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The essential things to do this weekend in Beijing

Your weekend guide to the best of Beijing

Photo: The Bookworm

Things are slowing down a bit this weekend now that Halloween is over. But it’s probably for the better – one can only rage for so long, right? Luckily, this weekend is packed with plenty of unmissable, low-key happenings for you to sober up to.


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.

Bid farewell to The Bookworm

Bid farewell to The Bookworm

After almost a decade and a half being home to Beijing’s literary and cultural scene, The Bookworm has announced its sudden closure this week, leaving a hole in the heart for Beijingers near and far. Despite reasons of its closure remain unspecific except for a supposed ‘ongoing clean-up of illegal structures’, according to its owners, The Bookworm is likely to shut its doors on Monday 11, which means the clock is ticking for anyone who wants to pay a visit in-store. Whether you’re after cheap books, souvenirs to bring home, or just celebrating the good times had under (or above) its rooftop, you can head down and browse through books and gifts that are heavily discounted until November 11, or support the line-up of events that's occuring before the closure, including Comedy Club China's last comedy show

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Gongti Bei Lu (Sanlitun, --select--)
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Pig out with our brunch picks

What brunch should you go to this weekend? Try these 7 in BJ

Nothing says a weekend pick-me-up quite like brunch, which we're certainly spoilt for choice here in Beijing. Don't fret, we've sorted our favourite brunches in terms of what kind of mood you have to be in to indulge. So pick your mood, and head out there this weekend and embrace your inner glutton at these truly tasty, (often) alcohol soaked daytime feasts.

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Take in some art

Mad Camp: It's okay to not be okay

Immerse yourselves in a sensory overload at Mad Camp, a trippy, interactive exhibit which takes viewers through social issues relevant to Generation Y with a series of hyper digitized images, magnified structural pieces, and various multi-media installations. 

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Workers’ Stadium , Gongti Beilu 01 Nov - 17 Feb Buy tickets

Sarah Lucas at Red Brick Art Museum

Need more artistic Inspo? Head to the Red Brick Art Museum for British artist Sarah Lacas’s first solo exhibition in China, featuring more than 100 of her absurd, funny, feminist works in a wide range of mediums which exams gender, sexuality, class and all aspects of identity. 

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Beijing Red Brick Art Musuem , Shunbai Road Chaoyang Beijing Beijing Every day except Monday
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Go clubbin' on these dance floors

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Get an earful at these places

Various venues and times

For gig-lovers, this weekend might seem a little quiet in the city. So why not check out the range of free open-mic or jam nights taking place across the city? Get an earful of tunes that vary hugely in vibes and quality, which should suit every ear type. 

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