From the king of folk to world-class ballet and a smorgasbord of gastronomic delights, there are plenty of treats to distract you from the heat this month

1. Bob Dylan

When: August 4

Where: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

What: The legendary singer-songwriter and his band will deliver a string of hits, with Mr Tambourine Man and Like a Rolling Stone sure to be among them.

Purchase tickets at hkticketing.com

2. Mike Shinoda

When: August 7

Where: Kowloonbay International Trade & Exhibition Centre

What: The co-founder of Grammy-winning rock band Linkin Park performs deeply personal works from his debut solo album, Post Traumatic.

Purchase tickets at hkticketing.com

3. The Genée International Ballet Competition

When: August 12

Where: Hong Kong City Hall

What: The final of the Royal Academy of Dance's prestigious flagship competition visits Hong Kong for the second time in its 87 years.

Purchase tickets at hkticketing.com

4. HKTDC Food Expo

When: August 16-20

Where: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

What: Some 500,000 gourmands will put their palates to the test at the annual festival, with delicacies from 1,500 exhibitors representing 26 countries served.

Purchase tickets at hktdc.com

See also: 7 Brunches In Hong Kong To Try This Summer

5. Alice (In Wonderland)

When: August 17-19

Where: Hong Kong Cultural Centre

What: The Hong Kong Ballet opens its 2018/19 season with artistic director Septime Webre’s interpretation of Lewis Carroll’s fantastical tale, featuring an original score and a guest appearance by The Washington Ballet’s Brooklyn Mack.

Purchase tickets at hkballet.com

6. Home

When: August 19-27

Where: Hong Kong Art Centre

What: To celebrate Fujifilm’s 50th anniversary, Stanley Sun presents a touring exhibition showcasing a series of part-artistic, part-photojournalistic works by 16 award-winning photographers. Represented by Magnum Photos, each photo expresses the photographers' unique personal take on the idea of "home".

Purchase tickets on home-magnum.com

See also: Will Travel For Art: 10 Global Exhibitions To See This Summer

7. Why Don’t We

When: August 22

Where: Kowloonbay International Trade & Exhibition Centre

whyWhat: The American pop boy band promises to deliver hits such as Hooked and Trust Fund Baby when it makes its Hong Kong debut.

Purchase tickets at universe.com/whydontwehk

8. Verdi’s Luisa Miller

When: August 25

Where: AMC Pacific Place

What: Spanish tenor Plácido Domingo stars in this rarely performed, heart-wrenching tragedy of paternal love by Giuseppe Verdi. Part of The Met: Live in HD series.

Purchase tickets at themetinhongkong.info

9. Hong Kong International Reggae Ska Festival

When: August 25

Where: PMQ

What: The city’s largest celebration of Jamaican music and culture returns with its biggest lineup yet.

Purchase tickets at ticketflap.com

10. Jaap | Leila Josefowicz

When: August 31-September 1

Where: Hong Kong Cultural Centre

What: The Hong Kong Philharmonic raises the curtain on its 45th season with a Mozart-Stravinsky-Rachmaninov programme featuring American-Canadian violinist Leila Josefowicz and conducted by music director Jaap van Zweden.

Purchase tickets at hkphil.org

See also: Hong Kong’s Most Exclusive VIP Events In July

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