Whether you’re an expat, a tourist, or a local, these art exhibitions will keep you cultured.
The Beat Hong Kong’s Weekender Guide: Best Things to See, Do, Eat, & Drink on Aug. 5-7, 2022
by: The Beat Asia
August 04, 2022
Ahh, another weekend is upon us and you’re looking for cool things to get up to in the 852! We’ve saved you the hassle with The Beat Hong Kong’s rundown of the best places to hit up and things to do this weekend—from blink-and-you'll-miss-it pop-up sights and new restaurant openings, to the hottest activities that you shouldn’t miss.
To keep your finger on the pulse of the city, follow The Beat Hong Kong to see what’s best in store for the weekend.
1. ‘Art is for Everybody’
Spring boarding off from this iconic quote from pop artist Keith Haring, the Affordable Art Fair is back in town, and now open to art lovers from all walks of life. Whether you are a burgeoning collector looking for fresh pieces, or new to the art world and are simply looking to immerse yourself in the works of blossoming local talent, the exhibition presents varied exhibitors. Check out The Beat Asia’s full guide on the Affordable Art Fair to know which one of our favourite participating galleries to check out, and what other art-themed workshops are in store.
When: Aug. 4-7
Where: Hall 3BC, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
How much: Starting from HK$120, click here to buy tickets
2. What’s Good?
It’s time to get hyped to Hong Kong’s first ever hip-hop music award show! Brought to the stage by homegrown collective 24herbs, the night is anticipated to be filled with live performances and onstage collabs from local industry legends, as well as an award ceremony presented in front of a live audience crowd alongside 400 invited artists. Get turnt all the way up to bangers from Fotan Laiki, TXMIYAMA, Luna Is A Bep, JB, and more. Tickets are available here.
When: 7 PM, Aug. 6
Where: Hall 5BC, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
How much: Starting at HK$288
3. Lost in Memeland
A legacy site that’s brought us terabytes of memes and LOL’s, 9GAG is closing the gap between their digital real estate and the IRL with their new exhibition titled “Memeland.” Launching alongside their first foray into the metaverse, their O2O pop-up showcases their star-studded NFT collection along a large-scale installation that hosts up to 30 works.
Also present is a buzzing game zone full of thrills. Chanel your inner Sam Gor and “Create Your Own Mo Sor Wai Mixian” noodle bowl, then take on the challenge of hitting the right moves in dance game “Starri,” before moving on to snap a photo at the Memeland photobooth to show off as your spoils. Dedicated players who make their way through all the challenges via the AiR app can earn up to HK$250 in Times Square vouchers, so don’t forget to sign on for your chance to score some souvenirs!
When: Now until Sept. 25
Where: Shop 517-519, 5/F, Times Square, 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
How much: Free
4. Moonlight, Camera, Action
A throwback to Hong Kong Cinema’s golden age that came right after the post-war boom, this screening series stars 10 of the most beloved and well-crafted local films from the 1960s up to the post-millennium period. Moonlight Cinema mediates between the past and future of the industry by also shoehorning in a Hong Kong-made short film as a prelude to each screening, serving as a linkage between eras bygone and to-come. Each ticket comes with a drink voucher for spend at LockCha Tea House or PAZTA, along with a Tai Kwuan shopping coupon worth HK$50. Buy yours now by clicking here, and check out the film schedule here.
When: 8 PM daily, now until Aug. 7
Where: Parade Ground, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong
How much: HK$150
5. Where’s The Carnival Za-pirit?
Embodying the nostalgic joys of a summer street fair, the ZA Carnival is setting camp in Olympian City to dial up the fun. Fitted with up to eight game stalls including old-school favourites like the ring toss, coin-throwing, and pinball, come one come all to shoot at the chance to win some limited-edition prizes. Free gifts also abound, and even special goodies for Za members, too.
