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May
25
  • Russell Howard ‘Round the World’ Shanghai Show

    UK comedy superstar Russel Howard will make his Shanghai premiere with his “Round the World” tour. Round the World’s UK leg saw Russell playing 10 consecutive nights at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall in London which broke the record...
    Arts, Nightlife | Yihai Theater | Today
  • #TBT Night

    Every Thursday, DJ Verse@ille and Press Play drop throwback tunes in this Donghu Lu gastropub. Usually a busy place. More chilling, sippin' craft beer, and talking vibe than dancing. They have a contest, where you can post your...
    Nightlife | Liquid Laundry | Thursdays
  • RunnersHai Thursday Series

    Compete against yourself, friends and a field of running enthusiasts every last Thursday of the month. 6.5K around Century Park without crossing traffic or city obstacles - every last Thursday of the month from February to May. Results...
    Sports & Recreation | Science & Technology Museum | Thursdays
  • Stage: ‘Fly Trap’

    Fly Trap is a ‘feel good’ performance for the whole family. This multimedia performance creates a magical and surreal world of aerial dance and video animations with two heroines facing adventure together. In this show full of flying,...
    Arts | Shanghai Children's Art Theatre | Daily until May 28 2017
  • Denise Minnifield

    American born and Berkeley, California native, Denise Minnifield is an amazing singer, possessing soul, grit, and fire, as well as nuance and humor in her delivery. She has a voice of smoke and gravel, a power that that is awesome to...
    Nightlife | Heyday | Today
  • Orange Sunset Thursdays

    Zeitgeist hosts a Thursday's weekly Orange Sunset aperitif with special deals on Spritz, Negroni and Amaretto Sour on their beautiful patio from 3pm till 11pm. No entry fee.
    Nightlife | Zeitgeist | Thursdays
  • Arkham pres. Absolut Thursday

    Absolut joins Arkham for some corporate synergy brand love. Every Thursday from May 18 till June 8, Arkham pairs local DJs with drinks specials from the vodka company. 50rmb entry with a free absolute shot.
    Nightlife | Arkham | Thursdays
  • Making Zongzi With That's Mandarin Before Dragon Boat Festival

    Zongzi is popular during the Dragon Boast Festival to commemorate the famous port Quyuan. That's Mandarin is offering a class where you can learn to make Zongzi, as well as learn a little something about Chinese traditional festivals....
    Community, Dining | That's Mandarin | Today
  • SHFT. pres. Phazz

    SHFT trap massive is back at Le Baron hosting in another big name in that future shiz. Up-and-coming producer Phazz is on decks. No cover. Starts 9pm. Fix up, look sharp if you want to get beyond the velvet rope.
    Nightlife | Le Baron | Today
  • Juke Joint

    DJ B.O's weekly night of sexy, bluesy tunes will feature special guest Jay Weights coming in from Wuhan to handle the duties. Retro rock jams and more. No entry fee. Starts 10pm.
    Nightlife | C's | Today
  • Girls Night Out

    Another Girls Night Out on the Bund with your several hundred best friends. Dancers, performers, champagne bottles poppin, and the all important drinks special for ladies. Free entrance until 12.30am with password "MVP". Otherwise cover...
    Nightlife | Bar Rouge | Today
  • Murder Mystery Dinner

    Social Cloud is offering a murder mystery dinner at Epices and Foie Gras on May 25. Find clues and interrogate suspects to figure out who done it. All while enjoying a 3 course dinner. The event costs 350rmb and is capped at 25...
    Community, Dining | Epices & Foie Gras | Today
  • Free Open Chinese Classes

    GoEast is offering free open classes for both beginners and intermediate students every Thursday in May. If you are a beginner, you will be introduced to learn Chinese Pinyin System, Chinese Hanzi System, Chinese Numbers and Shopping&...
    Community | GoEast Language Center | Thursdays until May 31 2017
  • Open Day at Hawaii Gym

    On Thursday May 25, Hawaii gym is opening their doors from 1-10pm so you can get your swell on for free. There is a limited number of free entries, first come first serve.
    Wellbeing | HAWAII GYM | Today
  • Vintage Market

