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  • Labor Day

    May 1 is an official state holiday -- Labor Day. AKA eat pizza and watch an entire season of whatever you happen to be watching day. Have a good one.
    Community | SmSh Territory | Today
  • Springwave Sunset 2017

    Taiwan’s Springwave music festival returns for its second year in Shanghai with and electro house-heavy line-up of international DJs over two days of festival. Transpiring in the Dishui Lake area in Pudong, this years headliners include...
    Nightlife | Shendi Ecology Park | Daily until May 1 2017
  • POP Oyster Night Monday

    Every Monday night at the Pop Bar in 3 on the Bund is an oyster deal: From 6pm 12 oysters and one bottle of selected wine is 250rmb plus 10% service charge.
    Dining | POP Bar | Mondays
  • Monday Jam Session - Host: Denise & Friends

    Chair Club hosts an open jam every Monday night, hosted by Denise and her friends. Free beer for everyone who gets up on stage and free shots when it strikes 12. No entry fee. Starts 10pm.
    Nightlife | Chair Club (Haifang Lu) | Mondays
  • JZ Spring 2017: Sharing Music & Love feat. Brooklyn Interdenominational Choir

    An annual event from April 30 to May 2, brought to you by JZ Music, JZ Spring 2017 sees over a hundred local and international jazz musicians invited to perform in the park, on the streets, and at one of the premier concert venues in...
    Arts, Nightlife | Shanghai Centre Theatre | Daily until May 2 2017
  • Strawberry Festival

    Strawberry Festival Shanghai 2017Modern Sky's Strawberry Music Festival is one of the biggest and best in the game, bringing China's best indie, punk, metal, and electro talents to the big stage with a smattering of visitors from Europe,...
    Nightlife | Expo Park | Daily until May 1 2017
  • 2017-05-01 Finished

    Spring Special

    From April 1 to April 30 you can enjoy a whole body cryo for just 150rmb versus the regular price of 350rmb. To take advantage of this deal you just have to time your visit during the following hours: Jing'An cryocentre: 9.30am to...
    Wellbeing | Cryo World (Xintiandi) | Daily until Apr 30 2017
  • Mum’s Perfect Day Spa Package

    Waldorf Astoria is offering a Mother's Day spa package including a 60-minute Aromatherapy body massage, a 30-minute foot reflex, and a special gift of a herbal shoulder pad from Five Senses. Price is 1,380rmb per person, offer available...
    Wellbeing | Waldorf Astoria Spa | Daily until May 31 2017
  • Workshop: 'How to Set Up a Company and Grow It in China?'

    On Monday night, 7pm to 8.30pm, GoEast founders are going to deliver a lecture topic on how to set up a company and grow it in China. They will share their own experience from which you can learn almost everything you’ll need. Sign up by...
    Community | GoEast Language Center | Today
  • Broadway Musical: 'Wicked - The Untold Story'

    Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and book by Winnie Holzman. It is based on the 1995 Gregory Maguire novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, an...
    Arts | Shanghai Culture Square | Daily except Mon & Fri until May 17 2017
  • El T*U*E*S*D*A*Y

    Unico on the Bund is your home base from that Latin soul vibe every Tuesday. Their popular party invites in resident DJs with live performers for that classic pan-Latin via Cuba vibe. Salsa, bachata, merengue, and more. Free flow...
    Nightlife | Unico | Tuesdays
  • JZ Spring 2017: Sharing Music & Love feat. Brooklyn Interdenominational Choir

    An annual event from April 30 to May 2, brought to you by JZ Music, JZ Spring 2017 sees over a hundred local and international jazz musicians invited to perform in the park, on the streets, and at one of the premier concert venues in...
    Arts, Nightlife | Shanghai Centre Theatre | Daily until May 2 2017
  • Movie Night Series: 'Trainspotting'

    Choose life. Choose... The Pearl. The cabaret club screens a heroin classic -- Danny Boyle's 1996 Scottish black comedy drama film Trainspotting . Ideal entertainment for the scum of the earth. Burger deal all night: Bacon Cheeseburger...
    Community, Nightlife | The Pearl | on Tue May 2, 2017
  • Broadway Musical: 'Wicked - The Untold Story'

    Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and book by Winnie Holzman. It is based on the 1995 Gregory Maguire novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, an...
    Arts | Shanghai Culture Square | Daily except Mon & Fri until May 17 2017
  • Latin Grammy Winner Belanova Live in Shanghai