There’s no need to get bummed out if you can’t make it this weekend, as the fair will continue its fun starting from Aug. 11 at the main atrium of tmtplaza in Tuen Mun. Find out more and keep updated by checking out their site.
When: 12 PM-9 PM daily, now until Aug. 8
Where: G/F, Olympian Hall, Olympian City 2, 18 Hoi Ting Rd, Tai Kok Tsui, Kowloon
How much: Free
6. Les the Right One Gin
The beauty of gin is rooted in its potential for multifaceted flavours and infusions. Follow along on a journey into botanicals by exploring the vibrant menu of experimental craft gins curated especially for the month at The Cloakroom. Explore the wonders of citrus fragrances in the lemon-peel notes of Tatsumi (HK$158) and in the lime-lemon double whammy at the bottom of a Citadelle (HK$118) pour. If you find yourself leaning towards depth and full-bodied palates, there is the smoky Hendricks (HK$138) with notes of cucumber and cracked pepper.
When: All of August
Where: The Cloakroom, 15/F, L’hart, 487-489 Lockhart Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
How much: Starting at HK$118
7. Sip Sip Sun
Characterised by its fresh and simmering fruity flavours, it’s as if rosé was formulated just for sipping during golden hour. Say cheers to a two-hour free flow of natural rosé wines sourced from impressive producers in France and enjoy the drinks while basking under the skies on a rooftop with views that sweep across the waters and skies. For that extra oomph to match the vibes, come dressed in hues of pink or white. Tickets are up for grabs here.
When: 6 PM-8 PM, Aug. 6
Where: Natural Asia Pacific, 22/F, 70-72 Connaught Road West, Gold Union Commercial Building, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
How much: HK$200 for early bird and members, HK$250 for walk-ins
8. My Dear Melon-choly
Keeping with the seasons, The Arca’s new summertime afternoon tea set showcases the star quality of Japanese fruits with a menu featuring Hokkaido Raiden and Shizuoka Crown melons, the latter being a royal family staple that’s wound up in many an elite dish.
Making use of the mellow taste and crispness of the melons, the tea set showcases dishes like the contrasting Chorizon & Melon toast, the fusion Egg Tart with Melon Jam, and the vivid Tuna Tataki with peach, daikon cress, and melon salsa. Round it all off with some refreshing free flow Prosecco or opt in for the themed Summer Melon Cocktail (HK$38).
When: Now until Sept. 30
Where: Arca Society, 3/F, The Arca, 43 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong
How much: HK$428 for two
9. East by South
For one day, three-Michelin-starred Forum Restaurant will join one-Michelin-starred CHAAT to plate up an exclusive menu of the two represented cuisine’s greats. Melding together some fascinating elements of both Chinese and Indian cuisines, the two restaurants present a stunning lunch menu as well as a dinner session menu spotlighting innovative combinations. Indulge in Forum specialty, braised Ah Yat Abalone with Chinese Mushroom Served with Rice, alongside much-raved-about Crispy Tandoori Chicken from CHAAT that’s been paired with Chinese Prawn Crackers. Plus, the Chinese Almond Soup Kulfi is a creamy, nourishing treat that’s simply unmissable. Make your reservation via this link or call CHAAT directly at (+852) 3891 8732.
When: Aug. 11
Where: Chaat, 5/F, Rosewood Hong Kong, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
10. Beware the Honjo
Having undergone a complete refresh under the expert eye of chef Dan Segall, the new Honjo a-la-carte menu spans 14 new dishes that are simply prime for a decadent shared feast. Start small with pass-around appetisers like Crispy Tofu Salad (HK$90) and the piquant Soft Shell Crab Tempura (HK$180), before fighting to get the last scoop of the Kani Kamameshi (HK$280) with king crab leg or the “shio-yaki” cooked Hamachi Kama (HK$290) that’s at once comforting and bursting with sophisticated flavours.
When: July 28 onwards
Where: Honjo, 1/F, 77-91 Queen’s Rd West, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
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