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The best things to do in Beijing this weekend

Your weekend guide to the best of Beijing

Nat Geo's exhibition opens again this Saturday
Everyone, in unison, please cross your fingers and hope this blue sky lasts over the weekend. There are great festivals to check out, things to do galore and even some great new movies in case you feel like staying indoors. Have a great weekend, Beijing.

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

All the events for Australian Writers Week 2019

Back for another year of literary greats discussing their work with leading Chinese writers, this year’s Australian Writers Week will see critically acclaimed fiction and non-fiction writers head to China from Down Under. With the current Australian Children's Laureate (Morris Gleitzman) attending, as well as best-selling author Graeme Simsion, 2017's Best Young Australian Novelist Julie Koh and best-selling non-fiction author Richard Fidler, this Writers Week is packed with unmissable talent.

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Meet The Podcasters

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Getting started with anything is always challenging, and starting a podcast could be even more daunting if you don't know where to start. At The SLab's Meet the Podcasters networking event, hear what six different podcasters have to say about their podcasts and their experiences about starting one in China. 

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The SLab , 7 Xinzhong Lu 22 Mar Free

Jing A’s Annual Spring Fever Ski Break

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For the fourth year in a row, Jing A is packing a bus with kegs and escaping the city for some Spring Skiing. Kiss goodbye to winter’s frosty behind and catch the last snow of the season on a boozy weekend trip to the Chongli slopes. Included in the price is transport, ski, board and gear rental, lift passes, accommodation and food, as well as free-flow Jing A brews from start to finish.

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Jing A Brewpub Xingfucun , 57 Xingfucun Zhong Lu 23-24 Mar

Rodeo Party

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Calling all cowboys and cowgirls: Home Plate brings you drink deals, amazing home cookin' and dancing the night away. Plus, there'll be a real 'live' mechanical bull for you to ride.

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Home Plate BBQ (Sanlitun) , Nan Sanlitun Lu 23 Mar Free

Joe Wong

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While he's probably rather famous China-wide, Joe's also become quite the American household name after appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman and winning the Great American Comedy Festival back in 2010. Catch him out in Shunyi this weekend for another night of laughs.

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Shunyifornia Theatre , 23 Yuhua Road Shunyi Beijing Beijing 23 Mar Buy tickets

Weekend Art Market

Bringing together illustrators, photographers, jewellery designers and craftsmen, the art market aims to be a platform for communication and exploration and will feature 15 different artists, with work that spans nature, tattoo, film, photography and more.

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Hotel Jen Beijing , 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie 24 Mar Free

Food and Drink

Save water, drink beer

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World Water Day – Friday 22 March for those you of that need reminding – is a UN day dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of freshwater and ensuring access to clean, safe drinking water for all. To help you celebrate this year, Centro is throwing a party where you can get Tennent's 1885 Lager for just 22RMB when you pledge to change something in your life to help the water crisis (like using less water to wash dishes).

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Centro Lounge & Bar , 1 Guanghua Lu 22 Mar Free

Vegan Cocktails for Cat Tails

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Help rescue cats while enjoying vegan cocktails and burgers. Alongside music and DJs, sip on cocktails from Rollbox while all proceeds go to Tianjin meat truck rescue cats. It's hard to find even more reasons to enjoy burgers and drinks, but Side Street have done it once again.

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Side Street , 113-2 Jiaodaokou Dong Dajie 22 Mar

Cherry Coffee Festival

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Gathering the best of international and local specialty coffee over one weekend, there is something for every coffee-lover at Cherry Coffee Festival. Whether you are a casual drinker or a working coffee professional, be spoilt for choice by nearly 25 coffee stalls, including some of the biggest names in the world of speciality coffee. 

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24H Gear Square Creative Park 23-24 Mar Buy tickets

El Brunch by La Social and Mosto

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Mosto is transforming into La Social for an epic brunch take over and all day party. Enjoy special brunch items from La Social including the heaven-sent Arepas, Cuban sandwiches and cheesy Patacones while sipping on 50RMB Totuma mojitos and 150RMB Colombian mule jars all day.

