The best events to book on Time Out Tickets right now

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Lauded by Rolling Stone as being 'the most provocative thinker in current jazz', jazz pianist and Blue Note Records recording artist Jason Moran has garnered acclaimed for his playing style and unique compositions, which combine elements of avant-garde jazz, blues, classical music and hip-hop together. Catch him over two nights at Blue Note as he performs alongside bassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Nasheet Wait.

For all the other 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.

Sport

Run To The Beat 2018

Critics' pick

Run To The Beat is the first music half-marathon in Beijing. Taking place this May in the beautiful Ming Tomb Reservoir Scenic Area in Changping, this race features live bands and DJs performing alongside the course to entertain runners. The music party then continues at the main stage after crossing the finish line.

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Ming Tomb Reservoir , Ming Tomb Reservoir (十三陵特区) Changping Beijing Beijing 20 May Buy tickets

Film

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Critics' pick

One of 2018’s most anticipated films of the year, Star Wars: The Last Jedi races into Beijing cinemas this January. The follow-up to 2015’s The Force Awakens, this thrilling installment of the epic space opera sees Rey attempt to recruit a disillusioned Luke Skywalker to the Resistance in a bid to defeat Kylo Ren and the First Order.

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Cinemas around Beijing 5-31 Jan Buy tickets

Legend of the Demon Cat

Critics' pick

A biographical film about the aftermath of John F. Kennedy's 1963 assassination, Jackie (as the film's title suggests) follows Jackie Kennedy (Natalie Portman, in a stunning performance) in the days immediately following her husband's death.

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Cinemas around Beijing 19 Jan - 09 Feb Buy tickets

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Critics' pick

Less like a sequel to the Robin Williams movie about the magical board game and more like The Breakfast Club upgraded with body-switcheroo comedy, Welcome to the Jungle is filled with retro Indiana Jones thrills.

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Cinemas around Beijing 12 Jan - 03 Feb Buy tickets

Suburbicon

Half a movie we know too well and half that might have benefited from more attention, Suburbicon is a smart-alecky late-'50s-set crime comedy that follows an uptight family patriarch and his impulsive plan to run off with his sister-in-law and a wad of insurance money after staging a home invasion.

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Cinemas around Beijing 12-31 Jan Buy tickets
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Things to do

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

Music

Jason Moran and The Bandwagon

In almost every category that matters – improvisation, composition, group concept, repertoire, technique and experimentation – Moran, and his group The Bandwagon – with bassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Nasheet Waits – have challenged the status quo, and earned the reputation as 'the future of jazz'.

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Blue Note , 23 Qianmen Dong Dajie 26-27 Jan Buy tickets

Stage

Cirque du Soleil: Kooza

Critics' pick

A return to Cirque du Soleil's origins, Kooza combines acrobatic performance with the art of clowning, while exploring fear, identity, recognition and power. Written and directed by David Shiner, a former Cirque du Soleil clown, Kooza is an enthralling circus spectacle featuring jaw-dropping feats and theatrical ingenuity.

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Chaoyang Park (朝阳公园) , 1 Nongzhan Nan Lu 17 Dec - 28 Jan Buy tickets

The Merry Widow

Critics' pick

Franz Lehar’s witty, upbeat operetta about a young widow with an inheritance of 20 million francs. Desperate to keep the money in the country, the government orders Count Danilo Danilovitch to court her, but when he discovers she is a long-lost love he refuses. The widow, however, has never quite gotten over him, and now has a second chance.

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NCPA , 2 Xi Chang'an Jie 18-21 Jan Buy tickets

Laputa: Castle in the Sky Concert

Critics' pick

A captivating tribute to some of Studio Ghibli's most iconic animated films, this multimedia concert features compositions from Laputa: Castle in the Sky, Kiki's Delivery Service, My Neighbour Totoro, Princess Mononoke and the Oscar-winning Spirited Away – all created by the immense talents of composer Joe Hisaishi and director Hayao Miyazaki.

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Beijing Concert Hall (北京音乐厅) , 1 Bei Xinhua Jie 19 Jan Buy tickets

National Theatre: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Critics' pick

Christopher, fifteen years old, has an extraordinary brain – exceptional at maths while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion of killing Mrs Shears' dog Wellington, he sets out to prove his innocence. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world.

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Tianqiao Performing Arts Centre (天桥艺术中心) , Tianqiao Nandajie 24-27 May Buy tickets

Cats

Critics' pick

Based on T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, Andrew Lloyd Webber's long-running musical Cats is set in a larger-than-life junkyard playground that's home to variety of feline characters. With spectacular sets, breathtaking choreography and of course, the hit song 'Memory', Cats is a musical like no other.

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Century Theatre (世纪剧院) , 40 Liangmaqiao Lu 22-27 Sep Buy tickets

Rent

Critics' pick

A re-imagining of Puccini's La Bohème, Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical Rent follows a year in the lives of seven impoverished artists struggling to survive in the thriving days of New York City's Alphabet City, while under the shadow of HIV/AIDS.

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Century Theatre (世纪剧院) , 40 Liangmaqiao Lu 11 Oct , 14 Oct , 16 Oct , 17 Oct Buy tickets

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