What's On in Suzhou: May 2019

By That's Suzhou, April 30, 2019

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

May 15: Network Under the Stars 

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Network under the stars in the Studio Gardens of W Suzhou. There will be plenty of finger food to nibble on, special deals for three glasses of wine or beer and free flow soft drinks. Plus, there will be a lucky draw at the end. 

Wed May 15, 6-9pm; RMB178 until May 12, RMB188 after May 12. W Suzhou, see event listing

May 17: InterNations Networking Event

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Join InterNations' longstanding monthly networking event at the Hyatt Regency Suzhou, and meet fellow expats in the city over a range of cold canapes, soups, hot dishes and desserts from the buffet, plus free flow wine, beer and soft drinks. There will also be a lucky draw with lots of fantastic prizes to be won. This will be followed by an afterparty at Hemingway with a 10% discount on drinks with an Internations bracelet. 

Fri May 17, 7.30-10pm; RMB160-230. Hyatt Regency Suzhou, see event listing. Registration closes May 16. 

May 28-June 2: School of Rock 


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Based on the hit film, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical and theatrical adaptation tells the story of a straight-A class turned rock band. It's fun for the whole family. 

May 28-June 2, 7.30pm; RMB220-980. Suzhou Culture & Arts Center, see event listing

May 22: Uptown Chill with Joselito

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On Wednesday at Toro Loco, there will be a live carving masterclass with Joselito and welcome drinks between 2.30-4.30pm. Between 7-9pm there will be the mix and mingle event with Joselito accompanied by a live carving, tapas and lots of wine and bubbly. 

Wed May 22, 2.30-4.30pm/7-9pm; RMB298 (early bird), RMB380. Toro Loco, W Suzhou, see event listing

Mondays: Game of Thrones Viewing at The Camel 

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Every Monday night the folks at The Camel will be showing the latest episode of GOT at 7.30pm and then again at 9.15pm in the back bar in case you missed it or want to watch it again! 

Mondays (through May 20), 7.30pm. The Camel, see event listing.

Wednesdays & Saturdays: Sunset Vibe at WOOBAR

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Enjoy some chill time with live tunes at Sunset Vibe at WOOBAR (W Suzhou) every Wednesday and Saturday night. There will also be 2-for-1 on select cocktails and red, white and bubbles.  

Wednesdays and Saturdays, 6.30pm-8.30pmWOOBAR. W Suzhou, see event listing

Thursdays: Stand-Up Comedy Open Mic


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Looking for a laugh? Well, you're in luck because Suzhou Comedy Club is hosting a weekly Stand-Up Comedy Open Mic event every Thursday from 8-9pm. And it's free so there's no excuse not to go!

Thursdays, 8-9pm; free entry. Zhangmen Craft Brewery, see event listing. 

Thursdays: Tattoo Taco Thursdays

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It's Taco Thursdays! And if you show off your tattoo you can enjoy a 35% discount of tacos originally priced at RMB358 per adult/half-priced for children between 3-12 years old. Plus there will be hip-hop from a live DJ. 

Thursdays. The Kitchen Table, W Suzhou, see event listing

Fridays: Amigos Tex-Mex BBQ Buffet

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Amigos Tex-Mex has a new all-you-can-eat BBQ at RMB148 per person (RMB98 for kids) happening every Friday evening. Expect to dig into some beef brisket, pulled pork, smoked ribs and much more! Plus, there will also be free flow options available. Reservations are recommended. 

Fridays, 6-9pm; RMB148 (RMB98 for kids). Amigos Tex-Mex, see event listing.

Events worth traveling to Shanghai for:

May 10-12: Mixnanza & Beernanaza


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Shanghai’s booziest festival is headed to town. Both the Mixnanza Cocktail Festival and Beernanza Beer Festival will take place at the historical Okura Garden Park from May 10-12. Both festivals will take place simultaneously, so whether you’re a beer person or a cocktail person, there’s something to suit all tastes. 

May 10-12. Mixnanza Cocktail Festival: see event listing; purchase tickets here. Beernanza Beer Festival; see event listingpurchase tickets hereOkura Garden Park.

May 10-12: World Coffee Culture Festival

Coffee lovers rejoice! The Shanghai Jing’an World Coffee Culture Festival is headed back to Shanghai this summer. Get ready to get caffeinated at this rooftop coffee party on May 10-12. The festival is going above and beyond this year. Expect to sample goods from the best coffee brands, snack on delectable desserts and creative dishes, shop for one-of-a-kind goods, groove to jazz and electronic music, marvel at art installations and listen to cultural talks. Oh, and drink lots of coffee while you’re at it! 

