18 brilliant things to do in October

JZ Festival, Shanghai Masters Tennis, Kurt Vile and much more

Whether you're escaping the city for Golden Week or not, Shanghai is serving up some awesome things to do this October. Click through the gallery below for your guide to the best things to do this month. Don't forget to pick up a free copy of Time Out Shanghai around town at one of these distribution spots, read online here, or subscribe to get 12 copies to your door for just 180RMB.
See the light at Felix Gonzalez-Torres
1/18

See the light at Felix Gonzalez-Torres

RAM presents over 40 selected works by international artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres from 30 institutions and collections across the world. His minimal aesthetics and use of everyday objects solicits the audience to piece the work together themselves, inviting a plurality of pictures to emerge. Not to be missed. 


Felix Gonzalez-Torres is atRockbund Art Museum until Sunday 25 Dec.

Chow down at the West Bund Food Festival
2/18

Chow down at the West Bund Food Festival

The first West Bund Food Festival is taking place on the bank of the Huangpu at the start of this month. They will boasting several international chefs from Michelin-starred restaurants as well as higher-end Chinese options including Dadong Roast Duck Restaurant.

West Bund Food Festival is at Yuz Museum from Saturday 1-Friday 7. Entry at the door starts from 180RMB, which allows afternoon entry and includes 120RMB of credits to spend on food and drink.

Savour every bite at Savour Festival 2016
3/18

Savour every bite at Savour Festival 2016

A stellar line-up of chefs hit Hongqiao for the second annual Savour Festival. 'Demon Chef' Alvin Leung of Bo Innovation will be returning for 2016's edition, along with five other big name chefs including Kirk Westaway of Michelin-starred Singapore eatery Jaan and Anthony Demetre of London restaurants Wild Honey and now-defunct Arbutus.

 
Savour Festival is at The Hub from Tuesday 4-Friday 7. Entry at the door is 250RMB per person, with discounts available for purchasing online.

Catch underground collective Genome6.66MBP
4/18

Catch underground collective Genome6.66MBP

Sonic Crew Genome6.66MBP have been building up the hype over the past few months with some great parties, and now they release their debut compilation of experimental electronica at their spiritual home The Shelter. They have sky high ambitions and are looking to inspire their peers into being just as creative as they are - head down to support some Shanghai-based talent.


Genome6.66MBP compilation release party is at Shelter on Thursday 6.

See masterpieces from the Centre Pompidou
5/18

See masterpieces from the Centre Pompidou

The exceptional touring exhibition Masterpieces from the Centre Pompidou 1906-1977 will showcase a panorama of art in France from 1906 to 1977, with one work per year and per artist, including world famous masters such as Picasso and Matisse, through to lesser known names. Don't miss this unique opportunity to discover and explore Western modern art history from within Shanghai.


Masterpieces from the Centre Pompidou 1906-1977 is at Shanghai Exhibition Centre from Friday 7 October-Sunday 15 January 2017. Tickets are 80RMB presale, 150RMB at the door.

Catch the NBA Global Games
6/18

Catch the NBA Global Games

Catch the 10th edition of the NBA Global Games China where local crowd-favourite Yao Ming's former team Houston Rockets take on the New Orleans Pelicans, who will be visiting China for the very first-time. Be prepared to be wowed by James Harden's ball handling skills and Anthony Davis' dynamism at the Mercedes-Benz Arena.


NBA Global Games China 2016: Houston Rockets vs New Orleans Pelicans is at Mercedes-Benz Arena on Sunday 9. Tickets are 350RMB.

Hit up Shanghai Masters Tennis
7/18

Hit up Shanghai Masters Tennis

The world's top tennis players, including Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka, will turn out for this huge event in the ATP calendar. Last year's champion Novak Djokovic will be looking to retain his trophy after a loss in the US open last month. In addition to the star-studded line-up on centre court, the big names will be scheduled to interact with fans at the Union Pay Pavilion court, where fans can get up close with the players


Shanghai Rolex Masters 2016 is at Shanghai Qizhong Tennis Centre from Sunday 9-Sunday 16. Get tickets through Time Out Tickets.

Shanghai French Week 2016
8/18

Shanghai French Week 2016

The 15th Shanghai French Week is dedicated to - yep you've guessed it - all things French. Held along Yandang Lu Pedestrian Street, you can feast on authentic French foods - baguettes, pastries, cheese, and wine. Or if you're into aesthetics, the street will showcase French fashion, design and handicraft. Best of all, it's all free to attend.


Shanghai French Week 2016 is held on Yandang Lu Pedestrian Street from Monday 10-Sunday 16.

