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The best things to do in Shanghai this November

Here are all the brilliant events happening this month

Photograph: Genevieve Medow Jenkins, courtesy organiser (Rhye)
It's November, which means we're properly into autumn. Like, properly into it, guys. We're talking leaf-peeping in the park, wearing extra layers and warming up with hot pots. You know how autumn goes... As well as the usual seasonal goings-on, there's also a lot of great events going down around town.

Food & Drink

The 13th Annual Shanghai Baconfest

If you love bacon, you'll love this. Cages is hosting the 13th annual Shanghai Baconfest for chefs and amateurs to compete in a cook-off to create this year's best bacon dish. For 100RMB, spectators will get free samples and one free drink.

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Cages Bar and Sports , 428 Jiangning Lu 17 Nov

Seedlip x SHAKE Pop-Up

Not drinking alcohol at the party? You're not alone. Shanghai's house of funk and soul is teaming up with the world's first non-alcoholic spirit, Seedlip, to introduce a special pop-up menu of five deliciously fun cocktails with none of the ABV. Dinner and drinks from 6pm, live funk and soul music as usual from 10.30pm.

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Shake , 46 Maoming Nan Lu 23 Nov

Music & Nightlife

WR/OC Music Festival Shanghai (feat. Machine Gun Kelly)

Critics' pick

WR/OC host tatted up rapper Machine Gun Kelly as part of their weekend-long festival, which also features events at Arkham. Who are WR/OC? Well, apparently they're 'a young label that believe in original spirits, fresh blood and hip hop.' Joining Kelly will be MC光光, 深蓝儿童 (Indigo Children), NINEONE#, YOUNG13DBABY, Young Poc, T.A.C.E., 沙皇40F, MAFI∀, and MC天天. The first night of the festival features J.I.D at Arkham, find out more here.

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Modern Sky Lab Shanghai , 3F Moon Shopping Mall, 188 Ruihong Lu (瑞虹路188号3楼) Hongkou Shanghai Shanghai 17 Nov Buy tickets

DWP Festival

Celebrating its tenth anniversary in Indonesia this year (with The Weeknd headlining in Bali), DWP Festival makes a foray into China with this event out by Hongqiao Airport. No official details on the line-up just yet despite some tasty rumours.

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National Exhibition and Convention Center , 333 Songze Da Dao (崧泽大道333号) Qingpu Shanghai Shanghai 17-18 Nov

Feeling A Moment Tour: Feeder Live in Shanghai

 Feeder is coming to Bandai Namco Future House to celebrate their 21st anniversary as a band. In the '90s, Londoner Grant Nicholas and Tokyo-born bassist Tara Hirose secured themselves a spot as one of Britain's most iconic rock bands. Their melodic pop-metal has won them six gold and platinum records in the UK and a global fanbase.

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Bandai Namco Shanghai Base Future House , 179 Yichang Lu, near Jiangning Lu (宜昌路179号, 近江宁路) Putuo Shanghai Shanghai 24 Nov


Critics' pick

Exciting electronic producer from Hangzhou and a lynch pin of the Function Lab crew there (largely responsible for the city's emergence as something of a hub for interesting electronic music of late), Guan drops a new album on Douban's D Force imprint.

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ALL , 17 Xiangyang Bei Lu 25 Nov

Nu-Queens Saga

SHAKE keeps funkin' into the future, with a concert dedicated to the women pushing funk and soul steadily forward. The club's six-piece band and guest singers interpret the music of Mary J Blige, Alicia Keys, Janelle Monae, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Angie Stone, and more. Supper vibes from 6pm; live music from 10:30pm. Futuristic nu-attire is encouraged.

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Shake , 46 Maoming Nan Lu 23-24 Nov , 30 Nov - 01 Dec

Things to Do

Mickey Mouse's Birthday at Shanghai Disneyland

The 'Meet Mickey' attraction in the park will be given a birthday party makeover with decorations for meet and greet sessions with the famous character. On November 18, Mickey will be joined by his friends Minnie, Goofy, Donald and Pluto for a birthday party and you're all invited to celebrate the momentous occasion with photo ops, Mickey-themed merch, food and more.

