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Where to go out, dance, and revel. Hand-picked events in Shanghai, curated by a team with combined decades in town.
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Sep
28
  • Burger Night: Buy-One-Get-One-Free

    LGBTQ-friendly bar Lucca has a burger on Wednesdays. You can get two free side dishes and a free burger with a purchase of a burger. Any choice of side dishes except for sliders. Price is 60rmb per burger. Goes from...
    Dining | Lucca | Wednesdays |
  • Swing Dancing Party

    This is a weekly social swing dance party on Wednesdays at Paradox. The event begins with some free lessons, followed by a free-for-all dance sesh. No partner needed to join. And you can get two drinks for 40rmb....
  • POP & the City

    Every Wednesday, POP Bar relives the fabulousness of Carry Bradshaw's version of NYC. Bring your besties and mingle with gorgeous, gorgeous people, living your best lives. Drinks deals: Rialto Rose Sparkling Wine two...
    Nightlife | POP Bar | Wednesdays until Oct 31 2016 |
Sep
29
  • Antidote 11 Year Anniversary x Daniel Miller (Mute Records)

    Antidote celebrates 11 years with a special Thursday night show at the bomb shelter. Featured guest is the founder of Mute Records, Daniel Miller AKA The Normal ("Warm Leatherette"). A seminal punk and electronic...
    Nightlife | The Shelter | on Thu Sep 29, 2016 |
  • Aesthesys 2016 First China Tour

    Big post rock booking to round out your September in the form of Russian instrumental act Aesthesys. Formed back in 2007, the group is know for the bigger band approach to the rock, incorporating keys and violins into...
    Nightlife | MAO Livehouse | on Thu Sep 29, 2016 |
  • Gossip

    On Thursdays, ladies get free-flow sparkling wine and cosmopolitans from 9pm-1am at The Apartment. Live music and a DJ that play til late. Nice rooftop terrace here and two rooms playing different music. This...
    Nightlife | The Apartment | Thursdays |
  • 6 FILMS, 3 DIRECTORS

    The Market hosts a short film screening with three directors and six films. They say it's an opportunity to meet some filmmakers and see what's being produced in Shanghai. No cover. Goes from 6-10pm. The Market is a...
    Arts, Community | The Market | on Thu Sep 29, 2016 |
Sep
30
  • 7th Anniversary Party - 'Itch'

    Shanghai's live music frontrunner Mao Livehouse celebrates seven years rocking out. They're hosting a "seven year itch" party with Shanghai local bands on stage kicking out the jams. 120rmb at the door. Starts 8pm.
    Nightlife | MAO Livehouse | on Fri Sep 30, 2016 |
  • Mad Panda Label Night

    Big line-up of China EDM music as Mad Panda label takes over M2 to showcase their up-and-coming artists. Coming from a hip hop and reggae background, Chinese Music Media Awards Winner Tsunano shares a bill with Dexter...
    Nightlife | M2 (Hong Kong Plaza) | on Fri Sep 30, 2016 |
  • Felix Gonzalez-Torres

    Rockbund Art Museum hosts the first ever China-side exhibition of late, great American artist, Felix Gonzalez-Torres (1957-1996). Renowned for his unconventional methodology and poignancy, the retrospective includes...
    Arts | Rockbund Art Museum | from Sep 30 until Dec 25, 2016 |
  • One Love Reggae Night - Noukilla Live

    Mauritian party masters Noukilla are back on stage at The Pearl, kicking out another night of live reggae music, Bob Marley adoration, and Latin rhythms to move your feet. Nothing but positive vibes with these...
    Nightlife | The Pearl | on Fri Sep 30, 2016 |
  • Let's Go... to Iran

    Traveler's Society group tours treks all the way out to Iran to "see breathtaking mosques, incredible gardens, ancient Persian ruins, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, sample delicious food, check out insane markets in one...
    Travel | Traveler's Society | on Fri Sep 30, 2016 |
  • Hawaii Children's Party

