10 Ways to Celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year in NYC
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Chinese New Year
WHERE: China Institute, 125 E. 65th St., Upper East Side
WHEN: Feb. 22, 11am-3pm
WHAT: A free lion dance and kung-fu demo in front of the institute. Then warm up inside with dumpling- and lantern-making workshops, calligraphy, and gallery tours.
WANT TO GO? $15; $5 children younger than 12. 212-744-8181. chinainstitute.org.
16th Annual Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade & Festival
AGES: 4 and older
WHERE: Parade begins on the corner of Canal and Mott streets, Chinatown
WHEN: Feb. 22, 1pm
WHAT: Celebrate the beginning of the Year of the Sheep with this famous New York parade and street festival.
WANT TO GO? FREE. 917-660-2402. betterchinatown.com.
Lunar New Year Family Festival
WHERE: Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA), 215 Centre St., Little Italy
WHEN: Feb. 28, 11am-4pm
WHAT: The parade isn’t the only way to celebrate the Year of the Sheep in Chinatown. This festival has Chinatown’s Red Silk Dancers as well as arts and crafts, and is more suitable for small children than the noisy parade.
WANT TO GO? $10; free for children younger than 12. 212-619-4785. mocanyc.org.
New Beginnings: Lunar New Year Festival
WHERE: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave., Upper East Side
WHEN: Feb. 28, 12-5pm
WHAT: This Lunar New Year Festival features 21 activities throughout the museum. Enjoy music and dance performances, martial arts demonstrations and workshops, multi-sensory and hands-on gallery demonstrations, drop-in art activities, a tea ceremony, and bilingual story times.
WANT TO GO? Free with museum admission: $25; $17 seniors; $12 students; free for children younger than 12. 212-570-3961. metmuseum.org.