The best events to book on Time Out Tickets right now

The best concerts, films, comedy shows and more on Time Out Tickets

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With amazing stage shows, bands, DJs, artists and so much more happening in Beijing for you to enjoy, we're making it a bit simpler for you by rounding up the best tickets you can get right now.

For all the excellent events making their way to the capital, make sure you take a look at our picks and book them, right here, right now. It really couldn't be any easier.

Music

Safia

Critics' pick

Australian three-piece electronica/indie pop band Safia hail from Canberra, an unlikely but then-burgeoning source of new music Down Under. They jokingly describe their sound as 'Skrillex and James Blake making sweet, tender love'. Their debut album Internal hit number 1 on the iTunes chart and number 2 on the ARIA Album chart, as well as receiving ARIA and J Award nominations.

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Omni Space (疆进酒) , 9 Tianqiao Nandajie 16 Dec Buy tickets

Slash

Critics' pick

Award-winning hard rock guitarist Slash heads to Beijing to play his best and greatest hits. In 1985, he joined Guns N’ Roses, earning international acclaim for riffs on songs like 'Sweet Child o’ Mine'. After leaving GNR in 1996, Slash did session work and formed other bands, such as Velvet Revolver, releasing two solo albums.

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Beijing Exhibition Center , 135 Xizhimenwai Dajie 20 Jan Buy tickets

Things to do

The Forbidden City

Established in 1925, the Palace Museum is located in the imperial palace of the consecutive Ming and Qing dynasties. The magnificent architectural complex, also known as the Forbidden City, and the vast holdings of antiquities of the imperial collections make it one of the most prestigious museums in China and the world. 

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Forbidden City (故宫) Every day except Monday Buy tickets

Flying lessons at the Great Wall

Learn how to pilot an SR20 while soaring over stunning Beijing landscapes. During your 15 minute lesson, a flight instructor will teach you how to takeoff, ascend, dive, hover, circle and descend. Students can also customise the whole flight and how much they want to control the plane.

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Beijing Badaling Airport , 1 Hangkong Lu, Badalingzhen (八达岭镇航空路1号 ) Yanqing Beijing Beijing 12 Jan - 31 Dec Buy tickets

Beijing Ghost Tour

Why do Chinese zombies bounce? Who hanged himself next to Emperor Chongzhen behind the Forbidden City? And why is the ghost of the tragic Bell Tower Lady always saying thank you? In order to learn the answers to all these questions and many more, sign up for Beijing’s first ever ghost tour and explore the haunted hutongs around Prince Gong’s Palace.

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Newman Tours Beijing 13 Nov - 31 Dec Buy tickets

Stage

Zhang Xian & the BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Critics' pick

For 90 years, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales has been at the heart of the cultural landscape in Wales, occupying a distinctive role as both a broadcast company and national symphony orchestra. It performs a busy schedule of concerts throughout Wales and the rest of the UK, led by its artistic team of Principal Guest Conductor Zhang Xian, Conductor Laureate Tadaaki Otaka and Composer- in-Association Huw Watkins.

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NCPA , 2 Xi Chang'an Jie 16 Dec Buy tickets

The Lord of the Rings in Concert

Critics' pick

The Lord of the Rings comes to Beijing in concert with The Fellowship of the Ring performed first. Howard Shore's majestic scores are brought to life by China's National Opera House Symphony Orchestra, creating the soaring, thrilling vistas of Middle Earth through music while scenes from Peter Jackson's award-winning film play behind. 

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Beijing Exhibition Center , 135 Xizhimenwai Dajie 18-19 Dec Buy tickets

Chen Sa

Critics' pick

Over the past decade, Chen Sa has established herself as one of the most charismatic pianists of her generation. She earned critical acclaim at the International Chopin Piano Competition in 2000 and the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2005, which began her professional performing career, bringing her evocative performances to audiences around the world.

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NCPA , 2 Xi Chang'an Jie 20 Dec Buy tickets

Alexander Markov + Tian Jiang

Critics' pick

Internationally celebrated violinist Alexander Markov has been hailed as one of the world’s most captivating and versatile musicians. He's joined in Beijing by Tian Jiang, an internationally renowned pianist recognised for his signature colours in sound and over-the-edge thrilling virtuosity. 

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Beijing Comedy Theatre (北京喜剧院) , 11 Chaoyangmen Bei Dajie 25 Dec Buy tickets

Tap Dogs

Critics' pick

This Aussie tap-dancing crew breathe new life into a time-honoured genre by mixing nimble feet with thumping live sounds. Dein Perry’s Tap Dogs returns to the stage with its trademark blend of live music and tap dance as you’ve never seen before.

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Poly Theatre (保利剧院) , 14 Dongzhimen Nan Dajie 27-31 Dec , 31 Dec Buy tickets

The National Symphony Orchestra of Belarus: New Year Concert

Critics' pick

The National Symphony Orchestra of Belarus is one of the oldest institutions in the former Soviet Union, founded in April 1927. Thanks to its outstanding qualities, the Orchestra has been invited to Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, Greece, Netherlands, Lebanon, France, Switzerland and many other countries for great concert tours. The repertoire of the orchestra’s performances include both opera and symphonic concerts.

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The Forbidden City Concert Hall , Inside Zhongshan Park, 4 Zhonghua Road (中华路4号中山公园内) Xicheng Beijing Beijing 02 Jan Buy tickets

Russian State Ballet: Swan Lake

Critics' pick

After a successful tour last year, the Russian State Ballet is back in China with their captivating full touring ballet production. Swan Lake is a tale of two young women, Odette and Odile, who resemble each other so closely one can easily be mistaken for the other. It is the compelling legend of a tragic romance in which a princess, Odette, is turned into a swan by an evil curse. 

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Rulun Lecture Hall of Renmin University , 59 Zhongguan Cun (中关村59号中国人民大学内) Haidian Beijing Beijing 1-4 Jan , 05 Jan Buy tickets

Russian State Ballet: The Nutcracker

Critics' pick

The premiere of The Nutcracker transformed classical ballet into a fairy-tale and became one of Tchaikovsky’s most famous compositions, as well as one of the most popular ballets in the world. Featuring a timeless score from this gifted composer, The Nutcracker is a renowned Russian classic presenting evocative music and exquisite dance.

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Rulun Lecture Hall of Renmin University , 59 Zhongguan Cun (中关村59号中国人民大学内) Haidian Beijing Beijing 05 Jan , 06 Jan Buy tickets

Mozart, L'Opera Rock

Critics' pick

Original songs and Mozart classics combine in this dazzling show that follows a dramatisation of Mozart's life, exploring the music and the man that became immortal. Original songs include 'Le bien qui fait mal' ('The good thing that hurts') and 'Tatoue-moi' ('Tattoo me'), using the composer's melodies with a passionate rock twist.

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Tianqiao Performing Arts Centre (天桥艺术中心) , Tianqiao Nandajie 22 Feb , 23-24 Feb Buy tickets

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