NYC – Chinese Lunar New Year Events – 4716 Year of the Dog – New York City

NYC – Chinese Lunar New Year Events – 4716 Year of the Dog – New York City2018-02-12T20:40:47+00:00


Lunar New Year – Year of the Dog in NYC

NYC Celebratory Events in Chinatown and other NYC locales

Acrobats performing for the Chinese Lunar New Year in Manhattan’s Chinatown.

Mid February, 2018

Year of the Dog, 4716
Please be sure to scroll through this entire page, since it’s not all in chronological order.
Also, we’ll be there in Chinatown to snap photos and take videos of the Dragon Dances and other celebrations! It’ll be lot’s of fun with much in store for everyone!

Fireworks Off The Hudson

Supposedly: Wednesday, February 14, 2018

  • Last Year: Hudson River – Pier 84 around West 44th Street
  • This Year: According to a couple of sources the fireworks will once again take place on February 14, 2018.

The following is from a previous year:

Fireworks Spectacular Over the Hudson: Multiple barges on the Hudson had launched a true fireworks spectacular on February 6th, 2015. Designed and organized by CAFA, and executed by world-renowned Fireworks by Grucci, the display, titled “The Voice of Fantasy”, utilized groundbreaking firework designs from CAFA and a live simulcast of music by Tan Dun to tell a New Year’s story of celebration and conservation. We’ve been in touch with Grucci and are awaiting word of a possible upcoming Fireworks Display in celebration of the Lunar New Year.
Last year the fireworks took place on January 26, once again over the Hudson River.

Also, have a look at this additional page with other listings of related events taking place on a previous year so’s to give you an idea of other events and such.

Lions and Dragons are in the streets of Lower Manhattan’s Chinatown.

Lunar New Year Parade + Lion / Dragon Dances

  • Saturday, Febuary 16, 2018
    11:00 am – 3:30 pm
    Taking place at Sara Roosevelt Park (Grand St & Chrystie St) in Chinatown
  • Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade and Festival
    Sunday, February 25, 2018
    12:00 noon to 4:30 pm
    Along Mott Street from Hester to Worth Street; Along Division to Eldridge Street; Along Eldridge to Hester Street; Over to Forsythe Street; Along Forsythe to Grand Street.
  • Lantern Festival in Sunset Park
    Details yet come…
    There will be cultural performances, martial arts, lion’s dancing, art and crafts, calligraphy, giveaways, free popcorn, cotton candy, and social services booths.

Chinese New Year Festivities at the China Institute

  • Lunar New Year for Kids :: China Institute Downtown Location
    Friday, February 16 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
    40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006
    Celebrate the Lunar New Year public school holiday with a free day of fun. Activities include storytelling, crafts, snacks, games, and a Chinese acrobat!
  • Chinese New Year Family Festival :: China Institute Downtown Location
    Sunday, February 25 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
    General Admission: Free
    Ticketed Workshops: Member: Adult $15, Children $5; Non-Member: Adult $20, Children $5
    Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006
    Kick off the Year of the Dog with China Institute’s signature New Year Celebration for families. The festival opens with a lion dance followed by New Year-themed workshops and activities including dumpling making, storytelling, lantern-making, face painting, and a special Year of the Dog puppet show. Featuring as well a Lion Dance.

All dressed up for the Chinese Lunar New Year Celebrations in NYC.

Asia Society

  • Family Day: Moon Over Manhattan — Celebrate the Lunar New Year 2018!
    Celebrate the Year of the Dog!
    Saturday, February 17, 2018
    1:00 – 5:00 pm
    Asia Society
    725 Park Avenue
    New York, NY 10021Asia Society rings in the Year of the Dog with performances and traditional craft activities inspired by Lunar New Year traditions across Asia. Activities will include a Lion Dance and kung fu demonstration, musical performances, and more.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

  • Lunar New Year Festival: Year of the Dog
    At the Metropolitan Museum of Art
    Saturday, February 24
    11:00 am – 5:00 pm
    May art bring you good fortune! Mark the Year of the Dog, one of the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac, with performances, interactive gallery activities, and artist-led workshops for all ages.

