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The best things to do this weekend

Your weekend guide to the best of Beijing

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Get ready to drink that smog out of your body this weekend, or dance it out, or sing it out. We've got a whole lot of events where you can do each or any combination of those things, as well as plenty more. Stay safe though, Beijing, and wear those masks if you can't see the sky.

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

Aidan Killian

Critics' pick

This Irishman is on a whirlwind world tour, with one night only in Beijing. Catch the man who's performed all over the world, with rave reviews from Edinburgh Fringe-goers. His hysterical take on politics, the world, people, economics and more makes his shows rather memorable.

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The Bookworm (书虫) , Gongti Bei Lu 18 Nov

Food and Drink

CBAC Craft Beer Festival

Critics' pick

Plenty of delicious pours to be had at the first edition of the Craft Brewer's Association of China's (CBAC) festival, featuring only independent Chinese crafters in their largest ever gathering under one roof – over 30 brewers from across the country will be here, with beers free-flowing.

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TRB Copper , Nafu Hutong 16 Nov , 17 Nov , 18 Nov Buy tickets

Pinoy brunch pop-up

This weekend, the Filipino foodies from Kusina ni Kabayan team up with Little Creatures to serve up two different three-course brunch menus full of Filipino classics. Choose the Tokwat Baboy menu to enjoy fried tofu with fried pig's ear and chilli dip, cured beef with fried rice as well as a green bean with pork and spinach soup, or the Kilawin Maya Maya menu which features Filipino-style snapper ceviche, chicken and pork adobo with fried rice and a green bean with pork and spinach soup. 

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Little Creatures , Chunxiu Lu 17-18 Nov

Agua's Ten-Year Anniversary

Spanish eatery Agua celebrates its ten-year birthday by bringing back 10 of its favourite dishes, old prices included. Highlights include garlic and chilli prawns (58RMB), suckling pig for three people (398RMB) and a lavish seafood platter for four (889RMB).

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Agua , 81 Sanlitun Beilu 15-18 Nov

Nightlife

Swindle

Critics' pick

Starting with influences from jazz, funk, dubstep and grime, Swindle has gone on to produce incredibly diverse, exciting beats that pay homage to his roots and many collaborations. Rising the ranks of the UK's underground funk scene, Swindle heads to Beijing to bring his pulsing, off the beaten track basslines to Aurora's dancefloor.

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Aurora Club , Sanlitun Bar Street 17 Nov

Rrose

Critics' pick

Rrose transgresses boundaries not just for her approach to rhythmic techno, but also as a moniker for Seth Horvitz's musical alias. Wanting to break the norm of a male-dominated techno scene, Rrose uses her alter ego to perform modern, electronic music with audio extras to cross gender lines and bring the energy and depth of the experimental sounds to all people.

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Lantern 17 Nov

Bear Grillz

Critics' pick

Vaguely anonymous, but revealed to be RJ behind the mask, this hard-hitting dubstep bear has risen to the tops of the EDM tree. Hard beats, sell-out shows, crazy set designs and a questionably-loveable bear costume has made Bear Grillz a must-see in dance scenes around the world.

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Sir Teen , 6 Gongti Xi Lu 17 Nov

Loefah

Critics' pick

Peter Livingston, aka Loefah, was one of the founding fathers of dubstep, especially with his classic tracks 'Woman' and 'Midnight'. However, after spending time searching for the dread in the dub, Loefah moved onto a more grunge scene, now producing heavy bass lines for the UK garage scene.

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Dada , 206 Gulou Dong Dajie (below Temple Bar) 17 Nov

Music

Macondo + Acid Accident

Critics' pick

After almost three years of growing and innovating around Beijing's vibrant music scene, playing in venues like Old What, Temple and School Bar to live houses like DDC, Mao Livehouse and Yugong Yishan, Macondo have finally collated their music together for their first studio album release. They're performing live again with Acid Accident for what is sure to be a night of explosive rock.

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Dusk Dawn Club (DDC) , 14 Shanlao Hutong 17 Nov

Scorpions

Critics' pick

Founded in Germany over 50 years ago, these rockers have enjoyed a half-century of international success. With chart-toppers including 'Wind of Change', 'Rock You Like a Hurricane' (number 18 on VH1's 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs) and 'Still Loving You', Scorpions have won multiple awards, and apparently even have an honorary postage stamp in Brazil. Get your rock on this November and s(t)ing the night away.

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Olympic Sports Center (奥体中心体育馆) , 1 Anding Lu 17 Nov Buy tickets

Four Tet

Critics' pick

Formerly of the band Fridge, Kieran Hebden, aka Four Tet, has since established himself as a solo artist, remixing tracks for artists such as Super Furry Animals, Radiohead and Ellie Goulding. Having recently collaborated with the likes of Thom Yorke and Burial, Four Tet was also nominated for a Grammy last year for his remix of The xx's 'Violent Noise'.

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Omni Space (疆进酒) , 9 Tianqiao Nandajie 17 Nov Buy tickets

We Are Original Creators: Day One

Critics' pick

This two-day music festival heads to Beijing with rappers Machine Gun Kelly and J.I.D. headlining. The We Are Original Creators (stylised WR/OC) promotes young talent in hip-hop. Day one sees VG, Young Gorilla, Bohan Phoenix and many more share the stage with J.I.D.

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Tango , 79 Hepingli Xijie 17 Nov Buy tickets

We Are Original Creators: Day Two

Critics' pick

This two-day music festival heads to Beijing with rappers Machine Gun Kelly and J.I.D. headlining. The We Are Original Creators (stylised WR/OC) promotes young talent in hip-hop. Day two sees Lowson, Young Poc, Ziv, Kucci and more share the stage with Machine Gun Kelly.

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Tango , 79 Hepingli Xijie 18 Nov Buy tickets

Stage

Daniel Barenboim & Staatskapelle Berlin

Critics' pick

With almost 450 years of history and tradition under its belt, Staatskapelle Berlin is one of the oldest orchestras in the world. Daniel Barenboim will lead the Staatskapelle Berlin, which he has been in charge of many years, to bring the complete set of Brahms symphony to the Beijing audience, as well as the symphony of Schubert and Beethoven.

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NCPA , 2 Xi Chang'an Jie 18-20 Nov Buy tickets

Art

Hu Qingyan: Absent & Superfluous

Critics' pick

Since graduating from CAFA in 2010, Hu Qingyan has made a name for himself as a highly skilled sculptor and a great conceptual thinker. His explorations of intermediality push the boundaries of his chosen medium, with playful shape-shifting of form, material, texture and mass.

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Galerie Urs Meile (麦勒画廊) , 2 Jiuxianqiao Lu Every day except Monday

Film

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Critics' pick

This second instalment of J.K. Rowling's wonderful world of wizards follows the story of magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne). When the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) escapes custody – following his capture in the previous film – Scamander is enlisted by Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) to thwart Grindelwald's dastardly plans of a pure-blood wizard world.

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Cinemas around Beijing 16 Nov - 31 Dec

The Miseducation of Cameron Post

Critics' pick

Desiree Akhavan follows up 2014’s lovely Appropriate Behaviour with a tender and gently comic drama about a lesbian teenager dealing with society’s disapproval. Part One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, part John Hughes film, it packs an emotional punch and a career-best performance from Chloë Grace Moretz.

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Camera Stylo , 64 Dongsishiyitiao 18 Nov

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