wellness retreat and spa nestled within the Hong Kong Golf & Tennis Academy in Clearwater Bay — which is hosting a four-day programme in honour of International Women’s Day. You can choose from just a half day session for HK$598 or the whole programme for HK$10,700, which includes accommodation on Friday and Saturday night at the Academy’s gorgeous suites, vegan meals, and daily yoga, fitness and wellness rituals. There’s also time for a choice of treatments from the a la carte spa menu with 15% off. The programme includes the unveiling of “Women in Bali” — a presentation of Bruna Rotunno’s latest portrait series, followed by a book signing and silent auction with the artist, before closing with a Satsang gathering for reflection. Given that normally you need to be a patron of the Academy or a Friends of Fivelements member to visit the spa, it’s the perfect occasion to soak up the gorgeous surrounds.
Hong Kong Golf & Tennis Academy, 81 Tai Chung Hau, Sai Kung, Hong Kong
“Hope” at Alisan Fine Arts
When: 6–20 March
Titled “Hope,” this collaborative charity exhibition between the Hong Kong Adventist Hospital and Alisan Fine Arts features works by 11 contemporary Chinese women artists: Irene Chou, Fang Zhaoling, Chinyee, Pat Hui, Kassia Ko, Man Fung-yi, Cherrie Cheuk, Chu Chu, Wang Mengsha, Zhang Xiaoli and Zhang Yirong. A portion of sales will go to the Hong Kong Adventist Hospital Foundation (HKAHF), a charity dedicated to help financially disadvantaged patients in urgent need of medical treatment.
Alisan Fine Arts, 21/F Lyndhurst Tower, 1 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong
John Masters Organics Wan Chai Sun Street Pop-up
When: 6 March–30 June
Loved for their non-toxic and cruelty-free products, the New York eco-conscious beauty brand has gradually taken Hong Kong by storm in the past year, and is opening a new pop-up store in the hip neighbourhood around Admiralty’s Star Street Precinct. The chic new store, designed by Veronica Emery of Port of Design, will be home to all sorts of holistic beauty experiences throughout its duration. Guest brands are scheduled to appear each week, including wellness active fashion brand feloSophie, eco-conscious jewellery brand niin, ethical clothing brand Basics for Basics, Zolo Wellness, rustic luxury florist Madison Blooms and accessory brands Ranee K and MISCHA.
John Masters Organics, G/F, Sun Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2461 3200