Autumn is officially in full swing and the city’s event calendar is booked solid. With events like open-air dining, October art events, concerts and movies in the park, 5K runs, Pink Season, and of course, Halloween, there are so many ways to make the most of October in Hong Kong. Open up your calendar apps and get planning!
There’s something about an Hong Kong’s firework shows that will always leave you in awe. Celebrate National Day on October 1st, by grabbing a seat with a view of Victoria Harbour (from either the Island side or Kowloon) and watch the sky light up with all kinds of colourful, shimmering sparks. There’s no better way to kick off an event filled month! Here are the top places to watch the show.
When: Monday, 1 October, 9pm-9:30pm
Where: Victoria Harbour Hong Kong
How much: Free!
Read more: Where to Watch Fireworks in Hong Kong
It might not be Oktoberfest, but it’s just as fun! Beertopia returns for its 7th year, this time in the Central Harbourfront Event Space, featuring new craft beers, tasty bites, and live entertainment. Sip your way through some icy brews, improve your craft beer street cred, and help raise the interest of craft beer in Hong Kong.
When: Friday, 5 October, 6pm – 12pm & Saturday, 6 October, 12pm – 11pm
Where: Central Harbourfont Event Space, 9 Lung Wo Road Central, Central
How much: $250-495 depending on preferred ticket, get yours here
Grab your running shoes and head out to the Tai Tam Country Park for a morning 5K run celebrating women’s strengths and weaknesses! Part of the proceeds will go to RainLily, Hong Kong’s first one-stop crisis center for the protection of sexual violence victims. Here’s to another opportunity of women supporting women!
When: Sunday, 7 October, 8:30am
Where: Tai Tam Country Park BBQ Site
How much: $340-$780 for the run only, buy your tickets here
Celebrating its 5th anniversary in Hong Kong, the Women’s Tennis Association International Series kicks off on October 6th featuring more than 50 of the world’s best women tennis players. Even though the tournament is still new to the scene, it’s quickly gaining global attention from spectators and players alike. Diversify your Instagram stories and feed your inner tennis champion all at the same time.
When: Saturday, 6 – Sunday, 14 October, time depends on the game start time
Where: Victoria Park Tennis Stadium, Causeway Bay
How much: 6 – 8 October: Free, 9 – 14 October: $160 – $880 depending on the type of ticket and game. Get your tickets here.
Don your best English accent and check out the 6-day event that offers the Best of British! From food to entertainment to colorful British bulldogs created to celebrate the Year of the Dog, this event promises to provide a glimpse into all things English.
When: Tuesday, 9 – Sunday, 14 October, time depends on the event start time
Where: Tamar Park, Admiralty
How much: $60 – $180 depending on the event, get your tickets here
Calling all jazz lovers! Jazz musicians from around the world are coming together for an amazing series of performances, photographic exhibitions and workshops. The festival is from October 11 – 13, but kicks off with a free open-air concert on Sunday, 7 October featuring Afternoon Tree, Funktion, Alfonso Gonzolez Latin Jazz Quintet and more. It’s the perfect end to a (hopefully cooler) autumn weekend.
When: Open-air concert: Sunday, 7 October – 3pm – 7pm, Festival: Thursday, 11 – Saturday, 13 October, 7:30pm
Where: Open-air concert: Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piaaza, Festival: Hong Kong City Hall Theatre
How much: Open-air concert: Free, Festival: $200, $280, $380, get your tickets here
In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Mrs. Pound is teaming up with Benefit Cosmetics to celebrate your favorite female icons and contribute to the Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation. Come dressed as your favorite female icon and enjoy an evening of free-flow drinks, small bites, complimentary makeovers and Benefit’s famous brow waxes! The first 60 ladies who purchase tickets and arrive will also receive a goodie bag filled with fun treats from Benefit. Grab your squad, book early, and check out a fun-filled night of pampering and celebrating women!
When: Saturday, 13 October, 5pm – 8pm
Where: Mrs. Pound, G/F, 6 Pound Lane, Sheung Wan
How much: $350, get your tickets here or at Mrs. Pound
When wining and dining meets our harbour skyline, you know you won’t be disappointed. The 10th edition of the CCB (Asia) Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival returns for 4 days of fabulous food, drinks and entertainment. With 400 booths of wine tastings, cheese, pastries, and signature dishes, the event will have your palette dancing from all kinds of culinary highlights. And for a special treat, stop by the Tasting Room for some tasty offerings by the restaurants of 5 visiting chefs, Man Wah and Mandarin Grill + Bar.
When: Thursday, 25 October – 7:30pm – 11:30pm, Friday, 26 & Saturday, 27 October – 12pm to 11:30pm, and 28 October – 12pm to 10pm
Where: Central Harbourfront Event Space and Tamar Park in Hong Kong Island near Central Piers 9 and 10
How much: General Admission: $30, 65+ and children 3 to12: $15.
Tokens can be purchased as part of a package for wine and spirits tasting, while food and non-alcoholic beverages can be purchased from vendors with cash. Get your ticket here.
Need a mental break from your workday, weekend, week, or all of the above? Put your reality on pause and dive into Takashi Murakami’s new exhibition titled “Change the Rule!”. In his first solo show in Hong Kong after six years, Murakami continues to blur the lines between high art and pop culture though variations of his previous work. It’s a perfect opportunity to check out this world-renowned artist!
When: Throughout October, 11am – 7pm
Where: Gagosian, 7/F, Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central
How much: Free!
Even with the myriad of events this month, we can’t forget about Halloween! Whether you’ve spent months planning your costume this year, or five minutes, not-including the last-minute run to Sasa, there’s no better way to show it off than to join the annual outdoor street party in Lan Kwai Fong! Ghosts, ghouls, and Game of Thrones characters, unite!
When: 31 October, from dusk ‘till…
Where: MTR to Central Station Exit D2 and follow the crouds to D’Aguilar Street
How much: Free!