Shanghai Events

Shining like a bright pearl in the oriental world with ever rising international position and influence, Shanghai is a place preferred by many for holding numerous varied events, including festivals, performances, competitions, exhibitions, and conventions. If you can experience one such exciting event, it will greatly enhance your stay in the city. 

Shanghai Stadium
Shanghai Stadium

2019 Top 10 Events in Shanghai

1. New Year Bell Striking

Time: New Year’s Eve
Place: Longhua Temple

On the last day of each year, many locals and even foreigners head to the Longhua Temple to take part in the New Year celebration: Bell Striking at 00:00. The bell is expected to strike for 108 times, which means dispel the misery of the old year and welcome good luck in the New Year. Apart from that, visitors can watch folk performances, guess the lantern riddles and make wishes before the prayer wall.

2. Yu Garden Lantern Festival

Time: Jan. 21 – Feb. 22
Place: Yu Garden

As night comes, all the delicate handmade lanterns light up the sky and add carnival atmosphere. What may surprise you is that all the lanterns are designed in life-like images with colorful textile cover on. Itching to have a look?

3. The 2nd China International Import Expo

Time: Nov. 5 - 10
Place: Shanghai International Expo Centre

The exhibition includes eight main parts, covering Sci-tech life, automobile, high-end equipment, intelligent manufacturing, medical equipment, quality life, trade in services and agricultural products. The 2nd China International Import Expo remains committed to trade liberalization and economic globalization.

4. Tourism Festival

Festival Time in Shanghai
Festival Time in Shanghai

Time: Sep.7 to late September
Place: along the shore of Huangpu River

Most activities are closely related to sightseeing, dining, shopping, entertaining and exhibitions, fully showing visitors the irresistible charm of the city. Opening ceremonial grand parade, carnival and cruise ship parade across Huangpu River must highlight your Shanghai trip during this time.

5. Shanghai Sheshan Half Marathon

Time: March 17th
Place: Sheshan

The deadline for application ends at 18:00 on February 28th. As one of the most influential marathon events in Shanghai, Sheshan Half Marathon aims to fully showcase the Shanghai culture and thriving development. At the same time, artificial intelligence, new materials and other emerging industries and high-tech products will also be presented here.

6. NBA China Games: Los Angeles Lakers VS Brooklyn Nets

Time: Oct. 10
Place: Shanghai Mercedes – Benz Arena

Los Angeles Lakers will fight against Brooklyn Nets, which will be a fantastic game show that cannot be missed for many fans. Apart from the basketball game, visitors will also watch other splendid performance shown by pop stars.

7. AWE Shanghai 2019

Time: Mar. 14 to 17
Place: Shanghai New International Expo Center

AWE is short from Appliance & Electronics World Expo. This exhibition has been one of the world's three major home appliances and consumer electronics show. During this time, nearly a thousand companies will exhibit their products in over 10 exhibition halls. The major categories of the products cover home audio, kitchen & bathroom electric appliance, digital products, etc.

8. IE Expo

Time: April 15 to 17
Place: Shanghai New International Expo Center

The IE Expo is a professional exhibition focusing on solutions to environmental problems such as water, air, soil and waste. There are over 2 thousand participating enterprises from domestic and abroad, like Germany, Italy, EU, Denmark, US, and Austria. The perfect equipment and advanced technology displayed in this exhibition provide an efficient technology exchange platform for the industries. What’s more, it also provides an excellent trade opportunity for the technology and equipment suppliers in the field of environmental protection worldwide.

9. 21st China Shanghai International Arts Festival

Shanghai Grand Theater
Grand Theater
Time: Oct. 18 to Nov. 17
Place: Grand Theater

First held in 1999, 21st International Arts Festival will be divided into four parts: music show, dancing performance, traditional opera and art exhibition. The arts festival gathers first-class classics, promoting original works and spreading creative culture.

10. 2019 GMTIC

Time: Nov. 15 to 16
Place: Shanghai Marriott Hotel

GMTIC is abbreviating from Global Mar Tech Innovation Conference. The agenda of the GMTIC is set for brand owners, retailers, senior marketing personnel, information technology, digital marketing executives and experts. It mainly discusses the digital transformation of enterprises enabled by today's marketing technology, the future prospect of smart retail, how to upgrade new business with artificial intelligence and so on.

