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Top 14 things to do in September

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This is your essential guide to the best events, things to do and places to eat and drink in Shanghai this month, including experiencing the Rain Room, enjoying happy hours at six best bars with gorgeous outdoor spaces, checking out the Echo Park Music Festivals and lots, lots more.
1. Take in some art at Shanghai Art Week
Various locations, Tuesday 8 - Monday 14 September
Shanghai Art Week returns this month with three major events - Art in the City, Photo Shanghai and West Bund Art and Design Fair - taking place across the city. For those of you who're in favour of artwork from international artists, head to West Bund to see works from Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Anthony Gormley and Yayoi Kasuma and many other artists. For those who support local artists, be sure to check out Art in the City, featuring 17 Chinese galleries showing works from artists such as Lv Yanxiang (pictured, top left), Chen Dongfan and Qiu Shijie. Photography enthusiasts, look no further than Photo Shanghai.

See more details on our website
2. Watch The Athol Fugard's drama series
Shanghai Culture Square, Tuesday 8-October 11
South African playwright Athol Fugard‘s apartheid dramas aregoing to be performed at Shanghai, including My Children, My Africa (1989) (Tue 8-Sun 13 September), The Island (1973) (Tue 22-Sun 27 September), the Train Driver (2009) (Oct 9-11). Jot down the date, don’t miss any of these masterpieces.

Read our interview with director and producer Chen Wencong on our website.
3. Eat at Kanpai Classic
Fifth Floor, Five on the Bund, 20 Guangdong Lu, near Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu.
Originated from Taiwan, Kanpai Classic is a high-end Japanese barbecue joint eatery, famous for its extensive marbled beef collection. Now it comes to Shanghai. As you’d expect given the reputation that proceeds it, the beef is top notch and it’s hard to go wrong when selecting a cut from the menu. Every option we try is rich and well-marbled; even the 89RMB standard marbled (what passes for a cheap cut at Kanpai Classic) is delicious. Read the full review on our website.
4. Catch adorable Minions in cinema
Cinemas around town, from Sunday 13 September
From sidekicks to centre-stage superstars, the Minions have busted out of the Despicable Me franchise and gone rogue in this berserk slice of semi-silent slapstick silliness. Go catch those little, yellow, peachy-keen minions searching for a new evil master to serve.
5. Catch Tiger dance
Shanghai Grand Theatre, Tuesday 15-Thursday 17 September
For the choreography lovers out there, the Barrowland Ballet from UK led by Choreographer Natasha Gilmore is going to present a powerful performance, Tiger.

When a tiger invades a troubled family’s world is launched into chaos. This insightful story of family relationships is emotionally charged but brilliantly comic. The thrilling dancing, evocative live music and impressive set unleashes the tiger in exciting and unexpected ways.
6. Spoil yourself with Gracie's delights
204 Xinle Lu, near Donghu Lu
People often craved for Gracie's signature ice cream - bold and dense texture with a variety of flavours, from white-chocolate ginger to half-baked cookie dough to miso-caramel. Drooling? Grab a scoop now.
7. Check out Echo Park Music Festival
Shanghai Rugby Football Club, Saturday 19 - Sunday 20 September
With a little something for everyone on offer, Echo Park Festival 2015 could be Shanghai's festival of the year. International headliners include singsong-writer Kelis, former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way, experimental pop band Young Fathers, Manchester-based indie rock band Everything Everything, hip hop rappers Black Starand producer Bok Bok. Mainland Chinese and Hong Kong acts include Duck Fight Goose, The Big Wave and Yunnanese all-girl electronic group South Acid Mimi Dance Team. Australian blues-rock artist Jeff Lang, Japanese hardcore outfit Envy and Korean ska act Kingston Rudieska are also involved. It's going to be a big one this year. Enjoy!

See line up details and interview on our dedicated hub page
on the website.
8. Take a walk in the Rain Room
Yuz Museum, until December 31
rAndom international, a creative agency in London, brings their meaningful piece 'Rain Room' to Shanghai. This renowned interactive installation uses sensors to ensure people don't get soaked but to get a sense of calm, clarity and a heightened perception of their physical presence in that environment. Rain rooms offers a very analogue and physical experience, which involves water, smell and a lot of light. The rawness and the overwhelming mid-frequency white noise that the water creates helps people to unwind and focus.

9. Enjoy happy hour in the great outdoors
After a long day of working, you probably just want to be boozed up a little bit, or just be indulged in refreshments in the great outdoors. We've chosen 6 of the best al fresco happy hours in Shanghai for you to unwind.

Check our website for the list.
10. Free your rock soul with Muse
Mercedes-Benz Arena, Monday 21 September
Renowned for their spectacular live shows, Muse's previous stadium gigs have included acrobats suspended from 'UFOs' and giant LED pyramids. The band will arrive in town just a few months after the release of their highly anticipated new album Drones.

Be ready to put your hands up and rock on. Preferably wearing sneakers, not heels (We guess you know the answer.)

Read our interview with frontman Matt Bellamy on conspiracy theories, hair styles and China on the website.
11. Taste the best fried chicken
No one could resist a Korean fried chicken. Just think about the crispy and crunchy sound, and the juicy and bouncy meat party inside your mouth. We've picked a list of the very best fried chicken in Shanghai. Go grab a bite.

See where to eat on our website.
12. Go out and soak up the sun
September probably is one of the best months in Shanghai. You don't want to be a couch potato while it's sunny and beautiful outside. Go out and soak up the sun with our pick of best outdoor activities, al fresco cafes and more.

See our guide to outdoor Shanghai on our website.
13. Celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival
As Mid-Autumn Festival (Sunday 27 September) is approaching, we have selected various mooncakes delicacies from different places in Shanghai for you. So you can enjoy the full moon with the traditional mooncake treats.

See our website for where to buy mooncakes in Shanghai.
14. See stunning images from Eric Valli
Jingan Sculpture Park from Wednesday 9 September-Sunday 27 September
Commissioned by the Swarovski Waterschool, a series of stunning images by French photographer Eric Valli comes to Jingan Sculpture Park this month as part of Photo Shanghai. Entitled Living Yangtze, the exhibition aims to raise awareness about the importance of clean, sustainable water sources.

See our website for some of the best shots.