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    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • The Classical Russian Ballet (Moscow) Swan Lake

      The Classical Russian Ballet (Moscow), has been recognized as a new star in world ballet, devoted to the revival of ballet classics. With its rich and colorful classical repertoire and strong cast of actors, the troupe has attracted...
    • Swan Lake Russian State Ballet

      After a successful tour last year, The Russian State Ballet is back for their China tour with a full, mesmerizing touring ballet production. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's iconic Swan Lake was first performed one hundred and thirty-five...
    • British Invasion

      The British Invasion — The Pearl’s tribute to the cultural phenomenon of the mid-1960s when bands like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones crossed the Atlantic to American shores. This night The Pearl’s house band The Red Stars will take...
    • Secret Cinema: Casino Royale (Reservation)

      Secret Cinema is a pioneering group from London, creating immersive experiences based on movie plots. Using a combination of music, theater, and multi-media installations, Secret Cinema brings the stories from films to life in the real...
    • Shanghai International Literary Festival

      Literary pursuits and diversions on the Bund with a full schedule of international writers.
    • 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...
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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...
    • ART021 2020

      This high-end, much-anticipated contemporary art fair is returning to Shanghai for its eighth edition, bringing together more than 100 international galleries and art organizations from about 20 countries. It's only open to the public on...
    • 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,...


    • 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...
    • Blue Man Group 2019

      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. It’s an outrageous evening of entertainment. See the show that has...
      • Arts, Nightlife | MIFA 1862 | Daily
      • 2019-12-26 Finished
    • Buick Masters Series | Shanghai Grand Theatre and New Year’s Concert 2020

      After five years of excellence, Shanghai Grand Theatre and the Shanghai Opera House join forces to bring on the sixth New Year Concert, which is also the opening performance for Shanghai Opera House's 2020 Season. Fabio Luisi, one of the...
      • Arts | Grand Theatre | Daily until Dec 31 2019
      • 2019-12-30 Finished
    • Daniel Harding and SSO | New Year Concert 2020

      Shanghai Symphony Orchestra holds a New Year Concert, led by British conductor Daniel Harding. Born in Oxford in 1975, Harding rose to fame and prominence as a young and talented conductor. He started off assisting Sir Simon Rattle at...
    • La Boum NYE Party

      Sashay into a shining 2020 with the Bund's disco house party. 150rmb pre-sale or 300rmb on the door, with a glass of Champagne.
      • Nightlife | Mr & Mrs Bund | on Tue Dec 31 2019
      • 2019-12-31 Finished
    • Gold NYE 2020

      Bar Rouge Shanghai suits up in gold to usher in 2020 with upbeat vibes by resident DJs Keint, Antyflex & Doggy. Dress up in your finest attire with a touch of gold, glitter up and sparkle. Make sure to get down there before 10.30pm to...
      • Nightlife | Bar Rouge | on Tue Dec 31 2019
      • 2019-12-31 Finished
    • Disco Heaven New Year's Eve Party

      MVP Events is hosting a New Year’s Eve party at Park Hyatt Shanghai, farewell to year 2019. On Dec 31, from 8pm till 4am, on the 91st floor of Park Hyatt Shanghai, for a night of great food, drinks, and music on one of the highest towers...
      • Nightlife | Park Hyatt | on Tue Dec 31 2019
      • 2019-12-31 Finished
    • Christmas Themed Buffet

      Big five-star hotel buffet featuring things like snow crabs, prawns, tiger crabs and scallops, plus a big dessert counter. 788rmb per person.
    • Christmas Brunch

      Brunch on Christmas Day for 254rmb per person at The Middle House hotel's very good Italian restaurant.
    • Lunch Buffet

      Five-star Christmas lunch with fresh seafood, barbecue, international cuisines, salad bar, a dessert selection and Christmas favorites. December 25, from 12pm to 2:30pm, reservation required. From 268rmb and up, depending on what you...
      • Dining | Portman's | on Wed Dec 25 2019
      • 2019-12-25 Finished
    • Shanghai Grand Theatre and Shanghai Ballet Pres. The Nutcracker

      The Shanghai Grand Theatre version of "The Nutcracker" premiered during the Christmas season in 2010, and has been staged almost every Christmas season since. In order to rejuvenate the classic work, the Shanghai Grand Theatre and the...
      • Arts | Grand Theatre | Daily until Dec 25 2019
      • 2019-12-23 Finished
    • An Intimate Italian Christmas Eve

      Five course menu with Italian festive delicacies including herb crusted cod fillet, turkey breast roulade and grilled M3 Angus beef rib eye steak. 538++rmb.
      • Dining | La Scala | on Tue Dec 24 2019
      • 2019-12-24 Finished
    • Christmas Eve Dinner

      5-course set menu for 888rmb per person including smoked sturgeon, black cod, and beef Wellington, among others.
    • 2019 Christmas Eve with Jazz at Lincoln Center Shanghai

      Shenel Johns, described as "history in the making" by the The Boston Globe, will team up with other 4 artists and present a Christmas Eve performance. Celebrate the holidays with some enchanting jazz, and get into the spirit of love with...
    • Wiener Johann Strauss Waltz Orchestra - New Year Concert

      Wiener Johann Strauss Waltz Orchestra is currently the most authoritative group in playing Johann Strauss’s work. It is also the resident orchestra of the Austrian government. The orchestra holds over 150 concerts every year in Vienna,...
      • Arts | SHOAC | Daily until Dec 23 2019
      • 2019-12-22 Finished