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Shanghai's Best Weekend Events

A busy weekend ahead with Beernanza, the Shanghai Chili Cook-off, and more



As per usual, Shanghai's weekend is packed with numerous events and parties. Check out UNICO to travel back in time and re-live or experience the 1980's. Enjoy free-flow beer with XO Bottles, at STYX, and Beernanza. Check out more events below. 


Best Weekend events the 80's at UNICO

I Love the 80’s at Unico

Where: UNICO, 2/F, Three on the Bund, 3 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu (near Guangdong Lu) 中山东一路3号外滩三号2楼 (近广东路) 

When: Fri, 10pm

How Much: RMB100 

Unico and MVP Events powered by Birra Viola invite you to travel back to the legendary 1980s. Dance all night to your favorite tunes of yesteryear, from Michael Jackson to Boy George, Madonna and everything in between. Free entrance before 12:30pm if you rsvp to events@mvpshanghai.com, otherwise, RMB100 at the door.


Karma’s 4th Anniversary

Where: Karma Lounge, 7 Donghu Lu (near Huaihai Lu) 东湖路7号 (近淮海路) 

When: Fri 8pm

How Much: TBA

Karma Lounge is celebrating its 4th anniversary with a Live Music session. Local and Expat musicians will come together to create a fantastic atmosphere. The event will start at 8pm and continue until late, with free-flow alcohol for all guests from any long drink with Vodka or Gin and 1 special cocktail.



Shanghai's Best Weekend Events Bubba's 12th Annual Chili Cook-Off at Cages

Bubba’s 12th Annual Chili Cook-Off at Cages

Where: Cages Bar and Sport, 3/F, Jing'an Sports Centre, 428 Jiangning Lu (near Wuding Lu) 江宁路428号静安体育中心3楼 (近武定路) 

When: Sat, 11am-6pm 

How Much: Sign-up before Pre-Sale RMB100

The annual Bubba's Chili Cook-Off is back, this year featuring chili recipes submitted by more than 15 teams. The event will be hosted at Cages, where contestants will be cooking chili and competing for the title of "Best in Shanghai." RMB100 Admission grants you all the chili you care to sample, and there will be drink specials, like RMB25 pints of Budweiser. Admission is free for kids under 12 years old.


Shanghai's Best Weekend Events BottlesXo x STYX Free-Flow Craft Beer

BottlesXO x STYX Free-Flow Craft Beer

Where: STYX, 692 Yongjia Lu (near Hengshan Lu) 永嘉路692号 (近衡山路) 

When: Sat, 12pm-9pm

How Much: RMB100

BottlesXO and STYX are teaming up for two three-hour long free-flow sessions of La Jumalie French craft blond beer for only RMB100. There's a brunch session from 12pm-3pm and then a dinner session from 6-9pm. Later in the evening, DJ Jibe will be playing a set of good vibe tunes.


Best weekend events in Shanghai Francis Inferno Orchestra

Francis Inferno Orchestra at C’s Bar

Where: C’s , 685 Dingxi Lu (near Fahuazhen Lu) 定西路685号 (近法华镇路) 

When: Fri, 9pm

How Much: RMB50

Francis Inferno Orchestra is among the most esteemed talents to emerge from Australia’s creative capital, Melbourne. His wonky, off-kilter house sound has one foot in the past and another in the future, making FIO’s DJ sets are a lowbrow history lesson. He has become a key figure in Melbourne’s always-growing underground dance scene.  RMB50 at the door. 


Best weekend events in Shanghai  The Yellow Heads

The YellowHeads at DADA

Where: Dada, 115 Xingfu Lu (near Fahuazhen Lu) 幸福路115号 (近法华镇路) 

When: Fri, 10pm

How Much: RMB80

Over the past three years Techno Train has brought you exquisite techno sounds and the finest international and local DJs in Shanghai. Next up is the mysterious techno duo The YellowHeads. Signing to top labels such as 100% Pure, Tronic, and Toolroom, this masked pair will set the stage ablaze with their atmospheric electronic music and techno sound with retro touches. Get your tickets at the door for RMB80. 


