Dragon Boat Festival: 7 Places to Party in Beijing This Holiday Weekend

By That's Beijing, June 6, 2019

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Jun 7-9: Slow Boat Dengshikou Taproom Opening 

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Slow Boat is finally opening up their new taproom located near the Dengshikou subway station. Stop by at any time this weekend for all your favorite Slow Boat brews, starting at 11am daily.

Fri Jun 7-Sun Jun 9, 11am; Slow Boat Dengshikou Taproom, see event listing.

Jun 7-9: YinYang Music Festival

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The YinYang Music Festival marks its return this weekend for its sixth iteration. Boasting the incredible backdrop of the Great Wall of China, the electronic music festival will celebrate music culture, arts and sustainability in style once again. This year, the festival will change locations to the Jinshanling section of the Great Wall, located approximately two hours from Beijing. Each ticket sold will donate RMB30 to the City Forest Project in Tianjin. Festival-goers are encouraged to BYOB, and it should be noted that glass bottles are not allowed. 

Fri Jun 7-Sun Jun 9, 11am; RMB488-550 (one day), RMB638-700 (weekend pass); Jinshanling Great Wall, see event listing. Buy tickets here.

Jun 7: Drunk Debates

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Comedy Club China is putting on another hilarious show this weekend. Join them at The Bookworm for ‘Drunk Debates’ – and yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like. Watch stand-up comedians and select performers from Beijing Improv participate in an event tournament, all while taking shots before and after each round.

Fri Jun 7, 8pm; RMB60; The Bookworm, see event listing.

Jun 8: Zhao Dai One-Year Anniversary

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Celebrate electronic club Zhao Dai's first birthday this weekend. They'll be hosting another installment of East Palace, West Palace with drag performers Krystal de Canteur and Charlie Van de Ho. DJs Michael Cignarale, MAU MAU and OOPS2 will supply the beats.

Sat Jun 8, 10pm-late; Zhao Dai, see event listing.

Jun 8: Madam X

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The Drop brings DJ, label founder and club scene queen Madam X back to the tables at Dada Beijing. Catch the supreme Manchester DJ’s set of everything from grime and techno to bass and garage this Saturday night, with support from Tsunami, Oshi and more.

Sat Jun 8, 10pm-late; Dada Beijing, see event listing.

Jun 8: Sons of Thunder @ Caravan

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Caravan is throwing it back to what would be the first anniversary of its original joint, featuring drink specials like RMB20 drafts and RMB30 mixers. They'll also host local cover band Sons of Thunder to perform all the classic hits of the 2000s for you while you're reminiscing on the good old days.

Sat Jun 8; free entry; Caravan, see event listing.

Jun 8 & 9: UnTour Food Tours

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Take a break from all that partying and get some sustenance, you wild animal. UnTour Food Tours is operating during the holiday weekend and are offering two options: an Old Beijing Dinner tour for those looking to try out timeless local dishes and a Hutong Breakfast tour for the early risers. 

Sat Jun 8, 7pm & Sun Jun 9, 9am; RMB480 (dinner), RMB440 (breakfast); UnTour Food Tours, see event listing. Check out the event calendar and book your spot here.


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