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The 5 best weekend events for families in Shanghai

It's been a scorching hot week and frankly we can't wait to get out and have some fun this weekend. If you and the family are thinking the same, then look no further for the best events to attend over the next couple of days.

Sat 22 Jul

Australia Day: Literature, Music and Culture

Join Australian poet Toby Davidson, novelists Jane Messer and Hsu-Ming Teo as well as opera singer Shu-Cheen Yu as they discuss contemporary Australian literature, read from their works and perform Chinese and Australian folk songs. 

Glam Seventh Floor, Five on the Bund, 20 Guangdong Lu, near Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, Huangpu district (6350 9988; 4-6pm. 85RMB (40RMB for students). Email [email protected] to RSVP.

Hands On Dumpling Delights

Are you obsessed with dumplings? Have you always wondered how they slip the broth inside Shanghai’s famous xiaolongbaos (soup dumplings)? On this food tour and cooking class, you’ll to sample from streetside stalls, fry up potstickers, as well as try boiled dumplings from mom-and-pop shops from China’s freezing northeast.

Meeting point instructions emailed upon booking. 10am-1pm. 550RMB per adult; 275RMB per kid. Long press the QR code in image to book.

The Four Seasons: Spring, Summer, Winter

The award-winning German band Trio repertoire will be performing a selection of classical favourites. The programme includes vignettes from Vivaldi's Four Seasons, Rachmaninoff's Vocalise, Wagner's The Flying Dutchman and more.

Shanghai Oriental Art Center 425 Dingxiang Lu, near Century Avenue, Pudong. 7.45-9.45pm. Tickets from 120RMB each. Long press QR code in image to book.

Sun 23 Jul

Summer Family Movie Series at The Pearl

The Pearl will be screening family-friendly titles every Sunday throughout the summer months. Shanghai families can expect cinema classics like the Harry Potter and the Ice Age series, as well as The Incredibles and more. Entrance is free.

The Pearl Theatre 471 Zhapu Lu, near Haining Lu, Hongkou district (137 6488 9962; [email protected] Every Sunday until Sunday 27 August. 2pm-4pm , 4pm-6pm. Long press QR code in image to RSVP.

Yoga and brunch session at Bread etc

The training includes an hour of vinyasa and sound yoga, followed by a brunch session at newly opened Bread etc branch in Jingan. The brunch menu includes a choice of eggs, rye bread, quinoa salad, yogurt with granola and fresh fruit in addition to hot drinks and fresh juice.

Bread etc 1486 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Tongren Lu, Jingan district. 8am-10.30am. 177RMB per person. RSVP by adding WeChat ID 'joyeat1'.

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