    Favorita is hosting a vintage market, with designers and stylists showcasing handmade accessories and vintage outfits. There will also be music, a happy hour deal (25rmb house wine and berr), and food. Vintage food? Event from 11am-8pm...
    Community | Favorita (Jing'an) | Today
May
26
  • Shanghai elRow: Psychedelic Trip

    One of Ibiza's craziest parties makes its Shanghai debut at Linx club. Tracing their history back hundreds of years to stage performances in Spain in 1th 19th century, the 21st century edition is a feast of the senses with actors,...
    Nightlife | Linx | on Fri May 26, 2017
  • Anzelika Cholina Dance Theater’s ‘Anna Karenina’

    Anna Karenina , by Leo Tolstoy, is one of the greatest novels ever written. The 1878 work explores themes which delve deeply into the life of the Russian aristocracy: hypocrisy, jealousy, faith, fidelity, family, marriage, society,...
    Arts | Oriental Art Center | on May 26 and May 27, 2017
  • Urban Phobia Sound and Visual Performances

    "Big cities have become redundant, grotesque education, in which a person was unnecessary, alienated. Now, however, the very necessity of the cities is not as obvious as it was still, let's say, a hundred years ago. Perhaps populations...
    Nightlife | Shanghai Sculpture Space | on Fri May 26, 2017
  • Les Ballets Eloelle present 'Men in Tutus'

    Les Ballets Eloelle stage their new production "Men In Tutus" — the most spectacular, talented, and hilarious all-male comedy ballet… ever. From the thrilling pirouettes of the male dancers (in male and female costumes) with brilliant...
    Arts | Majestic Theatre | on Fri May 26, 2017
  • Acidsmash

    Allan Marshall and Charp take over Smash for a night dedicated to the 303 and 808 basslines. Acid house to New Wave and Italo. From newer jams from the Acid house revival in LA to the heady days of the Hacienda, you'll be getting your...
    Nightlife | Smash | on Fri May 26, 2017
  • Stage: ‘Fly Trap’

    Fly Trap is a ‘feel good’ performance for the whole family. This multimedia performance creates a magical and surreal world of aerial dance and video animations with two heroines facing adventure together. In this show full of flying,...
    Arts | Shanghai Children's Art Theatre | Daily until May 28 2017
  • Meantraitors 2017 China Tour

    Russian psychobilly outlaws stop into Yuyintang on their second tour of the PRC. A seasoned punk band, expect classic psychobilly tunes with a punk rock edge la The Meteors, Cramps, et al. 60rmb pre-sale; 80rmb at the door.
    Nightlife | YYT | on Fri May 26, 2017
  • Next Step

    HBF & Guests keeping it locked on bass music even though you have to work tomorrow. Drum n bass, grime, and more. It's still Friday... No cover. Starts 10pm.
    Nightlife | C's | on Fri May 26, 2017
  • Six- Day Philippine Bohol Island Beach Getaway and Diving Tour

    Join OK,Deal! Travel on their very first trip to the Philippines this Dragon Boat Festival. Scuba dive at one of the best diving places in the world – Bohol Island – a well-known divers haven Relax on one of the beautiful white sandy...
    Travel | OK,Deal! Club | from May 26 until May 31, 2017
  • SHFT. presents CRANKDAT

    The Trap massive is back at Arkham for another huge SHFT event. This time they're hosting in American big drops producer Crankdat. Big sound in the big new Arkham. Taste the goods . 140rmb pre-sale; 220rmb at the door.
    Nightlife | Arkham | on Fri May 26, 2017
  • It's Wine O'clock No. 4

    Le Bordelais brings back one of their most popular specials: 150rmb all-you-can-drink Bordeaux wine with charcuterie & cheese. Great deal to celebrate the dragon boats. Runs 7.30pm to 10.30pm.
    Nightlife | Burdigala | on Fri May 26, 2017
  • Tarra Conner Jones

    Tarra Conner Jones is back at Heyday by popular demand. She is a brilliant talent powerfull singer, conjuring up images of Dina Washington, Ella Fitzgerald, and Sarah Vaughn. Hailing from Gainsville, Florida, Tarra has made a name for...
    Nightlife | Heyday | on Fri May 26, 2017
  • Dragon Beats

