TGIF: Make the Most of Your Weekend With These Killer Activities

The weekend is here! Time for fun, relaxation, and recharging the ol' batteries ahead of *gulp* Monday morning's alarm clock. Luckily enough, there’s plenty of fun stuff to keep you occupied over the weekend that doesn't necessarily involve getting blitzed. Our TGIF roundup offers you some of the best.
Pop-Up Fabric Market

Tang Roulou hold a pop-up mercerie – notions store in English – this weekend, stocking everything you could need for sewing, quilting, and fabric-related crafts. They also sell unique, handmade blankets, quilted jackets, dresses, and accessories that come in a variety of patterns inspired by China of yesteryear. Think patterns featuring dragons, phoenixes, and goldfish as well as polka dots and stripes galore. All items 30 percent off. Free. Sep 20-21, 10am-6pm. Jinbaojie 67, Tower B, 502
Filipino Pop-Up Luncheon

Join The Filipino Teachers (TFT) as they celebrate traditional Pinoy (slang for Filipino) dishes this Saturday with a special pop-up luncheon. This event is the first of three scheduled to celebrate the unique and delicious cuisine of the Philippines (the next two are planned Oct 21 and Nov 23). Contact the organizer via (WeChat ID: marlaine) for more details or WeChat ID: zp_princess to purchase tickets. RMB 120 (includes a RMB-20 voucher for a drink from the adjacent Buddy's Bar). 11.30am-2.30pm. Ganges Indian Restaurant (Lido branch)
Japanese Sake-Themed Party

Seven renowned Japanese sake makers will gather at Nali Patio this Saturday afternoon to turn the Patio into a Japanese wonderland filled with drinks aplenty from the Land of the Rising Sun, as well as food, craft items from local artisans, Japanese dance performances, and live music from DJ Joyz and musician Dan Taylor. There will also be lectures and screenings for those are interested in learning more about the history behind sake and how it gained popularity around the world. Learn more about the attendants here. RMB 198. Sep 21, 3.30-9.30pm. Nali Patio
David Hockney Featured at M Woods

The new M Woods Longfusi is now open, and its debut exhibition is dedicated to British artist David Hockney. As well as being an internationally renowned artist, Hockney is especially well-known here for his crucial role in bringing Chinese art to the Western community via his Chinese-inspired collections. The exhibition spans almost the entirety of Hockney's career and even has a decorated roof, which has been transformed into a three-dimensional version of arguably the artist's most famous work: "A Bigger Splash," and where visitors can immerse themselves a social-media friendly version of the piece. Read our full review here. RMB 180 (Tue-Thu) or RMB 220 (Fri-Sun). Tue-Thu, 11am-7pm; Fri-Sun, 11am-8pm. M Woods Longfusi
Hike Through the War Tunnels and the Old Gold Mines

Beijing's rural areas are full of fascinating hidden sites that you could easily drive right past without noticing. One such place is the focus of this weekend Beijing Hikers trip, exploring an old system of tunnels buried beneath a village in Pinggu District. The tunnel system was built in the 1940s as part of a guerilla warfare strategy, and tunnels joined together many of the houses in the village with innumerable hidden entrances and exits. After exploring the tunnel network, the group will follow several of the old trails between villages and finish their hike at Gold Mountain Village, a small settlement named after the wildcat gold mines in the surrounding hills. Sep 22, 8am-afternoon. RMB 380, RMB 180 (children 6-12), book here. Depart from Liangmaqiao Subway

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