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

By That's Shanghai, January 14, 2019

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

Jan 25: Shazia Mirza

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Award winning British stand-up comedian Shazia Mirza is coming to Shanghai on January 25. Shazia’s made too many TV appearances to count, including The One Show on BBC and The Craig Ferguson Show, and has toured all over the world. Shazia’s last show 'With Love From St. Tropez' toured internationally from 2017 until June 2018. Her previous stand-up show, the critically acclaimed 'The Kardashians Made Me Do It' played for 103 nights internationally across the UK, US, Sweden, Ireland and France and completed four sell out runs at London’s Soho Theatre. Check out her sharp, witty and provocative set at Cages Bar & Sports.

Fri Jan 25, 9pm; RMB120 (presale), RMB150 (door). Cages Bar & Sports, see event listingPurchase tickets here.


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China’s most popular musical kids show is headed back to Shanghai. Before the show, everyone in the audience receives a SAMAJAM Music Bag which contains three musical instruments: a frame drum, drumsticks and a musical tube. Throughout the show, kids and the entire family learn and play with the instruments, as they are led by SAMAJAM performers on stage. 

Sat Jan 26, 5.30pm & 7.30pm; RMB180-480. Hongqiao Art Center, purchase tickets here

Feb 27: Chris Botti


Grammy award-winning trumpeter and composer Chris Botti is bringing his much-anticipated tour to the Shanghai Oriental Art Center on February 27. Botti became the largest-selling American instrumental artist after the release of his 2004 critically acclaimed album When I Fall in Love. For over two decades, the accomplished musician and composer has amassed an impressive list of honors, including multiple Gold and Platinum albums. If that's not enough, he's also preformed with legends such as Sting, Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, Yo-Yo Ma, Frank Sinatra, Paul Simon and Andrea Bocelli. His Shanghai show is a must-see for music enthusiasts.

Wed Feb 27, 7.30pm; RMB780-980. Shanghai Oriental Art Center, see event listingPurchase tickets here.

Mar 17: The Nutcracker

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The Nutcracker will be brought to life at the Shanghai Centre Theatre this March. In the classic production, the magician Drosselmeyer creates a fantastical world and an epic battle between mice and toy soldiers. During the iconic production, Clara fights to save the Nutcracker's life and break the magical spell that turned him from a boy to a toy. Along the way, they visit the Kingdom of Sweets, meet the Sugar Plum Fairy, battle the Mouse King and take part in a wonderful display of dances. 

Mar 17, 10.30am and 2pm; RMB80-240. Shanghai Centre Theatre, see event listingPurchase tickets here

March 15: Jim Gaffigan


Comedy fans have a reason to be excited because Jim Gaffigan is headed to Shanghai. This is definitely going to be a popular show, so get your tickets while you can. (You can buy them right here.). Gaffigan will be stopping off at Shanghai Centre on March 15 as part of his Quality Time tour. Gaffigan is a Grammy-nominated comedian, actor, New York Times best-selling author, top touring performer and multi-platinum-selling father of five. Gaffigan is known around the world for his unique brand of humor which largely revolves around fatherhood and his observations on life and food.

Fri March 15, 8pm; RMB280-680. Shanghai Centre, 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.

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