Hong Kong is rushing to get prepped for the holiday season — who else is feeling it? Whether it’s revving up for the Macau Grand Prix, celebrating Thanksgiving next Thursday, or gearing up for the big acts coming to Hong Kong — there are plenty of fun events on our to-do list. Check out our picks below for the best things to do in Hong Kong for the next two weeks in November.
Don’t sleep on these events coming up soon in the coming weeks; you’ll want to nab your tickets for them before they sell out:
When: 15–16 December
EDM fans won’t want to miss this one, as Live Nation’s Creamfields makes a triumphant return to Hong Kong with a truly astonishing lineup, featuring some of electronic music’s industry greats: Alesso, Armin Van Buuren, Diplo and Martin Garrix. More info here.
AsiaWorld-Expo, Chek Lap Kok, Hong Kong
When: 1 December
If Pinot is your go-to bevvie, you’ll want in on this festival landing in Hong Kong for the very first time by way of Australia, touring 11 cities across five countries from Perth to Christchurch to Singapore to Tokyo. Trendy eats meet over 100 Pinots across a global producer list, and with a ticket including unlimited tastings, you’re ensured a great weekend ahead. More info here.
Hong Kong Observation Wheel, Central, Hong Kong
Dating back to 1954, the Macau Grand Prix has served generations of motoring enthusiasts in one of the finest street circuit race meets in the world, with the world class 6.2km Guia Circuit making it an exhilarating challenge for drivers and spectators alike. To the delight of all fans, it’s back this weekend, shaping up to the perfect excuse to head over to our sister SAR for a quick getaway. The programme spans six races, three of which are official FIA World Cups — practice days start as early as 15–16 November and official race days kicking off from early Saturday morning. Tickets range from MOP50 for weekday races and up to MOP900 for a coveted spot in the popular Lisboa Bend Stand.
La Vache’s disco brunches have garnered quite the notorious reputation for their recipe of danceable beats, unlimited steak frites, wine and bubbly — one of Hong Kong’s most fun ways to spend a Saturday. It returns to La Vache SoHo just in time for Beaujolais season — so named once the year’s wine has been released on the third Thursday of November, just weeks after the grapes have been harvested. Vino enthusiasts who are partial to the lighter, fruitier wine will want in on this extravaganza. Priced at HK$688 for 12pm first seating; HK$588 for 2:30pm second seating. Email email@example.com to reserve your table.
Ready for the return of Hong Kong’s silliest comedy? Hong Kong Improv’s monthly showcase brings together some of the hottest comic troupes for a “Whose Line Is It Anyway”-style night of debauchery on stage, where the audience gets to suggest what happens next. This month brings on Hong Kong talent People’s Liberation Improv and 852 Crew.
Marking the final exhibition of the year at Hong Kong Design Institute is a three-decade retrospective of the esteemed Oscar-winning art director and costume designer Tim Yip, who is most recognised for his work on Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, which won an Academy Award and a BAFTA in 2001 for his exquisite achievements. His other film credits include Red Cliff, John Woo’s A Better Tomorrow, and Tsai Ming-liang’s The Wayward Cloud. This exhibition, curated by frequent collaborator Mark Holborn, is the artist’s first large scale show back in his hometown, and documents Yip’s imagination, history and memory. Divided into three sections, the exhibition spans 21 original costumes to his personal photography and film work featuring his muse, a mannequin named Lilli, which he uses as a vehicle to explore the speculation of a future world. The exhibition will be closed on Tuesdays, 25 November, 2 and 9 December 2018.
One of Hong Kong’s favourite Sunday pastimes can be said to be strolling one of the many market streets: cue Tai Koo Place’s Tong Chong Street Market, which has just returned for the season. Bringing an eclectic mix of gourmet eats and fresh produce from Hong Kong’s biggest organic farmers, it’s the ideal hangout for all food loving and sustainability-minded Hongkongers. For the month of November, TCSM is celebrating all things coffee, so expect a full-fledged coffee festival each Sunday with plenty of hand-crafted brews and specialty beans, with four guest coffee vendors from Taiwan and Hong Kong’s own Ralph’s Coffee arriving in its own signature green coffee truck. There are even coffee-infused exclusives, such as the Tiramisu Toast by Prince Edward brunch favourite Baofanji or coffee wings by Wingman, alongside some of the hippest F&B outlets from around town, including fusion izakaya Okra, craft beer gastropub Second Draft, Aussie-style cafe NINETYS and more, rounded out by a live music programme and classic arcade games.
Following Clockenflap’s finale with neo-soul queen Erykah Badu, another musical legend is set to take the stage here in Hong Kong. Guns N’ Roses are finally bringing their hotly anticipated two-night concert to the AsiaWorld-Expo Arena. The Not In This Lifetime… Tour marks the triumphant return of one of the most influential bands in the world, continuing to captivate since their 1987 debut album, (the recently remastered) “Appetite for Destruction”. More importantly, the Not in This Lifetime… Tour features the classic lineup of Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan — the first time that the three have performed together since the Use Your Illusion Tour in 1993. Hong Kong’s hardest rockers are sure to lose their heads. Tickets HK$688–2,488 seated; HK$1,288–1,688 standing.
This year the Hong Kong Golf Open returns with Honma as its new title sponsor; and four-time champion Miguel Ángel Jiménez marking his return to Fanling, joined by English newcomer Eddie Pepperell. A stellar lineup also includes Masters champ Patrick Reed, last year’s Hong Kong winner Wade Ormsby, as well as Ryder Cup stars Tommy Fleetwood and Sergio Garcia — all vying for a US$2 million prize.
Between catching all of your favourite players tackling some of Hong Kong’s most challenging holes, head to the Spectator Village to sit back and perhaps partake in some San Miguel on tap and craft brews by the folks at Yardley Brothers, together with delectable bites served by JW Marriott.
The Scottish rock heroes are back in town — touring their fifth and latest studio album, “Always Ascending”. It’s something of a rebirth of the band, featuring all-new sonic experimentation, culminating in a sound completely different to what the band has put out in the past. Aptly so, they are hitting a brand new and unusual concert location, slated to set the Southern Stadium ablaze with their new tunes.
November is truly on a roll, wrapping up as Canadian singer-producer The Weeknd heads up the AsiaWorld-Expo Arena for his Hong Kong debut. Fans will no doubt be anticipating some of his biggest hits from across his three most acclaimed albums — Beauty Behind the Madness, Starboy, and 2018’s My Dear Melancholy EP, the latter a welcome return back to the artist’s darker, earlier material. Tickets HK$698–1,398 seated; HK$998–1,398 standing.
Bibliophiles and history buffs and collectors of fine antiques should be marking their calendars for the return of China in Print — Asia’s leading rare book fair. Last year’s sales well exceeded US$1 million, and this year the fair returns to quench the thirst for more visual collectibles, courtesy of wares from 32 international dealers. Discover Chinese gouaches depicting street life in the 19th century; the first Japanese Buddhist Map, a manuscript written by a British Officer during the First Opium War, and many more precious items feeding into visitors’ wanderlust. Best of all, entry is free, and collector’s items are available for purchase starting for as little as US$100.