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Top 10 things to do in Hong Kong this August

With all that happens in our vibrant city, it’s no surprise that Hong Kong attracts the best chefs, artists and athletes from around the world. This month, big names such as Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jimmy Carr will inject new levels of energy into our local scene. Other highlights include an alfresco beer festival, a world-famous ballet performance, and plenty to do in the way of sports and fitness so you can work off all the yummy things you’ll be eating and drinking.

Hong Kong Pulse 3D Light Show

Hong Kong Pulse 3D Light Show
The lights never dim in our city.

We’ll never tire of Hong Kong’s breathtaking skyline and the spectacular Symphony of Lights. But to switch things up a bit, check out the Hong Kong Pulse 3D Light Show. Back for some summer fun, it’ll transform the Hong Kong Cultural Centre and Clock Tower into an interactive art display with 3D laser lights projected onto the building’s façade. The experience gets even better this year with live music and DJ performances to kick the beats up a notch.

When: 5–28 August 2016

Open Piazza, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2508 1234, discoverhongkong.com

Hullett House’s Alfresco Local Hand Crafted Beer Festival

Hullett House Beer Festival
With so much choice from breweries right here in Hong Kong, there’s no excuse not to drink local.

In the spirit of supporting local beer breweries, heritage hotel Hullett House’s inaugural beer festival will feature different breweries each week, including favourites such as Lion Rock, Moonzen and Young Master Ales. Hosted in the hotel’s beer garden, there’ll be beer quizzes, American-style cornhole, beer pong and live music to keep us entertained. With beer-inspired bites to accompany the drinks, this sounds like our idea of fun in the sun. As a prelude to the festival, there’ll also be an opening event to bring all eight breweries together with brewing demonstrations and a gourmet tour.

When: Opening event on 6 August from 2pm, official festival runs 8 August–2 October 2016

Tickets for the opening event are available here for HK$200, inclusive of 16 tokens for food and beer redemptions.

Hullett House, 1881 Heritage, 2A Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 3988 0000, hulletthouse.com

Disclosure DJ Set

Don’t miss the Lawrence brothers’ debut set in Hong Kong.

On the back of touring Lisbon, Ibiza and Chicago, electronic music duo Disclosure are set to make an epic appearance in Hong Kong. The brothers from Surrey have already made waves with their Grammy-nominated debut album Settle and second album Caracal. Their refreshing sound, which lies between pop, house and EDM, have gained them a wide following and pushed them to the stages of festivals like Glastonbury and Coachella. Having collaborated and performed with big names such as Sam Smith and Lorde, the duo will be sure to electrify crowds here.

When: 12 August 2016, 8pm

Tickets are available here from HK$580.

AsiaWorld-Expo, Chek Lap Kok, Lantau, Hong Kong, +852 3606 8828, www.facebook.com

Run Our City Runningfest

Run Our City Runningfest
Run, Hong Kong, run!

With a different theme for every day of the event, the Runningfest will take you from a three-kilometre tour of hot spots up and down the slopes of Central and Sheung Wan, to a full marathon that loops around Victoria Harbour so you can run with a view. If you’re only just starting out, you can still get involved with training in the basics of breathing skills, running rhythm and mindfulness stretching. Local social enterprise Run Our City is launching this in aid of three beneficiary organisations, so get your gear on and be ready to dash.

When: 13–21 August 2016

Register here for free events or tickets starting from HK$250

Various locations, +852 3590 2208, roc.runningfest.hk

Cine Fan Summer International Film Festival 2016

Watch Elle at the film festival before its release on the big screens at the end of the year.

Screening 30 titles over two weeks, this year’s line up will showcase a diverse selection of films, starting with Woody Allen’s exploration of love and loss in Café Society, and going on to a digitally remastered 3D version of The Wizard of Oz. Paying tribute to restored classics, celebrate the 50th anniversary of French film A Man and a Woman, which won the Palme d’Or in 1966. And from the east, trawl through archival footage of Japan’s heavy metal band in the rockumentary We Are X. The festival will close with critically acclaimed yet somewhat controversial psychological thriller and black comedy Elle.