    Huanyi Magic Children's Academy hosts a party for kids with activities, games, and lessons on cultures from other parts of the world. Free to attend. Goes from 5-7pm on Friday. Happens at No .139, Dajing Rd, near...
    Community | SmSh Territory | on Fri Sep 30, 2016 |
Oct
1
  • Storm Festival 2016

    Hey kids, China's biggest EDM festival is back for year four. Big money, big brands, big artists -- 2015 saw Skrillex headline the first day, with around 25k people showing up. Maybe Avicii will finally come this...
    Nightlife | Shendi Ecology Park | on Oct 1 and Oct 2, 2016 |
  • Skrillex + Marshmello

    The wobble king Skrillex is in town for the big Storm EDM festival and he’s tagging on an encore appearance in Shanghai on October 1. The Grammy Award winning producer needs no introduction. He’s joining comrade in...
    Nightlife | MYST | on Sat Oct 1, 2016 |
  • National Day Holiday 2016

    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 Saturday Oct 8 and Sunday Oct 9. Lots going on around town, including STORM and possibly...
    NOT TAGGED | SmSh Territory | from Oct 1 until Oct 7, 2016 |
  • Star Trek 50th Anniversary Exhibition

    This is an official Star Trek exhibition showcasing costumes, concept art, and replicas from all the movies and TV shows. Some of the items here were actually used on set as props in the films. In addition to...
    Community | SmSh Territory | daily until Oct 25 2016 |
  • Three-Day Oct. Holiday Fishing and Hiking Tour

    OK Deal travel company hosts a three-day holiday trip out to the biggest fishing village in China. "Spend two nights at the local guest house, appreciate the magnificent view of the sea, enjoy snacks & BBQ, and mingle...
    Travel | OK,Deal! Club | from Oct 1 until Oct 3, 2016 |
  • Mt. Tianzhu - For Adrenaline Junkies

    At the source of Anhui is Tianzhu Mountain also known as the Wan Mountain. It is located in Qianshan county, Anhui province, China. This magnificent mountain is surrounded by 45 stunning peaks, creating breathtaking...
    Travel | Dragon Adventures China | from Oct 1 until Nov 5, 2016 |
  • Mt. SanQing - 'Explore China' s Great Outdoors'

    Enjoy your October holiday outside of thecity by joining Dragon Adventures on a five day and four night trip to Sanqing Mountain to discover China’s stunning rural landscapes. Go hiking through bamboo forests, rafting...
    Travel | Dragon Adventures China | from Oct 1 until Oct 5, 2016 |
  • Bye Bye Disco & Rare Voice present Nicolai Zellmani (Solkyss, Stockholm)

    Beijing's Bye Bye Disco party drops at The Shelter, hosting in Stockholm underground deep house and melodic techno producer Nicolai Zellmani. One of the founders of the legendary Stockholm DJ collective and party...
    Nightlife | The Shelter | on Sat Oct 1, 2016 |
  • Metal Night: Forbidden Fruitis Tour in Shanghai

    Not sure if this is a typo but we'll go with what they sent over... "Forbidden Fruitis" are playing Inferno on their Shanghai stop, along with a bunch of other local metal hair farmers. Gonna get heaaaavvvyy. Pray...
    Nightlife | Inferno | on Sat Oct 1, 2016 |
  • Let’s Go… to the Legendary Silk Road

    The Silk Road, an ancient trading route that first linked Europe and Asia, saw legendary travelers such as Marco Polo, changed and expanded different cultures and captured the imagination of entire civilizations....
    Travel | Traveler's Society | from Oct 1 until Oct 7, 2016 |
  • Seven-Day Xinjiang Trip

    Wanna Travel leads a trek out to Xinjiang for October Holidays. See the biggest desert in China, snow-capped mountains and glaciers, the famous Karakul lake at the height of 3600 meters above sea level, the Thousand...
    Travel | Wanna Travel | from Oct 1 until Oct 7, 2016 |
Oct
2
  • Storm Festival 2016

    Hey kids, China's biggest EDM festival is back for year four. Big money, big brands, big artists -- 2015 saw Skrillex headline the first day, with around 25k people showing up. Maybe Avicii will finally come this...
    Nightlife | Shendi Ecology Park | on Oct 1 and Oct 2, 2016 |
  • National Day Holiday 2016

