15 Awesome Events You Don't Want to Miss in Shanghai

By That's Shanghai, October 14, 2019

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Our weekly roundup of some of Shanghai’s best upcoming events and where you can buy tickets:

Until January 5: Bob Dylan's 'Retrospectrum'

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Bob Dylan is well known as one of the world’s most influential and groundbreaking musicians. But did you know he has a long history as an extremely talented visual artist? The first retrospective exhibition of Bob Dylan’s visual artworks – Retrospectrum – debuted at the Modern Art Museum (MAM) in Shanghai on September 28 and will run through January 5. Spanning five decades of the artist’s career, and seven series of works, Retrospectrum will mark the artist’s most comprehensive art exhibition to date, enabling visitors to experience Dylan’s artwork in a uniquely immersive and interactive environment.

Until January 5, Modern Art MuseumPurchase tickets here

Oct 19: Bubba’s 7th Annual Barbecue Cook-Off 

Calling all barbecue fans in Shanghai! Bubba’s 7th Annual Barbecue Cook-Off is right around the corner. Head on over to Sam’s Club Qingpu on October 19 to celebrate all things meat. Some of Shanghai’s top barbecue chefs will go head to head for top honors across a number of barbecue categories: Best Sausage, Best Chicken, Best Pork Ribs, Best Beef and Best Pulled/Chopped Meat.

Sat Oct 19, 11am-5pm, RMB50 (presale), RMB100 (door). Sam’s Club Qingpu, see event listingPurchase tickets here.

Oct 19: MasquerArt

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Feeling fancy this spooky season? Forgo your favorite dead presidents mask in favor of something a little more elegant this October. MasquerArt is back for its second year, taking place on October 19 at Fun Bar. What is MasquerArt? It may well be the sum of all your fantastical ideas formulated by the intoxicating worlds of F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Count of Monte Cristo and The National in their High Violet era.  Combining great food, live painting by artists Bonnie Guo and Alina Levyz, masks, music by DJ ALEPA¥ and dancers, MasquerArt aims to bring together curious, philosophical and creative minds. 

Oct 19, 5.30pm (dinner starts at 6pm, party starts at 9.30pm); RMB120-400. Fun BarSee event listingTickets

Oct 20-21: Carly Rae Jepsen

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We really, really, really, really, really, really like Carly Rae Jepsen and we are delighted to announce that tickets to her shows in Shanghai are now on sale over on our thMart platform. The singer, who is best-known for tracks like ‘Call Me Maybe’ and ‘I Really Like You’, will be playing for two nights at Bandai Namco Shanghai Base on October 20 and 21. Earlier this year, the Canadian singer came back with her first album in four years. Critically acclaimed upon release, Dedicated features 13 tracks and was inspired by everything from ’70s disco to the calm Swedish countryside. With Grammy nominations, No. 1 hits and Zeitgeist-defining songs in the bag, we’re sure these tickets will fly off the shelves, so make sure you pick yours up fast! 

Oct 20-21, 7.30pm (Oct 20), 8pm (Oct 21); RMB520 presale. Bandai Namco Shanghai BaseSee event listingTickets

Oct 26: That's Shanghai's Halloween Party 

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Spooky music. Spine-chilling shows. Creepy drinks. Prizes for the best dressed. And even a haunted house. It’s that time of year for ghoulish get-ups and we couldn’t be more excited. Once again, That’s Shanghai is hosting a hell of a bash as we join forces with Cages and Budweiser on October 26. Pre-order tickets are just RMB100, which includes entry to all of the above freaky fun, and three drinks tickets. Budweiser will be decking the place out, including a full-on haunted house, while prizes to be awarded for the best dressed. Last year over 1,000 people rocked up in full costume, people were dancing on tables well into the small hours.

Saturday October 26, 8pm until hell freezes over at Cages. Pre-order tickets are RMB100, which includes three drinks tickets, and they can be purchased right hereTickets will be RMB200 at the door, so buy now to avoid disappointment.

Nov 5: Hooked's Melbourne Cup Seafood Luncheon

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It's time to pick out your hats, ladies, as Tuesday November 5 sees Australia's most prestigious annual thoroughbred horse race, the Melbourne Cup. In honor of the thunder of hooves on turf, Hooked is hosting a Melbourne Cup Seafood Luncheon, with RMB350 securing you a three-course meal, with free-flow Prosecco, Aperol Spritz, wine, beer and gin and tonics. Get a table of six together and you can book for just RMB1,500. The big race will of course be shown on the big screen. Oh, and there will be sweepstakes and prizes for best dressed.

Nov 5, 11am-3pm, RMB350 per person or RMB1,500 for a table of six. HookedBuy tickets here. See event listing here.

Nov 7-10: ART021

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Art fair season is returning to Shanghai and it's time to get hyped. You can now grab early bird tickets to Art021 at a reduced price of RMB100 until November 8, after which tickets will cost RMB150. Taking place at Shanghai Exhibition Center over the course of four days, from November 7-10, Art021 brings together 110 galleries from 18 countries and 57 cities. Seventy percent of the galleries that will take part in the fair have galleries in China or other regions of Asia, making Art021 a vitally important arena in which galleries reach out to new audiences. Fans of contemporary art can enjoy sections like Detour, Beyond and Approach, with each of these sections allowing something a little bit different. Detour investigates Euro-American geographic networks and narratives. Beyond allows for larger art works by placing them outside of the fair. Approach gives a platform for young, interesting and upcoming galleries.   

