That festive feeling is in the air as we race towards December and the end of 2017, but of course before that there’s plenty of pre-feasting and merriment to round out the month of November, whether it’s Clockenflap, chic wine tastings, bustling food markets, and or of course, Thanksgiving. Treat yourself to our picks for the best things to do in Hong Kong for the next fortnight.
When: 17–19 November
Price: $980–$1,830 from Clockenflap
Still haven’t gotten your tickets to Hong Kong’s biggest music festival this weekend? There’s still time yet. Music lovers are no doubt excited for the eclectic lineup, with headliners such as indie rockers Kaiser Chiefs (pictured), London grime hotshot Stormzy, electronic music veterans Massive Attack, Norwegian producer/DJ Cashmere Cat, and Korean R&B rising star Dean. For the second year in a row, Clockenflap will be held at the expanded grounds at the Central Harbourfront rather than its previous location in West Kowloon, which means you’ll get the incredible experience of seeing your favourite acts in the midst of Hong Kong’s concrete jungle. On top of the gourmet bazaar, interactive art exhibits, silent disco and craft market that have become much-anticipated fixtures of the festival, new this year are beauty booths by Kiehl’s and Facesss, a tailor shop by Levi’s, as well as an unusual workshop by Initial where you’ll be able to try your hand at marble body paint — a fresh new take on festival wear, perhaps?
Central Harbourfront Event Space, 9 Lung Wo Road, Central, Hong Kong
Grand Prix Apéro Chic Wine Tasting
When: 17 November, 7–10pm
Price: MOP 198 per person
In Hong Kong we’ve got the Hong Kong Formula E coming up in December, but racing enthusiasts in the know will no doubt be headed to the Macau Grand Prix on the 19th this weekend. Before heading off towards the track, guests can sate their appetite for thrilling speeds at this apéro wine tasting event at the Sofitel Macau’s Mistral. A G-Racing Simulator will take the spotlight at the terrace for guests to experience high-speed racing, while In between laps, guests will be able to indulge in free flow Bordeaux wines and nibbles — when else is it ever ok to drink and drive? (The answer is never.)
Mistral North Terrace, 6/F, Sofitel Macau At Ponte 16, Rua do Visconde Paco de Arcos, Macau, +853 8861 7213
Scandinavian Christmas Bazaar
When: 18 November, 10am–5pm
For those who love spreading Christmas cheer, the yearly Scandinavian Christmas Bazaar kicks off the festive season once again, and with it in tow is a bountiful array of holiday decorations, bargains on Scandinavian brands such as Ecco and Skagen, and Danish and Swedish treats for sale. Homesick Danes and Swedes craving snacks such as appleskives (Danish pancake puffs), salty licorice candies, or authentic rye breads will be able to fill their stock here.
The Mariner’s Club, 11 Middle Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Dance On: Contemporary Dance Theatre
When: 16–18 November, 8pm
Price: HK$100 from Urbtix
Dance On is part of the Jockey Club New Arts Power festival that — through to January next year — celebrates the movers and shakers of the Hong Kong performance arts scene. It’s a mixed bag performance, showcasing nine groups of contemporary dancers and choreographers from Hong Kong. Already shown in Korea and Germany, the nine pieces finally make it back to the homeland, and explore what it’s like to live, grow, talk and feel as young artists, as women, as Hongkongers, or simply, as human beings living in the city today. The nine pieces have been divided across three parts with one show per day. Check out what’s in store here.
Multi-media Theatre, HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity
Burberry ‘Here We Are’ Photography Exhibition
When: Through 19 November
First presented in London in September, this exhibition curated by Christopher Bailey explores the quintessential British character as captured by some of the best social and documentary photographers of the 20th Century — Alasdair McLellan, Martin Parr and Karen Knorr to name a few. Burberry‘s September 2017 collection that was revealed on the runway in London Fashion Week is also exhibited alongside.
