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The best things to do in Shanghai this week

The Bodyguard, The Cannery Bloc Party, Floating on Air and more

After a wet weekend, the rain doesn't seem to be going away anytime soon. However, miserable weather aside, Shanghai still has plenty of great things to offer for the week ahead. See our picks below.

Food and Drink

BREW Beer Fest 2017

The eighth edition of this yearly Pudong beer festival. This year, BREW Beer Fest will include live DJ sets, beer competitions and more. Selected beer and gourmet suppliers have been invited, with the likes of The BREW, Boxing Cat, Little Creatures and Goose Island providing the drinks, and The COOK, Big Bamboo, Brothers Kebab and more on food duty. 

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Kerry Parkside , 1378 Huamu Lu 1-2 Jul Free

Bloc Party at The Cannery

Critics' pick

A special Canada Day edition of The Cannery's monthly Bloc Party. Get started with yoga class by Lulu Lemon and competition for best male and female Canada-inspired yoga outfit – winners get a gift certificate to The Cannery and a personal fitting at Lululemon’s store. After that, enjoy a Canadian-style brunch before the Bloc Party gets started, with specials like ‘East Coast’ eggs with lobster hollandaise, and pancakes with maple syrup, Canadian bacon and more.

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The Cannery , 1107 Yuyuan Lu The First Saturday of every month

Star Spangled Summer Fest

Critics' pick

An Independence Day food and drink bash featuring gourmet food, craft beers, pre-prohibition cocktails, live music and DJs. Catch your favourite all American restaurants, bars, and craft beers at the festival, including Big BambooMadison KitchenEggLil’ LaundrySpread the BagelStrictly CookiesElement FreshBlind PigBoxing Cat Brewery,  Al's Diner, Senator Saloon and more.

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Shanghai Centre , 1376 Nanjing Xi Lu 02 Jul Free

Things to Do

Story Telling by Chinese elderly

Beyond the Bund bring you Story-Telling by Chinese Elderly - a live oral retelling of life in China during the '50s and 60s. It takes place at UV Working at 1295 Suzhou Nan Lu near Xinqiao Lu.

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TBA 26-28 Jun

Floating On Air

Skydiving but without the impending fear of death. To celebrate the opening of Aerodium Technology’s China headquarters they are offering a Floating on Airexperience with their Open1 vertical wind tunnel. Old or young, novice or pro, it’s safe for people of all shapes and sizes who want to literally float on air.

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Global Harbor , 3300 Zhongshan Bei Lu, near Jinshajiang Lu (中山北路3300号, 近金沙江路) Putuo Shanghai Shanghai 27 Jun Buy tickets

KTGA SUMMERFEST – Make a Splash!

This summer sees the latest incarnation of Shanghai's foremost market makers much celebrated festival series. Get ready for another packed two-day program of spectacular design, shopping, film, music, and food all presented with KTGA’s signature creative flair guaranteed to put a summery smile on your face.

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1933 Old Millfun , 10 Shajing Lu 1-2 Jul Buy tickets


Classical and Performance

The Bodyguard the Musical

The Bodyguard does not improve on the film's already weak story, but there's more of what you bought the ticket for -- Whitney Houston's music. Big, bold, and with plenty of spectacle, this show is not going to do anything for your IQ, but Whitney's fans will love it. This year's guilty summer pleasure.

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Shanghai Culture Square , No. 597 Fuxing Zhong Lu Huangpu Shanghai Shanghai 30 Jun Buy tickets


Rainbow Afternoon Block Party

Critics' pick

Join the weekly Rainbow Afternoon Block Party at M CAFÉ – the new daytime café and face of popular gay bar Lucca 390 – for a day of drinks, desserts and DJs. 

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M CAFÉ , 390 Panyu Lu Every Saturday Free


Entangled in Duality

Hu Weiqi's makes an attempt to unveil how deep of an imprint this miraculous, eye-catching and lighting-fast social, political and cultural transition has left on the mentalities, conscious and believes of Chinese people.

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Art+ Shanghai Gallery , 191 South Suzhou Road Every day except Monday


Qu Fengguo's new solo exhibition Midsummer, his third at Don Gallery, presents the paintings that belong to the series 'Four Seasons' composed between 2015 and 2017. It is the unconscious capture of impermanence and ultimate emotions brought by the seasons as a natural kind.

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Don Gallery West Bund , 2879 Longteng Avenue 03 Jun - 23 Jul

Barge Haulers on the Volga

This exhibition is xie Yi's first solo show, curated by Yang Zi. Majority of the works in this exhibition will be his recently finished pieces, which embrace media such as sculpture, painting, installation and video, representing the artist's confrontation with his personal knowledge structure in his lasting endeavour to artistic credation as well as the artist's self-reflection upon his professional identity under the present intricate social environment.

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J Gallery , 50 Moganshan Lu 27 May - 09 Jul

Body·Media II

Continuing the theme of 2007's Body Media exhibition, this new edition re-discusses the close ties between new media and body within the new era context totally revolutionised by advancing technologies.

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Power Station of Art , 200 Huayuangang Lu Every day except Monday

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