The New Year is here, and there’s already plenty in store. So beat the January blues and fill your calendars up with our pick of the best events happening this month. From live music, carnivals, food markets, dogathons, movies and much more, there’s a little something for everyone.
Star Wars fans need to book in now for this live concert screening of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi! As well as being able to enjoy the third instalment of the classic film franchise, the HK Phil (led by Australian conductor, Benjamin Northey), will be performing the classic movie score in glorious “live” sound.
When: Saturday, 4 and Sunday, 5 January, 8pm
Where: Hong Kong Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
How much: $380, $480; $580 or $780. Get your tickets here!
Gather up your furry friends, Hill’s x SPCA Dogathon is back for another year! Enrol now to enjoy a morning out with a stroll around Hong Kong Disneyland, all to support the work of the SPCA. This year, the theme is “12 Zodiac Animals Walk Together”, and the event will be fronted by P Jai, the Shiba Inu event ambassador. In addition to the walk, there’ll also be a PET X Handicraft Market, animal brick exhibition, dog agility games, dog behaviour training demonstration, doggie health talk and the SPCA charity sale. We can’t think of a better way to kick-start the new year!
When: Sunday, 5 January, 8:30am to 3pm
Where: Meet at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort Coach Park
How much: Adult: $288; Dog: $199; Family Group (2 adults, 1 child): $788; Big Team (up to 10 adults): $2,688. Enrol here!
Head on over to The Hive’s rooftop terrace for its first Open Air Film Club of 2020! Grab a drink, snacks, and get ready to get cosy with this alfresco screening of the Baz Luhrmann masterpiece, Moulin Rouge.
When: Friday, 10 January, 7pm to 9pm
Where: The Hive, 21/F, Phoenix Building, 23 Luard Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
How much: Free entry (with purchase of popcorn and drink combo at $50). Book online here!
Hot off the heels of his hit single “Someone You Loved” (which spent an incredible seven weeks at number one in the UK charts), Scottish singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi makes his way to Hong Kong this January. His popularity is indisputable. Capaldi’s debut album, “Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent”, has been the fastest-selling debut LP of 2019, surpassing both Ariana Grande and Billie Eilish’s high profile releases. Meanwhile, his Wembley arena show sold out in just 19 seconds. Trust us, he’s not to be missed!
When: Sunday, 12 January, 7:30pm to 10:30pm
Where: MacPherson Stadium, Nelson Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong
How much: Seated: $490; Standing: $520. Get your tickets here!
It’s 2020 and it’s time to start talking more openly about our periods. Helping us do just that is period care company, LUÜNA naturals. NoMoreSecrets: Think Red. Act Green. is set to feature a curated panel of speakers with the aim to explore the impact menstrual taboos have on our environment and our society. By working together to break the taboos around this part of womanhood, LUÜNA naturals wants to reduce plastic waste and fight period poverty in Hong Kong. For every ticket sale, LUÜNA will donate a period cup to girls in need in our city through FreePeriodsHK. Plus all profits from ticket sales will go to the incredible work of EcoDrive (reduction of single-use plastic) and MenstruAction (menstrual awareness advocacy).
When: Monday, 13 January, 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Where: The Upper House, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong
How much: Price TBC. Ticket includes your choice of red or white wine and a goody bag curated by LUÜNA to celebrate conscious living. LUÜNA will also be offering 10% off all organic cotton subscriptions and its silicone menstrual cup on the day.
Story Party returns this New Year with a brand new show with all new stories! Expect to hear true dating stories that are sure to make you feel better about your own dating life. After playing to sold-out audiences in over 65 countries, Story Party shows us all that the dating struggle is real worldwide! Get your tickets now and get ready to hear stories from professional storytellers and some brave audience members.
When: Monday, 13 January to Thursday, 16 January
Where: Hong Kong Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Road, Central, Hong Kong
How much: $288. Get yours tickets here!
Head to Tai Kwun Contemporary for the 2020 edition of “Booked“, its large-scale fair showcasing art books and publications that have been created as artworks. Featuring 70 to 90 participants in the upcoming edition, the fair is set to include art and artists’ books, photobooks, critical and theoretical as well as experimental writing, art magazines and more. The event will also feature a series of talks, performances, displays, workshops and special projects.
When: Friday, 17 January to Monday, 19 January
Where: Tai Kwun Contemporary, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong
How much: Price TBC. See more details here.
Whether you still have family visiting or just want to have fun and re-visit your youth, the AIA Carnival is not to be missed this month. Expect loads of new rides and plenty of opportunities to eat and drink. What’s more, as the carnival is on at the Central Harbourfront until mid-February, you have plenty of time to catch it before it’s gone!
When: Until Monday, 16 February
Where: Central Harbourfront Event Space, 9 Lung Wo Road, Central, Hong Kong
How much: $130 for adult entry ticket and 10 tokens. Get your tickets here!
After its successful pre-Christmas run, Tong Chong Street Market is back for the New Year. Throughout January and February, the market will be offering up healthy and organic flavours every weekday! Expect delectable healthy snacks, long table banquets, and wholesome lunchboxes made from fresh, organic local produce.
When: Every weekday in January and February, 11:30am to 2:30pm
Where: G/F, One Taikoo Place, 979 King’s Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong
How much: Free entry
With Chinese New Year falling from Saturday, 25 January to Tuesday, 28 January, we’re bagging ourselves an extra two days off work this month to ring in The Year of the Rat! If you’re not escaping the city, then there is plenty happening in the 852. Whether you’re looking to book in a feast for family and friends, or enjoy the more cultural side of the celebrations, keep an eye out for our dining and events roundup coming later this month.
When: Saturday, 25 January to Tuesday, 28 January
Where: Events taking place all over the city
How much: Prices vary depending on event