The Top 30 Events to Hit in Hong Kong This Spring
The world is blooming, the smell of fresh flowers is in the air and you’re starting to emerge again from your winter cocoon.
Reinvent yourself this spring with 30 awesome things to do around the city.
Tired of staring longingly at your friends’ gorgeous food shots on Instagram while you schlep around at home with a cold plate of spaghetti? Reinvent yourself as a knowledgeable foodie this spring with some delicious fun.
Through Mar 31
Sake & Food and Sake x Manga at Harbour City
Sakura cherry blossom season is here, and Harbour City is celebrating all things spring and Japanese with themed exhibitions and a pop-up “Sake & Food” tavern offering over 100 types of sake and special dishes. Other attractions include wagyu beef and sake pairings at several Harbour City restaurants, and the first overseas exhibit of “Sake x Manga” featuring 22 manga artists’ custom-designed bottles for the Ishikawa Brewery.
Taste of Holland Food Festival
Get your bitterballen on at the Dutch Chamber of Commerce’s Taste of Holland food festival, where you’ll get to taste the best of Dutch snacks and wines, from cheeses to smoked fish to Dutch veal. There’ll also be copious amounts of wine and beer to wash down all the snacks. Sounds gouda to us…
24th Great Chefs of Hong Kong
What makes swallowing forkfuls of crème brulee and vanilla panna cotta even sweeter? Doing it all in the name of charity. Epicureans can satisfy their quest for fine foods while contributing to a cause at the 24th Great Chefs of Hong Kong, the annual fundraising event of children’s special needs charity Heep Hong Society. The festival features 40 top F&B establishments serving up signature dishes buffet-style to a guest list of Hong Kong celebrities, socialites, epicureans… and you.
Le French Gourmay
No one makes eating a gustatory art form quite like the French. Le French Gourmay celebrates all things delicious in French cuisine, from the basics of good butter and bread to fine ingredients like foie gras and escargot, and of course, wine as far as the eye can see. Celebrating a distinct gastronomic and wine region of France each year, this year we delve into the Alsace region, highlighting the idyllic valley’s unique terroir, distinctive “flute”-shaped bottles and German-influenced cuisine. Ever had a baeckeoffe or a flammekueche? We haven’t either, but it sure sounds like something to impress your new foodie friends with…
Tong Chong Street Market
Love sampling homegrown produce and hanging out with artisanal F&B vendors? The Tong Chong Street Market reopens this month after successfully launching last fall at Taikoo Place. The family-friendly marketplace is a one-stop shop for baked goods, homemade jams, organic produce and signature dishes from up-and-coming eateries. The market runs every Sunday, giving local farmers and budding culinary talent a chance to spread the sustainable love.
Dry January is long gone, and along with it your hopes of leading a more virtuous year in 2016. Ditch the detox diets and raid the liquor cabinet instead before heading to one of these fist-pumping soirées.
Cliché Records Birthday Bash
Celebrating its fourth birthday this spring, Hong Kong label and party brand Cliché Records is throwing a weekend bash, featuring a Friday party at Kee Club. Headliners include the legendary Chicago House DJ Rahaan and German DJ ND Baumecker of famed Berghain Club’s Panorama Bar, bringing a touch of Berlin techno to town. All this is followed by an after party at Bassment with German DJs Dustin and Konstantin, founders of house and dub techno label Giegling.
The Great Hong Kong Bar Race
If you’ve ever wondered what playing The Amazing Race while boozed up would be like, The Great Hong Kong Bar Race is the place to find out. In teams of four, you’ll be tasked with solving riddles to decipher the names of five watering holes across Hong Kong Island, where you’ll meet further challenges—the first seven teams to win get fabulous prizes, from bottles of bubbly to restaurant vouchers. All money raised will be donated to the Love 21 Foundation, which supports those with Down syndrome and autism in Hong Kong. Contestants must wear mismatched socks, a symbol for the Down syndrome community. Best sock game wins a dinner for two at Kinsale!
