We’re touching wood, crossing all ten fingers and tossing salt past our shoulders because dinner service is back! Nails salons are re-opened! Hello treadmill, it’s been a while! Is that live music, we hear? If your social calendar has been looking a little desolate lately, fear not: this handy list of things to do in Hong Kong this March will fill up your dance card.
If you’re in the mood from some live — yes, live! — tunes…
Wild Boar Music Festival
When: 14 March
Dig out your festival ‘fits from their vacuum-sealed purgatories; a brand new music festival beckons! The Wild Boar Music Festival — the city’s first live gig in a long, long time — sets up one afternoon and one evening session, with local talents like jazz band Kowloon K, all girl pop band WHIZZ and rock ‘n’ roll crew Nowhere Boys (among others!) slated to perform.
As with other events at The Grounds in AIA Vitality Park, come ready to party in groups of two or four.
Tickets can be purchased here.
Wild Boar Music Festival, The Grounds, AIA Vitality Park, 33 Man Kwong Street, Central, Hong Kong
If you’re in the mood to be pampered…
Christian Louboutin launches bespoke nail services at the Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong
When: Now through 30 April
From ultra glossy to a bold full matte finish, choose from three manicures which also include a Christian Louboutin Beauty fragrance consultation, encouraging guests to spritz one of its signature scents and elevate their experience.
Prices for Christian Louboutin’s bespoke nail pop-up at the Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong start at HK$390.
The Mandarin Salon, 24/F, Mandarin Oriental, 5 Connaught Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2825 4800
If you’re in the mood for some second-hand treasure hunting…
#GetRedressed Pop-up Shop: Spring 2021 Edition
When: 4 – 8 March
The #GetRedressed pop-up is one of our favourite fashion events each season, for good reason. It’s a feel-good event for all. The act of foraging through colour-coded racks of gently-used, pre-loved garments for that ‘A-ha!’ piece is such a satisfying experience. It also doesn’t hurt when prices begin at HK$50.
Expect designer labels and vintage one-of-a-kinds, but be sure not to overlook beautiful finds from the high-street that deserve a second (or third!) life, too.
#GetRedressed Pop-up, The Annex, 2/F, Nan Fung Place, 173 Des Voeux Road, Central, Hong Kong, 852 2861 0360
If you’re treating yourself…
Cookie Vission’s first store opening in Tai hang
When: Soft opening until 10 March; standard hours 11 March onwards
Introducing the Pookie (HK$55): Cookie Vission’s cookie-wrapped-in-caramelised-puff-pastry amalgamation in celebration of the brand’s new brick-and-mortar home in Tai Hang. And, perhaps more importantly, in celebration of delicious, fresh-out-of-the-oven cookie experiences.
Highlights from the new menu include raw cookie dough (HK$120 for 600 grams) and the Big Boy Milkshake (HK$128) — March’s flavour of the month is a combination of cookies and cream topped with classic chocolate cake, chocolate fudge sauce, whipped cream, a slice of chocolate layer cake and mini cookies. Talk about dangerously indulgent.
Cookie Vission, 6 Wun Sha Street, Tai Hang, Hong Kong, +852 9155 5185
Matchali’s limited time pop-up
When: Now through 3 September
Having been around and back again, matcha specialists Matchali returns to Central with a six month pop-up at IFC.
Adding onto its previous post at Pacific Place, the IFC pop-up — a cosy triangular pavilion with a standing bar and laid-back seating — brings along classic crowd favourites, including the matcha latte and traditional hand-whisked matcha, among other matcha-infused treats: dipped croissants and canèles.
Matchali, Shop LA2, Podium Level 1, ifc mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 9880 7661
If you’re a fashion visionary…
Last calls to apply for the Redress Design Award 2021
Deadline: 15 March
It’s not Tyra Banks — coiffed and fabulous — asking, to the tune of a rhythmic beat: “You wanna be on top?”. Instead, the Redress Design Award 2021 asks a far more ambitious question: “Do you have what it takes to rethink fashion?”
Now in its tenth cycle, the Redress Design Award is the world’s largest sustainable fashion design competition.
If you’re ready for the talk…
Asia’s first virtual sexuality festival returns for the third time
When: 23 – 27 March
“I saw all this amazing work my colleagues were doing and I asked myself. ‘If I did a virtual sexuality festival (not just for the sake of it), what would it be?’ The answer came: an Asian one,” said Dr. Martha Tara Lee, founder of the Sugar and Spice Festival.
“I wanted to create a platform to debunk the misconception that ‘We Asians don’t talk about sex’, ‘We Asians aren’t like that’, and to support them in their sexuality. There are many of us (sexuality educators or sex-positive advocates), and many voices and messages are needed to bring about a healing around our sexuality and help us reclaim it”.
Topics range from debunking BDSM misconceptions to delving into traditional Chinese medicine approaches for addressing low libido — amongst many others! — with the programming covered in a five-day virtual format featuring 30 presenters.
(Featured image courtesy of Richard Jaimes / Unsplash)
Learn more about the The Sugar and Spice Festival here.