What's On: Weekly Guide to HK's Best Events, Oct 16–22, 2023


What’s On HKG: Eat & Drink at Spanish Week 2023 and More! Oct. 16-22, 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. Spanish Week Hong Kong 2023

Chef Alex Vargas

Brace yourself for more culinary excellence as we step into the second lap of Spanish Week Hong Kong 2023! In collaboration with the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, this event spans from Oct. 9 to 22 and offers an array of tantalizing deals across the city's beloved Spanish restaurants.

But it's more than just a culinary exhibition - Spanish Week Hong Kong is a true celebration of Spanish culture. It shares the vibrant spirit of the nation through the rich gastronomy curated by the city’s top Spanish cuisine chefs. Raise your Sangria glasses, savour delectable, cured meats and Spanish cheeses, and relish hearty traditional Paella, all right in the heart of Hong Kong.

When: Now to Oct. 22

Where: Click here to see all participating venues

2. Digital Art Fair Asia 2023 at K11 Art & Cultural Centre

Digital Art Fair Asia immersive art room

The Digital Art Fair 2023, hosted at K11 MUSEA, is a remarkable fusion of art and technology, fashion, and luxury. Attracting tech-savvy art collectors, this year's fair revolves around avant-garde digital art installations that challenge conventional boundaries. What sets this fair apart are the dynamic collaborations with industry leaders, adding a touch of sophistication and novelty to the exhibits. From cutting-edge digital creations to the harmonious marriage of technology and artistic expression, the Digital Art Fair 2023 is a must-visit event for art lovers with their finger on the pulse.

For a full guide on what to explore at Digital Art Fair Asia 2023, click here.

3. Back to Wild! Small Group Animal Flow Outdoor Workout in Wan Chai

DayUse Animal Flow Yoga HKG What's On Oct. 16 - 22, 2023

Unlock the secrets of movement at DayOne IRL's Animal Flow group workout! Whether you're a fitness pro or a novice, this session invites all to enjoy the autumn outdoors and connect with like-minded individuals.

Animal Flow is a unique fitness regimen that blends primal animal movements with elements from yoga, gymnastics, and bodyweight exercises. Guiding you through this experience is Kasko Moves, a certified ANIMAL FLOW® Lv2 and BLACKROLL® Trainer, providing instruction in English. Attendees looking to prolong that post-workout glow with can stay for an optional dinner after the session.

4. Hong Kong Asian Film Festival

HK Asian Film Fest 2023 HKG What's On Oct. 16 - 22, 2023

This year, the 20th Hong Kong Asian Film Festival (HKAFF) is ready to captivate cinephiles and enthusiasts alike. HKAFF 2023 proudly hosts heavyweight overseas filmmakers and actors. Attendees can eagerly anticipate the chance to engage with renowned figures such as Song Kang-ho through a masterclass and Iwai Shunji in a film workshop. A series of interactive activities and fan meetings will also provide a unique opportunity to connect with these luminaries of the cinematic world.

The HKAFF 2023 offers a cinematic treasure trove with nearly 100 Asian films, showcasing a rich tapestry of diversity and captivation. Alongside the promising new directors in both local and Asian cinema, the festival brings award-winning filmmakers who have shaped the international film landscape, a celebration of Asian cinema at its finest.

5. Adoption Day Block Party at PMQ in SoHo

Adoption Day Party HKG What's On Oct. 16 - 22, 2023

Hosted by neighbourhood mainstay Club Rangoon and Kelly Animals Shelter, this Adoption Day Block Party features two puppy pens and adult dogs looking for forever families. This community event blends culinary delights with a noble cause, inviting everyone to a day of companionship and compassion. Those who leave with a new furry friend will stand the chance to receive giveaways and pet merchandise from event sponsors.

Club Rangoon will also be offering a special Kiosk menu with Burmese skewers and signature samusas. Complementing these fragrant Southeast Asian flavours are wines, beers, cocktails, and non-alcoholic beverages.

6. Hong Kong Cyclothon 2023

HK Cyclothon HKG What's On Oct. 16 - 22, 2023

Gear up to witness the riveting 2023 Hong Kong Cyclothon! With seven races to cater to cyclists of all levels, featuring the participation of international cyclists under the UCI Class 1.1 category, this event is a treat for biking enthusiasts city wide.

The 50km Ride, starting and ending at Tsim Sha Tsui, covers scenic routes through Ma Wan, Cheung Tsing Tunnel, Tsing Ma Bridge, Ting Kau Bridge, Nam Wan Tunnel, Stonecutters Bridge, and the Eagle's Nest Tunnel. The 30km Ride from Tsim Sha Tsui to Tsing Yi provides picturesque views of Cheung Tsing Tunnel, Nam Wan Tunnel, and Stonecutters Bridge. The Men's and Women's Open Races and the UCI Class 1.1 Road Race promises thrilling cycling experiences against the backdrop of Victoria Harbour.

7. Pici Pasta Run 2023 Across Hong Kong Island

Pici Pasta Run 2023 HKG What's On Oct. 16 - 22, 2023

Beginning at Pici Kennedy Town, the run stretches 12 km along the Hong Kong harbourfront, before finishing at Pici Taikoo Place in Quarry Bay. This event is a show of creativity, teamwork, community spirit, and of course, delicious pasta!

The run starts in hourly waves between 8:30 AM and 10:30 AM, depending on demand. Dress up with your team of four for a chance to win fantastic group prizes. Every finisher, seasoned or casual, receives Pici souvenirs, food, and a medal. Normal registration ends Oct. 18 and is priced at HK$350 per person. Each participant’s registration fee goes into supporting MindHK's crucial mental health work.

8. Shin Hing Steps Blok Party by Y2K in Sheung Wan

Y2K Blok Party HKG What's On Oct. 16 - 22, 2023

Get ready for the upcoming Shin Hing Steps Blok Party! Following the success of the inaugural event, Y2K has joined forces with even more local businesses to create an extraordinary day. The festivities promise a diverse array of unique offerings from neighbourhood shops, while sustainability takes centre stage with a clothes swap.

The heart of the event beats in its support for local artists and neighbourhood businesses. Every ticket purchase directly energizes the vibrant community in the surrounding neighbourhood, a true win-win! Each ticket includes one drink from La Cabane, one from Out of the Brew, and a snack each from Little Bao and Bedu.

9. Teapigs Free Tea Day in Central, Quarry Bay, Sheung Wan

Teapigs Free Tea Day HKG What's On Oct. 16 - 22, 2023

Craving a caffeine-free energy boost? The teapigs tea truck is celebrating 17 years of teapigs, and over a decade in Hong Kong, by providing complimentary cups of their best-selling caffeine-free teas around town.

Find them at Central for a morning pick-me-up, in Quarry Bay for a lunch rush treat, or in Sheung Wan for an afternoon cuppa. Hurry, though, as the truck will only be at each location for a limited time, and the tea is free while supplies last. If you miss the truck, don't fret! Teapigs is running a "3 FOR 2" offer on all teas on their website.

10. Yoga Without a Mat with Victor Chau at HULA Warehouse in Quarry Bay

Yoga without Mat HKG What's On Oct. 16 - 22, 2023

Take a rejuvenating break and embrace some office-friendly yoga, no tights or leggings required! Discover the art of seamlessly integrating easy yoga moves into your workday in this brief 20-minute session. Skilled yoga master, Victor Chau, will guide you on how to convert your office space into a mini yoga studio. You can leave your yoga attire at home; wearing flats or going barefoot is encouraged.

This event features three convenient sessions at 12:15 PM, 12:45 PM, and 1:15 PM.

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