Crowds are in Chinatown enjoying the Chinese Lunar New Year Festivities.

Bronx Museum of the Arts

  • Details Yet To Come…

Brookfield Place (Winter Garden)

NY Historical Society

  • Celebrate Lunar New Year and the Year of the Dog
    At the NY Historical Society
    Sunday, February 25th, 2018
    1:00 – 3:00 pm
    Free With Museum Admission
    All Ages
    Join them for 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? In conjunction with our exhibition The Vietnam War: 1945–1975, learn about all the ways Lunar New Year is celebrated through food and culture in Southeast Asia.

NY Philharmonic

  • NY Philharmonic Lunar New Year Concert and Gala
    Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 7:30 pm
    Celebrate the Lunar New Year with the New York Philharmonic. Experience Beethoven’s grand Choral Fantasy — reminiscent of his “Ode to Joy” — with 13-year-old pianist Serena Wang and the Farmers’ Chorus of the Yunnan Province — farmers from the mountains of southern China, appearing outside China for the first time ever. And they “play” Ricochet,featuring ping pong champions, violin, and percussion.

In New York City’s Parks

Saturday, February 10

  • Lunar New Year Tinker Fest
    at Lewis H. Latimer House (in Lewis H Latimer House) , Queens
    1:30 – 4:30 pm
    Celebrate the Year of Dog with some Lunar New Year-themed, hands-on arts and crafts activities at the home of self-taught African American inventor Lewis H. Latimer.
  • Chinese New Year Celebration
    at Building P (in Snug Harbor Cultural Center) , Staten Island
    2:00 – 4:30 pm
    Join them as they welcome the Year of the Earth Dog with a Chinese New Year Celebration! Adults and children alike will enjoy treats, tales, and traditional crafts.

Sunday, February 11

  • Lunar New Year Film Screening: Joy Luck Club
    at Lewis H Latimer House , Queens
    2:30 – 5:00 pm
    Based on Amy Tan’s novel under the same title, the film is about the relationships between four Chinese-American women and their Chinese mothers living in San Francisco.

Friday, February 16

  • Lunar New Year: 19th New Year Firecracker Ceremony and Cultural Festival
    at Grand Street at Chrystie Street (in Sara D. Roosevelt Park) , Manhattan
    11:00 – 3:30 pm
    Celebrate the first day of the Lunar New Year at the Firecracker Ceremony and Cultural Festival! There will be performances and vendors.
  • Lunar New Year in Prospect Park
    at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn   , Children’s Corner (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn
    12:00 – 4:00 pm
    Join Prospect Park Alliance on Lunar New Year for family-friendly programs at Lefferts Historic House and the Prospect Park Audubon Center.

Saturday, February 16

  • Lunar New Year Celebration
    at Queens Botanical Garden , Queens
    12:00 – 4:00 pm
    Celebrate the Year of the Dog at QBG with crafts and performances. Learn about the Lucky Plants of Lunar New Year and buy a plant to take home!

Sunday, February 18

  • Chinese New Year: Year of the Dog
    at Greenbelt Nature Center (in Blood Root Valley) , Staten Island
    11:00 am – 2:00 pm
    Celebrate the Year of the Dog with activities to promote safe, fun, and playful ways to spend time with pets outdoors.

Wednesday, February 21

  • Chinese New Year
    at Lost Battalion Hall Recreation Center , Queens
    9:30 am – 3:00 pm
    Join NYC Parks for a day of ballroom dance, belly dance, and folklore dance performances, vocal performances, light breakfast and lunch, and more!

