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

By That's Shanghai, September 16, 2019

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

Sep 16-22: Cookin' Nanta

The famed South Korean non-verbal comedy show Nanta (otherwise known as Cookin’ Nanta) is headed to Shanghai. The performance tells the story of three cooks who are desperately trying to prepare a wedding feast while dealing with fiasco after hilarious fiasco. Kids will be entertained by magic, acrobatics, Korean music and audience participation. To add to the fun the audience can participate in the show. They can be the bride and groom in a traditional Korean wedding ceremony, compete in piling up dumplings, interact with the performers and play makeshift instruments. You are actually part of the show! 

Sep 5-22, 7.30am & 2.30pm; RMB240. Ke Center, see event listingPurchase tickets here.

Sep 19: That’s Shanghai Food & Drink Awards

2019 That's Shanghai Food & Drink Awards Tickets on Sale Now!

Our biggest party of the year is upon us, the 17th edition of the That’s Shanghai Food & Drink Awards, which is proudly sponsored by Sherpa’s. Want to mingle with the stars of Shanghai’s F&B world? The 2019 That’s Shanghai Food & Drink Awards will take place at UP Shanghai on September 19. We’ve already got some exciting things in store for this year’s party, including desserts from A&M Cupcakery, beer and cider from Zapfler, water from S.Pellegrino and plenty more! There will also be a lucky draw with amazing prizes on offer, including dinners at Shanghai’s top restaurants. All that, for the bargain price of RMB200. Interested? Tickets are now on sale. But hurry, as we only have a few tickets available to the public!

Thur Sep 19, 6.30pm; RMB200. UP Shanghai, see event listing. Purchase tickets here

Sep 20-22: International Photography Fair

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China’s only international art fair devoted to the photographic medium is returning for a sixth year this next month. Photofairs is back bigger and bolder than ever, with plenty in store for fans of visual arts over the course of three days, from September 20-22. The 2019 edition will feature works by well-known names such as Marina Abramovic, Yang Fudong, Vivian Maier and Robert Mapplethorpe, while the winner of the newly-introduced Exposure Award, Noémie Goudal from Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire will exhibit alongside commendations from the award’s judges, including submissions from Morocco, New York and Beijing. Until September 18, you can get standard daily tickets for the reduced price of RMB98 (RMB125 after Sep 18) and VIP tickets for RMB580 (RMB620 after Sep 18). 

Sep 20-22; RMB98 daily (early bird), RMB580 VIP preview ticket (early bird). Shanghai Exhibition CenterPurchase tickets here

Oct 3-4 & 6-7: Le Rouge et le Noir - L’opéra Rock


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The French rock-opera musical Le Rouge et le Noir - L’opéra Rock (The Red and the Black - The Rock Opera) is heading to Shanghai in early-mid October this year. Experience stunning music and visuals as audiences witness the rigid religious and social structures of nineteenth-century France. Written in 1830 by the famous French author Stendhal, Le Rouge et le Noir tells the story of Julien Sorel. Sorel is the son of a carpenter, who is trying his best to work his way up in society, despite coming from a very humble upbringing. His view on the world starts out naive, romantic and idealistic. Although, things quickly change. Sorel and his adventures serve as a metaphor for the societal structure of France at the time. Along his journey, Sorel masquerades as a devout Catholic and finds work as a tutor for the children of Monsieur de Rênal. Despite his pious demeanor, he begins a scandalous and ultimately disastrous affair with the wife of Monsieur de Rênal. The historical psychological tale, Le Rouge et le Noir, will be performed at Shanghai Culture Square this October.

Oct 3-4 & 6-7, 2pm & 7.30pm; RMB280-1,080. Shanghai Culture Square, see event listingPurchase tickets here

Oct 5-6: Martial Dance

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Martial arts and modern dance might seem entirely different, but they actually share many of the same qualities. By mastering both offense and defense, martial artists seek a connection between the self and the outside world. And, by creating balance between motion and stillness, dancers use their bodies to express themselves and interpret the world around them. Through the Martial Dance performance, Chinese martial arts are shown to the world through the medium of modern dance, with the aim of passing on, developing, innovating, and promoting a unique aspect of Eastern cultural identity. Come experience the Martial Dance at 1862 Theatre on October 5-6 to see an elegant and thrilling display of martial arts and modern dance. 

