15 Awesome Events You Don't Want to Miss in Shanghai

By That's Shanghai, May 20, 2019

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Our weekly roundup of some of Shanghai's best upcoming events and where you can buy tickets:

May 23: TechNode Emerge Tech Conference

Are you ready to take a deep dive into emerging China tech trends? Then the TechNode Emerge Tech Conference is for you. The conference will cover seven hot topics, each relating to technology in China: Artificial Intelligence, Digital Marketing, Shift to Enterprise, Corporate Innovation, Slowing Economy, Blockchain and Expansion to Southeast Asia. The event will be held at Shanghai Exploriumon on May 23. 

Thur May 23, 9.30am-5:15pm; RMB367-RMB668. Shanghai Explorium (2000 Yishan Rd.). Purchase tickets here.

May 23-24: Sophie Zelmani 

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Sophie Zelmani is a singer and songwriter who hails from Sweden. Her style is mostly described as folk-pop music but her melodic sound is truly one-of-a-kind. With her gentle voice she sings about everything from life and love. You can check her out right here in Shanghai as part of her Sunrise Tour at Modern Sky Lab on May 23-24. Her career started over 22 years ago with her self-entitled debut album, which quickly became ultra-popular in Sweden and the Far East. Since then she's released 10 albums, including her most recent release My Song in 2017. Like every artist, Sophie's music has evolved throughout the years, but she always stayed true to her roots. Her sound is still simple; it's all about Sophie singing with the same magical quality as she did in 1995. 

May 23-24, 7.30pm; RMB280-480. Modern Sky Lab, see event listingPurchase tickets here.

May 24: Der Elefantenpups - Ein Tierischer Geheimplan


If you're looking for a fun, interactive and kid-friendly event, you're in luck! The music-filled Der Elefantenpups - Ein Tierischer Geheimplan will be held at ET Space on May 24-25. This time around, a new animal joins the zoo: a young female panda named Mei Yue. Being in a new place means she's suffering from homesickness and would do anything to be able to return home to China. The zoo animals work together and hatch a secret plan to cheer up Mei Yue. They make music for her with their instruments. In the end, the panda cub is able to happily settle into her new home with her new friends. Throughout the journey, kids can learn about various musical instruments and their unique timbres through a fun and sweet story. Your little ones are sure to love it! 

May 24, 7.30pm / May 25, 10.30am & 3.30pm; RMB120-380. ET Space, see event listingPurchase tickets here

May 25: Caché Dans Son Buisson De lavande, Cyrano Sentait Bon La Lessive

Looking for a family-friendly activity? Check out this rendition of Rebecca Dautremer's popular children's book. The performance is bound to be entertaining and full of laughs. There will be two showtimes on May 25 at 2pm and 7:30pm. (Note: The show will be in French with Chinese captions.)

Sat May 25, 2pm and 7:30pm; RMB180-480. 1862 TheatrePurchase tickets here

May 25-26: LatinLand Festival

Ready to get your fiesta on? LatinLand Festival will be heading to Shanghai for the first time ever on May 25-26. Expect thumping Latin beats, delectable food and drinks and all sorts of interesting vendors and activities to keep the whole family entertained. The two-day festival will take place at ASE Shopping Mall (just south of Xuhui District).

May 25-26, RMB50. ASE Shopping Mall. Purchase tickets here

May 26: Emma the Snail


If you're looking for something fun to do with your little ones, this might just be the perfect event. It's a touching, bilingual German-English tale of a snail named Emma who wants nothing more than to find a new home. Unhappy with her current broken home, she starts a long and adventurous journey for a perfect replacement. She is finally able to find the perfect home in the most unlikely place. It's fun for the whole family. 

Sun May 26, 10.30am 3.30pm. RMB180-480. ET Space, see event listingPurchase tickets here

May 31-June 2: Shanghai International Craft Beer Festival


World Beer Tour China - Shanghai (WBC) is an annual extravaganza for beer lovers. With over 30 breweries represented from around the world, beer aficionados will enjoy hard-to-find specialty craft brews alongside favorites handpicked by the brew masters themselves. Experience the 3-day beer fest with hundreds of unique brews, over 20 artisanal food vendors, live music, DJs, games and more! A variety of accessories and beer gifts are available for all you true fans — from specialty glassware to limited brewery wearables.

May 31-June 2, 1-10pm (no entry after 9pm); RMB39-RMB1,500. Innovation Galaxy, see event listing. Purchase tickets here. 

