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The best things to do this weekend in Shanghai

Fill your days off with a free-flow wine brunch, a poutine cook-off, Maiya's first indie market and more

Photograph: courtesy Alter (Connect ep 6 Museum)
TGIF. Unwind after a long week in the office by getting your fill of the good stuff at Tomatito's free-flow wine brunch, dive into plates of fries with cheese curds and gravy at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce poutine cook-off, shop local at Maiya Rice Canteen's first independent market and more. Plus, dig out your stars and stripes (even if you're not American) and scroll to the bottom of the page for our pick of the top parties, brunches and more to celebrate USA's Independence Day.

Saturday 4

Free Flow Wine Extravaganza Brunch

Get your fill of the good stuff at this free-flow wine brunch from Sommelier International China and Tomatito. They've put together a selection 20 artisanal wines from Australia, France and Spain to accompany a brunch menu (designed by chef Koen Vessies) that showcases some of the best flavours of Spain. Click here for the full menu.

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Tomatito , 168 Hubin Lu 04 Jul

Alter Connect ep 6 Museum

Alter. is taking its Connect series to the rooftop of Fosun Foundation Shanghai, currently home to the Alex Katz exhibition. Expect a live set from multi-instrumentalist Cruel Buddhist as well as sounds from Sarfat, Dora and Alter. Soundystem. Click here to buy tickets.

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Fosun Foundation , 600 Zhong Shan Dong Er Lu (中山东二路600号) Huangpu Shanghai Shanghai 04 Jul

Lazy Saturday Vol 3

Funk and soul house Shake's chef Danyi Gao and cocktail aficionado Colin Tait join Weimar Gomez, the executive chef at W Shanghai the Bund, for a laid-back afternoon of live music, food and drinks. Different drink packages are available starting 398RMB. Reservations are recommended at 2286 9960.

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W Shanghai – The Bund , 66 Lvshun Lu 04 Jul

Maiya Market

Support small business at Maiya Rice Canteen's first community-focused market featuring stalls from more than ten independent vendors selling everything from gelato and wine to vinyl and vintage. 

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Maiya Rice Canteen , No 181, Lane 465 Zhenning Lu 04 Jul

Post-Apocalypse Improv Show

After surviving 'the apocalypse', the remaining members of Zmack house teams Zut Alors, Splinter and Neighbours join forces to take on this brave new world. They'll showcase nine improvisers from three different Zmack house teams in a show 'filled with joy, hand sanitiser and hope for a better tomorrow'.

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My Place Ruin Bar , 1788 Xinzha Lu 04 Jul

Poutine Cook Off

Dive into plates of fries, cheese curds and gravy as the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai teams up with fellow Canadian F&B vendors for an outdoor poutine cook-off this Saturday. Contestants include familiar Shanghai names like Massé Gastro Lounge, Co Cheese, Pistorela and The Pearl. Tickets include poutine samples from all vendors, one drink from Masse and one voting chit. Click here to buy tickets.

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800 Show , 800 Changde Lu 04 Jul

EDITION Roof Garden Opening

Critics' pick

MVP Events and Freelance Lovers are joining forces for The Shanghai EDITION's Roof Garden opening party. Drink and dance to house vibes played by guest DJs in lush green surrounds while watching the sunset over Shanghai. Special table packages for up to ten people including three bottles of champagne and one bottle of spirit for 3,500RMB. Entry includes one drink.

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Roof Garden at The Shanghai EDITION , 199 Nanjing Dong Lu 04 Jul Buy tickets

A Misty Gaze Into Infinity

A graduate of the Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts, Tang Jie’s medium of choice is the natural world – water, wood, sand and stone. In a solo exhibit opening this Saturday at Powerlong Museum, across a dozen installations, the young Chinese artist looks beyond human interpretations to explore how natural elements like fire and water tell their own stories about life, the universe and natural order.

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Powerlong Museum , 3055 Caobao Road Every day except Monday

Sunday 5


Dance like nobody's watching at this one-hour un-choreographed party that raises funds for Lifeline. No worries if you have no dance experience, it's a judgement-free and substance-free party, set to a freshly curated playlist, so dancers can let loose and express themselves. Children are welcome but must be supervised. Register here.

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M's Dance Studio , 1 Maoming Nan Lu 05 Jul

German Wine Fest

Take your pick from over 50 German wines at this boozy festival from Social Supply and Wines of Germany as part of German Riesling Weeks. Glasses start from 20RMB (with free samples), plus canapés and live music till late from DJs Queenie, Murphy Kin and Sarfat. 

