The Museum of Chinese in America (215 Centre Street)
Help welcome the New Year by making handmade decorations to liven up the Museum. Transform the space with colorful, food-themed creations, which will be on display through the annual Lunar New Year Family Festival.
Metropolitan Museum Of Art (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street)
Free with museum admission (Pay-what-you-wish, suggested $25, free/ages 12 & under)
May art bring you good fortune! Mark the Year of the Dog, one of the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac, with performances, live music, bilingual storytimes, Wu-Wo Tea Ceremony & Bubble Tea Gatherings, Hand-Pulled Noodle Demonstration, a scent-focused tour, traditional dancing, interactive gallery activities, and artist-led workshops for all ages.
JCC Manhattan (334 Amsterdam (@ West 76th Street))
Stop by the JCC for Purim-themed art workshops, live music, storytelling and other activities for all ages plus access to indoor playspaces.
New-York Historical Society (70 Central Park West at 77th Street)
Free with museum admission ($20, $6/ages 5-13, free/ages 4 & under
50% off with this link)
Enjoy food, red envelopes, and festivities celebrating Lunar New Year. Many New Yorkers say Gong Hey Fat Choy each new year, but have you also heard Chuc Mung Nam Moi, sur s’dey chh’nam t’mey? Learn about all the ways Lunar New Year is celebrated through food and culture in Southeast Asia.
Sara D. Roosevelt Park (Chrystie Street between Delancey and Broome Street)
This annual spectacle features lion and dragon dancers, floats, marching bands, several hundred schoolchildren from Beijing, magicians, acrobats and more. Parade participants gather around noon at Sara Roosevelt Park, then move to Hester and Mott street where the parade starts at 1 pm, winding though the main streets of Lower Manhattan/Chinatown (Mott, Canal, Bowery, Chatham Square, East Broadway, Eldridge, Hester, Forsyth & Grand St.) and ending back at Sara Roosevelt Park, where the celebration continues until 4 pm at an outdoor cultural festival with food, booths and performances by musicians, dancers, and martial artists.
Rubin Museum of Art (150 West 17 Street)
Celebrating Losar, the Himalayan New Year, and 2018’s lunar sign, the Earth Dog, by painting with the most basic element: earth. Get down and dirty painting with mud and soil. Playing with dirt serves as a nostalgic exploration of the environment. Tibetans have used mud for art-making in the past, and we are reviving this element for the future. Also plant a Losar metok, Tibet’s winter flower. See how the metok grows over time.