Ev­ery­thing you need to know about Hong Kong’s pink­est months

The seventh it­er­a­tion of Asia’s largest LGBTI fes­ti­val, Pink Sea­son, hits town from Sep 30-Nov 5. So get ready to fly those rain­bow flags and join the fes­tiv­i­ties in sup­port of equal rights for the com­mu­nity. Here’s what not to miss over the five-week fes

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Sep 30 It’s a Party!

Pink Sea­son kicks off with a launch party at Circo, a new LGBTI-friendly bar with un­par­al­leled views.

Score your ticket to the party of the sea­son and you’ll find your­self sip­ping on pink-themed cock­tails as you min­gle and schmooze un­der the stars with en­ter­tain­ment and lucky draws.

7-10pm. $200 from pinksea­son.hk (be­fore Sep 29); $250 at the door. 22/F, Oliv, 15 Sharp St. East, Cause­way Bay. Through Oct 2 Hong Kong Les­bian and Gay Film Fes­ti­val

HKLGFF is of­fer­ing an in­cred­i­ble lineup of 27 films and six se­ries of shorts in its 16-day pro­gram. Grab your tick­ets from cinema.com.hk ASAP, as they’re sell­ing out quick.

hklgff.hk Oct 1 Pink Sea­son Bike Ride

A new ad­di­tion to the eclec­tic mix of Pink Sea­son events this year, the Bike Ride is the event you’ll want to mark on your cal­en­dars for a fam­ily-friendly af­ter­noon in the great out­doors. Pedal your along the Tai Wai water­front on a rain­bow-themed bike, and fuel up on a de­li­cious BBQ din­ner at the fin­ish line.

10am-6pm. $60 per bike rental (or bring your own); op­tional BBQ din­ner at cost. Regis­ter at pinksea­son.hk. Tai Wai, New Ter­ri­to­ries. Oct 8 Ur­ban Race

Chan­nel your in­ner In­di­ana Jones as you fer­ret out check­points across the city in the Ur­ban Race. Re­turn­ing for the third time this year, the event has be­come a sta­ple of Pink Sea­son; this year, they’re col­lab­o­rat­ing again with Out in HK, a group de­voted to set­ting up sports and so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties for Hong Kong’s LGBTI com­mu­nity.

10:30am-6:30pm. $200, regis­ter be­fore Oct 1 at pinksea­son.hk. Shatin and Ma On Shan. Oct 16 Float­illa

Get on board Hong Kong’s largest LGBTI junk party with the an­nual Float­illa, which de­buted more than a decade ago. What to ex­pect: fresh sal­ads from Knead, en­ergy drinks by Nutri Mus­cle Lab, and lots of booze brought to you by Ab­so­lut Vodka in cute rain­bow bot­tles. Oh, and LOTS of shirt­less men. Too boozed up to swim? Strap on a rain­bow uni­corn floatie and you’re good to go.

9:30am at Cen­tral Ferry Pier 9. $650 early bird from tiny.cc/ float­il­la_2016 (regis­ter be­fore Sep 30); $700 there­after. More de­tails will be an­nounced on pinksea­son.hk soon. Oct 22-23 Camp­ing Week­end

Pitch your tent un­der the stars at Sai Kung’s Tai Long Wan—there’s some­thing for ev­ery­one here: hik­ing, boo­gie board­ing, camp­fire danc­ing and beach games.

10:30am-3pm the next day. Starts from $150 (tent for two), more info at pinksea­son.hk (regis­ter be­fore Oct 12). Tai Long Wan, Sai Kung. Oct 25 The Rain­bow Con­nec­tion

A stage for Hong Kong’s artists to flaunt their tal­ents in an evening of sto­ry­telling, the­ater and mu­si­cal per­for­mances. All pro­ceeds go to AIDS Con­cern.

8-9:30pm. $150 in ad­vance from pinksea­son.hk; $200 at the door, in­cludes one drink. Or­ange Peel, Flat A-C, 2/F, Ho Lee Com­mer­cial Build­ing, 38-44 D'Aguilar St., Cen­tral, 2812-7177.

Nov 5

Out in the Open

Wrap up the Pink Sea­son with the grand fi­nale Out in the Open, a half-day-long beach party. De­tails are yet to be an­nounced, but we’re ex­pect­ing free-flow food, live mu­sic and drinks on the sun-drenched Re­pulse Bay Beach.

2pm till mid­night. Bistro One, Re­pulse Bay. Free.

Feel the love in HKLGFF’s cen­ter­piece “Lazy Eye.”

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