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.
Thursday, January 23, 2020
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.
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)
Lunar New Year Parade + Lion / Dragon Dances
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.””
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.
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.
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!
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.””
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.””
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!
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.
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.
Brookfield Place in Lower Manhattan
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!
Tuesday, January 28, 2020
at 7:30 pm
David Geffen Hall
Gift (US Premiere)
Chen Gang and He Zhanhao
The Butterfly Lovers, Violin Concerto
Spin-Flip (New York Premiere)
Rhapsody in Blue, for Piano and Orchestra
Chinese New Year Festivities at the China Institute
January 15, 2020
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Two screenings. Visit their page to purchase tickets
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.
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.
Queens Botanical Garden
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!
In New York City’s Parks
Listings to come
Here is a listing of addtional sources regarding our Chinese Community, our Chinatowns and the upcoming celebrations:
- New Yorkled Chinatown Page
- Photos posted on New Yorkled’s Sister Site: NYCPG
Larger Pics – Smaller Photos
- Chinatown Online
- Chinatown Community Young Lions
- Asian American Business Development Center
- China Institute Events Page
- Better Chinatown Society
Flushing Town Hall
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
January 11, 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Come celebrate Lunar New Year with us in this presentation of festive music folk dances operatic singing martial ar…
January 11, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Korean fried rice is prepared and served with pan fried vegetables such as onions scallions carrots leeks potatoes …
January 13, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Learn the art of Chinese paper cutting. First see a paper cutting demonstration and then learn how to do some Chin…
January 17, 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm
Come celebrate Lunar New Year with us in this presentation of festive music folk dances and beautiful costumes.
January 18, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Join us for a memorable performance by the singing group and silver dancing group of the Austin Senior Center with …
January 23, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Come join us as we create decorations and lanterns for the Lunar New Year! All supplies and instruction will be pro…
January 24, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Come celebrate the Year of the Rat! The Rat is the first of the 12 animal signs of the Chinese zodiac. In astrology…
January 25, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Come and celebrate Lunar New Year with some fun crafts.
January 25, 11:15 am – 12:00 pm
Celebrate Lunar New Year in our family storytime!
January 25, 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Make a Chinese Zodiac Mask for the Year of the Rat! This program is for children ages 5 and up.
January 26, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Well-received Chinese musical performing group CBA will bring its outstanding show to the community this holiday oc…
January 27, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
This is for children of all ages and their families. Stories will be told about Lunar New Year. We will celebrate t…
January 29, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Children ages 5-10 years come celebrate the Year of the Rat with us! Have fun assembling and decorating your own c…
February 1, 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Families with children of all ages are invited to join us in celebrating the Year of the Rat. There will be crafts …
February 8, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
To celebrate Lunar New Year Chinese-American Parents Association (CAPA) will work with Queens Public Library at Flu…
February 9, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
During the Lunar New Year holiday time famous Qi Shufang Peking Opera Company will perform some classic pieces. In …
February 9, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
For the fifth consecutive year we celebrate Lunar New Year at Queens Public Library at Woodside. Please join Jenny …
February 15, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Lets celebrate the Lunar New Year together!
11:00 am: Chinese Folk Music Dance and Traditional Opera with New York …
Other 2019 Lunar New Year Calendar Items
Everything below this point is from last year’s listings.
Stay tuned for updates and new additions!
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.
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
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.
MoCA (Museum of Chinese in America)
- Updates to come