NYC – Chinese Lunar New Year Events – 4718 Year of the Rat – New York City

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Lunar New Year – Year of the Rat in NYC

NYC Celebratory Events in Chinatown and other NYC locales

Late January to February, 2020

Year of the Rat, 4718 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!

To be technical, the official date for this year’s Chinese Lunar New Year is January 25, 2020. Although, of course, there’ll be numerous celebrations taking place all over town at various locales.

Fireworks Off The Hudson

Thursday, January 23, 2020
8:00 pm

This year’s fireworks appears to be scheduled for January 23, 2020 at about a quarter past 8:00 pm. It’ll be taking place at and around the same spot as past years by Pier 84 on the Hudson River around West 44th Street across from the Chinese Consulate.

  • If you’d like to see our video from last year’s pyrotechnic display then visit this page within New Yorkled. Keep in mind that the weather is usually bitter cold at that time of year but on that date in 2018 the temperatures were unseasonably warm; extraordinarily so.
  • 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.

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Lunar New Year: 21st New Year Firecracker Ceremony and Cultural Festival

Saturday, January 25, 2020
11:00 am – 3:30 pm
At Sara D. Roosevelt Park
Celebrate Lunar New Year at the Firecracker Ceremony and Cultural Festival! There will be live performances, including singing and dancing, and vendors. At Grand Street (in Sara D. Roosevelt Park)

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Lunar New Year Parade + Lion / Dragon Dances

Super Saturday Lion Dance Parades Hosted by NY Chinese Freemasons Athletic Club

Saturday, February 8, 2020
10:30 am – 5:00 pm
“”On Saturday, Feb. 8th 2020 over 20+ lion dance groups will be parading throughout the streets of Chinatown. Each groups’ lions will go store to store blessing and eating offerings. This day is the best day to get up close and watch lion dancing. Don’t get confused with the float parade where you’ll be stuck behind a barricade.””

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Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade and Festival

Sunday, February 9, 2020
1:00 pm to 3:30 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.

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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.

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Metropolitan Museum of Art

At the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Lunar New Year Festival: Year of the Rat
Saturday, February 1, 2020
11:00 am – 5:00 pm

There’s quite a bit in store for visitors this day at the museum!

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Queens Museum

Lunar New Year Celebration for Families
with New York Chinese Cultural Center

Sunday, January 26, 2020
1:00 – 3:00 pm

“”Join them for their annual Lunar New Year Celebration for Families! This year is celebrating the year of the Rat with folk dances, Lion Dance, and traditional arts & crafts. For the sixth year in a row, the New York Chinese Cultural Center (NYCCC) brings its signature program to the Queens Museum. This event will showcase an hour long performance program featuring professional artists and students of NYCCC’s School of the Arts, as well as a hands on Chinese Calligraphy workshop for kids and adults.””

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New New Yorkers Workshop Lantern Using Chinese Lucky Envelopes

Sunday, January 26, 2020
1:30 – 4:00 pm

“” To celebrate together the year of the Mouse in the Chinese calendar, this workshop teaches participants how to create an oriental-style lantern made with Chinese lucky envelopes. It is a Chinese tradition to offer lucky envelopes as a symbol of receiving luck and prosperity in a New Year, in this workshop we will create an oriental lantern as a welcome gesture for all NNY participants to receive the year of the Mouse.””

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MOCA (Museum of Chinese in America)

MOCACREATE: Lunar New Year Museum Makeover
January 18, 2020

Come paint, build, craft, or collage – use familiar materials, or experiment with new! Inspired by the museum’s exhibitions and local artists, MOCACREATE explores different themes every month. Free with Museum admission!

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MOCA Lunar New Year Family Festival
Saturday, February 1, taking place all day long in two sessions: Morning and Afternoon.

Our friends at MOCA are having a fun family festival! Enjoy arts & crafts, performances, snacks, and stories inspired by Chinese and Chinese American New Year’s traditions.

Tickets: $12/person; $8 for all MOCA Individual Level Members. FREE for MOCA Family Level Members & above, children under 2, and Cool Culture families.

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Asia Society

Family Day: Moon Over Manhattan! Celebrate Lunar New Year

Details still to come…

Celebrate the Year of the Pig! Asia Society rings in the Year of the Pig with performances and traditional craft activities inspired by Lunar New Year traditions across Asia.

