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What’s On HKG: Best Things to See, Do, Eat, & Drink on June 28-July 5, 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. Ear Up Music Festival: ALL EARS ASIA, EAR UP SHOWCASE, & International Music Industry Forum 2023

What’s On HKG: Best Things to See, Do, Eat, & Drink on June 28-July 5, 2023

Ear Hub 2023, presented by Ear Up Music by Renaissance Foundation, is a five-day extravaganza of exciting live performances and music programmes, bridging together Hong Kong’s musicians with global artists on a local stage. The main concert, ALL EARS ASIA on July 2, offers a five-hour marathon of electrifying melodies with an impressive array of artists from across genres and origins.

As a warm-up, the "EAR UP SHOWCASE" will bring together 18 local artists from the Ear Up Music Incubation Program 2023, along with six regional guest performers, including Beijing's noise rock band CARSICK CARS, folk-reggae Ma Bang Band, and our city’s very own math-folk band GDJYB.

The event also includes a follow-up forum investigating into the latest developments in today’s music ecology. Designed for aspiring local musicians and industry professionals, the accompanying Ear Hub forum invites speakers amongst the likes of festival booker Martin Elbourne, Head of Partnerships and Programming at Primavera Pro Camila Anino, and more. Check out the Ear Up site for more information.

When: June 30 (EAR UP SHOWCASE)

June 30 – July 2 (International Music Industry Forum 2023)

July 2 (ALL EARS ASIA)

Where: The Box - FREESPACE, West Kowloon Cultural District, 18 Museum Drive, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon

How much: Buy tickets here, HK$580 (ALL EARS ASIA)

Sign up here, Free entry (EAR UP SHOWCASE)

Sign up here, Free entry (Music Industry Forum)

2. Happy Wednesday: Brit Pop Night at Happy Valley Racecourse

What’s On HKG: Best Things to See, Do, Eat, & Drink on June 28-July 5, 2023

Gear up for a British invasion at the Happy Valley Racecourse as the next edition of the Happy Wednesday Music Festival salutes the phenomenal Britpop era! Though staged on a Thursday, the evening will still be buzzing with all its usual Happy Wednesday hype and flair. The event is a rousing evening dedicated to the extraordinary bands that have emerged from the heart of Great Britain. From the timeless Rolling Stones to the innovative beats of Oasis, Blur, and Coldplay, every moment will be a melody to cherish!

Experience a resounding celebration of authentic British music that has not only conquered the charts but has also reshaped the contours of contemporary pop culture. So, tune up the air guitars, perfect those British accents, and get ready to belt out the unforgettable Britpop anthems that continue to resonate across generations.

When: July 6

Where: Happy Valley Racecourse, Happy Valley, Hong Kong

How much: HK$10 per person (excluding food & drink)

3. ‘Shears & Shades Mondays’ at Social Den in Central

What’s On HKG: Best Things to See, Do, Eat, & Drink on June 28-July 5, 2023

Step into the world of style and spirit at The Social Den's exclusive "Shears & Shades Mondays" event. Designed for the modern gentleman, the evening combines the artistry of grooming and tattoos with the allure of fine whiskey and gourmet bites. In collaboration with Mr. Boogie Barbershop and Circuit Square Tattoo Studio, attendees can refresh their look with professional haircuts and tattoo packages, starting at HK$280 and HK$700 respectively.

Featuring Flaming Pig Black Cask Irish Whiskey, the special menu offers an exploration into the art of mixology, with cocktails like the Flaming Old Fashioned (HK$108) made smokey-sweet with charred pineapple and the Tropical Pig Espresso Martini (HK$108) that boasts an equatorial kick with passionfruit marmalade. Accompanied by a selection of delicious bites like house Pork Neck (HK$78), along with a bunch of surprise giveaways, the evening promises to be rightfully delightful.

When: July 3

Where: The Social Den, 9/F, The Loop, 33 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong

How much: Prices vary

4. Zentangle in Nature at Kadoorie Farm Botanic Garden

What’s On HKG: Best Things to See, Do, Eat, & Drink on June 28-July 5, 2023
Website/Kadoorie Farm Botanic Garden

Kadoorie Farm introduces a meditative exercise that helps people connect with nature in a unique way. This three-hour program is centered around the art form of “Zentangle,” which involves participants learning to reflect deeply and become absorbed in their actions as they draw fluid brushstrokes led by their instincts. This fun and easy-to-learn activity requires no prior artistic knowledge and is designed to help participants feel empowered through connecting nature, an experience that they can refer to again and again.

Held for groups of 12 and above, the event includes a variety of activities such as learning the Zentangle drawing technique, immersing in silent contemplation of nature amidst the beautiful surroundings of the farm, a Zentangle in nature drawing exercise, and a guided walk. Do note that the programme is offered in Cantonese, but inquiries are welcome through email.

When: 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM / 2 PM – 5 PM, Monday to Saturday

Where: Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden, Lam Kam Road, Lam Tsuen, New Territories

How much: Book here, HK$300 per person (group booking required)

5. Uniquely Hong Kong Art Exhibition at Fringe Club

What’s On HKG: Best Things to See, Do, Eat, & Drink on June 28-July 5, 2023
Eventbrite/Art Group Limited

Hosted at the Fringe Club by Art Group Ltd, explore Hong Kong through a lively and colourful lens and enter a world of uniquely local works. Set to tap into the extraordinary blend of Eastern and Western influences that make Hong Kong's art scene so unique, works on display encompass mediums ranging from traditional ink paintings to contemporary sculptures, showcasing a diverse spread of styles and visions.

