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What’s On HKG: Best Things to See, Do, Eat, Drink on April 27-May 3, 2023

Ahh, another week 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 right now—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 week ahead. 

1. BTD Record Fair & Swap at Terrible Baby

Joining hands with Eaton, community collective Bad Times Disco is back with their quarterly Record Fair & Swap market. The event invites local DJs and collectors to sell records from their prized collections, with attendees joining in the mix with selections from their homes! Guests can bring up to five records in very good condition to exchange and trade with other music fans.

The event will also feature secondhand and vintage clothing vendors who will be selling a curated selection of some uniquely chic and sustainable pre-loved garments. DJs will be playing all afternoon, featuring Bad Times Disco’s very own Ani Phoebe and Death.m.k, The Chelsea Drugstore’s Spoony, as well as tangiest and Chinatown Records.

When: 2 PM-7 PM, April 30

Where: Terrible Baby, 380 Nathan Road, Jordan, Kowloon

How much: RSVP here, Free

2. Dog Dog Shipcation by SPCA

Set sail on a thrilling adventure on the seas with your furry friends! SPCA is teaming up with Star Ferry to host a fundraising “Dog Dog Shipcation” that comprises of a 45-minute dog-friendly harbour tour across the scenic Hong Kong Victoria Harbour. As you embark from Central, you'll be able to experience the city's iconic skyline alongside your best four-legged buds.

Each doggie sailor will receive an adorable hat and bandana, a customised certificate, and other goodies to be spoiled with. All fees and donations will go towards the medical and daily expenses of animals in need at the SPCA, so you'll be doing good while having fun. Plus, you'll be promoting pet-friendly public transportation in Hong Kong to allow for more fun journeys to share in the future!

When: April 29-30

Where: (Pick up, Drop off) Central Pier 7, Star Ferry, Central, Hong Kong

How much: Buy tickets here, HK$200 per person, HK$199 per dog

3. Release in the Jungle Day Retreat in Mui Wo

What’s On HKG: Best Things to See, Do, Eat, Drink on April 27-May 3, 2023

Escape the fast-paced lifestyle of Hong Kong and immerse yourself in the tranquillity of nature with this day retreat to Ark Eden, which is nestled in the Tung Hang Mei valley. Enter into a sanctuary-like wilderness designed to grant you a space to let go and connect with your inner self.

The day begins with an opening fire circle and meditation, where attendees can enjoy wild tea from the jungle and get to know the group. Afterwards comes gentle movements to help you connect with the natural surroundings, an Ayurvedic-inspired lunch for nourishment, and an expressive dance before ending the day on breathwork and reflective journaling.

When: 8:30 AM-6 PM, April 29

Where: Ark Eden, 11 Tung Hang Mei, Mui Wo, Lantau Island, New Territories

How much: Buy tickets here, HK$1,000

4. Piet Mondrian-inspired Painting Workshop at Rica Art Space in Wan Chai

What’s On HKG: Best Things to See, Do, Eat, Drink on April 27-May 3, 2023
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In the vein of Dutch artist Piet Mondrian, the pioneer of abstract art and leading member of the De Stijl movement, join Rica Art Space in a weekend art jamming session to let your inner painter come alive! Characterised by geometric shapes, primary colours, and gridded composition, Mondrian's art made a significant impact on modern art and design for its simplicity yet instantly recognizable aesthetic that anyone could take a stab at.

The workshop is open to all ages and includes a canvas, acrylic paints, brushes, palette knives, acrylic markers, as well as an apron and carry bag to take your new blue-red-white-yellow-blocked creation home.

When: Every Thursday to Sunday, April 27-June 1

Where: Rica Art Space, 12F, Mirage Tower, 13-15 Thomson Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

How much: Book here, HK$275

5. ‘Where’s the Music Festival’ in Yuen Long

Rounding up together a lineup of smashing local talents, “Where’s the Music Festival” is an outdoor music extravaganza taking place in the sprawling 80,000-square-feet campsite in Tai Tong. The festival promises a weekend filled with live music, amazing food, handcrafted beer brewed fresh in Hong Kong, and remarkable memories.

Kicking off the event are shows from KOLOR, Revery, Shake That Thing, and Mousefx, plus a rowdy performance by one of the most energetic dance troupes in the city, 24Dance.HK. On the second day, the focus will be on rest and recharge, with a variety of activities including yoga, stretching, and jogging to rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul before leaving camp.

