What's On in Suzhou: March 2018

By That's Suzhou, March 2, 2018

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That's Suzhou picks the best things to do in the city each month.

All Month Long: Cocktail Happy Hour at Mariana Lounge, Crowne Plaza Suzhou

Cocktail happy hour
The winter is here and temperatures are dropping. Need something to warm you up during these lazy afternoons? Look no more! On weekdays from 5-8pm, head over to Mariana Lounge for a cocktail free-flow while enjoying tunes from house pianist Gino starting from 6pm.

Every week, Monday-Friday, 5-8pm. Mariana Lounge, Crowne Plaza Suzhou, see event listing.

All Month Long: RMB20 Taco Mondays at El Luchador

Taco Mondays Suzhou
Hate Mondays? Not anymore. Every Monday, El Luchador is serving up RMB20 tacos from 6pm onwards to cheer you up. Choose from an array of selected tacos and dig in!

Every week, Mondays, 6pm onwards. El Luchador Tacos & Tequila, see event listing.

All Month Long: Pub Quiz at The Camel Sports Bar

Pub Quiz at The Camel Suzhou
Every Tuesday, James Brown, the Hardest Working Man in Show Quizness, challenges with 10 rounds testing a wide variety of subjects ranging from general knowledge, film and current affairs questions. A total of RMB800 in Camel vouchers are up for grabs, plus plenty of shots to keep the atmosphere lively and competitive.

Every week, Tuesdays, 8pm-late. The Camel Sports Bar Suzhou, see event listing.

All Month Long: RMB30 Frozen Margarita Tuesdays at El Luchador

Margaritas at El Luchador
Three more days till the weekend seems too far away? Not anymore. Come to El Luchador for RMB30 frozen margaritas every Tuesday. The margs are served all day and all night, so why wait for the weekend?

Every week, Tuesdays, 6pm onwards. El Luchador Tacos & Tequila, see event listing.

All Month Long: RMB50 Burrito Wednesdays at El Luchador

Burrito Deal at El Luchador Suzhou
Wednesdays just got a whole lot better. From 6pm onwards, get burritos for RMB50 each at El Luchador. Add RMB15, and you'll get a refreshing Corona or a delicious frozen margarita. Don't miss this deal available every Wednesday.

Every week, Wednesdays, 6pm onwards. El Luchador Tacos & Tequila, see event listing.

All Month Long: Yuehu Tai Musical Fountains Show

Musical Fountains Show Suzhou
Available every Saturday evening in March (weather permitting), the impressive light show has moved from Jinji Lake in the SIP to this new location.

Every week, Saturdays, 7-7.30pm, free. Yuehu Tai, see event listing.

All Month Long: Auténtico Mexicano Weekend Brunch at El Luchador

Auténtico Mexicano Weekend Brunch at El Luchador
Brunch with a punch... of flavor! Come for El Luchador's brunch of champions every weekend, where they'll be serving authentic Mexican food starting from just RMB65 per person! For only RMB128 more, you can enjoy free flow sparkling and hibiscus mimosas. 

Every week, Saturday-Sunday, 11am-2pm, RMB65-RMB193. El Luchador Tacos & Tequila, see event listing.

All Month Long: Sunday Jam Sessions at Meister Brau (SSCAC)

Sunday Jam Sessions
Meister Brau is kicking off a new and exciting addition to the Suzhou music scene: Sunday Jam Sessions. Held every Sunday at Meister Brau #1, the weekend afternoon gathering is design to cater for all musicianship levels and styles, creating a welcoming and ever-changing environment for music lovers and musicians alike. Contact Kit on WeChat (ID: Kit-Chat) for more details.

Every week, Sundays, 3-6pm. Meister Brau (SSCAC), see event listing.

All Month Long: Deep Roll Parties at Rong Creative Industrial Park

Deep Roll
Deep Roll presents several parties with lineups of local artists throughout the month of March to get your nightlife fix, including The Jungle Sound on March 3. Head over to Rong Creative Industrial Park on the weekends for deep house, rap, techno and other DJ acts.

Throughout March. Rong Creative Industrial Park, see event listings.

All Month Long: Discover Wellness at SANGHA by OCTAVE

SANGHA by Octave is offering a two days one night package that includes accommodation at the AT ONE Wellness Hotel, and access to a range of wellness programs and learning workshops. Starts from RMB12,000, and a three days’ advance reservation is recommended.

Ongoing, RMB12,000 and up. SANGHA by OCTAVE, see event listing.

