Hong Kong loves a public holiday – there are a whopping 17 each year – but Mid-Autumn Festival is arguably the prettiest and tastiest (hello, mooncakes) of them all. Head to Victoria Park (13 September) for the all-in-one carnival atmosphere, with lantern displays, stage shows, parades, kung fu demonstrations, palm reading and more. Pick up a traditional lantern from Queen’s Road West in Sheung Wan to join in.
Make sure also to catch the spectacular Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance (12-14 September) encompassing some 300 performers, 24,000 incense sticks and a 67-metre-long dragon. The story goes that the dance began to chase away the plague; it seems to have worked.
The festival spirit is in the air elsewhere this month, too. The IRIS: Your Escape wellness festival returns to Central Harbourfront (21-22 September) with fitness gurus to guide you through yoga routines, meditation sessions and sweat-inducing activities from kickboxing to Zumba, after which you’ll find nutritious nibbles in the food market.
If you think laughter is the best alternative medicine, then get ready for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow at the Hong Kong Fringe Club (16-22 September). Singaporean funnyman Fakkah Fuzz, Australia’s Becky Lucas and 2015 ‘English Comedian of the Year’ Brennan Reece are part of the gang aiming to put a smile on your face.
Or take yourself over to Sheung Wan Civic Centre for WOW! HOW? (21-22 September). The Russian travelling stage show is a bedazzling mix of mad science and spectacle involving cloud cannons, tornado machines and Tesla generators – and, er, several wigs.
Foodies should check out new pop-up concept Feast at Central’s PMQ (7-8 September). You’ll sample signature creations from eight chefs plying their trade at live cooking stations – all with free-flow drinks with live music. Still hungry? Pirata Group is celebrating its fifth anniversary this month with festivities including three series of four-hands menus, a celebratory brunch at northern Spanish restaurant The Optimist on 22 September and a party at modern Indian restaurant Chaiwala on 28 September – as well as special menus at its 11 outlets, including brand new Japanese restaurant Honjo.
Alternatively, take your pick from musical acts making a noise this autumn. British pop-rockers The 1975 will play AsiaWorld-Expo while Korean-American singer-songwriter Jay Park plays KITEC (8 September) and up-and-coming US roots rock duo Larkin Poe headline indie venue This Town Needs (18 September). Relive some of the best movie soundtracks of recent years at Hans Zimmer Live On Tour (26 September) – the maestro behind the Pirates of the Caribbean, Interstellar and Gladiator scores performs his masterpieces alongside a live band and orchestra.