May 31-June 2: Daventures Race

Adventure Race

Looking for a fun event for the whole family? Then this is the perfect option for you. You can now sign up for the Daventures Race and enjoy the ultimate outdoor experience! Daventures is a fushion of 'Dynamic' and 'Adventures.' It is a celebration of outdoor sports and adventurous spirits. It encourages both amateur sports lovers from all backgrounds as well as professional athletes of all ages to discover the fun of the outdoors and the beauty of nature.

May 31-June 2, RMB299. Joe Lalli Resort in Moganshan. Purchase tickets here.

June 2: AFL St. Kilda FC vs Port Adelaide

The Aussie Rules Football returns to Shanghai this June! And this matchup is a real doozy: Melbourne's St. Kilda FC takes on Port Adelaide at Jiangwan Stadium. Expect hip 'n' shoulders, speedsters and sausage rolls galore in this hardball of a game. With both teams on the up after a quiet few seasons of rebuilding, this'll be a real humdinger as both sides keep their eyes on the prize: the granny, the Grand Final at the MCG in September. Whether you're new to the game and looking for a whopper of an introduction to AFL, a devout Saint, or a diehard Prison Bar there's only one place to be this June. This matchup is not to be missed!

Sun June 2, 12.20pm; RMB100-2,980. Adelaide Arena at Jiangwan Stadium, see event listingPurchase tickets here

June 9 & 11-16: CATS 

CATS is one of the longest-running shows in West End and Broadway history. Since its premiere, it has been presented in over 30 countries, translated into 15 languages and seen by over 73 million people worldwide. And in June it's headed right here to Shanghai. The event will take place at Shanghai Culture Square on June 9 and 11-16 (times vary).  

June 9 & 13 at 2pm; June 11-15 at 7.30pm; June 15-16 at 2pm. RMB880-1,280. Shanghai Culture Square, see event listingPurchase tickets here

June 13: Maki Ohguro

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Japanese singer and songwriter Maki Ohguro is all set to perform in Shanghai in June. Maki got her start in the music industry in 1989 as a backup singer for a whole slew of famous artists. But two years into her career, Ohguro started writing her own songs and it's all been uphill from there. You can see the pop singer in Shanghai on June 13 at Bandai Namco Shanghai Base Dream Hall

Thur June 13, 7.30pm; RMB480-680. Bandai Namco Shanghai Base Dream Hall, see event listingPurchase tickets here

July 5-7 & July 12-14: Peppa Pig Live!

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Calling all Peppa Pig fans... Peppa Pig Live! is heading to Shanghai this summer. The brand new fun-filled show will feature all of your favorite friends as life-size puppets and costumed characters. Join Peppa on an exciting camping trip to the woods with George and her school friends, including Pedro Pony, Suzy Sheep and Gerald Giraffe. With Daddy Pig driving the bus, Peppa and friends are about to embark on an amazing outdoor adventure. Expect lots of singing, dancing, games and surprises. It's fun for the whole family! 

July 5-7 & July 12-14, times vary; RMB100-500. Shanghai PG Theater, see event listingPurchase tickets here

July 11: Lenka Kripac


Get hyped! Australian singer Lenka Kripac is coming to town! You can now head over to thMart and grab tickets to see Lenka perform at VasLive in Shanghai on July 11. Best known for her songs ‘The Show’ and ‘Everything at Once,’ Lenka’s latest album, 2017’s Attune, was praised by Billboardwith the US music magazine saying that the first single on the album has the “power to heal.” High praise indeed!

July 11, 8pm; RMB280. VasLiveTickets.  

July 11-14: PAW Patrol Live!

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Based on everybody’s favorite animated TV series on Nickelodeon, PAW Patrol Live!, is gearing up for an epic tour around China and it's stopping off right here in Shanghai from July 11-14. PAW Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue brings everybody’s favorite pups to the stage for an action-packed musical adventure. PAW Patrol Live! is not only fun and entertaining, but the show shares lessons about social skills, problem solving and teamwork. The performance features up-tempo music and captivating stories perfect for kids. 

July 11-14, times vary; RMB280-580. Shanghai Culture Square, see event listingPurchase tickets here.

Ongoing: Peppa Pig World of Play

You can now purchase tickets to the popular Peppa Pig World of Play by clicking right here! Boasting 10 play areas, each referencing a specific scene or location in the Peppa Pig TV series, this indoor theme park is great for Peppa fans young and old. Preschool-aged children will especially enjoy the chance to immerse in the world of Peppa Pig, and embark on exhilarating adventures with the adorable piglet and her family.

10am-8pm; Peppa Pig World of PlayPurchase tickets here.

[Main image via Pexels]

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