The 15 Best Things to Do This Week in Shanghai

By That's Shanghai, December 2, 2019

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


Dec 5: From Star Wars to Street Art

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Join this event on Thursday, December 5 for drinks and canapes at a cool location along the Bund as renowned artist and curator Li-Heng Lee talks on cross-cultural creative exchanges at an international public lecture, followed by a panel discussion featuring creative industry experts from Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University. 

Dec 5, 5.45pm; free entry. ideapod at the Bund. See event listing. Register here


Dec 5: Master Class with Oscar De La Hoya

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Shanghai, get ready for one of the most famous and talented fighters in the history of boxing! Oscar De La Hoya, former world champion across multiple weight divisions, will be leading masterclasses and meet and greets for our friends and family at Ringside Boxing & Beyond on December 5-6! 

Dec 5, 7pm; RMB888 (Ringside members), RMB1,288 (non-members). Ringside Boxing & Beyond. See event listing. For tickets, contact Gaydukova_Olga. 


Dec 6: Beatrich

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Tickets to see Lithuanian Eurodance pop phenom Beatrich at Bandai Namco Shanghai Base Dream Hall on December 6 are now on sale! Beatrich, who taught herself how to play the piano as a child, rose to global stardom after the release of her 2017 smash hit single ‘Superstar.’ According to Clash magazine, the 21 year old is riding high on the back of over 1 billion streams of her music in China. This is her second tour through China this year, after she arrived in the Middle Kingdom in May. Her most recent single, ‘Runaway’ was released in early 2019 and has already racked up close to 2 million views. 

Dec 6, 8pm; RMB380. Bandai NamcoSee event listingTickets


Dec 6: Wild Hunting Scene

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Quite possibly one of the best music line-ups we have seen in a while, beatmaker Howie Lee and electronic duo Yadae are joined by the excellent psych blues pair Gong Gong Gong and Bimbamboom for an evening of fantastic music courtesy of Jager and Biede. 

Dec 6, 8pm; RMB150 presale, RMB200 door. Mao Livehouse. See event listing. Tickets


Dec 6: Rocking Christmas

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Get into the Christmas spirit this December with a music extravaganza at The Pearl. The venue’s band, The Red Stars will be joined by Chad Romero to cover the hits of Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Little Richard, Chuck Berry and much more. 

Dec 6, 9pm; RMB150 presale, RMB200 door. The Pearl. See event listing. Tickets


Dec 6-29: Matilda the Musical


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The Royal Shakespeare Company's award-winning musical based on the classic children's book by Roald Dahl is coming to Shanghai! It tells the story of a special young girl named Matilda. Matilda is an incredibly intelligent and curious child who loves books and uses her whit to cope with her mean parents and tyrannical school principal. Based on the 1988 novel, the musical made its debut in 2010. Matilda: The Musical now holds the record for most Olivier awards for a musical and has toured around the world. With writing by Dennis Kelly and songs by Tim Minchin, the musical is a stand-out of the genre. It's the perfect outing for parents and their little ones. 

Dec 6-29, times vary; RMB580-1,080. Shanghai Culture Square. See event listingTickets.


Dec 7: Crocodiles/A Place to Bury Strangers

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Noisey, post punk revivalists Crocodiles are coming to China for the first time. The San Diego band will be joined by fellow merchants of noise rock A Place to Bury Strangers at Lofas on December 7, and you can grab tickets to that show on thMart now. Crocodiles seventh album, Love is Here dropped at the beginning of this year and has been hailed for blending discordant noise with a certain romanticism. While it's hard to ever pin down their musical style, as it varies between garage rock, post punk and indie pop, the group is perhaps best known for their sunglasses and leather jacket combinations. 

Dec 7, 8pm; RMB220 presale, RMB280 door. LofasSee event listingTickets


Dec 7: Yu Su @ Elevator

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With 2019 almost in the books for Yu Su, the Vancouver-based, China-born and raised producer has been on fire, releasing two wildly different, equally excellent records in Watermelon Woman and Rolling With the Punches. With the end-of-year holidays approaching, she’s heading home to China for a brief tour, taking in sets in Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu and... Xining. 

