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All the biggest events, festivals and parties to look forward to in the new year, in one place. Bookmark!
  • Chinese New Year

    The biggest holiday of the year, when expats flee to Thailand and Chinese are stuck watching marathon TV specials on the couch with their parents. And, if you're not in downtown Shanghai, fireworks fireworks fireworks!
    • NOT TAGGED | SmSh Territory | Daily until Jan 30 2019
    • 2019-01-24 Finished
  • Qing Ming

    Time to dust off the ol' grave and eat some qingtuan. This year's Qingming holiday falls on April 5, with three days of holidays scheduled from April 5-April 7. This is usually a good weekend to travel in China.
  • Shanghai Auto Show 2019

    Cars, cars, cars. This year's Shanghai Auto Expo moves up from July to April. As in recent years, expect more cars than scantily-clad models.
  • Strawberry Festival

    China's biggest indie label Modern Sky throws one of Shanghai's biggest music festivals. Headliners include Hebe Tien, Tizzy T & Young Jack, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and Omnipotent Youth Society (full lineup check WeChat:...
  • The China International Adult Toys and Reproductive Health Expo

    Better known as the Sex Expo, this is where the country's makers of dildos, vibrators, blow-up dolls, lubes and off-the-wall pleasure inventions show off their wares, to hordes of photographers looking for a little titillation. 100rmb.
  • Cinco de Mayo

    Mexican party day, commemorating the Mexican Army's victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla, celebrated, correctly, with lots of tequila and drink specials.
  • Dragon Boat Festival

    You get a couple days off to watch the Dragon Boats. The big one is always on Suzhou Creek, happening at 2pm on Thursday and Friday. Also a good time to get out of town on a shorter trip.
  • Start Up Summit: 4YFNS19

    Big event for next-generation technology (5G, IOT, AI, Big Data and beyond). 4YFN is back at Asia’s largest exhibition for the mobile industry, GSMA MWC Shanghai, supporting startups, investors and companies to connect and launch new...
    • Executive | SNIEC | Daily until Jun 28 2019
    • 2019-06-26 Finished
  • Bastille Day

    La Fête Nationale is another excuse to party, whether you are French or not, falling right in the sweet spot of summertime when the days are lazy and hot, and the nights are sticky with pastis.
  • Qixi

    The Chinese lover's holiday, and answer to the Western Valentine's Day. Expect lots of girls carrying balloons and restaurants trying to capitalize on the day.
  • Concrete & Grass (CANCELED)

    Promoters Split Works' yearly two-day multi-stage open air festival is slated for September, with an international line-up of rock, pop, metal, hip hop, and electronic music from China and beyond. Usually one of the less cookie...
  • Ladyfest (TBC)

    A festival for and by the ladies of Shanghai to promote gender equality, have talks and workshops, and unveil artwork and performances, followed by a killer after-party. This year happening in October instead of the the typical March...
  • October Holiday

    Golden Week, a.k.a. the worst time to travel domestically. You get a week off work from October 1-7, but you've gotta work on extra days. So... yeah.
    • NOT TAGGED | SmSh Territory | Daily until Oct 7 2019
    • 2019-10-01 Finished