    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 Saturday Oct 8 and Sunday Oct 9. Lots going on around town, including STORM and possibly...
    NOT TAGGED | SmSh Territory | from Oct 1 until Oct 7, 2016 |
  • Oliver Heldens

    After his appearance on the mad stage at Storm, Dutch techno wizard Oliver Heldens is performing an encore set at Shanghai’s own M2. The Tiesto-approved producer / DJ burst on the world’s EDM radar with his 2013 hit...
    Nightlife | M2 (Hong Kong Plaza) | on Sun Oct 2, 2016 |
Oct
3
  • National Day Holiday 2016

    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 Saturday Oct 8 and Sunday Oct 9. Lots going on around town, including STORM and possibly...
    NOT TAGGED | SmSh Territory | from Oct 1 until Oct 7, 2016 |
  • Adept Sleepless Tour Shanghai

    Napalm Records’ Swedish metalcore / post hardcore masters Adept brings the “Sleepless” tour to Shanghai. Bursting on the world metalcore stage with their first full-length Another Year of Disaster, Adept quickly...
    Nightlife | MAO Livehouse | on Mon Oct 3, 2016 |
Oct
4
  • National Day Holiday 2016

    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 Saturday Oct 8 and Sunday Oct 9. Lots going on around town, including STORM and possibly...
    NOT TAGGED | SmSh Territory | from Oct 1 until Oct 7, 2016 |
  • Children's Theater: 'Whales, Stories of Giants'

    Whales, Stories of Giants is an innovative and interdisciplinary dance performance inspired by stories and legends from Mexican and Chilean traditions. The interactivity between dance and 3D projections allows the...
    Arts | Shanghai Children's Art Theatre | on Oct 4 and Oct 5, 2016 |
Oct
5
  • National Day Holiday 2016

    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 Saturday Oct 8 and Sunday Oct 9. Lots going on around town, including STORM and possibly...
    NOT TAGGED | SmSh Territory | from Oct 1 until Oct 7, 2016 |
  • Amorphis Live in Shanghai

    Finish melodic progressive metal masters Amorphis bring the majestic, doom-laden riffage to Shanghai. Their last album Under the Red Cloud finds the group at the peak of their powers, showcasing their wide-reaching...
    Nightlife | MAO Livehouse | on Wed Oct 5, 2016 |
Oct
6
  • National Day Holiday 2016

    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 Saturday Oct 8 and Sunday Oct 9. Lots going on around town, including STORM and possibly...
    NOT TAGGED | SmSh Territory | from Oct 1 until Oct 7, 2016 |
  • RSC pres. ‘Richard II’

    King Richard II’s uncle, the Duke of Gloucester, has been murdered. His cousin Bolingbroke accuses Thomas Mowbray of causing his death, and challenges him to combat. The King intervenes and banishes both men from the...
    Arts | Shanghai Grand Theatre | on Thu Oct 6, 2016 |
Oct
7
  • National Day Holiday 2016

    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 Saturday Oct 8 and Sunday Oct 9. Lots going on around town, including STORM and possibly...
    NOT TAGGED | SmSh Territory | from Oct 1 until Oct 7, 2016 |
  • Gecko Theater: The Dreamer

    Inspired by the imaginations of William Shakespeare and Tang Xianzu, SDAC and Gecko present The Dreamer: "Helena finally finds the man of her dreams but when she realizes she can’t keep him, she falls deep into a...
    Arts, Community | Dramatic Arts Center | from Oct 7 until Oct 23, 2016 |
  • Theater: 'Circle Story'

    Directed by Taiwan’s Stan Lai, Circle Story is an urban comedy, with a structure inspired by La Ronde, an intricately organized play by Austrian dramatist Arthur Schnitzler. Presenting seven short scenes that focus on...
    Arts | Theatre Above | from Oct 7 until Oct 9, 2016 |
Oct
8
Oct
9
  • NBA Global Shanghai

