19 Awesome Events You Don’t Want to Miss in Shanghai

By That's Shanghai, August 19, 2019

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

Aug 21-22: Billy Drummond & Stefan Karlsson Quartet

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Billy Drummond and Stefan Karlsson combine this week for an evening of stunning jazz. Both musicians are known globally, having toured extensively around the world. Drummond will take to the drum kit, while Karlsson will be on piano duty. Don’t miss it. 

Aug 21-22, 8.15pm; RMB180 presale. JZ Club, see event listing. Purchase tickets here

Aug 22: The Road Ahead of Electric Vehicles in China

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Join TechNode for a Tech After Hours Series on China’s auto market and the future of automakers in the country. Speakers will include Rupert Mitchell, the chief strategy officer of WM Motor, Li Zhang, a partner at Cathay Capital - Smart Energy Fund and Tu T. Le, founder of Sino Auto Insights. The event includes a keynote panel by the speakers, a panel discussion, Q&A session, as well as networking time. 

Aug 22, 7pm; RMB188 presale. Ideapod at the Bund, see event listing. Purchase tickets here

Aug 23-25: Junior Valley Ecologist

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During the weekend of August 23-25, the Hong Kong-based Eco Education and Resources Center’s environmental school will be hosting four special classes focusing on the exploration of Ningbo Valley in a way that’s both fun and enjoyable for your little ones! The classes are specially tailored to kids aged 6-12 years old. They will learn things they can’t learn anywhere else. By the end of the weekend, they’ll have gained all sorts of knowledge that will even impress adults. The weekend excursion will be held at the beautiful Camphor Tree Valley in Lijiakeng Village, where visitors will spend two nights. Kids will get hands on experience and learn about the plants, forests and streams of Ningbo. They’ll learn all sorts of factoids from how plants grow to how they are affected by climate change. 

Aug 23-25, 3pm; RMB4,490 (package price). Camphor Tree Valley, see event listingPurchase tickets here

Aug 23: Tensnake

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Tensnake’s first taste of critical acclaim came with the release of ‘In the End (I Want You to Cry)’ on the label Running Back. Released in 2014, his debut album Glow represented a milestone in a career which had already traversed the world’s greatest dance floors, and earned Tensnake his towering reputation as one of house and disco’s leading producers. 

Aug 23, 9pm; RMB100 presale, RMB200 door. Bar Rouge, see event listing. Tickets

Aug 29: CID

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New York native CID is hosting a special edition of Girls Night Out at Bar Rouge. The Grammy award winning DJ is coming for one night only, so this is an event you won’t want to miss. CID’s infectious productions have garnered attention from star DJs like Tiesto and Kaskade, as well as top industry personnel like Spinnin Records, Oliver Heldens and more. Make sure you put on your dancing shoes and grab tickets for this once-in-a-lifetime performance.

Aug 29, 9pm; RMB100 pre-sale. RMB200 at door. Bar Rouge, see event listingPurchase tickets here.

Aug 30: DJ Pinko

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DJ Pinko is sending off the month of August with one of the hottest performances in Shanghai. Recently ranked the #3 DJ in China and DJane Mag’s #14 DJ in Asia, Pinko keeps fans coming back with her contagious mixes. Expect electronic beats, dancefloor hits and a night full of dancing.

Aug 30, 9pm; RMB100 pre-sale. RMB200 at door. Bar Rouge, see event listingPurchase tickets here.

Aug 31: FoodNations Street Food & Beer Festival 


With a list that includes Crimson Pangolin, Latina, La Coyota, Beast of the East, Kebabs on the GrilleXiboPistolera, Jarritos and more, it sounds like the only problem is deciding what to order. This food and drink extravaganza takes place over two days, and it includes activities to feed more than just your belly, including art viewing, stage performances, live bands, Zumba classes and DJ sets. Families are included in the fun with Genius Workshop team on hand to keep your kiddos occupied with Lego bricks and other educational toys. There’s even a bouncing castle among the kids’ games! The first 1,000 ticket holders that arrive on each day of the event receive a free Magnum ice cream from Unilever. 

Aug 31-Sep 1, noon-10pm; RMB50 presale. ACE Shopping Mall, see event listingPurchase tickets here

Sep 6-15: Evita

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Andrew Lloyd-Webber and Tim Rice’s much-beloved 1978 West End musical is coming to Shanghai this September. Evita follows the life of Eva Peron. It’s a story about an Argentine girl who charmed and worked her way up from poverty and eventually married the country’s leader General Juan Peron. Evita was conceived as a sung-through dramatic piece and ‘Don’t Cry For Me Argentina’ proved to be the most popular single from a show for many years. However, it was 18 months after the release of the record before Evita arrived on stage. The production was directed by Hal Prince and was an artistic and popular success. You can see Evita at SAIC Shanghai Cultural Square from September 6-15.

Sep 6-15, times vary; RMB480-1,280. SAIC Shanghai Cultural Square, see event listingPurchase tickets here.

Sept 7: Pinocchio

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Kids love the story of Pinocchio... and for good reason! Pinocchio will be brought to life in Shanghai this September. The play tells the story a puppet named Pinocchio, who was created out of wood by a man named Geppetto. However, Geppetto wished that his puppet could be a "real boy." His wish was magically granted by the Blue Fairy. The play will take your kids on an adventurous journey with Pinocchio, as he learns how to navigate the world in an honest and truthful way. Whenever Pinocchio does lie, his nose grows longer and longer! Kids 3 and up are sure to be highly amused and entertained.

