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

By That's Shanghai, February 24, 2020

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

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 27-28: One Starry Night: Out of the Blue


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One Starry Night: Out of the Blue takes you and your family on a journey filled with art, music and culture. This magical event is the perfect way to introduce your little ones to a whole new world. The event will take place from March 27-28 at Shanghai Hongqiao Art Center and again from April 17-19 at ET Space. The journey follows a little girl named Lena who goes to visit her grandpa. Her grandpa is a painter and sometimes disappears down a rabbit hole with each stroke of his brush. Lena, on the other hand, has no passion towards painting and often feels a little bored by the art album he gave her. One night, after her grandpa falls asleep, Lena falls down her own hole into a hidden world of classical paintings. Guided by the fireflies flying out of the album, she gets on a moon boat. She sails through 'Starry Night' created by Van Gogh and enters a fascinating world and magic gallery, where the paintings are brought to life.

March 27-28, times vary; RMB180-950. Shanghai Hongqiao Art CenterTickets.

March 29: Samajam: Kids Show 2 (Djembe)

China’s most popular musical kids show is headed back to Shanghai. At Samajam: Kids Show 2 (Djembe), everyone in the audience receives a SAMAJAM Music Bag which contains drumsticks, tambourines, a musical tube and an African djembe. Throughout the show, kids and the entire family learn and play with the instruments, as they are led by SAMAJAM performers on stage. SAMAJAM is perfect for the whole family. It’s called the SAMAJAM Kids Show, but parents – and even grandparents – are sure to have fun too. Moreover, the 200 percent participatory experience allows parents to create an exceptional moment of partnership, cooperation and harmony with their kids.

March 29, 10.30am & 3pm; RMB153-700. Shanghai Hongqiao Art Center, see event listingPurchase tickets here

April 17-19: F1 Heineken Chinese Grand Prix POSTPONED

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

April 17-19: One Starry Night: Out of the Blue


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One Starry Night: Out of the Blue takes you and your family on a journey filled with art, music and culture. This magical event is the perfect way to introduce your little ones to a whole new world. The event will take place from March 27-28 at Shanghai Hongqiao Art Center and again from April 17-19 at ET Space. The journey follows a little girl named Lena who goes to visit her grandpa. Her grandpa is a painter and sometimes disappears down a rabbit hole with each stroke of his brush. Lena, on the other hand, has no passion towards painting and often feels a little bored by the art album he gave her. One night, after her grandpa falls asleep, Lena falls down her own hole into a hidden world of classical paintings. Guided by the fireflies flying out of the album, she gets on a moon boat. She sails through 'Starry Night' created by Van Gogh and enters a fascinating world and magic gallery, where the paintings are brought to life.

April 17-19, times vary; RMB120-950. ET Space. Tickets.

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.

Nov 7: Stormzy

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Stormzy, one of the hottest rappers in the world right now. The UK rapper was scheduled to perform in Shanghai in March. However, he officially postponed tour dates in Asia as a result of the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19). According to local promoters STD, Stormzy's Shanghai tour date will be postponed until November 7. We have a few tickets available for the rescheduled gig in November, go to our ticketing site to buy them now

Nov 7, 9pm; RMB280-350 door. Arkham. See event listing. Tickets.  

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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