Whether you’re looking to rock out to some indie tunes, challenge yourself to a great workout, treat yourself to a good feed, or watch some classic flicks — there’s plenty to do in town to satisfy any hobby. Here are the best things to do in Hong Kong this fortnight.
Delicious USA Food Festival
When: 21 June–21 July
There’s nowhere else that does gut-busting feasts quite like the US, and here at Lifestyle Asia we’re all fans of high quality US imports such as hearty rib-eyes, gorgeous roasted birds, not to mention wild-caught Alaskan seafood and artisanal American cheeses. Lucky for all of Hong Kong’s epicurean crowd — and just in time for the 4th of July — the inaugural Delicious USA Food Festival lands in town this summer to bring the best of American produce to an array of 13 restaurants including Frank’s, Commissary and Estiatorio Keia, who will all be serving up their signature spins on top quality US ingredients. A crucial partner to the fair is of course the California Wine Institute, which brings the first-ever California Wine Month in Hong Kong, launching a wave of special promotions and events at retailers, restaurants and bars. Visit the site for the full rundown.
Lord Stow’s Pop-up at Mandarin Oriental
When: 1 July–1 October
Who wants to hop on a ferry when you can get fresh Portuguese egg tarts from Lord Stow’s right in Central? The legendary Macanese bakery, famed for its pasteis de nata, is holding fort in Hong Kong through 1 October at the Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong. Freshly baked on-site daily at the hotel and available only from noon to 5pm at the hotel’s east lobby, the egg tarts will be priced at HK$20 each, with freshly brewed Illy coffee available for takeaway — the perfect afternoon indulgence as we look forward to mooncake season this fall.
Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, 5 Connaught Road Central, Hong Kong, +852 2825 4000
Take a stroll at West Kowloon Art Park
Whether it’s the latest art exhibition going on at the M+ Pavilion, the newly established Freespace performance building and artist residency venue, the Livehouse live music bar, or just the chance to soak up the sun on the green, West Kowloon Art Park is now more picnic-friendly than ever. After a cultural afternoon, be sure to check out Rest coffee shop and gin bar for a refreshing iced latte or a tipple (or three.)
Star Wars: A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back in Concert
When: 4–6 July
Price: HK$380–780 from HK Phil
Young padawans take note: The Hong Kong Philharmonic is playing a live orchestral accompaniment to the complete film screenings of Star Wars: A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back — the first two movies of the original trilogy. Under the baton of Australian conductor Benjamin Northey, the Philharmonic takes a lighthearted spin on regular programming with one of the most enduring cinematic scores of all time. There will be four evening and matinee screenings of the first film and just two evening sessions of the second — plus perhaps a guest appearance from Darth Vader himself.
Concert Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Tai Kwun Theatre Season
When: 4 July–3 August
Exhausted every smiling nook and cranny of Takashi Murakami’s exhibition at Tai Kwun? Heard all the Hong Kong stories told through historic objects at the latest heritage showcase Tai Kwun 101? You’ll want to check into the centre’s Theatre Season, which features four homegrown productions. ‘Tri Ka Sa‘ is an original multilingual cabaret examining Hong Kong’s love-hate triangle across Cantonese, English and Mandarin. ‘Happily Ever After Nuclear Explosion‘ is created by Yan Pat To, the first Chinese playwright awarded by the Berlin Theatertreffen Stückemarkte. Now re-staged in Cantonese, the story follows two people whose lives are changed after a nuclear catastrophe. ‘The Day I Fell Into a Book‘ is a surreal tech-infused adventure fit for the whole family. Finally, ‘Please, Continue (Hamlet)‘ brings real legal professionals — a judge, barrister and prosecutor — to the stage, as well as selecting seven audience members as jury, as they deem whether Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Ophelia and Gertrude should be ruled guilty. See more here.
Tai Kwun, 100 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong
FWD Mellow Yellow Music Festival
When: 5 July
Part of the summer-long outdoor extravaganza at the Central Harbourfront (aptly named SummerFest), the FWD Mellow Yellow Music Festival is held for the first time this July, bringing a family-friendly (and free!) programme of laid-back tunes to the waterfront. The festival features both established and up-and-coming Hong Kong musicians, brought together by live music scene veteran The Underground. Acts featured include South African jazz singer Brigette Mitchell, indie pop bands Ewan Ho & Movement, Another Kitchen and more. The event is also held for a great cause — raising awareness for the Nesbitt Centre, which supports adults with learning disabilities, as well as ImpactHK, a charity helping positively change the lives of the homeless in Hong Kong. More info here.
Central Harbourfront Event Space, 9 Lung Wo Road, Central, Hong Kong
Narcos Live: A Conversation on DEA
When: 11 July
Price: HK$488–688 from Live Nation
Still enthralled by the capture of Pablo Escobar in Netflix’s hit series Narcos? You’ll want to sit in for this rare session with the real-life DEA agents Steve Murphy and Javier Peña, whose work on the Medellín and Cali cartels inspired the show. Listen to their unrevealed stories and stay for the Q&A with the audience.
KITEC, 1 Trademart Drive, Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong
When: 1 June–31 July; ‘Music Turns Me On’ event on 6–7 July
Always wanted a Pure membership but never took the plunge to commit? The popular gym is now celebrating its brand new ethos, urging Hongkongers to ‘Switch On’ and embrace wellness in every aspect of their lives. As such, it’s offering the Pure Passport for everybody to get involved. Current Pure Cardholders can use the Pure Passport to access all locations every Friday, Saturday and Sunday and take advantage of the added flexibility — plus, they can invite non-member friends to join. Non-cardholders can dip their toes into the Pure lifestyle by dropping into new ‘Music Turns Me On’ music-driven fitness classes during the first weekend of July. More info here.
Winter Games at the Hong Kong Science Museum
When: 14 June–16 October
Price: HK$30 admission; HK$10 on Wednesdays
Hong Kong indoor air-conditioning can be an extreme sport in itself: why not make it the real deal by dropping by the Hong Kong Science Museum’s newest Winter Games-inspired programme for a spin on the ski simulator? Featuring 20 interactive exhibits, you can practise all your favourite sports including ski jumping, ice hockey, curling and snowboarding — all without needing to splash out on a ticket to Niseko. The Science Museum is closed on Thursdays, except public holidays.
Hong Kong Science Museum, 2 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Hong Kong
Clockenflap presents: Yo La Tengo
When: 10 July
Price: HK$490 from Ticketflap
In a highly anticipated programme bringing back beloved Clockenflap acts and global indie stars to Hong Kong, the team welcomes back alternative indie royalty Yo La Tengo for their own headline show this July. Proudly touting a 15-album back catalogue that has led them through three decades of an ever-growing cult following, Yo La Tengo has been through it all — with an oeuvre spanning art-rock noise, expansive electronic melodies and moody ballads.
This Town Needs (TTN), 1/F, Ocean One, 6 Shung Shun Street, Yau Tong, Hong Kong
XR Dom at Moko
Price: HK$208 for non-peak hours; HK$298 for peak hours (Mon–Fri 6pm–11pm; Sat–Sun and public holidays noon–10pm)
The very first XR (cross-reality) horror-themed Escape Room has landed in Hong Kong, so fans of ghostly tales and murder mysteries will definitely want to check this out. Combining the realms of virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality, XR Dom will place you in the heart of puzzles that are rife with optical illusions and olfactive experiences. For those who wouldn’t bat an eye at Annabelle, you know where to get your extreme dose of heart-pumping action.
XR Dom, Shop 432, 4/F, Moko, 193 Prince Edward Road West, Mong Kok, Hong Kong