The 15 Best Things to Do This Week in Suzhou

By That's Suzhou, March 13, 2018

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

All Week Long: 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.

Until March 25, various times. The Bookworm, see event listing.

All Week 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.

March 15: Start-Up Workshop at OfficeStar

Start-up workshop
OfficeStar will be hosting start-up workshop number five in its Suzhou-GO! series this Thursday at its Xinghai location. This week's main topic: the legal foundations of a start-up in China. Attendees will learn valuable tips on getting their business started, such as how to pick an official scope for registering a start-up in China and what kinds of licenses you'll need to get the ball rolling. Participation does not require that you have attended any of the previous four workshops. For more information and signups, visit their website at

Thursday, March 15, 7-9.30pm. OfficeStar (Xinghai), see event listing.

March 15: Movie Class & Screening at Locke Pub

Movie Class and Screening
The Chris Classic Movie Club will be holding a movie class and screening exploring the odyssey of color in cinema this Thursday at Locke Pub. Hosted by Christophe Pavillion, this class will explore how color affects the way we see movies — from Technicolor to Wes Anderson. During the session you'll get to view screenings of a rare 1902 color movie and the original Suspiria film (from 1977) directed by master of horror Dario Argento.

Thursday, March 15-, 7.30pm-late. Locke Pub, see event listing.

Opening March 16: Grade 12 Visual Arts Exhibition at SSIS

Suzhou Singapore International SchoolSuzhou Singapore International School's Grade 12 Visual Arts Exhibition will open on March 16. Showcasing pieces from the international school's senior students, the gallery will be located on campus grounds at the SSIS foyer. 

Opening Friday, March 16 and lasting until March 30. Suzhou Singapore International School, see event listing.

March 16: Wine Tasting at FlipAngels

Wine Tasting
Experience French table manners and boost your vino knowledge from wine culture master Matthieu Ventelon this Friday at FlipAngels. During the session you'll be able to sample authentic French wines.

Friday, March 16, 6.30-8.30pm, RMB88 per person. FlipAngels, see event listing.

March 16-17: Yolo Non x 404 Error & Deep in Suzhou at Deep Roll

Deep Roll
Deep Roll is holding several parties with lineups of local artists throughout the month of March to get your nightlife fix, including Yolo Non x 404 Error on Friday and Deep in Suzhou on Saturday. Head over to Rong Creative Industrial Park on the weekends for deep house, rap, techno and other DJ acts.

Friday, March 16 and Saturday, March 17. Rong Creative Industrial Park, see event listing.

March 17-18: 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.

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 locationLars 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: Healthy Smoothie Prep Class at Double Tree Hotel Suzhou

Healthy Smoothie Prep Class
Learn the basics and benefits of preparing healthy smoothies with this class from Laila Alieh on St. Patrick's Day. You'll learn how to bulk prep, which will save you time and money! Class is limited to 10 people.

Saturday, March 17, 2-4pm, RMB300 per person (class limited to 10 people). DoubleTree by Hilton, see event listing.

March 17: 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.

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 18: Hack Hanzi at Locke Pub

Hack Hanzi
Want to learn Chinese? Suzhou-based teacher Lydia Nordlien will be holding a 'Hack Hanzi' workshop to help you get started or prepare for the HSK. The workshop will have plenty of interaction, exercises and other activities and entry fee includes drinks. Note that workshop attendees are required to have previously attended one of the Hack Hanzi crashcourses. Hack Hanzi is suitable for any language level, including beginners and advanced speakers.

Sunday, March 18, 2.30-4.30pm, RMB275 (includes two drinks). Locke Pub, see event listing here.

March 18: Sunday Jam Session 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.

March 18: Jinji Network Wine Tasting at Volcity Wine Lounge

Jinji Network Wine Tasting
Mingle with locals, expats, professionals and students at Jinji Network's wine tasting this weekend. Experience great New Zealand wine and tapas for the entire evening. 

Sunday, March 18, 5.30pm-late, RMB150-198. Volcity Wine Lounge, see event listing.

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