Agenda: Calendar of festivals

Meet Moana (above) and watch the buildings of Main Street, USA  (left) transform into a canvas for visuals paying tribute to Mickey Mouse at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort.
Meet Moana (above) and watch the buildings of Main Street, USA transform into a canvas for visuals paying tribute to Mickey Mouse at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort.PHOTO: HONG KONG DISNEYLAND RESORT
Meet Moana (above) and watch the buildings of Main Street, USA  (left) transform into a canvas for visuals paying tribute to Mickey Mouse at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort.
Meet Moana and watch the buildings of Main Street, USA (above) transform into a canvas for visuals paying tribute to Mickey Mouse at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort.PHOTO: HONG KONG DISNEYLAND RESORT
Meet Moana (above) and watch the buildings of Main Street, USA  (left) transform into a canvas for visuals paying tribute to Mickey Mouse at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort.
PHOTO: DUBAI DESERT ROAD RUN/FACEBOOK

HONG KONG

Hong Kong Disneyland Resort has launched its Carnivale of Stars for the summer, where guests can experience a rich line-up of events day and night.

For example, a new atmosphere stage show titled Moana: A Homecoming Celebration, that is themed around the 2016 animated movie Moana, was launched last Friday.

The 20-minute live showfeatures inspirational music, dance, puppetry and immersive story-telling. It is held in a new outdoor venue, Jungle Junction, located in Adventureland.

From June 21, the theme park will also host a daily Pixar Water Play Street Party! along Main Street, USA, where beloved Disney and Pixar characters - such as Mr and Mrs Incredible from The Incredibles (2004), as well as Woody, Buzz Lightyear and their pals from the Toy Story film franchise (1995 to 2010) - will make a big splash.

Each evening, there will also be a We Love Mickey! projection show, where Minnie Mouse and her pals invite guests to a surprise party for Mickey Mouse. The buildings of Main Street, USA are transformed into a canvas for vibrant, colourful visuals paying tribute to Mickey's major milestones.

Guests from Singapore who book online can enjoy advance purchase room offers, such as up to 20 per cent off rooms at Disney Explorers Lodge, Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel and Disney's Hollywood Hotel. They can also get free room upgrades and priority admission passes to attractions.

Those who purchase a one-day Play, Shop, Dine special package will get a complimentary HK$50 (S$8.50) merchandise gift voucher or a free Mickey waffle. Those who buy the two-day Play & Shop special package will get a discounted two-day ticket and a HK$30 merchandise discount voucher.

To enjoy the special packages and advance purchase room offers, guests must book by July 15.

When: Until Sept 2

Info: www.hongkongdisneyland.com


DUBAI

If you are looking to get a tan as well as for a challenge, the Dubai Desert Road Run, which is on next month, may be up your alley.

First held in 2012, the community event, which is held several times a year, appeals to runners of all abilities - from first-time social runners to some of the best athletes in the United Arab Emirates.

It features two distances - 10km and 3km - and takes place on private roads over a safe, traffic-free course. Both runs start and finish at The Sevens Stadium, some 40km from the Dubai coastline.

The participation fee is 90 dirham (S$33) for the 3km race and 130 dirham for the 10km run.

Many runners are expected to walk for a period of time. Parents who wish to push their baby in a stroller are welcome to participate.

All finishers are rewarded with an event medal. Competitors who finish in the top three of their respective age groups also receive trophies.

There is also a prize raffle for participants.

When: June 16

Info: www.dubairunning.com


HUNTER VALLEY, AUSTRALIA

The sixth annual Hunter Valley Wine Festival will take place next month on the grounds of the picturesque Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley hotel.

A Schwartz Family Company initiative, this community event will feature an extensive array of food and drink.

Activities include a cheese-and-wine matching session that will be held at 12.30pm in the marquee. At 2.30pm, there will be a blind sparkling-wine tasting session at the same location.

Expect stalls peddling tasty bites, foaming beer and crisp cider, as well as representation from many of Hunter Valley's vineyards. Confirmed exhibitors include Lovedale Brewery, Brokenwood Wines and Adina Vineyard.

There will also be family-friendly activities such as a jumping castle, a carousel and face-painting.

When: June 30

Info: huntervalleywinefestival.com

Benson Ang

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 27, 2018, with the headline 'Agenda: Calendar of festivals'. Print Edition | Subscribe