Lunar New Year Celebrations

Ring in the Year of the Pig with colorful Chinese and other Asian New Year celebrations. Brave the crowds for spectacular Firecracker Ceremony And Cultural Festival (Feb 5) and Lunar New Year Parade And Festival (Feb 17) in Chinatown or follow the Flushing Lunar New Year Parade (Feb 9). Also many smaller, family-focused celebrations at museums and cultural institutions around town.

** Other options for a school vacation day include taking advantage of 2-for-1 Must-See Week to visit family-friendly exhibitions and pop-ups & public art. **


Events This Week | Weekend Agendas


Year of the Pig Installation

Tuesday, February 5–Thursday, February 28, 10:00 am–9:00 pm
The Shops at Columbus Circle ~ 10 Columbus Circle ~ Midtown
FREE
See a festive floral pig in the lobby of the shopping center, which hosts special holiday promotions, and lucky giveaways all month (plus get noodles at new branch of Momofuku Noodle Bar).

Lunar New Year Celebration

Tuesday, February 5, 11:00 am–2:00 pm
Museum of the City of New York ~ 1220 Fifth Avenue at 105th Street ~ Upper East Side
Get 2 tickets for $15
Ring in the Lunar New Year and celebrate the coming of the Year of the Pig. Join guest autho, Michele Wong McSween for a reading of her book My First Mandarin Words with Gordon & Li Li  (11:15 am). Visit the exhibition Interior Lives: Contemporary Photographs of Chinese New Yorkers to…

Lunar New Year Firecracker Ceremony And Cultural Festival

Tuesday, February 5, 11:00 am–3:30 pm
Sara D. Roosevelt Park ~ Chrystie Street between Delancey and Broome Street ~ West Village/East Village
FREE
This annual cultural celebration features traditional dancing, drumming and Chinese food stands, plus 600,000 rounds of firecrackers in the shape of a dragon going off at noon.

Lunar New Year in Prospect Park

Tuesday, February 5, 12:00 pm–4:00 pm
Lefferts Historic House ~ 452 Flatbush Avenue ~ Brooklyn
FREE
Join Prospect Park Alliance on Lunar New Year for family-friendly programs at Lefferts Historic House and the Prospect Park Audubon Center including nature exploration, animal encounters, and paper lantern and good luck paper crafts.

Make a Wish on Madison Avenue

Saturday, February 9–Saturday, February 16, All Day
Madison Avenue ~ Madison Ave from 76th to 54th streets ~ Upper East Side
FREE
Since ancient times, hanging wishes on wishing trees for the New Year is synonymous with luck and good fortune, and is believed to encourage dreams to come true. From February 9-16, participating East Midtown Partnership retailers will be giving away traditional wishing ribbons that shoppers can then hang, tie, or toss on…

Flushing Lunar New Year Parade & Reception

Saturday, February 9, 9:30 am–1:00 pm
Flushing Meadows Corona Park ~ 11101 Corona Ave ~ Queens
FREE
Celebrate the year of the pig in Flushing at a parade featuring traditional Chinese costumes, floats, dancing and Lion Dances. The crowded extravaganza starts at 11 am at Union Street & 37th Ave and ends at Main Street & 39th Ave. From 9:30 to 10:30 am, gather at historic St.…

Celebrate Love & Lunar New Year at Bloomingdale's

Saturday, February 9, 11:00 am–5:00 pm
Bloomingdale’s ~ 59th Street & Lexington Ave, ~ Upper East Side
FREE
Celebrate the Lunar New Year plus Valentines & Galentines while shopping in a festive environment. Receive a red envelopes filled with prizes and enjog a traditional lion dance performance. Eva Chen reads and signs her newest book, A is for Awesome plus enjoy treats, activities, crafts, illustrated portraits by Darcy…

Lunar New Year Festival: Year of the Pig

Saturday, February 9, 11:00 am–5:00 pm
Metropolitan Museum Of Art ~ 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street ~ Upper East Side
Pay-what-you-wish, suggested $25, free/ages 12 & under
May art bring you good fortune! Mark the Year of the Pig, one of the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac, with performances, live music, bilingual storytimes, Sesame Street Muppeteers, Wu-Wo Tea Ceremony & Bubble Tea Gatherings, Hand-Pulled Noodle Demonstration, textured mud painting, Korean Paper Doll Making, traditional dancing, interactive…

