While we’re finishing up with summer in Hong Kong, September welcomes autumn with a nice cool breeze and a ton of festivities to look forward to. Markets and festivals are galore, and a public holiday to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival brings us a series of performances, lanterns, and displays! Read on to find out what’s going on in September.
MID-AUTUMN THEMATIC LANTERN DISPLAY 2016: FLY ME TO THE MOON
WHAT: To commemorate Mid-Autumn Festival every year, the expansive space outside of the Hong Kong Space Museum in TST will display a fascinating collection of lanterns and lights for spectators, families, and visitors alike. Absorb all that the Festival has to offer by immersing yourself within the cultural exhibit at the most central location in Hong Kong.
WHERE: Outside Hong Kong Space Museum, Tsim Sha Tsui
WHAT: Back in its second year and bigger than the last will be Foodie Market organised by Foodie. Over 30 vendors will set up shop at the Market offering food and fun workshops between 11am-7pm. Workshops are fast filling up from learning how to make kombucha, kimchi workshop, yoghurt, to cheese nests and raw food, so sign up as a Foodie Member (free) to register. Classes are HKD$100 per person, but entry to the event is totally free!
WHERE: HMV Bar & Restaurant, 4/F Pearl City, 22-36 Paterson Street, Causeway Bay
PRICE: FREE – book online
SAI KUNG SUNDAY MARKET
WHAT: As summer is coming to a close, markets are preparing for the breezy autumn season and the Sai Kung Sunday Market is of no exception. Sai Kung is worth the venture for its natural gem as well as the fun community-spirited indoor farmer’s market of fresh organic produce, handcrafted goods, and vendors that embrace a holistic eco-friendly lifestyle. From 11am to 5pm, autumn Sai Kung Sunday Markets will be available on 4 Sept, 2 Oct, 6 Nov and lastly, 4 Dec for its Christmas Market.
WHERE: Hong Kong Academy School, 33 Wai Man Road, Sai Kung
“GET REDRESSED” POP-UP SHOP WITH PIZZAEXPRESS
WHAT: The environmental NGO, Redress, is kicking off September and autumn the stylish way with their popular clothing pop-up shop taking place at the Wan Chai PizzaExpress. Expect an impressive range of pre-loved, high-end and luxury brands at affordable prices beginning at HKD$50 upwards. All you need to bring is cash (or cheque) and a reusable bag. Happy shopping!
WHERE: PizzaExpress, Wing Fun Street, Wan Chai
BELVEDERE VODKA PRESENTS: RELEARN NATURAL SPRITZ PARTY
WHAT: The world’s best bartender, Ryan Chetiyawardana, will be in Hong Kong shaking up all-natural vodka cocktails for the public at the Relearn Natural Spritz Party, hosted by Duddell’s from 7pm onwards. The vodka is crafted from two pure ingredients with no additives, sugar or enhancements, and the spritz collection 100% natural and low in sugar. Live entertainment is also included. Now, you don’t really have any excuses left!
WHERE: Duddell’s, 3/F Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street, Central
10 September, 24 September, 8 October
ROOFTOP REPUBLIC PRESENTS: URBAN FARMING WORKSHOP SERIES
WHAT: Hong Kong doesn’t make it easy for us when it comes to urban farming – but it’s possible! Join the interactive workshop series and learn everything from seeding, composting, pest control, to fertilising, harvesting and storing. Register for your preferred workshop, or take part in all sessions if you’d like to earn a green thumb!
WHERE: Rooftop Garden, The Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Road, Central
PRICE: HKD$1,200 for all 4 classes; $1,000 (Early Bird: Sign up before August 14th); $380 per class
HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL
WHAT: The annual Jazz Festival returns to Hong Kong with jazz musicians from Hong Kong, Korea, Brazil, USA, Japan, Macedonia and Italy. If you’re a jazz lover, this Festival is the place you need to be to discover world-class music performers from all over the world.
WHERE: Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza C, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui and Hong Kong City Hall, Theatre, 5 Edinburgh Place, Central
PRICE: Tickets start at HKD$180 from urbtix.hk
MID-AUTUMN LANTERN CARNIVALS
WHAT: Mid-Autumn festivities and spirits are in the air, with beautiful Chinese lanterns and mooncakes to show for it. The annual Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival will take place across Hong Kong, starting with Victoria Park, featuring fun evening programmes, displays, and performances. Check out the website for other locations!
WHERE: Victoria Park
ASIA CONTEMPORARY ART SHOW
WHAT: In it’s 9th edition, the Asia Contemporary Art Show returns to Hong Kong at the Conrad with over 2,500 artworks from around the world, displayed over four full floors at the 5-star hotel.
WHERE: Conrad Hong Kong, 40-43rd floor, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty
PRICE: 2-for-1 tickets at hkticketing.com or HKD$220 at the door
REDRESS PRESENTS: “FRONTLINE FASHION” DOCUMENTARY SCREENING
WHAT: In its very first feature-length documentary, NGO Redress follows 10 talented emerging fashion designers as they prepare for the world’s biggest sustainable fashion design competition in an effort to change the future of fashion.
WHERE: The Annex Hong Kong, Unit 6, 2/F Nan Fung Place, 173 Des Voeux Road, Central
“GET REDRESSED” POP-UP SHOP WITH KONG GALLERY
WHAT: If you missed the first pop-up shop in September, don’t fret; the NGO Redress will host yet another successful pre-loved clothing pop-up with replenished stocks of beautiful high-end and luxury brands at affordable prices. Don’t forget cash and your shopping bag!
WHERE: KONG Gallery, 3 Staunton Street, Central
PINK DOT HK 2016
WHAT: Last year, Pink Dot Hong Kong witnessed 15,500 people at its event. In its 3rd edition this year and its pursuit to support LGBT, it’s expected to be bigger than ever. Themed ‘Love Wins’, join Pink Dot HK in a fun-filled day of events, performances, food and drinks.
WHERE: West Kowloon Nursery Park