Where to Celebrate the Lunar New Year in the New York Area

Where to Celebrate the Lunar New Year in the New York Area

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Find the top things to do this month with kids in the NYC area in our Calendar of Events

Celebrate Lunar New Year this year on Friday, Feb. 16 with activities in the New York area to ring in the Year of the Dog with events in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island, Westchester, and Rockland.
 

Lunar New Year Events in Manhattan

MOCACREATE: Lunar New Year Museum Makeover
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 3, 1-4pm
WHERE: Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre St., Chinatown
AGES: 3 and older
WHAT: Welcome the New Year by making handmade decorations to liven up the museum. Transform the space with colorful creations, which will be on display through the annual Lunar New Year Family Festival.
WANT TO GO? $10; $5 seniors, students, and children; free for children younger than 2. 855-955-6622. mocanyc.org.

FREE Lunar New Year Parade
WHEN: Friday, Feb. 16, 11am-3:30pm
WHERE: Sara D. Roosevelt Park, Chrystie and Forsyth streets, Chinatown
AGES: All
WHAT: Celebrate the Lunar New Year in Chinatown with firecrackers, music, and festivities.
WANT TO GO? betterchinatown.com.
 

FREE Lunar New Year for Kids
WHEN: Friday, Feb. 16, 10am-1pm
WHERE: China Institute, 100 Washington St., Lower Manhattan
AGES: All
WHAT: Spend the holiday enjoying storytelling, crafts, and snacks.
WANT TO GO? 212-744-8181. chinainstitute.org.
 

Lunar New Year Family Festival
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 17, 11am-4pm
WHERE: Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre St., Chinatown
AGES: All
WHAT: Enjoy zodiac arts and crafts, lively dance performances, festive snacks, and timeless tales inspired by Chinese and Chinese American New Year’s traditions.
WANT TO GO? $12; free for children younger than 2. 855-955-6622. mocanyc.org.
 

Family Day: Moon Over Manhattan!
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 17, 1-5pm
WHERE: Asia Society, 725 Park Ave., Upper East Side
AGES: All
WHAT: Asia Society rings in the Year of the Dog with performances and traditional craft activities inspired by Lunar New Year traditions across Asia.
WANT TO GO? $12; $5 seniors, students, and children. 212-288-6400. asiasociety.org.
 

FREE Lunar New Year
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 17, 2-3:15pm
WHERE: Brookfield Place, 230 Vesey St. , Battery Park City
AGES: All
WHAT: Ring in the Lunar New Year with a family-friendly performance featuring traditional Chinese dance and music, a martial arts demonstration, and the lion dance. Presented in part with the New York Chinese Cultural Center.
WANT TO GO? 212-978-1698. brookfieldplaceny.com.
 

FREE Losar Family Day: Himalayan New Year Celebration
WHEN: Sunday, Feb. 18, 12-4pm
WHERE: Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W. 17th St., Chelsea
AGES: All
WHAT: Learn about traditional Losar celebrations, go on a family tour of the galleries, listen to Himalayan music, and explore the possibilities of your future through Losar and Earth Dog-themed activities and art projects.
WANT TO GO? 212-620-5000. rubinmuseum.org.
 

Lunar New Year Festival: Year of the Dog
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 24, 11am-5pm
WHERE: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave., Upper East Side
AGES: All
WHAT: Mark the Year of the Dog with performances, cooking demonstrations, storytelling, interactive gallery activities, and artist-led workshops.
WANT TO GO? $25; $17 seniors; $12 students; free for children younger than 12. 212-535-7710. metmuseum.org.
 

Chinese New Year Family Festival
WHEN: Sunday, Feb. 25, 11am-3pm
WHERE: China Institute, 100 Washington St., Lower Manhattan
AGES: All
WHAT: The festival opens with a lion dance followed by New Year-themed workshops and activities including dumpling making, storytelling, lantern-making, and a puppet show.
WANT TO GO? Workshop admission: $20; $5 children. 212-744-8181. chinainstitute.org.
 

FREE 19th Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade and Festival
WHEN: Sunday, Feb. 25, 1pm
WHERE: Chinatown, Parade begins on the corner of Mott and Canal streets, Chinatown
AGES: All
WHAT: Ring in the year of the Dog at this popular New York parade and street festival. Join thousands of New Yorkers and visitors alike in the streets of Chinatown and Little Italy for traditional Chinese New Year performances, beautiful decorations and costumes, floats, music, and delicious food.
WANT TO GO? 917-660-2402. betterchinatown.com.
 

