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The Big List: All the Best Things to Do in Shanghai This Long Weekend

Parties, brunches, live music, oh my!
Sep 17, 2021 | 12:00 Fri

PARTIES

FRIDAY

Lounge by Topgolf invites you to their grand opening on September 17th. Enjoy 3 hours of free-flow drinks as well as minigolf experience. 158rmb early bird (until September 16), 198rmb at door. Scan flyer or contact Topgolf's offical wechat account for tickets.

LatinLand is throwing a big Fiesta in celebration of Mexican Independence Day with special deals on food and drinks and a full entertainment schedule Fri, Sep 17. The night starts at 5pm with a special set menu for only 198rmb including 1 drink, advancede booking required. A special traditional dance from The Colors of Mexico starts at 10pm, then the party kicks off with tunes by DJ Charles & Tonic (Mexican), followed by Dj Naz (Colombian) until very late night. Expect lots of fun, great atmosphere, sombreros, tasty food, cocktails, and beautiful people! Free entry.

5-star luxury hotel The Portman Ritz-Carlton in Shanghai celebrates its 5th anniversary of The Ritz Bar & Lounge. To celebrate the milestone anniversary, the evening will unfold with Dark Circus Aesthetic performances with a glimmer of story, a group of charismatic characters, a burst of atmosphere, allure of music and a scent of carnival. Discover the new cocktail menu – A Sip of the Orient by Beverage Director Tural Hasanov complemented by Movers & Shakers Series guest bartenders from Tanqueray. Enjoy nibbles and bites created by Executive Chef Xian and live DJ spinning the latest music into the night. 9.30pm til late, reservations required. Tickets start at 168rmb for presale (including one drink).

SATURDAY

Sat Sep 18, 2021

White Night

Go down to Bar Rouge on Saturday for their White Night, complete with champagne, cocktails, and Jager bombs. Put on your best all-white attire for free entry all night, otherwise cover is 150rmb and includes 1 drink.

The weather is right for a Tiki Night! A night full of delicious cocktails, beer, and bites from Pao, Peddlers Gin, Beast of the East and Zrou. Get a chance to win some prizes as well in the limbo, hula, and best dressed competitions. Tickets are 88rmb and include a cocktail or beer in a tiki glass plus a snack from Zrou.

Fll and Celia Academy are jointly hosting a carnival for people of Virgo signs this Saturday on September 18th. All virgos have free access and a complimentary bottle. Join for some music, alcohol, and some virgo vibes. Scan their QR code for more information.

Sat Sep 18, 2021

HTTP

HTTP can be disassembled as Half Transgender Tomboy P "Mother". It is currently the main domestic party label for female-identifying queer groups, but of course, no matter where your sexual orientation is in the rainbow spectrum, you are welcome to come. They pay attention to the foresight of vision and music and also pay attention to the quality of each guest. Their vision is not only limited to diversification, but on top of this, they promote the most cutting-edge talents in the domestic party scene. 9-10pm DJ workshop. Party starts at 10pm. 80rmb entry.

SUNDAY

Hip Hop Hai returns: this time rooftop edition. Grand Gateway Diesel Brave Bar invites you for a night of hip hop. Presale tickets are 120rmb including 2 drinks. VIP freeflow is 299rmb. Hip Hop casual dress code. Table Bookings from 3000rmb, contact wechat for more info.

Pudao Wines invites you to celebrate Chilean National Day with Alto del Carmen Pisco cocktails! 50 RMB per cocktail or 5 for 200rmb.

Sun Sep 19, 2021

Toy Box

This holiday weekend, Poison Mind and DP join forces at La Suite for a night of uplifting house, Queens, Kings, and all their Toy Boxes. At the core of The DP Boys, is Peter and Shane. Their music selection is complementary; one brings structure and technical expertise, the other brings experimental energy to the decks. They play dynamic, creative and alternative sub-genres of house music that repeatedly inspire audiences to widen their musical palette. With over 50 years of creative event experience between the two of them, they have set out to change the image of what electronic music can be in China. DJ HOTLIPS is the mind behind Poison Mind. She/He believes in creativity and personality. She/He loves to be inspired by the crowd and share back her/his inspirations, so catch it. 128rmb entry.

