Apr 11-16: Shanghai Fashion Week
Xintiandi becomes fashionista central at the bi-annual Shanghai Fashion Week. This year’s theme is Flourishing City and will feature some of the country’s finest designers displaying their newest lines. While technically, not open to the public, tickets to private events will surely be floating around near the venue. For more, check out our feature on the designers that stole last year’s Shanghai Fashion Week.
Apr 11-16. Taipinghu Park, Xintiandi, www.shanghaifashionweek.com, event listing.
Apr 15: The Jungle Book
The Disney animated classic gets a live-action reimagining directed by Iron Man’s Jon Favreau. Neel Sethi stars as Mowgli, a human boy raised by Indian wolves (voiced by Lupita Nyong’o and Giancarlo Esposito). When a fearsome Bengal tiger (Idris Elba) threatens his life, Mowgli leaves his jungle home and embarks on a memorable adventure with the black panther Bagheera (Ben Kingsley) and Baloo the bear (Bill Murray). Scarlett Johansson and Christopher Walken provide voices for iconic characters Kaa the python and King Louie the orangutan. The film will debut in China at the same time as America, a week after its world premiere in India.
Apr 15: Community Center Pudong Friday Market
Ambassy Club hosts this afternoon market featuring a number of vendors serving up dishes from Mexico to Vietnam, as well as other goods from cakes to jams.
Apr 15, 10am-2pm, RMBTBA. Ambassy Club Pudong, see event listing.
Apr 15: Mifan Mama Afternoon Series
Hakkasan hosts the first in Mifan Mama’s afternoon series, presenting assorted canapés with exquisitely prepared afternoon tea. There will be a special children’s corner on-site and a silent auction with a goal of raising RMB86,400 to help the organization sponsor the education of 24 needy kids in Henan.
Apr 15, 2.30-5pm, RMB88 (free entry for kids). Hakkasan, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Apr 15-17: F1 Chinese Grand Prix
China’s premiere racing event returns as the F1 Chinese Grand Prix once again takes over the Shanghai Audi International Circuit. Expect the best racers in the world to converge on the city that was once again won by Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton. Practice day on Friday, qualifying on Saturday and the big race on Sunday. Family packages available for one adult and one child (RMB1,400-2,400) or one adult and two children (RMB1,620-2,620). And, as always, the ever glam and celebrity-filled F1 after parties take place at Bar Rouge, including a Saturday night performance by French hip hop star Cut Killer.
Apr 15-17, 9am-10pm, RMB1,400-2,620. Shanghai Audi International Circuit, 2000 Yining Lu, by Jiadong Automobile City 伊宁路2000号, 近嘉定汽车城. Tickets.
Apr 15-16, 10pm-late, RMBTBA. Bar Rouge.
April 16: Keppel Sheshan Charity Run
This charity run supported by Keppel Land China takes place in the picturesque outskirts of Sheshan. There are two routes – a 3km parenting run and a 10km cross-country race that will take runners across mountains and forests. All proceeds will go to Shanghai Charity Foundation to assist sick kids.
Apr 16, 7.45am, RMB150 (RMB50 for kids between 5-16). 9211 Waiqingsong Gong Lu, by Shebei Gong Lu 吉宝佘山御庭售楼处, 外青松公路9211号, 近佘北公路 (6380 6554x612). See event listing here.
Apr 16: The Good Fair
Designer Dianela Cuellar, the Library Project and Urban Soup Kitchen launches their Good Project with this fair designed to raise funds to build libraries in needy areas of rural China. There will be plenty of crafts and kids activities, plus the event will double as the seventh anniversary celebrations of Urban Soup Kitchen.
Apr 16, 11am-7pm, free entry. Urban Soup Kitchen (Xuhui), 45 Caoxi Bei Lu, by Hongqiao Lu.
Apr 17: Shanghai Centre Family Fun Fair
The fourth edition of Shanghai Centre’s signature event for families features fun games suitable for all ages, numerous pop-up vendors and plenty of activities designed to encourage education and fitness. Highlights include a student battle of the bands, the return of Cardboard Shanghai’s play area and a big laser tag area in Shanghai Centre Theatre.
Apr 17, 10am-4pm, free entry. Shanghai Centre, see event listing.