The 15 Best Things to Do This Week in Suzhou

By That's Suzhou, March 6, 2018

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That's Suzhou picks the best things to do in the city each week.

All Week Long: Collections of the Wu Family at Suzhou Museum

This exhibit is now running at Suzhou Museum through March 11.

Daily, opening hours, until March 11. Suzhou Museum, see event listing.

All Week Long: Cocktail Happy Hour at Mariana Lounge, Crowne Plaza Suzhou

Cocktail happy hour
The winter is here and temperatures are dropping. Need something to warm you up during these lazy afternoons? Look no more! On weekdays from 5-8pm, head over to Mariana Lounge for a cocktail free-flow while enjoying tunes from house pianist Gino starting from 6pm.

Every week, Monday-Friday, 5-8pm. Mariana Lounge, Crowne Plaza Suzhou, see event listing.

March 7: Star.t Women's Leadership Salon at OfficeStar (Xinghai Building)

Start Women's Leadership Salon
Join OfficeStar on Wednesday for a Women's Leadership discussion. Both women and men are welcome to join. The salon is free to attend, but registration is required. Click here to register.

March 7, 7-9.10pm, free entry (registration required). OfficeStar (Xinghai Building), see event listing, sign up here.

March 8-25: Bookworm Literary Festival 2018 at The Bookworm

Bookworm Literary Festival
The Bookworm Literary Festival returns for its 11th edition. The just-over-two-week program brings together a host of authors and creatives from China and abroad and includes talks, panels, performances and more.Click here for a full schedule.

March 8-25, various times. The Bookworm, see event listing.

March 8: Ladies on Top at Hemingway Lounge & Terrace

Ladies on Top
It's International Women's Day this Thursday, and Hemingway is throwing a special "Ladies on Top" party to celebrate. DJ Koroma will be spinning tunes live starting from 9pm and male dancers will be putting the moves on in a special show. Spring cocktails will be on offer starting from RMB25, while wine and sparkling bottles are available from RMB128. Goodies will be given out, including vouchers to Wings Nail Saloon, LL Dental, Flip Angels and Pink Box by BTB Academy!

March 8, 9pm-late. Hemingway Club, see event listing.

March 9: Laputa: Castle in the Sky Concert at Dushu Lake Theatre

Laputa: Castle in the Sky Concert
This multimedia concert features songs from Studio Ghibli animated classics, including the Oscar-winning Spirited Away. One for slightly older kids as it starts at 7.30, but definitely worth staying up past their bedtime for!

Friday, March 9, 7.30pm, RMB80-380. Dushu Lake Theatre, see event listing, buy tickets.

March 10-11: Auténtico Mexicano Weekend Brunch at El Luchador

Auténtico Mexicano Weekend Brunch at El Luchador
Brunch with a punch... of flavor! Come for El Luchador's brunch of champions every weekend, where they'll be serving authentic Mexican food starting from just RMB65 per person! For only RMB128 more, you can enjoy free flow sparkling and hibiscus mimosas. 

Every week, Saturday-Sunday, 11am-2pm, RMB65-RMB193. El Luchador Tacos & Tequila, see event listing.

March 10: Irish Night at Locke Pub

Ireland Month
As part its "Ireland Month" celebrations ahead of St. Patrick's Day, the Consulate General of Ireland is holding a special themed night at Locke Pub on March 10. Expect traditional music and dancing starting from 6pm. For more information, follow the embassy's official WeChat account (ID: Ireland_event).

Saturday, March 10, 6pm-late. Locke Pub, see event listing.

March 10: Notes from Northland Concert by SZSO at Suzhou Culture & Arts Center

Conducted by Julian Kovatchev, an award-winning musician who has worked with various orchestras throughout Europe over the past three decades and now serving as the music director and conductor-in-residence of Daegu Symphony Orchestra in Korea, the SZSO will serenade the audience with music from Russian composers like Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich.         

Saturday, March 10, 7.30pm. RMB80-580. Suzhou Culture & Arts Center, see event listing.

March 10: BPM Present: Kris/Ay at Deep Roll

Deep Roll
Deep Roll is holding several parties with lineups of local artists throughout the month of March to get your nightlife fix, including Kris/Ay presented by BPM on March 10. Head over to Rong Creative Industrial Park on the weekends for deep house, rap, techno and other DJ acts.

Saturday, March 10. Rong Creative Industrial Park, see event listing.

March 10: Yuehu Tai Musical Fountains Show

Musical Fountains Show Suzhou
Available every Saturday evening in March (weather permitting), the impressive light show has moved from Jinji Lake in the SIP to this new location.

Every week, Saturdays, 7-7.30pm, free. Yuehu Tai, see event listing.

March 11: Suzhou Jinji Lake International Half Marathon

Suzhou Jinji Lake International Half Marathon
The ninth annual Suzhou Jinji Lake International Marathon takes place on March 11. The 21km race course will take runners around Jinji Lake, and both the start and finish lines are at Moon Harbor. Registration to participate is now closed, but you can still head over to the race course to cheer on the thousands of runners this Sunday! Click here for the race route.

Sunday, March 11, race starts at 8.30am. See event listing.

March 11: Hack Hanzi at Locke Pub

Hack Hanzi
Want to learn Chinese? Suzhou-based teacher Lydia Nordlien will be holding a 'Hack Hanzi' crashcourse to help you get started or prepare for the HSK. Participate in both the crashcourse and workshops (held later this month) for the complete version, or just take part in the crashcourse to learn what Hanzi is about and how easy it can be. Both the crashcourse and workshop will have plenty of interaction, exercises and other activities and entry fee includes drinks. Note that workshop attendees are required to have previously attended the crashcourse. Hacking Hanzi is suitable for any language level, including beginners and advanced speakers.

Sunday, March 11, RMB150 (includes one drink). Locke Pub, see event listing here.

March 11: Sunday Jam Sessions at Meister Brau (SSCAC)

Sunday Jam Sessions
Meister Brau is kicking off a new and exciting addition to the Suzhou music scene: Sunday Jam Sessions. Held every Sunday at Meister Brau #1, the weekend afternoon gathering is design to cater for all musicianship levels and styles, creating a welcoming and ever-changing environment for music lovers and musicians alike. Contact Kit on WeChat (ID: Kit-Chat) for more details.

Every week, Sundays, 3-6pm. Meister Brau (SSCAC), see event listing.

March 11: From Mozart to Broadway at Suzhou Culture & Arts Center

Mozart to Broadway
Hailed as 'opera's coolest soprano' by the New York Times, Australian-American singer Danielle de Niese will be performing with the Lucerne Festival Strings — one of the leading European chamber orchestras — to bring a selection of classical masterpieces and Broadway hits to the audience.  

Sunday, March 11, 7.30pm. RMB100-680. Suzhou Culture & Arts Center, see event listing.

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