Dec 7, 10pm; RMB50 before 11pm, RMB80 after. Elevator. See event listing


Dec 7-8: Christmas Shindig 2019

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On December 7-8, we’re taking over Shanghai Archwalk to host a festive Christmas extravaganza. The 2019 Christmas Shindig will be a fun-filled, family-friendly gathering. This year’s event is already shaping up to be a spectacular weekend and is expected to draw up to 7,000 families each day. Prepare for a magical holiday weekend at the Christmas Shindig. Attendees will join in on events such as live music performances, Santa Claus parades and a Christmas bazaar featuring gifts, DIY activities, games, tasty food, delicious drinks and so much more. Attendees will also receive a passport to collect stamps and receive Christmas goodies and win lucky prizes. Stop by booths at the market or select Archwalk stores to get stamps and other special prizes. Collect enough stamps and you’ll even receive a secret gift from Santa Claus himself! Best of all, it’s totally free (with RSVP)!

Dec 7-8, 11am-5pm; free entry. Shanghai Archwalk. See event listing


Dec 7-8: Commune Market Xmas Edition

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Commune Market invites you to an exclusive boutique Christmas market at the luxury, stylish Sukhothai Shanghai designed by internationally acclaimed architectural/interior design practice Neri&Hu. There will be lots of mulled wine, craft gin cocktails, artisan foods, kids corner, Christmas cookie decorating workshop as well as an array of carefully curated independent designer jewelry, handmade toys, soaps, candles, fine art, home decor, children's gifts, ornaments and so much more. To spread as much joy as possible, they have some special treats for everyone who visits Sukhothai, including limited edition Christmas Commune Market mugs, a raffle for URBAN Cafe & Lounge afternoon tea set for two and La Scala weekend brunch for two. This exclusive event is very family-friendly and free entry. 

Dec 7-8, 11am-7pm; free entry. Sukhothai Shanghai. See event listing


Dec 7-8: Secret Cinema’s Casino Royale

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If you’ve always dreamed of entering the action-packed world of 007, then Secret Cinema’s Casino Royale is the perfect event for you. Secret Cinema is all about putting together immersive events that bring your favorite flicks to life and put you right in the heart of the action. And they’ll be hosting their Bond-themed event in Shanghai this December! As always, the location is secret. But upon arrival, you will be assigned your mission, given an alias and provided with further classified information… just like a real spy! Spend the evening sipping on martinis in the casino and engaging in high stakes deception with the most infamous criminal organizations. The night culminates with a unique screening of Casino Royale. This is the closest you will get to living the film.

Dec 7-8, times vary; RMB788-1,288 (price includes RMB200 bracelet which can be used to buy drinks and food in the event). Address: No. 823, Mengzi Lu. See event listingTickets


Dec 8: Luke Thompson

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Tickets to see New Zealand folk singer Luke Thompson at VasLive on December 8 are now on sale! Thompson, a songwriter and self-managed artist, first rose to fame in late 2005 with his debut single 'Morning Light,' which spent 11 weeks on the NZ Radio top 40 charts. Fans have come to enjoy Thompson’s gentle songs that are stripped bare and self-sufficient, the sound of a songwriter with only himself for company.

Dec 8, 8pm; RMB180. VasLiveSee event listingTickets.


Dec 8: F45 Training Playoffs

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The ultimate 10-minute fitness test sounds simple, but it is truly a test of strength, agility and speed. This time, there will be even bigger prizes, drink deals and more. The top male and top female contenders will win RMB1,500 worth of vouchers from FCM Executive Leisure. Second place winners will receive RMB500 for Intersport Running Store, a water bottle and bag, with the runners up receiving both a bag and water bottle from Intersport as well as compression socks and a T-shirt. Additionally, there will also be memberships to F45 Training Shanghai up for grabs for first, second and third place winners.

Dec 8, 1.30-4pm; free for members, RMB50 non-members. F45 Training Jing'an. See event listing. Scan the QR code in the flyer to register. 


Dec 8: Dancelife Shanghai

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Dancelife is a monthly, un-choreographed, one-hour community disco set to a freshly curated playlist every time. They create a judgement-free, substance-free space for people to let loose and be themselves - no dance experience required! They’re a not-for-profit initiative and all proceeds from entry are donated to Lifeline, a free mental health services helpline based in Shanghai.

Dec 8, 5.30pm; RMB50. Zy Dance Studio. See event listing. Tickets.


Dec 8: Gatsby in A Daze

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Ruby Eye Records are teaming up with the surging M-Lab. We’ve heard from a few labels that are in talks to take part in this new performance series. This one sees the fantastic Gatsby in a Daze take the stage. The indie popsters have made quite an impression on music fans over the past few years, with their blend of mellow, romantic tunes. 

Dec 8, 8.30pm; RMB100 presale, RMB130 door. Yuyintang. See event listing. Tickets


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