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Awesome things to do in Shanghai this October

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

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It's that time of year when our minds switch to thoughts of pumpkins, black cats, and things go bump in the night – but spooky season is no reason to stay cooped up indoors. Fall headfirst into the Mid-Autumn madness with comic con, gigs galore, and more mooncakes than your jaw can accommodate. See below for our full list of awesome October picks.


Shoes: pleasure and pain

Curated by Helen Pearson, Shoes: Pleasure and Pain features a selection of over 140 pairs of shoes from 14th century court dress to the edgiest designs by contemporary makers in a story that laces together fashion and function from across the globe.

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HKRI Taikoo Hui , 789 Nanjing Xi Lu 22 Sep - 05 Nov

Iconic Shanghai

This exhibition on the second floor of The Urban Planning Museum guides visitors through 64 historic streets with local artist Li Shoubai. Using his own take on traditional Chinese paper cutting techniques, Li bangs colour and personality into some of Shanghai's most iconic cityscapes. The ...

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Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center , 100 People's Avenue Every day except Monday

MUSE: Zhang Haier

As the name of this exhibition suggests, the exhibition focuses on the photographer's various sources of inspiration, whether it be places that are meaningful to the artist like Guangzhou and Paris, or people, like Zhang Haier's wife of 35 years, Hu Yuanli, who serves as the subject of many of his photos. 

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Shanghai Center of Photography , 2555 Longteng Dadao Every day except Monday

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 ...

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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

Things to Do

Charity Public Halloween Ghost Tour

Shanghai has a rich record of murderous gangsters and fatal accidents that, as legend tells us, has left behind many spirits wandering certain haunts around the city. This two-hour walking tour by Newman tours takes you through some of the places of note from a rougher time in Shanghai's history....

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Jingan Temple Metro Station , Nanjing Xi Lu 27 Oct

Halloween season at Shanghai Disney Resort

This year, the wicked fun of the Halloween season celebration is going to take place throughout the entire Shanghai Disney Resort from September 25 through October 31. The special fall festivities include brand new performances designed exclusively for Shanghai Disneyland’s inaugural Halloween ...

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Shanghai Disney Resort , 753 Shendi Bei Lu 25 Sep - 31 Oct

Music & Nightlife

Freakout Fest 2017

Critics' pick

LA future bass producer Y2K and Barong Family will be leading this Halloween thriller at the Jiantao Shopping Centre in Changning district. 

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TBA 28 Oct

Food & Drink

Shanghai Oktoberfest 2017

Dig out your lederhosen or your dirndl and head to this massive festival tent and street party near the Rockbund for awesome Bavarian food, live music, and of course, loads of free-flowing beer for a raucous Shanghai-style celebration of the world's most iconic autumn event.

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Yuanmingyuan Lu , Yuanmingyuan Lu Every day

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


SNAP!'s First Birthday

This month marks a year since queer-friendly party series SNAP! first started taking Shanghai's LGBTQ scene by storm. Expect sassy queens, lots of Absolut, and the launch of the group's first annual calendar replete with scantily clad male models.

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WOOBAR , 66 Lvshun Lu 21 Oct


The Pearl Movie Nights: Halloween

The Pearl Theatre's regular Tuesday movie night takes a scary turn for the holiday with a screening of classic 1978 American slasher Halloween. Take advantage of the pre-film happy our from 6 to 8pm for some extra courage.

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The Pearl , 471 Zhapu Lu 31 Oct


Chapterhouse Theatre: Pride and Prejudice

Critics' pick

Touring company best known for interpreting the classics in outdoor settings comes indoors with their streamlined version of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, celebrating the bicentennial of the author's death.

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Shanghai Grand Theatre , 300 Renmin Avenue, Nr Huangpi Bei Lu Huangpu Shanghai Shanghai 31 Oct - 05 Nov , 04 Nov , 7-9 Nov

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre: Rice

Critics' pick

Asia's premiere dance company presents a multi-media look at a village in Taiwan that repaired their pesticide-damaged farmland by going organic. The eight-part work is a combination of solos, duets and group pieces by some of the continent's best dancers, all against a stunning backdrop filmed ...

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Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre , 425 Dingxiang Lu 18-21 Oct , 22 Oct