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41 awesome things to do in Shanghai this February

The Super Bowl, Nicky Romero, Madeon and much more in the city this month

Jurga Seduikyte is at On Stage this month
February may have you huddling under your duvet for warmth, but thankfully Shanghai is serving up plenty of events worth braving the cold for. From lovey-dovey Valentine's Day deals to the Super Bowl and a host of top nightlife shows, these are the best things to do in Shanghai this month.
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Super Bowl LI

It's game time. Super Bowl LI kicks off on Monday 6 February at 7.30am China time. Plenty of bars are opening their doors extra early so you can catch the game with accompanying breakfast, Buds and buds.

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Delicious food and drink events

Valentine's Day dinners

Celebrate love with one of the many Valentine's Day dining packages on offer in Shanghai. Read more for a roundup of where to wine and dine your way to happiness.

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Must-see art exhibitions

James Turrell: Immersive Light

Critics' pick

World-renowned Californian artist James Turrell arrives at the Long Museum, bringing with him works of epic proportions, showcasing a lifetime of experimentation with light, space and perspective. Having spent 50 years learning how to shape light into art, Turrell's exhibition is mesmerising ...

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Long Museum West Bund , 3398 Longteng Avenue Every day except Monday

Song Dong: I Don't Know the Mandate of Heaven

Critics' pick

RAM hosts a monographic exhibition by leading avant-garde installation artist, Beijing-born Song Dong. In a show that transforms the entire building both inside and out, the museum presents some of the innovative artist’s best-known works and imposing installations. 

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Rockbund Art Museum , 20 Huqiu Lu Every day except Monday

Shanghai Biennale 2016

With its first edition launched in 1996, the 11th Shanghai Biennale features the works of a whopping 92 participating artists and artist groups from 40 countries worldwide, occupying the atmospheric Power Station of Art.

Alongside the main exhibition, other highlights of the Biennale include the project 51 Personae, a community-based project that aims to present the perspectives of ordinary people from every corner of the city. The project will feature three participants per week over the 17-week duration of the Biennale, displaying their ideas in unique and interesting ways, including a ferris wheel ride, a radio show and a football match.

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

Spectacular stage performances

Sergej Krylov Violin Recital

Critics' pick

Sergej Krylov was born in Moscow in a family of musicians. The father Alexander Krylov was an outstanding violin maker. The mother Liudmila Krylova is a famous piano player and a teacher. Here he plays Bach’s Chaconne from Partita No. 2, Beethoven’sViolin Sonata No. 9 (Kreutzer), and Franck’s Sonata in A Major for Violin and Piano.

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Shanghai Concert Hall , 523 Yanan Dong Lu 26 Feb Buy tickets

Family-friendly things to do

Winter chess season at the SCA

The Shanghai Chess Academy's Winter Season sessions are now running, with the organisation offering classes for beginner, intermediate and advanced learners. Sessions run from 60 minutes to two hours and are all taught by experienced instructors, with lessons all being tailored for children's ...

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Shanghai Chess Academy (Shanghai Centre) , 1376 Nanjing Xi Lu, Nr Xikang Lu 07 Jan - 02 Apr