What's On in Suzhou: June 2018

By That's Suzhou, June 1, 2018

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

June 1: Popasuda


Start the weekend off right by chilling out with some reggae and dancehall beats with Skinny Brown. 

Fri June 1, Rong Creative Industrial Park, see event listing

June 1-3: Bamboo and Plum Blossom in Paintings Collection

Suzhou Museum is showcasing its collection of more than 40 pieces of bamboo and plum blossom paintings through the beginning of June. Both classic symbols of a traditional Chinese gentlemen, these two plants have been popular subjects for artists and poets since the Tang dynasty. 

Through Sunday, June 3. Suzhou Museum, see event listing (szmuseum.com)

June 1-24: Freedom World

Freedom World
Square Art International presents Freedom World, a graffiti army from Europe. Featured artists of the Shi Jianfang-curated exhibition include Konair Onergizer, El Xupet Negre, Btoy Andrea, Timothee Pomier, Mathias Milhaud, Elsie Pomier and Luc Schumutz. The exhibition will be open until June 24

Through June 24. 56 Creative Space, see event listing.

June 2: Camelympic Games

Camelympic Games
The Camelympic Games are wrapping up on Saturday June 2! For those who don’t know, the Camelympics is a competition of pub games across five disciplines: Shuffleboard, Darts, Foosball, Pool and Golden Tee Golf. Teams of no more than eight people competed in games on Saturday nights throughout the month May. The final teams will play in a grand final on June 2, with the victorious team winning a steak dinner each and a keg of Carlsberg to share. 

Sat June 2. The Camel Sports Bar, see event listing.

June 2: Suzhou Showdown

Suzhou Showdown
The Suzhou Showdown gala, presented by Blacktie Boxing, is returning to Suzhou yet again. This is the first time the event will be held during the summer. Please note that the venue has changed — the event will now take place at the south square of Nison City Mall along the promenade, right in front of Explore Bar (formerly known as Muddy Waters). Afterparty will take place at Hemingway. Click here for the latest updates.

Sat June 2, Nison City Mall, afterparty at Hemingway's. Click here for more event information.

June 2: The Rugby Ball


It's time for the highly-anticipated Rugby Ball, a night of fun and drinking with the Suzhou Late Knights. You can still get your tickets for the dinner at the W Hotel and after party at Flu (sold separately). This is gonna be one helluva time. 

Sat June 2, Dinner: 7-10pm at Su Yan, W Suzhou, RMB500 (includes free-flow wine and beer). After party: 10.30pm-1am at Flu, RMB200 (includes free-flow on select drinks). See event listing

June 2: Silk Mandarin Suzhou Housewarming Party


Celebrate the opening of Silk Mandarin's new Suzhou branch on Saturday. The "housewarming party" includes activities from Chinese paint brushing to cycling around Jinji Lake. 

Sat June 2, 9am-5pm; Silk Mandarin Language Training Institute, see event listing. For more information, click here.

June 2: The Little Singers of Paris

One of the world's top boys' choirs, The Little Singers of Paris have already performed in more than 80 countries, and are known as the French ambassadors of peace. For their Suzhou show, the young singers will be bringing a range of classical, traditional and folk songs from various countries, including China, to the audience.

Saturday, June 2, 7.30pm. RMB100-680. Suzhou Culture & Arts Center, see event listing. (www.sscac.com.cn)

June 5: Dance Drama Opera Warrior


The Huajin Dance Drama Ensemble will be performing this exciting opera right here in Suzhou. The opera has been performed over 200 times on stages around the world. 

Tues June 5, 7.30pm; RMB70-580. Dushu Lake Theatre, see event listing

June 6: China Blind Taste Off


Which is better: wine from Chinese mainland or foreign wine? At this blind taste off, you'll have the chance to decide for yourself by sampling four different Chinese wines and four different foreign wines. Wines will also be paired with delicious dishes.

Wed June 6, 7pm; RMB548. Su Yan, W Suzhou, see event listing

June 6: DUSA June Social Gathering


DUSA Social Gatherings provide an opportunity to meet with the European Association of Suzhou (DUSA) community and also for non-members to know more about the group. Blue Marlin will be providing welcome drinks and finger food free of charge.

Wed June 6, 6.30-9pm; Free entry. Blue Marlin Xinghai Jie SIP, see event listing.

June 8: Girl Gone International (GGI) Suzhou Launch


The female network Girl Gone International (GGI) is launching in Suzhou on June 8. And registration is now open for the special girls night out a Hemingway. In addition to good times, there will be a 20 percent discount on drinks and food. The event will be held on a private VIP terrace (weather permitting) and a Shanghai-based DJ will provide the beats. 

Fri June 8, 7pm. Hemingway Lounge & Terrace, see event listing. To register, click here.

June 8: Chaiti - Indian Music and Dance


If you're looking for something a bit different to do, check out this night of Indian music and dance. Vyjyanthi Kashi and Prateeksha Kashi will perform. And special guest Lulu Wang will also join in on the performance. Wang is a Chinese Scholar and expert in the Indian dance of Kuchipudi. 