    Bangin' gay club Lucca is celebrating every night of the holidays with guest DJs and packed dance floors. Special deal for out-of-town travelers, show up with your plane, train, or bus ticket and get free entry into the club. Always a...
    Nightlife | Lucca | from May 26 until May 29, 2017
  • Students F*cking Love Mansion (Prom Night)

    Big student party at The Mansion. They've got kids coming in from all the universities in Shanghai for their "Prom Night" theme. International DJ guests in from Holland: Thrasher and Ambivalenz. 100rmb open bar. Gonna get messy. Starts...
    Nightlife | The Mansion | on Fri May 26, 2017
May
27
  • Anzelika Cholina Dance Theater’s ‘Anna Karenina’

    Anna Karenina , by Leo Tolstoy, is one of the greatest novels ever written. The 1878 work explores themes which delve deeply into the life of the Russian aristocracy: hypocrisy, jealousy, faith, fidelity, family, marriage, society,...
    Arts | Oriental Art Center | on May 26 and May 27, 2017
  • 'Fanana' - Solo Exhibition by Flabjacks

    "Fanana" is the first solo exhibition for Shanghai based artist Flabjacks (Hong Kong, born 1988). Flabjacks represent a series of chubby and friendly creatures in an imaginary wonderland created by Ton Mak. They have moles on their...
    Arts | Undefine M50 | from May 27 until Jun 27, 2017
  • Four Days, Three Nights Zhangjiajie Trip

    Take a trip out to Zhangjiajie Mountains (sometimes called the Avatar Mountains) and, if you've got the nards, take a walk along the world's longest and highest glass bridge, the one they really checked was safe using sledgehammers and a...
    Travel | OK,Deal! Club | from May 27 until May 30, 2017
  • Italian Dance Wave Asia

    I.D.W. takes the discussion to the next level, while tracing a line of continuity through the years where the dancefloor exploded (thanks to Moroder, Baldelli, Alexander Robotnick), through the clubs between the '70s and '80s that were...
    Nightlife | Dada | on Sat May 27, 2017
  • Riddim 'n' Vibe

    Riddim 'n' Vibe starts the holiday right with a large installment of drum & bass music. This month they bring you the talented DJ and producer Arkaik (UK). This guy is a pioneer of the stripped back and half-time styles of drum & bass...
    Nightlife | C's | on Sat May 27, 2017
  • DJ Tenishia × Jonathan Mendelsohn

    A five-year veteran of the hallowed DJ Top 100 list, Tenishia holds his own as the most successful DJ/Producer in Malta, selling arena shows and appearing everywhere from TV to mobile phone adverts. Known for his own particular sound in...
    Nightlife | MYST | on Sat May 27, 2017
  • Commune Market: Rooftop BBQ

    We want the sun on our skin, wind in our hair and BBQ scent in the air! Just steps away from the Nanjing Xi Lu shopping mecca and on the corner of Taixing Lu and Wujiang Lu, Commune Market is bringing you a summer BBQ at naked HUB's...
    Community, Dining | naked Hub (Jing'an) | on Sat May 27, 2017
  • Stage: ‘Fly Trap’

    Fly Trap is a ‘feel good’ performance for the whole family. This multimedia performance creates a magical and surreal world of aerial dance and video animations with two heroines facing adventure together. In this show full of flying,...
    Arts | Shanghai Children's Art Theatre | Daily until May 28 2017
  • MADNESS 2 - Next Creativity Comes From China feat. VP of Alibaba

    You heard about this much touted "future of China" thing? The shift from "Made in China" to "Designed in China"? That's what's on for this event, organized by Shanghai Creative Collective (SCC); 4 speakers are chatting about the changes...
    Community | naked Hub (Xikang Lu) | on Sat May 27, 2017
  • Room 303 x Daven Zang - BlackCotton Launch Party feat. Unjin

    Local fashion designer Daven Zang unleashes his new line BlackCotton - techno-inspired pieces for men and women, cut geometrically out of a single material and manufactured with Eastern platemaking methods. He teams up with MIIIA's Room...
    Nightlife | Elevator | on Sat May 27, 2017
  • Immanu El 'Hibernation' China Tour 2017

