11 Best Things to Do This Week in Shanghai

By That's Shanghai, August 26, 2019

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That's Shanghai takes a look at the best events in town this week.


Aug 28-Sep 1: Madagascar: The Musical

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While everyone may still be going crazy over that Lion King remake, we kind of prefer the Madagascar films. The comedic animation makes its way to the stage this month in the form of a thrilling musical. Perfect for the kiddos. 

Aug 28-Sep 1, 10.30am/2.30pm/7.30pm; RMB224-1,428. DaGuan Theater. See event listing. Purchase tickets here


Aug 29: DJ CID

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Originally from New York, CID has garnered attention from industry veterans like Kaskade and Tiesto. His striking and infectious productions continue to capture the gaze of many of the industry’s top personnel including Galantis, Oliver Heldens, Cedric Gervais, Don Diablo, Spinnin Records, Protocol Recordings, Size X Records and many more. 

Aug 29, 9pm; RMB100 presale. Bar Rouge. See event listing. Tickets


Aug 29: Boxing Cat Brewery Xintiandi Grand Opening Party

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Roll up, roll up. The newest addition to Shanghai’s Boxing Cat Brewery is opening this Thursday at Xintiandi. Tickets are available at the door and will set you back RMB128, but include three beers and snacks. What a bargain! Don’t miss out, and get your weekend up and running at this boozy evening.  

Aug 29, 6pm; RMB128 door. Boxing Cat Brewery Xintiandi. See event listing


Aug 30: The Sulis Club

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Hong Kongers The Sulis Club team up with Nerve Passenger for an evening of blistering good rock music. The Sulis Club have been building a steady reputation as one of the fiercest and best known proponents of alternative rock music in the Fragrant Harbor over the past few years, with a reputation for stellar and energetic live shows. 

Aug 30, 8pm; RMB80 presale, RMB100 door. Yuyintang. See event listing. Puchase tickets here. 


Aug 30: Kiefer

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Previously hailed as the best kept secret in jazz and alt rap by Bandcamp Daily, LA-based multi-instrumentalist Kiefer’s show in Shanghai might well be the city’s best kept music secret this month. Having previously performed on a track with Kaytranada, as well as providing production for Anderson Paak’s album Oxnard, Kiefer ain’t no one to mess with.  

Aug 30, 9pm; RMB100 presale, RMB130 door. Yuyintang Park. See event listing. Purchase tickets here


Aug 30: Don’t I Know You

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Taking aim at the varying notions of tradition and modernity, this fantastic contemporary dance event will incorporate swing and taiji in order to establish and contextualize what we know and think about dance today. 

Aug 30, 7.30pm; RMB80-580. Shanghai International Dance Center. See event listing. Purchase tickets here 


Aug 31: Checkpoint! 2019 - Shanghai Community Gaming Fair

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Checkpoint!, now in it's third year, returns for a one-day gaming event on Saturday, August 31 at The Boxx in Xujiahui. Their locally produced gaming fair aims to foster and grow the Shanghai gaming community by hosting independent games, board games, workshops, talks and VR demos. This play-centric event is designed to bring gaming back to the real world and connect people together under a shared passion of games. The best part? It’s completely free. 

Aug 31, 2pm; free entry. The Boxx. See event listing


Aug 31: Gong Gong Gong工工工

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Having just dropped ‘Some Kind of Demon’ via music website The Fader, Gong Gong Gong are dropping into Yuyintang with guests Absolute Purity for an evening of mind-melding psychedelic fun. Catch tunes from their upcoming album Phantom Rhythm

Aug 31, 8.30pm; RMB100 presale, RMB120 door. Yuyintang. See event listing. Tickets


Aug 31: Chef Wars Round 3

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Head down to El Santo for Chef Wars Round 3 this Saturday and enjoy drink deals, music and the chance to watch some of the most talented chefs in Shanghai. Sounds like the perfect Saturday evening!

Aug 31, 4.30pm; no cover. El Santo Tacos & Tequila. See event listing.


Aug 31: The fin. 

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Japanese indie rockers The fin. return to China this month for an extended national tour. With new single ‘Come Further’ in the books since April, fans of chillwave may be keen to hear more new songs from the beloved three-piece. Keep the fingers, toes and ears crossed. 

Aug 31, 9pm; RMB160 presale. Mao Livehouse. See event listing. Tickets


Sep 1: Dancelife

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Flyer courtesy of promoter

Dancelife is a monthly, unchoreographed, one hour community disco set to a freshly curated playlist every time. We create a judgement-free, substance-free space for people to let loose and be themselves. 
Scan the QR code in the flyer to RSVP now!


Sep 1, 5.30pm; RMB50. Z&B Gym. See event listing


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