Now that Summer is officially here, there’s no shortage of great outdoor fun in the Southside and beyond. Snorkeling expeditions, yoga retreats and many more summer festivals are in full swing this July.
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day
World UFO Day
Jazz Sunday with Carl & Alan Maguire + Ted Lo
Best known for their modern take on traditional Jazz, brothers Carl and Alan Maguire are joining forces with world class Jazz pianist, Ted Lo. 9pm until midnight, cover charge starts at $100.
Peel Fresco, 49 G/F Peel Street, Central, peel-fresco.com, 2540 2046.
Aerial yoga showcase & family fair
Enjoy performances of aerial yoga, flyoga and acro flow, join open taster sessions and shop from local vendors like Wild Mylk, Pumpernickel Cafe, Naturally Thinking, Gourami and Aroma Synergy. There’s also Flyoga Kids and Ninja Kids for little ones. Tickets are $200 (adults) and $100 (kids), available at flyoga.fitness/showcase.
2-7 pm, Trybe HK, Shops 209-210 2/F, 2 Heung Yip Road, One Island South, Wong Chuk Hang, 5532 6571.
Mother/daughter mini sports day
Calling girls aged 8-12 and their mums, for a day of fun and games. Organised by Women in Sports Empowered (WISE). Female coaches will lead three mini sessions of field hockey, tag rugby and ultimate frisbee. A great way to try sports, spend time with your mum and make new friends.
JUL 4, 11 & 18
Yoga on the beach
Nighttime beach yoga classes, hosted by Limewood and GuavaPass and led by yoga instructor Lindsay from Krishnan Yoga. After the hour-long beach workout, enjoy a healthy mocktail and sharing meal, which includes Limewood’s signature salmon tartare and more. Held on the first three Tuesdays of the month, 6:30pm at Repulse Bay. $390 per person for yoga and dinner.
Join over 300 sports lovers, parents and kids, locals and expats in Shek O for the annual 2.2km Sheko Challenge Swim or team up with friends to run or paddle, or both in the Trisolothon. The after-party includes beach water polo, barbecue and DJ-spun music. For under-18s, there’s a kids’ beach swim (a 600m loop starting and finishing at Back Beach) – a great introduction to open water swimming.
Race starts at 2 pm, Shek-O, Big Wave Bay. Finishes at Shek O Back Beach. To register, visit openwaterasia.com/events/swimming/sheko-challenge
Flex Studio summer retreat
A two-week retreat – in Hong Kong – led by Flex co-founder and yoga and Pilates instructor, Heather Shalabi. On the menu are daily Barre, yoga or Pilates group classes run by Heather, as well as privates and trios. Packages start at $2,000 for 10 classes; $3,000 for 15; $4,000 for 20. The premium package ($5,100) includes all group classes, two private sessions and a trio on The Tower (a Pilates apparatus that – in Hong Kong – is only found at Flex).
Six days a week for two weeks, Flex Studio, Shops 308-310, One Island South, 2 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang Aberdeen, flexhk.com, 2813 2212.
JUL 12, 19 & 26
Snorkelling at Sharp Island
Explore Sai Kung under the sea. Starts with a sampan ferry ride to Sharp Island, followed by an exploration of the coral colonies. Regular tickets are $290; child tickets at $250. Prices include ferry round trip tickets and use of snorkelling gear (mask, snorkel and flippers). Bring a swimsuit and a towel.
Central Harbourfront SummerFest
A series of action-packed sports activities and games for all ages by the harbour. Youth SportsFest, held on July 15 and 16, is specially designed for children to join in games, drills and training workshops run by professional coaches — including baseball, cricket, floor curling, lion dance and more.
Free, Central Harbourfront, summerfest-centralharbourfront.hk, 3929 9500.
International Military Tattoo
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover, military bands from the United States, Russia, Scotland, the Netherlands and Mongolia are to join the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and Hong Kong disciplined services in a rendition of the Canto-pop song, Under the Lion Rock. There’ll also be a free-admission outdoor carnival at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre with family-friendly game stalls.
