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Why So Bored? 36 Reasons to Get Out of the House this Fall

PUBLISHED : Friday, 26 August, 2016, 4:27pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 19 October, 2016, 5:24pm

What do you MEAN there’s nothing going on? Here are 36 amazing things to do between now and December. 

Booze, Tunes

A veritable smorgasbord of treats for your lucky earholes and mouthface.

Sep 1-Oct 31
Bar High Five Pop-up at MO
The Shell at the MO Bar gets a revamp as Tokyo’s revered Bar High Five takes over for two months. Expect top notch cocktails in the bar’s signature jewelry box setting.

Sep 10
Flo Rida at Pacha Macau
Throw your hands in the ay-ayer—Flo Rida’s hitting up Pacha Macau, and you should too.

Read More: Hong Kong's Top 8 Live Music Venues

Sep 17
Road to Ultra
Check out the Hong Kong leg of this spinoff of the Ultra EDM festival, and be the first to check out West Kowloon’s new Nursery Park while you’re at it.

Oct (TBA)
Secret Island Party
The stealthy aquatic debauch returns for its third year although details are, as usual, sparse. Dates are TBA but keep an eye on for details.

Read More: Lan Kwai Fong's Legendary Club 97 Closes This Weekend After 34 Years

Oct 21-Nov 12
Marco Polo German Bierfest
Time to prep those leiderhosen: Hong Kong’s most implausibly amusing party is back with all the steins, pork knuckle and oom-pah-pah you can fit into your leather shorts.

Oct 29
Shi Fu Miz
Music curatorial agency FuFu is teaming up with event organizers La Mamie to bring the second edition of the eco-friendly music festival to Hong Kong.

Oct 31
Dead Not Alive
Ocean Park and Disney take spooky turns on Halloween, but the city’s sexiest Halloween party is Dead Not Alive. Keep an eye on for details.

Nov 18-19
Hong Kong’s largest craft beer festival hits town in November, this year featuring beers from 13 Hong Kong breweries (and more than 500 worldwide), a pop-up bar by The Woods, a shisha garden, and way more trendy eats.

Read More: 8 Hong Kong Happy Hours to Tide You Through to Payday

Nov 25-27
With a lineup that includes Sigur Ros, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Crystal Castles and Foals, this is the one weekend party you won’t want to miss. Mainly because all your friends are going.


The sort of stuff that fancy types look at when they’re trying to impress each other. Plus Miss Hong Kong.

Sep 11
Miss Hong Kong
The legendary—and legendarily anachronistic—beauty pageant returns on TVB Jade. Our suggestion: booze, pizza, viewing party.

Sep 11
Freespace Happening
The arts and culture festival returns, with kite-making workshops, folk-rock tunes and traditional Chinese woodwind groups, among others.

Sep 14-16
Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance
When the village of Tai Hang was struck by a plague and a typhoon, villagers held a festival to ward off the evil, lighting incense sticks in the shape of a dragon and parading it through the streets. Apparently it worked, and they’re doing it still.

Sep 15
Mid-Autumn Festival
Light a lantern, head to Victoria Park, and try not to play too much with the candles. Best of all, the next day’s a holiday!

Sep 16-18
Asia Contemporary Art Show
One of Hong Kong’s largest art fests, the Asia Contemporary Art Show showcases celebrated and emerging artists from more than 15 countries.

Sep 22-Oct 2
Sundance Film Festival: Hong Kong
A mix of Sundance hits from this year’s festival as well as indie productions from Hong Kong, like the highly anticipated documentary “She Objects” by emerging filmmaker Nicole Fan, all about sexism in Hong Kong.
Check out the full lineup at

Oct 1
National Day Fireworks
OK, so you’re a localist who believes in towing Hong Kong far out to sea. But you still like totally sweet fireworks displays, don’t you? Ooooh!... ahhhhh!

Read More: Lea Salonga on Voicing Disney Princesses and Her Journey to Broadway

Oct 1-5
Fine Art Asia
Fine Art Asia exhibits art that encompasses 5,000 years of cultural history, from Neolithic Chinese objects all the way up to contemporary art.

Oct 9
Chung Yeung Festival
Chung Yeung Festival itself falls on Sunday the 9th, which means that on Monday the 10th we get a day off. Go venerate your ancestors, or maybe just plump for a lovely picnic.

Oct 14-16
HK International Tattoo Convention
Not for the faint of heart or low of pain tolerance, the annual tattoo convention gathers hundreds of tattoo artists and bands for a weekend-long celebration of inking.

Oct 13-Nov 5
HK International Comedy Festival
Discover the definitive champion of Hong Kong’s comedy scene. Want to watch the pros at work? Paul Ogata performs nightly from Oct 27-Nov 5.


Sport is where people move their arms and legs around more quickly than usual and sometimes hit things. Others just watch them doing that and think it’s fun.

Sep 25
Hong Kong Cyclothon
The one-day Cyclothon includes a huge variety of different cycling events at various locations across the city, with races suitable for all ages and fitness levels.

Oct 4-10
Hong Kong Open Windsurfing Championships
The Hong Kong Open takes place at Cheung Chau Windsurfing Center, where Olympic gold medalist Lee Lai San began her windsurfing career.

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Oct 8-9
Formula E ePrix
The fully electric racing series zips into town for the first time ever, taking place on a 2km harborfront track between Lung Wo Road and the Star Ferry.

Oct 8-16
Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open
More than 50 of the world’s top female tennis players will compete for a top prize of $250,000.

Read More: Two-time Olympian Neil Eckersley Went From Judo Master to Artist

Oct 14-15
The horrendously grueling all-night mountain endurance race Moontrekker will be taking place on Lantau Peak in support of The Nature Conservancy. This year’s event is already full, but you can check out the deets at

Oct 16
Central Rat Race
Another of Hong Kong’s signature charity races, the Central Rat Race features executives charging through the city’s business district in ludicrous costumes to raise money for mental health charity Mindset.

Oct 16
New World Harbour Race
The annual swim across Victoria Harbour features 3,000 competitors, all desperate to ingest some of those sweet, sweet antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Oct 22-23
Hong Kong Beach Water Polo Tournament
The fourth International Hong Kong Beach Water Polo Tournament takes place at Repulse Bay, with both Open and Junior Team events, free-flow craft beer while stocks last, and a barbecue.

Oct 30
Matilda Sedan Chair Race
A Hong Kong institution in itself, the 42nd annual Sedan Chair Race starts and finishes at Matilda International Hospital on The Peak in aid of lesser-known charitable organizations in Hong Kong.

What, Not Enough?...

Here’s some more to throw into the calendar if you STILL don’t have enough to do. Although if that’s the case, you probably require medication. Not that we’re judging.

Sep 3
Horse Racing Season Begins
Missed the call of the track? No worries. The Jockey Club’s open for business again, at Sha Tin and Happy Valley.

Sep 3-Oct 1
28th Macao International Fireworks Display Contest
More than 100 international teams battle to blow each other out of the sky.

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Sep 16-18
Singapore Formula 1 Grand Prix
Hamilton, Rosberg and Raikkonen speed through the city's night race. Performing that weekend: Kylie Minogue, Imagine Dragons and Bastille.

Oct 1-30
Macao International Music Festival
It’s the Pearl Jubilee—that’s the 30th anniversary—of the festival, which brings top-level musicians and ensembles from around the world to Macau.

Oct 27-30
Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival
If you like eating and drinking, you’re going to have a happy October at this huge food festival.

Get ready to look creepy for a month, for a good cause...

Nov 17-20
Macau Grand Prix
Fast cars in our Sister SAR.