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The best things to do in Shanghai this week

China International Comedy Festival, Oyster Day, Star Wars and more

Photograph: Kung Fu Komedy
From a day of oyster shucking to a gelato street party, to an international comedy festival to the new Star Wars film, there's all sorts going on in Shanghai this week despite the miserable Monday weather. Read on for our picks of the best things to do.

Food and Drink

Rock'N'Rum: Rockabilly nights dance through Shanghai

Critics' pick

The Hoy Hoy and The Grove Distillery host their first Rockabilly night with 1950s music, fashion and craft cocktails. Spirits Box's Laura Thomason and Hannah Keirl will be shaking up 1950s-themed cocktails and, cause everyone loves an excuse to dress up, go in your best Rockabilly vintage to get a free cocktail.

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The Hoy Hoy , 65-4 Maoming Bei Lu 25 May Free

Buco street party

Buco is kicking off gelato season with a curbside bash this Friday 25 May. The brand will be rolling out a whole new slew of gelato flavors, with special flavor collaborations with Time Out Shanghai, Hot Box, Coffee on the Go and Yao Lu of Union Trading Company. There'll be gelato and nitro cocktails from Spirits Box, a streetside photo booth, and of course, lots of free gelato samples. 

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Buco , 20 Donghu Lu 25 May Free

Music and Nightlife

Boys Noize

Big name, multi-award-winning Berlin DJ and producer Alex Ridha returns to Shanghai once more for a big night of house and techno down in Found 158.

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Arkham , 168 Julu Lu 26 May Buy tickets


Critics' pick

The new Yuyintang near Zhongshan Park prepares to be properly put through its paces, as celebrated Canadian noise-rockers METZ make a welcome return to Shanghai with Split Works. 

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Yuyintang Park , B102, 1398 Yuyuan Lu (愚园路1398号地下一层B102) Changning Shanghai Shanghai 26 May

AV PARTY – Atomic Visual x FakeMusicMedia

Critics' pick

Over the last five years Atomic Visual Studio have been behind some of the best-looking gigs and nightlife shows going in these parts, producing a whole bunch of incredible digital art pieces and AV installations along the way. They're taking over Modern Sky Lab to throw a massive birthday party and bringing in a host of visual and musical artists to join the fun.

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Modernsky Lab Shanghai , 3F Moon Shopping Mall, 188 Ruihong Lu (瑞虹路188号3楼) Hongkou Shanghai Shanghai 26 May

Ben Pearce

Deep house producer and DJ Ben Pearce gets behind the decks for a #TGIF special down beside The Bund.

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Bar Rouge , 18 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu 25 May


Solo: A Star Wars Story

Yes, another Star Wars film, but this time it's a Western-style sci-fi spinoff focusing on the origins of fan-favourite puckish rogue Han Solo as he meets hairy sidekick Chewbacca and smooth criminal Lando Calrissian on 'a heist that anyone else would be insane to try'. 

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Cinemas around Shanghai 25 May - 25 Jun Buy tickets

A Quiet Place

A Quiet Place follows a family living monkishly in the woods as they seek to survive predators that hunt by sound. Already released globally, the film has won critical acclaim for its smart, innovative and above all entertaining take on horror.

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Cinemas around Shanghai 18 May - 18 Jun Buy tickets


Everything & Nothing

Critics' pick

Shanghai's hottest, but not at all wettest, selfie scene of 2015 returns. That's right, it's 'Rain Room'created in 2012 and since then toured to art galleries across the world, and it never gets any less stunning and surreal.

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Yuz Museum , 35 Fenggu Lu Every day except Monday Buy tickets