Fri June 8, 7.30pm; RMB80-380. Suzhou Culture & Arts Center, see event listing

June 8: Dub Attack

Dub Attack
Get ready for a night of house music at Deep Roll's Dub Attack! DJs Maze and Loosh will be behind the decks mixing roots reggae, heavy dubs and more. Doors open at 10pm; enter before midnight to get a free shot. RMB30 cover fee. 

Fri June 8, 10pm-late, RMB30. Deep Roll, see event listing.

June 9: World Cup Warm Up Party

World Cup Warm Up Party
Pulp Fiction will be throwing a huge theme party on June 9 to get you in the mood for the 2018 FIFA World Cup! Show up in fancy dress representing one of the competing nations between 7-11pm to enjoy free flow Carlsbergs. Prizes will be awarded to partygoers with the best costume.

Sat June 9, 7-11pm. Pulp Fiction, see event listing.

June 9: The Brahms Rhapsody


The Suzhou Symphony Orchestra presents a selection Brahms' classic works including Academic Festival Overture, Op.80 and more.  

Sat June 9, 7.30pm; RMB80-580. Jinji Lake Concert Hall, see event listing

June 9: Rock and Soul at Wave Livehouse

Rock and Soul at Wave Livehouse

Head over to Wave Livehouse on June 9 for an evening of live music from local bands Surging Waves, Pocket Protectors and Broken Knee. Expect psychadelic fusions of rock, pop, jazz, ska, funk, soul and more.

Sat June 9, 8.30pm-late, free entry. Wave Livehouse, see eventlisting.

June 12: Confucius - A Folk Dance Drama


Presented by China National Opera and Dance Drama Theater, the show tells the story of Confucius as he searches for social order around the kingdoms. 

Tues June 12, 7.30pm; RMB100-580. Suzhou Culture & Arts Center, see event listing

June 14-July 15: World Cup Live Viewing at The Camel

Russia World Cup

Looking for a spot to watch the FIFA World Cup? The Camel has you covered! They'll be showing every game live starting June 14, all the way up until the grand finale on July 15. Click here for a full guide to all the games and their China starting times.

Thurs June 14-Sun July 15, various times. The Camel.

June 14-July 15: World Cup Live Viewing at Hemingway


Hemingway is the place to be during the 2018 FIFA World Cup! They've just installed two huge projector screens as well as two big-screen TVs, and will be broadcasting games throughout the entire World Cup. Contact Hemingway for more details.

Thurs June 14-Sun July 15, various times. Hemingway Lounge & Terrace.

June 14-July 15: World Cup Live Viewing at Jenny's Bar

World Cup at Jenny's Bar

The FIFA World Cup is back! Jenny's Bar will celebrate with its very own Jenny's Cup, kicking off on June 14. Every game will be broadcast live up until the final match on July 15. During the live showings, each table can also bet on their favorite team, with the winning table receiving free selected drinks. To join in on the challenge, simply order any food r drinks and you'll automatically be given the chance to compete.

Thurs June 14-Sun July 15, various times. Jenny's Bar, see event listing.

June 15: InterNations June Event


Join InterNations' longstanding monthly networking event at outdoor venue TBoat Restaurant and meet fellow expats in the city over a BBQ buffet and free flow of wine, beer and juice while enjoying a panoramic view of Jinji Lake. There's even an afterparty at Hemingway for those who want to party all night long. Hemingway will be offering a 10 percent discount for InterNations members.

Friday, June 15, 7.30pm. RMB160 (albatross members), RMB210 (basic members), RMB230 (door). TBoat, see event listing (www.internations.org)

June 18: Jinji Lake International Dragon Boat Race


Don't miss out on the Dragon Boat Race over the holiday. The race will take place at Jinji Lake. It's expected that 66 teams will compete in this year's competition. This is a great event for the whole family! 

Mon June 18 at Jinji Lake.

June 22-24: International Conference on Environmental Science and Sustainable Energy


Are you interested in how you can better the environment? This two-day conference will cover areas like environmental planning and assessment, pollution control, waste disposal and recycling, energy alternatives and renewable energy.

Fri-Sat June 22-24, 9am-6pm. Aster Hotel Suzhou, see event listing.

June 22: Deniz Tek

Deniz Tek
Head over to Wave Livehouse on June 22 for a live performance from guitarist Deniz Tek of the famed 1970s Australian indie punk rock band Radio Birdman, along with supporting acts from local groups Round Eye and The Fourth.

Fri June 22, 9pm-late, RMB150-200. Wave Livehouse, see event listing.

June 23: Thought For Food Market Pairing Series Episode 1

Thought for Food Market Pairing SeriesThought For Food Market will kick off their new Pairing Series with a six-couse set menu featuring a variety of sustainably sourced seafood and natural European wines. Set includes a juice course, canapes, fully-traceable seafood (fish, shrimp, squid and shellfish) and dessert.

