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

By That's Shanghai, April 15, 2019

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

April 15: Michaela Rabitsch & Robert Pawlik Quartet

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Michaela Rabitsch – singer, composer and Austria’s only female top jazz trumpet player – will be taking the stage with acclaimed guitarist Robert Pawlik to present Gimme the Groove, their sixth studio release. Their Shanghai concert will take place at JZ Club on Monday April 15 and marks the duo's twentieth year together on the road.

Mon April 15, 9pm; RMB130. JZ Club, see event listingPurchase tickets here

April 17:Craig Handy

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Acclaimed saxophonist Craig Handy is all set to perform at JZ Club on Wednesday April 17 as part of the Craig Handy Trio. In 2014, Handy returned as an original bandleader and party-starter for his new touring and recording project. Titled Craig Handy & 2nd Line Smith, Handy draws from his fondness for the music of New Orleans. Expect groove-filled re-imaginings of originals and standards by the late, great organist Jimmy Smith. The release includes cameos by Dee Dee Bridgewater and Wynton Marsalis.

Wed April 17, 9.30pm; RMB130-180. JZ Club, see event listingPurchase tickets here

April 19: Tom Green

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That’s right… Tom Green is coming to Shanghai and tickets are on sale now! Tom has pretty much done it all. He first made it big with his groundbreaking comedy show The Tom Green Show on MTV. He’s gone on to grace the cover of Rolling Stone, hosted Saturday Night Live, guest hosted for Letterman among a whole slew of other things. You might also remember Tom from movies like Road TripFreddy Got FingeredStealing HarvardCharlies Angels and more. Tom will be performing with the Shanghai Comedy Bunker at Cages Bar and Sports on Friday April 19. FYI, his current standup comedy tour is getting 5-star reviews around the world. Don’t miss what is sure to be an insanely hilarious Shanghai show. 

Fri April 19, 9pm; RMB350-550. Cages Bar and Sports, see event listingPurchase tickets here.

Apr 22: Troye Sivan SOLD OUT

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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 hereTickets have sold out.

April 26-27: Der Elefantenpups


Looking for a family-friendly activity to do this spring? Look no further than Der Elefantenpups. The story is about animals in the zoo that choose different musical instruments according to their physical features and ultimately become a symphony orchestra. 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! 

Apr 26, 7.30pm / Apr 27, 10.30am; RMB180-380. Shanghai City Theatre, see event listingPurchase tickets here

Apr 29-May 2: JZ Jazz Festival

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The JZ Jazz Festival – the biggest and bluesiest jazz festival in Shanghai – will be held at Shanghai Centre Theatre from April 29-May 2. The four-day music fest is the perfect way to spend a day (or five) outdoors while enjoying tons of great music and plenty of entertaining, family-friendly activities. The 15th annual jazz festival will feature over a hundred local and international jazz musicians including some big names such as Laura Fygi, John Daversa and Journey drummer Steve Smith. Artists will play across multiple stages during the multiday festival. Ranging from blues to funk to Latin fusion, it’s a diverse and impressive lineup that’ll turn any pair of ordinary sneakers into dancing shoes. 

Apr 29-May 2, RMB80-1,080. Shanghai Centre Theatre, see event listingPurchase tickets here

May 3-5: Longines Global Champions Tour


The Longines Global Champions Tour is one of the most prestigious equestrian events in the world. During the global tour, jumping horses from Europe and the Americas compete in cities all around the world. The event will stop off right here in Shanghai from May 3-5. Every year, the world’s top riders and nearly 100 top horses attend the Shanghai Longines Global Champions Tour. The three-day event will attract over 25,000 people and over 10 million viewers on Chinese TV. Just like last year, the China (Shanghai) International Horse Fair will be held at the same time for those who’d like to check it out. 

May 3-5, RMB180-670. Shanghai World Expo Equestrian Park (Xueye Road near Shangnan Road, Expo Garden, Pudong), see event listingPurchase tickets here.

May 4-5: One Starry Night: Out of the Blue

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One Starry Night: Out of the Blue takes you and your family on a journey filled with art, music and culture. This magical event is the perfect way to introduce your little ones to a whole new world. The event will take place at Lyceum Theatre on May 4-5. You'll get to explore and interact with 28 different works of art painted by nine masters including Van Gogh, Monet, Da Vinci, Wang Xi Meng and more. If your kids are musically inclined, they can appreciate piano concerts composed by the likes of Mozart, Chopin, Debussy, Grieg and more. By exploring such a fun and joy-filled environment, your children will be inspired to learn more about the beauty of art and music.