Until March 4: Yu Fei'an Art Exhibition - Splendid Creation of Nature at Suzhou Museum

Art Exhibit
Known for his famous paintings of flowers and birds, the works of Shandong-born artist Yu Fei’an (1899-1959) are featured in the ‘Splendid Creation of Nature’ exhibition at the Suzhou Museum.

Daily, opening hours, until March 4. Suzhou Museum, see event listing.

Until March 4: Auspicious Omens - Yan Xiaojing Solo Exhibition at Suzhou Museum

Suzhou Gallery
Toronto-based Chinese-Canadian contemporary artist Yan Xiaojing showcases her talent in a series of sculptures and installations inspired by elements found in nature, including water droplets, fungi, and insects at the Suzhou Museum.

Daily, opening hours, until March 4. Suzhou Museum, see event listing.

Until March 11: Collections of the Wu Family at Suzhou Museum

Now running at Suzhou Museum through March 11, 2018.

Daily, opening hours, until March 11. Suzhou Museum, see event listing.

March 4: Swinging Beethoven by Quintessence Saxophone Quintet at Suzhou Polygrand Theatre

Swinging Beethoven
Originally from Germany, this five-man contemporary jazz ensemble specializing in saxophone will bring their signature performances of classical and Baroque music from composers like Bach, Vivaldi, Beethoven, Mozart and Handel.

Sunday, March 4, 7.30pm. RMB50. Suzhou Polygrand Theatre, see event listing.

March 4, 11, 18 & 25: Hack Hanzi at Locke Pub

Hack Hanzi
Want to learn Chinese? Suzhou-based teacher Lydia Nordlien will be holding 'Hack Hanzi' workshops and crashcourses throughout the month of March to help you get started or prepare for the HSK. Participate in both the crashcourse and workshop for the complete version, or just take part in the crashcourse to learn what Hanzi is about and how easy it can be. Both classes have plenty of interaction, exercises and other activities and entry fee includes drinks. Note that workshop attendees are required to have previously attended the crashcourse. Hacking Hanzi is suitable for any language level, including beginners and advanced speakers.

Sunday, March 4, 11, 18 and 25, RMB150-275. Locke Pub, see event listings here, here, here and here.

March 7: Star.t Women's Leadership Salon at OfficeStar (Xinghai Building)

Start Women's Leadership Salon
Join OfficeStar for a Women's Leadership discussion. Both women and men are welcome to join. The salon is free to attend, but registration is required. Click here to register.

March 7, 7-9.10pm, free entry (registration required). OfficeStar (Xinghai Building), see event listing, sign up here.

March 8-25: Bookworm Literary Festival 2018 at The Bookworm

Bookworm Literary Festival
The Bookworm Literary Festival returns for its 11th edition. The just-over-two-week program brings together a host of authors and creatives from China and abroad and includes talks, panels, performances and more.Click here for a full schedule.

March 8-25, various times. The Bookworm, see event listing.

March 8: Ladies on Top at Hemingway Lounge & Terrace

Ladies on Top
It's International Women's Day on March 8, and Hemingway is throwing a special "Ladies on Top" party to celebrate. DJ Koroma will be spinning tunes live starting from 9pm and male dancers will be putting the moves on in a special show. Spring cocktails will be on offer starting from RMB25, while wine and sparkling bottles are available from RMB128. Goodies will be given out, including vouchers to Wings Nail Saloon, LL Dental, Flip Angels and Pink Box by BTB Academy!

March 8, 9pm-late. Hemingway Club, see event listing.

March 9: Laputa: Castle in the Sky Concert at Dushu Lake Theatre

Laputa: Castle in the Sky Concert
This multimedia concert features songs from Studio Ghibli animated classics, including the Oscar-winning Spirited Away. One for slightly older kids as it starts at 7.30, but definitely worth staying up past their bedtime for!

Friday, March 9, 7.30pm, RMB80-380. Dushu Lake Theatre, see event listing, buy tickets.

March 10: Irish Night at Locke Pub

Ireland Month
As part its "Ireland Month" celebrations ahead of St. Patrick's Day, the Consulate General of Ireland is holding a special themed night at Locke Pub on March 10. Expect traditional music and dancing starting from 6pm. For more information, follow the embassy's official WeChat account (ID: Ireland_event).

Saturday, March 10, 6pm-late. Locke Pub, see event listing.