    New Noise presents a five-city China tour for Swedish dream pop pioneers Immanu El to present their new one “Hibernation”. Putting more time and focus into the production than ever before, Immanu El worked with Swedish Grammy nominated...
    Nightlife | MAO LH | on Sat May 27, 2017
  • The Dirty Show Vol. II

    After the massively sold out Dirty Show in January, the Shanghai Comedy Club is back with The Dirty Show Vol. II. Some of Shanghai's best and filthiest comedians take to the stage with their darkest and dirtiest material. NOT FOR THE...
    Nightlife | Palmetto | on Sat May 27, 2017
  • Dragon Burn

    Dragon Burn is a regional event based on the ethos and principles of Burning Man. The words "Burning Man Festival" probably conjure up images thousands of insane and naked attendees in a desert in Nevada — lusty and heathen images to be...
    Nightlife | SmSh Territory | from May 27 until May 30, 2017
  • Love Boat

    Oh man. The nautical theme is strong with this one. Here, just read this; "Shanghai Sailors! Are you read for the summer? On Saturday, May 27th, M1NT and MVP cruise you all night long for LOVE BOAT. Enter in M1NT Harbor, come aboard and...
    Nightlife | M1NT | on Sat May 27, 2017
  • Prime Cut, Tasty, Tasty Show

    Tasty tasty local rock bands on stage at Yuyintang. Local heroes Galyean and Blue Magpie are supporting a return to the stage of Brit pop / alt rock band of yore, Girls Like Mystery. Nostalgia rock up on stage at YYT. 9pm. 60rmb cover.
    NOT TAGGED | YYT | on Sat May 27, 2017
  • ShanghaiPRIDE Theatre Festival II: Chinese Improvisational Theatre

    A show that has never been seen before and will never be seen again. Two of Shanghai’s largest Chinese improv teams come together in support of ShanghaiPRIDE – The Sesame Addicts from Zmack Shanghai and Jixingzhe Lianmeng. Show is in...
    Arts, Nightlife | SmSh Territory | on Sat May 27, 2017
  • The Loudspeaker, Moaning Lisa, Pixel Prism

    Local punk bands on stage for a Saturday night show at Harley's: Loundspeaker, Moaning Lisa, and Pixel Prism playing a free show. No cover. Starts 9.30pm.
    Nightlife | Harley's Underground | on Sat May 27, 2017
  • Face Me on the Stage: Round Eye vs. Dirty Fingers

    Face me on the stage is not an ordinary battle of bands. It's a groundbreaking concert format that will bring back to life the power in a live concert. This is a battle arena, so bands will be on the ground and audience on the stage....
    Nightlife | Inferno | on Sat May 27, 2017
  • Hip Hop & Dancehall Calabash

    Big dancehall party back at Ken's with LaoBang, Oggy, and Dubshottas keeping it reggae, reggaton, and big vibes all night. Terrace is open as well. 50rb jerk chicken. Starts 6pm; picks up later on.
    Nightlife | Ken's | on Sat May 27, 2017
  • Pajama Party

    Kwazy Kids Kastle The Mansion hosts a pijama party. With... an 100rmb open bar. "This Friday, we propose you to relive those epic pillow fight and childhood memory. Except that this time we do it The Mansion way, with cocktails and the...
    Nightlife | The Mansion | on Sat May 27, 2017
  • DJ Keita

    Craft welcomes in Japanese DJ Keita for a night of house and tech. No cover. Starts 10pm.
    Nightlife | Craft | on Sat May 27, 2017
May
28
  • Summer Beach Party

    Get away from Shanghai's hustle and bustle and explore Qu Shan Island. Don't miss this exclusive two-day beach carnival featuring Shanghai favorite DJ Skinny Brown, performing music from producers across the world and the Caribbean....
    Travel | Shanghai Museum | on May 28 and May 29, 2017
  • Festival des Arts Vivants

    In three days, participants will be able to experiences over 100 art events on this program, which delves into many art forms: music, dance, installation, theatre, new circus, marionette and visual arts, etc. The festival features...
    Arts, Community | Sinan Mansions | from May 28 until May 30, 2017
  • Dope Fiends - Join the Rum Revolution

