If you needed signs that springtime and better weather were fast approaching, look no further than a steadily packed events calendar. The season of the arts is upon the city in the form of concerts, exhibitions, music festivals, literary events, and more. Indulge your cultural side at these top events happening in Shanghai. 

March 6 | The Temper Trap

If you were a fan of "Sweet Disposition" off the 500 Days of Summer soundtrack, then you'll like Australian rock band The Temper Trap. They've since released a third album last year, "Thick as Thieves," and look to make their mainland China debut with SOUNDBOX, Live Nation's Asia touring music series. Tickets for the 8pm show go for 288RMB (presale) or 330RMB at the door.

March 10 | Spectacles of Sound Festivus

They're billing it as "a micro-music festival for the rest of us," and their line-up doesn't lie. The diversity of the artist set includes names like Canadian rock trio Braids, Shanghai-based deep beats composer Faded Ghost, jazzy hip hop Shigeto, and R&B talent Nonku Phiri. Early bird tickets at 140RMB have sold out, but door tickets run for 180RMB. Find more info here.

March 10-22 | Shanghai Literary Festival

The two-week-long international event returns to The Bund this month, assembling writers from around the world for poetry slams, talks, panels, discussions, workshops, and more. Since its start in 2003, the focus of this major bookworm draw has expanded from China-focused writing to a broader exploration of architecture, economics, children's writing, food, philosophy, and more. Stay tuned for more details here.

March 24-26 | Wuthering Heights - Chapterhouse Theatre Company

Chapterhouse Theatre Company returns to Shanghai for a recreation of Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights. Whether you're an avid Bronte fan or a first-time inductee, this tale of love and passion becomes an unforgettable theatre experience under the direction of award-winning writer Laura Turner. Since 1999, Chapterhouse has been committed to retelling classic stories in accessible, magical surroundings, and their repertoire spans Shakespeare, Austen, and more. Tickets start at 280RMB, available on 247.

Until March 26 | Song Dong: I Don't Know the Mandate of Heaven

Song Dong, a leading Chinese artist based in Beijing, brings a major solo exhibition to the Rockbund Art Museum that features both his well-known works and specially commissioned pieces, like the eponymous "I Don't Know the Mandate of Heaven" piece. The exhibition spans 7 floors, or "chapters," and uses the building's facade as well. Tickets are 30RMB. More informationion can be found here.