Where to go, what to do today in Shanghai. Read on for Shanghaiist’s picks.
Donghai Music Festival @ Zujiajian Nanshan
Locally-focused music festival on a beach island about 3-4 hours outside of Shanghai. A pretty solid line-up for a small scale festival. Everyday there’s a couple of pretty big headliners, like Lisa Ono, Lenka, 窦唯, Blademark 刃記, and EXITA. For the local support, if you are familiar with the Chinese pop / rock scene you might have seen these acts a thousand times already: Chang Shilei, Top Floor Circus, Shao Yibei, Zhou Yunpeng, Li Zhi etc. Considering there will be beach and sea, and some relaxing bossa nova from Lisa Ono, this might be a good choice for a weekend getaway. More info HERE.
Pre-sale tickets 120rmb/day, or three days for 300rmb. On-site tickets 150rmb/day // FRIDAY – SUNDAY
Zhujiajian Nansha, Putuo, Zhoushan city, Zhejiang // 浙江省舟山市普陀区朱家尖南沙
Shanghai 123 @ Community Center Shanghai
Shanghai 123 has three half day programs on August 28, September 19, and October 17 in Pudong. They’ll introduce Shanghai and offer resources and tips on how to get acclimated to the city. The event goes from 9am-12:30pm and includes breakfast, lunch, and childcare for children 2-12 years old — all for free. For those new to the city, it could worth checking out. Find more info here.
Free // 9:00 – 12:30
Tower A, 3/F, 1146 Biyun Lu, near Huangyang Lu // 碧云路1146号A号楼3楼, 近黄杨路
Shanghai Ever @ Museum of Contemporary Art
Check out the group exhibition at MoCA as a celebration for the museum’s 10-year anniversary. The exhibition features works from artists such as Ding Yi, Zhou Tiehai, Yang Yongliang and Pan Jianfeng. On from July 11 through October 10. Get more information here.
50 RMB // 10:00 – 18:00
231 West Nanjing Road near North Huangpi Road // 南京西路231号, 近黄陂北路
Cavalia @ The White Big Top
Cavalia, the first production of the Canadian company, began its world tour in the summer of 2003. Conceived by Normand Latourelle, one of the co-founders of famed Cirque du Soleil, Cavalia is a fresh mix of equestrian and performing arts, multimedia and special effects, innovatively integrating acrobatics, dance, aerial stunts and live music.
280 – 980 RMB // 19:30 – 22:00 (Friday – Sunday) & 14:30 – 17:00 (Saturday – Sunday)
Shanghai Expo, South of China Pavilion. XueYe Rd., Shangnan Rd. // 世博板块中国馆旁，中华艺术宫南面
Shanghai Bund @ JDF Yun Feng Theatre
Based on the Cantonese TV production, the musical Shanghai Bund tells the love story of Cheng Cheng and Xu Wenqiang during the 1920s. Their love for each other, however, is disrupted by conspiracies between Feng Jingyao, Cheng Cheng’s father, and the French. With realistic backdrops and the use of holograms, this musical allows the audience to travel back in time and see what Shanghai used to be like.
Began last week and goes until December 31, each week Thursday through Sunday. Get tickets and information here.
180 / 280 / 480 / 680 / 880 RMB // 19:15 (Friday – Sunday)
1700 Beijing Xi Lu // 北京西路1700号
Dafay @ MAO Livehouse
Beijing-born singer-songwriter Dafay has been in the background for more than a decade, playing producer for some of the biggest Mandopop stars since the early 2000s. But participation in popular Chinese music reality show ‘Sing My Song’ has brought him to the spotlight. Catch him at MAO Livehouse for the release of his new album. Buy tickets here!
80RMB pre-sale / 100RMB at door // 20:00 – 22:00
308 Chongqing Nan Lu, near Jianguo Zhong Lu // 黄浦区重庆南路308号, 近建国中路
Jazz Nights @ The 1515 West
Every Friday night from 9pm, the bar at the 1515 West chophouse has live jazz from Cathy Paitek, plus American comfort food and classic cocktails.
No cover // 21:00 – LATE
Jing An Shangri-la, 4/F, 1218 Yan’an Zhong Lu, near Tongren Lu // 延安中路1218号4楼, 近铜仁路
Press Play First Pre-Opening Party @ Catering House
They’re calling this a “Pre-Opening Party” even though bar and restaurant Catering Town has been open for a couple of weeks. DJ crew Press Play will be playing from 9pm. Free-flow Asahi draft beer also starts at 9pm and goes until 11pm.
No Cover // 21:00 – LATE
1011 Qiujiang Lu, near Xizang Bei Lu // 虬江路1011号, 近西藏北路
Rock and Roll Vandals Official Launch @ Yuyintang
This Friday will be a show to remember. Four of Shanghai’s finest come together to officially launch the new “Rock and Roll Vandals series at Yuyintang. Punk-hardcore band “PVA” open the show followed by “Jackanapes”. New rockers “Product” then come on for their debut performance and then to top things off well-known rockers Limousine will close out the show. Bish, bash. bosh, get booked in.
50 RMB // 21:30 – MIDNIGHT
851 Kaixuan Lu // 凯旋路851号
Jungle Rumble @ LOgO
One of Shanghai’s oldest, longest-running reggae / dancehall nights returns to Logo bar with Deejay Lao Bang, Dj Envoy & Live Jado From Far East Lion. Dacehall riddims all night at the newly renovated Logo.
20RMB w/ 1 shot // 22:00 – LATE
298 Xingfu Lu, near Pingwu Lu // 幸福路298号， 近平武路
Late Happy Hour @ Maya
The upscale Mexican restaurant does late happy hour every Friday and Saturday nights. From 10:30 PM till late, they offer buy-one-get-one on their top-ten cocktails and selected beers, as well as buy-two-get-one on pitchers of Margaritas and Sangria.
No cover // 22:30 – LATE
2/F, 568 Julu Road near South Shanxi Road // 巨鹿路568弄四方新城俱乐部2楼, 近陕西南路
And if that’s still not enough, head over to our calendar for more.
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