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

By That's Shanghai, February 11, 2019

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

Feb 22: Craig David

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The multi Grammy-nominated Craig David will be performing at Jing'an Sports Center on February 22 as part of his TS5 Tour. His shows tend to sell out fast, so snag your tickets while you can. The veteran UK pop star has had quite the career. The singer, songwriter and rapper has sold a whopping 15 million albums worldwide. After a five-year hiatus, he released Following My Intuition in 2016. It stormed straight to the top spot in the UK Official Albums Chart and was in the top 10 chart in over 30 countries. A headline UK arena tour followed and sold out in seconds. With 4.5 million single sales and 290 million single streams in the last year alone – this is the most talked about return to music in decades. With his single ‘I Know You’ featuring Bastille becoming a top 5 hit in the UK charts and his latest album The Time Is Now reaching number 2, it's safe to say that Craig is back and better than ever.

Fri Feb 22, 8pm; RMB480-880. Jing'an Sports Center, see event listingPurchase tickets here.

Feb 27: Chris Botti

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Grammy award-winning trumpeter and composer Chris Botti is bringing his much-anticipated tour to the Shanghai Oriental Art Center on February 27. Botti became the largest-selling American instrumental artist after the release of his 2004 critically acclaimed album When I Fall in Love. For over two decades, the accomplished musician and composer has amassed an impressive list of honors, including multiple Gold and Platinum albums. If that's not enough, he's also preformed with legends such as Sting, Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, Yo-Yo Ma, Frank Sinatra, Paul Simon and Andrea Bocelli. His Shanghai show is a must-see for music enthusiasts.

Wed Feb 27, 7.30pm; RMB780-980. Shanghai Oriental Art Center, see event listingPurchase tickets here.

March 12: Rita Ora


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British singer, Rita Ora, will be bringing her highly anticipated Phoenix World Tour to Shanghai on March 12 at the Bandai Namco Shanghai Base Dream Hall. This will be her first ever headline show in Mainland China. Tickets are now on sale and you can get your tickets right here. Some of her best-known hits include "How We Do (Party)," "R.I.P.," "I Will Never Let You Down" and "Poison." Rita’s Phoenix World Tour comes in support of her second album Phoenix which was released on November 23. The highly anticipated album features collaborations with artists including the late Avicii, Liam Payne, Cardi B, Charli XCX and Julia Michaels. 

Tues 12 March, 8pm; RMB580. Bandai Namco Shanghai Base Dream Hall, see event listingPurchase tickets here.

March 14-17: Ideal Home Show

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Boasting a 110 year history, The Ideal Home Show is back at the Shanghai Exhibition Centre from March 14-17. The four-day event will gather up to 500 premium-lifestyle brands and nearly 20,000 fun, stylish and high-end products, presented alongside a wide variety of on-site activities all designed to deliver a quality, personalized visitor experience. This year's theme is 'Envisage Your Ideal Lifestyle' and promises to offer a first-rate and inspiring lifestyle showcase. Tickets are now on sale!

Mar 14-17, 10am-6pm; RMB60-300. Shanghai Exhibition Centre, see event listingPurchase tickets here.

March 15: Jim Gaffigan

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Comedy fans have a reason to be excited because Jim Gaffigan is headed to Shanghai. This is definitely going to be a popular show, so get your tickets while you can. (You can buy them right here.). Gaffigan will be stopping off at Shanghai Centre on March 15 as part of his Quality Time tour. Gaffigan is a Grammy-nominated comedian, actor, New York Times best-selling author, top touring performer and multi-platinum-selling father of five. Gaffigan is known around the world for his unique brand of humor which largely revolves around fatherhood and his observations on life and food.

Fri March 15, 8pm; RMB280-680. Shanghai Centre, see event listingPurchase tickets here

Mar 17: The Nutcracker

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The Nutcracker will be brought to life at the Shanghai Centre Theatre this March. In the classic production, the magician Drosselmeyer creates a fantastical world and an epic battle between mice and toy soldiers. During the iconic production, Clara fights to save the Nutcracker's life and break the magical spell that turned him from a boy to a toy. Along the way, they visit the Kingdom of Sweets, meet the Sugar Plum Fairy, battle the Mouse King and take part in a wonderful display of dances. 

Mar 17, 10.30am and 2pm; RMB80-240. Shanghai Centre Theatre, see event listingPurchase tickets here

Mar 22: Tom Odell

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British singer and songwriter Tom Odell will perform in Shanghai on March 22 at Bandai Namco Shanghai Base as part of his Jubilee Road Tour. Tickets officially went on sale on Wednesday January 23 and you can purchase them right here

Fri Mar 22, 8pm; RMB480. Bandai Namco Shanghai Base Dream Hall, see event listingPurchase tickets here.

Apr 12-14: F1 Heineken Chinese Grand Prix


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The annual petrolhead pilgrimage is heading back to Shanghai from April 12-14, as racing fans are called to the Shanghai International Circuit by the siren song of roaring engines for the F1 Heineken Chinese Grand Prix. Big boys racing big toys at breakneck speeds, all in pursuit of the 2019 Formula One World Championship. 

The F1 Chinese Grand Prix takes place at Shanghai International Circuit from April 12-14. Tickets are available right here for RMB860-2,760.

Apr 22: Troye Sivan

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Superstar Troye Sivan is bringing his 'The Bloom Tour' to Shanghai. He's all set to perform at Mercedes-Benz Arena on April 22. The tour follows the release of his critically acclaimed album Bloom. Tickets will be on sale on Monday January 28 at 10am. To get your tickets, click here. His debut album, 2015's Blue Neighbourhood, introduced him to the pop mainstream and landed in the Billboard Top 10 with the singles "Wild" and "Youth." In early 2018, he issued the single "My My My!" which soon went platinum in Australia and entered the US Top 100. Additional singles "Bloom" and the Ariana Grande-assisted "Dance to This" was also a mega-hit.

Mon April 22, 8pm; RMB380-1,280. Mercedes-Benz Arena, see event listingPurchase tickets here

May 15: Jason Mraz

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Multiple Grammy Award winning artist Jason Mraz is bringing his Good Vibes Tour to Shanghai. The exclusive one-night only concert will take place at Mercedes-Benz Arena on May 15. Tickets are now on sale. You can snag yours right here. The Virginia-native came onto the scene in the early-2000s and quickly became known for his soulful folk-pop. Throughout his career, Mraz has earned numerous platinum certifications for his various releases, made pop history with his record-breaking singles, ‘I’m Yours’ and ‘I Won’t Give Up,’ won two Grammy Awards, received the prestigious Songwriter Hall of Fame Hal David Award, and sold out amphitheaters and arenas across the globe. He’s also become known for his positive message, upbeat tunes and humorous live shows. The tour follows the release of Mraz’s sixth studio album Know back in August. It’s now his fifth consecutive studio album to debut in the Top 10 of the Billboard 200.

May 15, 8pm; RMB480-1,580. Mercedes-Benz Arena, see event listingPurchase tickets here

Ongoing: Peppa Pig World of Play

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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