Christmas is just around the corner which means we’ll be taking every opportunity we can in November to soak up the calm before the holiday storm. Luckily, the month ahead has plenty of fun and free events to help us out on that front. From live music to neighbourhood walks, morning mindfulness and even free tea, get your diaries at the ready!
Ditch the yoga and make like the city’s locals with a spot of morning tai chi set against the backdrop of Kowloon on the rooftop of Eaton HK. The ancient martial art uses visualisation, breathing and slow mindful movements to warm up the body and guide the circulation of “Qi”. Under the expert guidance of Master Cheung, students will build strength, gain flexibility and balance both body and mind.
When: Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 7:45am to 8:45am
Where: 21/F, Eaton HK, 380 Nathan Road, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon, Hong Kong
How much: Free. Register here to reserve your spot!
Calling all fans of classical, electronic and experimental music! This month, Terrible Baby welcomes Russian-British composer Gabriel Prokofiev to Hong Kong. Joining forces with Hong Kong-based classical chamber music group TimeCrafters, Prokofiev will bring his unique brand of DJ meets classical music to town. Head here for the full details!
When: Friday, 1 November, 9pm to 11:30pm
Where: Terrible Baby, 4/F Eaton HK, 380 Nathan Road, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon, Hong Kong
How much: Free entry. Register here.
Now that the weather has cooled, hiking season is officially upon us. And what better way to kick things off than with a jaunt around Lantau with lululemon. Beginning from Ngong Ping Market, enjoy the breeze along Ngong Ping 360 rescue trail, waving to the cable cars as you go. Round up the hike at Tung Chung Playground with a mindful meditation session led by store ambassador Salle Tse.
When: Saturday, 2 November, 8:30am to 1pm
Where: Tung Chung MTR Station, Exit B, Tung Chung, Lantau Island, Hong Kong (transport will be provided to Ngong Ping)
How much: Free to join. Register here.
Looking for a change of direction? Wanted and Pink Season’s Career Carnival may be a good place to start. Ditch the CV and drop the suit and tie in this informal meet and greet event. Grab a drink and get chatting to hiring teams and company execs from the likes of J.P. Morgan, Baker McKenzie and Citi. There’ll also be a professional headshot photobooth (perfect for updating your LinkedIn), plus tarot card career readings and more!
When: Tuesday, 5 November, 6:15pm to 9pm
Where: Baker McKenzie, 13/F One Taikoo Place, 979 King’s Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong
How much: Free to join (but limited capacity). Register here to reserve your spot.
Teapigs is turning the grand old age of 13! And in classic Teapigs style, the brand’s annual Free Tea Day is back. Look out for the tea truck in the following locations across Hong Kong Island:
- 7:30am to 10:45am – 36 Queens Road Central, Central
- 12pm to 3:30pm – 32 Hoi Kwong Street, Quarry Bay
- 4pm to 6pm – Great George Street, Pedestrian Precinct, Causeway Bay
When: Wednesday, 6 November
Where: Various locations across Hong Kong Island
How much: Free!
For a workout that will shake you to your very core, you can always count on the team over at H-Kore. This month, H-Kore is taking its signature CircuitKore Body Weight class outdoors – for free! Classes are suitable for all levels, and will consist of a continuous flow of movements and cardio blasting exercises designed to challenge balance, agility and coordination. Don’t forget to register to secure your spot!
When: Thursday, 7 November and Thursday, 21 November, 6:30pm to 7:15pm
Where: Taikoo Park (outside One Island East, Taikoo Place), 979 King’s Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong
How much: Free!
Join moderators Alexandra Büchler and Cha’s Tammy Lai-Ming Ho as they talk with a panel of esteemed literary figures from Hong Kong and across Europe about their experiences in writing. Make sure to register to give the event organisers an idea of numbers! And head here for full details of the panel line up.
When: Friday, 8 November, 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Where: Kafnu Hong Kong, 2/F, Kerry Hotel, 38 Hung Luen Road, Hung Hom, Hong Kong
How much: Free to join
Discover new things about the city we call home with Neighbourhood Innovation Lab’s Stone Nullah neighbourhood walk, held in collaboration with Creative Mornings. From the Blue House to Pak Tai Temple, this field trip will take you around the Stone Nullah Area in Wan Chai, with professional guides pointing out hidden unique stores and landmark buildings along the way. In doing so, you’ll come to understand the history of the area, as well as the effect of gentrification on the neighbourhood.
When: Friday, 8 November, 6pm to 7:30pm
Where: Meeting point TBC. Head here for more details.
How much: Free (but guests are encouraged to make self purchases from local businesses). Register here to reserve your spot!
Promising to bring you awareness, clarity and bliss in just 30 minutes, Morning Mindfulness at MANA! (MMM) is a brand new community series aiming to inject some much needed calm into your busy weekday mornings. Indulge in half an hour of guided meditation, followed by an optional coffee break. Feel free to come as you are (office attire and all)! All levels are welcome.
When: Tuesday, 12 November and Tuesday, 26 November, 7:30am to 8am
Where: MANA! Star Street, 8 – 10 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
How much: Free to join.
Whether you’re ready or not, Christmas is coming! And what better way to get yourself into the holiday spirit than with a seasonal fair? If last year was anything to go by, The Glam and Glitters Christmas Fair will have countless stalls for you to check out stocking everything from cashmere scarves, organic beauty products, handcrafted accessories and more! Don’t forget to RSVP here if you are not a member of Hong Kong Football Club.
When: Saturday, 30 November, 10am to 7pm
Where: 2/F, Lockhart Room, Hong Kong Football Club, 3 Sports Road, Hong Kong
How much: Free entry