Most schools have now opened and out schedules are getting very quickly filled up with school welcome-back barbecues, sports games, and getting back into the rhythm of the school year. Stay up to date with the newest events around Beijing to catch on summers with friends and make the most of the August sun!
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Summer Fun Runs, Aug 25
Ages 12+. Get in shape for the Beijing Marathon in autumn with support from AmCham and United Family Healthcare. Chaoyang Park charges RMB 5 for entrance, but the actual event is free. Event spots are limited and pre-registration and waiver required. 7.30-8.30pm. Chaoyang Park East 5 Gate, Nongzhanguan North Road, Chaoyang District. (email@example.com) 朝阳区朝阳公园东5门 农展馆北路
INN Shunyi Coffee Morning at BSB Shunyi, Aug 25
Adults. The British School of Beijing (BSB) Shunyi is hosting the International Newcomers Network (INN) Shunyi coffee morning at Chatterbox Cafe this month. Join us for this great opportunity to meet other newcomers and old-times in the Shunyi area! We look forward to welcoming you! Find out more details here. Free. British School of Beijing, Shunyi, (8047 3588)
DCB Newcomer’s Fair, Aug 25
Adults. DCB invites all newcomers to Beijing to join the annual Newcomers Fair to learn about living and surviving in Beijing at their Legend Garden campus. Free. Registration required. 9am-noon. Dulwich College Beijing (6454 9068, Flora.Zhang@dulwich-beijing.cn)
Roundabout Book Fair at BSB Shunyi, Aug 27
All ages. Thousands of gently used books for the whole family in many languages and genres are up for sale. All proceeds go to raise funds for Roundabout’s charitable endeavors. Free. 10am-3pm. British School of Beijing, Shunyi (8047 3588)
SuperWab Community Picnic: Hero Time!, Aug 27
All ages. WAB welcomes the entire Beijing community to Tiger Field for a superhero-themed afternoon of fun in the sun that’s bound to be filled with games and activities for the whole family. Food and refreshments from your favorite restaurants will be there, too. Free 3.30-6.30pm. Western Academy of Beijing (5986 5588)
The Bookworm’s Weekly SciFi Book Club, Thursdays
Ages 10+. Attendees of the Bookworm’s weekly SciFi Book Club will read a new short story then discuss it during the meeting. Authors previously covered include Greg Egan, Iain M. Banks, Andy Weir, among others. Free. 8-9pm. The Bookworm (Wechat: Merukaba, Website)
Lin Zhipeng aka 223, Until Aug 28
Ages 14+. Guangdong-born photographer 223 (real name Lin Zhiping) has contributed to numerous creative fashion magazines such as Vice and Vision, as well as shooting for brands such as Converse, Nike, and Bacardi. The Carchangdi’s de Sarthe gallery now hosts his solo exhibition displaying his works, which explore topics of Chinese youth hedonism and going against the expectations of middle class dreams. Free. Tuesday to Sunday every week at De Sarthe. 328-D Caochangdi Art District, Chaoyang District 朝阳区草场地艺术区
23rd Beijing International Book Fair Literary Salons – Never Ending Stories, Aug 20-Sep 1
All ages. Free public lecture put together by Beijing International Book Fair taking place from August 20-September 1. Free. 10.30am-9pm.China International Exhibition Center in Shunyi (website)
Buzzcloud: Creative Friends, Aug 27
Ages 18+. Find talent, projects, jobs, creative products and services in a fun environment! This month’s theme is China, and Buzzcloud will be hosting talks and performances by Kunfu master Fu Bing Li, BTV artist Brenda Lee (cello), exhibition by internationally recognized Artist Liu Yong as well as photographers Mana & Sun Shi and make up by FRAU. RMB 39 (advanced), RMB 70 (door). Register now to get two free drinks by CHEERS! The Place. 24/F, Bldg D, 9A Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (400 040 9229) 朝阳区光华路甲9号地下24层
“Little Truck, Transform!”, Aug 27-28
All ages. Families can get to watch the remarkable performance of the “Little Truck, Transform!” as a way to have kids learn about resilience. Tickets can be purchased online here. Performance durations may vary. Please note: This show will be in Mandarin Chinese. RMB 120. 10am-noon. Holiday Classic Theatre Hall – 东安门大街64号中国儿童剧场4层
Interact with Snow White, Aug 28
All ages. This special rendition of Snow White is produced in Chinese. RMB 80-380. 10.30am-2.30pm. The China National Children’s Center, West Gate, 43 West Street, Pinganli, Xicheng District, Beijing (Book Tickets Here)
Hong Kong Repertory Theatre The Last Supper NCPA International Theatre Festival 2016, Aug 27-30
National Centre For The Performing Arts (NCPA) 国家大剧院 – 2 Chang’an Jie Xicheng District 西城区 西长安街2号.
