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The best things to do in Beijing this weekend

Your weekend guide to the best of Beijing

With the weekend shaping up to be a bit of a scorcher, it's only fitting that Beijing's brought one helluva good lot of things to do. Check 'em out below.

As well as these highlights, there are many more things to do in Beijing this weekend: explore, enjoy and don't forget to Instagram us your snaps with #timeoutbeijing or let us know on Facebook what you really enjoyed.

Things to do

Africa Week 2019

Critics' pick

Kicking off this Friday with contemporary African art exhibition Art Afrik, Africa Week returns to Beijing after its wildly successful debut last year. Organised by Beijing-based social enterprise Kente & Silk, this year's festival features another fantastic programme of events celebrating and promoting African culture and achievements in China.

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Unspecified Venue 17-26 May

WISE: The Future Think Tank

Returning for its second year, WISE gathers a group of domestic and international thinkers from a range of industries and backgrounds for a series of keynote speeches and panels. This time round, they're expanding from one day to two days, teaming up with Europe's biggest international music platform Reeperbahn Festival for a killer music line-up.

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Beijing Horticultural Expo

Critics' pick

Officially taking the mantle of the world's largest-ever gardening show, this flower-powered expo is reportedly China's largest international event since the 2008 Olympics and features a staggering array of plants, pavilions and interactive exhibits.

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Unspecified Venue 29 Apr - 07 Oct

Film

A Dog's Journey

Critics' pick

Beloved dog Bailey from A Dog's Purpose returns once more in this sequel. Voiced once again by Josh Gad, the loyal dog lives on the Michigan farm of his 'boy' Ethan, his wife Hannah and their granddaughter CJ. But CJ's mom decides to leave with her and, as Bailey's soul prepares to depart for ...

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Cinemas around Beijing 17 May - 22 Jun

Pokémon Detective Pikachu

Critics' pick

When ace detective Harry Goodman mysteriously goes missing, his 21-year-old son decides to go find out what happened. Aiding him is his father's former Pokémon partner, Pikachu, and the two join forces on an adventure through the neon-lit streets of Ryme City, where both humans and Pokémon peacefully co-exist.

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Cinemas around Beijing 10 May - 10 Jun
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Art

Leila Alaoui: Ya Rayah

Critics' pick

French-Moroccan artist Leila Alaoui used her photographs and videos to explore identity, diversity and migration. For the first exhibition of her works in China, Galleria Continua presents Ya Rayah, the title deriving its meaning from the Algerian song of the same name, translated as 'O, you ...

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Galleria Continua (常青画廊) , 2 Jiuxianqiao Lu Every day except Monday

Wu Shanzhuan: Today Became a Holiday

Critics' pick

Today Became a Holiday is a constellation with more than 200 paintings, from Hamburg, Reykjavik and Shanghai, that have arrived in Beijing over the course of seven shipments. The concept of logistics as a working method has been used throughout Wu's artistic practice, beginning with the 1989 piece Big Business (Selling Shrimps) right up till now.

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Long March Space , 2 Jiuxianqiao Lu 06 May - 13 Oct Free

Land of the Lustrous

Critics' pick

The summer exhibition at UCCA's seaside venue in Beidaihe, Land of the Lustrous pays homage to the most timeless of materials: stone. View art from ten contemporary artists as they approach the cultural and social realities of stone. 

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UCCA Dune , Beidaihe 23 Apr - 08 Sep
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