19 Awesome Things to Do This Week in Shanghai

By That's Shanghai, November 17, 2021

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Nov 18 & 20: Life in North Korea


Life in North Korea’ is an exhibition of photographs by Christian Petersen-Clausen. Visitors are invited to imagine what their lives might be like had they been born in the DPRK. A Q&A session will follow the presentation. 

READ MORE: 'Life in North Korea' Photographer On the Human Face of the DPRK

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Thu Nov 18 & Sat Nov 20; RMB98. Tsubo, 890 Hengshan Lu, Shanghai. 上海市徐汇区衡山路890弄衡山坊7幢.

Nov 20-21: The Pearl's Annual Christmas Market


Christmas just ain’t Christmas without a visit to The Pearl's Annual Christmas Market. A family friendly event, there will be face painters, games, gifts along with Santa. Adults can start their experience with a mulled wine and then stroll around over 40 vendors, proudly displaying their unique wares and handmade products. There will also be special food stalls, including a third floor food court area where you can sit relax and have some tasty morsels. There are all sorts of knick knacks to peruse. Gift ideas galore that can fill those stockings!

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Nov 20, 12-10pm, Nov 21, 12-8pm; RMB20The Pearl. 471 Zhapu Lu, by Wujin Lu, 乍浦路471号, 近武进路.

Nov 25-27: Mama Mia! Abba Tribute Concert


Music to make you go blond and bust some moves. The show of explosive hits penned and sung by international superstars ABBA will make its triumphant return to the Pearl. Last time it was a sold out affair, and this time they will only be performing the show over the course of three nights. So, get your tickets fast for Mama Mia! ABBA Tribute Concert.

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Nov 25, 8pm; RMB100. Nov 26-27, 8.30pm; RMB150. The Pearl. 471 Zhapu Lu, by Wujin Lu, 乍浦路471号, 近武进路.

Dec 11: SantaCon


Nothing says Christmas like being surrounded by dozens of drunk Santas. And the only way you will get to see this is at SantaCon, a yearly Santa Claus-themed pub crawl unlike any other. Seven venues, with a drink at each and an hour of free flow at the final destination. Get your outfit ready and your ticket now!

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Dec 11, 2pm; RMB258 presale, RMB298 at the door. Various locations including The Blarney Stone, La Baracca, The Smokehouse x Camel. Cantina Agave. Lucky Mart. The Hope Project. El Santo. 

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Nov 18: Sexy Vegan Wine Dinner

Hola sexy amigos! Chef Vieira is back to take on a new culinary challenge, serving up delicious vegan tapas.    
Nov 18, 5.30pm; RMB428 includes twelve tapas and six wines.
Tomatito. Infinitus Mall, 3F Room W08-10, 168 Hubin Lu, by Jinan Lu. 湖滨路168号3楼W08-10,近济南路. See event listing.

Nov 18: Beaujolais Evening

You will be head over heels with for Rozo's unique vibe and wine lineup. At Rozo, enjoy a special selection of Cru Beaujolais wines and an exclusive Cold Cut Corner.    
Nov 18, 5.30pm. ROZO. 2F, Number 968 Wuding Lu, by Jiaozhou Lu.
武定路968号2楼,近胶州路. See event listing.

Nov 18: Beer University: Songjan Brewing

This month’s Beer University at Commune Reserve will host Shanghai’s Songjan Brewing. Sample six beers (150ml each) plus enjoy snacks with other craft beer nerds and noobs.   
Nov 18, 7pm; RMB168.
Commune Reserve. 1107 Yuyuan Lu, by Fenggang Lu. 愚园路1107号,近凤岗路. See event listing.

Nov 19: East Meets West Drag Show: Millennium


At The Pearl, the millennial generation is no longer an overexposed image on a digital camera – Chinese pop hits of the 2000s come back to life on the stage. Shimmy on your low-waisted jeans, expose those navels, slather on some extra shiny lip gloss and prepare to party! In addition to Chinese Drag, The Pearl’s Red Stars will be performing live throughout the night to get you dancing and partying between the audacious Drag performances.

Nov 19, doors 6pm, show 9pm; RMBThe Pearl. 471 Zhapu Lu, by Wujin Lu, 乍浦路471号, 近武进路.

Nov 19: Throwback Friday

DJ Painkill is preparing his favorite mix tape with feel-good music to make sure you can sing along and roll on your wheels.    
Nov 19, 7pm.
RIINK. Building 18, Room 102, 358 Kangding Lu, by Shaanxi Bei Lu, Shankang Li. 静安区康定路358号陕康里18号102室. See event listing.

Nov 19: Chinese Work Visa & Permanent Residence Networking Event

Come to this talk if you would like to learn more about the Chinese green card. All concerns will be addressed at this event.   
Nov 19, 7.30pm; Scan QR code for reservation.
Gin & Juice. 358 Kangding Lu, Building 3, Unit 106, by Shaanxi Bei Lu. 康定路358号3幢106室. See event listing.

Nov 19: Peace & Love Flamboyant Hippy Party

Time to set up a hidden time machine at UP Shanghai as they take you back to the year of 1969.  
Nov 19, 9pm; RMB100 early bird, RMB150 at the door.
Up Shanghai. 2F, 688 Shaanxi Bei Lu, by Wuding Lu. 陕西北路688号2楼,近武定路. See event listing.