Oct 5-6, 7.30pm; RMB280-580. 1862 Theatre, see event listingPurchase tickets here

Oct 6-13: Shanghai Rolex Masters

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Wimbledon champ and world number one Novak Djokovic and 20-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer are among a host of elite names heading to China for the illustrious Shanghai Rolex Masters in October. The eighth tournament of nine in the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 spans eight days, and will see 99 matches of jaw-dropping action and thrilling excitement played out. The world’s top talents will battle it out for their share of the mouth-watering USD7,086,700 prize pot, as the Qizhong Forest Sports City Arena, retractable magnolia-inspired roof and all, will play host to Novak, Roger and co.

October 6-13, All Day; RMB60-RMB480. Qizhong Forest Sports City Arena, see event listingPurchase tickets here.

Oct 20-21: Carly Rae Jepsen

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We really, really, really, really, really, really like Carly Rae Jepsen and we are delighted to announce that tickets to her shows in Shanghai are now on sale over on our thMart platform. The singer, who is best-known for tracks like ‘Call Me Maybe’ and ‘I Really Like You’, will be playing for two nights at Bandai Namco Shanghai Base on October 20 and 21. Earlier this year, the Canadian singer came back with her first album in four years. Critically acclaimed upon release, Dedicated features 13 tracks and was inspired by everything from ’70s disco to the calm Swedish countryside. With Grammy nominations, No. 1 hits and Zeitgeist-defining songs in the bag, we’re sure these tickets will fly off the shelves, so make sure you pick yours up fast! 

Oct 20-21, 7.30pm (Oct 20), 8pm (Oct 21); RMB520 presale. Bandai Namco Shanghai BaseSee event listingTickets

Nov 15-16: China Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair

Calling all bookworms! The seventh China Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair (CCBF) is headed back to town. The event will take place in Shanghai from November 15-17. CCBF is not only a leading copyright exchange hub for children’s books (ages 0 to 16 years), but it’s the perfect outlet to inspire school teachers, parents, children, book lovers, collectors, illustrators and translators. This year, more than 60,000 new books from 70 countries and regions will be presented as part of a worldwide celebration of children’s reading. Not only can visitors buy a variety of original books but CCBF will offer 200 activities and events during the three-day event. 

Nov 15-16, 9am-5pm and Nov 17, 9am-4pm; RMB20-75. Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Centre, see event listingPurchase tickets here

Nov 15-16: Der Elefantenpups - Ein Tierischer Geheimplan

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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 Shanghai City Theatre on November 15-16.

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! 

Nov 15 at 7.30pm & Nov 16 at 10.30am, ; RMB120-380. Shanghai City Theatre, see event listingPurchase tickets here

Dec 26-Jan 5: The Blue Man Group

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That’s right. Everybody’s favorite blue men are coming to Shanghai this year. The Blue Man Group will be performing at 1862 Theatre from December 23 until January 5, 2020. So yes, you will have to wait a few more months to catch them, but we’re guessing tickets will sell out fast so we highly suggest snagging some tickets while you still can! You never know what to expect when it comes to the Blue Man Group. Expect to laugh, rock out and have a blast as the bald, blue men entertain through music, art and comedy. You know a show is popular when over 35 million people of all ages, languages and cultures have seen it. It’s going to be a masterful and musical trip, led by three of the boldest, baldest and bluest guys on the planet. 

Dec 26-Jan 5, RMB80-1,080. 1862 Theatre, see event listingPurchase tickets here

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 PlayPurchase tickets here.

Wednesdays: Red Bull Live Music Wednesdays

Looking for something to do mid-week? The Pearl’s ‘Red Bull Live Music Wednesdays’ are the perfect way to put a little pep in your step. Expect lots of special Red Bull cocktails, 2-for-1 specials all night long and great music from a live band.

Wednesdays, 9.30pm; RMB80. The Pearl, see event listingPurchase tickets here

Thursdays: 80s Tribute Night with the Red Stars

The Pearl is hosting their house band live show ‘Back to the 80s’ with the Red Stars every Thursday until the end of the year.  Doors open at 6pm with happy hour till 8pm. The band will take the stage at 9pm with full dinner services all night. Expect tons of tributes to your favorite 80s stars from Tina Turner to Bon Jovi.

Thursdays, 6pm (doors), 9pm (show); RMB100 (presale) RMB120 (door). The Pearl, see event listingPurchase tickets here


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