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Brookfield Place in Lower Manhattan

Lunar New Year Celebration at Brookfield Place

February 1, 2020
2:00 – 3:15 pm

Presumably within the Winter Garden

Ring in the Lunar New Year with a family-friendly performance presented by Arts Brookfield in partnership with the New York Chinese Cultural Center.  A dynamic Lion Parade led by lion dancers launches an afternoon filled with bursts of energy and color with traditional Chinese dance and music, a martial arts demonstration, and theatrical players in full traditional make-up and regalia!

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NY Philharmonic

Celebrate the Year of the Rat with the NY Philharmonic

Tuesday, January 28, 2020
at 7:30 pm

David Geffen Hall

Featuring:

Zhou Tian
Gift (US Premiere)

Chen Gang and He Zhanhao
The Butterfly Lovers, Violin Concerto

Texu Kim
Spin-Flip (New York Premiere)

Gershwin
Rhapsody in Blue, for Piano and Orchestra

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Chinese New Year Festivities at the China Institute

Classic Films for the New Year: The Wedding Banquet and Eat Drink Man Woman

January 15, 2020
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Two screenings. Visit their page to purchase tickets

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The Art of Chinese New Year

January 23 – February 29, 2020

“The Art of Chinese New Year” is a vibrant, interactive experience where visitors of all ages can explore the Chinese New Year holiday and the traditional visual and performing arts related to it. The installation captures the sights and sounds of the holiday through displays, artist workshops, and hands-on activities, leading visitors to a deeper experience, and a greater understanding, of traditional Chinese culture.

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Chinese New Year Family Festival

February 2, 2020
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Kick off the Year of the Rat with China Institute’s signature Lunar New Year Celebration for families. The festival opens with a lion dance followed by New Year-themed workshops and activities including dumpling making, lantern-making, educational workshops, interactive storytelling, paper cutting, New Year treats, crafts, and a special Year of the Rat puppet show by Chinese Theatre Works. Attendees can also visit the “The Art of Chinese New Year,” an interactive installation celebrating the Chinese New Year holiday and its traditional visual and performance arts.

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Queens Botanical Garden

Lunar New Year Celebration

Saturday, January 25, 12:00 to 4:00 pm

Celebrate the Year of the Rat at QBG with crafts, performances, and activities for the whole family! Welcome the New Year with a plant from our Lucky Plant sale!

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In New York City’s Parks

Listings to come

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

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Flushing Town Hall

Lunar New Year Exhibition: A Good Beginning, Here

January 17, 2020 – February 16, 2020

Celebrating the Lunar New Year with the community, Flushing Town Hall presents “A Good Beginning, Here” a cross-cultural exhibition that illuminates 8 diaspora artists who can trace their roots back in China, Korea, Japan, and Taiwan. Their works embody unique life stories and ideas rooted in the East and evolved in the West.

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Lunar New Year Tradition: Puppet Making & Dragon Walk

January 18, 2020

Puppetry in Practice (PiP) artist and acclaimed author/ illustrator Angelo DeCesare will celebrate The Year of the Rat, using live drawing as he adapts “The Cat and the Rat” from the famous legend of the Chinese zodiac story. Make your own “tricky rat” puppets. Then go on a Dragon Walk with exciting PiP puppeteer and storyteller Luciano Cohen. Bring your rat puppets back to our parade. (See February 1st for details). Adults accompanying children must also pay for a ticket.

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Zhou Family Band

January 26, 2020

Co-presented with World Music Institute, Zhou Family Band plays traditional wind and percussion music which accompany birth and death celebrations of the people of Central-Eastern China for more than 600 years. Coming from Lingbi, Anhui Province, part of the Central Plains area which formed the cradle of Chinese civilization, the Zhou family have been musicians for seven generations, and are bearers of a tradition that represents the finest of Chinese folk music – Bolin Laba, a national intangible cultural heritage of China as declared by the Chinese government.