Nov 7-10 (Nov 7/8 are invitation only), 11am-6pm; RMB100. Shanghai Exhibition CenterSee event listingTickets

Nov 8-10: SAMAJAM Kids Show 2

China’s most popular musical kids show is headed back to Shanghai. At Samajam: Kids Show 2 (Djembe), everyone in the audience receives a SAMAJAM Music Bag which contains drumsticks, tambourines, a musical tube and an African djembe. Throughout the show, kids and the entire family learn and play with the instruments, as they are led by SAMAJAM performers on stage. 

Nov 8 at 7:30pm, Nov 9-10 at 10.30am & 3.30pm. RMB180-700. ET Space, see event listingPurchase tickets here

Nov 15-16: China Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair

Calling all bookworms! The seventh China Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair (CCBF) is headed back to town. The event will take place in Shanghai from November 15-17. CCBF is not only a leading copyright exchange hub for children’s books (ages 0 to 16 years), but it’s the perfect outlet to inspire school teachers, parents, children, book lovers, collectors, illustrators and translators. This year, more than 60,000 new books from 70 countries and regions will be presented as part of a worldwide celebration of children’s reading. Not only can visitors buy a variety of original books but CCBF will offer 200 activities and events during the three-day event. 

Nov 15-16, 9am-5pm and Nov 17, 9am-4pm; RMB20-75. Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Centre, see event listingPurchase tickets here

Nov 15-16: Der Elefantenpups - Ein Tierischer Geheimplan

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If you're looking for a fun, interactive and kid-friendly event, you're in luck! The music-filled Der Elefantenpups - Ein Tierischer Geheimplan will be held at Shanghai City Theatre on November 15-16. This time around, a new animal joins the zoo: a young female panda named Mei Yue. Being in a new place means she's suffering from homesickness and would do anything to be able to return home to China. The zoo animals work together and hatch a secret plan to cheer up Mei Yue. They make music for her with their instruments. In the end, the panda cub is able to happily settle into her new home with her new friends. Throughout the journey, kids can learn about various musical instruments and their unique timbres through a fun and sweet story. Your little ones are sure to love it! 

Nov 15 at 7.30pm & Nov 16 at 10.30am, ; RMB120-380. Shanghai City Theatre, see event listingPurchase tickets here

Dec 1: Allie X

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Canadian singer and songwriter Allie X is slated to perform in China for the first time ever in December. The indie pop icon got her start in Toronto in 2006, but her career really began to take off after she moved to LA in 2013. Since then, she's released her debut single "Catch," which rose to number 55 on the Canadian Hot 100 and was highly praised by Katy Perry on Twitter as her "spring jam." Her acclaimed EP CollXtion I was released in 2015, followed by two studio albums: CollXtion II: Unsolved (2017) and Super Sunset (Analog) (2018). Allie X has also collaborated with artists such as Troye Sivan and Lea Michele. The songwriter co-wrote Sivan's "Youth," Blue Neighborhood and LP Bloom. In addition to her amazing vocals and songs, Allie X is known for her highly fashionable outfits and dramatic live shows. You can check out her Shanghai performance on December 1 at VasLive. This is one concert that should not be missed.

Sun Dec 1, 8pm; RMB280. VasLive, see event listingPurchase tickets here.

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 26-Jan 5: The Blue Man Group

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That’s right. Everybody’s favorite blue men are coming to Shanghai this year. The Blue Man Group will be performing at 1862 Theatre from December 23 until January 5, 2020. So yes, you will have to wait a few more months to catch them, but we’re guessing tickets will sell out fast so we highly suggest snagging some tickets while you still can! You never know what to expect when it comes to the Blue Man Group. Expect to laugh, rock out and have a blast as the bald, blue men entertain through music, art and comedy. You know a show is popular when over 35 million people of all ages, languages and cultures have seen it. It’s going to be a masterful and musical trip, led by three of the boldest, baldest and bluest guys on the planet. 

Dec 26-Jan 5, RMB80-1,080. 1862 Theatre, see event listingPurchase tickets here

May 8-24: Come From Away

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The longest-running Canadian musical in Broadway history, Come From Away, is coming to Shanghai. The show, which was a critical and box office success during its run on Broadway, tells the story of what happened when 38 international airplanes and more than 7,000 passengers were forced to land in Gander in Newfoundland after the September 11 attacks in 2001. Produced by ACOrange, Junkyard Dog Productions and Rodney Rigby, the musical’s stop in China, from May 8-24 in 2020, will be its first production in a non-English speaking country.

May 8-24, 7.30pm; RMB200-1,000. SAIC Shanghai Culture SquareSee event listingTickets

Ongoing: Peppa Pig World of Play


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You can now purchase tickets to the popular Peppa Pig World of Play by clicking right here! Boasting 10 play areas, each referencing a specific scene or location in the Peppa Pig TV series, this indoor theme park is great for Peppa fans young and old. Preschool-aged children will especially enjoy the chance to immerse in the world of Peppa Pig, and embark on exhilarating adventures with the adorable piglet and her family.

10am-8pm; Peppa Pig World of PlayPurchase tickets here.


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