Apr 29: Da Vinci the Genius Free Admission Day
The Hub hosts Grand Exhibition’s massive celebration of all facets of Da Vinci’s genius as an artist and an inventor. To coincide with the Renaissance giant’s birth month, they’re opening the doors to Da Vinci: The Genius to all for free for one day only. For more, check out our feature on the exhibition.
Apr 29, 10am, free entry. The Hub, see event listing.
Apr 29-May 3: My Fair Lady
Since its 1956 debut on Broadway starring Julie Andrews, My Fair Lady has been a stage classic inspiring the eight-time Oscar winning 1964 film featuring a transcendent performance by Audrey Hepburn. The tale of a young Cockney girl who is transformed into an urbane lady by Professor Henry Higgins has been revived, with this traveling production bringing its China tour to Daning Theatre. For more, check out our feature on My Fair Lady.
Apr 29-May 3, 7.30pm (2.30pm weekend and Monday matinees), RMB50-999. Daning Theatre, tickets. See event listing.
Apr 30: Jinqiao Mini Maker Faire
Inventors of all ages will take over Concordia International School Pudong to show off their unique creations. Last year featured everything from robots to cardboard chairs.
Apr 30, 11am-3pm, free entry. Concordia International School Shanghai, see event listing.
Apr 30-May 2: JZ Spring
This celebration of all things jazz takes over Jing’an. While international stalwarts like Jesse Harris and Petra Haden will perform Master Hall concerts at Shanghai Centre Theatre, free stages will be set up across venues from Jing’an Temple Square to Jing An Kerry Centre, featuring a wide range of the city’s finest act. Kid performers will rock the Jing’an Park stage from morning to noon while a family bazaar will feature a wide range of community goods.
Apr 30-May 2, 10.30am-7pm, free entry. Jing'an park, Jing'an Temple Square and Jing An Kerry Centre.
Master Hall Concerts: Apr 30-May 2, 8-10pm, RMB180-380. Shanghai Centre Theatre, tickets.
Apr 30-May 2: Strawberry Music Festival
With the other stages filled with some of China’s most popular indie acts, Strawberry routinely attracts 30,000 visitors. However, the stages are spaced apart and there are big community areas full of local pop-ups peddling everything from clothes and accessories to music. This fun festival may be better suited for you and your teens than with the young ones in tow. Still only five years old, there’s a refreshingly non-jaded feel at the festival, perfect for teens in China wanting to get a slice of a Western style music festival. Modern Sky is getting really good at these things too. For the past two years, they’ve staged music festivals in New York’s Central Park.
Apr 30-May 2, 1-9.30pm, RMB240-300 (per day) RMB600-800 (three-day pass). Expo Park, tickets.
Apr 30-May 2: Taihu MIDI Festival
China’s longest-running festival brand returns just outside of Shanghai. International guests include M83 cofounder Nicolas Fromageau's electronic music project Team Ghost and the Canadian progressive metal standouts Protest the Hero. There will also be a MIDI Kids Stage that promotes their new program designed to provide musical training to China’s youth throughout the country with instructional books and the only musical certification program approved by the Ministry of Education.
Apr 30-May 2, 2-10pm, RMB150 (RMB400 for three-day pass). Taihu MIDI Park, tickets.