10 Best Things to Do in Hong Kong This Week
What's on, from pole dancing to Japanese brunch.
1. Friday, November 27
Pole dancing as a sport has been growing in popularity: It’s super fit and super sexy. Tonight is the sixth International Pole Championship: 25 international dancers come together over five divisions—men’s, women’s, disabled, doubles and masters—to twirl their way to glory. 6pm | MacPherson Stadium, 38 Nelson St., Mong Kok.
2. Saturday, November 28
B-boys and girls, DJs and dancers from the four corners of the world come together to fight for the right to be crowned champion of the 2015 Challenge Cup Worldwide Finals. If you just want to learn to bust a move, competition judges Ayumi and Marcio will also host a workshop on Nov 29, 7-9pm at Jam City Studio, Unit B, 8/F, Block A, B, Ka Ming Court, 688-690 Castle Peak Rd., Lai Chi Kok. Noon-9pm | King George V School, 2 Tin Kwong Rd., Ho Man Tin.
3. Sunday, November 29
Innovation, design and a whole load of duct tape: Maker Faire comes to Hong Kong to showcase the best of the city’s ingenuity. Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 11 Yuk Choi Rd., Hung Hom.
4. Monday, November 30
The Hong Kong Bach Choir opens their season with Lamentation and Prophecy, a program containing rarely performed works by Liszt and Reger, plus a new piece by Hong Kong-based composer James Boznos. Nope, no Bach tonight. Just a Liszt of new music. Ha! 8pm | Concert Hall, Cultural Centre, Tsim Sha Tsui.
5. Tuesday, December 1
Haven’t figured out your holiday gifts yet? The Hong Kong Markets Organisation is launching Something Old, the first month-long vintage market, with 30 vintage enthusiasts introducing their wares, a pop-up dark room for developing film the old-school way, displays of vintage collections and a retro-style barber shop perfect for those who want to ditch their Movember ‘tache. They’re also hosting watch- and clock-making workshops every weekend, because Rolexes are way basic. Until Dec 20, closed Mondays | The Space 2/F, D2 Place, 9 Cheung Yee St., Lai Chi Kok.
6. Wednesday, December 2
The Sociedad Hispánica hosts a Latin bazaar, Mercadillo Navideño, at the Culture Club. Go for inexpensive gifts or $50 sangrias, all sourced from Hispanic countries. Sounds like a fiesta! 4-11pm | Culture Club, 15 Elgin St., Central.
7. Thursday, December 3
Prep for the holiday bustle with 90 minutes of yoga at Power Yoga Hong Kong. Yoga instructor Sarah Clare Lawrence will teach you how to connect with those secret inner powers that you never knew you had (or knew you had, but couldn’t figure out how to use). All levels welcome, including beginners—bring your own mat and water. 7pm | Tamar Park, Harcourt Rd., Central.
8. Friday, December 4
Thai designer Sutthida Jungsura's brand SpaghettiTop comes to Hong Kong this week as part of In Bed With Designers. This three-day event hosted by Ovolo Southside and buymedesign.com showcases amazing work by 50 emerging designers from all over the world, as well as talks, tours and cocktail parties. Grab some designer furniture for your flat—or at least a strappy top or two. Models not included. Until Dec 6 | Ovolo Southside, 64 Wong Chuk Hang Rd., Wong Chuk Hang, 3460-8100.
9. Saturday, December 5
Zuma has just launched its new Saturday Session brunch menu, featuring a set Japanese menu with free-flow drinks and cocktails. Check out their Smoked Peanut Butter Old-Fashioned, which you can sip through a chocolate straw, or their Yuzu and Mandarin Cosmo, which is straight up juicy-delish. Saturdays | 2:30-5pm | Zuma Lounge, 6/F, The Landmark, 15 Queen’s Rd. Central.
10. Coming up on Sunday, December 13
One of the biggest events in the racing calendar is right around the corner: The Longines Hong Kong International Races, aka the Turf World Championships, returns to Sha Tin. There will be loads of activities and performances, including a variety show with Cantopop star Miriam Yeung, a stunt show by the Sichuan Suining Acrobatic Troupe, a drum performance by Ban’s Gig Drums and a pyrotechnic show (presumably well away from the horses). There’s special food on the menu, and every guest gets a free souvenir cap until they run out. Sha Tin Racecourse | Free for tourists with valid travel documents.