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25 awesome things to do in Shanghai this November

The best nightlife, music, art, stage, film and more this November

Shanghai heats up as the weather cools down. From Ultimate Fighting to Steve Aoki. See below for our full list of awesome November picks.


Antony Gormley: Still Moving

Critics' pick

Check out legendary British artist Antony Gormley’s mesmerising exhibition at the Long Museum this month. The phenomenal sculptor guides visitors on a stroll through some of his most exciting, playful and arresting works.

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Long Museum West Bund , 3398 Longteng Avenue 09 Sep - 26 Nov

Hello, My Name is Paul Smith

Hello, My Name is Paul Smith is a touring exhibition showcasing the fashion designer's journey in building his company, as well as his stylistic tastes and eye for design. It combines the artistic and the business aspects of running a fashion brand and gives the audience a glimpse into the designer's world, helping people understand the interactions between operating within an industry as a business and within the fashion world as a designer and artist.

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Modern Art Museum , 4777 Binjiang Da Dao (滨江大道4777号(近浦电路浦明路口)) Pudong Shanghai Shanghai 10 Oct - 07 Jan Buy tickets
We caught up with Paul Smith here

Things to Do

2017 UFC Fight Night Shanghai

Critics' pick

Watch epic brawls and biceps the size of your face from a safe distance at UFC’s China debut in the Mercedes-Benz Arena. The fight card is headlined by Anderson Silva and Kelvin Gastelum in a matchup that is hotly tipped to be one of the most thrilling bouts in the history of UFC in Asia.

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Mercedes-Benz Arena , 1200 Shibo Da Dao, near Shangnan Lu (世博大道1200号, 近上南路) Pudong Shanghai Shanghai 25 Nov Buy tickets

Music & Nightlife

Chee Shimizu

Critics' pick

Daily Vinyl get together with their friends at Uptown Records to present Tokyo-based round obscure music enthusiast Chee Shimizu. This might be one of the most interesting nights this month.

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Elevator , 218 Xinle Lu 25 Nov

Steve Aoki

Tomorrowland, EDC and now Linx Shanghai. Bop till you drop to international dance music sensation and owner of that luscious hair for an unforgettable ear-ringing night.

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Linx , 98 Huaihai Zhong Lu 30 Nov
Read more on Steve Aoki here

Food & Drink

Hairy Crab Feast food tour

Critics' pick

Autumn’s arrival means one thing in Shanghai: hairy crab season. On UnTour's Hairy Crab Feast tour, find out why Tang Dynasty poets immortalised these critters in verse millennia ago, as you sample a range of crab dishes, from xiaolongbao to Lion’s Head meatballs.

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UnTour Shanghai 07 Oct , 28 Oct , 11 Nov , 25 Nov

East Imperial Gin Jubilee

Asia’s premier gin festival hits Shanghai for its Mainland China debut. With sister fests across Asia, Gin Jubilee brings three days of botanical-infused boozy fun, pairing the world’s finest gin brands with the city’s top bars.

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TBA 23-25 Nov


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Acrobuffos: Air Play

A circus-style adventure from Acrobuffos, Air Play tells the story of two siblings journeying through a surreal land of air, transforming the ordinary into objects of uncommon beauty. Fabrics dance in the wind, balloons have a mind of their own and confetti turns into the night sky.

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Shanghai Grand Theatre Lyric Theatre , 300 Renmin Da Dao, near Huangpi Bei Lu (人民大道300号) Huangpu Shanghai Shanghai 22 Nov Buy tickets

West Side Story

Take your Shakespearian plot and mix it with Nuyorican flare, to get this heart-throbbing, Grammy award-winning musical of gang violence and clandestine love.

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Shanghai Culture Square , No. 597 Fuxing Zhong Lu Huangpu Shanghai Shanghai 23 Nov Buy tickets

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