What's on in Hong Kong this Summer: July
July will have you breaking a sweat: suit up for a race or two or laze around in the sun while all the pro volleyballers and dragon boaters do their thing.
Join the Carnival
This July Victoria Harbour will see hordes of international dragon boat teams duking it out for glory in the world famous Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival, which has been held since 1976. Alongside the event will be the annual San Miguel BeerFest, where spectators can enjoy ice-cold tipples as they cheer on their favorite teams.
July 3-5. East Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront; UC Centenary Garden, East Tsim Sha Tsui. Free.
Attention Britpop fans: Blur is coming back to Hong Kong. Last time Albarn, Coxon et al. were here, they were inspired by the city to make their latest album, “The Magic Whip.” Start listening to it on loop now, so you can sing along to all the lyrics at the concert. Jul 22, 8pm. Grand Hall, HKCEC, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai. $480-880 from www.hkticketing.com.
Hong Kong hipsters, they are
Change of Art
The annual International Arts Carnival descends once again on the SAR, bringing a host of family-friendly fun, plus a dose of culture too. Get your tickets for highlight events such as “Shaolin,” a musical theater collaboration between the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra and the Chung Ying Theatre, featuring the music of Emmy Award-winning composer Nathan Wong.
Various events between Jul 10-Aug 16. www.hkiac.gov.hk.
The annual charity open-water swimming, running and paddling competition is gearing up for its 11th edition. The Jax Shek O Challenge is a 2.2km swim from Big Wave Bay to Shek O Back Beach—but if swimming’s not for you, why not try the 8.5km run from Big Wave Bay that loops up into Shek O Country Park and down into Shek O? Alternatively there’s a 9km paddling option that takes you out around the headland. Try one of these solo, or team up for the “trisolothon” to take on all three events. Once you’re done, there’ll be beach sports, music and food on Shek O Back Beach.
Jul 11, 2pm. Big Wave Bay, Shek O. $430 from www.openwaterasia.com.
Ready, Set, Go
LA-based, YouTube-born pop band OK Go has been staying relevant(ish) with a string of awesomely mind-bending music videos. They’re back on the Hong Kong touring scene with a live concert at Musiczone. Go see them for nostalgia’s sake, if nothing else. Can’t make it in person? Queuing up their latest music videos on YouTube isn’t a bad fallback plan.
Jul 24, 8pm. Musiczone, KITEC, 1 Trademart Drive, Kowloon Bay. $450 from www.ticketflap.com.
OK Go: OK la
The big balls are out for the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix (Fédération Internationale de Volleyball). World champions USA will go head-to-head against China, Japan and Thailand for the prestigious title and a share of the US$165,000 prize pot. Six matches will be played across three days (July 16-18) at the Hong Kong Coliseum. And no, there aren’t any skimpy costumes. Get your brain out of the gutter.
Jul 16-17, 6:30pm; Jul 18, 5:30pm. Hong Kong Coliseum, 9 Cheong Wan Rd., Hung Hom. $80-650 from www.urbtix.hk.
Comic enthusiasts, make some room on your bookshelves: Ani-Com & Games is coming to town this July, bringing with it a goldmine of limited edition graphic novels, as well as collectible figures, video games and even some stage performances. Be sure to brush up on your manga vocab before you go, or risk looking like Shinji Ikari on a date. Geddit?
July 24-28. HKCEC, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, 2344-0415, www.ani-com.hk.
Any Given Day
UK alt-rock band Happy Mondays defined the “Madchester” scene of the 80s in the UK. Despite disbanding multiple times over the years, they’ve been able to pull through and come together for a gig at KITEC. But annoyingly, you’ll have to settle for a Tuesday appearance.
Jul 28, 8pm. Rotunda 3, KITEC, 1 Trademart Drive, Kowloon Bay. $545-650 from www.wegottickets.com.
Happy Mondays looking ecstatic