Witness the extraordinary at Wuzhen Theatre Festival
9/18

Witness the extraordinary at Wuzhen Theatre Festival

China's most exciting theatre festival returns to the picturesque water town of Wuzhen this month with a stellar lineup. Check out our picks of Ghosts 2.0, Qujiote, Hamlet, Hamletmachine, Bilind and Papa's Time Machine.


Wuzhen Theatre Festival is at various times and venues from Thursday 13-Saturday 22. Tickets start at 50RMB.

See rising grime star AJ Tracey
10/18

See rising grime star AJ Tracey

One of the most talked about MCs to emerge from the UK's grime scene in the past 12 months, AJ Tracey comes to The Shelter alongside DJ General Courts on the back of four 2016 singles, and a whole lot of media frenzy to go with them. Expect him to live up to the hype.

AJ Tracey at The Shelter on Thursday 13. Entry is tba.

See slacker-rock god Kurt Vile
11/18

See slacker-rock god Kurt Vile

Part of folk-rock outfit The War on Drugs, Kurt Vile has always seemed more comfortable taking his own psych-folk path. Catch him as he brings his hazy, bluesy and all-round oustanding psych-folk to Shanghai


Kurt Vile and the Violators are at the Qianshuiwan Creative Arts Centre on Friday 14. Tickets are 300RMB (260RMB presale).

Get jazzy at JZ Festival
12/18

Get jazzy at JZ Festival

JZ Festival returns to the Expo Garden Park for two days of live music. British RnB singer-songwriter Corinne Bailey Rae is headlining both days, with Grammy Award-winning trumpeter and flügelhornist Randy Becker amongst others on the bill.


JZ Festival is at Expo Garden Park on Saturday 15-Sunday 16 Oct. Get tickets through Time Out Tickets here.

Time Out presents Kitchen X
13/18

Time Out presents Kitchen X

Love food? Love mystery? Time Out presents Kitchen X – an exclusive series of culinary journeys that makes for an unforgettable experience. Teaming up with the top hospitality and culinary minds, we've crafted an evening that combines the key elements of dining so special: anticipation, mystery and indulgence. 


Kitchen X is at a mystery location on Saturday 22 Oct. Tickets start at 888RMB per person or 1600RMB per pair.

Second time lucky for MOMA Festival 2016
14/18

Second time lucky for MOMA Festival 2016

Deja vu? Yes, MOMA Fest was originally meant to take place last month but was called off due to the impending typhoon Meranti. Thankfully they've rescheduled for the end of the month. For the uninitiated, Britpop act Suede are headlining the folk and rock-focused festival. Check out our archive interview with Brett Anderson on Suede's enduring legacy in China here.

MOMA Festival 2016 is at Century Park on Saturday 22 - Sunday 23.

Party all night at Corona Sunsets Festival
15/18

Party all night at Corona Sunsets Festival

Even though the all-encompassing STORM Festival has blown through town, there's still a little bit more from the festival in the form of this spin-off Corona Sunsets festival. Sam Feldt, Sigala, The Him and Jose Padilla are on the bill thus far - it ought to be a fun beach-themed festival by the river.


Corona Sunsets Festival is at Cube House on Saturday 22. 

Take in TEDxShanghaiWomen
16/18

Take in TEDxShanghaiWomen

The only TEDx event in mainland China dedicated to women, TEDxShanghaiWomen offers a platform where people can connect and inspire those seeking a common sense of community. Join over 700 attendees in witnessing a series of speeches that promise to 'educate, inspire, persuade, entertain and truly embrace ideas worth sharing.'


TEDxShanghaiWomen is at Shanghai Centre on Friday 28. For ticket information message their official Wechat account (TEDxShanghaiWomen).

Say hello to INTRO Festival
17/18

Say hello to INTRO Festival

The Beijing-born electronic music festival makes its Shanghai debut with headliners including Germany's DJ Koze and Detroit techno pioneer Kevin Saunderson, plus a strong roster of local talent. The bill includes Bicep, Lawrence, Markus Nasty + MC Dizzle K, Hodge, Desto, plus SVBKVLT crew members Osheyack, Swimful, Kilo Vee and Howell.


Intro Festival is at Expo Garden Park on Saturday 29.

See a bit of Warhol in Shanghai
18/18

See a bit of Warhol in Shanghai

Andy Warhol's work returns to Shanghai as the Yuz Museum hosts pieces from the pop art master's Shadows series.

Andy Warhol: Shadows is at Yuz Museum from Saturday 29 October-Sunday 18 December.

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