    One of the most sensational Mexican pop acts of the mid-2000s, Belanova enjoyed tremendous success in their native country, especially with their second album, Dulce Beat, whose single "Por Ti" notably logged a record-setting 29 weeks...
    Nightlife | MAO LH | on Wed May 3, 2017
  • Models Night - Ed HARDY Special Lucky Draw

    M1NT's collaborating with MVP to present you another Model's Night, with a special Ed Hardy lucky draw: all girls who scan the MVP QR code get to participate in the draw for a gift from clothing brand Ed Hardy. Michelle Grant, Thomas and...
    Nightlife | M1NT | on Wed May 3, 2017
  • Let's Go... Run the Pyongyang Marathon

    Traveler's Society leads a trip out to North Korea to run the marathon. "This trip is all about the chance to experience the most bizarre and entertaining race ever. Run through the North Korean capital, feel like a champion with 50,000...
    Travel | Traveler's Society | from May 4 until Apr 12, 2017
  • 'Discover Your Dream' Social Networking

    Bar Centrale hosts a social networking event featuring a "very extraordinary speaker who has already fulfilled his dream sharing with his experience." or more information and RSVP, Please contact Sara via wechat: SaraNurzhanova. 150rmb...
    Community | Bar Centrale | on Fri May 5, 2017
  • The Pearl: Cabaret Soirée

    The Pearl will begin it's new sexy weekly show, Cabaret Soirée. Each month we will work with an influential creative team to develop a show just for you that will appeal to all your sensual senses. For the premier, expect two nights of...
    Nightlife | The Pearl | on May 5 and May 6, 2017
  • Cinco de Mayo Party

    The biggest Cinco in town, Zapata's is back with another taco buffet (from 6pm), and an all night party with Latin and Western party favorites. Free Sombreros, free ponchos, free shots every hour on the hour 138rmb including free-flow...
    Dining, Nightlife | Zapata's | on Fri May 5, 2017
  • Cinco de Mayo

    Mayita rooftop hosts their annual Cinco de Mayo party with a live Latin band, face painting, 25rmb drinks --Micheladas, Olmeca Margaritas, Olmeca Palomas, Sangria, Sol & wine -- and a craft beer station. Their new chef Juanito Rebolledo...
    Dining, Nightlife | Mayita | on Fri May 5, 2017
  • Hip Hop Hijack pres. DJ Lady S

    Hip hop DJ and producer Lady S joins the Hip Hop Hijack crew for another night of old to new school hip hop in the ballerz club. 100rmb entry fee, includes a drink. Starts 10pm.
    Nightlife | Monkey | on Fri May 5, 2017
  • Cinco de Mayo

    El Santo knows how to celebrate Cinco de Mayo! Call it a warm up, but Friday, the 5th of May, “Cinco de Drinko” starts the party with half price drinks from Midnight Thursday to Midnight Friday. With just enough time to recover and get a...
    Nightlife | El Santo | from May 4 until May 8, 2017
  • Cinco de Mayo

    Calling all cheap foodies and compadres. Beer pong hangout Windows Scoreboard is hosting their yearly Cinco de Mayo party. Promotions- 40rmb for two in all Mexican foods, and a buy-one-get-one-free on all Mexican drinks! Corona 35rmb....
    Nightlife | Windows Scoreboard | on Fri May 5, 2017
  • Cinco de Mayo Special

    The Spot celebrates Cinco de Mayo on May 5 and 6, with special Mexican food and drink choices for 99rmb from 6pm onwards. Live music and entertainment at 9:30pm. No cover Charge
    Dining, Nightlife | The Spot | on May 5 and May 6, 2017
  • Mother's Day Special Offer Spa Off-Peak Membership

    A Mother's Day limited offer for a Spa Off-Peak Membership at Willow Stream Spa. This package includes ten 60-minute spa treatment sessions, as well as access to the spa gym and pool on treatment days. Membership is valid for 6 months...
    Wellbeing | Willow Stream Spa | Daily except Sat & Sun until May 31 2017
  • Ayurveda at Waldorf Astoria Spa

    Waldorf Astoria Spa's got an offer on Shirodhara, a feature of Ayurveda. Shirodhara is an oil steam therapy aimed at relieving anxiety, insomnia, and headaches. The 90-minute session includes a scalp and back massage as well as an Eye...
    Wellbeing | Waldorf Astoria Spa | Daily until Jul 31 2017
  • Run in Blue 2017 for Careers in Care 2.0