MONDAY

On the eve of the equinox, beauty becomes the beast. Join drag performers Beaverhausen, Lady N Gentlemen, Dai Nasty, Coke, Kurt Cockbain and Miss Bitch Ling at Specters for a gritty scrum in the scum. Total 10 drag shows will bring you to climax while DJ Tina Turnatrick handles the music. Expect classic gutsy rock from pioneers from the 70s straight through to today. 100rmb entry before midnight.

Mon Sep 20, 2021

Breakfast Club

Breakfast Club brings together shades of deeper dance music with rising Beijing talent Fafa Parrrk who has been smashing sets at Wigwam and Zhao Dai, together with a DJ set from WZL, the alter ego of Chengdu artist 吴桌玲。Support comes from Elevator music director and Medusa resident Mau Mau b2b with Schwarz's Empress CC!, with warmup duties from 啊峰. Arrive before 1 to get free breakfast with the artists at the end of the party. 80rmb entry.

LIVE MUSIC

FRIDAY

Queen! Men! Myths! Legends! Mixing stadium rock, metal, glam, and Freddie Mercury's operatic vocals, Queen exploded into the rock arenas around the world with the over-the-top performance antics of their lead singer and the intricate rock guitar stylings SIR Brian May. In the wake of the new movie on Freddy’s life (‘Bohemian Rhapsody”), the Pearl's live band presents their biggest hits and anthems, featuring some of Shanghai’s greatest vocal performers. Limited tickets and seating available as it will be live concert so expect to stand up and dance. Tickets are for general admittance only. Please call ahead for table or booth reservations as seating is not guaranteed.13764889962

The good, the bad, and the ugly of the punk rock underground rise up at Yuyintang for the Midautumn Festival.

Fri Sep 17, 2021

Friday Live Music

Every Friday, join Glam to discover the music of Elsa and Franck, a French singer and pianist duo. At Glam, they'll be performing lounge versions of original songs, a selection of soul, jazz, and French music. There will also be food and cocktails to enjoy. Starts 8.30pm

The Brotherhood Funktion is a night of jazz headlined by musician Byron Hill. Born to musician parents Willie and Beverly Hill, Byron grew up exposed to some of the top performers of the time from Ella Fitzgerald to Sammie Davis. Saxophone player Vastine Thomas Pettis comes from the USA and has more than 30 years experience playing music. Bassist Fred Grenade and Jhonny Joseph both hail from Mauritius and been active performers in China's nightlife scene for many years. Performances start at 7.30pm and 9.30pm.

SATURDAY

Proto-punk garage rockers The Ravages, assembled by some of Beijing’s music most active delinquents throw caution to the wind and head down to Shanghai with their carnivalesque beer-soaked rock and roll. A psychedelic roller coaster ride coated in layers of fuzz, driving organ riffs and mischievous fun - it’s akin to a 70s rock and roll variety show that descends into madness. For the tour, the band is teaming up with OG Beijing craft beer purveyors Great Leap Brewery for The Ravages IPA - which will be on hand behind the bar at C’s for a special free flow deal. Support from Nantong new wave punks AIRSEX and Round Eye, the ‘malformed spawn of doo-wop, punk and free-jazz’ whose depravity knows no bounds . Plus, afterparty sets from vinyl spinner Boss Cuts and Chinese underground rock enthusiast DJ Fancy Hobo.

SUNDAY

After a long series of successful British Invasions concerts the Red Stars band created a special version: Coldplay and the British Invasion. Along with a large array of British hits, The Pearl Red Stars have put together a selection of Coldplay hits to honor what has been referred to as the last big rock band. From the 80s, the likes of Queen, Yes, and Def Leppard. The 90s, Oasis and Radiohead. More recently, Adele, and the timeless Elton John. Before the concert there'll be a showing of one of the rock movies. Doors and Kitchen open from 6pm. Happy hour 6-8pm. Movie starts at 7.30pm. Concert starts at 9pm.

