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Time to Skip Work: What to do in Hong Kong in October 2015

Summer's over: It's time to get busy again.

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 03 September, 2015, 4:00pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 19 October, 2016, 4:49pm

Oct 1 
National Day fireworks 

Grab a hamper and a spot on the harbor for the fireworks— you may need to camp out a day early, though.
9pm. Harborside.

Oct 2 

Untz all night with the Dutch DJ and his friends.
11:30pm. Club Cubic, 2/F Hard Rock Hotel, City of Dreams, Macau, (+853) 6638-4999. $580-980 from

Oct 2-10
Hong Kong Beer Week 

Get hop-happy this week with beery events all over town, culminating in the craft beer heaven that is Beertopia (from $280, Oct 9-10).

Oct 5
Al Murray, the Pub Landlord 

Everyone’s favorite British xenophobe (character) comes back to Hong Kong to celebrate the best of British.
8pm. Rotunda 3, 6/F, KITEC, 1 Trademart Drive, Kowloon Bay. $488-788 from

Oct 8-10 
Love Pings 

An original play about one woman’s efforts to find love via Facebook, Whatsapp, Skype and more... with seven men.
7:30pm. Fringe Underground, Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Rd., Central, 2521-7251. $280-350 from the Fringe Club.

Oct 8-11 
Asia Contemporary Art Show 

Practise your chin-stroking for the fall edition of the art fair.
40-42/F, Conrad Hong Kong, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, $220 from

Oct 10-11
Hong Kong Classic 

Wax those moustaches and dust off your boater: the classic car show returns to the Central waterfront.
Oct 10, 11am-10pm; Oct 11, 11am-7pm. Central Harbourfront Event Space, Central,

Oct 10-18 
Hong Kong Tennis Open 

Anyone for tennis? 40 of the world’s best female tennis players will compete for US$250,000. Tickets for some qualifying matches are free.
Victoria Park Tennis Stadium, Causeway Bay, 2111-5333,

Oct 12-18 
Joy of Music Festival 

A week-long journey of concerts and talks. Highlights include a talk by Andrew Walter, mastering engineer at London’s Abbey Road Studios.
Hong Kong City Hall, 5 Edinburgh Place, Central, 2868-3387.

Oct 16 
Steve Aoki 

The electro house DJ with all the hair hits Hong Kong. Did you know his dad founded teppanyaki chain Benihana?
Levels, 2/F, On Hing Building, 1 On Hing Terrace, Central, 2811-1568, $TBC.

Oct 16-18 
Secret Island Party 

Music, dancing, yoga and partying: Everyone’s favorite stealthy music festival returns.
$250-$750 from

Oct 23-24
Big Bang in Macau

Missed them in Hong Kong in June? The Korean uberboyband hits our sister SAR.
CotaiArena, The Venetian, Macau, 6333-6660. $688-1,888 from

Oct 25 
Central Rat Race 

The annual business promotion/charity event/excuse to dress up as a piece of cheese takes place through Central. Application deadline: September 18.

Oct 25
Matilda Sedan Chair Race

The city’s silliest, and only, sedan chair race. All proceeds go to the hospital. 
Matilda International Hospital, The Peak.

(Photo: K.Y. Cheng/SCMP)

Oct 27 
Studio City Macau opens 

The brand new movie-themed resort and casino opens its doors. There’s a huge figure-of-eight ferris wheel, Batman ride and Pacha nightclub, straight from Ibiza. It’s also home to Studio 8, a fully operational TV broadcast studio where you can sit in on shows in the making.
Estrada Flor de Lotus, Macau, 8865-8888.

Oct 30-Nov 8 
Hong Kong International Literary Festival 

Lit festival headlined by Dame Margaret Drabble.


Say prost to you, and you, and you at MGM Macau’s Oktoberfest (Oct 15, 28, $120). Down cold lager at Happy Valley Oktoberfest (Sep 23, Oct 7, 14, 22) or don your leiderhosen and head to the annual TST rooftop boozy institution that is the Marco Polo German Bierfest (Oct 16-Nov 17, $150).

Halloween Fun!

Yearly institution Dead Not Alive (Oct 31, 10pm, Armani Prive, 3/F, Landmark Chater, 8 Connaught Rd., Central) is the sexiest, costumiest party in town. Meanwhile, Ocean Park is getting spooky with its 15th annual Halloween Fest (Oct 2-31). This year’s attractions include a limited- spaces haunted house which will take you on a journey beginning at your own funeral... and an area themed around TV show “The Walking Dead.”

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