    The Rotaract Club of Shanghai (RACS) hosts their annual charity run. Run is Blue is a Rotaract Club annual charity run established in 2009. It is a project where participants come to run/walk 5km to support a charity. Last year saw...
    Sports & Recreation | Century Park | on Sat May 6, 2017
  • Krzysztof Penderecki and SSO

    “Poland’s greatest living conductor”, according to The Guardian, Krzysztof Penderecki, conducts the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra for two of his own compositions and Shostakovich's Symphony No. 6. Baritone Liao Changyong will sing...
    Arts | Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Hall | on Sat May 6, 2017
  • Les Frères Colle: ‘Jonglage Percutant’

    Riding rave reviews in the French press, Les Frères Colle bring their award-winning stage show "Jonglage Percutant” to a Shanghai stage for the first time. A show that combines music, juggling, and humor, expect an original and...
    Arts | Himalayas Center | on Sat May 6, 2017
  • First Annual Shanghai Hot Sauce Festival

    From the makers of your yearly Chili Cook-Off Festival (AKA Ken and crew from Bubba's) comes a hot sauce festival promising to celebrate all things spicy. With their sponsors, Jalapeno, The Hot Box, Olmeca Tequila, and Tito’s Vodka...
    Dining, Nightlife | Jalapeño | on Sat May 6, 2017
  • Feast

    Shanghai Supperclub and Social Supply team up to host FEAST, a food festival gathering some of Shanghai's top chefs on the rooftop of The Place. They've already got a few of these successfully in the books, with the main emphasis...
    Community, Dining | The Place Shanghai | on Sat May 6, 2017
  • NY Wild Film Festival @ NYU Shanghai

    New York Wild Film Festival comes to NYU Shanghai for a one-day festival of films from National Geographic, Wildlife Conservation Society and independent filmmakers including Wang Peng who will be showing a cut of his new film on snow...
    Arts, Community | NYU Shanghai (Pudong) | on Sat May 6, 2017
  • M Talks China: 'China and Black Internationalism in the Early 20TH Century'

    This presentation looks at the emergence of black internationalism in the early 20th century and China’s place within this discourse. Through examining the writings and utterances of prominent black U.S. intellectuals, it offers an...
    Community | Glam | on Sat May 6, 2017
  • Van Halen Tribute for Heart to Heart

    Three Shanghai bands: The Deck Chairs, Rock Suey and Limousine unite to pay tribute to one of the greatest rock bands of all time: Van Halen! Expect a full range of VH songs from all bands with a special tribute band at the end of the...
    Nightlife | Cages Bar and Sports (Jiangning Lu) | on Sat May 6, 2017
  • Shanghai SIPG v Guizhou Zhicheng

    Shanghai SIPG take on Guizhou Zhicheng for a match in the China super league. Starts 7.30pm.
    Sports & Recreation | Shanghai Stadium | on Sat May 6, 2017
  • Totorro China Tour Shanghai Live

    Post-rock act Totorro plays Mao Livehouse. "Hard to classify. Instrumental music that tells you stories, that makes you feel special, special sensations, special emotions. It is complicated, but it is catchy! Like a magical maths teacher...
    Nightlife | MAO LH | on Sun May 7, 2017
  • Shanghai Centre Family Fun Fair

    Parents and kids, it's the 5th edition of the Shanghai Center Family Fun Fair. Int'l school band performances, 50+ vendor booths, Cardboard Shanghai art competition, skate-ramp by Iconx, gym classes, mini-soccer, American football...
    Community | Shanghai Centre | on Sun May 7, 2017
  • The Notwist

    New Noise post-rock platform (Mono, Mogwai, PG Lost) hosts a four-city China tour for legendary indietronica band The Notwist. Since their formation in 1989, The Notwist rose to the top of indie fame and became one of Germany’s biggest...
    Nightlife | MAO LH | on Fri May 12, 2017
  • Megadeth

    Megadeth, the thrash metal titans are experiencing a bit of a late career resurgence this past year, picking up the Grammy for their 2106 record Dystopia for "Best Metal Performance". The band is currently on a world tour behind said...
    Nightlife | Bandai Namco Dream Hall | on Fri May 12, 2017
  • Oliver Heldens

    Dutch techno wizard Oliver Heldens performs a set at Shanghai’s own M2. The Tiesto-approved producer / DJ burst on the world’s EDM radar with his 2013 hit “Gecko”. He’s lately off a well-received Essential Mix for Pete Tong and a #12...
    Nightlife | M2 | on Fri May 12, 2017
  • Mini Festival feat. The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

