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The best things to do this weekend

Your weekend forecast of the capital's best events

Sister Act
Got no plans this weekend? Not anymore. With another bumper crop of live music, foodie events and off-the-wall parties, you won't be sitting down all weekend.

Things to do

Beijing Hutong Breakfast Tour

Heard about Beijing's hutong alleyways, but not sure what to do or where to go? Join UnTour's breakfast tour and sample authentic and delicious Chinese snacks just slightly off the beaten track. Over the course of three hours, participants will get to eat their way through 5000 years of culinary history and learn interesting foodie facts.

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UnTour Every Wednesday,Sunday Buy tickets

Sunday Sip & Scribble

Whether you’re a beginner or an established scribbler, Sunday Sip & Scribble is a fun and relaxing way to express yourself creatively with chilled music, a glass of house wine plus excellent company. No prior drawing experience is necessary, just head to Pop-Up Beijing every Sunday and give it a go.

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Pop-Up Beijing , 4 Gongti bei lu Every Sunday

Food and Drink

Beer Weekend at MoxiMoxi

Co-organized by the Israeli hutong eatery and two local Beijing breweries, this weekend is all about enjoying quality craft beer with your mates. There are numerous food and drink deals on offer, and for the extra thirsty, they're also offering buy-one-get-one-free on bottles of Arrow Factory Brewing Guanxi Pale Ale all weekend. Lechaim!

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MoxiMoxi , 22 Beixinqiaosantiao 18-20 Aug Free

Yacht Party

This weekend, Slow Boat and East Hotel are teaming up to put on a nautical party, inspired by the Yacht Party Blonde Ale. The boat-themed booze will be flowing at 25RMB a pint (with a free pint for the best-dressed sailor), and there will also be party food at 35RMB a pop, as well as games and prizes.

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The Craft Container , 22 Jiuxianqiao Lu 19 Aug

Vegan Outreach Dinner

Critics' pick

Vegan outreach meals were created with the goal of helping make Western restaurants in Beijing become more vegan-friendly. This month's meal will be a four-course dinner hosted by Ron Mexico. Menu highlights include portobello and smoked tofu with chimichurri, and vegan chocolate cake.

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Ron Mexico , 113-02 Jiaodaokou Dong Dajie 20 Aug

Bottega Jinshang Opening Party

Gourmet Italian eatery Bottega celebrates the launch of their newest branch in Jinshang with a day of delicious food, prizes and live DJs. Hourly drink specials kick off from 5pm, and group lunch and delivery specials will be running all day. Club Paradise DJs and DJ Ludo will also be on hand to keep the party going all afternoon.

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Bottega Jinshang , 20 Xinyuanli Xi 20 Aug

Nightlife

Dash Berlin

Critics' pick

Dutch trance trio Dash Berlin has been in the Top 20 of DJ Mag's Top 100 DJ List for the last seven years running. Fronted by Jeffrey Sutorius, Dash Berlin have created platinum-selling bangers with dance acts like the Vengaboys and Alice Deejay, as well as remixed songs by Justin Timberlake, Janet Jackson and N.E.R.D. 

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Sir Teen , 6 Gongti Xi Lu 19 Aug

Syndicate Sessions

Critics' pick

Syndicate Sessions return to Dada this August with the pioneers responsible for building the night up from its very foundations. Syndicate resident's nights are always stormers, and with new crew member Tsunami taking centre stage this one's set to be no different. Head down and see why this is the longest running night in the capital.

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Dada , 206 Gulou Dong Dajie (below Temple Bar) 19 Aug

Music

Florent Mothe + Mikelangelo Loconte

Critics' pick

French singer and actor Florent Mothe is best recognized for his portrayal of Salieri in Mozart, a l'opera rock. As a solo artist, he creates summery, up-tempo French pop that's fun to bop along with - regardless if you're a francophone or not. 

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Tango , 79 Hepingli Xijie 19 Aug

Cigarettes After Sex

Critics' pick

The Brooklyn-based quartet have developed a devoted following due to music that's been described by Vice as 'elemental, hazy and romantic, but with a noir edge'. Cigarettes After Sex are that rare band that can create a singular mood through their unique brand of brooding, ambient pop.

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Tango , 79 Hepingli Xijie 21 Aug

Stage

Sister Act

Critics' pick

Featuring original music by eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken, Sister Act tells the hilarious and heartwarming story of Deloris Van Cartier, a wannabe diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and is put into witness protection - at a convent.

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Century Theatre (世纪剧院) , 40 Liangmaqiao Lu Every day except Monday Buy tickets

NT Live: No Man's Land (screening)

Critics' pick

Legendary actors Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart return to the West End stage in Harold Pinter’s acclaimed play. In No Man's Land, a conversation between two ageing writers soon becomes a revealing power game, further complicated by the arrival of two sinister men.

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Inside-Out Theatre 05 Aug , 13 Aug , 20 Aug

Art

Hao Jingfang and Wang Lingjie

Critics' pick

White Space hosts artist duo Hao Jingfang and Wang Lingjie for their first solo exhibition at the gallery. Through the use of devices, various materials, science and engineering, the artists continuously explore human perceptions and emotions correlated to the physical world.

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White Space (空白空间) , 255 Caochangdi Every day except Monday

Haute tension

Critics' pick

Curated by Alfred Pacquement, long-term director of the Musée National d’Art Moderne at Paris’ Centre de Pompidou, Haute tension brings a suitably diverse exhibition of eight Duchamp laureates’ work to China, showing off the leading lights of the contemporary French art scene.

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Red Brick Contemporary Art Museum , Shunbai Lu 26 May - 27 Aug Free

Film

Wolf Warriors 2

Directed by and starring action star Wu Jing, Wolf Warriors follows Chinese special forces operative Leng Feng as he enters an African war zone in an attempt to save innocent civilians from Western mercenaries.

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Cinemas around Beijing 26 Jul - 30 Aug Buy tickets

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Beijing walking tours

Discover the hidden streets and histories of the hutongs on these beautiful Beijing explorations

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