Live music, authors' stories, bookstall, drinks and food for a great cause. 140rmb includes 1 drink and appetizers. Scan the QR code in flyer to register.

MONDAY

Concert at Yuyintang (Kaixuan) on September 20, with the Dominic Trigger, Deku, Shift/Ctrl, and Fountain Child. Dominic Trigger is a Shanghai formed, art-punk trio that blends noise rock, post-punk, and experimental music to reflect upon the contemporary era. Deku released their debut album It's Dangerous to Go Alone in December 2020, featuring forward-driving, indie rock grooves that incorporate different styles and beats. Shift/Ctrl's progressive hard rock also mixes punk, funk, and grunge and metal with members Xu, Makoto, and Rod. Fountain Child will also be a featuring act. Tickets can be purchased through their mini-program (go into their calendar); presale tickets are 80rmb or buy at the door for 100rmb.

On September 20, the Anne Evenou Quintet is performing two shows at the Jazz at Lincoln Center, with Anne Evenou on vocals, Charles Foldesh on drums, Jeremy Sinclair on trumpet, Oleg Roschin on piano, and Joseph Han on bass. Evenou is a singer, producer, and vocal coach known for her versatility. Performances begin at 7.30 and 9.30pm.

BRUNCH & DINING

SEPT. 18-SEPT. 21

Mid-Autumn Festival is coming up and we love any good reason to brunch and drink all day! Tacolicious invites you to bring your mates and dates for some Mid-Autumn brunching from Sat Sep 18 to Tue Sep 21 noon-3pm. Happy Hour all day & 40rmb set tacos from 5-9pm on Mon Sep 20. 

SATURDAY

Join Tacolicious and Crimson Pangolin for a Jungle-themed Backyard BBQ to say goodbye to summer the best way – with drinks, food & music. 120rmb gets you 3 selected drinks, there’s some good stuff being thrown on the BBQ, and DJ Baksheesh will make an appearance from 8.30pm.

Paulaner and Käfer by The Binjiang One both host a Mid-Autumn rooftop party for 3 days from 6.30-10.30pm on Sep 18-20. Live band performance from 7pm onwards, admission 168rmb per person including 1 Aperol Spritz plus 2 choices of snacks. Scan the flyer for more info.

SUNDAY

Excellent weekend lunch deal at The Fellas on the Bund to celebrate with you the Middle Autumn Festival. Italian Chef Andrea Rano will prepare a fantastic tempting in house BBQ with an endless selection of premium meat and fish. Have a taste of an authentic Italian BBQ with unlimited time of food free flow for only 388RMB. Mention you are coming from SmartShanghai and you will get a welcome drink at the entrance. Call ahead to enquire about drinks packages for groups and options for vegetarian are also available. The wonderful skyline of The Bund and the groovy music selected by DJ Roni will make the perfect atmosphere to have an unforgettable Sunday.

ACTIVITIES

SEPT. 19-SEPT. 21

ALTER.'s bringing their much-loved parties to Moganshan, Zhejiang on September 19-21. Lineup includes Knopha, Endy, Frau, Michael Cignarale, Tobias Patrick, Hu Yang B-Side, ALTER. Soundsystem, Mousaäca, and more. Join ALTER. Select for a Moganshan getaway at J. Lalli Hotel from 2 to 10pm, Sunday to Tuesday. Early bird tickets are 180rmb for a one-day pass or 500rmb for a 3-day pass; presale tickets are 220rmb for a one-day pass or 600rmb for a 3-day pass; door tickets are 260rmb for a one-day pass or 700rmb for a 3-day pass. Click the ticketing link for all details.

For those staying in town this Mid-Autumn Festival, Le Cafe de Stagiaires is hosting a fun-filled 5 days of party. Events include a Russian Party featuring DJ Tofu, Jungle Cruise-themed night with tropical music, 3 days of festival brunch, and more.

