Cover We’ve rounded up the best Hong Kong events for August 2021 (Photo: Courtesy of Tong Chong Street Market)

These are the best events worth marking in your calendar for August 2021—including Tong Chong Street Market, Hong Kong Ballet's new programme, and more

August is officially here and it’s already set to be a busy month. Whether the sun is shining, or the rain pours, there’s plenty of events to be excited about aside from watching your favourite Olympic events.  

From the highly anticipated Tong Chong Street Market to Hong Kong Ballet’s new programme, read on to discover the best things to do in Hong Kong this month.  

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Editor’s note: Social distancing rules are currently in force for various businesses and venues in Hong Kong, please make sure you follow the latest government guidelines and be responsible when participating in public events. All the events mentioned in the article are still happening on the date of original publication, please refer to the event organisers’ official websites and social media platforms for the latest information. 

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SummerFest at Central Harbourfront

When: From now till August 26

Where: Central Harbourfront Event Space 

What: SummerFest returns to the Central Harbourfront Event Space to offer you a fun-filled summer break with a wide range of large-scale outdoor recreational activities. This year, the festival features over 25 programmes revolving around the themes of #TimeOff, #ChillOut and #PowerOn.

Highlights of the event include the Monet Garden, an immersive art experience where visitors can recreate some of Monet’s masterpieces; the Summoji area showcasing a series of 3D smileys designed by local multimedia creator Calix; as well as the Living Art Space featuring a range of on-stage and off-stage performances, lifestyle market and handicraft workshops (held from July 17 to August 6). 

Discover more at summerfest-centralharbourfront.hk

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Tong Chong Street Market: "Hot & Cold Summer"

When: From now till August 27

Where: G/F, One Taikoo Place, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong 

What: The beloved Tong Chong Street Market is back! Themed “Hot & Cold Summer”, the market will showcase an extensive range of delicious treats offered city’s most popular food and beverage vendors—expect authentic Sichuan style spicy noodles from Crazy Noodles; vegan burgers from Big Dill; vegan smoothie bowls from Nüte, and many more. 

Discover more at taikooplace.com

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Hong Kong Ballet: ALICE (in wonderland)

When: August 13-15

Where: Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Grand Theatre  

What: Hong Kong Ballet’s new season will begin on August 13-15 with the encore of Artistic Director Septime Webre’s award-winning ALICE (in wonderland). Bursting with energy and imagination, the performance will feature gorgeous costumes and an array of dances that blend traditional ballet with contemporary energy, to capture the quirky spirit of the characters from Lewis Caroll’s classic children’s book.  

Purchase tickets at urbtix.hk

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Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong 2021

Date: August 26-29

Where: Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre

What: The Affordable Art Fair is a must-visit if you’re looking to get started in the exciting world of art appreciation and collecting. This year, the fair will feature an impressive range of wallet-friendly artworks from over 40 local and international galleries, offering everything from traditional ink painting, abstract canvases, to stunning sculptures, editioned prints and eye-catching photography. 

Purchase tickets at eventbrite.com

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Semi-staged Opera: Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi

When: August 27-29

Where: Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre

What: Derived from the same 1530 Italian novella as Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Bellini’s opera I Capuleti e i Montecchi packs all the romantic tragedy into the lovers’ final 24 hours. Although the drama in the familiar story tracks the very real political violence that roiled medieval Italian cities, the undertone of melancholy is belied by the aching beauty of Bellini’s melodic music. 

Purchase tickets at urbtix.hk

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