20 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong
Guiltless Celebrity Charity Pop-up
When: Through 20 November, 11am–8pm
Also champions of pre-loved luxury fashion, Guiltless.com is opening up its vault to Hong Kong shoppers this month. The luxury consignment website, founded by Yenn Kuok, has been steadily growing its reputation as the go-to to dig limited edition items such as vintage Gucci bicycles, Louis Vuitton footballs, and exclusive handbags often reserved for celebrities and socialites. For Guiltless’s first pop-up store, the collection has expanded to include donations from a host of international celebrities. Will you be able to bring home Shu Qi’s Valentino dress, or Miriam Yeung’s Chanel bag, or Michele Reis’ Gucci Dionysus purse? Visit and find out… You can also try your hand at the in-store crane arcade game — where the grand prize is a Chanel bag.
G/F, Man Yee Building, 67 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong, +852 6390 0900
Pixar 30 years of Animation: Hong Kong Celebration of Friendship and Family
When: 18 November 2017–5 March 2018
Price: HK$20 at the door
Curated especially for Hong Kong, this rare exhibition from the biggest animation studio in the world brings all its best-loved characters and heartwarming stories to the SAR, taking viewers through a journey of behind-the-scenes production through the years, from Toy Story to Cars 3. A must-visit for any animation fan.
Hong Kong Heritage Museum, 1 Man Lam Road, Sha Tin, Hong Kong, +852 2180 8188
UBS Hong Kong Open
When: 23–26 November
Price: Free registration for 23–24 November; HK$400–$600 thereafter from Ticketflap
Instead of resting a food coma at the supper table this Thanksgiving weekend, avid golfers and enthusiasts will want to plant their feet on the green for a chance to see all the action at the return of the UBS Hong Kong Open up close and personal. Through tough narrow greens, drives through swirling Fanling wind, and avoiding deadly bunkers galore, the dramatic finish line at the 18th hole grandstands is always worth the day trips. It certainly makes for an action-packed day out watching return pros and champs such as Justin Rose, Miguel Ángel Jiménez and Sergio Garcia vie for a prize pot of US$2 million. And even long after the final putt, there’s plenty of on-site dining and entertainment not to be missed.
The Hong Kong Golf Club, Lot No. 1, Fan Kam Road, Sheung Shui, Hong Kong
“The Future of the Past: Who Makes History?”
When: Through 26 November
Movie geeks may be familiar with the programmes from CineFan, which puts on carefully curated picks of restored gems, perhaps forgotten favourites and world classics each month. For November, CineFan has collaborated with Goethe-Institut and a team of German scholars as well as regional Asian film presenters to select a lineup reflecting on ‘the vernacular truth.’ That is to say, classic films that reflect the alternative thoughts and everyday lives of those not represented by officials in power — from protagonists like Hong Kong British army veterans who rob a bank after the force disbands post-Handover in ‘The Longest Summer’; a Korean student soldier fighting for the Japanese in 1961 film ‘The Sea Knows’; and uniquely, a Peking Opera actor’s forbidden love in Chen Kaige’s Palme d’Or winning ‘Farewell My Concubine,’ starring Gong Li and Leslie Cheung.
More programme info here.
Tong Chong Street Market
When: Every Sunday in November, 11am–5pm
Making its big comeback this November, the Tong Chong Street Market is bigger and better than before — teaming up with social enterprise Honestly Green to promote eco-living and sustainability to conscious foodies in the SAR. So yes, you’ll find yet more homegrown, certified organic produce, but also changing monthly themes will bring in food experts, distributors and even more awesome eats. This month, it’s all about coffee, so head on over to TaiKoo for your fix of artisanal beans from Taiwan, Guangzhou, as well as local roasters and vendors such as Urban Coffee Roaster, Hazel & Hershey, Black Sugar Coffee and Roastery Lab by The Coffee Academics, not to mention Common Ground. You’ll also find awesome handmade home products such as eco-food wrap, organic handmade soap, and more.
Tong Chong Street Market, Tong Chong Street, Taikoo Place, Quarry Bay