When: 16–30 August 2016

Tickets are available here from HK$75.

Various locations, +852 2970 3300, cinefan.com.hk

Arnold Classic Asia Multi-Sport Festival

Arnold Schwarzenegger
Get your game on at the Arnold Classic festival.

Legendary actor, philanthropist, businessman and former bodybuilder and politician is coming to Hong Kong, along with other sports celebrities including strongman Dimitar Savatinov and bodybuilder Alexander Fedorov. The world’s largest multi-sport festival, Arnold Classic is making its Asian debut with a three day event at the AsiaWorld-Expo. Join in the fun with your pick of over 20 sports, from fencing to tai chi, jump rope to weight lifting, and even mind sports such as chess and Rubik’s cube. Then take a break to wander around the stalls with over 300 participating brands and discover the latest health and wellness trends.

When: 19–21 August 2016

Tickets are available here from HK$150.

AsiaWorld-Expo, Chek Lap Kok, Lantau, Hong Kong, +852 2530 8866, arnoldclassicasia.com

Swan Lake

Swan Lake
The Hong Kong ballet will start the 2016-17 season with Swan Lake.

The previous ballet year closed with a magnificent production of Serenade and More, and Hong Kong Ballet will open their next season with timeless masterpiece Swan Lake. An intriguing tale of good and evil, tragedy and romance, the complex theatrical production inspires mystery and magic. Especially staged for Hong Kong Ballet, John Meehan’s technically challenging choreography is based on the Petipa-Ivanov revival and set to Tchaikovsky’s stirring score. The ballet will start off at Yuen Long Theatre, but don’t miss the performances at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, which will be live accompanied by the Hong Kong Sinfonietta.

When: 19–28 August 2016

Tickets are available here from HK$140.

Hong Kong Cultural Centre Grand Theatre, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2734 2009, hkballet.com

Hong Kong Squash Open

Hong Kong Squash Open
Will Mohamed El Shorbagy claim the title for the third year running?

Right as the Rio Olympics end, our local sporting scene will heat up with the Hong Kong Squash Open. Now in its 31st edition, one of the world’s most prestigious sports tournaments will see top players battle it out on the court over eight days. Fans of the game’s speed and athleticism will be thrilled that the portable glass court will start hosting matches from the quarter final round this year. Be sure to witness Hong Kong’s Max Lee and Leo Au fight their way towards the coveted trophy as two-time winner Mohamed El Shorbagy stages his title defence.

When: 21–28 August 2016

Tickets are available here from HK$80 for the main draw first round.

Various locations, +852 2869 1592, hksquashopen.com

Jimmy Carr

Jimmy Carr Funny Business
Don’t miss Jimmy Carr’s wicked humour.

If you can’t quite place this name, think of an Irish man crossed with Roger Federer, whose laugh sounds like a seal honking (his words, not ours). One of the United Kingdom’s best-loved comedians, Jimmy Carr will unleash his deadpan delivery and dark humour on fans here when he stops off along his Funny Business world tour. Packed with edgy one-liners, politically incorrect stories and NSFW jokes, he’ll have you reeling with laughter all night.

When: 24–25 August 2016

Tickets are available here from HK$488.

King George V School Main Hall, 2 Tin Kwong Road, Ho Man Tin, Kowloon City, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 3128 8288, la-comedylive.com

Hong Kong–Vienna Music Festival Finale Concert

Jimmy Chiang
The music festival is led by the Hong Kong-born, Vienna-based musical director and conductor Jimmy Chiang.

After a run of 12 concerts that brought together 200 distinguished artists from both cities, the music festival will culminate in a grand orchestral and choir concert. The finale will be the first collaboration of its scale, with musicians from the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, Vienna State Opera, Vienna Symphony Orchestra and more. They will present a classical concert masterpiece, Mahler Symphony No. 8, a fusion of song and symphony by the Austrian late-Romantic composer.

When: 28 August 2016, 7.30pm

Tickets are available here from HK$380.

Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall, 5 Edinburgh Place, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2921 2840, festival.vbcmaf.org

Charlotte Liu
HK Editorial Assistant