May 10-12, 11.30am-8pm; RMB30-100. Shanghai HKRI Taikoo Hui L4 Rooftop Garden (No. 789 Nanjing West Road L4). Purchase tickets here

May 15: Jason Mraz

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Multiple Grammy Award winning artist Jason Mraz is bringing his Good Vibes Tour to Shanghai. The exclusive one-night only concert will take place at Mercedes-Benz Arena on May 15. Tickets are now on sale. You can snag yours right here. The Virginia-native came onto the scene in the early-2000s and quickly became known for his soulful folk-pop. Throughout his career, Mraz has earned numerous platinum certifications for his various releases, made pop history with his record-breaking singles, ‘I’m Yours’ and ‘I Won’t Give Up,’ won two Grammy Awards, received the prestigious Songwriter Hall of Fame Hal David Award, and sold out amphitheaters and arenas across the globe. He’s also become known for his positive message, upbeat tunes and humorous live shows. The tour follows the release of Mraz’s sixth studio album Know back in August. It’s now his fifth consecutive studio album to debut in the Top 10 of the Billboard 200.

May 15, 8pm; RMB480-1,580. Mercedes-Benz Arena, see event listingPurchase tickets here

May 17: Daya

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Ultra-popular American singer and songwriter Daya is all set to perform in Shanghai on May 17 at VAS Livehouse. Daya – which means ‘compassion’ in Sanskrit – started playing the piano at age 3. By the time she was 11, she was proficient in piano, guitar, the sax and even the ukulele. She released her first album Sit Still, Look Pretty in 2016 and it’s been uphill from there. In 2017, her smash hit 'Don't Let Me Down' won a Grammy for Best Dance Recording. Daya’s Shanghai show is bound to be popular, so you might want to snag your tickets ASAP.

Fri May 17, RMB380-680. VAS Livehouse, see event listingPurchase tickets here

May 18-19: Sound of Spring

It’s that time of year again where Urban Family and That’s Shanghai will take over Green City in Jinqiao for our annual Sound of Spring festival. This year’s event will be held on the weekend of May 18-19, and will be packed with all sorts of activities from music to luxury camping. 

May 18-19, 10am-4pm. One-day pass: RMB120 (free entry for kids under 16-year-old), early-bird: one-day: RMB 100. Purchase tickets here.

May 23-24: Sophie Zelmani 

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Sophie Zelmani is a singer and songwriter who hails from Sweden. Her style is mostly described as folk-pop music but her melodic sound is truly one-of-a-kind. With her gentle voice she sings about everything from life and love. You can check her out right here in Shanghai as part of her Sunrise Tour at Modern Sky Lab on May 23-24. Her career started over 22 years ago with her self-entitled debut album, which quickly became ultra-popular in Sweden and the Far East. Since then she's released 10 albums, including her most recent release My Song in 2017. Like every artist, Sophie's music has evolved throughout the years, but she always stayed true to her roots. Her sound is still simple; it's all about Sophie singing with the same magical quality as she did in 1995. 

May 23-24, 7.30pm; RMB280-480. Modern Sky Lab, see event listingPurchase tickets here.

May 24: Der Elefantenpups - Ein Tierischer Geheimplan

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If you're looking for a fun, interactive and kid-friendly event, you're in luck! The music-filled Der Elefantenpups - Ein Tierischer Geheimplan will be held at ET Space on May 24-25. This time around, a new animal joins the zoo: a young female panda named Mei Yue. Being in a new place means she's suffering from homesickness and would do anything to be able to return home to China. The zoo animals work together and hatch a secret plan to cheer up Mei Yue. They make music for her with their instruments. In the end, the panda cub is able to happily settle into her new home with her new friends. Throughout the journey, kids can learn about various musical instruments and their unique timbres through a fun and sweet story. Your little ones are sure to love it! 

May 24, 7.30pm / May 25, 10.30am & 3.30pm; RMB120-380. ET Space, see event listingPurchase tickets here

May 26: Emma the Snail

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If you're looking for something fun to do with your little ones, this might just be the perfect event. It's a touching, bilingual German-English tale of a snail named Emma who wants nothing more than to find a new home. Unhappy with her current broken home, she starts a long and adventurous journey for a perfect replacement. She is finally able to find the perfect home in the most unlikely place. It's fun for the whole family. 

Sun May 26, 10.30am 3.30pm. RMB180-480. ET Space, see event listingPurchase tickets here

May 31-June 2: Daventures Race

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Looking for a fun event for the whole family? Then this is the perfect option for you. You can now sign up for the Daventures Race and enjoy the ultimate outdoor experience! Daventures is a fushion of 'Dynamic' and 'Adventures.' It is a celebration of outdoor sports and adventurous spirits. It encourages both amateur sports lovers from all backgrounds as well as professional athletes of all ages to discover the fun of the outdoors and the beauty of nature.

May 31-June 2, RMB299. Joe Lalli Resort in Moganshan. Purchase tickets here.


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