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The best things to do this weekend

Your weekend forecast of the capital's best events

Make the most of the last few weeks of Beijing's warm weather with a brilliant lineup of outdoorsy events this weekend. Whether you're after trekking through the Great Wall for a good cause, catching a local Aussie rules match, or tiring out your kids at a jam-packed family fair, Beijing's got you covered.

Things to do

Rumble in the Jumble

Critics' pick

Rumble in the Jumble is a monthly 'thriftstore-cum-craft extravaganza' where you can find all manner of odds and ends. This month, pin-up hair styles, vintage clothing, antique trinkets and even tattoos will be on offer. Head to Modernista for a crackin' crafty time.

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Modernista , 44 Baochao Hutong 24 Sep Free

Hutong Photo Walk with Tan Siok Siok

As part of this guided tour, acclaimed Singaporean filmmaker Tan Siok Siok will be teaching participants how to capture the best photographs using their mobile phones, share insights on the creation of her latest book People of Beijing, as well as give all participants a free copy.

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24 Sep Buy tickets

Food and Drink

Big Italian Barbeque at Bottega

Head to Bottega Jinshang on Sunday for an an authentically Italian BBQ with all the delicious and boozy vibes you expect from the Italian eatery. While their chefs are grilling away, sit back and enjoy hourly drink promotions plus beats from DJ Ludo V and Club Paradise.

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Bottega Jinshang , 20 Xinyuanli Xi 24 Sep



Mamonahi are a theatre-dance company who combine live music with theatre and choreographed dance. In this performance, the troupe performs two plays while being accompanied by Spanish guitarist Alberto Cuellar, violinist Zou Jiannan and Chinese saxophonist Xu Peng.

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Yugong Yishan (愚公移山) , 3-2 Zhangzizhong Lu 24 Sep


The Heart of the Tin Man

Critics' pick

Drawn predominantly from the M Woods collection and the post-internet focus of co-founder Michael Xufu Huang, 'The Heart of the Tin Man' brings together works by twelve artists consciously revealing, investigating, or subverting current Internet or technological practices.

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M Woods (木木美术馆) , 2 Jiuxianqiao Road Every day except Monday

Virtual Reality Art

Critics' pick

'Virtual Reality is a new medium that opens an entirely new world.' Farschou's VR exhibition consists of five consecutive sub-exhibitions, each of which will be exhibited for a one-month period for each participating artist: Christian Lemmerz, Erik Parker, Paul McCarthy, Tony Oursler and Yu Hong.

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Faurschou Foundation , 2 Jiuxianqiao Lu Every day except Monday


War for the Planet of the Apes

Critics' pick

When Caesar's ape clan is violently attacked by rogue paramilitary faction Alpha-Omega, he abandons his goals for peace and embarks on a brutal mission for revenge. Darker, smarter and highly compelling, War for the Planet of the Apes offers a complex and satisfying conclusion to Caesar's story.

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Cinemas around Beijing 15 Sep - 10 Oct Buy tickets

Spider-Man: Homecoming

Critics' pick

After the thrilling events of Captain America: Civil War, young Peter Parker returns home to Aunty May under the watchful guidance of Tony Stark. Trying to balance his life as a student, Parker soon finds himself having to confront a new menace prowling the skies of New York City.

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Cinemas around Beijing 07 Sep - 10 Oct Buy tickets

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Critics' pick

Director Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, Lucy) returns to visually spectacular sci-fi territory with a totally bonkers (but ridiculously fun) adventure caper set in space. After a dark force threatens vast metropolis Alpha, special operatives Valerian and Laureline set out to protect the universe.

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Cinemas around Beijing 24 Aug - 28 Sep Buy tickets


Critics' pick

Dunkirk is a powerful document of Britain's greatest military defeat, told in stark terms by Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan. Blessed with knockout photography, this film is a staggering feat of immersive terror.

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Cinemas around Beijing 01 Sep - 02 Oct Buy tickets

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Beijing walking tours

Discover the hidden streets and histories of the hutongs on these beautiful Beijing explorations

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