For adults. Listen to veteran Beijing expats share their wealth of information about Beijing and how to get the best out of your new home away from home at the annual International Newcomer’s Network Arrival Survival meeting. Meet other newcomers and long term residents then head to a Chinese restaurant for brunch. Open to foreign passport holders only. RMB 50. 10am-noon. Capital Mansion Athletic Club (www.innbeijing.com)
Negotiation Bootcamp, September 3
Adults. Rent, salary, business deals, relationships. How well you negotiate determines a large part of the quality of your life. Are you ready to negotiate? Join us for Lead with Words’ all-day Negotiation Bootcamp. Learn the strategies, tools and skills from leaders bringing their international business and multilingual experience in order to help you be an effective negotiator. Register before Friday, August 26 with a friend or coworker and get 15% off and late registration by August 31. Talk to your HR about reimbursement. We provide fapiaos. Language:English. light breakfast, lunch and hot drinks provided.RMB 2,200 (without discount). 8.45am – 5.00pm. Manning International Centre, 2/F, 53 Maizidian Street Chaoyang District.北京市朝阳区麦子店街53号曼宁国际中心3层.
Rhada, Saturdays Until August 27
Ages 13+. Radha’s Yoga classes employ poetry and play, and introduce different yoga asanas and meditation techniques to connect with the body, mind, and spirit. In the coming four weeks, she will introduce four techniques of meditation: breathing based, chanting based, walking based, and laughing based. Maximum of seven people per class, secure your spot. RMB 100. 9.30-11am. Beijing Mindfulness Centre. 44 Qian Yong Kang Hutong, Dongcheng District. 东城区钱永康胡同44号 (132 6181 5599)
Beijing Children’s Acrobatic Show, Until August 31
Ages 4+. This troupe uses acrobatics, aerial acts, farces, magic, and jugglers to bring alive the story of Marco Polo, who first visited Beijing in 1215, but comes back to modern Beijing to view its modern day developments. RMB 180. China’s National Children’s Center Theater, 43 Western Road, Ping’anli, Xicheng District. 西城区平安里西大街43号 (138 0106 7568)
Culinary Market Tour, Every Tuesday and Saturday
All ages. The Hutong leads a culinary walking market tour to help expat residents create their own Chinese kitchen, as well as to get over the intimidation and confusion of the Chinese food market. Registration required. RMB 200. 10am-noon. The Hutong (159 0104 6127, firstname.lastname@example.org)
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Tuesdays, September 6-November 15 with National holiday off.