Sunday, February 25

Queens Libaries

Lunar New Year Parade in Queens Libraries
Various Events taking place at locations at Queens Librar(ies) or in relation to the Queens Library:

  • Chinese Calligraphy Banners
    Friday, February 2 @ 4pm
    312 Beach 54 Street
    Children will make special decorations to welcome in the Chinese New Year just like “The Year of the Dog” and “Bringing in the New Year”. They will make their own New Year banners with Chinese calligraphy.
  • Chinese New Year Performance
    Saturday, February 3 @ 2:30pm
    Forest Hills
    108-19 71 Avenue
    Join them for a memorable performance by the singing group and Silver dancing group of the Austin Senior Center with special guest Ying Tang to celebrate Chinese New Year.
  • Chinese ZhiQing Association of the USA presents: Chinese New Year Celebration
    Sunday, February 4 @ 1pm
    41-17 Main Street
    The Chinese ZhiQing Association of the USA will host a performance to celebrate Chinese New Year at Flushing Library. They are well-known in the Chinese community. At the performance there will be choruses, solos, duets, dances and others. *Auditorium, Lower Level*
  • A Dog’s Purpose Film Screening
    Monday, February 5 @ 6pm
    Long Island City
    37-44 21 Street
  • Learn Basic Conversational Chinese
    Mondays, February 5, 12, 26 @ 7pm
    92-25 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Beach
    Learn how to say “Happy Lunar New Year” in Chinese! This three-week series will focus on basic phrases and vocabulary in Mandarin Chinese.
  • A Dog’s Purpose Film Screening
    Wednesday, February 7 @ 4:15pm
    Kew Gardens Hills
    72-33 Vleigh Place, Flushing
    It’s the Year of the Dog. Come join them for a heartwarming film for families, caregivers, and children to enjoy. They will be featuring A Dog’s Purpose (PG).
  • Peking Opera Salon
    Wednesday, February 7 @ 1pm
    41-17 Main Street
    Facilitated by Qi Shu Fang Peking Opera Association, this activity is to promote traditional Chinese art, especially Peking Opera, in the community. Everyone is welcome to join singing and performing, with live music accompaniment.
  • Craft for Kids
    Wednesday, February 7 @ 3:30pm
    43-06 Greenpoint Avenue, Long Island City
  • Build a Dragon in the Children’s Room!
    Thursdays, February 8 and 15 @ 3:30pm
    Queensboro Hill
    60-05 Main Street, Flushing
    Help get our Children’s Room ready for Lunar New Year! Join them in building a dragon to display for good luck! They have all sorts of construction paper, cardboard, glue, and paint – they just need your talent to help them bring it to life!
  • Lunar New Year and Valentine’s Day Crafts
    Friday, February 9 @ 3pm
    Jackson Heights
    35-51 81 Street
    Let’s make some crafts for your loved ones to celebrate the Lunar New Year and Valentine’s Day.
  • Hao Bang-Ah, Dog!
    Audiences will be introduced to traditional Chinese New Year customs and foods (red envelopes, fish and “nian gao”). They will also meet some other animals of the Chinese zodiac (tigers, rabbits, roosters, horses, sheep, and monkeys.) Sing-alongs, games, and a hands-on post-show demonstration will make the Chinese language and cultural experience accessible to even the youngest audience members!
  • Friday, February 9 @ 3:30pm
    25-55 Francis Lewis Boulevard, Flushing
  • Tuesday, February 13 @ 4:30pm
    41-17 Main Street
  • Friday, February 23 @ 11am
    Glen Oaks
    256-04 Union Turnpike
  • Wednesday, February 28 @ 4pm
    86-07 Broadway
  • Friday, March 2 @ 4pm
    Jackson Heights
    35-51 81 Street
  • Celebration and Craft for Teens
    Friday, February 9 @ 3pm
    43-06 Greenpoint Avenue, Long Island City
    Join them for a Teen Lunar New Year Celebration! They will play music and get crafty. This event is for those in 6th-12th grade.
  • Children’s Lunar New Year Celebration
    Saturday, February 10 @ 2:30pm
    41-17 Main Street
    Join them in celebrating the Year of the Dog. There will be crafts such as bead-making. Red envelopes will be provided by the Friends of the Library.
  • Chinese Lunar New Year Festive Envelopes
    Saturday, February 10 @ 12pm
