Top 10 Things to Do in Hong Kong, July 3-11
More dragonboating, indie gigs aplenty and Hong Kong-style "Breakfast at Tiffany's"—it's another unmissable week in Hong Kong.
Missed the dragon boat races last Saturday? Hit up the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival: three more days of frantic paddling, washed down with beer and tunes at the San Miguel Beerfest.
Jul 3, noon-5pm; Jul 4, 8:30am-6pm; Jul 5, 9am-5pm. Harborfront, East Tsim Sha Tsui. Free.
Photo: SCMP/Dickson Lee
Local indie popsters Kestrels and Kites are celebrating the release of their third EP, “Higher Than Mountains,” with an EP launch party at Backstage Live. They’re supported by Pokémon Dad and Seasons For Change, bands with names so good you can’t not go.
9:30pm. Backstage Live, 1/F, Somptueux Central, 52-54 Wellington St., Central. $160 from www.ticketflap.com, including a copy of EP and a drink.
Like lazy vibes, chill house, good company and a killer view? Lounge over to Rewind Vol.5. Lazy Sunday Session for a daytime dose of all that’s chill.
3pm-10:30pm. Two Seventy Degrees Rooftop Bar, 31/F, Soundwill Plaza II Midtown, 1-29 Tang Lung St., Causeway Bay. $50 at the door.
If Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe prints or the “pop art” filter in Photobooth mean anything to you, check out Pop! before it ends on Friday to see work from four of pop art’s luminaries—Andy Warhol, Takashi Murakami, Keith Haring and Robert Indiana.
Through Jul 10. Fabrik Contemporary Art, 1102 Nam Wo Building, 148 Wing Lok St., Sheung Wan. Free.
It’s as simple as it sounds: the more you drink at Beers for Books, the more you’ll be contributing to children in need via literacy charity Room to Read. You just found yourself the perfect excuse for a Tuesday boozing session.
6-9pm. Culture Club Gallery, 15 Lower Elgin St, Central. Free entry.
Throw back a selection of more than 100 wines from France, Germany and Italy at the Wine High Club Portfolio Tasting at the Mira. Winemakers will be there in person to talk about their vintages, so you can get sloshed and educated simultaneously.
6pm. The Mira, 118 Nathan Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 3520-2028. $300 from winehighclub.com.
Grab those neon windbreakers and get ready to party like it’s 1995. At Smells Like 90s a lineup of five of Hong Kong’s most awesome up-and-coming bands will cover their favorite songs of the 90s. It’s a past-meets-future kind of gig…
9pm. The Wanch, 54 Jaffe Rd., Wan Chai, 2861-1621. Free.
Raise the roof at Volar, which is hosting DJ Hohme’s signature deep/tech house beats. Look for him on the dance floor, as the DJ has been known to mingle with the crowds as he controls his equipment from his self-designed iPad interface. Let’s hope his Wi-Fi doesn’t go down…
10pm. Volar, 38-44 D’Aguilar St, Central. $300 at the door, including two drinks before 12:30am; $350 thereafter.
Immerse yourself in 40s New York with this production of "Breakfast at Tiffany’s": written, directed by and starring locally raised, Hollywood-trained newcomer Gabriella So. There are Cantonese and English versions, so check before you book—or book both to compare and contrast.
Jul 10-12, various times. McAulay Studio, Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Rd., Wan Chai, 2582-0200. $100-150 from urbtix.hk.
Mark Your Calendar
Prep those eyeballs: The 26th edition of the annual Hong Kong Book Fair is back. It’s not just an excuse to buy books, either. There are talks and seminars with authors including Booker prize winner Ben Okri, Swiss thinker Alain de Botton and biographer Carol Thatcher. Better start coming up with intelligent-sounding questions now…
July 15-21. HKCEC, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai. $10-25 at the door.