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The best things to do this weekend in Shanghai

St Patrick's Day, Commune Market, Gregor Salto and more

Photograph: courtesy 247tickets (Gregor Salto)
Weekend: the period from Friday evening through Sunday evening, especially regarded as the part of the week for leisure and a time when there are most definitely things to do in Shanghai. From St Patrick's Day to Lit Fest to a '90s-themed rollerskating party, there's a whole heap of stuff going down over the next few days. Read on for our picks of what to do in Shanghai this weekend.

St Patrick's Day

Paint the town green and celebrate St Patrick's Day in style with these drinks deals and special events taking place across Shanghai to help you get your Irish on.

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Shanghai International Literary Festival

For nearly two decades the two-week event has hosted hundreds of emerging and acclaimed international and local writers, journalists, historians and more for panel discussions and workshops. Tickets are sold exclusively through M Restaurant Group, so search ‘monthebundsh’ or click here to book.

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M on the Bund , 20 Guangdong Lu 14-27 Mar

Parallel: Erwin Olaf

Critics' pick

Fashion and commercial photographer Erwin Olaf's introductory exhibition in China is full of his signature highly stylised and theatrical shots including a few works from his series titled 'Shanghai', shot here a couple years back. Expect emotional photography that leaves you wanting all the backstory or conjuring up one of your own.

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Shanghai Center of Photography , 2555 Longteng Dadao Every day except Monday

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