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Lunar New Year      (CANCELED)    Chinese Temple Bazaar

February 1, 2020

For centuries, people in China have celebrated the Lunar New Year in temple fairs. Bring your family to enjoy live performances, hands-on activities, and food to celebrate the Year of the Mouse! The Temple Bazaar is offered in two sessions. Your ticket admits you to the timed session of your choice. Get your tickets before it’s too late! Join the dragon parade at Flushing Library at 10:00 AM.

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Queens Libraries

Chinese Lunar New Year Celebrations at the Queens Library

Taking place at multiple locations…’and please be sure to double check at the official page for changes and such as well as for whether any of the items below are specifically geared towards children.

A Lunar New Year Celebration with Ba Ban Chinese Music Society

January 11, 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Forest Hills

Come celebrate Lunar New Year with us in this presentation of festive music folk dances operatic singing martial ar…

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Celebrate Lunar New Year with Korean Chef Soh Young Lee-Segredo: Making Bokumbap (Fried Rice)

January 11, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Fresh Meadows

Korean fried rice is prepared and served with pan fried vegetables such as onions scallions carrots leeks potatoes …

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A Lunar New Year Celebration: Chinese Paper Cutting

January 13, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Windsor Park

Learn the art of Chinese paper cutting. First see a paper cutting demonstration and then learn how to do some Chin…

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A Lunar New Year Celebration

January 17, 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm
Queensboro Hill

Come celebrate Lunar New Year with us in this presentation of festive music folk dances and beautiful costumes.

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Lunar New Year Performance

January 18, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Forest Hills

Join us for a memorable performance by the singing group and silver dancing group of the Austin Senior Center with …

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Let’s Get Crafty: Lunar New Year Lanterns

January 23, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Hunters Point

Come join us as we create decorations and lanterns for the Lunar New Year! All supplies and instruction will be pro…

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Lunar New Year Celebration

January 24, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Poppenhusen

Come celebrate the Year of the Rat! The Rat is the first of the 12 animal signs of the Chinese zodiac. In astrology…

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Lunar New Year Craft

January 25, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
McGoldrick

Come and celebrate Lunar New Year with some fun crafts.

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Family Storytime: Lunar New Year

January 25, 11:15 am – 12:00 pm
Flushing

Celebrate Lunar New Year in our family storytime!

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Lunar New Year Craft

January 25, 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Douglaston/Little Neck

Make a Chinese Zodiac Mask for the Year of the Rat! This program is for children ages 5 and up.

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Flushing Culture Bridge Series #23: Lunar New Year Celebration Concert- CBA Culture and Arts Center

January 26, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Flushing

Well-received Chinese musical performing group CBA will bring its outstanding show to the community this holiday oc…

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Lunar New Year Storytime Celebration

January 27, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Queensboro Hill

This is for children of all ages and their families. Stories will be told about Lunar New Year. We will celebrate t…

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Lunar New Year Craft Program

January 29, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Bay Terrace

Children ages 5-10 years come celebrate the Year of the Rat with us! Have fun assembling and decorating your own c…

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Children’s Lunar New Year Celebration

February 1, 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Flushing

Families with children of all ages are invited to join us in celebrating the Year of the Rat. There will be crafts …

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Chinese American Parents Assoc. & QPL at Flushing present: Lunar New Year Lantern Festival

February 8, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Flushing

To celebrate Lunar New Year Chinese-American Parents Association (CAPA) will work with Queens Public Library at Flu…

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Peking Opera in Lunar New Year presented by Qi Shufang Peking Opera Company

February 9, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Flushing

During the Lunar New Year holiday time famous Qi Shufang Peking Opera Company will perform some classic pieces. In …

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Lunar New Year Celebration at Woodside

February 9, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Woodside

For the fifth consecutive year we celebrate Lunar New Year at Queens Public Library at Woodside. Please join Jenny …

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Celebrate the Year of the Rat with Chinese Music Dance Arts and Korean Food

February 15, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Flushing

Lets celebrate the Lunar New Year together!
11:00 am: Chinese Folk Music Dance and Traditional Opera with New York …

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Other 2019 Lunar New Year Calendar Items

Everything below this point is from last year’s listings.

Stay tuned for updates and new additions!

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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.

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

Bronx Museum of the Arts

  • Details Yet To Come…

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.

Other Celebrations

MoCA (Museum of Chinese in America)

  • Updates to come

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