Saturday, February 1st
Several Lunar New Year celebrations to chose from on the first weekend of February.
Enjoy zodiac arts & crafts, lively dance performances, festive snacks, and timeless tales inspired by Chinese and Chinese American New Year’s traditions at MOCA, the Museum of Chinese in America..
There are two sessions – Both feature the same lineup of special guests and fun activities, so pick the one that fits your schedule.
- Morning Session (10am – 1pm)
- Afternoon Session (2 – 5pm)
Performance tickets for Whirling, Twirling Ribbons and Sounds of the New Year are free with Family Festival ticket purchase, but quantities are limited! Visitors who purchase Family Festival tickets online, in advance, get first access to performance tickets until tickets run out.
- Tickets: $12/person; $8 for all MOCA Individual Level Members. FREE for MOCA Family Level Members & above, children under 2, and Cool Culture families.
- Entry to performances is not guaranteed, even with advance online purchase of Festival tickets.
- MOCA (Museum of Chinese in America) is at 215 Centre St., one block north of Canal St.
Performances, artist-led workshops, and interactive gallery activities include Sesame Street puppeteers, traditional dancing and drumming, zodiac meet-ups, lantern-making, bubble tea gatherings, hand-pulled noodle demonstrations, calligraphy classes, bilingual storytime, and, of course, a traditional Lion Dance.
Appropriate for all ages.
Click here for the full schedule
- 11am to 5pm, FREE with museum admission
- Note that NYC residents get FREE admission to the Met (Metropolitan Museum of Art) with local identification.
Lunar New Year 2020 at the Winter Garden
- Professional artists from the New York Chinese Cultural Center (NYCCC) present traditional Chinese performances including Shaolin Kung Fu demonstrations, Chinese drumming, Chinese acrobatics, as well as traditional Chinese music and dances at this popular annual event.
- The performances kick off with a dynamic Lion Dance throughout the Winter Garden atrium at Brookfield Place.
- 2pm to 3:15pm. FREE
- Seating is first-come, first-served, Early arrival is strongly suggested.
Saturday, February 8
Dumpling Making Workshop at Essex Market
Celebrate the Lunar New Year with one of the luckiest — and most delicious! — foods of all. Dumplings!
Join Essex Market vendor Eat Gai for a hands-on dumpling making workshop to ring in the Year of the Rat.
There’s one one workshop at 10:30am that’s perfect for kids and families, and another at 12pm geared towards adults
- Tickets are $5. Register here.
- Essex Market is at 88 Essex St, at the corner of Delancey
Sunday, February 9
Head to Manhattan’s Chinatown for amazing visuals, delicious treats, and mesmerizing cultural performances.
This grand annual party features all sorts of vendors, food, and festivities for all ages to welcome the Year of the Dog.
The parade starts at 1pm from Sara D. Roosevelt Park at Grand and Forsyth Streets.
Parade Route: Mott Street and Canal Street to Chatham Square to East Broadway towards the Manhattan Bridge, completing on Eldridge and Forsyth Streets towards Grand Street next to Sara D. Roosevelt Park.
- Visit Better Chinatown USA’s website to view a map of the route.
Friday, February 16
Celebrate the Lunar New Year public school holiday with a FREE day of fun at the China Institute in Lower Mahattan.
Activities include storytelling, snacks, games, crafts including a paper lantern making workshop, and a Chinese acrobat.
FREE at the China Institute in Lower Manhattan, 10am to 1pm.
- 10:15AM – Chinese Acrobat Performance
- 10:45 – 11:45AM repeated at 12:00 – 1:00PM – Paper Lantern Workshop
- Registration recommended to ensure space.
- China Institute is at 40 Rector St.
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