Sat June 23, 6pm, RMB988. Thought For Food Market, Sangha by Octave, see event listing.

June 30: Jinji Network Late Night Party


Get ready to mingle at Jinji Network's super late-night party. There will be a barbeque going on the veranda until midnight as well as specials on drinks and tons of games. Expect this one to go till the wee hours. And by that we mean 9am.

Sat June 30, 6pm-9am; RMB100. Join the group for the exact location (scan the QR on the poster above). See event listing

All Month Long: Toro Loco After Dark

Toro Loco After Dark
Amplify your social scene after dark every day at Toro Loco. Groove till late with eclectic beats, sangria and Spanish bites. Sangria to share starting from RMB198 net per jug.

Daily, through June 30, 9pm-midnight. Toro LocoW Suzhou, see event listing.

All Month Long: Morton's Power Hour

Morton's Power Hour
Get ready for the summer with one of the best power hours in town! Available every day from 5-7pm.

Daily, 5-7pm. Morton's Grille Suzhou, see event listing.

All Month Long: Square Art Presents Mathias Milhaud

Mathias Milhaud
The works of artist Mathias Milhaud will be exhibited at 56 Creative Space until June 30 as part of Square Art International's artist residence project. Born in 1981 in Paris, Milhaud lives and works in Paris. His pieces feature sawed objects painted into forms that look like extensions of the recurrent naive or simple paintings, bridging the gap between the canvas and real life.

Through Saturday, June 30. 56 Creative Space, see event listing.

All Month Long: Crayfish Specials at W Suzhou

Crayfish Summer Menu at W Suzhou
Summer's here, and that means it's time to try some xiaolongxia, AKA China's favorite crayfish. Get your seafood fix at the W Suzhou, which will be offering crayfish specials at each of its restaurants and bars throughout the entire summer.

Daily. Toro Loco, The Kitchen Table, Su Yan and WOOBAR (W Suzhou), see event listing.

Tuesdays: RMB20 Tacos at El Luchador

Taco Tuesday! Every Tuesday, El Luchador serves up RMB20 tacos from 6pm onwards to make the world a better place. Choose from an array of selected tacos and dig in!

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

Tuesdays: Camel Pub Quiz

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.

Wednesdays: Open Mic Night

Open Mic Night at The Bookworm
Bring your voice and get free drinks every Wednesday night from 7.30-9.30pm at The Bookworm! Listen to pop and jazz song covers by Ginny at this weekly Open Mic Night, or take the stage and perform your own set. 

Every week, Wednesdays, 7.30-9.30pm. The Bookworm, see event listing.

Wednesdays: Senoritas Night Out

SenoritasIt's senoritas night out every Wednesday at Hemingway! Ladies get a free welcome drink (fruity rum punch) from 9pm to midnight. Book a table before 7pm to receive a free pitcher of fruity rum for the whole squad. All night long, there will also be drink specials on a selction of drinks, including wine, beer and punch. There will be also salsa dancing to ensure it's a fun evening for all.

Wednesdays,  9pm-late. Hemingway Lounge & Terrace, see event listing.

Wednesdays: RMB50 Burritos 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.

Thursdays: #TBT (Throwback Thursdays)

Throwback Thursdays at Hemingway
Ever wanted to turn back time? Well now you can every Thursday at Hemingway! Each Thursday, expect weekly rotating live DJs on the decks who will spinning the classics and special old-fashioned cocktails brought back for one night only by their bartenders. There will also be deals on drinks — from 20 percent off beers to 30 percent off mixed drinks — as well as #TBT surprises and presents. Hemingway's Thursdays with a twist will be your new favorite way to get ready for the weekend!

Every week, Thursdays. Hemingway Lounge & Terrace, see event listing.

Thursdays: El Luchador Ladies Night

Ladies Night at El Luchador
It's Ladies Night every Thursday at El Luchador! There will be free margaritas for all senoritas, plus Latin and salsa tunes to keep you moving. Plus, enjoy Happy Hour deals all night long starting from 7pm.

Every week, Thursdays. El Luchador, see event listing.

Thursdays: Student Party

Pulp Fiction Student Party
Pulp Fiction presents its weekly Student Party every Thursday. Students and English teachers can enjoy Happy Hour specials all night long starting from 9pm while dancing along to Latin, hip hop, trap, reggaeton and other hot beats. Entry is free. Bring along your university ID to enjoy exclusive student-only specials.

Every week, Thursdays. Pulp Fiction, see event listing.

Weekends: Auténtico Mexicano Weekend Brunch

El Luchador Brunch
Brunch with a punch... of flavor! Come for El Luchador's brunch of champions every weekend, where they'll be serving authentic Mexican food. For only RMB138, you can get free flow Coronas, sangria and house frozen margaritas from 11am-3pm. Enjoy Latin Vibes throughout the day with Bachata, Bossa Nova and Latin Jazz music.

Every week, Saturday-Sunday, 11am-3pm, RMB138 free flow. El Luchador Tacos & Tequila, see event listing.

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