Budget-friendly events and activities to do with the family!
October is set to be yet another fun-filled month, packed to the brim with some wonderful free activities to enjoy with the whole fam. So while we sit and wait for that one week of blue skies and cool breezes that we call autumn, there’s plenty to do. From annual firework celebrations to family bazaars, major international sports tournaments, music and food festivals, there is so much to enjoy this month – for free! And after Typhoon Mangkhut blew into our shores last month, there has never been a better time to get involved and take action as a community. Find out how you and your crew can get involved with the clean-up effort!
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Hong Kong National Day Celebration
Join the 69th Anniversary Celebration of The National Day of the People’s Republic of China on Monday, 1 October! The National Day is celebrated throughout mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau with a variety of government-organised festivities, including fireworks and concerts. Make sure to secure your spot at Victoria Harbour to witness the spectacular fireworks display.
When: Monday, 1 October, 9pm
Where: Best vantage point is at Victoria Harbour. Can’t make it to Victoria Harbour you can view the fireworks all over the city, check out the Hung Hom bypass, as well as, viewpoints in Central, Wan Chai, Causeway Bay, and Mid-levels.
How Much: FREE!
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Free Men’s Hair Styling and Video Games at Foot Locker
Sneaker heads rejoice! Foot Locker has finally arrived in HK! To celebrate the grand opening of its Power Store, the store is offering shoppers free hair trims and styling courtesy of Black Rose Barbershop. Find the pop-up barbershop and Xbox gaming station on the third floor in the Xbox Experience Zone. The Experience Zone will be open for a few more months but the dedicated hair styling will end Thursday, 4 October.
When: Free haircuts available until Thursday, 4 October
Where: Foot Locker, Yue Hwa International Building, 1 Kowloon Park Dr, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
How Much: Free!
Mums at PLAY Family Bazaar
Come and shop delicately hand-crafted items and ethically sourced, sustainable products at Mums at PLAY Family Bazaar on Saturday, 6 October at The Hive Sheung Wan. Enjoy a delicious and wholesome lunch provided by the Hive Café courtesy Locofama and be sure to sign up for child-friendly creative workshops designed for the entire family!
When: Saturday, 6 October, from 11am to 5pm
Where: 3/F, The Hive Sheung Wan, 33-35 Hillier Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
How Much: FREE but booking is required, register your email here. Individual workshop tickets to be released soon, prices will vary.
Stamford American School Open Day
Join Stamford American’s Open Day on 6 October for a Saturday well spent, for parents and kids alike. There’ll be a variety of engaging workshops and activities for children ages 5 to 15 to take part in, with drop-in workshops covering everything from arts and tech to sports. Some of the speciality workshops require prior registration but they are well worth it. Kids can learn to fence with an Olympian, shoot some hoops with the sports faculty, and even discover the latest advances in augmented reality! Avoid missing out on the specialised workshops and click here to register.
When: Saturday, 6 October
Where: Stamford American School, 25 Man Fuk Road, Ho Man Tin, Kowloon, Hong Kong
How Much: FREE!
Hong Kong Tennis Open 2018
Returning to HK for its fifth year, the Hong Kong Tennis Open will take place once again at the iconic Victoria Park Tennis Stadium, featuring a roster of international players, including the recent US Women’s Open champion, Naomi Osaka. The singles qualifying matches held on Saturday, 6 and Sunday, 7 October are free to attend on a first-come, first served basis, so get there early as queues are always expected. If you happen to be available on the following Monday, join for “People’s Monday” and witness the first round of the singles/doubles main draw for free, too! Once again, the tickets are allocated on a first-come, first served basis. Find out more about the lineup here.
When: Saturday, 7 October – Monday, 9 October
Where: Victoria Park Tennis Stadium, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
How Much: Free!
The Hong Kong International Jazz Festival
The Hong Kong International Jazz Festival commences this October and is kicking off with a free public concert on the first Sunday of the month. Enjoy the musical stylings of renowned jazz musicians from the United States, Canada, Austria, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Columbia, South Africa, Taiwan, Japan, and Thailand!
Can’t get enough Jazz? Get your fix with the festival’s remaining shows available throughout the month – prices vary. Check out the full programme here.
When: Sunday, 7 October, 3pm
Where: Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza C, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsu, Kowloon, Hong Kong
How much: FREE!
Illuminated Moon Rabbits, Avenue of Lights, and Mid-Autumn Festival
If you haven’t had a chance to check out the Illuminated Moon Rabbits they are still on display until Wednesday, 17 October! This installation is a collaboration with Lee Tung Avenue in celebration of the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival. You can enjoy 10 giant “Moon Rabbits” which have made appearances in over 80 cities and 40 international arts festivals and event spaces.
When: Now until Wednesday, 17 October, 6am to 11pm
Where: Podium Level, China Hong Kong City and Along Lee Tung Avenue, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
How much: FREE!
Discovery Bay Sunday Market
The Discovery Bay Sunday Market continues into October. If you missed out on the last market, make sure you get out there and snag those handmade goods. Get in on some good ol’ fashioned neighbourly fun on Sunday, 14 October!
When: Sunday, 14 October, from 11am to 6pm
Where: Discovery Bay, Lantau, Hong Kong
How Much: FREE!
