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The Big Badass List of Things to Do Over the October Holidays

**Stuck in town over the October holidays? Fear not. There is plenty of stuff going on around town to keep you occupied. The editors at City Weekend compiled this big badass list of things to do over the next ten days. Got some ideas yourself? Leave your suggestions in the comments below.**


Start your holidays by treating yourself to [two-for-one burgers and drinks]( http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/events/88019/) over at [The Apartment](http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/events/88019/) on Sunday (Oct. 2). Go to Tentekomai and eat their [spinach salad](http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/articles/mag-sh/find-otw/tentekomais-spinach-salad-is-mysteriously-good/). We bet you RMB1 that you order more than one serving. [The Food Central's](http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/events/92936/) executive chef, Mark Baar, loves the ladies, so he's treating them on Tuesday nights (Oct. 4) with one free glass of the restaurant's wine of the month and a special complimentary dessert at dinner. Head to [The Camel](http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/events/90805/) for the [Lord of the Wings](http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/events/90805/) eating competition. Go the whole hog and chow down on [The Apothecary’s Charcuterie Plate](http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/articles/mag-sh/find-otw/go-the-whole-hog-apothecarys-charcuterie-plate/). Head out to the Fairmont Yangcheng Lake in Kunshan Lake for the [Hairy Crab](inkhttp://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/events/94535/) season. Go in for the day or take advantage of their "Real Crab in Real Style" package starting from RMB1,808 a night. On Monday night, [The Kakadu](http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/events/91720/) serves unlimited New Zealand mussels served with a variety of sauces for just RMB99. On head along on [Tuesday nights](http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/events/91725/) when they put on the cheapest oyster deal in town; get 12 fresh oysters plus a glass of NZ Sauvignon Blanc for just RMB150. Eat one of the biggest pieces of meat in town. Head to the [The MEET](http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/events/90386/) in the Kerry Hotel, and try their famous [1.8kg Ningaloo Tomahawk](http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/events/90386/). Try Table No. 1’s [Fruits and Flowers](http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/articles/mag-sh/find-otw/the-perfect-summer-dessert-table-no-1s-fruits-and-flowers/) dessert. It's heaven on a plate. Check out one of [Shanghai's best business lunches](http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/articles/blogs-shanghai/shanghai-dining/the-top-five-business-lunches-in-shanghai/). No one said you actually have to be working to take a long lunch. Eat the mushrooms at [Dong Bei Ren]( http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/articles/mag-sh/find-otw/eat-them-now-dong-bei-rens-ganguo-mushrooms/). You can thank us later. Stock up on macaroons over at [Maison Du Macaroon]( http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/articles/mag-sh/best/three-of-shanghais-best-macarons/) and gorge over the holiday. Go to All Days and buy a random new snack every day. Come on, we know you’ve been eyeing off those vacuum-packed chicken drumsticks. Throw a barbeque at home and try out Austin Hu's barbecue sauce recipe.
Grab a group of friends and have a jiaozi eating competition.


This place opened up after we compiled our [favorite outdoor drinking spots](http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/articles/mag-sh/cover-story/shanghais-best-places-to-drink-under-the-sun/), but we suggest that you head over the [Puli Hotel](http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/listings/travel/hotels/has/the-puli-hotel/) and enjoy the last of the warmer weather on their serene outdoor terrace. Overlooking the lush Jing’An Park, this is a gorgeous outdoor drinking spot that you need to check out. Get your Mexican on and enjoy 50% off all drinks at [Mi Tierra]( http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/events/95331/) from October 1 – October 5 (closed on Monday, Oct. 3). Try Dr. Lee's Cider House Remedy at [The Alchemist](http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/listings/nightlife/bars/has/alchemist-cocktail-and-kitchen/). The impending fall weather is the perfect excuse to indulge in this warm beverage concocted with hot spiced cider, Alchemist pirate rum, coffee molasses and sesame-glazed carrot foam. Put on your red clothes and head to [The Apartment]( http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/events/95472/) on October 1 for their [I Love China Party]( http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/events/95472/). The team over at the Drunken Dragons aren't going on holiday. Join the crew for their weekly [Pub Crawl](http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/events/89680/) on Thursday night (Oct. 6). Board the underground plane, [D10](http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/events/95311/), on Oct. 7. The aviation-themed bar will be attempting to set a new Guinness world Record by making the most B-52s (flaming shots) in one minute.


