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All the biggest events, festivals and parties to look forward to in the new year, in one place. Bookmark!
Feb
  • 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 Feb 10 2019
    • 2019-02-02 Finished
Mar
  • Shanghai Restaurant Week (TBC)

    Deals deals deals as a number of the city's restaurants put on special menus for the occasion.
  • Design Shanghai

    Some 300 home design brands set up shop in the Shanghai Exhibition Center in March for this annual showcase. As ever, the fair is divided into three main sections: contemporary, classic and collectibles, with big brands including Vitra,...
  • Shanghai International Literary Festival

    Literary pursuits and diversions on the Bund with a full schedule of international writers.
    • Community | SmSh Territory | Daily until Mar 25 2019
    • 2019-03-14 Finished
  • St. Patrick's Day

    As usual with St. Patrick's Day, expect a lot of daytime drinking and non-Irish folks playing Irish for the day.
  • Peach Blossom Festival

    Get out of downtown and into the city suburbs to see the first buds of spring — and about ten million other people with the same idea.
    • Community, Sports & Recreation | SmSh Territory | Daily until Apr 16 2019
    • 2019-03-20 Finished
  • Shanghai Fashion Week

    The Spring iteration (it also returns in fall) of Shanghai Fashion Week (SFW) takes over Xintiandi, with loads of domestic brands and a few foreign ones. Most of the events are invite-only but it's a fine opportunity to hang around...
    • Community | SmSh Territory | Daily until Apr 2 2019
    • 2019-03-28 Finished
Apr
  • 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.
  • Formula 1 Grand Prix

    From April 12 to April 14, the F1 Grand Prix returns to Shanghai with all your favorite racing teams and celebrity drivers doing 56 laps on a 5.5km circuit shaped like the Chinese character "上" ("Shang"). Head on down to check out the...
    • Sports & Recreation | SmSh Territory | Daily until Apr 14 2019
    • 2019-04-12 Finished
  • 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.
May
  • Longines Global Champions Tour

    Experience this international horse jumping sport live in an exclusive ambience. The Longines Global Champions Tour hosts the top riders of the sport with their best horses in the most difficult classes. The event takes place over three...
  • 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.
Jun
  • 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.
  • Consumer Electronics Show

    Big trade event showcasing the newest products from major tech companies, such as 3D printing, mobile phones, household appliances, sports and fitness trackers, and VR gear. The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has been...
    • Community | SNIEC | Daily until Jun 13 2019
    • 2019-06-11 Finished
  • Shanghai Pride

    Founded in 2009, Shanghai PRIDE is the first and only LGBT Pride season in mainland China, celebrating diversity for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender community and friends. The week-long festival features numerous events and...
    • Community | SmSh Territory | Daily until Jun 16 2019
    • 2019-06-13 Finished
  • 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
Jul
  • American Independence Day

    USA is doing A-Okay. The biggest event for the American expat community in Shanghai, expect the official once from AmCham (TBA), as well as BBQs and parties at Yank bars all over town.
  • 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.
Aug
  • Shanghai Book Fair (TBC)

    The Shanghai Book Fair runs for a week every summer. It attracts thousands of nationwide publishers, bookstores, stationery companies, media, and book lovers. Expect large discounts on books (at least 20%), plus international authors and...
  • Boxing Cat Beer Festival (TBC)

    Boxing Cat, arguably China's most influential independent brewhouse, throws a big, boozy bash in August with vendors from around the city, and if you're lucky, a whole roast pig.
  • China Joy (TBC)

    Shanghai's big gaming exhibition returns with showgirls, cosplayers, otaku, fanboys, photographers, and companies running their games on the latest hardware. It's not as sleazy as it used to be, but that's good if you're coming for the...
  • 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.
Sep
  • Shanghai Restaurant Week (TBC)

    Deals deals deals as a number of the city's restaurants put on special menus for the occasion.
  • JZ Festival (TBC)

    One of Shanghai's biggest and best festivals throws down for the 15th year, out in the lush Expo Park. Expect multiple stages, some big international acts (past years have seen Bootsie Collins, Victor Wooten, Earth Wind And Fire, Joss...
  • Shanghai Color Run (TBC)

    Run 5k in a white t-shirt and then get doused in colored powder, in this rainbow of an event. Super popular way to get people out and running.
  • 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...
  • Oktoberfest (TBC)

    Germany throws DOWN! Shanghai does a decent Oktoberfest, often with competing versions thrown by different promoters, running as early as the beginning of September, all the way into the October Golden Week. Yet another occasion to drink...
  • Photofairs

    Big exhibition dedicated strictly to the photographic medium, now in its fifth year. Expect 50+ contemporary photo galleries from around the region displaying their artists' work.
Oct
  • ComicCon (TBC)

    Shanghai Comic Convention brings Chinese fans the coolest pop culture content, including comics, movies, TV shows, toys and video games. We invite famous celebrities, comic creators and performance artists to attend panels and sign for...
  • Ultra Music Festival (TBC)

    One of the three big music festivals that land in Shanghai around October, Ultra comes from Miami but is now a throbbing global soundtrack of hands-up EDM and no-holds-barred dance music. However, 2018's event was unexpectedly cancelled...
  • 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.
  • Rolex Tennis Masters

    Shanghai's biggest tennis event returns. The annual Shanghai Masters is a pro knockout tournament played on hard outdoor courts down in Minhang. Part of the ATP World Tour Masters, the tournament sees the world's greatest players...
Nov
  • Art021 (TBC)

    This high-end art fair, named after Shanghai's area code, is now in its fifth edition and always good for a look-see. If previous incarnations are anything to go by, expect a who's who of blue-chip international galleries and top-notch...
  • Shanghai Marathon (TBC)

    42km around Shanghai's roads in late fall — the Shanghai Marathon. The spots are capped by a quota system (usually 8,000 people for the main race), so early registration is a good idea if you want to get out there and test your endurance.