    Making their return to Shanghai for the first time since kicking off the NBA Global Games China back in 2004, the Houston Rockets will be taking on the New Orleans Pelicans in a game at the Mercedes-Benz Arena. The...
    Sports | Mercedes-Benz Arena | on Sun Oct 9, 2016 |
Oct
12
  • I Will Be Your Eyes

    A group exhibition featuring works by seven Chinese artists born in the 1990s lands at Art+ Shanghai this fall. With the internet and capitalism a ubiquitous feature of their daily lives, this up-and-coming generation...
    Arts | Art+ Shanghai | daily until Oct 23 2016 |
Oct
15
  • 2016 Shanghai Rolex 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...
    Sports | Qizhong Forest Sports City Tennis Center | from Oct 8 until Oct 16, 2016 |
  • JZ Festival 2016

    One of Shanghai's biggest and best festivals throws down for the 12th year in a row, out in the lush Expo Garden. Expect multiple stages, some big international acts (past years have seen Bootsie Collins, Victor...
    Nightlife | Expo Park | on Oct 15 and Oct 16, 2016 |
Oct
16
  • 2016 Shanghai Rolex 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...
    Sports | Qizhong Forest Sports City Tennis Center | from Oct 8 until Oct 16, 2016 |
  • 2016 Spartan Obstacle Race

    Obstacle course Spartan Race comes to Shanghai for one day, offering a challenging athletic proving ground for all fitness levels. You'll climb over, through, and under various types of obstacles, complete challenges,...
    Sports | SmSh Territory | on Sun Oct 16, 2016 |
  • Adoption Day

    Animal lovers down at the brew pub, raising awareness and hopefully finding some foster animals new homes. Second Chance Animal Aid is there from 1pm to 3pm.
    Community | Shanghai Brewery (Hengshan Lu) | on Sun Oct 16, 2016 |
Oct
17
Oct
18
  • Jiang Pengyi: Grace

    Jiang Piangyi is a big deal in the world of Chinese contemporary art. This fall, he's showing new photography series Grace at M50 mainstay, ShanghART. The artist has shown at the gallery before - notably those...
    Arts | Shanghart Gallery | daily until Oct 23 2016 |
Oct
20
  • Li Hongbo + Shi Ningfang: Truth

    Magda Danysz Gallery presents a group show of two artists this fall: Li Hongbo and Shi Ningfang. Li's known for his classical-looking sculptural busts that, on closer examination, are made of layer upon layer of paper...
    Arts | Gallery Magda Danysz | daily until Oct 29 2016 |
Oct
21
Oct
22
  • Tough Mudder

    "Tough Mudder is an 8KM & 16KM mud and obstacle course designed to test your physical strength, stamina, and mental grit." It's not a race but a team-oriented challenge. Catch the video on their Shanghai page to get...
    Sports | SmSh Territory | on Oct 22 and Oct 23, 2016 |
  • Deep Forest Festival

    Promoters Guilty Pleasure throws a "Deep Forest Festival" on Tianjia Mountain in Anji county. "We are going to bring you an unforgettable adventure filled with good vibes, music and all kinds of awesomeness. We put...
    Community, Nightlife | SmSh Territory | on Oct 22 and Oct 23, 2016 |
  • Shanghai 123

    Shanghai123 is a free, half-day, and in-depth orientation that gives new arrivals the resources to navigate their first year in Shanghai and beyond. Each year, hundreds attend Shanghai 123 and leave with an essential...
    Community | Community Center Shanghai (Pudong) | Saturdays until Jan 21 2017 |
  • Max Gazzè Maximilian World Tour

    Italian singer-songwriter and musician Max Gazzè performs in Shanghai as part of Hit Week 2016. The Italian vocalist, known for his unique high-pitched voice, is a Fabi Silvestri Gazzè member, and in town supporting...
    Nightlife | QSW Culture Centre | on Sat Oct 22, 2016 |
Oct
23
  • Tough Mudder

    "Tough Mudder is an 8KM & 16KM mud and obstacle course designed to test your physical strength, stamina, and mental grit." It's not a race but a team-oriented challenge. Catch the video on their Shanghai page to get...
    Sports | SmSh Territory | on Oct 22 and Oct 23, 2016 |
  • Deep Forest Festival

