Get ready for an awesome August in the 852, with a lineup of events both indoors and out to either heat you up or cool you down.
August is full of rockin’ concerts, shows, comedy nights, and even some hungry ghosts thrown in for good measure. Check out our list of all the hottest Hong Kong August events, and be sure to get your tickets early.
Murakami vs Murakami
The Murakami vs Murakami exhibition continues throughout the month, at Tai Kwun Contemporary. This major show of Japanese artist Takashi Murakami showcases more than 60 pieces of stunning artwork and sculptures. Murakami is known around the world for his unique style, ranging from the cutesy to the downright unnerving. Tai Kwun will also be showing films by Murakami, and offering guided tours, workshops, and anime screenings.
Date: Jun 1–Sep 1, 2019
Venue: JC Contemporary & F Hall Studio at Block 17
The World of Studio Ghibli’s Animation
Another major art event is the The World of Studio Ghibli’s Animation which launches on August 3rd and runs until November. Fantasy becomes reality at this large-scale exhibition, which celebrates the much-loved movies with meticulous sets and life-sized 3D installations, painstakingly hand-painted to recreate the iconic cinematic scenes. Fans of Studio Ghibli’s unforgettable movies, such as Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro and Princess Mononoke, should not miss the chance to see this special installation.
Hungry Ghost (Yu Lan) Festival
In the middle of the month falls the Hungry Ghost (Yu Lan) Festival, where people burn incense, fake money and paper offerings for the ghosts who are said to return to wander the earth during this time. If you want to get a closer look at this cultural heritage, head to Soccer Pitch 1 in Victoria Park, Causeway Bay, for the Yu Lan Cultural Festival, including Chinese opera and special ceremonies. It’s a free all-day event, running from 10 am to 8 pm.
Lets Junk Boat Party
On August 17th get your bikini on and head out for a proper Hong Kong-style junk party. Lets Junk Boat Party is holding a fun-filled day out in Sai Kung on a beautiful junk boat, with food, free-flow drinks, floaties, and water sports. Junk boat parties last the whole day and this is a great chance for visitors to get in on the action.
Also on the 17th is the Gin Festival, and if you’re serious about your G&Ts this is a great chance to sample some of the best in the world. Your Gin Passport gets you entry into the event, free samplings from the distilleries, an event glass, and access to special talks and cocktail mixing. You’re sure to appreciate that sweet taste of juniper on a hot August day.
The Hong Kong International Egyptian Folklore and Oriental Dance Festival takes place from August 19 to August 20, with two huge gala shows full of traditional Egyptian music, performances, and dance. The shows are at 7:30 pm at the Drama Theatre of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in Wan Chai.
Date : Aug 19–20, 2019
Venue : The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
The Chainsmokers World War Joy Live
Billboard-topping EDM pop duo The Chainsmokers will be performing for one night only in Hong Kong on their World War Joy Tour, so don’t miss out on your chance to see them live. The show takes place on August 23 at 8 pm, at the Arena of AsiaWorld-Expo on Lantau Island. The award-winning team of Alex Pall and Drew Taggart have topped the charts in recent years, with a number of platinum hits “Paris”, “Something Just Like This” and “Don’t Let Me Down”, to name a few.
Laugh Kwai Fong 4
If you love live comedy, you can see five of Hong Kong’s best comedians in one night on August 24, at the Laugh Kwai Fong 4 stand-up event. Garron Chiu, Tamby Chan, Maitreyi Karanth, Ben Quinlan and Cassi Thomas take to the stage at The Nest in Lan Kwai Fong for a night of side splitting comedy. In addition to the ever clever local talent, British comedian Jason Strickland will be the special guest of honour. A regular figure on Hong Kong’s comedy scene, Jason returns to the S.A.R. for Laugh Kwai Fong.
Hong Kong International Reggae Ska Festival
The Hong Kong International Reggae Ska Festival also takes place on August 24, and is one of the biggest reggae events in Asia. With some of the hottest reggae, ska, rocksteady, dub and dancehall bands both homegrown in Hong Kong and from overseas, it’s going to be musical gold at Southorn Stadium in Wan Chai. The Ska Flames from Japan, Keith and Tex from Jamaica, and Roddy Radiation are just some of the bands performing that night.
Asia Adult Expo
Towards the end of the month is the Asia Adult Expo, running from August 27 to August 29 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai. Now in its 12th year, this international trade exhibition of the adult industry in Asia Pacific brings together hundreds of exhibitors and brands from around the world. Whether you’re a trader or simply curious about new products, anyone can register to attend at this link.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ in Concert
August ends with a magical night of music with Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ in Concert. Part of the Harry Potter in Concert Series, the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong will perform the film’s score live while the audience gets to enjoy the movie on a giant screen. The show takes place on August 31 at 7:30pm, at the Star Hall, Kowloonbay International Trade & Exhibition Centre in Kowloon.
Date: Aug 31, 2019
Venue: Kowloon Bay International Trade & Exhibition Centre