When: June 29 – July 7

Where: Anita Ling Chan Gallery, Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Road Central, Hong Kong

How much: Sign up here, Free entry

6. The Quality Goods Show Quiz: 'MERICA Edition

What’s On HKG: Best Things to See, Do, Eat, & Drink on June 28-July 5, 2023

The Quality Goods Club’s series of Quality Games Show returns with an exciting themed quiz night hosted by the one and only Georgie Ross. Swinging in on the Fourth of July celebrate loud and proud with an evening full of games, prizes, giveaways, drinking and snacking, and jiving to music by DJ Re:FLEX.

The rules are simple: Teams of up to four can take their shot at testing their trivia skills to win up to HK$1,000 in cash, alongside a Quality Goods Club voucher worth HK$1,000. The second placer can enjoy a Quality Goods Club voucher of the same credit, whilst the third placer can nab up a HK$500 e-store voucher for Fineprint coffee. Still, admission for each team covers a drink bucket brimming with Cooper beers and Grainshaker canned cocktails and food from the usual mouthwatering menu. Do you have what it takes to reign? Grab your best allies and find out!

When: 7 PM, June 28

Where: Quality Goods Club, B/F, On Lok House, 39-43 Hollywood Road Central, Hong Kong

How much: Buy tickets here, HK$600 per team (max. of four guests)

7. Sail Aboard the Zuma Catamaran

What’s On HKG: Best Things to See, Do, Eat, & Drink on June 28-July 5, 2023
Website/Zuma

Set sail on a summer voyage to remember as Zuma presents a luxurious gourmet experience of a lifetime. Taking its exceptional dining experience from its esteemed restaurant to the luxury yacht “Vibe,” Zuma is hosting an immersive Catamaran dining experience above the seas, pairing their world-renowned Japanese fare with the picturesque seascapes of Hong Kong.

Setting off from Central to Clear Water Bay, sip on free-flow Veuve Clicquot champagne, along with Zuma’s famed cocktails, while you indulge in an especially curated menu of pristine dishes. What’s more, there will be thumping DJ tunes to keep you and your crew entertained throughout the entire journey.

When: 11 AM – 5 PM, July 2

Where: Central Pier, Central, Hong Kong (boarding and drop-off)

How much: Book here, HK$10,000 per table (max. of five guests)

8. Fine de Claire Oyster Nights at The Silveri Hong Kong

What’s On HKG: Best Things to See, Do, Eat, & Drink on June 28-July 5, 2023

Famed as Tung Chung’s luxurious and tranquil haven for travellers, The Silveri Hong Kong hotel is introducing a fine culinary experience at its contemporary cocktail bar, The Pavilion, and neighbouring modern bistro, The Enclave.

Discerning fans of these delicately delectable molluscs will be thrilled by the Fine de Claire Oyster Night, where guests can enjoy jet fresh oysters from the Brittany region of France, accompanied by white wines. Prices start at HK$68 per glass, with varieties of Kiwi Mahi Sauvignon Blanc and classic French Santenay Chardonnay. Prices start from HK$158 for six pieces of oyster at N3 grade.

When: 6 PM until late, Tuesdays

Where: The Pavilion and The Enclave, The Silveri Hong Kong, 16 Tat Tung Road, Tung Chung, New Territories

How much: Book here, Starting from HK$158

9. Mother Pearl Joins Hands with Moxie for Special Dairy-free Afternoon Tea

What’s On HKG: Best Things to See, Do, Eat, & Drink on June 28-July 5, 2023

Moxie has partnered with plant-based bubble tea brand Mother Pearl to create a seasonal Afternoon Tea set that’s all goodness and consciously crafted. Designed by Chef de Cuisine Michael Smith, the featured bites and pastries have all been made with seasonal and sustainable ingredients. The highlight is a choice of dairy-free drinks from Mother Pearl, such as the Hong Kong-inspired Yuen Yeung 2.0, the Very choco-latte, and the Matcha-cha.

For the savoury section, diners can enjoy Jackfruit Larb, Buckwheat Falafel with Jalapeno Yoghurt, and Tartelette of Japanese Fruit Tomato with Eggplant Fondue. The inventive sweet pastry selection boasts tea-forward treats like the Matcha Pavlova with boba and passionfruit, a Chamomile Mille-Feuille with strawberry and basil, and a Milk Tea Cake with date syrup and boba. The set also includes a dairy-free Lamington cake with plum gel for an extra fruity touch.

When: 3 PM – 5 PM, Monday to Saturday, Now until end of July

Where: Moxie, Shop 203, 2/F Alexandra House, LANDMARK, Central, Hong Kong

How much: Book here, HK$488 for two

10. Curry Kingdom Brings Aromatic Curries to Sha Tin

What’s On HKG: Best Things to See, Do, Eat, & Drink on June 28-July 5, 2023

Take a trip around the world through the aromatic vessel of curry. Having just opened early this month, Curry Kingdom brings curried international favourites to the Sha Tin neighbourhood. Inspired by the tropics, there is the Thai curry that blends turmeric, basil, lemongrass, galangal, cumin, and green chili for a taste of Bangkok streetside dining. There is also the Singaporean curry featuring a unique concoction of 13 different spices, shrimp paste, curry leaves, and kaffir lime leaves, with a creamy base of coconut milk. Other worldwide varieties range from Indian curry to Japanese curry, each inspired by the culinary traditions of their respective nations.

In developing their signature curry sauces, Curry Kingdom has partnered with Amocan, a renowned sauce brand. From mild to spicy, their curry options cater to all taste buds and heat resistance. What’s more, the restaurant is currently running a summer deal until Aug. 31, where speciality drinks are slashed for half the price. Go ahead and cool off with a fruity soda!

When: Open 11 AM – 10 PM, Monday to Saturday

Where: Curry Kingdom, Shop 703A, New Town Plaza Phase 1, 18 Shatin Centre Street, Sha Tin, New Territories

How much: Prices vary

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