Ages 6-12. Discover your creative writing skills and artistic nature in the 10-week Autumn Book Program including learning about the elements of a story, graphic design/illustration, and storytelling. Learn teamwork, confidence and expressing yourself through art and illustrations. Tuesdays from September 6-November 16 apart from the National holiday. Sign up before August 31 for additional 10% discount. Healthy snacks provided. RMB 4,288 /per student (RMB 500 rebate if over 8 students enrolled). 4-6pm. R3 Discovery 北京德家沃利探索学习中心 朝阳区 (English address) 金汇路9 中骏世界城D座 B1 层 R080室
Beijing Yoga in the Park, Sundays from May-September
Ages 12+. Planning what to do for the weekend? Include Beijing’s Yoga in the Park! Bring a yoga mat, friends and a smile. Followed by brunch at Moka Bros Solana at 15% discount. No need to sign up, just show up! RMB 30. 9.30-11.30am. Beijing Yoga in the Park. Chaoyang Park North Gate Chaoyang District.Beijing. 北京朝阳公园北门. (WeChat ID: TheresaRae)
Andy Warhol: Contact, Aug 6 – Jan 7 2017
Ages 13+. “M WOODS is pleased to announce Andy Warhol: Contact, an exhibition of groundbreaking film, photography, and interactive installations by one of the twentieth century’s most influential artists. Curated by M WOODS Director Presca Ahn, it is the first in a series of major monographic exhibitions planned at the museum over the next three years. Illuminating areas of Andy Warhol’s practice never before shown in China, Andy Warhol: Contact features a selection of the artist’s Screen Tests, Polaroids, and Wallpaper, as well as his Silver Clouds and the experimental 1963 film Kiss– works which broke the boundaries of contemporary art when they were first made with the new media of Warhol’s time, and still compel viewers today with their extraordinary immediacy.” Tickets may be purchased via Douban.RMB 40 for students, RMB 60 for regular entrance. 10am-6:30pm. M Woods (木木美术馆) D-06, 2 Jiuxianqiao Road, 789 Art District, Chaoyang District. 朝阳区2号789艺术区2号院D-06.
Kung Fu Panda Show, Aug 4 – Dec 31
All ages. Kung Fu Panda show is highly recommended for people who are obsessed with Chinese Kung Fu or families with kids. The whole performance told an obsessive story that some famous martial artists and two cuddly pandas go on a trip to find the true essence of Chinese Kung Fu, featuring martial arts, dance, music, and more in an action packed show, which brings infinite gaiety for kids, even adults. Shows are Shichahai Theatre – 57, Dianmen West Street, Xicheng District, Phone: +8613801067568, 西城区地安门西大街57号
Attraction Show in National Aquatics Centre (Water Cube), Jun 25- Aug 28
All ages. Masterpiece of World-class Creation Team Ushers China’s Audiovisual New Era. The Attraction Show will be in National Aquatics Center aka the Water Cube for a stunningly spectacular performance as big as the 2008 Olympic Opening Ceremony, and I-MAX. noon-2pm. RMB 100. Water Cube – 11 East Tianchen Road, Chaoyang District,北四环中路奥林匹克公园内
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Rise Pavilion: Guinness World Record Largest 3D Printed Structure- Exclusive Walk Through, Sept 3
For teens and adults. DeFacto Beijing invites you for an exclusive walk through of the Rise Pavilion, a 3D printed structure weighing 1.87 tons and standing at 4 meters tall—the structure is being awarded the Guinness World Record for the largest 3D Printed Structure. Find more information here. Free. 3-6pm. Paradise Walk Mall – Paradise Walk Mall, Biomedical Base Subway Line 4 Exit D 龙湖大兴天街购物中心，生物医药基地铁4号线大兴线D出口.
Beijing Women’s Network: Dayday Up Job Fair and Workshops, Sept 10
For adults. Beijing Women’s Network hosts a job fair and workshops for those interested in business expansion and networking with fellow professionals in the technology and creative industries. Click here if this event interests you. Free. 2-5pm.DayDayUp Co-working Space – 22/F, Office Bldg C, Sanlitun SOHO, Chaoyang District, 朝阳区 三里屯SOHO C座 22层. http://www.meetup.com/beijingwomen/events/233136849/
2016 Beijing Dessert Carnival, Sept 3-5
All ages. [Description]. Free. 11am-4pm (Sat & Sun); 11am-8pm (Mon). U-Town Mall – 4/F, Building 2, U-Town Mall, Chaoyang District, 朝阳区悠唐商业广场 2期4层. T
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