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The best things to do in Beijing this weekend

Your weekend guide to the best of Beijing

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We're hoping that as St Patrick's Day turns city revellers green this weekend, this fantastic weather holds up and the sky remains it's gorgeous Beijing blue. Get out and about with these top picks, from comedy to stage shows, flea markets to art exhibitions.

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

How to celebrate St Patrick's Day in Beijing

Yes, it's that time of the year again. The smog lifts a little, the flowers are about to blossom and we all gather to celebrate a fifth-century Romano-British sheepherder. Honour the great man by cracking out the green velour, rinsing out that stolen Guinness mug from last year and checking out Time Out Beijing's recommendations for celebrating St Patrick's Day in the capital.

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Food and Drink

Meet the Winemakers

Critics' pick

The Merchants are challenging common stereotypes of Chinese wineries. Throughout March, three young visionaries – who share a passion for wine – will lead masterclasses and a wine dinner to showcase their wines and passion. This Sunday, meet Howard Kwok, whose family owns Bordeaux wineries (and are the only Chinese family to own a Grand Cru Classe). 

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The Merchants , 77 National Art Museum Backstreet Every Sunday , 24 Mar

Film

Captain Marvel

Critics' pick

It's no coincidence that Captain Marvel is being released worldwide on International Women's Day. The sci-fi ass-whoopin' film will see new leading female superhero Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) become Captain Marvel to save Earth from an intergalactic war between two alien races.

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Cinemas around Beijing 08 Mar - 07 Apr
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Art

Exhibition: Lost Wings by Julia Hofmann

Critics' pick

Lost Wings relates to small children’s natural attitude to life: the almost infinite joy, absorbing new experiences like a sponge, the anger that comes when it comes and goes when it goes. Through multiple exposure and selective focus, a poetic reality is created which portrays these strong feelings. The observation of the habits of children sent the photographer on a search for the feelings of her own childhood.

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Café Zarah , 46 Gulou Dong Dajie 14 Mar - 17 Apr , 15 Mar Free

Marina Abramović

Critics' pick

Marina Abramović, a Serbian performance artist who works with video, photographs, sculpture and more, has been exploring feminist and body art for over 40 years. Her pieces challenge the relationship between artist and viewer, calling for her audiences to reinterpret the possibilities and limitations of the body and mind.

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Light Society , No.56, 12 Zhuyuan Lu Shunyi Beijing Beijing Every day except Monday Buy tickets
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