FRIDAY

On September 17 at 4.30pm, URBAN Lounge is hosting a gin masterclass by Fraser, the founder of Rambler. Upon arrival, guests will be greeted by a special Tibetan style drink before trying four Rambler gins and pairing nibbles. This masterclass is free but has limited spots, RSVP required. Scan the QR code in the flyer to book.

Following the success of their Spring 2021 edition, Shanghai fun returns with the Autumn 2021 Recruiting & Job Hunting & Career Development Networking Mixer on Friday, September 17. The event will be hosted in central Jing'an: Gin&Co Bar. During the event, different name tags will be provided for attendees to distinguish between recruiters, job seekers, and those who come to engage in networking. It will also help guests to quickly find fellow professionals from the same field and mingle with other talents across all the industries. Business attire required. Tickets start at 138rmb.

SATURDAY

Traditional Chinese Medicine applies the theory of yin and yang the the five elements to medicine, where it believes that the balance of the five elements and the harmony of its corresponding internal organs can maintain health. Learn about moxibustion at Together Hobby Workshop, where you can be introduced to TCM basics and moxibustion. Class will be taught by Anna Luise in English and starts at 4:30pm; please arrive 10 minutes early.

The auction of Baroness Audry von Munchen's archaeological artifacts has been triggered by her "unfortunate" death. You get to play a character in an intriguing mystery full of double-dealing, bribery, blackmail, and intrigue. In the game you won't just be watching, you will be fully immersed in the action playing as a ruler, lady, a dealer of antiques, a butler, or even a spy. Everyone will have a chance to make their accusations before the inspector reveals all. There was a victim, and you can help us find out the killer. Over the course of the party, everyone tries to find out who the murderer is. (The murderer, meanwhile, tries to avoid detection!) Players are encouraged to dress up as their characters. Emails will be sent out 4 days before with your assigned role. RSVP is a must, walk-in not admitted. 180rmb per person, including 2 drinks and an appetizer. Scan the QR code on the flyer or contact info@murdermysteryclub.cn for more information.

Fundraising for Lifeline and doing it in style. Raise awareness for mental health and sail along Shanghai's evening skyline. Experience a 1920s-themed night with live music, entertainment, great raffle prizes, free-flow and plenty of dancing. 1920s dress theme encouraged. Boarding strictly at 7.40pm, boat departs at 8.20pm sharp at Qi Chang Zhan Pier, 1658 Bingjiang Avenue, Pudong. Tickets are 487rmb and include free flow + small bites. 100% of proceeds go directly to Lifeline. Find out more details here.

SUNDAY

Shanghai Biggest Vinyl Record Market! Shanghai’s record stores and collectors come together for the last record market of the year. Established sellers and independent record labels such as Vinyl Villa, Uptown Records, Daily Vinyl, Renaissance Records, Soul Kitchen, Shengjian Records, Eating Music, Passionfruit Records, etc will be showcasing their latest arrivals. Also, there will be an eclectic selection of local collectors selling from their private stock of rock, jazz, funk, electro, hip-hop and more. This is last vinyl market of the year so head on down and check out the goods! Runs 2pm to 8pm. No entry fee.

Join a HiiT workout with Gigi Chan on September 19 from 9am, suitable for people of all levels. Spots are 100rmb per person, with donations to Lifeline. Limited seats, scan the QR code in the flyer to book. A choice of set menu for 100rmb for 1 main and 1 drink from Egg.

Shanghai Pathways is hosting a 2.5-hour walking and sketching tour of the bund on September 19 with expert guides and a watercolor sketch artist. Learn about story of the Bund and admire classical architecture. This tour is bilingual, kids-friendly, and will be led by Janny Chyn. Meeting point is the Asia Building at 3pm. Prices are 258rmb per person; book via WeChat or email them at shanghaipathways@gmail.com.

