7 Best Things to Do in Beijing This Week

By That's Beijing, November 18, 2019

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Nov 18-24: Artisan Charcutier Benito


With over 45 years of experience leading to his current position as a master artisan charcutier, Benito Plasschaert has won awards in numerous countries, including the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, France and the US. This week, Benito will present a variety of his hard-to-find, premium homemade delicacies at Hyatt Regency Wangjing Beijing. Taste exquisite delicacies like homemade sausages and hams, pâtés, rillettes and more at Market Cafe during their buffet lunch and dinner, or at The Lounge.

Through Sun Nov 24; The Lounge & Market Cafe @ Hyatt Regency Beijing Wangjing, see event listing.

Nov 19: Deafheaven 


If you like your black metal with a side of shoegaze and garnished with post-rock, then Deafheaven is the band for you. Formed in San Francisco as a duo, Deafheaven has since grown into a quintet, releasing their landmark album Sunbather in 2013. The band’s works have been critically and commercially successful, so join them on their tour as they mesmerize the crowd with screamo vocals and pounding beats with melodic guitars. 

Tue Nov 19, 9pm; RMB160 (presale), RMB200 (door); MAO Livehouse (Wukesong), see event listing

Nov 19: A Floating Life 


Northeast Normal University presents an intense, haunting look back at the hardships that Northeast China had endured a century ago. Performed as an epic dance drama, A Floating Life offers a thought-provoking view into the nature of war and humanity in light of Sino-Japanese conflicts. Boasting meticulous preparation and choreography with group dance numbers, catch the cast at the NCPA this week. 

Tue Nov 19, 7.30pm; RMB60-200; National Center for the Performing Arts – Opera House, see event listing. Buy tickets here.



Grounded in jazz but easily breaking down barriers to include hiphop and electronica, Toronto’s BADBADNOTGOOD is introducing their musical virtuosity to Beijing. They’ve counted Kendrick Lamar and Frank Ocean amongst their collaborators and can include Glastonbury and Coachella in their touring history. Words don’t do them justice – let BADBADNOTGOOD’s genrebending jam session wow you. They’ll be joined by supporting act BowAsWell, the first musician signed to the new label by party promoters Mastermind. 

Thu Nov 21, 9pm; RMB180 (student), RMB220 (presale), RMB260 (door); Tango, see event listing. Buy tickets here.

Nov 21: Yogee New Waves 


Japanese quartet Yogee New Waves performs a sunny and funky brand of pop-rock. Having released their debut album in 2014, the band has since reached great levels of success – they were part of the Fuji Rock Festival lineup later that year and have completed a series of sell-out tours across Asia. Their consistently popular EPs have also delighted listeners around the world. Catch Yogee New Waves’ shimmering guitar riffs and upbeat vocals at the Omni Space this week. 

Thu Nov 21, 8.30pm; RMB200 (presale), RMB280 (door); Omni Space, see event listing. Buy tickets here.

Nov 21-Dec 1: Matilda 


Roald Dahl’s magical heroine arrives in China to delight audiences young and old. This multi-award-winning musical tells the story of an imaginative young girl who refused to back down when faced with adversity, and found laughter every step of the way. 

Thu Nov 21-Sun Dec 1, various times; RMB280-1,080; Beijing Poly Theatre, see event listing. Buy tickets here.

Nov 22-28: Evita


Don’t cry for me Argentina! Follow the impactful story of Eva “Evita” Peron, wife of Argentine president Juan Peron, as she rises from humble beginnings to become the spiritual leader of the nation. Evita is a star-studded iconic work composed by Andrew Lloyd Weber, written by Tim Rice, and directed by Harold Prince. Journey into the canon of Broadway; don’t miss this hit musical full of beloved songs and characters. 

Fri Nov 22-Thu Nov 28, various times; RMB280-1,180; Beijing Century Theatre, 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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