Shanghai Festivals

The variety of festivals held in Shanghai each year is like the complicated features of the city itself. Old Shanghai and traditional Chinese culture are kept beneath the modern and impressive rises of the city. Traditional festivals are celebrated, along with introduced festivals such as Christmas Day.

China Highlights has listed below the most famous festivals in Shanghai. Check this page to see if your travel dates coincide with a festival. If you want to experience one of these festivals, contact us or let us customize a tour for you that combine one of the festivals with the best of Shanghai.

Shanghai Festivals and Events List

Shanghai International Flower Festival

Mar. 29 to Apr. 27

Organized by Shanghai government, the aim of the festival is to show the distinctive beauty of different kinds of flowers, which play an important role in citizens’ daily life, and the whole ci... Read more

The Shanghai International Music Festival

Apr. 28 to May. 18

The Shanghai International Music Festival was founded in 2001 as a way to celebrate music in all of its forms in China's largest city. It was created when the Shanghai International Radio Music F... Read more

Shanghai Peach Blossom Festival


Since 1991, Shanghai has had a peach blossom festival during March and April in the big Nanhui District. This festival combines enjoying the peach trees with appreciating Chinese culture. So along ... Read more

Shanghai International Music Fireworks Festival

Sep. 30 to Oct. 6

Shanghai International Music Fireworks Festival originated in 2000 and has been held on the National Day every year in Shanghai Century Park. It is one of the most influential inte... Read more

Shanghai Longhua Temple Fair

Apr. 9 

Shanghai Longhua Temple Fair is the largest traditional temple fair in Shanghai. It has a long history, and is held ceremoniously on the 3rd day of the 3rd month of Chinese calendar. It has no... Read more

Christmas in Shanghai — Xmas Markets, Meals, Bars

Dec. 1 to Jan. 1

Although Christmas is not a public holiday in China, it has become more and more popular, especially in large cities like Shanghai. For most people, they celebrate Christmas without much r... Read more

6 Best Places to Celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival in Shanghai

Sep. 15 to Sep. 17

Eating Mooncakes with families is an important custom of the Mid-Autumn Festival. Customs of Mid-Autumn Festival in Shanghai include worshiping the moon and burning incense. When the moon rises,... Read more