We’re finally midway through the year and it’s hot hot hot out: In our opinion there’s no better way to cool off than having a tall gin and tonic as you wind down the day — luckily, you have a perfectly good excuse to do that this month, with World Gin Day coming up on the 10th of June (psst… you might want to head to Dr. Fern’s Gin Parlour or the InterContinental Hong Kong for your fix).
Another cause to celebrate? Just a few weekends away is Father’s Day on the 21st of June, which means it’s time to spoil your old man with a nice meal and a gift. If you haven’t planned your Sunday out yet, perhaps the best last-minute gift is tickets to a show he’ll love — and fortunately for us, Hong Kong is brimming with cultural and outdoor events once again this month. Take a look at our best picks for things to do and shows to watch this month.
Core HK Aquapark
When: All summer
As junk season rolls around, it’s time for people to start busting out the GoPros to document their swan dives into Hong Kong’s open waters: but you don’t have to be jonesing for the next boat trip for a fix of splashing fun this month, as the inflatable Aquapark in Tai Po’s Lake Egret Nature Park has just opened to the public. You’ll find 43 water obstacles from water slides to towering inflatable ‘icebergs’, trampolines, slip and slide runways, and more. Next to the park is also Hong Kong’s only Wakeboard Cable Park, perfect for adrenaline junkies to test their skills on the board.
2 Hung Lam Drive, Tai Po Kau, Hong Kong; admission HK$138 per hour, or HK$108 online from Core HK
Guerilla: Hong Kong Straight Bar takeover
When: 1 June, 6pm
All in the name of a change of scenery, Guerilla champions Hong Kong’s ever-growing LGBT+ community with a monthly pop-up concept that revolves around taking over different straight bars around Hong Kong. Everybody gets to mingle, and the usual LGBT+ entourages get to bring the fun to a new spot beyond the city’s gay bar staples. This month, it’s Commissary.
Commissary, 4/F Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong
Sting: 57th & 9th Tour
When: 3 June, 8pm
This weekend, 65-year-old legendary rock star Sting is here to grace the Hong Kong stage, returning to the SAR for the first time since his last Asian tour in 2012. Fans will be belting from his latest album, 57th & 9th, so come prepared.
Hall 5BC, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (Expo Drive Entrance), 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong; HK$588-1,288 from HKTicketing
The National Ballet of China in Hong Kong
When: 3 June, 7:30pm; 4 June, 3pm
Giselle, the tragically beautiful 19th century ballet classic about a nobleman who falls for a commoner girl, will be taken to the stage this month by the National Ballet of China. Following overwhelming ticket sales, a last minute batch of 20 stall tickets have just been released for the matinee, as well as 26 tickets for box seats (albeit with restricted views) for both performances, so grab them while you can. If you miss the show, you can still catch the ballet company at two Gala showcases taking place at Sha Tin Town Hall (6 June) and Tuen Mun Town Hall (8 June), with performance excerpts from The Red Detachment of Women and Yellow River.
Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kong Kong; HK$180-680 from Urbtix
Cheers at Taikoo Place: First World Class Cocktail Pop-up Bar
When: 12-15 June
Tong Chong Street is set to become cocktail heaven this June, as Diageo World Class teams up with Taikoo Place to host a four-day series of events, with participants from some of the city’s best bars and restaurants. On the 12th, Mr and Mrs Fox will be serving up some classic Texan BBQ together with Bulleit bourbon for an epic street party, while on the 13th, the focus shifts to Mexican street food and plenty of Don Julio. Concurrently, six bartenders from The Woods, The Pontiac, Angel’s Share, Topiary, Quinary and Skye at Parklane Hotel will be competing in the cocktail challenge finals — the three winners of which will have 72 hours to host their own pop-up bars held in Taikoo Place. On the 15th, the bartender with the winning concept and drinks will get the honour of representing Hong Kong and Macau at the World Class Global Final in Mexico City in August.
More info here
My Fair Lady
When: 9 June, 8pm; 10-11 June, 3pm and 7:30pm
Whether you’ve seen “My Fair Lady” multiple times or are uninitiated in Broadway’s longest running musical to date, you’re sure to be charmed by the wit and pure intentions of Eliza, a Cockney flower seller who commits to lessons so that she can speak like a lady in hopes of better job prospects. Once brought to life by the famous Audrey Hepburn, Ms Eliza Doolittle will be practising her ‘p’s and ‘q’s in Face Productions’ undertaking of the classic musical this June, following other successful Broadway musicals put on last year by the company, including “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” “Into the Woods” and “Legally Blonde.”
Drama Theatre, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, 1 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong; HK$250-395 from HKTicketing
West Side Story
When: Through 18 June, various timings
“West Side Story” is the classic Romeo and Juliet love story set in the crossfire of gang rivalry-infested New York City in the 1950s. It turns out that the beloved Broadway musical has a fond place in Hongkongers’ hearts, as two rounds of additional performances have been added to the Hong Kong production, now running through the 18th of June. Revel in the high energy dance choreography and beautiful renditions of timeless tunes such as “Maria.” Get your tickets quick before they sell out.
Lyric Theatre, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, 1 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong; HK$445-995 from HKTicketing
W Hong Kong Heat Wave Summer Series Pool Party
When: 3, 24 June; 15 July; 5, 26 August; 8pm-late
It’s not a Hong Kong summer without two things: partying on a boat party, or splashing away at W Hong Kong’s summer pool party series. This year, the pool series gets glammed up in a Vegas theme at the W’s WET deck, featuring champagne popsicle cocktails, neon lights and glitzy live performances — followed by after-parties at WOOBAR from 11pm til late. To save you the hassle of getting ready and drying off before and after the end of the night, you can opt for the GAME ON Summer Room Package at the hotel, which gives you a one-night stay for two, two pool party passes, two cocktails by the pool, buffet breakfast and late check-out — all starting at HK$2,850. Single entry tickets meanwhile are priced at HK$380 (early bird) with one drink at the pool, up to HK$1,288 for free flow drinks and champagne at the pool and after-party at WOOBAR.
WET Deck, 76/F, W Hong Kong, 1 Austin Road West, West Kowloon, Hong Kong; HK$380 from Ticketflap
Chinese Opera Festival
When: 13 June – 13 August
This month marks a celebration of one of the oldest forms of Chinese arts: the eighth iteration of the yearly Chinese Opera Festival. Also celebrating the 20th anniversary of establishment of the HKSAR this year, you can expect a rich and varied programme of 29 performances representing an expansive range of Chinese operatic genres. Works range from Cantonese to Sichuan opera, modernised Kunqu and Yue-style operas, to Peking opera, the latter of which is represented by two of China’s leading Peking opera troupes in the festival’s star-studded opening programme.
Britney Spears Live in Hong Kong 2017
When: 27 June, 8pm
Yes, the princess of pop is here this month, promising to be the hottest concert all month (or maybe even all year). Regarding those last minute Father’s Day gift tickets, we’re not so sure every dad would be keen on Britney, but you never know right?
Arena, AsiaWorld-Expo, Chek Lap Kok, Hong Kong; HK$588-2,088 from HKTicketing