It’s the Year of the Dog.
The Lunar New Year, also known as the Chinese New Year or the Spring Festival, begins this Friday, February 16 and celebrates the Year of the Dog. Centuries old, these traditions and themes of reunion, good fortune, happiness, wealth and longevity take place over the course of fifteen days, so there’s a lot of different ways to commemorate the New Year around the city, including parades, performances, workshops and more. Here are a few things to see, do and eat, in and around NYC. Mark the parade and firecrackers dates on your calendar.
Attend the A&T 19th Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade & Festival - Manhattan Chinatown
Check out Chinatown’s annual Lunar New Year Parade for tantalizing visuals, delicious treats and mesmerizing cultural performances, featuring food, and festivities for all ages. The parade winds its way through the main streets of Manhattan Chinatown—Mott & Canal to Chatham Square to East Broadway towards the Manhattan Bridge—on Sunday, February 25 and starts at 1:00pm. Show up early to grab a prime spot along the route.
Get your ears popped at the A&T 19th New Year Firecracker Ceremony and Cultural Festival - Sara D. Roosevelt Park at Grand Street
On the first day of the Lunar New Year, Friday, February 16, the Firecracker Ceremony and Cultural Festival gets popping at 11:00am with performances, vendors and giveaways. Pack those earplugs; the main event is scheduled for noon.
Join the Flushing Lunar New Year Parade Reception - 135-32 38th Avenue at the Historic St. George’s Church, Queens
March in this kid-friendly event with the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce on Saturday, February 17 at 11:00am to celebrate the New Year. Connect and stay warm with hot coffee and donuts at 9:30-10:30am before heading to the parade site together.
View the ”Art of the Mountain“ - 100 Washington Street
The China Institute exhibition, ”The Art of the Mountain: Through The Chinese Photographer’s Lens,” is divided into three sections with 63 photographs by 26 contemporary photographers presenting the geography, history, culture, life and art that is associated with or derived from mountains.
Battle with board games at the New York Go Expo - 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor
The first annual New York Go Expo and competition features nine top university teams from North America battling it out in the classic Chinese strategy board game, Go (also called 围棋 or wéiqí). Attendees can also take part in practice games, coaching sessions, lectures and all sorts of Go-related activities for all ages. Saturday, February 17 and Sunday, February 18, both days starting at 9:00am.
Experience the Museum of Chinese in America - 215 Centre Street
MOCA’s new core exhibit “With a ”Single Step: Stories in the Making of America,” brings to life the Museum’s unique historical content through the evocative use of space that stirs visitors′ emotions and breaks down barriers to deeper learning and understanding.
Chow down on the Taste of Lunar New Year in Chinatown - 215 Centre Street
MOCA also celebrates family, friends, home, togetherness, and food on Saturday, Feb 24, at 1:00pm. This guided tour, which takes place both indoors (at the museum) and outdoors (Chinatown neighborhood), unpacks the holiday traditions and customs observed by Chinese households, including tastings of treats and nibbles that are particular to the new year.
Art brings you good fortune at the Met’s Lunar New Year Festival -1000 5th Ave
Mark the Year of the Dog on Saturday, February 24 at 11:00am with performances, interactive gallery activities and artist-led workshops for all ages.
Tour the Himalayas at the Rubin Museum of Art - 150 West 17th Street.
Celebrate Losar, the Himalayan New Year, on Sunday, February 18, at 12:00pm with an afternoon of art, music and traditional food. Tour the galleries, listen to Himalayan music and explore your future through a number of craft and activities.
Go to Prospect Park Zoo’s Lunar New Year Celebration - Prospect Park Zoo, 450 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn
Fun for the whole family, activities include a self-guided scavenger hunt, fortune cookies and keeper chats about our favorite canines; like the Asian roots of the resident wild dingo. Saturday, February 17 and Sunday, February 18.
Get crafty at the Queens Botanical Garden‘’
Learn about the “Lucky Plants of Lunar New Year” with crafts and performances on February 17 at 12:00pm. From chrysanthemums to jade plants, you’ll find out more about these auspicious beauties, and you can buy your own to take home at the plant sale.