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

By That's Shanghai, March 18, 2019

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

Mar 22: Tom Odell SOLD OUT

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British singer and songwriter Tom Odell will perform in Shanghai on March 22 at Bandai Namco Shanghai Base as part of his Jubilee Road Tour. Tickets officially went on sale on Wednesday January 23 and you can purchase them right here

Fri Mar 22, 8pm; RMB480. Bandai Namco Shanghai Base Dream Hall, see event listingPurchase tickets here. Tickets have sold out.

March 29: SAMAJAM

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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. 

Mar 29, 7.30pm; Mar 30 10.30am & 3.30pm. RMB180-480. ET Space, see event listingPurchase tickets here

Apr 12-14: F1 Heineken Chinese Grand Prix SOLD OUT

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The annual petrolhead pilgrimage is heading back to Shanghai from April 12-14, 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 2019 Formula One World Championship. 

The F1 Chinese Grand Prix takes place at Shanghai International Circuit from April 12-14. Tickets are available right here for RMB860-2,760.

April 19: Tom Green

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That’s right… Tom Green is coming to Shanghai and tickets are on sale now! Tom has pretty much done it all. He first made it big with his groundbreaking comedy show The Tom Green Show on MTV. He’s gone on to grace the cover of Rolling Stone, hosted Saturday Night Live, guest hosted for Letterman among a whole slew of other things. You might also remember Tom from movies like Road TripFreddy Got FingeredStealing HarvardCharlies Angels and more. Tom will be performing with the Shanghai Comedy Bunker at Cages Bar and Sports on Friday April 19. FYI, his current standup comedy tour is getting 5-star reviews around the world. Don’t miss what is sure to be an insanely hilarious Shanghai show. 

Fri April 19, 9pm; RMB350-550. Cages Bar and Sports, see event listingPurchase tickets here.

Apr 22: Troye Sivan SOLD OUT

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Superstar Troye Sivan is bringing his 'The Bloom Tour' to Shanghai. He's all set to perform at Mercedes-Benz Arena on April 22. The tour follows the release of his critically acclaimed album Bloom. Tickets will be on sale on Monday January 28 at 10am. To get your tickets, click here. His debut album, 2015's Blue Neighbourhood, introduced him to the pop mainstream and landed in the Billboard Top 10 with the singles "Wild" and "Youth." In early 2018, he issued the single "My My My!" which soon went platinum in Australia and entered the US Top 100. Additional singles "Bloom" and the Ariana Grande-assisted "Dance to This" was also a mega-hit.

Mon April 22, 8pm; RMB380-1,280. Mercedes-Benz Arena, see event listingPurchase tickets hereTickets have sold out.

April 26-27: Der Elefantenpups


Looking for a family-friendly activity to do this spring? Look no further than Der Elefantenpups. The story is about animals in the zoo that choose different musical instruments according to their physical features and ultimately become a symphony orchestra. 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! 

Apr 26, 7.30pm / Apr 27, 10.30am; RMB180-380. Shanghai City Theatre, see event listingPurchase tickets here

May 4-5: 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 at Lyceum Theatre on May 4-5. You'll get to explore and interact with 28 different works of art painted by nine masters including Van Gogh, Monet, Da Vinci, Wang Xi Meng and more. If your kids are musically inclined, they can appreciate piano concerts composed by the likes of Mozart, Chopin, Debussy, Grieg and more. By exploring such a fun and joy-filled environment, your children will be inspired to learn more about the beauty of art and music.

May 4-5, 10.30am & 3.30pm; RMB180-380. Lyceum Theatre, see event listingPurchase tickets here.

May 15: Jason Mraz

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Multiple Grammy Award winning artist Jason Mraz is bringing his Good Vibes Tour to Shanghai. The exclusive one-night only concert will take place at Mercedes-Benz Arena on May 15. Tickets are now on sale. You can snag yours right here. The Virginia-native came onto the scene in the early-2000s and quickly became known for his soulful folk-pop. Throughout his career, Mraz has earned numerous platinum certifications for his various releases, made pop history with his record-breaking singles, ‘I’m Yours’ and ‘I Won’t Give Up,’ won two Grammy Awards, received the prestigious Songwriter Hall of Fame Hal David Award, and sold out amphitheaters and arenas across the globe. He’s also become known for his positive message, upbeat tunes and humorous live shows. The tour follows the release of Mraz’s sixth studio album Know back in August. It’s now his fifth consecutive studio album to debut in the Top 10 of the Billboard 200.

May 15, 8pm; RMB480-1,580. Mercedes-Benz Arena, see event listingPurchase 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 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

June 9 & 13-16: 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 & 13-16 (times vary). 

June 9 & 13 at 2pm; June 14 & 15 at 7.30pm; June 15-16 at 2pm. RMB880-1,280. Shanghai Culture Square, see event listingPurchase tickets here

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.

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