Lan Kwai Fong Beer and Music Fest 2017
The ultimate Summer street party is back – with over 70 booths offering food, beer and interactive games for all ages. Bands of different genres will be rocking all day long while you eat, drink and play.
Free admission. The festival runs from 1pm to midnight on 15 July and 1-10 pm on 16 July. Lan Kwai Fong, Central, lankwaifong.com, 9151 1711.
2017 Sport For All Day
In support of the yearly LCSD initiative “Sport For All Day 2017”, the Hong Kong Country Club is opening its sports facilities for free use by members of the public.
Every Wednesday, from 5 July to 30 August, the country club’s tennis courts, bowling alley, squash court and basketball court are opened for free registration. All sports facilities are available from 9am – 5pm.
Enjoy a whole range of activities from tennis to ten-pin bowling and from squash to basketball.
Advanced registration required, find out more information and register at countryclub.hk
The Hong Kong Country Club, 168 Wong Chuk Hang Road, 2870 6337.
Hong Kong Book Fair 2017
The annual book fair returns with over 450 publications and exhibitors. The fair is divided into eight zones, including English Avenue and Children’s Paradise. Shop, read and enjoy over 300 cultural events and talks featuring high calibre authors and critics. This year, for the first time, the fair is introducing a theme: Chinese Martial Arts Literature. The genre gained continual popularity in Hong Kong during the 50s-60s, when Chinese martial arts novels started to be serialised on newspapers. Some became so popular that they were re-published as printed novels.
Opening hours for each day differs. Tickets are $25 (adult) and $10 (child, morning entry), available at the venue: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, hkbookfair.com
Hand and Machine – Screening of 16mm films by Dianna Barrie and Richard Tuohy
One of the area’s pioneering artistic production site, Floating Projects is hosting a screening of Australian cine experimentalists, Richard Tuohy and Dianna Barrie’s seven selected work. The screening hopes to explore the primitive function of cinema, and the relationship between hand and machine.
The screening and post-screening talk will run from 7:30-9:30 pm with no intermission. Tickets at $80 are available at the door. Each ticket comes with a complimentary drink.
Visit floatingprojectscollective.net for more information. Floating Projects, Room D, 8/F, Kwai Bo Industrial Building, No.40 Wong Chuk Hang Road (Exit B, MTR Wong Chuk Hang Station).
The FunnyFellas Live in Hong Kong
The comedy trio arrives in Hong Kong as part of a world tour. Expect a night of witty jokes, unexpected punchlines and a dose of political satire. Doors open at 8pm, show starts at 9pm.
UNTIL JUL 24
Inventing le Louvre, From Palace To Museum Over 800 Years
For once, we don’t have to fly to Paris to admire le Louvre’s impressive masterworks. The collection on display includes artworks from all of Louvre’s departments, spanning hundreds of centuries. Highlights include a marble statue of Jean de la Fontaine dating back to 1785 and a painting by Anthony van Dyck from 1617-1619.
Tickets are $20 (adult) and $10 (concessions), available at Hong Kong Heritage Museum, 1 Man Lam Road, Shatin, New Territories, heritagemuseum.gov.hk, 2180 8188.
JUL 26-27, 29-30
Gazillion Bubble Show
Bubbles, mesmerising lights and a laser show finale by the Yang family, which holds an amazing 18 Guinness World Records for bubble feats. Showing at two venues in Hong Kong: Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall, Tsuen Wan Town Hall Auditorium. Additional shows are added to meet with overwhelming demand.
Tickets start at $140 from urbtix.com, 2370 1044.
JUL 31 – AUG 4
Watersports Summer Camp
Children aged 8-16 can try kayaking, standup paddling, windsurfing and wakeboarding under professional guidance in this five-day summer camp. The fees ($4,600) cover coach, equipment and lunch expenses.
For tickets, visit aquabound.com.hk. Hong Kong Aquabound Centre, Hoi Fung Path, Stanley, 8211 3876.