STAGE

FRIDAY

“Dragon Boat Racing”, the dance drama that won the 15th annual Wenhua Grand Prize, is debuting at the Shanghai International Dance Center on September 17-19. The story is set in Shawan Town, Guangdong in the 1930s, a place regarded as the home of Cantonese music. It portrays the struggle Cantonese musicians had in carrying forward Chinese traditional music and is based on the story “The Three Virtuosos of the He Family”. A blend of traditional and contemporary dance, “Dragon Boat Racing” is choreographed by Zhou Liya and Han Zhen, and will be performed by the Guangdong Song & Dance Theater. Performance is 125 minutes total with a 15-minute intermission; begins at 7.30pm.

SATURDAY

Conducted by Zhang Jiemin, “Lush and Verdant” will be held at the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra on September 18. Program includes “The Verdure” by Yao Yuan and “Broken Ink” by Zhou Tian. Performance begins at 8pm.

Enjoy a night of Tammy Liu's signature cocktails and a dance performance ranging from contemporary, classical, tango, and African, brought to you by an international group of dancers in a Tianzifang lane house. Ticket prices vary based on drink choice.

SUNDAY

Ended on Mon Sep 20, 2021

The Hotel By Li Xing

“The Hotel” an absurd and mystical story in which "the truth that you believe only exists in your head," Through dance, artist Li Xing and co. will construct a multi-dimensional space within the parallel storylines, offering the viewer a mirrored perspective. It's a rehearsal of the Rashomon-style human violence presented together by everyone in the show. The tickets are from 180rmb per person to 680 per person. Happening on September 19-20th (during mid-autumn festival) at 7:30pm at Lyric Theatre, Shanghai Grand Theatre.

MONDAY

1862 Theatre is showing four performances of “A Lone Sword Meeting” from September 20 to 21. The story tells the story of Lord Guan Yu through a child’s perspective from one end of the river and an elder’s perspective from the other end. Lord Guan Yu, according to Three Kingdoms legend, had crossed the Yangtze River into enemy territory with only a single sword. A Family Memoirs Dance Theatre production, “A Lone Sword Meeting” explores the heroism, courage, and persistence of ordinary people at different stages in life. Suitable for people aged 5 and above. Tickets start at 120rmb.

ONGOING EXHIBITIONS

A collaboration between West Bund Museum and Centre Pompidou. The exhibition will showcase hundreds of artworks from Kandinsky, including his paintings, drawings and engravings. Kandinsky is one of the most outstanding figures in abstract arts in the 20th century, known for using simple shapes and colors to express feelings.

Daily except Tue until Mar 7

Cai Guo-Qiang: Odyssey and Homecoming

From Sundays to Thursdays, Cai Guo-Qiang: Odyssey and Homecoming is open from 10am to 6pm, last admission at 5pm. From Fridays to Saturday, it is open from 10am to 9pm, last admission at 8pm. Closed every Tuesday.

On weekdays, tickets are 100rmb for 1 adult. On weekends, tickets are 150rmb for 1 adult. Kids under 6 years old or 1.2m get in free. Family tickets of 2 adults and 1 child is 200rmb. Students, seniors over 60 years of age, disabled, and military personnel with valid ID are eligble for a 20% discount. Booking your spot in advance is very recommended.

Read more about the Museum of Art Pudong on SmartShanghai here.

The Yuz Museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm, closed Mondays. Tickets are 100rmb per person, or 50rmb if you are a student, senior, disabled, or military personnel with valid ID. Kids under 1.3m get in free.

Located on Bund 27, the Shanghai Jiushi Art Museum is currently exhibiting 154 works from Marc Chagall.

"Love is the Colour: Marc Chagall" is open daily from 10am to 6pm (last admission at 5.30pm) until October 8. Other exhibitions at Jiushi Art Museum may have different opening hours. Early bird tickets are 98rmb (ends July 30), regular tickets are 158rmb. Kids under 1.2m and military personnel have free admission. Buy tickets through Jiushi Art Museum's WeChat mini-program.

 

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