May 4-5, 10.30am & 3.30pm; RMB180-380. Lyceum Theatre, see event listingPurchase tickets here.

May 11-12: Young Botonist

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Tailored for kids between five and 10, Young Botanist offers children an opportunity to explore nature and obtain knowledge that even adults aren't familiar with. Through three specially-designed classes – Laboratory of Leaves and Fruits, World of Flowers and Botanist's Perspectives on Delicacies – kids get to gain knowledge about botany from a variety of angles. The classes will be taught in the forests and streams of Ningbo. Kids get to stay at Camphor Tree Valley Resort at night and wake up every morning to breathtaking views of the valley. The event is mainly targeted toward kids, who will learn all about the significance of independence while enhancing their communication skills with other kids. (Parents can still participate if they pay an extra fee of RMB300.)

May 11-12. RMB2,021 (sign up before Apr 19). Camphor Tree Valley Ningbo, see event listing. Book 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

May 23-24: Sophie Zelmani 

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Sophie Zelmani is a singer and songwriter who hails from Sweden. Her style is mostly described as folk-pop music but her melodic sound is truly one-of-a-kind. With her gentle voice she sings about everything from life and love. You can check her out right here in Shanghai as part of her Sunrise Tour at Modern Sky Lab on May 23-24. Her career started over 22 years ago with her self-entitled debut album, which quickly became ultra-popular in Sweden and the Far East. Since then she's released 10 albums, including her most recent release My Song in 2017. Like every artist, Sophie's music has evolved throughout the years, but she always stayed true to her roots. Her sound is still simple; it's all about Sophie singing with the same magical quality as she did in 1995. 

May 23-24, 7.30pm; RMB280-480. Modern Sky Lab, see event listingPurchase tickets here.

May 24: Der Elefantenpups - Ein Tierischer Geheimplan


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 ET Space on May 24-25. 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! 

May 24, 7.30pm / May 25, 10.30am & 3.30pm; RMB120-380. ET Space, see event listingPurchase tickets here

May 26: Emma the Snail


If you're looking for something fun to do with your little ones, this might just be the perfect event. It's a touching, bilingual German-English tale of a snail named Emma who wants nothing more than to find a new home. Unhappy with her current broken home, she starts a long and adventurous journey for a perfect replacement. She is finally able to find the perfect home in the most unlikely place. It's fun for the whole family. 

Sun May 26, 10.30am 3.30pm. RMB180-480. ET Space, see event listingPurchase tickets here

June 2: AFL St. Kilda FC vs Port Adelaide

The Aussie Rules Football returns to Shanghai this June! And this matchup is a real doozy: Melbourne's St. Kilda FC takes on Port Adelaide at Jiangwan Stadium. Expect hip 'n' shoulders, speedsters and sausage rolls galore in this hardball of a game. With both teams on the up after a quiet few seasons of rebuilding, this'll be a real humdinger as both sides keep their eyes on the prize: the granny, the Grand Final at the MCG in September. Whether you're new to the game and looking for a whopper of an introduction to AFL, a devout Saint, or a diehard Prison Bar there's only one place to be this June. This matchup is not to be missed!

Sun June 2, 12.20pm; RMB100-2,980. Adelaide Arena at Jiangwan Stadium, see event listingPurchase tickets here

June 9 & 13-16: CATS SOLD OUT

CATS is one of the longest-running shows in West End and Broadway history. Since its premiere, it has been presented in over 30 countries, translated into 15 languages and seen by over 73 million people worldwide. And in June it's headed right here to Shanghai. The event will take place at Shanghai Culture Square on June 9 & 13-16 (times vary). 

June 9 & 13 at 2pm; June 14 & 15 at 7.30pm; June 15-16 at 2pm. RMB880-1,280. Shanghai Culture Square, see event listingPurchase tickets here. Tickets have sold out.

July 11-14: PAW Patrol Live!

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Based on everybody’s favorite animated TV series on Nickelodeon, PAW Patrol Live!, is gearing up for an epic tour around China and it's stopping off right here in Shanghai from July 11-14. PAW Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue brings everybody’s favorite pups to the stage for an action-packed musical adventure. PAW Patrol Live! is not only fun and entertaining, but the show shares lessons about social skills, problem solving and teamwork. The performance features up-tempo music and captivating stories perfect for kids. 

July 11-14, times vary; RMB280-580. Shanghai Culture Square, 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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