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
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.
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.”