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The best things to do in Beijing this weekend

Your weekend guide to the best of Beijing

It's looking like an absolute corker of a weekend thanks to a jam-packed line-up of food events, parties and just flat-out awesome things to do. Make the most of Beijing's summer scorch and get out there to see what's up.

As well as these highlights, there are many more things to do in Beijing this weekend: explore, enjoy and don't forget to Instagram us your snaps with #timeoutbeijing or let us know on Facebook what you really enjoyed.

Things to do

Live With Less

Critics' pick

This Saturday, hang out with the community while giving away what you don't need anymore and taking what you do. Any clothing, accessories, bags, shoes, household items, book and children's things in good condition can be bought along, with giving and taking not needing to be equal.

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National Art Museum of China , 1 Wusi Dajie 25 May Free

Africa Week 2019

Brought together by Kente & Silk, Beijing's biggest celebration of African culture closes out this Sunday. Make sure you don't miss events such as Art Afrik, Afro Talanta, China Africa Stories and more this weekend. 

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Eating & Drinking

Friday Wine Social

Taking place every Friday until the end of the year, enjoy four hours of free-flow wine paired with tasty nibbles at The Peninsula. Guests can pair their preferred wine – picked from a collection of 50 international sparkling, white, red, dessert and fortified labels – with buffet-style antipasti, gourmet cheeses and cold cuts, and artisan bread.

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Jing Restaurant , 8 Jinyu Hutong Every Friday

American Beer Buffet Pizza Party

Critics' pick

For those not in the know, GLB's American Beer Buffet Pizza Party offers exactly what it says on the tin – shedloads of beer (in this case, 40 American brands to choose from) and pizza. Simply fork out 200RMB and enjoy free-flow beer (noon-5pm, while supplies last) as well as all the pizza you can eat. 

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Great Leap Brewing Lido , 2A Jiangtai Lu 25 May

Jing-Jing Pop-down Party

Critics' pick

Wave goodbye to Jing-A's pop-up beer garden Jing-Jing this Sunday with an all-night happy hour. From 5pm till late, head to the sunken garden at The Opposite House for a full range of Jing-A's core and seasonal brews. Beers are on the house for the first keg and Chinese bar snacks will be served up by Jing Yaa Tang's kitchen. 

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The Opposite House , 11 Sanlitun Lu 26 May

Sunday Aperitivo Italiano

Critics' pick

Buona Bocca's new weekend wine session features three hours of free-flow house white and red wine, prosecco and lambrusco for only 198RMB. Those who purchase the free-flow deal will also receive complimentary nibbles, while anyone who swings by for a spritz or just a glass of wine can also enjoy free-flow snacks from 4.30pm.

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Buona Bocca , Xingfu Sancun Sixiang Xingdong Lu Every Sunday

Music

Rye Music Festival

Critics' pick

Rye Music Festival is back at it again, bringing another round of stellar international and local artists including Scottish shoegazers The Jesus and Mary Chain, Aussie duo Angus and Julia Stone (pictured) and Taiwanese pop stars Jay Chou and Jolin Tsai. 

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Changyang Music Theme Park 25-26 May Buy tickets

Joyce Jonathan

Critics' pick

With several China tours under her belt, as well as her ability to sing in both French and Chinese, 29-year-old singer-songwriter Joyce Jonathan has already developed a sizeable Chinese following. She's now five albums in and her sound has been compared to Tracy Chapman though, to us, she sounds more like a French Katie Melua.

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MAO Livehouse Wukesong , 69 Fuxing Lu 26 May Buy tickets

Nightlife

Francois X

Critics' pick

François Xavier-Zoumenou, aka François X, is a DJ and musician from Paris who's forged his position as an artist of note in the world of electronic music, characterised by his love for warm, earthy compositions. François' own label DEMENT3D (noted by Resident Advisor as a key cog in the French ...

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Lantern 25 May

La Sala rooftop party

Head to Cue's outdoor terrace this Saturday as DJs Granados, Eva Xu, Raffal, Nigls, Rhom Omit and more take over the decks. Enjoy free-flow drinks for 150RMB and snack on delicious barbecue nibbles from Cue. The party's free, but send your name over to Info@toxic-entertainment.com or via WeChat (ID: Toxic-Studio) to register.

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Cue , 19 Dongfang Dong Lu 25 May Free

Tapes vs Vinyl DJ Battle

This weekend, who will emerge triumphant in the ultimate DJ battle of tapes versus vinyl? Expect a night of funk, hip-hop, soul, disco psychedelic rock and everything in between. Beer and food will be available all day with tunes playing throughout. 

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El Nido at The Other Place , 1 Langjia Hutong 26 May

Film

Aladdin

Critics' pick

Disney brings Aladdin to a whole new world in this live adaptation, with Will Smith attempting to fill the very big shoes left behind by Robin Williams. For those of you already familiar with the animation, Aladdin should tread some pretty familiar ground (but we'll nevertheless still be catching it in cinemas).

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Cinemas around Beijing 24 May - 24 Jun

Vegan film screening: A Plastic Ocean

Critics' pick

Touted by Sir David Attenborough as 'the most important film of our time', A Plastic Ocean follows journalist Craig Leeson, free diver Tanya Streeter and an international team of scientists and researchers as they travel to 20 locations around the world over the course of four years, exploring the fragile state of our oceans.

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Camera Stylo , 64 Dongsishiyitiao 25 May
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Stage

Christoph Eschenbach and China NCPA Orchestra

Critics' pick

Christoph Eschenbach, former Music Director of the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC, leads the China NCPA Orchestra and guest flautist Stathis Karapanos in a programme of Mendelssohn, Bach and Ibert this Saturday.

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NCPA , 2 Xi Chang'an Jie 25 May Buy tickets

Art

Leila Alaoui: Ya Rayah

Critics' pick

French-Moroccan artist Leila Alaoui used her photographs and videos to explore identity, diversity and migration. For the first exhibition of her works in China, Galleria Continua presents Ya Rayah, the title deriving its meaning from the Algerian song of the same name, translated as 'O, you ...

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Galleria Continua (常青画廊) , 2 Jiuxianqiao Lu Every day except Monday

Wu Shanzhuan: Today Became a Holiday

Critics' pick

Today Became a Holiday is a constellation with more than 200 paintings, from Hamburg, Reykjavik and Shanghai, that have arrived in Beijing over the course of seven shipments. The concept of logistics as a working method has been used throughout Wu's artistic practice, beginning with the 1989 piece Big Business (Selling Shrimps) right up till now.

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Long March Space , 2 Jiuxianqiao Lu 06 May - 13 Oct Free
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