    Back for its fifth iteration, the annual “Mini Festival” returns to the Shanghai Concert Hall for three days of musical collaboration and expression. This year, the festival welcomes in The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center to...
    Arts | Shanghai Concert Hall | from May 12 until May 14, 2017
  • The 2nd Edition of Beernanza aka the Shanghai International Beer Festival

    The 2nd Edition of Beernanza (aka the Shanghai International Beer Festival) organized by Bevex in partnership with the Shanghai Brewers Association, the event will feature more than 100 different craft beers from around the world and...
    Dining | Okura Garden Hotel | from May 12 until May 14, 2017
  • Gregor Salto

    DJ Gregor Salto, hailing from the fertile fields of Holland, is taking to the decks at UNICO to school you on house with a tropical twist, pop, soul, African and world beats. The versatile Latin House DJ counts collaborations with the...
    Nightlife | Unico | on Fri May 12, 2017
  • Arkham Grand Opening

    After being shuttered at the end of 2016, Shanghai's biggest alt club is back on the scene at their new space at Found 158. As of this writing, the exact show details are still TBA, but this is the night: May 12. Venue owners / managers...
    Nightlife | Arkham (Opening Soon) | on Fri May 12, 2017
  • Two-Day Yellow Mountain Trip

    Ok, Deal! Club is hosting a weekend trip to the Yellow Mountains. Hike the mountain range, check out a sunset, and stay overnight. Trip costs 1,290rmb and includes two nights accomodation, 3 meals, and a tour guide. Check the website...
    Sports & Recreation, Travel | OK,Deal! Club | on Fri May 12, 2017
  • Zapata’s 13th Anniversary Party

    Another year of doing the Lord's work in the books for Zapata's. The Hengshan Lu party place is celebrating their 13th year in the biz with... food, cheesy music, and an open bar from 8pm to 9pm. Free beer and free frozen margarita....
    Nightlife | Zapata's | on Sat May 13, 2017
  • M1NT Mother's Day & Complimentary China Red Cup

    M1NT is celebrating Mother’s Day for two nights on May 13 and May 14, with a 3-course-dinner, featuring Pan FriedScallops or Beef Tartar or Foie Gras Terrine, King Prawn or Black Cod or 300g M5 Angus Rib Eye, Chocolate Fondant or Sticky...
    Dining | M1NT | on May 13 and May 14, 2017
  • Insomnium 2017 'Winter’s Gate' Asia Tour

    Out of the cold seas, out of the endless night rises the new tour de force of northern magic: “Winter’s Gate”, the seventh studio album of Finland’s melodic metal conjurers Insomnium. One of China's most reputable metal promoters Pain...
    Nightlife | MAO LH | on Sun May 14, 2017
  • Mother’s Day Celebration - Waldorf Champagne Brunch

    Treat your Mum to the Waldorf Champagne Brunch and start off at the Long Bar with a pre-brunch, oysters and Champagne. Continue the celebration at the Grand Brasserie with a sumptuous buffet, signature a la carte options and a delectable...
    Dining | Grand Brasserie | on Sun May 14, 2017
  • The King’s Singers 2017 Shanghai Concert

    Acclaimed worldwide for their virtuosity, life-affirming energy and charm, The King’s Singers are in global demand. Their Grammy-winning work, synonymous with the very best in vocal ensemble performance, appeals to a vast international...
    Arts | Oriental Art Center | on Sun May 14, 2017
  • Megaherz China Tour 2017

    German industrial metal band makes their China debut. The Napalm Records band has gone through a lot of changes since forming in Munich in 1995, and their current incarnation sees the group doing a Rammstein-esque industrial and metal...
    Nightlife | MAO LH | on Thu May 18, 2017
  • MTA Shanghai: Years & Years

    British electronica trio Years & Years play Shanghai, dishing out that saccharine sweet electro pop, that counts Sigur Ros and Postal Service among its influences. Their biggest hit was the track “King”, which hit No. 1 on the UK charts...
    Nightlife | Bandai Namco Dream Hall | on Fri May 19, 2017
  • Wooozy Offline pres. Soda Plains x Dis Fig

    Summer days, Wooozy nights. Wooozy Offline presents an evening of icy escape as the city heats up, with the mold-melting sounds of Soda Plains and Dis Fig. This is club music woven with intricate threads, bottling the dark components of...
    Nightlife | Dada | on Fri May 19, 2017
  • Children’s Theater: Puzzle

