Cover We’ve rounded up the best Hong Kong events for October 2021 (Courtesy of Digital Art Fair Asia)

From art exhibitions to Oktoberfest and Halloween celebrations, these are the best events happening in Hong Kong this October

October is officially here and we’re looking forward to hitting the town and enjoying celebrations for major festivals including Oktoberfest and Halloween. With October also being the Breast Cancer Awareness month, there are plenty of exciting events to put in your diary alongside all those costume parties and festive gatherings.

From art and cultural exhibitions including Fine Art Asia and Digital Art Fair Asia 2021, to charity events and the highly anticipated Oktoberfest party at BaseHall, read on to see the best events happening in Hong Kong this month.  

See also: K11 Musea Presents New Arts and Cultural Experiences in Hong Kong This Fall


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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Tai Kwun: “SPOTLIGHT: A Season of Performing Arts”

When: From now till October 17

Where: Tai Kwun

What: Tai Kwun, a beloved cultural hub for heritage and arts, has launched a new programme that’ll satisfy any cultural enthusiast. Titled SPOTLIGHT, the event features seven newly commissioned works to showcase the creative imagination and forward-looking vision of local artists.

Highlights include a theatre production, The Inner Études, which takes on an intimate site-specific journey beginning with a piece of granite found near Prison Wall; LauZone, a Hong Kong-style cabaret that gives a humorous account of the city’s unique cultural values; as well as The Happy Family, a concert based on an original novel and score which tells the story of a middle-class Hong Kong family. Guests will also enjoy free public workshops and performances by Unlock Dancing Plaza.

Discover more at taikwun.hk

See also: The Tatler Guide to Tai Kwun: Where to Eat, Drink and Shop

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Pink Together 2021

When: Throughout October

Where: Various locations across Hong Kong 

What: October is the Breast Cancer Awareness month, which calls for people’s attention to show support and care to those affected by the disease. This year, the Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation is launching its second virtual Pink Together initiative with a series of fundraising events for people to exercise for a worthwhile cause. 

Participants can run, walk or hike for 12km to be part of the cause (quick fact: 12 is the number of women diagnosed with breast cancer every day in Hong Kong, so it’s a meaningful number to note). Those who successfully enrol in the event and make a donation will receive a goodie bag as well.

Find out more at pinktogether.hk 

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Fine Art Asia 2021

When: October 8-11

Where: Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre

What: Recognised by the international art community as one of Asia’s most prestigious art fairs, Fine Art Asia is back in Hong Kong with collectible works that span more than 5,000 years of cultural history in Chinese and European art.

Due to the ongoing travel restrictions, this year’s fair will continue to focus on local art and antique galleries as well as art institutions. Visitors will be able to see an impressive mix of Asian and Western antiques, jewellery, modern and contemporary art, ink art and photography.

Discover more at fineartasia.com and purchase tickets at hkticketing.com

See also: Fine Art Asia 2021 Returns This October

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Digital Art Fair Asia 2021

When: From now till October 17

Where: G/F, Asia Standard Tower, 59-65 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong 

What: The inaugural edition of Digital Art Fair Asia has just opened in Hong Kong last week, showcasing a wide array of digital and NFT art to offer visitors an immersive art experience. The exhibition features a world-class lineup of 40 local and international artists, as well as some of the world’s greatest digital art collections.

Find out more about the event and purchase tickets at digitalartfair.io

See also: Digital Art Fair Asia Edition 2021 Launches in Hong Kong

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Oktoberfest at BaseHall

When: October 9

Where: BaseHall, 1 Connaught Place, Hong Kong 

What: Hong Kong’s trendiest food hall, BaseHall’s popular Oktoberfest party returns for its second year this Sunday. The place will be transformed into a traditional Bavarian beer tent, welcoming guests to enjoy a truly indulgent Oktoberfest celebration in a carnival-like atmosphere. There will be live music, beer delectable German-inspired dishes as well as traditional festivities.

Purchase tickets at eventbrite.hk 

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Hong Kong Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty

When: October 14-17

Where: Hong Kong Cultural Centre

What: Hong Kong Ballet presents one of the world’s most classic and beloved ballets, The Sleeping Beauty this month. Produced by Cynthia Harvey, former Principal Dancer of American Ballet Theatre and The Royal Ballet, the programme features glittering tutus, whimsical settings and Tchaikovsky’s unforgettable pieces to enchant audiences with a ravishing visual spectacle.

Purchase tickets at urbtix.hk 

See also: Brazilian Dancer Daniel Camargo Is the New Star of the Hong Kong Ballet

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Hong Kong Asian Film Festival

When: October 27-November 14

Where: Across six Broadway cinemas—including Broadway Cinematheque, Broadway The One, Premiere Elements, My Cinema Yoho Mall, Movie Movie Cityplaza and Palace IFC. 

What: Movie lovers would be pleased to hear that Hong Kong Asian Film Festival (HKAFF) returns for its 18th edition with an impressive lineup of movie premieres and screenings.

Dedicated to promoting local and Asian films, as well as outstanding talents in the Asian filmmaking industry, this year’s festival features a carefully curated selection of films from 19 countries, including Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, Cambodia, South Korea, Afghanistan, and more. Special presentations and post-screening Q&A sessions will also be held for specific movie screenings, giving audiences opportunities to interact and exchange ideas with the filmmakers.

Find out more about HKAFF and see the full movie screening programme at hkaff.asia

See also: Hong Kong International Photo Festival 2021 Returns This October

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Halloween at The Mills

When: Throughout October

Where: The Mills, 45 Pak Tin Par Street, Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong

What: Celebrate the Halloween season and get into the spooky spirit at the iconic cultural landmark, The Mills. This year, The Mills is presenting an art exhibition “Immersive Journey of Junji Ito” that will bring visitors into the haunting world of the famous Japanese horror manga artist.

There’s also a wide range of festive installations and activities designed for kids and families to enjoy a fun-filled Halloween celebration, including costume-making workshops and special trick-or-treat events across the venue.

Discover more at themills.com.hk

See also: The Tatler Guide to The Mills: Where to Eat, Drink and Shop