    Dope Shifu brings us a pre summer warm up with their monthly Dope Fiends night and free shots sponsored by Havana Club. International DJs from Italy and South Africa, Kougar and Kepler respectively will be delivering the latest and...
    Nightlife | Dope Shifu | on Sun May 28, 2017
  • Yin Yang Music Festival

    Another festival on The Great Wall of China, organized by party villa The Mansion, and it's dirt cheap and really easy to comprehend. Hey, good for them. They’ve got a daytime stage actually on top of the Great Wall, a night time stage...
    Nightlife | SmSh Territory | from May 28 until May 30, 2017
  • Duan Wu Jie - Dragon Boat Festival

    For 2107, Dragon Boat Festival is happening from May 28 to May 30, with Saturday, May 27 being a make-up work day. Which is... yeah, we know.
    Community | SmSh Territory | from May 28 until May 30, 2017
  • Jazz Guitarist Xiongguan Zhang 2nd Album Release Concert

    Talented Shanghai-based jazz guitarist Zhang Xiongguan celebrates the release of his new album Struggles with backing from Li Shihai, Danny Zanker and Ryan An and an after-party headed up by endy and Damacha. 100rmb cover. Starts 9pm.
    Nightlife | On Stage | on Sun May 28, 2017
  • Stage: ‘Fly Trap’

    Fly Trap is a ‘feel good’ performance for the whole family. This multimedia performance creates a magical and surreal world of aerial dance and video animations with two heroines facing adventure together. In this show full of flying,...
    Arts | Shanghai Children's Art Theatre | Daily until May 28 2017
  • Shanghai 10 Bridge Half Marathon

    RunnersHai brings back a classic by announcing the 2017 Shanghai 10 Bridge Half Marathon. A 21.09K race that takes the runners across 10 bridges along the iconic rivers of central Shanghai. The route will run alongside of the Suzhou...
    Sports & Recreation | SmSh Territory | on Sun May 28, 2017
  • Soul of Rock

    Local rock and pop bands on stage at Inferno. Olam, Rock Suey, and Howhy playing tunes inspired by classic rock and funk. No cover. Starts 9pm.
    Nightlife | Inferno | on Sun May 28, 2017
May
29
  • Christopher 2017 Live in Shanghai

    Christopher Nissen, the 25-year-old Danish singer-songwriter is making a triumphant comeback to China with his Shanghai debut show on May 29 behind his latest chart-topping album Closer . He will be performing as part of Live Nation’s...
    Nightlife | Bandai Namco Dream Hall | on Mon May 29, 2017
  • Beyond the Bund pres. 'Campfire'

    Two of the Sleep No More cast perform an original work of immersive dance theater in a converted events space. Contents of the show are shrouded in mystery, although the flyer underpins the performance as an “immersive duet at the end...
    Arts | MIXPACE Wonderwall | on May 29 and May 30, 2017
  • INTRO 2017: Shanghai By Night

    Beijings’s biggest homegrown electronic music festival of the year returns to Shanghai for its second year, showcasing the next artists in Chinese and International techno and bass music. This year’s INTRO takes place on two stages at...
    Nightlife | Bandai Namco Dream Hall | on Mon May 29, 2017
  • 2-Day Qinhu Lake Overnighter

    Ok!, Deal Club is offering a 2-day getaway with traditional Chinese activities from the Dragon Boat Festival holiday. During the trip, make Zong Zi (rice pudding) and visit the Qinhu Wetland for boating and hiking. Accommodation at a...
    Travel | OK,Deal! Club | on May 29 and May 30, 2017
Jun
1
  • Gardi Hutter and her Clown Theatre

    Clown Hanna plays with existential troubles. Her stories - wordless, but full of gibberish - are tragi-comic parables of a hopelessly brave woman and her comic struggles with life: disheveled and furious, nasty and crazy, touching and...
    Arts | Majestic Theatre | from Jun 1 until Jun 4, 2017
  • Arkham pres. Absolut Thursday

    Absolut joins Arkham for some corporate synergy brand love. Every Thursday from May 18 till June 8, Arkham pairs local DJs with drinks specials from the vodka company. 50rmb entry with a free absolute shot.
    Nightlife | Arkham | Thursdays