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The best things to do this weekend in Shanghai

Halloween is just around the corner and festivities are kicking off early in Shanghai this weekend

Photograph: courtesy 247tickets (Bohemian Betyars China Tour)
Time to get your costumes ready – Halloween is just around the corner and festivities are kicking off early in Shanghai this weekend with a themed pet adoption day at Charlie's and the release of the Maleficent sequel. Halloween not your vibe? Shanghai French Week starts today (Fri 18), it's the last week to catch German photographer and astronaut-in-training Michael Najjar's solo show Outer Space and Canadian pop star Carly Rae Jepsen will bring her Dedicated Tour to town. Here are our top picks.

Charity Clothing Drive at The Rooster

Donate any clothes that you won't or can't wear this weekend at The Rooster and receive a free pint of Vedett. It's on the lookout for jackets, coats, pants, shoes and other items in good wearable condition, and unused underwear and socks. All donated clothes will go to the Renewal Center. 

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The Rooster, Jingan , 455 Shaanxi Bei Lu 18-20 Oct

Shanghai French Week

An event for all the francophiles out there: Shanghai French Week will see a pedestrian street filled with stalls selling French breads, pastries, chocolates, wines, cheeses, cosmetics and textiles. Organised by the Huangpu Government and the Consulate General of France in Shanghai, the event will also have music performances and a pétanque competition that you can register for by adding contact '139 1744 2257' on WeChat. 

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Yandang Lu Pedestrian Street , Yandang Lu 18-20 Oct

Bohemian Betyars China Tour

Bohemian Betyars is a fiddler band with a purpose to spread the feeling of bitter revelry as far as possible. Self-described as speed-folk freak-punk, its music has evolved into a mixture that includes punk, ska and melodic themes all spiced up with Hungarian, Balkanic and Gipsy elements.

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LOFAS , B1-09, 230 Ruiping Road (瑞平路230号保利时光里B1-09) Xuhui Shanghai Shanghai 20 Oct Buy tickets

Michael Najjar: Outer Space

This surreal exhibition showcases photos by German artist Michael Najjar under the theme of space exploration and its implications on future life. With some snaps taken during Najjar's training to be the first artist to travel into space, and some synthesised from footage of his excursions with archive photos, the show is a critique on the efforts humans are making to find a liveable environment in outer space while destroying the one we have on Earth.

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BANK Gallery , Lane 298 Anfu Lu 20 Sep - 27 Oct

Scott Henderson Trio

Since the years of Tribal Tech, and into successful albums like Well to the Bone or the most recent, Vibe Station, considered by many as his masterpiece, LA's Scott Henderson has been at the top of his generation for decades. 

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Blue Note Shanghai , Citic Plaza, 867, North Sichuan Road Hongkou Shanghai Shanghai 19 Oct Buy tickets

Moulin Dream Immersive Cabaret Theatre

Follow six storylines and see actors roam freely throughout the theatre, treating the audience to spontaneous performances and impromptu interactive opportunities. This show is in both Mandarin and English.

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The Pearl , 471 Zhapu Lu Every day except Friday Buy tickets

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) and soon-to-be-queen Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning) have to join forces despite their complicated past in order to fight against a new villain and protect their kingdom and the magical creatures inside of it.

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Cinemas around Shanghai 18 Oct - 18 Nov

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