The 12 Best Things to Do This Week in Shanghai

By Sarah Forman, September 17, 2018

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That's Shanghai takes a look at the best events of the week.


Sep 20: A$AP Tyy

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Flyer courtesy of the promoter.

The A$AP mob are back again - this time with Tyy here to leave his mark on this city. This Harlem native drives an ATV around the city streets, and how he's bringing his bad ass boyishness to Arkham for a hip hop set that'll have you leaving covered in sweat.

Sep 20, 10pm, RMB200 door. Arkham, see event listing.


Sep 21: Martin Garrix

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This 22-year-old DJ has a net worth of 22 million dollars. That's a million dollars for every year of his life. The DJ and producer has taken every major stage in the last few years - from Ultra to Creamfields to Coachella - and with blowout tracks like "Scared to be Lonely", we can only assume that his set's going to be a good one. 

Sep 21, 10pm, RMB380. MYST, see event listing, buy tickets.


Sep 21: Tiësto

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EDM fans will have a tough choice to make this Friday. Tiësto is a legend, having been making music for over 20 years. He's considered the Godfather of the genre by many, and has worked with artists like Tegan & Sarah, Calvin Harris, Nelly Furtado and a whole lot more.

Sep 21, 10pm, RMB. TAXX, see event listing, buy tickets.


Sep 21: Mr. Williamz

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Internationally acclaimed reggae artist Mr. WIlliamz is coming to Shanghai. We're talkin' dance hall, drum n' bass, anthems and good times. He's got a host of local DJs supporting him, so come on out to West Bund if you're lookin' for something different than your average weekend night,

Sep 21, 10pm, RMB100. Lofas, see event listing.


Sep 21: Teenage Kicks at Specters

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Flyer courtesy of Specters.

Shanghai's favorite dive bar is doing it again. Get ready for a messy night of Aretha, The Black Lips, Buddy Holly and more. Rock, punk, soul and Beer Lao are at the ready, with Murphy's on tap and dangerously cheap shots all night long. Sacco from Uptown Records N' Beer is playing alongside shitty poster designer and man of local importance Morgan Short. They've also got a soul night on Saturday.

Sep 21, 9pm, no cover. Specters, see event listing.


Sep 21-22: CHina CHat

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CHina CHat is a two-day event dedicated to WeChat and online digital marketing in the Chinese market. Run by WalktheChat and China Channel, they'll hold morning workshops, sell social products and host panel discussions during the event. Don't miss out on the after-party for networking and drinks.

Sep 21-22, 2pm, from RMB488. The Place, see event listingbuy tickets.


Sep 21-23: Photofairs

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Celebrating its fifth iteration, Photofairs is back in Shanghai with works from over 1,000 leading artists. 50 galleries from 16 countries will be on view in the convention center, in one of the largest art fairs Asia has to offer.

Sep 21-23, 11am-6pm, RMB520-880. Shanghai Exhibition Center, see event listing, buy tickets.


Sep 21-23: Expat Show

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This convention dedicated to creating the best international lifestyle platform for all communities is where you can find information, products and services, and representatives from F&B, the education industry, health, tourism and more to make living in Shanghai much easier.

Sep 21-23, 10am-5pm. Shanghai Exhibition Center, see event listing.


Sep 21-24: Shalanaya Open Air Festival

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Known for its Burning Man groovy vibes, interactive activities and its community, this festival welcomes the young and old in an open-air atmosphere.

Sep 21-24, RMB300-RMB480. 369 Yedang Cun, Zhujiajiao, see event listingbuy tickets.


Sep 22: Joe DeRosa and Stephen Carlin

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Comedians Joe DeRosa and Stephen Carlin will be landing in Shanghai later this month for a double-headliner standup comedy show. Hailing from the US, DeRosa is known for his dark (but hilarious) take the world and has been featured on shows such as Inside Amy Schumer, Better Call Saul, Bored to Death and more. 

Sep 22, 9pm, RMB220-500. Cages Bar and Sports, see event listing, buy tickets.


Sep 22-23: JZ Festival

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The biggest and bluesiest jazz festival in Shanghai is back again with some impressive names like Branford Marsalis Quartet and The Original Gypsies as part of its diverse and impressive lineup that'll turn any pair of sneakers into dancing shoes. As plenty of family-friendly activities are available, it's a great way for music lovers of any age to spend a day outdoors. Children under 1.3 meters in height are free.

Sep 22-23. CAMP 3399, see event listingbuy tickets.


Oct 7-11: Shanghai Rolex Masters

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The ATP Tour returns to Shanghai, where some of the biggest names in tennis will fight for the right to call themselves the best. While this isn't for another few weeks, tickets end soon so act fast to catch the masters take the court.

Oct 7-11, RMB90-400. Qizhong Forest Sports City Arena, see event listingbuy tickets.


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