Join the veggie fun with Vegfest HK! This inspiring carnival will showcase exhibits from health and eco-friendly organisations and non-profits, inspiring speakers and presentations, and will feature environmental and humane education platforms. You’ll also be able to enjoy live music and entertainment, movie screenings, fun and games for the kids, and vegetarian cooking demonstrations. Browse the range of products available such as vegan goodies, vegan pet food, and healthcare products.
When: Wednesday, 17 October, from 10am to 4pm
Where: Hong Kong Adventist Academy, San Yu College, 1111 Clear Water Bay Road, Sai Kung, New Territories, Hong Kong
How Much: FREE! Get more info here and here.
The Cross Harbour Race
The Cross Harbour Race is one of the most iconic and popular sporting events in Hong Kong. Watch with the kids, as participants swim across the Victoria Harbour while enjoying a view of our beautiful cityscape. This year, the Harbour Race will take people from TST to Wan Chai!
When: Sunday, 21 October, starts at 8am
Where: Tsim Sha Tsui Public Pier to Wan Chai Golden Bauhinia Square Public Pier
How much: FREE! Get more info here.
Bookfest by Bookazine
Just in time for Halloween, have a spooktacular afternoon at The Repulse Bay for the sixth edition of the Children’s Bookfest by Bookazine. A wide variety of activities for kids of all ages and book lovers will be taking place. Stay tuned, more info coming soon!
When: Saturday, 27 October, from 2pm to 5:30pm
Where: 109 Repulse Bay Road, The Repulse Bay Hong Kong, stay updated on Bookazine’s Facebook page.
How much: Free!
The 6th Hong Kong Beach Festival
Set to be a weekend of pure enjoyment, the Hong Kong Beach Festival has something for everyone. Either take part in many of the sporty activities on offer or kick back and just enjoy the vibe as a spectator. There will be activities for adults and kids to take part in, including a kids beach football tournament organised by Arsenal Soccer School. There will also be a Sandcastle Fun Day where professional sand sculptors from “Castle Can Fly” will give workshops on how to build some seriously amazing sand castles. Plus, watch the sixth Hong Kong International Beach Water Polo Tournament, the third Repulse Bay Tripe (beach and swim race) and shows by mermaid performers! Find out more info here.
When: Saturday 27 – Sunday 28 October
Where: Repulse Bay Beach, Hong Kong
How Much: Free!
Drum Jam is holding a special musical session at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre in TST. All ages are welcome and no experience is required! Drums and percussion instruments will be provided and the session will be led by Japanese percussionist Kumi Masunaga.
Sassy Mama Tip: Check out its Kidz Jam Programme which focuses on rhythm games and songs, this programme is designed for children of all ages, email them here for more info!
When: Sunday, 28 October, from 2pm to 3:30pm
Where: HK Cultural Centre Piazza, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
How much: FREE!
Typhoon Mangkhut Community Beach Clean-Ups
After being hit by Typhoon Mangkhut in September, Hong Kong needs our help. We recommend supporting the following organisations who are working hard to mobilise coastal clean-ups for the most affected areas. The mission is not only to clean-up, but to keep the refuse from going back into our oceans. These clean-ups are open to the community and are family-friendly. It ’s a great way to educate your children on the pollution issues facing our oceans and environment. Be safe, have fun, and don’t forget the three R’s of sustainability: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle!
Sassy Mama Tip: Ensure to take necessary safety precautions provided by clean-up organisations. Wear gloves, hats and other protective gear and always work in teams.
Veterans in organising beach clean-ups, HK Cleanup is working on a strategy to help government departments get our city spick and span again by creating an emergency “Typhoon Mangkhut Clean-Up Task Force”. Get involved by joining its community efforts!
When and Where: Check out its website and Facebook page regularly to stay updated on locations and dates of the free community task force efforts in the upcoming months. You can also contact the team at [email protected] for more info and updates.
How Much: FREE!
Aquameridian Conservation and Education Foundation
Aquameridian Conservation and Education Foundation’s mission is to change cultural habits that can wipe out endangered species and destroy natural habitats. Join its beach clean-up efforts on Saturday, 13 October and in the months to follow.
Plastic Free Seas
Plastic Free Seas and DB Green hold regular family-friendly clean-ups, join in on the Mangkhut clean-up efforts in Discovery Bay with its organisation in October in the future
The First Penguins
The First Penguins organise beach clean-ups on a monthly basis in Hong Kong. Its beach clean-ups are family friendly and are occasionally themed (Christmas, Halloween, even Star Wars!). Its aim is to connect volunteer groups in Japan and HK for a happier and better world.
Sous Les Déchets La Plage
SLDLP is an initiative from the French community in Hong Kong, supported by the French Consulate, which aims to raise awareness about the impact of plastic pollution and the emergency of reducing consumer’s waste. Join its clean-up efforts in the months to follow.
Featured image is courtesy of rawpixel via Unsplash. Image 1 is courtesy of Roven Images via Unsplash, image 2 by Hello I’m Nik via Unsplash, image 3 courtesy of courtesy of HK Tennis Open, image 4 is courtesy of Lee Tung Avenue, image 5 is courtesy of Bookfest by Bookazine via Facebook,image 6 is courtesy of Paulo Infante via Unsplash,image 7 is courtesy of Mourad Saadi via Unsplash, image 8 is courtesy of Enoch Lau via Wikimedia Commons.