The best things to do in Shanghai this April

Formula 1 Grand Prix 2019, Tom Green, Easter brunches, fitness classes in the park and more

Photograph: courtesy Strawberry Music Festival
It's April: spring is in the air, the weather is getting warmer, the blossoms are blooming and it's time to stop hibernating in your apartment and make the most of living in Shanghai. There's loads of great things to do around town this month and we've conveniently listed our pick of them below. Because we're nice like that. From Formula 1 to a whole heap of incoming gigs and parties, read on for the best that April has to offer.

Things to Do

Tom Green Live in Shanghai

Acclaimed comedian Tom Green (of Roadtrip, Freddy Got Fingered, Charlie's Angels and Saturday Night Live fame) comes to Shanghai with his debut Asia tour, dishing out his incomparable brand of original comedy for the audiences. 

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Cages Bar and Sports , 3F, 428 Jiangning Lu (江宁路428号3楼) Jing'an Shanghai Shanghai 19 Apr Buy tickets

Yoga in the Park

Linwards is organising yoga classes outdoors for yoga enthusiasts of all levels, from first timers to more advanced yogis. Bring your mat to the session and expect a blend of Vinyasa, Hatha, Yin Yoga and meditation led in both English and Chinese.

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TBA Every weekend

Music & Nightlife

Strawberry Music Festival 2019

Critics' pick

Courtesy of China’s biggest indie label, Modern Sky, this year's Strawberry Music Festival kicks off at the end of April with three days of indie, dance, rock and electro music.

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UK electronic duo AlunaGeorge, singer Aluna Francis and producer George Reid bring their seductive R&B vocals and cutting breathy riffs to Arkham.

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Arkham , 168 Julu Lu 19 Apr Buy tickets


Contemporary club music from East Africa, the Kenyan native fuses trap, dub and grime with percussive, underground rhythms.

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ALL , 17 Xiangyang Bei Lu 20 Apr

S.T.D pres Thundercat

Critics' pick

LA-native Stephen Bruner's acrobatic, groove-heavy, velvety basslines have made contact with every major artist in the hip-hop industry including Erykah Badu, Travis Scott, Kali Uchis, Kendrick Lamar, Flying Lotus, Kamasi Washington and late Mac Miller.

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Food & Drink

Easter Brunch at Together

Together will have extended hours for brunch on the Easter Sun 21 April from 11.30am-4pm and will offer a free Easter ice cream to kids under 12.

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Together , 546 Yuyuan Lu 21 Apr



In a string of Disney live action remakes, the world’s favourite big-eared flying elephant is back, this time in a movie directed by Tim Burton and starring Colin Farrell.

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Cinemas around Shanghai 29 Mar - 29 Apr


Streetwise 14-year-old Billy Batson can turn into the Shazam, a muscular, adult superhero with the heart of a child by shouting out one magical word – SHAZAM!

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Cinemas around Shanghai 05 Apr - 04 May


teamLab: Universe of Water Particles in the Tank

TANK Shanghai's inaugural exhibition, Tokyo-based art collective teamLab are turning the former oil tank into an interactive, ever-changing installation. Featured works include an enormous waterfall cascades, huge screens of flower patterns, waves triggered by human movements and more.

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Tank Shanghai , 2350 Longteng Avenue Every day except Monday Buy tickets

Yayoi Kusama: All About Love Speaks Forever

Yayoi Kusama: All About Love Speaks Forever features more than 40 works, the artist's her iconic polka dots, pumpkin sculptures and a mirror room, as well as her latest painting series, 'My Eternal Soul'. The 89-year-old artist has also tailor-made a piece specifically for the Shanghai exhibition that extends outside of the Fosun Foundation building.

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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. 

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

Artist Textiles: Picasso to Warhol

Modern Art Museum Shanghai, in cooperation with London Fashion and Textile Museum, celebrates the connection between fashion and art history with an exhibition of textile designs from big names Dali, Warhol and Picasso, and design works from Sandra Rhodes. 

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Modern Art Museum Shanghai (Yicang) , 4700 Binjiang Avenue Every day except Monday Buy tickets

Love is Metaphysical Gravity

Lending its title from a quote by American architect and theorist Buckminster Fuller, 'Love is Metaphysical Gravity', Lisson Gallery Shanghai's inaugural exhibition includes works by Richard Long, Shirazeh Houshiary, Tatsuo Miyajima and Marina Abramović. 

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Lisson Gallery , 27 Huiqiu Lu Every day except Monday

Sol LeWitt: Wall Drawings

Sol LeWitt: Wall Drawings showcases 16 ink-wash wall drawings initially conceived in the 1980s and 1990s, including a monumental, immersive wall drawing spanning four walls. 

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Perrotin Gallery , 27 Huqiu Lu 22 Mar - 25 May

Chang Ling: Illusion Society

Don Gallery presents Illusion Society, Taiwanese artist Chang Ling’s first solo show in the Mainland. Grotesque and abstract, Illusion Society is grounded in dialogue and critique of social issues. 

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Don Gallery West Bund , 2879 Longteng Avenue Every day except Monday Free

Vhils solo exhibition Realm

Danysz Gallery presents Portuguese artist Vhils' bas-relief wall carving exhibition, made from plaster boards found on construction sites. Since his first Shanghai show in 2012, Vhils has been invited to carve huge walls around Beijing and Shanghai, bringing a unique style of his own to the world of street art.

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Magda Danysz Gallery , 256 Beijing Dong Lu 23 Mar - 25 May

Andrew Daly Solo Exhibition: Menagerie

Menagerie is Australian Artist Andrew Daly’s first solo exhibition in Shanghai, featuring his latest large paintings of portraits, still lives, landscapes and mysterious or imaginary stories. In this show, artist Andrew pays his homage to influential American contemporary artist Alex Katz

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Noeli Gallery , 150 Yueyang Lu Every day except Monday Free

Prada presents What Was I?

Critics' pick

Prada Rong Zhai gets a futuristic makeover this spring as it welcomes exhibition What Was I? created by Warsaw-born artist Goshka Macuga. An eerie look into what the world is like after the collapse of humankind, watch an android, conceived by Macuga and first presented in 2016 in Milan, who appears to be the only inhabitant of the historic villa, recite and rehearse a monologue full of excerpts of seminal speeches, claiming himself to be a repository of human knowledge. Accompanying the bot, find 26 other works from the Prada Collection.

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Prada Rong Zhai , No. 186 Shaanxi Bei Lu 23 Mar - 02 Jun


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