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

By That's Shanghai, January 20, 2020

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

Feb 3: Super Bowl Tailgate Party


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On Monday February 3, Calypso Restaurant & Lounge at Jing An Shangri-La, West Shanghai will host a tailgate party for the 54th Super Bowl complete with a giant LED screen. Starting at 7am, watch the game live while enjoying a tailgate breakfast and all the free flow beer and beverages that Jing An Shangri-La has to offer.

Mon Feb 3, 7-11am; RMB248 per adult (early bird before 25 January), RMB280 net per adult, RMB140 net per child under 12 years old and RMB2,280 net per table (10 people). CalypsoSee event listingTickets. Reservations call (021) 2203 8889.

Feb 17: Craig David

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The multi Grammy-nominated Craig David will be performing at Bandai Namco Shanghai Base Dream Hall on February 17 as part of his TS5 Tour. His shows tend to sell out fast, so snag your tickets while you can. Now in its fourth year, TS5 started out as an exclusive pre-party hosted by Craig at his personal penthouse in Miami. Craig’s set combines everything from old school anthems to garage to chart-topping house hits. It's with these parties that TS5 emerged. 

Mon Feb 17, 8pm; RMB520-680. Bandai Namco Shanghai Base Dream HallSee event listingTickets.

March 4: Ruel

Australian singer and songwriter Ruel is bringing his highly anticipated Free Time World Tour to China for the very first time on Match 4. Ruel might just be 17 years old, but he's achieved a lot for his age. After playing sold out venues throughout the US and Europe, ARIA-award winning songwriter and performer Ruel is headed back to Asia. Ruel is just getting started. Don’t miss his first-ever live performance at VAS LIVE right here in Shanghai.

Wed March 4, 8pm; RMB320. VAS LIVESee event listingTickets.

March 11: Yungblud 

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British pop sensation Yungblud is bringing his 'Twisted Tales of the Ritalin Club' to Shanghai on March 11 and you can get your tickets right now on thMart. The 'I Think I'm Okay' singer has been making waves around the globe following the release of his album 21st Century Liability in 2018. Having begun his career as an actor appearing in British soap Emmerdale and Disney show The Lodge in 2015 and 2016 respectively. His first forays into music, including 'Tin Pan Boy,' resemble early Arctic Monkeys tracks. It was with the release of his debut album, 21st Century Liability, that the former actor really began crafting his unique performative character, which tells tales of damaged youth. Over the course of 2019, Yungblud appeared on tracks with the likes of Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker, rapper Machine Gun Kelly and pop songstress Halsey. He came third in the BBC's Sound of 2020 list and has a loyal fanbase, who calls themselves The Black Hearts Club. 

Mar 11, 8pm; RMB320 presale. BudX VasLiveSee event listingTickets

March 25: Tom Walker

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Brilliant Scottish indie folk star Tom Walker is coming to Shanghai on March 25 and you can grab your tickets on thMart right now. Having risen to fame with the release of his song ‘Leave a Light On,’ which peaked at No. 7 on the UK Singles Chart, Walker has released his first studio album, What a Time to Be Alive and appeared on tracks with the likes of Rudimental and Zara Larsson. The big-lunged singer takes inspiration from such artists as Muddy Waters, Ray Charles, as well as fellow Scotsman Paolo Nutini, he even sings with the hint of a Scottish brogue, in the same fashion as Nutini. He’s played on tours with George Ezra, Jake Bugg and more, and picked up the award for Best Breakthrough Act at the 2019 Brit Awards last year, following in the footsteps of the likes of Oasis, Belle and Sebastien and Bastille.

Mar 25, 8pm; RMB280 presale. BudX VasSee event listingTickets

March 27: Stormzy

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Stormzy, one of the hottest rappers in the world right now, is coming to Shanghai on March 27 and you can get your tickets right now on thMart. The grime superstar is bringing his Heavy is the Head tour to Shanghai, courtesy of the folks at STD and Collective Minds and tickets are selling out fast! Stormzy rose to prominence on the UK rap scene after the release of his Wicked Skengman series of freestyles. In 2014 he released his first EP, Not That Deep, and went on to win the Best Grime Act awards at that year’s MOBO Awards. 

Mar 27, 9pm; RMB350 door. ArkhamSee event listingTickets

Through April 5: Frozen

Your kids will go crazy for this magical Frozen-themed exhibition. The exhibition brings the 2013 Disney film to life. Tag along as Anna, the fearless princess of Arendelle, sets off on a journey with a rugged iceman, a pet reindeer and a snowman to find her sister and escape from eternal winter. The exhibition will be held at Shanghai Global Harbor Mall from December 21 until April 5. The 1,500-square-meter space will be transformed to recreate nine of the movie's most classic scenes and feature nine interactive areas. Your little ones will also be able to check out over 200 original production drawings from the movie and shop for over 1,000 limited edition Frozen products. It's every kid's dream! Presale tickets are offered for a limited time only for just RMB78. Make sure to get yours before December 20!

Dec 21-April 5, times vary; RMB78 (early bird price available until Dec 20). Shanghai Global HarborSee event listingTickets.

April 17-19: F1 Heineken Chinese Grand Prix

The annual petrolhead pilgrimage is heading back to Shanghai from April 17-19, as racing fans are called to the Shanghai International Circuit by the siren song of roaring engines for the F1 Heineken Chinese Grand Prix. Big boys racing big toys at breakneck speeds, all in pursuit of the 2020 Formula One World Championship. If you want to check out all the racing madness for yourself, you can purchase tickets by visiting the e-ticket site. We highly suggest you get your tickets while you still can because they are selling out fast! 

Tickets are available right here for RMB602-2,760. Family packages are available right here for RMB1,462-5,022.

April 17-19: Theorie des Prodiges

The surreal theatrical production, Theorie des Prodiges, is headed to Shanghai in April 2020. The highly acclaimed show is performed by French company Système Castafiore and combines experimental dance, music and imagery to create a truly spectacular performance. Theorie des Prodiges begins with the discovery of a 16th-century manuscript listing 'miracles' that occurred in ancient times. This discovery fills in gaps of human knowledge, giving meaning to phenomena unexplained by fantasy and interpretation.

April 17-19, 2pm and 7.30pm; RMB180-580. 1862 Theatre. See event listingTickets

May 8-24: Come From Away

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The longest-running Canadian musical in Broadway history, Come From Away, is coming to Shanghai. The show, which was a critical and box office success during its run on Broadway, tells the story of what happened when 38 international airplanes and more than 7,000 passengers were forced to land in Gander in Newfoundland after the September 11 attacks in 2001. Produced by ACOrange, Junkyard Dog Productions and Rodney Rigby, the musical’s stop in China, from May 8-24 in 2020, will be its first production in a non-English speaking country.

May 8-24, 7.30pm; RMB200-1,000. SAIC Shanghai Culture SquareSee event listingTickets

July 3-5: TETRIS Mon Amour 

TETRIS Mon Amour is a high-pressure dance concert where every detail and every finger is choreographed like clockwork. It is a play with the abstraction of the game but also with the idea that strict rules call for creativity. The music is composed by Thijs de Vlieger, part of the world-famous electronic music trio NOISIA, and will be played live on stage by the versatile musicians of Slagwerk Den Haag. 

Step into the game at this one-of-a-kind production!

Jul 3-5, 2pm & 7.30pm; RMB180-480. 1862 TheaterSee event listingTickets.

Ongoing: Peppa Pig World of Play


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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 PlayTickets.


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