Rosé lovers can get their fix of the pink bubbly on Mother’s Day weekend at the return of the Rosé Revolution, a rosé wine festival making its first stop in Hong Kong before moving on to Singapore, Shanghai and Macau. Sip from 25 different types of rosé from international winemakers, wash it down with a sausage sizzle barbecue on the lawn, and do it all over again. Groups of four can get in on a yum cha group ticket offer, and VIP ticketholders get a premium rosé cocktail as well as VIP lounge access.
Goooood Secrets is back with another secret cinema event, this time celebrating the mighty orgasm (the second coming, if you will). Looking to revive erotic film in Hong Kong, at Orgasmo an “unthinkable place” will be transformed into a pop-up cinema seating a thousand people. On the bill: a suprise steamy classic. To warm you up for the main event, French choreographer Alice Rensy will be performing a dance piece, apparently involving a few ropes. You can also catch a workshop on erotic art on Apr 2.
Get those hands up for spring’s big-name Macau DJ gigs:
- Paul Oakenfold at Pacha
- Afrojack at Pacha
- Jason Derulo at Club Cubic
- Lil Jon at Pacha
Is spring making you dream of sunshine, flowers and butterflies? With the world bathed in a golden light, it’s time to go all hippie and tap into your creative side with some arts and music fun.
Most of us missed the last Sustainable Fest back in January due to the insufferable cold weather, but don’t worry: It’s back for the second time this year. This festival features music, art and workshops dedicated to living your life more sustainably. It’s the perfect spring weekend for any self-respecting hipster.
Joshua Bell with Alessio Bax
World-renowned violinist Joshua Bell will be in town to collaborate with pianist Alessio Bax. The program will feature classics including Vitali’s Chaconne in G Minor, as well as Beethoven’s Violin Sonata No. 9 in A.
Le French May
Le French May arts festival returns this year with the theme “Dreams and Wonders.” With classical concerts, film screenings, ballet, theater and art, there are enough French arts events to pad out not one month, but TWO. Plus ça change…
May 4-July 11
Claude Monet: The Spirit of Place
Need some Monet in your life? Go check out the French impressionist’s masterpieces at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum’s Claude Monet: The Spirit of Place. This exhibition will feature over 16 of Monet’s most emblematic artworks including the famous water lilies of “Nymphéas.”
May 7-June 25
The Blue Moment
See how French photographer Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze captures Hong Kong in blue in his latest exhibition, The Blue Moment, at the very appropriately named Blue Lotus Gallery. Capturing the fleeting moment when the city is lit by street lights beneath a daytime sky, his monochromatic images are mesmerizing, melancholy and beautiful all at once.
Affordable Art Fair
Didn’t get enough of art madness this month? You won’t have to wait long to get your art fix again as the Affordable Art Fair returns in May, featuring paintings for sale that are slightly less damaging to your bank account. Best for those who are new to collecting, this art fair offers an easy and fun introduction to the city’s art scene.
Philadelphia Orchestra in Hong Kong
The legendary Philadelphia Orchestra is in town for two nights. The program includes Brahm’s Symphony No. 2 and Beethoven’s String Quartet in F-minor “Serioso.” We’re hoping for a team-up with the HK Phil just so we can say it’s a HK-Philly-HK-Phil gig.
Is your new year’s resolution to work out five times a week losing steam? Pick up the pace and incorporate a healthy dose of extra exercise with these workout sessions.
Sunset Silent Disco Yoga
Get away from the hustle and bustle of city life at this outdoor vinyasa Sunset Silent Disco Yoga class. Every participant will receive guidance from Yoga Room instructor Nora through a pair of illuminated wireless headphones, against a background of pulsing, disco-inspired music. Who says group classes can’t be personal?
