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The best things to do this weekend

Your weekend guide to the best of Beijing

With the Mid-Autumn Festival coming up next Monday, this weekend is packed with festivals of a different kind: books, plants, music and film fests are just some of the offerings on the Beijing plate this weekend.

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

Mid-Autumn Fair

Critics' pick

Featuring jewellery, home decorations, coffee, wine, books and so much more, The Bookworm's market fair is back to fill your bellies and bags. 

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The Bookworm (书虫) , Gongti Bei Lu 22 Sep Free

FCCC Summer Party

Critics' pick

Join the Foreign Correspondents' Club of China at the poolside in the Polish Embassy's garden. Enjoy gelato by the pool, craft beer and cocktails, two bouncy castles, a Vietnamese buffet by Susu and a live band.

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Ha Ha Land

Critics' pick

Featuring comedians such as Eric Selley, David Jacobs, Nigel Tu and Premium Sly, Comedy Club China brings some of Beijing's best stand-up comedians to Salud this Sunday.

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Salud , Fangzhuanchang hutong 23 Sep

Food and Drink

Pop Plant-Based Festival

Beijing's first-ever plant-based festival set to feature over 100 vegan food vendors, an outdoor fitness festival, loads of live music and an evening afterparty.

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By: Leanne Wong

From the Market to Your Plate

Critics' pick

Head to the sunken garden of the Opposite House this Saturday for a green dinner cooked by a Michelin starred chef. Jérôme Laurent uses local produce from around Beijing to produce a masterful array of green dishes in aid of the Franco-Chinese Month of the Environment.

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The Opposite House , 11 Sanlitun Lu 22 Sep

Amanda Zhang at Little Creatures

Critics' pick

Amanda Zhang, known for her video blog Sex and the Kitchen, heads to Little Creatures this weekend to bring you brunch with a twist: think fresh oysters, coffee-crusted steak and eggs and dark ale roasted chicken, paired with happy-hour priced beers and wines.

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Little Creatures , Chunxiu Lu 22-23 Sep

Burger and Beer Pop-Up

Critics' pick

Shunyiers, have no fear this weekend, the beer and burgers are coming to you. Hatchery’s Common Burger is coming to Shine Hills for the weekend of the 22nd and 23rd of September. Pairing up with Shunyi’s German craft beer hall Keesman German Brau, they're hosting a proper outdoor BBQ with a few bespoke beer milkshakes.

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Shine Hills (Shine City) , 9 Antai Dajie 22-23 Sep Free

Nightlife

East Palace West Palace

Critics' pick

Release your inner freak and head to Zhao Dai this Friday for the ultimate Sino queer party extravaganza. Featuring some of the hottest queens in town, Michael Cignarale on the deck and art by Mate, the evening is packed full of things to take your fancy. 

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Zhao Dai (招待所) , 19 Xinyuanli Xilu 21 Sep

Sikdope

Critics' pick

A man of many talents, Dawid Kabaciński – aka Sikdope – started his musical journey through life playing the piano and sax, before heading up a rock band. He later found his calling to the dubstep world, becoming one of Poland's leading DJs and producers. 

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One Third , 6 Workers’ Stadium West Road 21 Sep

Kshmr

Critics' pick

Kshmr sprang onto the techno scene when he debuted back in 2015 at number 23 on DJ Mag's Top 100. He's now ranked 12 following the release of his first album The Lion Across the Field.  

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One Third , 6 Workers’ Stadium West Road 22 Sep

Salvatore Ganacci

Critics' pick

He's played at Tomorrowland and Ultra, and comes to Beijing this weekend to mix at Neon. Catch his Swedish-genius at Sir Teen for club bangers like 'Dive' and 'Talk'.

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Sir Teen , 6 Gongti Xi Lu 23 Sep

Music

Mid-Autumn Festival Music Party

Enjoy this comfortable weather and Mid-Autumn Festival holiday break with a couple of nights of great music and drinks at School Bar. Line-up includes Pacalolo, Boss Cuts, H.O.G., Joker's Belief and Show Hand. 