    East Flushing
    196-36 Northern Boulevard, Flushing
    Learn about the origins of Chinese New Year, find out your Chinese zodiac animal sign, and complete a craft.
  • Learn Chinese Traditional Paper Cutting
    Saturday, February 10 @ 3pm
    East Flushing
    196-36 Northern Boulevard, Flushing
    In this workshop, Master Ming Liang Lu and Sharlene Chou will demonstrate paper cutting, an ancient Chinese art form dating from the Han dynasty. Participants will learn how to make snowflakes and snowmen. Supplies are limited to 30 people.
  • Thursday, February 22 @ 5:30pm
    158-21 Jewel Avenue, Flushing
    In this workshop, Master Ming Liang Lu and Sharlene Chou will demonstrate paper cutting, an ancient Chinese art form dating from the Han dynasty. Participants will learn how to make this year’s Lunar New Year zodiac symbol, the dog as well as paper lanterns. Master Lu will make 3-D portraits of lucky winners. Supplies are limited to 40 people.
  • Calligraphy Exhibit and Writing
    Sunday, February 11 @ 1pm
    41-17 Main Street
    In celebration of Lunar New Year, senior Chinese calligrapher Thomson Chou and his associates will hold a half-day exhibit and workshop to mark the beginning of the Year of the Dog. Thomson Chou graduated from National Taiwan University and studied Chinese calligraphy for more than sixty years. He would like to introduce Chinese Traditional Calligraphy art and culture to the mainstream public.
  • NY Poem Arts Center presents: Lunar New Year Concert
    Sunday, February 11 @ 2pm
    41-17 Main Street
    New York Poem Arts Center will give a Tang poem singing and dancing presentation to ring out the year of the Rooster and ring in the year of the Dog. In its 2-hour performance, the Center has prepared recitation and singing of the big ten Tang poems, both in Chinese and English. In addition, graceful dances and melodious plays with traditional Chinese musical instruments such as the ancient zither and the long flute will also add to the festivity.
  • Storytime and Craft
    Tuesday, February 13 @ 4pm
    92-25 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Beach
    Storytime and Craft. Ages 6-12. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required.
  • Chinese New Year Celebration
    Tuesday, February 13 @ 4pm
    Central Library
    116-15 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Park
    Celebrate the Chinese New Year right here at the Children’s Library Discovery Center. Bring in the Year of the Dog with crafts, music, and a parade around the library! This is a fun and educational program for children up to age 12. No registration is required so don’t miss it!
  • Lunar New Year Celebration
    Wednesday, February 14 @ 4pm
    40-20 Broadway, Long Island City
    Celebrate the Year of the Dog with music, stories, crafts, and games. Learn about Chinese culture and have lots of fun! For children ages 5-12.
  • Chinese New Year Story & Craft
    It’s the Year of the Dog! Join them for a cultural story time and craft celebrating the Chinese New Year. All ages are welcome.
  • Thursday, February 15 @ 4pm
    Forest Hills
    108-19 71 Avenue
  • Friday, February 16 @ 4pm
    South Jamaica
    108-41 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard, Jamaica
  • Friday, February 16 @ 3:30pm
    85-12 Main Street
  • Lunar New Year Story Time
    Thursday, February 15 @ 4:30pm
    187-05 Union Turnpike, Flushing
    Welcome the Lunar New Year by joining them for paper puppets story time and making a related craft. For children ages 5-8.
  • Craft for Kids
    Thursday, February 15 @ 4pm
    Windsor Park
    79-50 Bell Boulevard, Bayside
    Join them in creating a Lunar New Year craft. For children ages 4-12.
  • Year of the Dog Celebration
    Friday, February 16 @ 10am
    Cambria Heights
    218-13 Linden Boulevard
    It’s the Lunar New Year! Pet our stuffed dog for good luck and make a wish for the year!
  • Lunar New Year Craft: Dragons and Dogs
    Friday, February 16 @ 12pm
    Queensboro Hill
    60-05 Main Street, Flushing
