Asia’s premier LGBT+ festival is back with a bang this October. Featuring over 20 unique events and activities ranging from arts and culture to entertainment, education, sports and wellness, Pink Season is open to everyone (not just the LGBT+ community), and aims to celebrate acceptance, inclusion and awareness for all. While the majority of events are free or by donation, we highly encourage you to give generously to the cause. Free events to look out for include the Drag Workshops (various dates), Yoga For All (Thursday, 10 October and Tuesday, 29 October), the highly anticipated Variety Show (Tuesday, 15 October) and Band Night (Tuesday, 22 October). Head here for the full line up.
When: Now until Saturday, 2 November
Where: Various locations across Hong Kong
How much: Majority of events are free, or by donation
Feeding those less fortunate may not be the most obvious choice when it comes to searching out something “fun” to do, but WFHK’s Bun Run is here to prove otherwise. Combining exercise with meeting new people, join fellow like-minded volunteers as they run across Tsuen Wan to collect surplus bread from participating Maxim’s Cakes and Arome bakeries, before distributing the goods amongst the elderly and low-income families in Sham Shui Po. All run routes will be between 2 and 3k, so don’t worry if you’re not a strong runner! Alternatively, participants are more than welcome to join for the distribution only.
When: Every Friday, 7:30pm to 10pm
Where: Sam Tung Uk Garden, Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong
How much: Free to join (but make sure to register in advance)
Join Ping Pong 129 in welcoming Dutch-Italian composer Grand River (Aimée Portioli) to Hong Kong. Influenced by classical minimal music, Grand River’s work integrates a large variety of sound structures and symphonic calculations, often blurring the lines between traditional composition and research-based modernism. Expect heady instrumental beats and, of course, gin!
When: Thursday, 3 October, 8pm to 12am
Where: Ping Pong 129, 129 Second Street, L/G, Nam Cheong House, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
How much: Free entry
Calling all coffee fans! This October, PMQ’s Coffee Agenda returns to satiate your cup of Joe cravings. Featuring a diverse range of outstanding local and overseas baristas from Japan, Singapore, Thailand and Taiwan, discover new craft coffees and learn the stories, knowledge and culture behind them. Guests will also have the opportunity to take part in a number of workshops. Though many have an entry fee (starting from $300), “The Aesthetics and Architectural design of Coffee Shops” and “Coffee Traveller Taiwan X UK” are free upon registration!
When: Friday, 4 October to Monday, 7 October, 2pm to 7pm (Friday), 11am to 7pm (Saturday, Sunday, Monday)
Where: Courtyard and Marketplace, G/F, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Hong Kong
How much: Free entry
Now that the weather is finally cooling down, we can’t think of a better way to celebrate than by indulging in some outdoor yoga. Much to our delight, H-Kore is hosting complimentary community classes in beautiful Taikoo Park. H-Kore’s Yoga Flow classes combine body and mind through breath and movement, creating space and openness in tight spots, relaxing and releasing muscles. As a bonus, each class will include meditation to help you on your way to a dreamy night’s sleep ahead.
When: Wednesday, 9 October, 6:45pm to 7:45pm
Where: Taikoo Park, Tai Koo Shing Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong
How much: Free to join
At Liars’ League, the premise is simple: writers write, actors read, audience listens. And just like that, an exciting live literary night is born. The group take submissions from writers every month, then assigns them to the very best of its cast of trained league actors to perform. Head over to Terrible Baby for October’s offering, based loosely on the theme of “Yay & Nay”.
When: Monday, 14 October, 8pm to 9:30pm
Where: Terrible Baby, 4/F Eaton HK, 380 Nathan Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong
How much: Free entry
All hail the return of Nerd Nite! With a new venue (The Aftermath Bar) and a new day (Thursday), the stage is set for a casual evening of drinks and academic fun times. For the uninitiated, Nerd Nite brings together expert speakers who’ll give a series of short insightful talks based on a particular theme. Think of it as a live version of the Discovery Channel – with beer! This time, the topics will all touch upon “green hacking”.
When: Thursday, 17 October, 8pm to 11pm
Where: The Aftermath Bar, L/G, 57 – 59 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong
How much: Free entry
Looking for a (free) dose of culture? Join Ladies, Wine and Design for the debut Hong Kong screening of Rae Hu’s “Strange Fruit” – a film centred upon the loss of innocence. Set against the backdrop of 90s Wenzhou, the story begins when a young girl lies to her parents for the first time. Stirring feelings of guilt and nostalgia, the film goes on to explore life in China during the large-scale economic reforms, as well as what it was like to grow up with absent parents. The screening will be followed by an intimate talk with Rae Hu herself, where she’ll share her creative process, screenwriting and film-making journey. Don’t forget to BYOB!
When: Thursday, 17 October, 7pm to 9pm
Where: M&L, G/F, 18 Bonham Strand West, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
How much: Free entry, limited to 40 guests (register here to reserve your spot)
Hot off the success of its inaugural edition earlier this year, Be There Design Festival returns, bringing together communities through art and design once more. This time, the design market moves to Kwun Tong and will feature over fifteen designers, artists and creatives. Look out for a full range of zines, posters, prints, illustrations, apparel, knick-knacks, souvenirs and more. There’ll also be a selection of foodie delights on offer, including beer on tap courtesy of Moonzen Brewery, sandos and banh mi from Geoff & Ronin, sweet desserts by Commissary, to name but a few. Don’t forget to register!
When: Saturday, 19 October, 12pm to 8pm
Where: New East Sun Industrial Building, 2/F, 18 Shing Yip Street, Kwun Tong, Hong Kong
How much: Free entry (food and drink not included)