Hong Kong Rugby Sevens
‘Tis the season for Hong Kong’s biggest social—er, sporting event! Join 119,999 other spectators at the 41st Hong Kong Rugby Sevens, where 16 teams will contest the HSBC SWS core team competition and an additional 12 will vie for a spot in the 2017 international series. This year, Fiji are the defending champions, and Cayman Islands will be making their debut. Don’t miss the Apr 6 kick-off concert featuring The Proclaimers and Abba tribute band Björn Again (Sevens Village, $199 from ticketflap.com); the Women’s Rugby Sevens on Apr 7-8 (King’s Park Sports Ground, Jordan, free); and the Hong Kong Tens at the Hong Kong Football Club from Apr 6-7.
Luxenova Urban Bootcamp
If you’re hoping to find a drill instructor to yell at you to drop and give him 20, then the Luxenova Urban Bootcamp isn’t for you. Here, it’s all about getting to the core of what’s separating you from your fitness goals: your mind. Coach Stephanie Luo will take you on a journey of mindfulness as you set new health and fitness goals. If juice cleanses and weight training aren’t working for you, this might be just what you need.
April 18-July 9
Mark your calendars, girls: the new Bikini Fit cycle starts mid-April. Six sessions Mon-Sat for 12 weeks may sound like things could get repetitive, but Bikini Fit switches it up with barbells, kettlebells, weight plates, ropes, TRX and more. Fitness aside, Bikini Fit experts also provide guidance on nutrition, stress, hormones, and even bloodwork. Sessions occur in parks around Hong Kong, but don’t worry: you don’t actually have to work out in a bikini (unless you want to).
Move with the Pacific
Tiki bar Mahalo has paired up with fitness booking app GuavaPass and Hawaiian hotspot Pololi to bring us Move with the Pacific, a series of yoga and dance classes held every Sunday through the end of May. Next up: Hawaiian/Tahitian/Beach Dance on April 3. Your ticket includes a smoothie or coconut water and a poke bowl lunch set from Pololi for your post-workout meal—redeemable within two weeks of the class.
It’s not spring if you don’t have a brand new wardrobe to flaunt. Whether you’re planning a tropical getaway or just want to impress at the office, reinvent your look at these spring shopping events.
Through March 31
HKTDC Design Gallery's Spring Sale
Hunting for quirky accessories to jazz up your life? The Hong Kong-designed goods at the HKTDC Design Gallery’s Spring Sale will keep you happy. Get passport holders made of recycled newspaper, watches made from recycled cans, and Hong Kong memorabilia that’s just on the right side of kitsch.
Through March 31
Known for its crossovers with fashion brands and restaurants, design store GumGumGum is rolling out a pop-up outlet store featuring international designer brands and all things cool for slashed prices—think one-of-a-kind sneakers for up to 90 percent off. Shop away!
Through April 3
House of Van's 50th Anniversary
Skate brand Vans celebrates its 50th anniversary this spring with a series of worldwide House of Vans celebrations. Kicking off a collab with the annual HKwalls Street Art Festival in Sham Shui Po, House of Vans will offer a bunch of “Off The Wall” creative workshops to show off its street culture heritage. Head to the “Customization Station” to personalize your tee, or make your own pinhole camera with laser cut pieces by Dimension+.
April 3, May 1
Sai Kung Sunday Market
The Sai Kung Sunday Market makes a comeback this spring, with over 50 vendors showcasing organic produce and handmade home décor. Shower your shopping basket with homemade goodies, with part of the proceeds going to Catherine’s Puppies. Redecorate AND save a pup? We’re there.
April 10 and May 8
Handmade Hong Kong Discovery Bay Sunday Market
Set against a seaside backdrop, Handmade Hong Kong Discovery Bay Sunday Market is filled with vendors selling everything from handmade soaps to locally made ceramics. You’ll get a free ferry ride back to Central if you spend $120 at any of the thirteen D’Deck restaurants in the Plaza.