A quick digest of the coolest weekend happenings in Hong Kong.
Friday, October 12
Those of you who went to Beertopia last weekend probably noticed that some of the bigger local breweries were not there. Think of this craft beer festival a smaller indie alternative — around 30 breweries, some of which will be coming to Hong Kong for the first time, will be featured, including local favorites like Young Master Ales and Moonzen. Entrance is free, but those who wish to attend are encouraged to register online.
6pm-10pm and Saturday, October 13 10am-10pm at, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Sheung Wan. Free.
We fell in love with Japanese music group Wednesday Campanella when they appeared at Clockenflap last year with a show-stealing performance that involved the lead singer crowd surfing while inside an inflatable ball, and they left with the promise that they will come back to Hong Kong for a concert. With a sound that fuses J-pop with EDM and hip hop, this group are bound to get you dancing, and you’re likely going to leave with a smile on your face. We did.
7:30pm-10pm at, KITEC Music Zone@E-Max, G/F, KITEC, 1 Trademart Drive, Kowloon Bay. HK$490 (Advance) HK$590 (At the door).
The Goethe Institute’s German film festival is back this fall with 10 award-winning films showcasing some of the best that German cinema has to offer. (We take this to mean German language rather than the country, since two of the movies are from Switzerland.) Films of note include Western, a film about migrant German migrants working in Bulgaria; The Silent Revolution, a Cold War era drama about a group of students who show solidarity with the 1956 Hungarian uprising; and Blue My Mind, a Swiss coming-of-age horror and fantasy film about a 15-year-old who notices her body is changing rapidly and is desperately trying to stop it.
Until 21 October. Check Goeth Institute website for ticket prices and schedule.
The cèilidh or céilí is Gaelic for a traditional Scottish or Irish social gathering, and typically revolves around dancing and Gaelic folk music. Since 2013, Hong Kong-based band Over the Border has been performing traditional folk music from the British Isles. This dance night is open to cèilidh veterans and newbies. Arrive at 8:45pm for a 9pm start. Remember to bring your own food, drink, and dancing shoes.
9pm-11pm at, DanzStage Hong Kong, 2001-2002 20/F, 148 Electric Road, Tin Hau. HK$150 (at the door) HK$130 (advance via email@example.com).
Giacomo Puccini’s final opera — the story is set in ancient Beijing, where the emperor is seeking a prince to take his daughter Princess Turandot’s hand in marriage. The catch? Suitors must solve three riddles posed by the princess, and any wrong answer will lead to execution. It also features the aria Nessun Dorma (or “None Shall Sleep”), which was made famous by Luciano Pavarotti during the 1990 World Cup. Can’t remember it? Here it is in case you forgot what it sounds like.
7:30pm until Sunday, October 14 at, DanzStage Hong Kong, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. HK$150 to HK$1,080 (check URBTIX for discount details).
As part of the Fringe Club’s “Jazz-Go-Central, Jazz-Go-Fringe,” Jazz+ is a series of cross-over performances between jazz and other genres that will be happening every month from October until May 2019. The first Jazz+ show will be hosted by local jazz vocalist Kylie Estrela and her band Gwat6 Koeng5, and they will be performing a program that combines jazz with Cantopop and Mandopop.
9:30pm-11:30pm at, Fringe Dairy, The Hong Kong Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Road, Central. HK$180 (On the day) HK$150 (Advance, and Fringe members) HK$120 (Students).
For those of you who want to begin the weekend with a bit of jazz, opera, and Broadway in one go — Salon 10 fits the bill. Featuring soprano Yuki Ip, baritone Eric Monson, and pianist Peter Lally, these guys will be serenading you with everything from jazz standards like Cheek to Cheek to arias like Quando Men Vo from Puccini’s La Boheme.
8pm-11pm at, Salon Number 10, 10 Arbuthnot Road, Central. HK$187.18.
The annual Best of British Festival is back, and it’s about to finish up this weekend. It’s being held at Tamar Park, where you’re sure to see plenty of Brits and their friends getting their fix of British food and beer. Check the website for the complete event schedule, which shows a rundown of other related activities, such as screenings of British films that will be showing at the open air cinema.
Until Sunday, October 14 at, Tamar Park, Admiralty. Free.
There’s a light, over at… Tamar Park? This special screening of the cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show is being shown as part of the Best of British Festival, and is in collaboration with Pink Season, which runs until November 3 and raises awareness of LGBT issues. A portion of ticket sales will go to Pink Season. Screening starts at 9pm; registration begins at 6pm.
9pm at, Tamar Park, Admiralty. HK$130.
Saturday, October 13
American burger joint will be celebrating the launch of its Burger 2.0 by offering a complimentary American Cheeseburger to all guests. All you have to do is go, and Instagram the new-look burger on either Saturday or Sunday.
11am onwards until Sunday at, 22 Hollywood Road, Central.
Local favorite Lamma Island bar and eatery will be holding the first edition of the Punk O’ Lamma Fest, which will feature a number of Hong Kong-based punk banks like Müchell, Oi! Squad, Mongcocks, and Meats. This will also include the last-ever performance of street punk band Defiant Scum.
6:30pm-11:30pm at, Lamma Grill, 36 Yung Shue Wan Main Street, Lamma Island. Free.
This art reception will showcase over 100 paintings and sketches by children and adult refugee artists who are awaiting asylum in Greece and in Hong Kong, and a collection of refugee stories in the form of videos, photos, and installations. The paintings will also be available for sale and proceeds will go to Love Without Borders for Refugees in Need, and Refugee Union Hong Kong. This will be followed by Drink for Justice, a free-flow event where the proceeds will also go to support children classes at Refugee Union.
5pm-9pm at, The Hive Spring, 3/F Remex Centre, 42 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang. HK$250 (for Drink for Justice party).
In the mood for some Japanese math rock? Yes, that exists. And JYOCHO are the people to see if you want to get a taste of this puzzlingly named sub-sub-genre.
8pm-11pm. This Town Needs, 1/F, Commercial Accommodation, Ocean One, 6 Shung Shun Street, Yau Tong. HK$380 (walk in), HK$280 (advance)
Sunday, October 14
The TAP in Mong Kok will have four special edition Moon Dog Beers on tap to try: the Skunkworks (a cognac barrel-aged double IPA), a salted truffle porter called Big Truffle in Little Porter, a stout called Black Lung VIII, and an IPA called Splice of Heaven.
6pm-midnight at, TAP – The Ale Project, 15 Hak Po Street, Mong Kok.
A night of acoustic pop at this Tai Kok Tsui eatery and live house. The performance will be divided into three sections with 20 minute intervals. Servers will only take orders during the intervals and not during the performance. Those who want to attend are advised to make a reservation at +852 2337 6728.
8pm-9:50pm at, Lost Stars Livehouse Bar & Eatery, G/F, Shop 506, 11 Li Tak Street, Square Mile,Tai Kok Tsui, Kowloon.
If acoustic pop isn’t your thing, maybe jazz? Jazz ensemble Tjoe w/NTBM (meaning: not-to-be-missed) is a collective of some of Hong Kong’s most adventurous/offbeat jazz musicians led by guitarist and composer Tjoe Man Cheung, and they will be performing at Peel Fresco every Sunday until the end of the year. Check them out here.
9pm-midnight at, Peel Fresco Music Lounge, 49 Peel Street, Soho, Sheung Wan.