Catch Australian singer and songwriter, [Lenka](http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/events/95041/), on Sunday (Oct.2) at [Mao Livehouse](http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/events/95041/) where she will be showcasing her unique style of indie pop. See Japanese indie rock band, [Good 4 Nothing](http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/events/95044/), on Monday night (Oct. 3) at [MAO Livehouse](http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/events/95044/). Witness the world’s only [all-male drag ballet](http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/articles/blogs-shanghai/showtime/drag-ballet-coming-to-shanghai/) on Monday (Oct. 3) or on Tuesday (Oct. 4). See our write up of the hilarious show [right here](http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/articles/blogs-shanghai/showtime/drag-ballet-coming-to-shanghai/). For something a little more refined on Tuesday, catch the Russian National Ballet Troupe perform [Swan Lake](http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/events/94289/). See [Azari & III](http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/events/93904/) play some electro tunes at [The Shelter](http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/events/93904/) on Tuesday night (Oct. 4). Grow a pair and head to Judy’s on Tuesday (Oct. 4) night for their [Open Mic Night](http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/events/87517/). Get up in front of a crowd and belt out your favorite tune. Head over to the [Peace Cinema](http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/listings/books-film/cinemas/has/peace-cinema/) on Wednesdays and Tuesdays for half price movie tickets. Go to [Yuyintang](http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/events/95420/) on Wednesday (Oct. 5) to see three local bands take over the stage. Taiwanese band, [SHIN](http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/events/95049/), are launching their new album debut at Mao Livehouse on Friday (Oct. 7). Grab some beers and catch the Rugby World Cup Final on Saturday (Oct. 8). Check out the best places to see the game [right here](http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/articles/blogs-shanghai/shanghai-sports/where-watch-rugby-world-cup-shanghai/). The [Shanghai Rolex Masters](http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/events/94667/) will be taking over this town in October, so [get tickets](http://www.shanghairolexmasters.com/English/index.shtml) organised over the holidays. It all kicks off on Saturday (Oct. 8).