Queens Botanical Garden Lunar New Year Celebration

Saturday, February 9, 12:00 pm–4:00 pm
Queens Botanical Garden ~ 43-50 Main Street ~ Queens
FREE
Celebrate the Year of the Pig at Queens Botanical Garden with Lunar New Year themed crafts, performances, workshops, and activities for the whole family including origami, red envelope decorating, paper cherry blossoms, paper lantern making, Zodiac Animal Face Painting ($5), 12 to 12:30pm & 3 to 3:30pm, Sumi Ink Workshops…

Chinese New Year Celebration

Saturday, February 9, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm
Central Library of the Brooklyn Public Library ~ 10 Grand Army Plaza ~ Brooklyn
FREE
See the artists of the renowned Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company dance in colorful Chinese costumes accompanied by the sound of authentic Chinese instruments in celebration of the arrival of the Year of the Pig. Put on something red and bring the whole family to experience the beautiful dances from one…

Moon Over Manhattan! Celebrate Lunar New Year

Saturday, February 9, 1:00 pm–5:00 pm
Asia Society ~ 725 Park Avenue at East 70th Street ~ Upper East Side
$12/adults, $5/students, seniors, & ages 15 and under
Asia Society rings in the Year of the Pig with performances and traditional craft activities inspired by Lunar New Year traditions across Asia. Activities include Lion Dances, kung fu demonstrations, musical performances, shadow puppet making with Chinese Theater Works, Tibetan butter sculpture, clay dog charm making and more.

Lunar New Year At Brookfield Place

Saturday, February 9, 1:30 pm–2:45 pm
Brookfield Place ~ 220 Vesey Street ~ Lower Manhattan
FREE
Ring in the Lunar New Year with a family-friendly performance presented by Arts Brookfield in partnership with the New York Chinese Cultural Center.?The afternoon begins with a festive Lion Dance (1:40pm) that will move from the Oculus Westfield World Trade Center through Brookfield Place and into the Winter Garden. At…

Make Korean Paper Pojagi

Saturday, February 9, 2:00 pm–3:00 pm
Flushing Town Hall ~ 137-35 Northern Blvd. ~ Queens
$10, $5/kids
Learn how to make a single layer paper Pojagi using 5 colors (Red, Blue, Yellow, White and Black) of Asian rice paper and glue with contemporary Pojagi artist Wonju Seo, whose work is on display in Tradition Meets Modern Beauty. This paper Pojagi can either be displayed as art or…

Chinese New Year Family Festival

Sunday, February 10, 11:00 am–3:00 pm
China Institute In America ~ 100 Washington Street ~ Lower Manhattan
$20, $5/kids
Kick off the Year of the Pig at China Institute with a lion dance followed by New Year-themed workshops and activities including dumpling making, lantern-making, Music at China Institute workshops, face painting, New Year treats, games, and a special music performance by the Stephanie Chou Trio.

Carnival SouSou! | Our Carnival Traditions

Sunday, February 10, 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute ~ 120 East 125th Street ~ Harlem/Upper Manhattan
FREE
Experience Caribbean l Carnival traditions, from Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Carnaval do Brasil, to Mas’ in Trinidad. Enjoy Carnival centered storytelling with the characters of Callaloo Kids, a Trinidad inspired headdresses workshop, and an electrifying Brazilian samba dance workshop.

Pelham Art Center’s Folk Arts Series: Chinese New Year Celebration, Performance & Workshops

Sunday, February 10, 1:30 pm–3:30 pm
Pelham Art Center ~ 155 Fifth Avenue ~ Westchester
FREE
Celebrate the Year of the Pig with free, family-friendly activities. At 1:30 pm, see the wild Lion Dance performed by members of Kwan’s Kung Fu to clear the air for a fantastic new year. After an educational and historical introduction, the giant lion, led by drum rhythms, makes its way…

MOCAKIDS: Lunar New Year Storytime

Thursday, February 14, 3:30 pm–4:30 pm
Museum Of Chinese In America ~ 215 Centre Street ~ Lower Manhattan
$10, $5/seniors, students & ages 2–18, free/ages 1 & under
Join a MOCA educator for a festive New Year’s storytime. Hear classic Lunar New Year legends as well as newer stories about the holiday. Songs, finger-plays, and more interactive fun round out the program. Bilingual in English and Mandarin; everyone from native speakers to those seeking their first exposure to…

Lunar New Year Family Festival

Saturday, February 16, 10:00 am–1:00 pm
Museum Of Chinese In America ~ 215 Centre Street ~ Lower Manhattan
$12,$8/ages 2-18, free/kids under 2
Celebrate Chinese and Chinese American traditions and folk arts with zodiac themed arts & crafts, festive music and dance performances including a a Lion Dance and ribbon dance Workshop, teaching artist demonstrations, storytelling and more family fun.

