Festivals and events

Best Things to Do in Hong Kong in October

The weather might be cooling but there are plenty of hot events to check out this October, from dining to drinking and a few chic openings across the city

We’re waving goodbye to typhoon season and welcoming cooler, dryer climes – and Hongkongers can’t wait to head outdoors. Luckily, there’s a wealth of open-air events this October.

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At Harbour City, local coffee roasters and craft beer makers descend for Brew in the City (11-13 and 18-20 October). Nearby along the Tsim Sha Tsui promenade, The Hot Dog Bus – Austrian artist Erwin Wurm’s playfully droopy VW campervan (that looks as if it’s had a few hot dogs…) – serves up juicy renditions from The Butchers Club. It’s parked outside the new K11 Musea this month. And the Rotten Head Music and Craft Beer Festival (26 October) serves pints of hoppy nectar from local breweries alongside live music and plates of food in Tung Chung.

Left:Col Sim - colsimphotography.com; Right: Courtesy/Nectar

Speaking of Nectar, that’s the name of chef Peggy Chan’s new restaurant concept in Sheung Wan, which offers a high-end, plant-based tasting menu experience. In other female foodie news, Master of Wine Debra Meiburg celebrates the grape through her Women of Wine Festival (11 October, HKEX Connect Hall), with inspiring talks and indulgent tastings.

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Kwame Onwuachi – who won the 2019 James Beard Rising Star Chef of the Year award – returns to Hong Kong from Washington, DC, for a pop-up dinner series at Test Kitchen that showcases his Afro-Caribbean cooking (16-19 October).

For an art and food pairing, book the Secret Theatre Project – billed as ‘Silence of the Lambs meets Black Mirror’. Set in the cells of former police headquarters turned cultural landmark Tai Kwun, the immersive play invites you to help figure out whether the police have got the right suspect. Tickets can include either a pre- or post-show meal at chef David Thompson’s lauded Thai restaurant Aaharn.

Chef David Thompson's Thai restaurant Aaharn gained its first Michelin star

The thrills and chills continue at the Ocean Park Halloween Fest, where ghosts and things that go thump in the night take over the park’s six haunted zones. Things kick off at 5pm – and the later you stay, the bigger the scares get… while at East Hong Kong in Quarry Bay, visitors to its rooftop bar Sugar can indulge in a few novelty cocktails including Freddy’s Martini, Sugar Elm Street and Night Mare from 28 October-2 November; and families dining at Feast (Food by East) on the 31 October can tuck into a wicked spread of treats while enjoying face painting and themed workshops.

Moving on from face paint to cosmetics, check out the new beauty options in town. Pop sensation Rihanna’s inclusive make-up line Fenty Beauty has launched in select outlets such as DFS’ T Galleria and Harvey Nichols. You’ll also find it in the new Sephora flagship that’s launched in Central’s IFC mall. Having made its Asia debut in Causeway Bay’s Times Square mall in August, leading Dutch cosmetics company Rituals now brings its luxurious home and body products to a second shop in IFC. You’ll be spoilt for choice.

Planning Ahead

22-24 November: Clockenflap

5-7 December: DesignInspire

19-29 December: The Nutcracker

25 January: Lunar New Year

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