Head over the old Expo site and check out the [Shanghai Carnival]( http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/events/91611/). Check out our photos of the fair [right here]( http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/articles/blogs-shanghai/expat-affairs/first-impressions-the-shanghai-carnival/). Head to [X Club](http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/listings/sports/shooting_archery/has/x-club/), drinks some beers and shoot each other with lasers. Pew! Pew! Pew! Grab your favorite playmate and lock yourselves away in [The Ritz-Carlton Pudong]( http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/events/95416/). They’ve got special prices for [Golden Week]( http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/events/95416/). Head to [PINK SEVEN](http://www.dianping.com/shop/3646522) and play board games all day long. RMB20 per person, gets you unlimited board game time plus one free drink or ice cream. It's a very PG-friendly way to spend a day. Be badass and ride your bike down Nanjing Xi Lu in the middle of the night. Take a day trip to [Binjiang Forest Park]( http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/articles/blogs-shanghai/armchair-traveler/day-trip-binjiang-forest-park-has-big-boats-nature-and-diy-barbecue/), lie on the grass and have a barbeque. Take your bike out one day and get lost in old city lanes. Try the maze of streets around the [Dongtai Lu Antique Markets](http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/listings/shopping/shanghai_markets/has/dongtai-lu-antique-market/). Break past security and climb all the stairs in the [Shanghai World Financial Center]( http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/listings/parents-and-kids/learning-centers/has/shanghai-world-financial-centre/) (aka the bottle opener). See how long it takes you to climb all 88 flights. Take a day trip out to [Shengsi Island]( http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/articles/blogs-shanghai/armchair-traveler/great-weekend-beach-trip-shengsi-island/) and spend the day at the beach. It's easier than you think to get out there, check out our guide [right here](http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/articles/blogs-shanghai/armchair-traveler/great-weekend-beach-trip-shengsi-island/). You don’t have to leave Shanghai to go around the world, take a trip to [Thames Town]( http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/articles/blogs-shanghai/expat-affairs/one-city-nine-towns-exploring-thames-town/),[Sweden Town]( http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/articles/blogs-shanghai/expat-affairs/one-city-nine-towns-exploring-sweden-town/), [Holland Town]( http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/articles/blogs-shanghai/expat-affairs/one-city-nine-towns-exploring-holland-town/) and [Italy Town]( http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/articles/blogs-shanghai/expat-affairs/one-city-nine-towns-exploring-italy-town/). You might want to read each of the guides before leaving the house. You’ve probably heard people talk about the weirdness that is the [Bund sight seeing tunnel]( http://www.dianping.com/shop/1795450/review_all?pageno=2), take a surreal journey through the twisted ride with a group of friends. Go to Sega World, the giant arcade in the bottom of [Metro City]( http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/listings/shopping/malls-department-stores/has/metro-city/). Or try out the new late-night arcade on the corner of Julu Lu and Ruijin Lu (right next door to [Tentekomai](http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/listings/dining/japanese/has/julu-lu/)), we hear it's a new favorite late-night hangout for Shanghai chefs. Get your song on at [Haoledi Karaoke](http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/listings/nightlife/ktv/has/haoledi-ktv1/). It’s less than RMB50 per hour during the week. Get a free massage at [Media Markt](http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/listings/shopping/electronics/has/media-markt/). Just head over the electronic super store and try out their wide range of massage chairs, just make sure you pretend to look interested in buying one. Head down to the river and ride the ferry back and forth and all over town. If you've never done it before, you’ll be able to jump on board at the end of Fuxing Lu. Sit through a tarot card reading with a [fortune teller](http://www.dianping.com/shop/3288826) (RMB50 per person) in Taikang Lu.


Start training over the holidays for the [Moganshan Triathlon](http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/events/95082/). The streets will be empty so you’ll be able to run your little butts off all week. Park your caboose on the couch and spend a couple of hours browsing Taobao. Don’t know how to use it? Check out our [how to Taobao guide]( http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/articles/blogs-shanghai/expat-affairs/taobao-101-creating-an-account/) and get ready to spend. Do something good for the community. Volunteer organization [Hands On](http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/listings/community/charities/has/hands-on-shanghai/) connects volunteers with local, community based organizations. You can do a project for the afternoon, or start up a weekly commitment with your favorite charity. Join Dominique Renucci’s intensive yoga course at [Darshana Yoga Studio]( http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/events/94734/). The classes start on Oct. 3 so stretch out over the holidays. Take a trip to your local wet market and get cooking. For some recipe inspiration check out the local food blog, [Artisan Food](http://artisanfoodsinc.wordpress.com/). Stay up late and check out the [Wenmiao Ghost Market]( http://www.shanghaiexpat.com/article/shanghai-midnight-markets-2166.html). Snip that mop of yours and get a [Chinese haircut](http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/articles/blogs-shanghai/family-matters-shanghai/try-everything-once-chinese-haircut/). Check out our [handy survival guide]( http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/articles/blogs-shanghai/cw-radar/haircuts-china-handy-survival-guide/) before you take the plunge. Head underground to the mall below People's Square and treat yourself to super cheap manicure and pedicure. You’ve got time to kill, so why not get in early and make your Halloween costume. If you need a bit of inspiration, head over to [Party Box](http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/listings/services/party_planners/has/party-box-party-planners-and-party-store/) and check out their wide range of costumes and decorations. Gather up all your unwanted clothes and household items and donate them to [River of Hearts]( http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/listings/community/charities/has/river-hearts/). Take a trip to People's Square and learn all about Shanghai at the [Urban Planning Museum](http://www.dianping.com/shop/1795129) (RMB30 entry). Stock up at Big Movie DVD (try the one on Xinle Lu, close to [Cantina Agave](http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/listings/dining/mexican/has/cantina-agave/)) and have a movie marathon at home.


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