Oct 1-2: Shanghai International Dance Center Opening
After four years of construction, the Shanghai International Dance Center will officially open its doors on October 1 with Shanghai Ballet’s adaptation of Hamlet. The show is one of the highly anticipated offerings this month, along with the Derek Deane-choreographed, Shanghai Ballet production of Romeo and Juliet (Oct 5-6) and the Sino-French modern ballet, A Sigh of Love (Oct 8-9). In addition to hosting shows by acclaimed international groups like Israel’s Batsheva Dance, the 39,100-square-meter complex will serve as the home for the Shanghai Ballet, Shanghai Song & Dance Ensemble, Shanghai Dance School and the dance department at Shanghai Theater Academy.
Hamlet: Oct 1-2, 7.30pm, RMB80-680. Shanghai International Dance Center, 1650 Hongqiao Lu, by Shuicheng Lu 虹桥路1650号, 近水城路地铁站,
Oct 1-2: Budweiser STORM Festival
Since starting out three years ago, the Budweiser Storm Festival has established itself as a bona fide October holiday tradition. Teens will enjoy, but be sure to check the list of artists performing to be sure of clean lyrics. Last year, they sold out all tickets on both nights, and they’re back for another star-studded edition headlined by Hardwell and Skrillex, this time at Shanghai Shendi, a massive location near Shanghai Disney. Official after parties include a Skrillex and Marshmello teaming at MYST (Oct 1), Conrank at Arkham (Oct 1), Oliver Heldens at M2 (Oct 2) and Stooki Sound at Arkham (Oct 2).
Oct 1-2, 1-11pm, RMB350 (per day), RMB680 (two-day pass), RMB680-1,180 (Vip passes). Shanghai Shendi.
Oct 1-7: West Bund Food Festival
The growing art mecca hosts its first food festival on the riverbank near the Yuz Museum. International chefs from Michelin-starred restaurants will join 10 Corso Como’s Corrado Michelazzo and top-notch Chinese options like Dadong Roast Duck Restaurant in this gourmand celebration.
Oct 1-7, 11am-3pm and 4.30-9pm, RMB60-80. Yuz Museum.
Oct 9: NBA Global Games
The NBA returns to Mercedes-Benz Arena for the 10th edition of Global Games China. While the visit is notable for bringing Yao Ming’s team, Houston Rockets, for their first Mainland game in 12 years, the battle between the Rockets and New Orleans Pelicans is especially intriguing, as it pits two of the league’s biggest stars against one another: James ‘The Beard’ Harden and Anthony ‘The Brow’ Davis. Both are eager to rebound from nightmarish seasons, where their individual excellence was unable to lift their teams to the playoffs – and win over some Chinese fans in the process.
Oct 9, 7pm, RMB350-18,888. Mercedes-Benz Arena, see event listing.