So tonight at Arcade, S.T.D. have teamed up with Phoebe Wu, who just came back from traveling-in and then volunteering in Nepal, to throw a function where some of the proceeds go to Children & Youth First. Nepal still needs a lot, even if it's not in the top of your WeChat feed anymore. DJ sets by R3, Ado8 and RawB.
Moving on to ShanghaiPRIDE, which is coming up in a few weeks, there is this Zumba Party on Saturday from 1-3pm at Factory 54. It costs 100rmb to dance and sweat, but proceeds are going to help the Chi Heng Foundation. They help children and adults impacted by HIV / AIDS and promote education about the disease. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot.
Then later Saturday night is PRIDE's Got Talent where anyone can flex their cabaret, drag, interpretive dance, beat poetry, or other skills for a chance to win some cash. Voguing?
You just have to register by emailing email@example.com about your performance and pay 50rmb to be allowed on stage. Hope this doesn't end up like last time a rainbow event had some performances. If you want to watch to support future PRIDE week events, pre-sales for the audience cost 80rmb, and 100rmb at the door. That starts at 8pm at The Pearl, but the after-party keeps going.
Also on Saturday, you can eat and drink for charity at Southern Belle. Stepping Stones has this "Eat Drink Play" happy hour to support their programs for children of migrant workers in Shanghai. Stepping Stones helps disadvantaged Chinese kids, e.g. getting them eye exams and glasses, and arranging free English classes and mentorship programs. If you want to help, you can buy some BBQ and two–for–one drinks on the patio from 4-7pm.
Enough charity -- here's some raw capitalism. Here we have the Summer Designer Market. Hosted by Creative Collective, over 85 designers will have wares for sale, including food, drink, gifts, clothes, home decor, jewelry, and other dainty items you may or may not need. That's at Shanghai Centre from 10am-5pm on Saturday.
And for Children's Day, Cook in Shanghai is taking children of all ages and their families to visit a farm in Songjiang. Lots of activities for kids like bike riding in clean air, picking vegetables, tie-dying, and playing games. It's a well organized affair with "sharing time" at the end of the day. They're meeting at Jing'An temple at 9am and will return around 5pm. This costs 399rmb for kids aged 12+, 299rmb for ages 4-11, and free for those under three. See the full itinerary here.
Blacklight laser tag / mini golf den and bar Big E is throwing three sessions of kid friendly parties for Children's Day. Kids can run around fueled by popcorn and soda while they watch movies, clowns, a magic show, and play games. That's 150rmb per person for unlimited play per session, or 200rmb for two people to share four games and four drinks. Sessions are from 9am-noon, noon-3pm, and 3-6pm. Call 400 030 9992 to reserve.
As always, you can check more community events to see what else is on.