When: April 29-30

Where: Art Farm, Tai Tong Shan Road, Tai Tong Yuen Long, New Territories

How much: Buy tickets here, HK$100

6. ‘Hello Murray’ Live Music and Dinner at Cotton Tree Terrace, The Murray Hotel

The finisher to The Murray’s “Hello Murray” series, consisting of five evenings of distinct music genres, get ready to take a trip to the golden era of Cantopop under the historic Murray Building. Staged at the cushy biergarten-inspired Cotton Tree Terrace, join performers The Origin Band in embracing the nostalgia of legendary Hong Kong-made hits.

Plus, the ticket doubles as dining credits that allow you to enjoy specially curated menus. Famed for their pizzas, tuck into a signature Cotton Tree Terrace-style pie as you sway along to local classics.

When: 6:30 PM-10 PM, April 28

Where: Cotton Tree Terrace, UG/F, The Murray, 22 Cotton Tree Drive, Central, Hong Kong

How much: Book here, HK$450

7. Beer & Friends on the Lawn at AIA Vitality Park in Central

Featuring 30 different craft beers from both local and international breweries — all friends of event host Young Master — there's a brew that’s suited to refresh everyone. Whether you're a fan of hoppy flavourful beers, summery sour beers, or strong imperial beers, you're sure to find something new to love or a familiar favourite. On top of that, there's plenty of fresh-made kombucha and craft soda options to indulge in.

Each ticket includes up to five taster tokens, allowing guests the chance to sample all the varied brews on offer. Load up on the delectable food options available from some of Hong Kong's best restaurants, too, for the ultimate gastronomic experience.

When: April 29-30

Where: Hong Kong Observation Wheel & AIA Vitality Park, 33 Man Kwong Street, Central, Hong Kong

How much: Buy tickets here, HK$277.20

8. Pertaringa Yacht Wine Party by Jointek Fine Wines

What’s On HKG: Best Things to See, Do, Eat, Drink on April 27-May 3, 2023
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What’s better than sampling a selection of fine wines to complement a delicious series of dishes? Doing so amongst the luxurious lap of waves on a lavish yacht, of course. Curating a menu of delightful eats to pair with four varieties from their wine collection, Jointek Fine Wines is hosting a night junk to impress your palate and delight your senses. The experience is set to include a Prosecco Brut, Chardonnay, Sauvignon, and Shiraz. Cheers to smooth sailing!

When: 6:30 PM-10:30 PM, April 28

Where: Central Pier 9, Central, Hong Kong

How much: Buy tickets here, HK$780

9. Sitar Night at Chutney Tandoor House in Central

What’s On HKG: Best Things to See, Do, Eat, Drink on April 27-May 3, 2023

Central's contemporary Indian restaurant, Chutney Tandoor House, is elevating its dining experience with a live performance by renowned Sitar and Tabla musicians, Fateh Ali and Nawaz Ali. Guests will be treated to a selection of classical Indian music on the famous stringed Sitar, accompanied by the celebratory rhythms of the Tabla.

In addition to live music, resident Chef Kumar has created a new menu with exciting dishes to tantalise your taste buds. Highlights include the Andhra Tenderloin (HK$398) cooked in the tandoor oven after being marinated in a golden blend of mixed spices. Other standouts are the Sarson Malai Jheenga (HK$188) fried shrimp, the decadent Scallop Moilee Curry (HK$338) flavoured with Southern Indian flavours and natural sweetness from slow-drip fresh coconut milk, and many more mouth-watering delicacies.

When: 7 PM onwards, Now until April 28

Where: Chutney Tandoor House, 4/F, Carfield Commercial Building, 77 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong

How much: Book here, Prices vary

10. Mortlach Pairing Dinner at Hansik Goo

What’s On HKG: Best Things to See, Do, Eat, Drink on April 27-May 3, 2023

Whisky and Korean cuisine might not be the immediate match made in heaven you conjure up, but lovers of either (or both) will be delighted to know that the robust flavour of this distilled spirit gives a bold and inviting beverage on the side to go with fresh and vibrant Korean food.

Chef Steve Lee has created a spring-inspired roster that goes beautifully with the un-casked ambrosia, drawing upon the spicy sweetness of Mortlach 16-year-old and the smokier Mortlach 20-year-old. Indulge in the umami-laden Snow Crab with Napa Cabbage and Doenjang Crab Broth, a main dish of Hanwoo & Jang-eo with Bom-namul Bibimbap featuring Grilled Hanwoo Striploin and Eel, and a signature Jang Trio dessert.

When: May 1 until June 30

Where: Hansik Goo, 1/F, The Wellington, 198 Wellington St, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

How much: Book here, HK$1398 per person, additional HK$738 for whisky pairing

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