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The best things to do this weekend

Your weekend forecast of the capital's best events

It's shaping up to be a slightly subdued weekend in the capital, with the majority of our beloved nightlife haunts and livehouses closed for business over the next week due to the National Party Congress. For that reason, there regrettably won't be a Best Gigs or Top Parties blog this weekend as all scheduled live music and DJ events have now been cancelled.

That being said, there's still plenty to occupy you this weekend! Whether you're after brunch (and lots of it!), ritzy stage productions or indie film screenings, the capital's still got your back. And if you're really hankering for some live music, Blue Note will still be open, while Sofar Sounds will also be making a long awaited return to the capital.

Things to do

Beijing Flea Market

Critics' pick

With more than 35 vendors selling some of the best local designs and crafts from both established and emerging makers, shoppers are sure to find something unique and one-of-a-kind at this market. And if all that browsing gets you peckish, check out the food stalls which will be selling gourmet baked goods, wine and loads more.

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Pop-Up Beijing , 4 Gongti bei lu 21 Oct Free

Russian home cooking class

Welcome to the first official Russian home food cooking class in Beijing. During this class, budding chefs will get the chance to cook iconic Russian dishes such as borscht soup, mimosa layers salad and delicious sirniki cheese pancakes for dessert.

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The Hutong , 1 Zhongxiang Hutong, Jiudaowan 21 Oct

Departing From China With Pets

Join the experts from ICVS as they share step-by-step instructions on how to travel overseas with pets, including microchipping, vaccinations, rabies antibody titre testing and other requirements necessary for a smooth departure from China and easy entry at the destination.

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Shine Hills (Shine City) , 9 Antai Dajie 21 Oct Free

Food and Drink

The 20th Wine & Food Experience

Critics' pick

Last year's event featured more than 400 local and international wine labels and food suppliers from around the globe with over a 1,000 locals and expats attending. This year, a new batch of renowned wine and food companies are arriving in Beijing to display their newest products to food and wine lovers.

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Hilton Beijing , 1 Dongfang Lu 21 Oct Buy tickets

Brunchin' & Munchin'

Critics' pick

This weekend, Hatchery's bringing together your favourite Beijing artisans for some delectable brunching and munching. Expect generous grazing platters, grilled goodness and a decadent dessert station - all washed down with a pint of Jing-A.

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Hatchery , 88 Dongsi Jiutiao 21-22 Oct

011 Brunch & Day Party

Critics' pick

011 is a bi-monthly brunch party that aims to bring together lovers of good music, good food and chill vibes. Made up of two parts, 011 starts off with brunch in the afternoon, then an afterparty till 8pm. With the weather starting to get colder, this gathering's also set to be the last brunch party at The Bookworm's terrace, so don't miss out!

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The Bookworm (书虫) , 4 Sanlitun Nan Lu 22 Oct


Sofar Sounds

Sofar (Songs From A Room) Sounds, also known as the secret gig movement, returns to Beijing this Saturday. Taking pride in curating relatively secret gigs in small, intimate settings, these gigs are a unique chance for music lovers to listen to emerging artists.

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Unspecified Venue 21 Oct Free



Cheng Ran: Diary of a Madman

Critics' pick

For the second exhibition at Galerie Urs Meile’s new space in 798, rising artist Cheng Ran presents a series of eye-catching installation and video works inspired by his time spent in residencies in New York, Hong Kong and Jerusalem.

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Galerie Urs Meile (麦勒画廊) , 2 Jiuxianqiao Lu Every day except Monday Free

Virtual Reality Art

Critics' pick

'Virtual Reality is a new medium that opens an entirely new world.' Farschou's VR exhibition consists of five consecutive sub-exhibitions, each of which will be exhibited for a one-month period for each participating artist: Christian Lemmerz, Erik Parker, Paul McCarthy, Tony Oursler and Yu Hong.

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Faurschou Foundation , 2 Jiuxianqiao Lu Every day except Monday Free


Bulgarian Embassy x Hugoeast Screening: Glory

A reclusive Bulgarian railway trackman finds millions of cash spilled on the tracks and turns them in to the police. When the transport ministry's head of PR Julia Staikova decides to use him as a diversion from a corruption scandal, his simple life falls victim to the grinder of bureaucracy.

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Camera Stylo , 64 Dongsishiyitiao 21 Oct

The Dreamed Ones screening with Q&A

Director Ruth Beckermann revisits the amorous correspondence between two of the most important postwar German-language poets, Ingeborg Bachmann and Paul Celan. Disarmingly raw, and filled with unrestrained avowals of lovesickness, professional jealousy, and regret, these letters chronicle an impossible love.

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Camera Stylo , 64 Dongsishiyitiao 22 Oct

The Foreigner

Critics' pick

In director Martin Campbell's gritty revenge film The Foreigner, Jackie Chan stars as a humble restauranteur left devastated after his daughter is killed during a terrorist attack from the IRA. Dark, brutal and affecting, The Foreigner is a highly compelling political thriller.

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Cinemas around Beijing 29 Sep - 15 Nov

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Critics' pick

Director Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, Lucy) returns to visually spectacular sci-fi territory with a totally bonkers (but ridiculously fun) adventure caper set in space. After a dark force threatens vast metropolis Alpha, special operatives Valerian and Laureline set out to protect the universe.

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Cinemas around Beijing 25 Aug - 24 Oct Buy tickets

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Beijing walking tours

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