    After a limited run at the 2015 Fringe Festival, Lithuanian award winning children’s theater piece Puzzle is touring China. “Three dancers emerge from brightly coloured onstage shapes, they begin to create a playful mood for the youngest...
    Arts | Shanghai Children's Art Theatre | on May 20 and May 21, 2017
  • ShanghaiPRIDE 2017 Rainbow Bike Ride

    Six teams of cyclists will represent the six colours of the Rainbow Flag, starting out from every corner of Shanghai to meet at Xuhui Binjiang Green Space for a picnic. Riding time varies from 30 minutes to 1 hour depending on the route....
    Community | Binjiang Green Space | on Sat May 20, 2017
  • Great Wall Music Festival 2017

    The Great Wall Run Festival returns on May 20 by the Simatai Great Wall. The party features international DJs Oliver Heldens, Fritz Kalkbrenner, Ben Klock, and more. Three different stages will be hosting packed day-time line-ups from...
    Arts, Community, Nightlife | SmSh Territory | on Sat May 20, 2017
  • Up A Tree Indiepop Festival

    Hosted by Puppy Fat Records this is two days of twee indie pop a la The Pastels, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, and the Sarah Records roster. Got a real soft spot for this kind of stuff. During the day, they're having more low key...
    Nightlife | Uptown | on May 20 and May 21, 2017
  • Belgian Beer Weekend

    "v. Vision" is taking over Tonglefang (The New Factories) for two days of Belgian Beer appreciation. They're promising the widest selection of Belgian beers for their first edition of Belgian Beer Weekend. "Shanghai Belgian Beer weekend...
    Nightlife | SmSh Territory | on May 20 and May 21, 2017
  • British Chamber Shanghai Annual Ball 2017 - 'Back to School' Theme

    The British Chamber Shanghai hosts a school-themed extravaganza at the Shangri-La Pudong, where we will invite guests to re-live their glory days at school with an evening of fun, frivolity and dancing, and best of all…no homework....
    Community, Dining | Shanghai Tang (Pudong Shangri-La) | on Sat May 20, 2017
  • MTA Shanghai: Clean Bandit

    MTA hosts British dance pop superstars Clean Bandit for their Shanghai debut. The Cambridge electronic group won the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording for their track “Rather Be”. Their 2106 hit “Rockaby” featured rapper Sean...
    Nightlife | Bandai Namco Dream Hall | on Sun May 21, 2017
  • The Spartan Race 2017

    The Spartan Race is a leader in the sport of obstacle racing, offering open heats for all fitness levels, as well as competitive and elite heats for those with something more to prove. The first of its kind to feature timing and global...
    Sports & Recreation | Sunland Green | on Sun May 21, 2017
  • One-Day Mt. Lingyan Hiking

    Ok, Deal! Travel is offering a one-day hiking trip to Mt. Lingyan. Visit Lingyan Mountain temple and snack on your own picnic lunch. The cost of the hike is 199rmb per person and includes transport, entrance, and a tour guide.
    Sports & Recreation, Travel | OK,Deal! Club | on Sun May 21, 2017
  • Six Appeal

    Six Appeal is a world class vocal ensemble infused with impeccable comedic timing and the energy and vitality of a rock band. Swearing off instruments, the award-winning vocal band Six Appeal takes you on a journey that spans decades of...
    Arts | Daning Theatre | on Wed May 24, 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Grande Affaire de Champagne - A Champagne Festival

    They're saying it better than I ever could: "Three days of magnificently curated events will showcase Champagne from partner French maisons alongside gastronomic soirées, photography exhibitions, live auctions in rare Champagnes, vintage...
    Dining, Nightlife | The Peninsula Shanghai | from Jun 2 until Jun 4, 2017
  • Jean-Marc Luisada Piano Recital

    A French pianist born in Bizerte, Tunisia, Jean-Marc Luisada is a graduate of the Conservatoire de Paris. He performs in Shanghai, a selection of Beethoven and the waltzes of Chopin — pieces for which the artist has won international...
    Arts | Shanghai Concert Hall | on Sun Jun 25, 2017
  • 'The Bodyguard' — The Musical

    Yes, it’s the Kevin Costner, Whitney Houstin movie. In a theatrical musical format. “Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in...
    Arts | Shanghai Culture Square | from Jun 30 until Jul 2, 2017