Beijing is one of the cities all round the world that observes International Women’s Day every March 8 (Friday this year). From retreats to banquets to talks, we’ve got you covered with some of Beijing’s best events dedicated to celebrating the triumphs of women worldwide.
“Be You” Women’s Retreat, Mar 9-10
Women need pampering, and what better way to get the ultimate relaxation than joining the Be You Women’s Retreat at EAST Hotel? Get your goodie bags full of surprises from Beijing’s fabulous artisans, join a class with Jindafit, enjoy brunch with free flow bubbles, and pamper yourself with a hair and make-up session, a photo booth, a Berry Thoughtful Workshop, and more! All the rooms for the overnight retreat are sold out, but organizers Pauline of Beijing Mothers’ Guild and Caneisha of Berry Thoughtful Life want to share the fun with every woman with VIP day passes! Adults. Contact Pauline at WeChat ID: paulus155 to sign up for a day pass. EAST Beijing. 22 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. 朝阳区酒仙桥路22号. (8426 0888)
International Women’s Day Concert 2019, Mar 7
The National Centre For The Performing Arts (NCPA) presents a concert of Eastern and Western classics featuring female soloists to celebrate Women’s Day. The concert, conducted by Zheng Xiaoyang and performed by the Beijing Symphony Orchestra, features music by composers including Rossini, Verdi, Weber, and Bizet. All ages. RMB 100-600. 7.30-9.30pm. National Centre For The Performing Arts (NCPA). Visit this page for more information or tickets. 2 West Chang’an Jie, Xicheng District. 西城区西长安街2号 (6655 0000)
Comedy Club China Presents: “Ladies First” Women’s Day Comedy Showcase, Mar 8
Comedy Club China (CCC) hosts another comedy show at The Bookworm, featuring Beijing’s best female stand-up comedians and headlined by the all-female improv comedy group the Beijing Broads! This fun Friday night show will have something for everyone. If you have never seen a CCC show, this would be a great introduction to all things comedy. It will include traditional stand-up, improv, music, and maybe some surprises. Adults. RMB 100. 8-9.30pm. The Bookworm.
Celebrate Women’s Day at Kerry’s Kitchen, Mar 8
Kerry’s Kitchen is running special offers for all ladies on Women’s Day! These include a 38 percent discount on buffets, a welcome cocktail, and a manicure session to make it a full and pampering day out. Adults. RMB 306 (lunch), RMB 338 (dinner). Noon-10.30pm. Kerry’s Kitchen. 1F, Kerry Hotel, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. 朝阳区光华路1号嘉里大酒店1层 (8565 2088)
In Her Power: Female Entrepreneurs Share Their Stories, Mar 8
To celebrate International Women’s Day, Lululemon, The Opposite House, and United Community Partner are co-hosting In Her Power, with four women entrepreneurs sharing their stories. Speakers include Chenxi Ouyang, Bright & Beautiful co-founder; Ashley Gao, the sommelier of The Opposite House; Lili Schloss, lululemon brand ambassador; and Xiaomeng Jia, 5LMeet Co-founder. Enjoy some delicious drinks and hear how they found a balance between work and life. Adults. RMB 60. 3.30-5.30pm. Mesh. Visit this page for more information or tickets. 1F, The Opposite House, Bldg 1, Sanlitun Village, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. 朝阳区三里屯路11号三里屯Village1号楼瑜舍1层 (6417 6688)
Beijing Women’s Day Celebration at Arcade by Hatchery, Mar 8
How can a woman of today make a positive impact in 2019? TSCHub and Arcade by Hatchery bring a panel of distinguished women in different social fields to share ideas and stories. Participants will also get to reflect on the different ways they, as women, can create a greater positive impact on their communities. Men are also welcome to join and celebrate the occasion. Adults. RMB 50. Scan the QR code on the poster to register or for more info. 6.30-9.30pm. Arcade by Hatchery.
The 3rd Annual Schwarzman Women’s Conference “Powerful and Empowered Women”, Mar 8-9
Come and join the Schwarzman Women’s Conference, an informative yet inspiring event, and hear from powerful and empowered women, who will share women’s work and leadership outcomes, making effective career decisions. Speakers include Citibank China CEO Christine Lam, Chinese fiction writer and Hugo Award winner Hao Jinfang, and MyH20 Founder and Director Xiaoyan (Charlene) Ren. Adults. Free. 6pm-noon +1. Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University. Visit this page for more information or to register. 30 Shuangqing Lu, Haidian District. 海淀区双清路30号清华大学苏世民书院 (6278 9437)
Rumble in the Jumble: Femme Festival, Mar 9
The popular Rumble in the Jumble pop-up market aims to take the celebration of International Women’s Day further in their March “Femme Festival”, which honors the beauty, strength, and power within women. Aside from Rumble’s signature community bookstall, and the vendors and artisans who will sell all things creative and artistic, this edition also features activity providers including Black Rabbit Tattoo who will do personalized tattoos on site; a pop-up poet called Boriqua in Beijing, writing customized poetry on the spot; and embroiderer Emilie 工dea who will mend your clothing items for free in her “Surgery for Broken Clothing” session. All ages. Free admission. Noon-6pm. Modernista, Baochao Hutong. (WeChat ID: CharLouise)
Women’s Day Brunch, Mar 9
Join Red Thread at Zerogo for a Women’s Day brunch to celebrate women’s achievements in society. RMB 226 gets you a ticket of the forum, a 10-course meal, a gift bag with lots of surprises, and a lottery where you can win up to RMB 3,000 worth of prizes. All ages. RMB 226. Noon-3pm. Zerogo Global Vegan Delicious. Visit this page for more information or to register. 8-1, Bldg 8, Poly Good Food Street, Poly Central Park, Chaoyang District. 朝阳区望京东园七区保利中央公园底商保利好食界8-1号。(135 2205 0952)
Ladies’ Squash Out, Mar 9
Workout that body during Women’s Day and join a squash class at the Elite Squash Academy. Here’s your chance to learn squash while mingling with other ladies. There’ll be a healthy dinner and a lucky draw with interesting prizes too! Adults. RMB 248. 4-6pm. Hilton Beijing. 1 Dongfang Lu, Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. 朝阳区东三环北路东方路1号 (183 0149 8092)
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