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Mosto , 81 Sanlitun Lu 23 Mar Free

The Wine Republic Wine Pop-Up

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Winos rejoice: Mosto’s Wine Pop-Up is back and this time they're welcoming The Wine Republic to Mosto from Sunday 24 to Thursday 28 March. The Wine Republic and their master sommeliers will recommend some of their favourite wines at great values. Take the wine home or enjoy as you dine in with no corkage fee. Red and white wine flights will be available for just 120RMB and bottles range from 170-475RMB.

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Mosto , 81 Sanlitun Lu 24-28 Mar Free

Nightlife

Disco for Doggies

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Dancing for dogs? Sounds perfect. Head to Caravan this Friday for a special four-year anniversary celebration in collaboration with The Lost Puppies of Beijing. All proceeds from the evening will go towards a whole lot of puppies that were recently found abandoned at a construction site in Beijing. 

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Caravan , 44 Guanghua Lu (across from the Brazilian Embassy) 22 Mar

Héctor Oaks

Critics' pick

Sonically, what's unique about Héctor Oak's sound is his uncanny sense of producing truly evocative and outstanding works of timeless techno. Powerful, deep, raw and emotive, his style juxtaposes classic and soulful Detroit and Chicago sounds with Berlin’s modern, strong and gritty atmosphere, while simultaneously infusing his trademark of authentic and enthralling melodies. 

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Lantern 22 Mar

Wrong Assessment

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Spinning out of Milan, Wrong Assessment brings his Italian vibes to the city this weekend with a special party at Lantern. Supported by Weng Weng and Rhom Omit, Wrong Assessment heads up the celebrations for Blackout's second anniversary.

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Lantern 23 Mar

Music

Arch Enemy

Critics' pick

Over 20 years in the game hasn't blunted Arch Enemy's penchant for powerful and vibrant metal with their latest album, Covered in Blood, maintaining the incredible level of technical instrumentation the band is known for while adding a new depth of lyricism to their tracks. 

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Omni Space (疆进酒) , 9 Tianqiao Nan Dajie 24 Mar Buy tickets

Stage

Little Women

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Chapterhouse Theatre Company brings the timeless story of Little Women to Beijing. Based on the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott, four sisters - Jo, Beth, Meg and Amy - tell the story of their life during the Civil War in America.

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Nine Theater , 17 Jintaili 21-23 Mar Buy tickets

School of Rock

Critics' pick

With a new score from Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Glenn Slater, book by Julian Fellowes and an incredible cast, School of Rock the musical hits all the right notes.

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Beijing Tianqiao Performing Arts Centre , Building 9, Tianqiao Nan Dajie, Xicheng (西城区天桥南大街9号楼) Xicheng Beijing Beijing 22-24 Mar , 23-24 Mar Buy tickets

Film

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

Critics' pick

Everybrick hero Emmet (Chris Pratt) is still his glass-half-full self, while Lucy (Elizabeth Banks), his Master Builder girlfriend, has become more brooding as their town, now known as Apocalypseburg, takes a beating from Duplo invaders.

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Cinemas around Beijing 22 Mar - 26 Apr

Bohemian Rhapsody

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27 years on from Mercury's untimely death comes the authorised movie biopic to push the Freddie Mercury legend even further into the realm of the unreal. Bohemian Rhapsody is as brash, loud and mask-wearing as Mercury at his most playful.

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Cinemas around Beijing 22 Mar - 21 Apr
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Art

Anusman: Market Street

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The second solo exhibition at Tabula Rasa by independent comic artist anusman, Market Street uses traditional ink painting to convey the nuances of everyday life on Chinese streets.

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Tabula Rasa , 2 Jiuxianqiao Lu Every day except Monday Free

Marina Abramović

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Marina Abramović, a Serbian performance artist who works with video, photographs, sculpture and more, has been exploring feminist and body art for over 40 years. Her pieces challenge the relationship between artist and viewer, calling for her audiences to reinterpret the possibilities and limitations of the body and mind.

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Light Society , No.56, 12 Zhuyuan Lu Shunyi Beijing Beijing Every day except Monday Buy tickets
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