As we slowly adapt to the age of virtual events, there are a number of festivals and expos that are still going full steam ahead IRL (adhering to social distancing rules, of course). So on top of squeezing in your last tanning session at the recently reopened beaches before the weather gets too cold, check out some of the best events happening around town this month. From a ballet classic to a Frozen-themed exhibition and a virtual Wine & Dine Festival, mark your calendars and brace yourself for a busy November.
Hong Kong International Literary Festival
Going half virtual and half live, the Hong Kong International Literary Festival is holding book talks and film screenings for literature-lovers. Apart from 2020 Booker Prize longlisted authors, Colum McCann and C Pam Zhang, HKILF is bringing in the author of Crazy Rich Asians, Kevin Kwan; and Pulitzer Prize winners, Jhumpa Lahiri and Jonathan Kaufman, to name a few.
When: November 5-15
How much: Festival pass priced at $500 for adults and $350 for students
Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival
Taking place online this year, the annual Wine & Dine Festival will run for five weeks. Wine enthusiasts can look forward to sharing sessions held by Hong Kong-based wine experts, James Suckling and Debra Meiburg; while epicureans can explore new culinary trends through the festival’s at-home gourmet tasting experiences and online cooking masterclasses hosted by Michelin-starred chef. Stay tuned on its website for more updates.
When: November 11 to December 15
How much: Varies. Registration will be available online
HK Ballet: Don Quixote
Kick off November with some fascinating choreography. Featuring elegant fouette turns, dazzling tutus and an exciting storyline, the classic Spanish novel adopted by Nina Ananiashvili will send you wanting for more. Accompanied by the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, experience the first dance of the season presented by Hong Kong Ballet.
When: November 1, 2:30pm and 7:30pm
Where: Hong Kong Cultural Centre Grand Theatre, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
How much: $140, $280, $480, $680 and $1,000. Tickets available online
Freespace Jazz Fest
Jazz things up in the relaxing open space of West Kowloon Art Park. Spanning across a weekend, this year’s Freespace Jazz Fest returns with local jazz talents Ted Lo and Eugene Pao. Featuring free music programmes and workshops, the creative team behind the festival is also bringing in a multisensory jazz experience with soundscape, music and images.
When: November 6, 6:30-11:30pm and November 7-8, 12:30pm-11:30pm
Where: Freespace, Art Park, West Kowloon Cultural District
How much: Both paid and free programmes are available. Tickets are available online
ImpactHK Donation Day
Wondering how to get sustainable while helping the society? ImpactHK is a local NGO striving to help the homeless with a connection to friends, society and a safe and comfortable home. Donate your preloved items such as clothing, toiletries and appliances in its Tai Kok Tsui centre and enjoy some coffee and live music.
When: November 7, 10am-1pm
Where: The Guestroom, 29 Oak Street, Tai Kok Tsui
How much: Free
Read more: Where to volunteer in Hong Kong
Hong Kong Mental Health Conference
Mind HK’s triennial mental health conference will feature over 45 local and international speakers and go virtual this year. Focusing on youth mental health, clinical professionals and educators will share their expertise in a range of themes, covering the perinatal period to transitioning into young adulthood.
When: November 6-7, 9am-5pm
How much: $780 for single day and $1,200 for both days. Tickets are available online
The Record Shop pop-up at K11 Musea
To celebrate MoMA Design Store’s first anniversary in Hong Kong, the lifestyle store has launched The Record Shop, a pop-up experience celebrating music, design and 20th-century pop culture. Visitors can find a sweeping selection of records dating back to the 70s and 80s as well as a range of high-end design audio gear.
When: Throughout November
Where: Level 1, K11 Musea, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
How much: Free entry
FWD presents: The Frozen Exhibition
Launching this November, fans of the Arendelle sisters can look forward to FWD’s Frozen Exhibition. Lasting three months through until February, the 18,000-square foot exhibition in Tseung Kwan O will feature recreations of animated scenes, life-size installations and interactive games.
When: November 17, 2020 to February 28, 2021
Where: G35, Park Central, Tseung Kwan O
How much: Starting from $178. Tickets are available online
If you’ve been eyeing up a piece of discounted furniture or in need of a winter home makeover, here comes your chance. Featuring over 500 home and living vendors, the 120,000-square foot exhibition showcases quality furniture, homeware, building materials and even gym room facilities with heavy discounts. Being one of the largest of its kind, don’t miss out on this three-day home fair.
When: November 20-22, 12-9pm
Where: Hall 1 DE, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Wan Chai
How much: $20 per person
NotTooBig Mega Baby Expo
Popular expo brand Nottoobig is here again to help you tackle all your parental challenges. Showcasing over 120 baby brands, the Mega Baby Expo features leading UK retailer Mothercare and many international brands within the baby and children industry. While parents can browse through the plethora of nursery furniture, bedding, maternity wear, Mr Men and Little Miss storytelling and meet and greet will keep your kids entertained.
When: November 26-29
Where: Star Hall, Rotunda 2, 3/F, Kowloon Bay International Trade and Exhibition Centre (Free shuttle bus services available from KITEC and Kowloon Bay MTR station)
How much: $10 per person