What’s on? Things to do this July in Hong Kong

From music festivals to art exhibitions, there’s something for everyone to enjoy as Hong Kong continues to bring forward its vibrant and diverse entertainment scene through fun events that can’t be missed. Get ready to immerse yourself in the culture, music, and art of this captivating city.

Out of Thin Air

For those who like to cast a critical eye over the costumes worn by actors on the big screen, the Out of Thin Air: Hong Kong Film Arts and Costumes Exhibition is an amazing showcase with a plethora of cinema-related exhibits to explore. A fascinating collection of movie props, costumes, sketches, manuscripts and more will transport you behind the scenes of your favourite films. Scheduled as part of the Hong Kong Pop Culture Festival, the memorabilia shine a light on the industry’s creative process and energy.

When: Ongoing
Where: Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Sha Tin
How much: From HK$10
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Also Festival

Whether you are curious about the Hong Kong music scene or a firm fan of the city’s talented musicians, singers and rappers, the Also Festival is the perfect event to explore the local hip-hop culture. Straddling the calendar change from June to July, this year’s lineup showcases about 30 exceptional acts. Among those taking to the stage on 1 July are Novel Fergus, Geniuz F The Future, Yellow Peril, Matt Force, Ansonbean and Martian.B. Given that the first Also Festival was a total blast, attendees of this repeat performance will expect their idols to raise the roof.

When: 1 July
Where: KITEC, Kowloon Bay
How much: From HK$580

Attack of Clone Venus

Marrying traditional art techniques with the latest digital trends is Attack of Clone Venus, a solo exhibition by the acclaimed Japanese artist Takeru Amano, whose career has spanned various geographical locales. In this particular display, Amano combines NFTs collectables with sculptures, canvases and installations that vividly tell a series of stories. The collection comprises more than 1,000 works, with interactive AR filters on hand to boost perceptions to ensure that each visitor is emotionally involved with the art.

When: Until July 4
Where: Artelli, Central
How much: Free entry
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BTS Exhibition: Proof in Hong Kong

As the world-famous K-pop sensation Bangtan Sonyeondan celebrates its 10th anniversary, the group is set to take fans on a retrospective journey. Hybe, the South Korean entertainment giant behind BTS, brings an immersive exhibition to Hong Kong that will use music, motion graphics, audiovisuals and more to let fans (called the Army) know their idols better. For those fervent followers who have seen Proof in Seoul and/or Busan, the Hong Kong rendition contains some exclusive content so it is a showcase that should not be missed by all.

When: Until 16 July
Where: K11 Musea, Tsim Sha Tsui
How much: From HK$198
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Harbour Chill Carnival

Looking for a way to chill this summer? You won’t need to look very hard as the Hong Kong Tourism Board’s Harbour Chill Carnival provides a collection of fun-filled and entertaining weekend events against the broad canvas of Victoria Harbour. These include music stages, performance art pieces by local and international artists, and a never-seen-before version of the daily A Symphony of Lights show. With so many attractions to admire on top of the magnificent view, spending time on the waterfront has never been so enticing.

When: 8 July – 6 Aug
Where: Harbourfront Area, Wan Chai
How much: Free entry

TeamLab Future Park

Anyone who has scrolled through Instagram has come across this touring exhibition with interactive installations that youngsters and the young at heart will find magical. Hong Kongers, get excited because TeamLab’s Future Park launches in the city this month as part of insurance group FWD’s 10th anniversary celebrations. Spreading across 10,000 square feet, the magnificent multi-sensory event comprises six installations for imaginative play: Graffiti Beating Mountains and Valleys, Red List, Sliding Through the Fruit Field, Light Ball Orchestra, Hopscotch for Geniuses, A Table where Little People Live and Sketch Town.

When: 9 July – 14 Jan
Where: MegaBox, Kowloon Bay
How much: From HK$180

International Arts Carnival

Hong Kong welcomes the return of a familiar summer programme in which art and performance come together to form a stage that is guaranteed to be captivating. Designed to entertain youngsters during the school break, the latest rendition of the International Arts Carnival will deliver a lineup of dance, vocals, acrobatics and drama that is made all the more engaging by the employment of art and technology. Excitingly for the little ones, the main character of IAC 2023 will be a dinosaur.

When: 14 July – 13 Aug 2023
Where: Various venues
How much: Prices vary
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Ateez World Tour 2023

Fans of Ateez will be ready to wave their light sticks as the K-pop group make a stop in Hong Kong as part of their The Fellowship: Break the Wall concert tour. With Hong Kong being one of only five Asian stops for the eight-member band, the Atiny faithful can look forward to a whirlwind of entertainment. Whether or not they break the wall remains to be seen, but the boys will surely set the stage on fire with their energetic dance moves, stunning vocals and addictive raps.

When: 15 July
Where: AsiaWorld-Expo, Lantau
How much: From HK$880
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Night of the Living Monsters

As its pride month celebrations move into July, the Eaton HK presents another fascinating event in a lineup of panel discussions, exhibitions, performances and more that has accepting queerness in a largely heteronormative society as the primary theme. Pride@Eaton 2023: It’s Morphing Time! continues with the enthralling drag skit Night of the Living Monsters, starring drag queens including Yihao, JiJi Hardy, BB Ice Fun, RaveFun and Charlieowo. Looking back on the past and into the future, the performance party is certain to encapsulate the emotions that come with being part of the Hong Kong LGBTQ+ community.

When: 15 – 16 July
Where: Eaton HK, Kowloon.
How much: From HK$250