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All the biggest events, festivals and parties to look forward to in the new year, in one place. Bookmark!
Jan
  • Spring Festival 2020

    This is it, the big one, the major holiday on the Chinese calendar when people either go back to see their families or get the F outta here and travel abroad. This year it's a full seven days, with adjustment workdays scheduled for...
Feb
Mar
  • Design Shanghai

    Some 300 home design brands set up shop in a massive exhibition center. As ever, the fair is divided into three main sections: contemporary, classic and collectibles, with big brands including Vitra, HAY and Swarovski all sharing their...
  • 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. Happens around the middle of March.
    • Community, Sports & Recreation | SmSh Territory | on Sun Mar 15 2020
  • 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.
  • 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...
Apr
  • Tomb Sweeping Holiday

    A three-day holiday (kind of -- two of the days are a weekend) when families traditionally go out to their relatives' graves and clean them off, pretty them up and generally show respect to those who came before us. This year, it means a...
  • Formula 1 Grand Prix

    From April 17 to April 19, 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...
May
  • Labor Day

    Labor Day 2020 has been extended to a whopping five-day holiday this year to celebrate the Workers among us. Make-up days are Sunday, April 26 and Saturday, May 9.
  • 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...
Jun
  • 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...
  • Shanghai International Film Festival 2020

    Highlight of the year for movie nerds. Hundred of international movies and films screened in over 40 cinemas across Shanghai, as well as a few big-time movies stars popping around to Shanghai to say hello. Information on the specifics of...
  • 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 | from Jun 10 until Jun 12 2020
  • Dragon Boat Festival

    The summertime holiday for racing on the creek, or just taking off and lying on the grass at the West Bund. Great time to travel. Make-up day: Sunday, June 28.
Jul
  • American Independence Day

    USA is doing A-Okay. The biggest event for the American expat community in Shanghai, expect the official party from AmCham (TBA), as well as BBQs and parties at Yank bars all over town.
  • China Joy 2020

    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...
    • Community | SNIEC | from Jul 31 until Aug 3 2020
Sep
  • JZ Festival 2020

    One of Shanghai's biggest and best festivals throws down for the 16th year, with details to be confirmed. In addition to Alec Haavik and the Shanghai Shindiggers, 2019 saw Al McKay’s Earth, Wind and Fire Experience, Jaga Jazzist, Jacob...
  • Photofairs

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

    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...
  • National Day

    For 2020, the Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day have been smushed together into one long mega-holiday. Travel, travel, travel and travel! Make-up days: Sunday, September 27 and Saturday, 10 October.
Nov
  • West Bund Art & Design

    The numbers are staggering: in 20,000 square meters, more than 110 galleries from all parts of the world showed over 3,000 artworks by roughly 800 artists in 2019. Expect more blockbuster art for 2020. Dates are still TBC.
  • China International Import Expo (CIIE)

    This is it, the big trade show that gets huge political backing, and draws tens of thousands of traders to the city to cut deals. It also snarls traffic, affects working schedules and dominates the news. You're unlikely to actually go,...
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