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Shanghailander Wine Café , 692 Yongjia Lu 05 Jul

Participation Mystique

Located inside a former paper machine factory, Ming Contemporary Art Museum’s new exhibition merges psychoanalysis with art. Fourteen participating artists imagined themselves in a situation of great loss – from imaginary limb pain in Kader Attia’s photography to unconsciousness in Marianna Simnett’s installation work. Bring your original ID or passport for entry.

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Ming Contemporary Art Museum , 436 Yonghe Dong Lu Every day except Monday

Fourth of July parties, barbecues and more

Party in the USA

Dance it out this Independence Day at queer party Plastic's special USA-themed edition that's taking over the Funka group's newest gastro lounge Italo. Reserve a table at 185 1189 8637.

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Italo , 2F, 291 Fumin Lu, near Changle Lu Xuhui Shanghai Shanghai 04 Jul

Fourth of July Independence Brunch at STYX

STYX celebrates Fourth of July with a barbecue set menu made for sharing (680RMB for four people), including 500g USDA beef rib eye, four Bockwurst sausages, grilled corn, quinoa salad, French fries and s'mores. Wash it all down with buy-one-get-two spritz, gin and tonics, lager and glasses of house. Bookings are required for the barbecue set at 5401 9356.

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STYX World of Skewers , 199 Hengshan Lu 04 Jul

Fourth of July at Tacolicious

Stars, stripes, tacos and cocktails are on the menu this Fourth July at both Tacolicious locations. Join the celebration with special corn hot dog tacos and 40RMB on classic American cocktails all evening. The Jingan location will also have a terrace barbecue with music from 6-10pm.

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Tacolicious (Jingan) , 34 Yuyao Lu 04 Jul Free

Backyard BBQ at Heritage by Madison

All-day free-flow barbecue? Yes please. Heritage by Madison is serving unlimited sizzling meat and free-flow house sodas and craft lager this Saturday. For more drink choices, check out the American G&T booth, craft IPA beer stand, bloody Mary cart as well as plenty of house wines, all starting from 28RMB a cup. Click here to book a seat.

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Heritage by Madison , 600 Zhongshan Dong Er Lu 04 Jul

Backyard BBQ at Cages

Celebrate 4th of July with a big ol' backyard barbecue at Cages. The kitchen will be pulling out all the stops with food tents featuring American barbecue favourites, backyard games like cornhole and giant Jenga, live music and a charity hotdog eating contest. It’s all topped off with American-themed Karaoke from 6pm till late. 100RMB presale tickets include six food and drink tickets for barbecue or cold drinks, plus a bonus one-hour Budweiser free flow from 4-5pm. Buy online.

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Cages Bar and Sports , 428 Jiangning Lu 04 Jul

All Smoked Up at Boxing Cat Brewery

Critics' pick

Celebrate the diversity of the US this 4th of July with barbecue bringing flavours from all over the globe and free-flow booze at The Boxing Cat. Also, register to vote with Democrats Abroad for the upcoming November election. It’s non-partisan so all are welcome. DJ Snow from 6-10pm. Reservations recommended.

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Boxing Cat Brewery, Yong Fu , 82 Fuxing Xi Lu 04 Jul

Red Stars and Stripes at The Pearl

Don your studded stars and stripes The Pearl's Red Stars and Stripes summer rock concert. Dance along to live music from the Red Stars band, with covers of Aerosmith and Nirvana to Bon Jovi, Pearl Jam and Jimi Hendrix, and watch burlesque performances. This adults-only night will be hosted by Miss Liberty (Cocosanti) and features vocals from guest rocker Mark W (Chicago). Tickets include one drink but don't guarantee seating, call 136 2168 8556 to make a reservation.

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The Pearl , 471 Zhapu Lu 03 Jul , 04 Jul

4th of July Party

Critics' pick

Don your stars and stripes and head down to The Rooster for country music, American movies and deals on bourbon shots, corn dogs, chicken wings and all that good stuff for the USA’s Independence Day.

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The Rooster, Jingan , 455 Shaanxi Bei Lu 04 Jul

Fourth of July at The Hop Project

Celebrate the Fourth of July at beer bar The Hop Project by tucking into deals on grilled cheese sandwiches, Bloody marys, house wine and lager – starting at 10RMB each from midday-1pm, 15RMB from 1-2pm, 20RMB from 2-3pm and 30RMB from 3-10pm. All craft beers are 35RMB until 10pm and catch live music from 6pm.

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The Hop Project , 372 Dagu Lu 04 Jul

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