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37 awesome things to do in August

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

With July and its 50°C heat index (that's ° Fahrenheit for those unfamiliar with Celsius) behind us, August promises to be a vast improvement. Ariana Grande takes centre stage at the Mercedez-Benz arena while the Fratellis and The Kooks headline Summer Sonic Shanghai. As well as these great musical offerings, there is all sorts going on this month. See below for our full list of picks.

Music & nightlife

Pu Shu

Critics' pick

Chinese pop-rocker Pu Shu has become a huge star in recent years, headlining festivals and now touring arenas. This show is a rearranged date and the final details are still yet to be announced (even the date may still be subject to change), but expect tickets to go fast for this one when they ...

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Mercedes-Benz Arena , 1200 Expo Avenue 19 Aug

RP Boo

Critics' pick

The godfather of footwork returns to Shanghai for what will be one of the happiest sets of the month. RP Boo always plays with a massive grin on his face and his enthusiasm is genuinely infectious.

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ALL , 17 Xiangyang Bei Lu 19 Aug

Cigarettes After Sex

Critics' pick

New York-based quartet led by Greg Gonzalez bring their slow-burn, brooding pop to Shanghai as part of a show to whet appetites for Concrete and Grass Festival 2017.

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Modern Sky Lab , 188 Ruihong Lu 23 Aug

Summer Sonic Shanghai

Critics' pick

Major Japanese music festival Summer Sonic is set to launch a Shanghai spin-off event this summer. The festival has been cooperating with MAO Livehouse to take Chinese bands to Japan to appear on its stages for several years now, in addition to hosting occasional 'warm-up' events here. A ...

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Shen Di Ecology Park | 申迪生态园 , No. 188, Lane 399 Shendi Dong Lu 26-27 Aug Buy tickets

Ariana Grande

Critics' pick

Actor-turned-worldwide pop sensation Ariana Grande makes her Shanghai concert debut, bringing hits such as 'Problem', 'Dangerous Woman' and 'Side to Side' to China.

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Mercedes-Benz Arena , 1200 Expo Avenue 28 Aug Buy tickets

Food & Drink

Things to do

Bloc Party at The Cannery

Critics' pick

Spread yourself out over the The Cannery's plush lawn with awesome eats and drinks at the monthly bloc party. Held on the first Saturday of every month, the neighbourhood gathering has barbecue rom Flippin' Freddy, a cocktail bar from Michael 'Punchy' Chen and beers from Boxing Cat Brewery. Plus ...

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

KFK Presents: Zainab Johnson

Zainab Johnson, a stand-up comedian and actress, is quickly being propelled as one of the most unique and engaging performers on stage and screen. Zainab’s comedy is based on her unique point-of-view, which was shaped growing up in Harlem as one of thirteen siblings in a Muslim family. After ...

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Life in Color

'What if we took the Color Run concept and applied that to a music festival?' Presumably someone posed this question once and now here we are: Life in Color. The basic idea seems to be covering people in brightly coloured paints while they listen to EDM. Headhunterz and Vinai are the only acts ...

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National Exhibition and Convention Center · the North Square , 333 Song Ze Da Dao (崧泽大道333号) Qingpu Shanghai Shanghai 19 Aug Buy tickets

Happy Friday

Critics' pick

The final in a trio of summer parties at the Jing An Kerry Centre with food, drink, retail and fitness booths sprawled out across the central piazza. See @socialsupplyshanghai for more information.

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Jingan Kerry Centre , 1515 Nanjing Xi Lu 25 Aug

Goose Island BooshkaBaash festival

Community festival BooshKaBaash returns for its ninth year with the tagline ‘music for everyone’. Expect free live music from an eclectic mix of local and international bands and artists ranging from rock to reggae to soul funk. There will also be a market with the likes of Goose Island on ...

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Shanghai Centre , 1376 Nanjing Xi Lu 26-27 Aug

New movie releases and screenings

The Pearl movie nights

Every Tuesday night at 8pm, The Pearl Theatre screens a cinematic gem on the big screen for free. This month kicks off with South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut (Tue 1), followed by Gladiator (Tue 8), American Pie and American Pie 2 (Tue 15), Edward Scissorhands (Tue 22) and Lethal Weapon (Tue 29).

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The Pearl , 471 Zhapu Lu Every Tuesday , 13 Aug , 27 Aug Buy tickets

Cocktail Cinema: The Prestige

Critics' pick

Sip on film-themed drinks at Social Supply's Cocktail Cinema where bartender Chris Xi will be working his magic to The Prestige. It's fair to say you can expect a few tricks up their sleeves at this one. Follow CocktailCinema on WeChat for details and to buy tickets (numbers are limited).

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TBA 16 Aug

Time Out Screenings: Still Life

Critics' pick

Time Out Shanghai shows one of the greatest Chinese films of all time in Glam, M on the Bund, with complimentary gourmet popcorn and specially tailored drinks. This month it's director Jia Zhangke’s critically acclaimed Still Life. Set in Fengjie, one of the areas most affected by the building ...

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Glam , 20 Guangdong Lu 20 Aug

Baby Driver

Critics' pick

Music sounds better when you’re on the road. In Baby DriverShaun of the Dead director Edgar Wright takes the car-chase action film – loaded with tyre squeals – and weds it to a cracking jukebox playlist. The result is the most supercharged piece of motorised choreography since John Landis destroyed a fleet of cop cars in The Blues Brothers.

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Cinemas around Shanghai 25 Aug - 25 Sep

Art

Zhan Wang: Forms in Flux

The Long Museum hosts the largest solo exhibition to date of Chinese artist Zhan Wang’s works, presenting sculptures which reflect traditional Chinese cultural elements and craftsmanship, whilst also addressing various issues of contemporary life and space.

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Long Museum West Bund , 3398 Longteng Avenue 25 Jun - 22 Aug

Math Bass

Eighteen pieces of Los Angeles-based artist Math Bass will be exhibited in the museum, with her recent paintings and sculptures illustrating a visual space with unique symbols and colours. In this exhibition, Bass not only engages with familiar symbols from the ongoing "Newz!" series, ...

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Yuz Museum , 35 Fenggu Lu 24 Jun - 27 Aug

Closed Circuit - Open Duration

Critics' pick

Open Duration is a large-scale installation that consists of several overlapping works. The work uses soil, plants, light, sound, video and various scientific research media such as carbon and oxygen sensors to examine different aspects of the human-nature relationship. Together these ...

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Chronus Art Center , 50 Moganshan Lu Every day except Monday,Tuesday

Valérie Belin: Meta-Clichés

Critics' pick

Shanghai Center of Photography's latest exhibition presents works by the world-renowned Parisian artist Valérie Belin. The show is a retrospective of unique photography, from Belin’s very first projects to her latest new media experiments in digital technology and overlay techniques. Jointly ...

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

A Most Filial Imprint

Critics' pick

Having moved from its M50 location in April last year, Aike Dellarco now showcases sophisticated contemporary works from international and Chinese artists down by the river at the West Bund. The gallery's latest profound exhibition examines the idea of 'imprinting' – during a critical period ...

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Aike Dellarco , 2555 Longteng Avenue Every day except Monday Free

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