    Join them for a Lunar New Year craft to celebrate a prosperous New Year! We’ll be making dragons for good fortune, and dogs to welcome the Year of the Dog. They provide the materials; you provide the fun! All ages are welcome.
  • Lunar New Year Story and Craft
    Friday, February 16 @ 3pm
    116-15 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Park
    Learn about Lunar New Year and make a related craft!
  • Chinese New Year
    Friday, February 16 @ 10:00am
    Queens Village
    94-11 217 Street
    Oliver Hummel from the Queens Museum leads this teleconference about the Chinese New Year. First time callers, please call 718-464-0084 for access numbers.
  • Chinese Arts & Craft Program: Year of the Dog
    Friday, February 16 @ 3pm
    Central Library
    116-15 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Park
    Come join them to celebrate the Year of the Dog with a Chinese craft demonstration. They will be making lanterns, origami and other Chinese crafts.
  • Chinese Music and Dance with Chinese Theater Works
    Friday, February 16 @ 4pm
    116-15 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Park
    Children ages 6-14 will be mesmerized by ethnic and classical traditions of Chinese dance and music rarely seen outside China, presented in collaboration with Chinese Theatre Works. Presented by Friends of Pomonok Library and funded by NYC Council Member Rory Lancman.
  • Lunar New Year: Year of the Dog
    Friday, February 16 @ 2:00pm
    Rochdale Village
    169-09 137 Avenue, Jamaica
    From new moons to fireworks, and lanterns to smiles, let the Lunar New Year Shine bright with Asian music, stories, crafts and your library friends and families. Children and their families will make special decorations to welcome in the Chinese New Year, just like “The Year of the Dog” and “Bringing in the New Year.”
  • Lunar New Year: Origami Session
    Friday, February 16 @ 2:15pm
    Kew Gardens Hills
    72-33 Vleigh Place, Flushing
    Please join them for an origami session!
  • Chinese New Year Celebration at Laurelton
    Saturday, February 17 @ 11:00am
    134-26 225 Street
    In cooperation with the Laurelton Library Friends Association, Laurelton Library will present the community with a cultural event on the Lunar New Year. The community will learn and enjoy Chinese culture and will be able to enrich their knowledge on multi-cultures in the United States.
  • Lunar New Year Craft Program for Children
    Wednesday, February 21 @ 2:30pm
    Bay Terrace
    18-36 Bell Boulevard, Bayside
    Children ages 4-10 years will collaborate on assembling and decorating a craft to celebrate the Lunar New Year. All materials will be supplied.
  • Lunar New Year Celebration: the Year of the Dog with Chinese Music and Crafts and Korean Food
    Saturday, February 24 @ 10:30am and 2pm
    41-17 Main Street
    Let’s celebrate the Lunar New Year together! *10:30 am: Chinese paper-cutting and Chinese knots-making with Master Ming Liang Lu, IRC Conference Room; *10:30 am: Korean Food Preparation: Learn how to prepare Pajeon
  • Elmhurst Community Library presents Lunar New Year Celebration 2018
    Saturday, February 24 @ 10am
    86-07 Broadway
    Activities will include lion dancing, painting, calligraphy and craft workshops, as well as a music/dance show and a raffle. Refreshments will be served.
  • Dance Gala of Lunar New Year
    Sunday, February 25 @ 2:00pm
    41-17 Main Street
    New Star Arts Center is a classroom and live performance-based organization. They practice dance as a way to introduce Chinese culture to American audiences, as well as a means to keep traditions alive in the Chinese community. You are cordially invited to this dance gala presented by New Star Arts Center. May everyone dance together.

Other Celebrations

Snug Harbor

    Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, Music Hall

    Date and details to come

Flushing Town Hall

  • Updates to come

MoCA (Museum of Chinese in America)

  • Updates to come

Other Related Events taking place in our parks

  • Please Stay tuned for additions and updates…


Here is a listing of addtional sources regarding our Chinese Community, our Chinatowns and the upcoming celebrations: