9 Awesome Events You Don't Want to Miss in Shanghai

Our weekly roundup of some of Shanghais best upcoming events and where you can buy tickets:

Jan 18: Chinese Spring Festival Gala

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The National Holiday is right around the corner, which means it's time to celebrate. LOFAS is getting into the holiday spirit by hosting an epic bash complete with an amazing lineup of musicians, artists, performers and more. This year, do something different and attend the Chinese Spring Festival Gala right here in Shanghai. 

Sat Jan 18, 7pm; RMB128 (presale)/RMB188 (door). LOFAS, B1-09, 10, 230 Ruiping Lu, by Kaibin Lu 230, B1-09, 10, .

Feb 17: Craig David

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The multi Grammy-nominated Craig David will be performing at Bandai Namco Shanghai Base Dream Hall on February 17 as part of his TS5 Tour. His shows tend to sell out fast, so snag your tickets while you can. Now in its fourth year, TS5 started out as an exclusive pre-party hosted by Craig at his personal penthouse in Miami. Craigs set combines everything from old school anthems to garage to chart-topping house hits. It's with these parties that TS5 emerged. 

Mon Feb 17, 8pm; RMB520-680. Bandai Namco Shanghai Base Dream Hall, 179 Yichang Lu, by Jiangning Lu 179, .

March 11: Yungblud 

British pop sensation Yungblud is bringing his 'Twisted Tales of the Ritalin Club' to Shanghai on March 11 and you can get your tickets right now on thMart. The 'I Think I'm Okay' singer has been making waves around the globe following the release of his album 21st Century Liability in 2018. Having begun his career as an actor appearing in British soap Emmerdale and Disney show The Lodge in 2015 and 2016 respectively. His first forays into music, including 'Tin Pan Boy,' resemble early Arctic Monkeys tracks. It was with the release of his debut album, 21st Century Liability, that the former actor really began crafting his unique performative character, which tells tales of damaged youth. Over the course of 2019, Yungblud appeared on tracks with the likes of Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker, rapper Machine Gun Kelly and pop songstress Halsey. He came third in the BBC's Sound of 2020 list and has a loyal fanbase, who calls themselves The Black Hearts Club. 

Mar 11, 8pm; RMB320 presale. BudX VasLive, 3/F, 19 Wanhangdu Hou Lu, by Changshou Lu 193, . 

March 25: Tom Walker

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Brilliant Scottish indie folk star Tom Walker is coming to Shanghai on March 25 and you can grab your tickets on thMart right now. Having risen to fame with the release of his song Leave a Light On, which peaked at No. 7 on the UK Singles Chart, Walker has released his first studio album, What a Time to Be Alive  and appeared on tracks with the likes of Rudimental and Zara Larsson. The big-lunged singer takes inspiration from such artists as Muddy Waters, Ray Charles, as well as fellow Scotsman Paolo Nutini, he even sings with the hint of a Scottish brogue, in the same fashion as Nutini. Hes played on tours with George Ezra, Jake Bugg and more, and picked up the award for Best Breakthrough Act at the 2019 Brit Awards last year, following in the footsteps of the likes of Oasis, Belle and Sebastien and Bastille.

Mar 25, 8pm; RMB280 presale. BudX Vas, 3/F, 19 Wanhangdu Hou Lu, by Changshou Lu 193, .

Through April 5: Frozen

Your kids will go crazy for this magical Frozen-themed exhibition. The exhibition brings the 2013 Disney film to life. Tag along as Anna, the fearless princess of Arendelle, sets off on a journey with a rugged iceman, a pet reindeer and a snowman to find her sister and escape from eternal winter. The exhibition will be held at Shanghai Global Harbor Mall from December 21 until April 5. The 1,500-square-meter space will be transformed to recreate nine of the movie's most classic scenes and feature nine interactive areas. Your little ones will also be able to check out over 200 original production drawings from the movie and shop for over 1,000 limited edition Frozen products. It's every kid's dream! Presale tickets are offered for a limited time only for just RMB78. Make sure to get yours before December 20!

Dec 21-April 5, times vary; RMB78 (early bird price available until Dec 20). Shanghai Global Harbor, 718 Ningxia Lu, by Baiyu Lu 718, .

April 17-19: F1 Heineken Chinese Grand Prix

The annual petrolhead pilgrimage is heading back to Shanghai from April 17-19, as racing fans are called to the Shanghai International Circuit by the siren song of roaring engines for the F1 Heineken Chinese Grand Prix. Big boys racing big toys at breakneck speeds, all in pursuit of the 2020 Formula One World Championship. If you want to check out all the racing madness for yourself, you can purchase tickets by visiting the e-ticket site. We highly suggest you get your tickets while you still can because they are selling out fast! Tickets are available right here for RMB602-2,760. Family packages are available right here for RMB1,462-5,022.

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Apr 17-19, Shanghai International Circuit, 2000 Yining Lu, by Jiadong Automobile City 2000, .

April 17-19: Theorie des Prodiges

The surreal theatrical production, Theorie des Prodiges, is headed to Shanghai in April 2020. The highly acclaimed show is performed by French company Systme Castafiore and combines experimental dance, music and imagery to create a truly spectacular performance. Theorie des Prodiges begins with the discovery of a 16th-century manuscript listing 'miracles' that occurred in ancient times. This discovery fills in gaps of human knowledge, giving meaning to phenomena unexplained by fantasy and interpretation.

April 17-19, 2pm and 7.30pm; RMB180-580. 1862 Theatre, 1777 Binjiang Dadao, by Rizhao Lu 1777, .

May 8-24: Come From Away

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The longest-running Canadian musical in Broadway history, Come From Away, is coming to Shanghai. The show, which was a critical and box office success during its run on Broadway, tells the story of what happened when 38 international airplanes and more than 7,000 passengers were forced to land in Gander in Newfoundland after the September 11 attacks in 2001. Produced by ACOrange, Junkyard Dog Productions and Rodney Rigby, the musicals stop in China, from May 8-24 in 2020, will be its first production in a non-English speaking country.

May 8-24, 7.30pm; RMB200-1,000. SAIC Shanghai Culture Square, 597 Fuxing Zhong Lu, by Shaanxi Nan Lu 597, .

Ongoing: Peppa Pig World of Play

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You can now purchase tickets to the popular Peppa Pig World of Play by clicking right here! Boasting 10 play areas, each referencing a specific scene or location in the Peppa Pig TV series, this indoor theme park is great for Peppa fans young and old. Preschool-aged children will especially enjoy the chance to immerse in the world of Peppa Pig, and embark on exhilarating adventures with the adorable piglet and her family.

10am-8pm; Peppa Pig World of Play, 32, 3/F, LCM, No. 2, Lane 389, Zhangyang Lu, by Gushan Lu 23892LCM3F-32, .

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