With the situation improving in the city, we’re seeing many events this month that had to be postponed earlier in the year, including the 48th Hong Kong Arts Festival and Rulapalooza #3. Better late than never, right? We also have beach cleanups, baking workshops, sustainable fashion talks and more in your round up of the best free October events in Hong Kong. Enjoy!
Looking for a fun, yummy activity to do first thing in the morning? From Cookie Squares to Croissant Chips, Michel et Augustin is hosting a series of weekly virtual baking workshops. The best part? The recipes can be made with ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen! If you can’t make the morning sessions (or if you’re looking to recreate the pastries!), you can always rewatch the videos on Michel et Augustin’s Instagram page.
When: Thursday, 1 October to Thursday, 5 November
How much: Free! RSVP here.
Organised by the Hong Kong Art Gallery Association, #SouthsideSaturday brings together galleries on the south side of Hong Kong Island to showcase their latest exhibitions on the first Saturday of each month. Expect talks, screenings, special displays, workshops, readings and more. Highlights include Italian artist Elisa Sighicelli’s first solo show in Asia at Rossi & Rossi, and a Crystal Singing Bowl workshop at Cheer Bell Gallery.
When: Saturday, 3 October, 10am to 8pm
Where: Southside galleries
How much: Free! (some events require registration). Head here for more information.
Did you know that Hong Kong generates over 6.4 million tons of waste each year? Spend a day at Little Palm Beach and join Beyond Plastic’s passionate team of volunteers to clear the shore of litter. With our increased usage of plastic during this pandemic, this is the perfect opportunity to give back to the community and promote the importance of sustainable living and recycling.
When: Sunday, 4 October, 2:30pm to 6pm
Where: Little Palm Beach, 33 Hang Hau Wing Lung Road, Clearwater Bay, Sai Kung, Hong Kong
How much: Free! RSVP here.
Sustainable fashion has been the talk of the town for quite some time now, and given the amount of waste produced during this pandemic, it’s especially important for us to show the world a little love. As one of the city’s best-known environmental charities, Redress seeks to prevent textile waste and reduce the fashion industry’s water, chemical and carbon footprints. This month, Redress is hosting an online panel to discuss Hong Kong’s fashion consumption and question how Hong Kong can take a lead on sustainable fashion. Featuring Redress Founder Christina Dean and COO of Lane Crawford Aamir Sakhia, this event is not one to miss (especially for our fashionistas out there!).
When: Thursday, 8 October, 5pm to 6pm
How much: Free. More info here.
Rula Live and The Underground are back for another electric collaboration! Alt pop rock lovers will be glad to see Esimorp kick off the show, while indie music fans won’t want to miss Nitrate’s tribute to Suede, Radiohead, and all things British pop. Whatever your taste in music, this lineup of local bands is sure to get your head bobbing to the beat.
When: Saturday, 17 October, 9pm to 1am
Where: Rula Live, G/F, Grand Progress Building, 58-62 D’Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong
How much: Free! Get your tickets here.
The 48th Hong Kong Arts Festival is going online this year and will be broadcast live on the HKAF on Tai Kwun’s Facebook page. Many of the interactive performances, installations and creative workshops originally scheduled for February have been adapted for the digital platform. The online programme also features a number of films that document works-in-progress developed for the on-site event.
When: Saturday, 10 October to Sunday, 11 October
How much: Free!
On Wednesdays we wear pink – especially when it’s to raise awareness for breast cancer. Hosted by Hong Kong Cancer Fund, Dress Pink Day is your opportunity to show support to those affected by the disease by wearing your best pink outfit. To further contribute to the cause, don’t forget to make a donation and check out other events by the Hong Kong Cancer Fund (we’re talking Pink Yoga, Pink Art Jamming and more!). You can even go the extra mile and organise a fundraising event with your friends or colleagues – head here to find out how.
When: Friday, 23 October
How much: Free! Register here.
Featured image courtesy of Tin Iglesias for Sassy Media Group, image 1 courtesy of Michel et Augustin via Instagram, image 2 courtesy of Rossi & Rossi, image 3 courtesy of Beyond Plastic via Facebook, image 4 courtesy of Redress via Facebook, image 5 courtesy of Esimorp via Facebook, image 6 courtesy of HKAF @ Tai Kwun via Facebook, image 7 courtesy of Prostock-Studio via Getty.