Don’t miss the last few days of one of Hong Kong’s favourite indie music festivals at the Wanch! The bar’s annual H2 Live Music Festival features over 10 artists every day from the afternoon to well past midnight, with a line-up that is varied as can be. Genres include electronica, rock and roll, pop covers and more, so there is sure to be something for everyone.
When: Tuesday, 26 June – Monday, 2 July
Where: The Wanch, 54 Jaffe Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
How much: Free entry.
There’s a lot of food and booze lined up this Independence Day. Get ready for $80 cocktails, along with fried chicken, burgers and Freedom Fries on the bar at Back Bar, an all-you-can-eat barbecue buffet with free-flow summer cocktails at Stone Nullah Tavern, The Butchers Club’s block party with beer pong, flip cup, a mini tailgating party and $15 classic American beers, or another boozy all-you-can-eat-and-drink BBQ party at Lily & Bloom.
Independence Day at Back Bar
When: Wednesday, 4 July, 6pm – 12am
Where: Back Bar, 1-7 Ship Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
How much: $80 for Pisco Punch, Old Fashioned, Horse’s Neck, and Gin Rickey.
Stone Nullah Tavern 4th of July Celebration
When: Sunday, 1 July, 12pm – 5pm
Where: Stone Nullah Tavern, G/F, 69 Stone Nullah Lane, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
How much: $299 for the all-you-can-eat barbecue buffet. Add $199 for free-flow ice-cold summer cocktails. Deposit is required for booking. Call 3182 0128 for more details.
The Butchers Club 4th of July Block Party
When: Wednesday, 4 July, 6pm – 11pm
Where: The Butchers Club Burger, 2 Landale Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
How much: Free entry, beers are $15.
4th of July Independence Day BBQ Dinner at Lily & Bloom
When: Wednesday, 4 July, 6pm – 12am
Where: Lily & Bloom, 5-6F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong
How much: $388 per person for unlimited food and Peroni beer.
If you share our obsession with musicals, be sure to check out the HK Philharmonic’s tribute to Leonard Bernstein, featuring hits from West Side Story, Peter Pan, Candide and more. Besides the HK Phil, vocalists including West End performers Louise Dearman and Nadim Naaman will also perform live along the orchestra.
When: Friday, 6 July – Saturday, 7 July, 8pm
Where: Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
How much: $180/ $280/ $380/ $480. Get your tickets at urbtix.hk.
If you’re one to obsess over baked goods, or have ever even attempted making a sourdough starter, you must check out the Hong Kong Bakery Carnival, Hong Kong’s first-ever baking public event. Offering food tastings, live baking demonstrations and countless workshops (gluten-free mini waffle burgers, anyone?), this yummy event will definitely inspire you to attempt some ambitious baking projects.
When: Friday, 6 July – Sunday, 8 July
Where: Hall 5F, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
How much: Adults (18 and above) $65 / $80 at the door, Students (ages 12-17) $30 / $40 at the door. Workshops cost extra. See here for more details.
What better way to kickstart your fitness plans this month than to dive right into them? At this year’s Shek O Challenge, choose between a 2.2km swim, 8.5km run, or a 9km paddle as you race from Big Wave Bay to Shek O Back Beach. Do it alone or as a team and get your friends to join you– results are determined by the sum of your times. Haven’t swum in a while? Ease yourself in with the 600m Fresh Fish race, and then reward yourself after all your hard work with beach water polo, live music, and great food at the barbecue after-party.
When: Saturday, 7 July
Where: Start at Shek O Big Wave Bay, finish at Shek O Back Beach
How much: $250 – $450. Register here.
Everyone’s got a hidden talent, and yours might just be eating really fast. You’ll never know if you never try, so why not put yourself up to the challenge at the HK International Burger Eating Competition? To win $1,000 cash, a $500 cash coupon, bragging rights and more, all you have to do is be the first to scoff down two buns, eight layers of beef patties and toppings – easy, right? All participants get a $200 Burger Joys cash coupon, so you’ll be celebrated no matter what. If beef burgers aren’t your thing, there is also a veggie burger challenge and a super-hot wings challenge. Or just enjoy the free-flow beer for $98. You can unearth your hidden talent later.
When: Sunday, 8 July, 2pm – 5pm
Where: Burger Joys, De Fenwick, 42-50 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
How much: Signing up for the challenge is free. Free-flow beer is $98, tickets sold here.
Australia’s largest and best-loved comedy festival is back in Hong Kong, offering everything from stand-ups, sketch and satire over seven days. Hand-picked by the Melbourne Comedy Festival, the dynamic line-up of Australian and international artists include the likes of Cal Wilson and Nick Cody. Grab your tickets now and treat yourself to a night (or two) of belly-aching laughter.
When: Monday, 9 July to Sunday, 15 July
Where: Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Road, Central, Hong Kong
How much: $250 – $395. Get your tickets here.
Bookworms will be ecstatic to know that Hong Kong’s annual book fair is back again, this time with a focus on romantic literature. Dedicate a little time this summer to strolling between stacks of books and taking your pick of the latest published works, or heavily-discounted classics. Books in both English and Chinese will be available.
When: Wednesday, 18 July – Tuesday, 24 July
Where: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
How much: $25 for adults, $10 for children under 1.22m tall/ primary school students. Also available are Morning Admission Tickets at HK$10 if you enter before 12 noon. Buy tickets at the door or in advance from HK Ticketing/ designated 7-11 and Circle K stores.
Loosen up with a boozy weekend at the LKF Beer & Music Fest, where over 70 booths will offer yummy food and beers from around the world. And if you’re not interested in the beers, there will also be live bands, fun arts and craft stalls, and interactive games to keep everyone happy.
When: Saturday, 21 July, 1pm – 12am; Sunday, 22 July, 1pm – 10pm
Where: Lan Kwai Fong, Central, Hong Kong
How much: Free admission.
Join in on Hong Kong’s biggest summer festival at the Central Harbourfront! SummerFest will be bringing you two months of outdoor fun with giant inflatable games, neon sabre tournaments, yoga and meditation classes and more. All programmes are free-of-charge, so you can save your money for the gelato you’ve been craving all summer.
When: Saturday, 7 July – Sunday, 26 August
Where: Central Harbourfront Event Space, Central, Hong Kong
How much: Free admission. Some activities require registration in advance, more details here.