Sat Sept 7, 10.30am & 2pm; RMB99-250. Floor 4, Shanghai Mall, 1376, Nanjing Xi Lu, Jing’an district. See event listingPurchase tickets here. (Mandarin language).

Sep 9-15: World Snooker Shanghai Masters 2019


The greatest snooker players from around the world are back in town as world number one Ronnie ‘The Rocket’ O’Sullivan bids to lift the Shanghai Masters trophy for the third year running. After becoming the richest invitation event in snooker history last year, expect arguably the most competitive field to date as the world’s top 16, plus eight players from China, fight it out for the prestigious trophy and for a share of the jaw-dropping RMB6 million plus prize fund. Running from September 9 to September 15, the Regal International East Asia Hotel will play host to one of the biggest events on the snooker calendar, with Chinese superstar Ding Junhui looking to win the competition for the third time in seven years.

Monday Sep 9 to Sunday Sep 15, RMB80-980. Regal International East Asia Hotel, see event listingPurchase tickets here.

Sep 13-15: JZ Festival

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JZ Jazz Festival, China’s biggest jazz and blues festival, is back again to celebrate their 15th anniversary. This year’s fest will be held from September 13-15 at the Maxus Datong Music Valley, just in time for the Mid-Autumn Festival. The 15th annual festival boasts a lineup of 75 bands including Lalah Hathaway, Jacob Collier, the Earth Wind & Fire Experience (featuring the Al McKay All Stars), Marcus Miller, Jaga Jazzist, Tia Ray, Cui Jian, Li Quan, the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Viento Terral with Andy Hunter, just to name a few. Musicians and bands from far and wide are bringing the sounds of jazz, blues, funk, Latin, fusion and more to JZ’s stages.

Sep 13-15, RMB460-1,380. Maxus Datong Music Valley, see event listing. Purchase 1-day tickets here and 1-day VIP tickets here.

Sep 20-22: International Photography Fair

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China’s only international art fair devoted to the photographic medium is returning for a sixth year this next month. Photofairs is back bigger and bolder than ever, with plenty in store for fans of visual arts over the course of three days, from September 20-22. The 2019 edition will feature works by well-known names such as Marina Abramovic, Yang Fudong, Vivian Maier and Robert Mapplethorpe, while the winner of the newly-introduced Exposure Award, Noémie Goudal from Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire will exhibit alongside commendations from the award’s judges, including submissions from Morocco, New York and Beijing. Until September 18, you can get standard daily tickets for the reduced price of RMB98 (RMB125 after Sep 18) and VIP tickets for RMB580 (RMB620 after Sep 18). 

Sep 20-22; RMB98 daily (early bird), RMB580 VIP preview ticket (early bird). Shanghai Exhibition CenterPurchase tickets here

Oct 3-4 & 6-7: Le Rouge et le Noir - L’opéra Rock

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The French rock-opera musical Le Rouge et le Noir - L’opéra Rock (The Red and the Black - The Rock Opera) is heading to Shanghai in early-mid October this year. Experience stunning music and visuals as audiences witness the rigid religious and social structures of nineteenth-century France. Written in 1830 by the famous French author Stendhal, Le Rouge et le Noir tells the story of Julien Sorel. Sorel is the son of a carpenter, who is trying his best to work his way up in society, despite coming from a very humble upbringing. His view on the world starts out naive, romantic and idealistic. Although, things quickly change. Sorel and his adventures serve as a metaphor for the societal structure of France at the time. Along his journey, Sorel masquerades as a devout Catholic and finds work as a tutor for the children of Monsieur de Rênal. Despite his pious demeanor, he begins a scandalous and ultimately disastrous affair with the wife of Monsieur de Rênal. The historical psychological tale, Le Rouge et le Noir, will be performed at Shanghai Culture Square this October.

Oct 3-4 & 6-7, 2pm & 7.30pm; RMB280-1,080. Shanghai Culture Square, see event listingPurchase tickets here

Oct 6-13: Shanghai Rolex Masters

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Wimbledon champ and world number one Novak Djokovic and 20-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer are among a host of elite names heading to China for the illustrious Shanghai Rolex Masters in October. The eighth tournament of nine in the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 spans eight days, and will see 99 matches of jaw-dropping action and thrilling excitement played out. The world’s top talents will battle it out for their share of the mouth-watering USD7,086,700 prize pot, as the Qizhong Forest Sports City Arena, retractable magnolia-inspired roof and all, will play host to Novak, Roger and co.

October 6-13, All Day; RMB60-RMB480. Qizhong Forest Sports City Arena, 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

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

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.

Wednesdays: Red Bull Live Music Wednesdays

Looking for something to do mid-week? The Pearl’s ‘Red Bull Live Music Wednesdays’ are the perfect way to put a little pep in your step. Expect lots of special Red Bull cocktails, 2-for-1 specials all night long and great music from a live band.

Wednesdays, 9.30pm; RMB80. The Pearl, see event listingPurchase tickets here

Thursdays: 80s Tribute Night with the Red Stars

The Pearl is hosting their house band live show ‘Back to the 80s’ with the Red Stars every Thursday until the end of the year.  Doors open at 6pm with happy hour till 8pm. The band will take the stage at 9pm with full dinner services all night. Expect tons of tributes to your favorite 80s stars from Tina Turner to Bon Jovi.

Thursdays, 6pm (doors), 9pm (show); RMB100 (presale) RMB120 (door). The Pearl, see event listingPurchase tickets here

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