2019 Shanghai Events by Month

Month  Major Events  Time
January  New Year Bell Striking Dec. 31 – Jan. 1
China E-Commerce Annual Conference Jan.17
February  TCT Asia  Feb. 21 - 23
AI Future Medical Conference  Feb. 28
March FPD China 2019  Mar. 20 - 22
Peach Blossom Festival Late March to early April
April  Longhua Temple Fair   Apr.7 - Apr.13
F1 Chinese Grand Prix Apr. 12 – 14
May International Tea Culture Festival May 5 - 12
Longines Global Champion Tour  May 3 - 5
June  International Film Festival  Jun.15 - 24
2019 5th Asia Future Fintech Conference  Jun. 26 - 27
July  Smart Industry Exhibition  Jul. 3 - 5
EVTech Shanghai 2019  July 8th
August  Jewelry & Gem Fair  Aug. 15 - 17
Pet Fair 2019  Aug. 21 - 25
September  Rubber Tech China 2019   Sept.18 - 20
Waterchem China 2019  Sept.18 - 20
October  China International Hardware Show   Oct.10 - 12
China Toy Expo & China Kids Expo  Oct.16 - 18
November  Shanghai International Marathon   Nov.18th
FHC China 2019  Nov. 12 - 14
December  2019 Private Label Fair  Dec.10-12
World of Concrete Asia 2019 Dec. 11 - 13
- Last modified on Mar. 18, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Shanghai Events
Asked by Roel Abenilla from QATAR | Jul. 29, 2017 00:59Reply
I Would like to ask the List of Schedule of all Trade Fair or exhibit in Shanghai.
in related to Sale of Merchandise like Toys etc and retails.

Thank you and more power!
Answers (1)
Answered by Jerry from CANADA | Aug. 01, 2017 04:19

The following are the information I get from the internet.
The 17th CBME: children's show 2017/7/19---2017/7/21
The 111th Chinese grocery commodities fair and Chinese modern household goods exposition 2017/8/3---2017/8/5
The 14th Shanghai International Model Exhibition 2017/8/18---2017/8/20
The 20th Asia pet exhibition (2017) 2017/8/24---2017/8/27
Famous brand of world trade 2017 expo 2017/9/13---2017/9/17
2017 China (Shanghai) children's exposition 2017/9/16---2017/9/17
2017 China Licensing Expo 2017/10/18---2017/10/20
China International Baby Articles Fair 2017/10/18---2017/10/20
Asked by Mafalda from AUSTRIA | Dec. 08, 2014 13:06Reply
ETA intersection of time, Shanghai Circus
Be so kind to give me the booking date for performane on the 30th of April 2015

Thanks a lot
Answers (1)
Answered by Nico from MEXICO | Dec. 08, 2014 20:04

So far, visitors can book the entrance ticket before Feb. 7th. So you cannot book the ticket on that day now. Trey to look through the official website of SH Circus World. May you can book the ticket in February, 2015.
Asked by Rod from NEW ZEALAND | Jun. 30, 2013 05:22Reply
We are in Shanghai for this week 1st week of July and what events happen during that time?
Answers (1)
Answered by Bob from CANADA | Jun. 30, 2013 21:45

There are many exhibitions such as Robot Exhibition and performances such as drama in that city during that time.
What kind of events do you prefer to see? If you can tell me more detail information, I may help you to find more exact and detail information.
Asked by mary scantlebury from UNITED STATES | Sep. 03, 2011 13:53Reply
An Activity Nov. 11- Nov. 16, 2011 in Shanghai?
Are there any special activities going on Nov. 11 through Nov. 16, 2011?
Than you
Answers (1)
Answered by Candy from CHINA | Sep. 03, 2011 21:00

I just know that the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup - 2011 will be held on No.11 through Nov. 13, 2011 in the city.
Asked by Mr.KIWI7 from NEW ZEALAND | Jul. 25, 2011 03:41Reply
Are there any IT conferences or exhibits on between 13 to 22 August 2011?
Answers (1)
Answered by Sandy from CHINA | Jul. 25, 2011 04:17

There seems no IT conferences or exhibits during that time in Shanghai.
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