Year of Abundance: A Lunar New Year Celebration

Saturday, February 16, 4:00 pm–8:00 pm
Abrons Arts Center ~ 466 Grand Street (at Pitt Street) ~ Lower Manhattan
FREE
Abrons Arts Center, Wing on Wo’s W.O.W Project, and Yellow Jackets Collective bring in the “Year of the Pig” with a celebration featuring live performances, lion dances, art activities, karaoke, DJ sets and refreshments from local restaurants.

Chinese New Year Temple Bazaar

Sunday, February 17, 11:00 am–5:00 pm
Flushing Town Hall ~ 137-35 Northern Blvd. ~ Queens
$5
Enjoy performances, art-making, lantern making, and food to celebrate the Year of the Pig in an ode to the Chinese tradition of celebrating  the Lunar New Year in temple fairs  Add to the community Red Envelope Show.

Losar Family Day: Celebrate The Year of the Earth Pig

Sunday, February 17, 12:00 pm–4:00 pm
Rubin Museum of Art ~ 150 West 17 Street ~ Chelsea/Meatpacking
FREE
Celebrate Losar, the Himalayan New Year, and the the year of the Earth Pig, with an afternoon of art. Learn about traditional Losar celebrations, explore the galleries, listen to Himalayan music and create thematic art projects. Combine art and science to make a sparkling stone geode that embodies the Earth…

Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade And Festival

Sunday, February 17, 1:00 pm–4:00 pm
Sara D. Roosevelt Park ~ Chrystie Street between Delancey and Broome Street ~ West Village/East Village
FREE
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…

Vietnamese Lunar New Year

Sunday, February 17, 1:00 pm–4:00 pm
New-York Historical Society ~ 70 Central Park West at 77th Street ~ Upper West Side
$10, $3/ages 5-12, free/ages 4 & under
Celebrate the Lunar New Year (T?t Nguyên ?án, often shortened to T?t), the biggest national holiday in Vietnam celebrating the arrival of spring and the first day of the new lunar year. The Vietnam Heritage Center hosts performances, children's activities, cultural learning opportunities and traditional food.

Decorate For Lunar New Year With Think!Chinatown Artists

Sunday, February 17, 2:00 pm–4:00 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street ~ 12 Eldridge Street ~ Soho/Tribeca/LES
FREE
Join Museum at Eldridge Street and Think!Chinatown to celebrate the Lunar New Year and Lantern Festival. In the historic sanctuary at 12 Eldridge Street, the T!C team will guide participants, young and old, through decorating lanterns with paint and ink using stencils, stamps or free hand brushwork. Lanterns will then…

Lunar New Year 2019 with Asian Performing Arts

Friday, February 22, 4:30 pm–5:15 pm
Sunset Park Library ~ 4201 Fourth Avenue ~ Brooklyn
FREE
Celebrate Lunar New Year with Asian Performing Arts' Chinese cultural program including Chinese ethnic dances, songs, martial arts and a ribbon dance demo with audience participation.

Celebrate the Year of the Pig with Music, Dance, Arts, and Food

Sunday, February 24, 12:30 pm–3:30 pm
Queens Library – Flushing ~ 41-17 Main Street ~ Queens
FREE
Celebrate the Lunar New Year with Chinese Dough Figure Making with Artist Catherine Lau, Korean Food Preparation with Korean Chef Soh Young Lee-Segredo and Chinese Folk Music, Dance, and Traditional Opera with the C&R International Arts Center.


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Bringing In the New Year
Bold, gloriously patterned illustrations and simple text tell the story of a Chinese American family preparing for Lunar New Year – sweeping out the dust of the old year, hanging decorations, making dumplings then celebrating with fireworks and lion dancers, shining lanterns, and a colorful dragon parade.

My Lucky Little Dragon
Commemorate the Lunar New Year by reading to the little dragon in your life. Kids will love the bright, bold illustrations of a happy little horsey, snuggly little lamb, and brave little tiger (and the mirror on the last page showing the cutest creature of all).