10 Best Things to Do in Beijing This Week

By That's Beijing, March 11, 2019

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Mar 12: Paul Draper 

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Former front man of iconic ‘90s band Mansun, Paul Draper will make his China debut with stops in Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai. He’ll be performing an acoustic set at Omni Space, joined by guitarist Ben Sink. 

Tue Mar 12, 8.30pm; RMB120 (advance), RMB150 (door); Omni Space, see event listing. Buy tickets here.

Mar 14: Jim Gaffigan 

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Jim Gaffigan is a Grammy-nominated comedian, actor, New York Times best-selling author, top touring performer and multi-platinum-selling father of five. Known around the world for his unique brand of humor, which largely revolves around fatherhood and his observations on life and food, he has a whopping five comedy specials on Netflix and recently released his very own special "Noble Ape" direct to fans online. Basically, Jim Gaffigan is hilarious and this show is bound to be a good one.

Thu Mar 14, 8pm; RMB280-680; Super Theater, see event listing

Mar 14-16: Les Ballets de Monte Carlo ‘Cendrillon’ 

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The French choreographer and director of the Ballets de Monte-Carlo, Jean-Christophe Maillot, brings his interpretation of the beloved fairytale classic Cinderella to the NCPA stage. Don’t miss the ballet Cendrillon, focused on the emotions and movement of the characters to tell a different story. 

Thu Mar 14-Sat Mar 16, 7.30pm; RMB160-880; Opera House at the National Center for the Performing Arts (NCPA), see event listing. Buy tickets here.

Mar 14-24: Is It Loud Enough?! Club Culture Between Berlin and Beijing

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Both famous and influential worldwide for their vibrant club scenes and experimental music pioneers, the party worlds of Beijing and Berlin are ready to meet and join forces for ten days at Zhao Dai. In collaboration with Goethe-Institut Beijing, 'Is It Loud Enough?' will feature talks about the history of nightclubs in Berlin and Beijing, what collectives mean in club contexts and what role feminism and gender play in club culture. Other events will also focus on the influence of design, art and architecture on the scene. 

Thu Mar 14-Sun Mar 24, various times; Zhao Dai, see event listing.

Mar 15-31: The 12th Bookworm Literary Festival

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The official schedule of the The 12th Bookworm International Literary Festival is out and it's lit. The just-over-two-week program brings together a host of authors and creatives from China and abroad and includes dozens of talks, panels, performances, workshops, quizzes and more. Read our top picks here.

Fri Mar 15-Sun Mar 31, various times; The Bookworm, see event listing.

Mar 16: The Underground Youth 

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After selling out shows and rocking the stages of huge festivals across Europe, British psych-rock band The Underground Youth is bringing the noise to Beijing. Catch their rowdy gig at Omni Space this weekend. 

Sat Mar 16, 8.30pm; RMB120 (advance), RMB150 (door); Omni Space, see event listing. Buy tickets here.

Mar 16: JMSN 

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American singer-songwriter and producer JMSN will hit the Beijing stage with his unique style of alternative R&B. Don’t miss the Detroit native’s striking and emotional performance at Yue Space. 

Sat Mar 16, 8pm; RMB160; Yue Space, see event listing. Buy tickets here.

Mar 16: Slow Boat Brewery Beer Tour 

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Love Slow Boat brews? Discover how they’re made inside their brewery: RMB150 gets you a tour, Q&A session, one hour of free-flow beer and more. 

Sat Mar 16, 2-4pm; RMB150; Slow Boat Brewpub, see event listing

Mar 17: Amadou & Mariam 

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International sensations Amadou and Mariam will bring their genre-blending Afro-blues music style to the capital this Sunday. The blind Malian married couple has been creating music together for the past three decades, mixing traditional West African sounds with R&B, folk and pop. 

Sun Mar 17, 8pm; RMB180 (advance), RMB220 (door); Tango, see event listing. Buy tickets here.

Mar 18: HONNE 

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Electro-soul duo HONNE is back for another China tour with a stop in the capital. The funk masters reinvent classic soul music, as you know it, distilling it with poppy synths and giving it a funky electronic edge. Don’t miss them their second time around in Beijing. Until then, read up on the band in our interview from last year.

Mon Mar 18, 8pm; RMB320 (advance), RMB360 (door); Tango, see event listing. Buy tickets here.


Have an event to list? Head here to list your upcoming event. We’ll choose the best new additions to feature on next week’s edition of ‘What's On in Beijing.' Not sure where to start? Here's a full guide on how to list your upcoming events on our website.

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