March 10: Notes from Northland Concert by SZSO at Suzhou Culture & Arts Center

Conducted by Julian Kovatchev, an award-winning musician who has worked with various orchestras throughout Europe over the past three decades and now serving as the music director and conductor-in-residence of Daegu Symphony Orchestra in Korea, the SZSO will serenade the audience with music from Russian composers like Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich.         

Saturday, March 10, 7.30pm. RMB80-580. Suzhou Culture & Arts Center, see event listing.

March 11: Suzhou Jinji Lake International Half Marathon

Suzhou Jinji Lake International Half Marathon
The ninth annual Suzhou Jinji Lake International Marathon takes place on March 11. The 21km race course will take runners around Jinji Lake, and both the start and finish lines are at Moon Harbor. Registration to participate is now closed, but you can still head over to the race course to cheer on the thousands of runners this Sunday! Click here for the race route.

Sunday, March 11, race starts at 8.30am. See event listing.

March 11: From Mozart to Broadway at Suzhou Culture & Arts Center

Mozart to Broadway
Hailed as 'opera's coolest soprano' by the New York Times, Australian-American singer Danielle de Niese will be performing with the Lucerne Festival Strings — one of the leading European chamber orchestras — to bring a selection of classical masterpieces and Broadway hits to the audience.  

Sunday, March 11, 7.30pm. RMB100-680. Suzhou Culture & Arts Center, see event listing.

March 17: Baking & Dating Event at Danish Baking Shifu (Rainbow Mall)

Baking & Dating at Danish Baking Shifu
Single and available? Then here's the event for you! Learn how to bake and get the chance to meet that special someone with this Baking & Dating event at Danish Baking Shifu's new location. Lars Pach, owner of Danish Baking Shifu, will teach you how to make cookies as you mingle with other participants. Entry is RMB65 per person, which includes cookie dough, molds, cream and a chance to use the oven. You'll be able to take your handmade cookies home after the event. Danish Baking Shifu will donate RMB1 per participant to the Suzhou Small Animal Protection Association. Feel free to bring friends along! For more details, click here. Send an SMS to 15995468007 or 15862531392 (or add either of those numbers on WeChat) to sign up.

Saturday, March 17, 2-4pm, RMB65 per person. Danish Baking Shifu (Rainbow Mall), see event listing.

March 17: Carmen by Suzhou Ballet Theatre with the SZSO at Suzhou Culture & Arts Center

The Suzhou modern dance troupe's reinterpretation of the 1875 French opera sees the focus of the story being placed on the male protagonist, Don Jose, a naive soldier who's seduced by the title character and throws away his whole life for his newfound love, but ends up killing her in a jealous rage. 

Saturday, March 17, 7.30pm. RMB80-580. Suzhou Culture & Arts Center, see event listing.

March 19: Paul French Presents City of Devils at The Bookworm

Paul French City of Devils
Paul French, author of New York Times bestseller Midnight in Peking, is back in town for the Suzhou Bookworm presenting City of Devils, which sees him delves into the colorful history of the Gangs of Old Shanghai.

Monday, March 19, 7pm. The Bookworm, see event listing.

March 23: InterNations March Event at Hyatt Regency Suzhou

Internations Suzhou Event
InterNations Suzhou will hold the March edition of its monthly after-work event at the Hyatt Regency Suzhou's Tea House & Beer Garden on the ground floor, followed by an after party at Hemingway's. From 7.30 to 9.30pm, guests can enjoy delicious appetizers and snacks, as well as a free flow of selected drinks. The after party at Hemingway's is 10 percent off for InterNations members.

Friday, March 23, 7.30-9.30pm, RMB160-230. Hyatt Regency Suzhou, see event listing.

March 25: Debussy and Beyond at Suzhou Culture & Arts Center

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Claude Debussy's death, the SZSO will be paying tribute to the French composer's work in an intimate setting. Refreshments will be served after the concert.

Sunday, March 25, 10.30am and 2pm. RMB100. Suzhou Culture & Arts Center, see event listing.

March 30: League of Astonishing Strings – Voice of North America at Suzhou Culture & Arts Center

Voice of North America
This joint performance courtesy of Ken Lavigne (formerly of The Canadian Tenors), North Shore Celtic Ensemble, Vancouver Island Choir and American music group Touch of Class features a setlist that covers a variety of musical genres from classic pop and opera to reinterpretations of American and Chinese folk music.

Friday, March 30, 7.30pm. RMB80-280. Suzhou Culture & Arts Center, see event listing.

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