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10 things not to miss in Hong Kong this weekend

By Annette Chan 9 June 2021

Header image courtesy of RIDDEM

With reporting from Gabrielle Caselis.

Need some inspiration on what to do this weekend? Take a look at our rundown of the best events and things to do around Hong Kong, and see what else is coming up in our events calendar.

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Katsu on the flip side

In celebration of Shake Shack’s third year in Hong Kong and cult-favourite yakitori restaurant Yardbird’s tenth anniversary, we have been blessed with an incredibly filling and mouth-watering collaboration menu that’s available for one day only.

The concise line-up is perfectly representative of Shake Shack’s greatest hits and Yardbird’s signature flair, with a chicken katsu sando ($80), flagrant chick’n bites ($48), and Sunday’s 50/50 Whisky ($88) up for grabs. If this piques your interest at all, don’t hesitate—only 800 orders will be prepared, and the first 30 customers will also get a complimentary commemorative Yardbird x Shake Shack beach towel.

When: 4 pm to 10 pm, 13 June

Where: Shake Shack, Shop 4018, 4/F, IFC, 1 Harbour View Street, Central

Drag me to brunch

Get your kiki and vogue on this Saturday for BaseHall’s Bruce Lee-inspired drag brunch, “Enter the Drag-on,” starring Madame Mincemeat and XXXOtica. Besides being read to filth by two of Hong Kong’s premier drag queens, you can also expect an exclusive BaseHall snack platter, three hours of free-flow booze—choose from bubbles, a specialty cocktail, classic mixed drinks, and beers by Young Master Ales—and the debut of new premium alcohol brands exclusively available at BaseHall.

Click here for more information.

When: 12 pm to 3 pm, 13 June

Where: BaseHall, Shops 9A–9C, LG/F, Jardine House, 1 Connaught Place, Central

Photo: Sotheby’s x Enviseam

Pop art

Explore the beautiful marriage of music and art at Contemporary Curated: Asia, an upcoming auction series at Sotheby’s curated by none other than the King of Mandopop himself, Jay Chou. In this collaboration with K11 group, Chou—an avid art collector—hopes to impart the experience of paintings as “being part of their space and time” to the local art scene. Following the public preview of over 50 artworks and three of Chou’s stage costumes, there will be two auctions—a live auction on 18 June and an online auction going on until 22 June.

Click here for more information on the public preview and here for more details on the auctions.

Photo: Today is Long

Coffee by the ocean

Celebrate coffee culture in the chilled-out seaside town of Stanley, where the Coffee Mart 2021 fair will be taking place this weekend. The event, which is a collaboration between the coffee fair and Baileys, will see the highly anticipated return of the Baileys Treat Bars, where you’ll find drinks and treats centred around the delicious Irish cream liqueur. Besides the brand’s official pop-ups, you’ll also find Baileys-spiked concoctions like Baileys brownies, cookies, and doughnuts from Cookie DPT, Piggyndoggy, and Donutmama, as well as Baileys lattes, salted caramel cocktails, and popcorn-topped cold brew from Affee, On The Hill, and Today Is Long.

Click here for more information.

When: 10 am to 7 pm, 11 to 14 June

Where: Stanley Plaza Amphitheatre and Murray House

Photo: @miru_sindart1958 (via Instagram)

Get crafty

Make your own wearable art under the tutelage of third-generation artisan Miru Wong, who is hosting a series of workshops at PMQ during a month-long exhibition of her hand-embroidered accessories. This weekend, Wong will show students how to embroider the traditional Chinese motif of a lionhead goldfish, which can then be turned into slippers, heels, bags, and other decorations.

When: 2pm to 4 pm, 12 June

Where: Unit S512, 5/F, Staunton Block, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central

Make a scene

See Hong Kong from the perspective of its best and brightest photographers at Hong Kong Contrasts, a new exhibition from local photography gallery Bamboo Scenes. The exhibition, which promises to be a “brand new chapter” for the celebrated local gallery, will present work from photographic artists like Gideon de Kock, Elaine Li, Kelvin Yuen, and more at a stunning sky-high location in Lan Kwai Fong. The event is free to attend, but you do need to register for entry beforehand—click here for more information.

Photo: @primalbreathwork (via Instagram)

Stay frosty

How do you have a Hong Kong beach day without melting from the heat? Jump into an ice bath—literally. Brian Lai, the breathwork coach who founded Primal Breathwork, will be bringing his monthly “ice tribe” event to sunny Repulse Bay Beach, where keen “like-minded warriors” of all levels can try breathwork and cold immersion. The profits from this month’s event, which coincides with Global Wellness Day, will go towards charity.

Click here to learn more and register for a ticket.

When: 9 am to 11 am, 12 June

Where: Repulse Bay Beach

Welcome to the puppy parade

Maybe you’ve read our weekly pupdates and softened towards the idea of getting a furry little friend of your own, but haven’t got around to arranging shelter visits or filling out forms just yet. Speed things along at The Wild Lot this weekend, where you can meet a few of the adorable pups who are up for adoption through the Hong Kong Dog Rescue and enjoy the pageantry of a pet carnival afterwards. Snacks and refreshments will be available for both human and canine attendees, and a variety of independent pet-centred businesses will also be vending their wares on the day.

When: 2 pm to 6 pm, 12 June

Where: The Wild Lot, Shop B, 6–10 Shin Hing Street, Central

Photo: The Lemon Ones (via Facebook)

Rula the dancefloor

Miss the rush of a live performance? Thankfully, now that concerts are back on, the much-delayed fourth edition of Rulapalooza can finally go on. Discover the psychedelic sounds of neo-punk band The Lemon Ones, classical music and rock-influenced stylings of 5 Dollar Tux, and “alternative metal bangers” of What They Do before taking to the dancefloor during bluesy rock outfit Mr Nice Guy’s set.

Click here for more information.

Photo courtesy of Jennifer Tang/RIDDEM

A festival to remember

If you’re interested in exploring a wider range of artists and genres, then head over to the West Kowloon Cultural District for Alliance Francais’ free two-day music festival, Make Music, Hong Kong! Featuring some of the most exciting local acts like R&B, funk, and jazz-inspired band RIDDEM, rapper Matt Force, and indie singer-songwriter Cehryl, this is one you don’t want to miss. Online tickets have all sold out, but some capacity has been reserved for walk-in attendees, so get there early if you want to snag a spot!

Click here for more information.

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Annette Chan

Senior editor

Annette is an editor and copywriter with a lifetime of experience in hunting out the most interesting, odd, and delightful things about her beloved home city. Having written extensively about everything from food and culture to fashion, music, and hospitality, she considers her speciality to be Hong Kong itself. In her free time, you can find Annette trying out new dumpling recipes or playing Big Two at her favourite local bars with a cocktail in hand.