Shanghai International Literary Festival
Bibliophiles of the city, rejoice! The multi-faceted wonders of the written word are being made manifest once more, as literati from around the world alight in Shanghai to dazzle with their wit and wisdom. From a Pulitzer Prize winner and a master of modern fantasy, to a football-loving slam poet and a wild-eyed traveler wandering the Australian desert with camels, every creed of author is appearing at M on the Bund to pay homage to the delight of reading. Children’s authors are in short supply, but it is certainly not to miss for adults!
// Nov 4-Nov 8. M on the Bund. (tickets available at http://sif.mypiao.com/docs/topic2015)
Day of the Dead Make-up Party
Cucugua Spanish Daycare is celebrating their first anniversary with a Day of the Dead make-up party celebration for children up to 12 years old. There will be music, costumes, snacks and of course the opportunity to get your face painted. Choose to transform into a princess, pirate, ninja, mermaid and more.
//November 6, 4:30-7pm, RMB125 per child. 201 Hongsong East Lu, Bld B, 5F. Near Hongmei Lu, email@example.com to book
Bubba’s Chili Cook-Off
For over a decade, Bubba’s Chili Cook-Off has become an unlikely anchor of the expat community in Shanghai, one that traces its origins to humble beginnings – a gathering at the Hongqiao branch of Bubba’s Texas Bar-B-Que. This year’s event marking the 10th anniversary is a bonanza from 12-8pm, set to draw in a crows of thousands. Tickets for the Cook-Off are RMB100 (including a RMB50 voucher to be used for F&B purchases); under 12s enter for free. Chili samples are free while supplies last. There’ll also be three live bands playing, including Rock Suey and Somwhere Else.
//November 7, 12-8pm. 1500 Yaolang Lu, by Haiyang Lu
Last year, 35,000 people took part in this massive marathon. Registration for this year’s event has passed but you and your family can still be among the 300,000 people expected to attend and watch. This year’s race once again starts at the Bund but has added Xintiandi Taiping Lake to its route before finishing off at Shanghai Stadium.
//November 8, 7am, free entry. Race starts by the Fairmont Peace Hotel, 20 Nanjing Dong Lu (www.shmarathon.com)
The winner of the 2014 UK Theatre Award for Best Show for Children and Young People, Dragon is an extraordinary visual spectacle mixing physical theatre, puppetry and original music. The show follows grief-stricken Tommy who one day discovers a ferocious dragon that he befriends.
//November 10-12, 8pm, RMB180-580. The Hub, 33 Shaohong Lu, by Shenhong Lu (247tickets.cn)