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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

Celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival in Shanghai


Customs of Mid-Autumn Festival in Shanghai include worshiping the moon and burning incense. When the moon rises, people set tables in the open air and offer mooncakes, melons, fruit, green soybeans,... Read more

Formula One

Apr. 18 to Apr. 20

Overview F1 is the abbreviation for Formula 1. In China, it is called the Class One Formula Race. The cars, which are made according to the same formula, are called Formula race. Among those clas... Read more

Shanghai TV Festival

Jun. 9 to Jun. 13

As one of the most significant international festivals in the Asian TV industry, Shanghai TV Festival (上海电视节) has perfectly combined awards, the program market and forums into one platform. In rec... Read more

China International Sewing Machinery and Accessories Show

May. 16 to May. 18

Venue: Shanghai New International Expo Center  China International Sewing Machinery & Accessories Show (CISMA) is the largest professional sewing equipment exhibition in the world, cove... Read more

Shanghai International Jewelry Exhibition

May. 10 to May. 13

As the largest jewelry consumption market of China, Shanghai plays a very important role in China’s jewelry industry. Shanghai International Jewelry Exhibition is a platform for jewelers as well as ... Read more

Christmas in Shanghai

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 Beijing and Shanghai. For most people, they celebrate Christmas without... Read more

Shanghai World Expo Memorial Exhibition

Sep. 25 to Dec. 31

300 To mark the highlights of Shanghai World Expo 2010 and recall people’s memories of the Expo, Commemoration Exhibition of Expo 2010 Shanghai China will display the world’s latest inventio... Read more

HSBC Champions

Oct. 31 to Nov. 3

Time: Oct. 31-Nov. 4 Venue: Sheshan International Golf Club, Shanghai, China. (2013) (中国上海佘山国际高尔夫球俱乐部) How to get there: With a valid ticket on hand, you can get a free bus from Qinghu Station... Read more

Shanghai Rolex Masters

Oct.

Time: The Shanghai ATP 1000, also named the Shanghai Rolex Masters, first took place in 2009, and is held annually in the middle of October. It is currently the eighth match of the ATP World Tour ... Read more

Shanghai Osmanthus Festival

Sep.

Introduction: Shanghai Osmanthus Festival is an annual fstival that started in 1991. During the festvial, you can taste different kinds of delicious food with osmanthus in it, you can appreciate ... Read more

Shanghai Longhua Temple Fair

Apr.

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

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 Fitness Festival

Nov.

In order to strengthen Shanghai citizens’ health and evoke their enthusiasm for sports, Shanghai government organizes the festival every year to offer a platform for people to take part in various s... Read more

Shanghai Tourism Festival

Sep. 13 to Oct. 6

Shanghai Tourism Festival is an important tourist festival that is promoted as the people's festival and has the phrase "entering happiness and pleasure" as its theme. It is sponsored by the... Read more

Shanghai Peach Blossom Festival

Mar. 26 to Apr. 20

Location: Shanghai, Nanhui District 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 ... Read more

Shanghai Art Fair

Nov.

Shanghai Art Fair, Asia's celebrated art exchange, with the largest scale, longest history and highest internationalization, is grandly held from November 14 to 17 in Shanghai MART (上海世贸商城). It p... Read more

Shanghai International Arts Festival

Oct.

The classical performance on Shanghai International Arts Festival, one of the top festivals for foreign cultural exchange With the aim of "absorbing excellent world culture, carrying forward Chi... Read more

Shanghai International Film Festival

Jun.

Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) began in 1993, is one of the largest film festivals in Asia, and has been called "the world's fastest growing international film festival"... Read more

The Shanghai International Music Festival

Apr.

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 International Tea Culture Festival

May.

The Shanghai International Tea Culture Festival is a famous cultural event in Shanghai. It has achieved international fame for the diffusion of Chinese traditional culture with a n... Read more

Shanghai International Flower Festival

Apr.

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

Shanghai International Fashion Culture Festival

Mar.

Venue: Shanghai New International Expo Center (2345 Longyang Road, New Pudong District) Introduction: It’s a trade platform for domestic and overseas clothing manufactures to exhibit their newe... Read more