The month of October heralds a plethora of events to excite and delight. Sure, it’s Halloween season again, but the month also has plenty of arts and culture to savor.

The Hong Kong–Shenzhen Design Biennale

The second edition of this Biennale design event sees it held in Hong Kong for the first time. Seminars, workshops and exhibitions will be hosted around the city to promote design culture, and bring the focus onto local creative talents. The Biennale’s highlight is the “NEXT by D Twincities” popup store, hosted at PMQ from now until November. The store features over 80 products by teams from Hong Kong and Shenzhen, including everything from fashion items, to furniture pieces and accessories. This is an event not to be missed for the design and art savvy.

September 17 to November 30
PMQ and other locations
Free admission

Lea Salonga: Disney and Broadway Magic

Popular actress and singer Lea Salonga has thrilled audiences worldwide as Disney heroines Jasmine and Mulan, starred on Broadway in Les Misérables and created the iconic role of Kim in Miss Saigon. Back by popular demand after her sold-out performances two seasons ago, Salonga joins the Hong Kong Philharmonic in a magical concert of beloved hits.

September 30 to October 1, 8 p.m.
Concert Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Tickets available at URBTIX; HK$280 to HK$780

National Day Fireworks

The Victoria Harbour is made more spectacular and festive this October 1 with National Day celebrations. The harbour will be packed with people—but definitely find a rooftop venue in Central for the ultimate indulgence and impressive sky-high views of the show. The fireworks display starts at around 9 p.m. and will last roughly 20 minutes.

Midsummer Night’s Dream by Royal New Zealand Ballet

Immerse yourself in the magical world of dance, music and enchantment with the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s latest interpretation of Shakespeare’s classic tale, set to Mendelssohn’s famous score. Put together by one of the most sought-after choreographers in the industry, Liam Scarlett, the Asian premiere is set to be a glorious show filled with sheer theatrical magic.

October 7 to 8, 7:45 p.m; October 9, 3 p.m. 
Auditorium, Sha Tin Town Hall
Tickets available at URBTIX; HK$160 to HK$420

Ocean Park Halloween Festival

Prepare to be spooked this Halloween at Ocean Park’s Halloween Fest. The annual celebration is bigger and more terrifying than ever, featuring all-new experiences at eight attractions and 10 brand-new shows that cater to guests of all ages, from kids to thrill-seekers. Also new to this year’s Halloween Fest is the Halloween Ghost Hunt, a smartphone app, that will further enhance your experience at Ocean Park, with ghost detectors and games with exclusive prizes. 

Selected dates in October, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m
Ocean Park, Aberdeen
Tickets available on the Ocean Park Website; HK$154 to HK$690

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