    Promoters Guilty Pleasure throws a "Deep Forest Festival" on Tianjia Mountain in Anji county. "We are going to bring you an unforgettable adventure filled with good vibes, music and all kinds of awesomeness. We put...
    Community, Nightlife | SmSh Territory | on Oct 22 and Oct 23, 2016 |
Oct
28
  • Theater: 'Velocity'

    Winner of an experimental theater award in Taiwan, Chen Wu-Kang and Su Wei-Chia’s Velocity is a post-modern, multimedia dance / performance piece that explores how the frenetic nature of contemporary society pulls...
    Arts | Theatre Above | on Oct 28 and Oct 29, 2016 |
Oct
29
  • Theater: 'Velocity'

    Winner of an experimental theater award in Taiwan, Chen Wu-Kang and Su Wei-Chia’s Velocity is a post-modern, multimedia dance / performance piece that explores how the frenetic nature of contemporary society pulls...
    Arts | Theatre Above | on Oct 28 and Oct 29, 2016 |
  • INTRO Electronic Music Festival Shanghai

    Beijing's biggest electronic music festival makes its Shanghai debut at the Expo park. Multiple stages featuring DJs and producers, kicking out house, techno, bass, and more. Headliners are Kevin Sauderson, DJ Koze,...
    Nightlife | Expo Park | on Sat Oct 29, 2016 |
Nov
5
Nov
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Nov
9
  • West Bund Art + Design Fair 2016

    Back for its third edition, West Bund Art + Design Fair hits up Shanghai's 'cultural corridor' once again in 2016. Expect a who's who of international galleries, and if previous forays are anything to go by, top-notch...
    Arts | West Bund Art Center | from Nov 9 until Nov 13, 2016 |
Nov
11
  • West Bund Art + Design Fair 2016

    Back for its third edition, West Bund Art + Design Fair hits up Shanghai's 'cultural corridor' once again in 2016. Expect a who's who of international galleries, and if previous forays are anything to go by, top-notch...
    Arts | West Bund Art Center | from Nov 9 until Nov 13, 2016 |
  • 11th Shanghai Biennale

    Shanghai Biennale returns for its 11th edition this fall, once again taking over the mighty Power Station of Art museum. This time around, the three-month long event is curated by Indian artist/ curator group Raqs...
    Arts | Power Station of Art | from Nov 11 until Mar 12, 2017 |
  • ART021 2016

    This high-end art fair, named after Shanghai's area code, is now in its fourth 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...
    Arts | Shanghai Exhibition Centre | from Nov 11 until Nov 13, 2016 |
Nov
12
  • West Bund Art + Design Fair 2016

    Back for its third edition, West Bund Art + Design Fair hits up Shanghai's 'cultural corridor' once again in 2016. Expect a who's who of international galleries, and if previous forays are anything to go by, top-notch...
    Arts | West Bund Art Center | from Nov 9 until Nov 13, 2016 |
Nov
16
  • Blue Man Group

    Blue Man Group is comedy, theater, rock concert, and dance party all rolled into one. This wildly popular phenomenon delivers an unforgettable, multi-sensory experience. See the show that has captivated 35 million...
    Arts, Nightlife | Shanghai Culture Square | from Nov 16 until Dec 4, 2016 |
  • The Grand Voyage: A Man Upside Down

    A collaboration between Guo Xi and Zhang Jianling, this is the latest chapter in ongoing work Grand Voyage , realized last year on an 86-day long cruise. The duo's route was inspired by various historical cultural...
    Arts | OCAT | daily until Nov 20 2016 |
Nov
22
  • Corona, Margarita, Sangria Happy Hour

    The colorful Mexican restaurant on Fumin Lu has their happy hour from 3-7pm. During that time, you can get buy-one-get-one on their sangria, margaritas, and coronas. Those are 60rmb, 70rmb, and 35rmb respectively....
    Nightlife | Tepito | daily except Sat & Sun |