Shanghai Festivals

The modern, fast-paced, cosmopolitan city that is Shanghai, is also an ideal city to get a colorful view into traditional Chinese festivals and events. Old Shanghai and traditional Chinese culture thrive beneath the modern and impressive high rises of the city. Traditional festivals are celebrated hand in hand with modern or Western festivals such as Christmas or Halloween.

See the full list of all Shanghai festivals we have covered below or see our introductions to the recommended Top 8 Shanghai Festivals.

Shanghai Festivals and Events List

7 Best Places to Celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival in Shanghai

Sep. 15 to Sep. 17

Are you in Shanghai or planning to be there for the Mid-Autumn Festival? This information will help you get the most out of the unique atmosphere. Discover Shanghai's Mid-Autumn traditions and choos... 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

Chinese New Year in Shanghai

Chinese New Year gifts Chinese New Year (CNY) or Spring Festival or Lunar New Year is one of the most important festivals in China, and one that should be experienced first hand. Though it is a ... Read more

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