May 3-7: The Polar Bears Go Wild
The sequel to the hit family show, The Polar Bears Go Wild follows two intrepid explorers in the Arctic. When a balloon appears, they are delighted. However, when they lose it, they must explore unknown territory – the sky above their heads. Suitable for children 2-5 years old.
April 21–May 7, 7.30pm (Fri-Sat) 10.30am and 2.30pm (Sat-Sun) 5.30pm (Sun). A.S.K. (Art Space for Kids)
May 5-10: Modern Drama Valley Festival
One of the most influential theater festivals in China, Modern Drama Valley descends on Shanghai for nearly the entire month of May. A selection of 18 national and international plays split into categories like Chinese drama, pop theatre, masterpiece adaption and small theater classics will be performed at venues around Jing’an. Times and locations vary; see website for more info.
May 5–22. Various locations. See event listing.
May 5-7: Twelfth Night
For over a decade, UK-based theater group TNT Theater has amassed a loyal following thanks to numerous tours of China. They’re back and premiere their adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies.
May 5-7, 7.30pm (with 2pm matinee show on Saturday). Shanghai Grand Theatre
May 6: Hot Sauce Festival
The first annual Shanghai Hot Sauce festival offers spice lovers a bevy of fiery delights, with a focus on hot sauces that are either sold in Shanghai or homemade by Shanghai chefs. There will also be an open bar, a mariachi band and a spicy eating contest.
May 6-7: Feast Food Festival
This foodie-focused weekend returns for its third year in style at The Place with a ’20s lawn party theme and specialized menus from Shanghai’s most notable chefs. Expect a live cooking competition, a jazz band, dancing and lots and lots of food.