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School Live Bar , 53 Wudaoying Hutong 23-24 Sep

Rye Music Festival

Critics' pick

Celebrate the three-day weekend and Mid-Autumn Festival with the Rye Music Festival, featuring Chinese and international bands with metal, indie, rock and psych vibes. Line-up includes The Royal Concept, Hedgehog, Carsick Cars and so much more. 

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Changyang Music Theme Park , West side of Changyang Sports Park (长阳体育公园西侧) Fangshan Beijing Beijing 23-24 Sep Buy tickets

Stage

Cats

Critics' pick

With spectacular sets, breathtaking choreography and of course, the hit song 'Memory', Cats is a musical like no other. Based on T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, Andrew Lloyd Webber's long-running musical Cats is set in a larger-than-life junkyard playground that's home to a variety of feline characters.

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Century Theatre (世纪剧院) , 40 Liangmaqiao Lu 22 Sep - 07 Oct Buy tickets

Mariinsky Ballet: Swan Lake

Critics' pick

Swan Lake forms the basis of the classical ballet repertoire of the Mariinsky Theater. More than a hundred years ago, it was choreographed by Marius Petipa and is considered to be a hallmark of the Mariinsky Ballet. Swan Lake tells the beautiful and tragic tale of Odette, a princess turned into a swan by the spell of a sorcerer. Doomed to spend her days swimming on the lake, Odette is able to transform to her beautiful human form at night.

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NCPA , 2 Xi Chang'an Jie 20-22 Sep

Platform K+K Vienna

Critics' pick

Since forming in 2009, Platform K+K Vienna has breathed new life into unknown or rarely heard pieces of music. The platform idea refers to the artistic mobility and flexibility regarding instrumentation that the chamber music ensemble is trying to create and preserve.

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NCPA , 2 Xi Chang'an Jie 23 Sep Buy tickets

Mariinsky Ballet: La Bayadère

Critics' pick

The much-acclaimed Mariinsky Ballet comes to Beijing this September with their famous La Bayadère. Created by Marius Petipa in 1877, La Bayadère is one of the world's most loved ballets. The ballet tells the story of the love between Nikya, a temple dancer (bayadère), and Solor, a warrior. 

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NCPA , 2 Xi Chang'an Jie 23 Sep Buy tickets

Art

Time Out 50: Covers Exhibition

Critics' pick

Over the years, Time Out's magazines have seen countless fantastic cover designs – some groundbreaking, some risqué, some fronted by world-famous stars – and to celebrate this half-century in the game, we're going to be showing off just a few of the best. Some of the most memorable covers from London's 50 years in print are on show, as well as a look back at our own 14 years in action here in Beijing. 

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Beijing Quanyechang Cultural Arts Center , 17 Langfang Toutiao 22 Sep - 07 Oct

Shōji Ueda: Retrospective

Critics' pick

From the sand-dune landscapes that surrounded his home in Tottori, Japan and inspired by the Surrealist works of Man Ray and René Magritte, Shōji Ueda choreographed and photographed beautiful and bizarre worlds. This exhibition displays the breadth of his modernist oeuvre including his signature black-and-white series and his later high-fashion and commercial work.

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Three Shadows Photography Art Centre , 155A Caochangdi Every day except Monday Free

Film

China Women's Film Festival

As the festival comes to a close this Sunday, head out each day to locations across the city to catch the last few films that celebrate women worldwide. See The Heart on Friday, or Girl Rising and Transit Havana on Sunday, with many more incredible Chinese and international films in between. 

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By: Leanne Wong

Death Wish

Critics' pick

Having been assigned a score of one star out of five by our friends at Time Out New YorkDeath Wish is a film that's so bad it's almost good. Or just straight-up bad. Watch Bruce Willis take on Charles Bronson's infamous role as a meek-family-man-turned-stony-avenger and make your own mind up. 

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Cinemas around Beijing 21 Sep - 01 Nov

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