Nov 19: The R&B Experience

Singer SOS and the Shake band is performing R&B classics live.   
Nov 19, 9.30pm; RMB100.
Shake. 3F, 46 Maoming Nan Lu, by Jinxian Lu. 茂名南路46号3楼,近进贤路. See event listing.

Nov 20-21: New Free Flow Brunch @ Pistolera


New Free Flow Weekend Brunch at Pistolera! Enjoy their new brunch menu and three hours free flow of margarita, prosecco, wine, beers, house spirits and soft drinks for only RMB198 from 11-2pm. 

Nov 20-21, 11-2pm; RMB198. Pistolera, all three venues. See listings here.

Nov 20: Jing-A All Day at Le Daily

Jing A is bringing their Beijing hutong spirit and craft excellence to Shanghai for their first edition of Jing-A All Day. Expect flowing craft beer, DJ sets and delicious sandos all day!
Nov 20, 11am; Scan QR code for more information.
Le Daily. Number 106, 550 Wuding Lu, by Shaanxi Nan Lu. 武定路550号106室,近陕西南路. See event listing.

Nov 20: Jiashan Lane Market

Sample comfort foods from around the globe like crepes, falafel, tempeh, dumplings, smoked brisket and more at the Jiashan Lane Market this Saturday.    
Nov 20, 11am; Free entry.
Jiashan Market. Lane 550, Shaanxi Nan Lu, by Shaoxing Lu. 陕西南路550弄,近绍兴路. See event listing.

Nov 20: MET – Soundtuary de Careyes

MET presents Sanctuary of Sound with the taste of a Mexican festival at La Barra and La Mezcaleria.
Nov 20, 5pm; Free entrance to MET Market, RMB180 for festival. La Barra. 2F, Building 5, Lane 273 Jiaozhou Lu, by Xinzha Lu.
胶州路273开60号5幢2楼,近新闸路. See event listing.

Nov 20: L(CR)AZY Saturdays


Your favorite chefs from this year’s Lazy Saturdays unite one night for the ultimate feast. A multiverse of flavor awaits. Move through the crowd, relax with your favorite food and live it up.    
Nov 20, 6pm; Scan QR code for reservation. The Kitchen Table, W Floor.  66 Lvshun Lu 旅顺路66号, 标识餐厅,W层.

Nov 20: Breakfast Club 1 Year Anniversary

Breakfast Club celebrates one year of dancing 'til breakfast. To lead this celebration, they have snagged Hong Kong’s Xiaolin – the DJ, producer and violinist.  
Nov 20, 9pm.
Elevator. B1, No. 265 Nandan Dong Lu, by Caoxi Bei Lu. 南丹东路265号地下一层,近漕溪北路. See event listing.

Nov 21: Let’s Have Fun Festival 2nd Edition

Let’s Have Fun Festival 2nd Edition is back because of all the fun that they have had needs to be repeated. Expect good food, drinks and music.
Nov 21, 11am; Scan QR code for more information. Huashan Hospital. Huashan Wulumuqi 6 Changle Lu Neighborhood.
华山路乌鲁木齐路长乐路一带. See event listing.

Nov 21: Funka X Yaya’s Giro Pizza alla Pala

Chef Dan Li and Andrew Moo from Yaya’s have created a pop-up pizza menu in collaboration with Funkadeli.   
Nov 21, 7pm; RMB128 includes free flow of pizza.
Funkadeli. 163 Yanping Lu, bny Wuding Lu. RMB150 at the door. 延平路163号,近武定路. See event listing.

Nov 21: TwoProv: Six Zmack Improv Duo

Zmack is proud to announce the return of one of their finest nights of improv theater. 
Nov 21, 7.30pm; Free entry.
Lucca 390. 390 Panyu Lu, bny Fahuazhen Lu. 禺路390号,近法华镇路. See event listing.


Nov 20-Dec 5: BFC Music Festival

The Bund Finance Center (BFC) is going to launch its 16-day music festival. All performances will be centered on three themes: unlimited beats, music planet wandering and floating rhythm.   
Nov 20-Dec 5, 6pm; Free entry. BFC. 600 Zhongshan Dong Er Lu, by Dongmen Lu.
中山东二路600号,近东门路. See event listing.

Looking ahead...

Dec 4: Shanghai Sunrise 25th Anniversary Fundraiser

Shanghai Sunrise, a volunteer-led non-profit organization is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a huge winter gala and fundraiser. Tickets include a three-course dinner, live entertainment, free flow wine, beer, cocktails and a silent auction.
Dec 4, 6pm; RMB988. Hyatt on the Bund. 199 Huangpu Lu, by Wuchang Lu. 黄浦路199号上海外滩茂悦大酒店,近武昌路. See event listing.

Dec 4: Red Ribbon Gala 2021 for World AIDS Day

The Red Ribbon Gala, a signature fundraiser for World AIDS Day, is back for the sixth edition to support the efforts of Shanghai Qingai Health Center  
Dec 4, 6pm; Various prices. Andaz Xintiandi Shanghai. 88 Songshan Lu, by Taicang Lu. 嵩山路88号,近太仓路. 
See event listing.

Dec 11: Ambassy Holiday Market


Looking to do some last-minute Christmas gift shopping? The Ambassy Holiday Market will be selling some artisan foods, exquisite crafts, and local products.
Dec 11, 11am; Free entry. Ambassy Club. 1500 Huai Hai Zhong Lu. 上海淮海中路1500号,近乌鲁木齐路. See event listing.

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