Best weekend events in Shanghai Beervanza

Beernanza Beer Festival

Where: Okura Garden Hotel, 58 Maoming Nan Lu (near Huaihai Zhong Lu) 茂名南路58号 (近淮海中路)

When: Fri 6pm-10:30pm, Sat-Sun 11am-10:30pm

How Much: RMB50 

Beernanza, previously known as the Shanghai International Beer Festival, is back. Organized by Bevex, Beernanza is moving downtown, to be held at the Okura Garden Hotel on Maoming Nan Lu. This year's theme is “Enter the Jungle” and will feature more than 150 different craft beers from not only China but from all over the world. For entertainment, there will be more than 40 different bands and DJ's performing all day, spread over three different stages. Entry tickets are RMB50 and include one beer. Scan the QR code on the poster to get your tickets and free beer.


Best weekend events La Cornelius at Glam

The Wall at Glam with La Cornelius

Where: Glam, 7/F, Bund 5, 20 Guangdong Lu (near Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu) 广东路20号外滩五号7楼 (近中山东一路)

When: Sat 7:30pm

How Much: TBA

Whether it’s the art on the walls or expertly crafted cocktails and delicious food, Glam is known for its signature charm. Constantly on the hunt for up-and-coming creative types, The Wall at Glam is a unique space for raw and novel ideas. Having made a name for himself as a fashion photographer, La Cornelius creates across all mediums, whether it be paintings, sculpture, installations or photography, La’s work is always edgy, thoughtful and imaginative.


Best weekend events in Shanghai Jiashan Market

Jiashan Market

Where: Jiashan Market, No. 37, 550 Shaanxi Nan Lu (near Shaoxing Lu) 陕西南路550弄37号 (近绍兴路)

When: Sat 11am-4pm

How Much: Free entry

Jiashan Market is Shanghai's longest running Saturday market, founded and run by expats. The cozy setup showcases around 30 of Shanghai's best artisan producers for cakes, baked goods, coffee, British sausages, Xinjiang zhuafan and more. Vendors include Ben's Bakery, Pierogi Ladies, Jonas Emil Coffee, Lemons Cocktail, Amelia's Jams. Eli Falafel, Cinnic Quesadillas, Abdul's, Missy's Jamaican Jerk, Bottles XO, Home Grill and more. They'll also have craft vendors Bold & Hill Jewelry, NAH Studio graphic design and CY Home furnishings, and plants and flowers from Whisper Garden.


Best weekend events Power of Music

Power of Music at INFERNO

Where: INFERNO, 1/F, Bund Sqaure, 658 Dapu Lu (near Longhua Dong Lu) 打浦路658号1楼 (近龙华东路)

When: Sat 9pm

How Much: Free entry

INFERNO presents to you: Power of Music with three local bands. Wheel and Tenacious bring you classic hard rock. This band is not only committed to performing AC/DC covers but also enjoys playing 1970s blues-rock. Big Butt and Cog, is a young band from Shanghai that leans towards playing psychedelic and metal music. The show will run from 9pm till late, no cover. 


Family Day

Where: Green Sunshine Stadium, 600 Lantian Lu (near Lan'an Lu) 蓝天路600号 (近蓝桉路)

When: Sat-Sun 10am-5pm

City Weekend and Parents&Kids are hosting the 14th Annual Family Day with the theme “Animal Magic Fest”. The largest international family event in Shanghai, the weekend is filled with magic themed games and activities, stage performances, a gourmet festival, and a Sino Cup soccer tournament. Keep track of all the magic activities such as seeing a real life magician, exploring Adventure World, and learning how to play Quidditch with your spell book. Or, promote your business to the largest international and local family network in Shanghai at one of our booths. Come join us for a fun-filled weekend with other international and local families.


Best weekend events World Record Attempt

World Record Attempt: Most Backpackers in One Place

WhereLe Cafe des Stagiaires, Found 158, 158 Julu Lu (near Ruijin Yi Lu) 巨鹿路158号 (近瑞金一路)

When: Sat 4pm-6pm

How Much: Free entry 

Travel Mart is organizing a World Record attempt on Saturday, Nov 18 at Café des Stagiaires, Julu Lu. The goal of the event is to bring together the highest ever number of people wearing backpacks in one place. 11 Shanghai travel agencies along with City Weekend and Shanghai Expat are collaborating in this event. Only one thing is mandatory— a backpack. If the event reaches the minimum number of people to surpass the current record, all participants will receive certificates. The attempt will start at 4pm and it will be followed by a special happy hour at Café des Stagiaires until 6pm. Drinks from RMB15.

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