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Shanghai Disney Resort , 753 Shendi Bei Lu 1-18 Nov

Free Open Chinese Classes – November

GoEast is offering a free open class for beginner, elementary and intermediate level Chinese language students. Dependent on your level, you will be introduced to practical phrases and sentences, perfect your pronunciation and improve with a professional Chinese teacher. Join them for your first free hour of class on Sundays at 6pm or Wednesdays at 11am.

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GoEast Language Center , 194-196 Zhengmin Lu Every Wednesday,Sunday Free

Aidan Killian: Stand Up Comedy Live In Shanghai

Irish stand-up comedian Aidan Killian comes to China, continuing his globe-trotting career that has seen him sell out shows across Australia, Japan, USA, Cambodia, Thailand and at the Edinburgh Fringe. A passionate, political comedian, he has appeared on BBC, Russia Today, Channel 4 and also at Glastonbury Festival.

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Shanghai Comedy Club , 428 Jiangning Lu 23 Nov

Commune Holiday Market

Commune Market and Yong Ping Lane are bringing you a book swap with English, Chinese, Japanese and children's books. Discover new books, dive back into a classic, sip on coffee and enjoy pastries from Yong Ping Lane. A candle workshop will also be hosted on Sunday 18.

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Yong Ping Lane , 199 Hengshan Lu 24-25 Nov Free

French Christmas Market

Sticking to the Parisian theme for its fifth year in a row, The Pearl puts on two days of gift stalls, mulled wine, waffles, live music and entertainment, and a visit from Le Père Noël, aka Father Christmas.

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The Pearl , 471 Zhapu Lu 24 Nov , 25 Nov Buy tickets

Jing’an Christkindlmarkt

Critics' pick

The traditional German Christkindlmarkt (Christmas Market) is back in Shanghai. The scent of baked apples, chestnuts, gingerbread and mulled wine, rum punch and tasty food fills the air, a festive glow, all the wonderful sounds of the season and delicious treats will be there. Beautifully ...

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Tonglefang , No. 537 Haifang Road 30 Nov , Every weekend , Every weekday Buy tickets

Brawl on the Bund: 10 year anniversary

Critics' pick

Shanghai's white collar boxing event Brawl on the Bund is celebrating its tenth year of amateur boxing with a Moulin Rouge-themed brawl at Hyatt on the Bund. Alongside the boxing, the glamorous black-tie event will feature cabaret dancers, magicians, live singing, world-class AV production, unlimited drinks, a four-course dinner menu and a charity raffle for breast cancer foundation More Than Aware.

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Hyatt on The Bund , 199 Huangpu Lu 30 Nov Buy tickets


The Predator

The Predator promises to bring back everything you loved about 90s Hollywood action blockbusters, in particular those purring aliens with triangular death lasers. 

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Cinemas around Shanghai 26 Oct - 17 Nov

Ala Changso

Ala Changso won the screenplay and grand jury prizes as the recent Shanghai Film Festival for its deeply intimate, but not overly sentimental, story and how it captures Tibet's awe-inspiring natural beauty on screen.

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Cinemas around Shanghai 26 Oct - 17 Nov


Venom, a slick-skinned alien ‘symbiote’ who first plagued Marvel’s Peter Parker back in a 1986 comic, has a Wikipedia entry roughly 10 metres long. That’s not to say that the villain deserves his own film...

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Cinemas around Shanghai 09 Nov - 09 Dec

Crazy Rich Asians

Critics' pick

Bursting with attitude and heart, Hollywood's first Asian-centric rom-com in years makes up for lost time in a big way. A handsome Oxford-educated college professor, Nick Young (Henry Golding), flies his girlfriend Rachel (Constance Wu) to Singapore to meet his family and it turns out they pretty much own the place. Cue unfeasible extravagance that somehow manages to feel inclusive.

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Cinemas around Shanghai 30 Nov - 31 Dec


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