Lunar New Year Events in Brooklyn

FREE Lunar New Year: Celebrate the Year of the Dog
WHEN: Friday, Feb. 9, 3:30pm
WHERE: Mapleton Library, 1702 60th St., Mapleton
AGES: All
WHAT: Celebrate the Lunar New Year with Four Treasures: A Bounty of Traditional Chinese Performing Arts including a broad cross-section from Chinese operas, music and dance. Presented by Chinese Theater Works and sponsored with the generous support of Apple Bank.
WANT TO GO? 718-230-2100. bklynlibrary.org.
 

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts presents: Lunar New Year Celebration
WHEN: Sunday, Feb. 11, 3-4:30pm
WHERE: Kumble Theater, 1 University Plaza, Downtown Brooklyn
AGES: All
WHAT: Celebrate the oncoming arrival of spring with an all-new festival of Chinese music and dance commemorating the Year of the Dog, faithful guardian and loyal friend to mankind. This family-friendly event includes graceful dancers, a colorful Chinese marketplace, red lions and golden dragons frolicking to the lilting sounds of traditional instruments, and more.
WANT TO GO? $25. 718-951-4500. kumbletheater.org.
 

FREE Lunar New Year in Prospect Park 
WHEN: Friday, Feb. 16, 12-4pm
WHERE: Prospect Park, Lincoln Road and Ocean Avenue, Prospect Park 
AGES: All 
WHAT: Bundle up and celebrate the holiday by finding out what your favorite park animals are doing this winter. Join Alliance naturalists to discover the winter survival strategies of animals that live in Prospect Park. Enjoy nature games, science activities, bird watching, and more.
WANT TO GO? 718-965-8951. prospectpark.org.


FREE Events for Youth & Families: Chinese New Year Celebration
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 17, 1-2pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Public Library, Central Branch, Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Heights
AGES: All
WHAT: Red is the traditional Chinese color and the color of the Chinese New Year. Developed from a story line of how the Chinese celebrate Lunar New Year, Ba Ban Chinese Music Society of NY will feature the show Red, which is both entertaining and informative. This event features festive music, folk songs, handkerchief acrobatics, and red ribbon dance to celebrate the Year of the Dog.
WANT TO GO? 718-230-2100. bklynlibrary.org.
 

Celebrate Chinese New Year
WHEN: Feb. 17-18, see website for schedule
WHERE: Brooklyn Children's Museum, 145 Brooklyn Ave., Crown Heights
AGES: All
WHAT: Throughout August, Little Orchestra Society is in residence at Brooklyn Children’s Museum for a series of family music workshops. Each session explores music of a different culture, engaging children, parents, and caregivers through movement, song, composition, and an introduction to world instruments. Sessions accommodate up to 25 participants on a first-come, first served basis. See website for schedule.
WANT TO GO? $11; free for children younger than 1. 718-735-4400. brooklynkids.org.
 

Lunar New Year Events in Queens

FREE Lunar New Year: Year of the Dog
WHEN: Friday, Feb. 2, 4pm
WHERE: Arverne Library, 312 Beach 54th St., Arverne
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Children will make special decorations to welcome in the Chinese New Year and make their own new year banners with Chinese calligraphy.
WANT TO GO? 718-634-4784. queenslibrary.org.
 

FREE Lunar New Year Tinker Fest
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 10, 1:30-4:30pm
WHERE: Lewis H. Latimer House Museum, 3441 137th St., Flushing
AGES: All
WHAT: Celebrate the Year of Dog with Lunar New Year-themed, hands-on arts and crafts and activities.
WANT TO GO? 718-961-8585. latimernow.org.
 

Chinese New Year Temple Bazaar
WHEN: Feb. 10-11, Saturday-Sunday, 11am
WHERE: Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing
AGES: All
WHAT: For centuries, people in China have celebrated the Lunar New Year in temple fairs. Enjoy live performances, traditional crafts, and food to celebrate the Year of the Dog.
WANT TO GO? $5. flushingtownhall.org.
 

FREE Chinese Music and Dance with Chinese Theater Works
WHEN: Friday, Feb. 16, 4pm
WHERE: Pomonok Library, 158-21 Jewel Ave., Flushing
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Children will be mesmerized by ethnic and classical traditions of Chinese dance and music rarely seen outside China.
WANT TO GO? 718-591-4343. queenslibrary.org.
 

FREE Lunar New Year Parade
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 17, 11am
WHERE: Union Street and 37th Avenue, 36-99 Union St., Flushing
AGES: All
WHAT: Celebrate the Year of the Dog in the most diverse community in New York City. Expect vibrant costumes, floats, joyful dancing, and traditional Chinese celebrations.
WANT TO GO? eventbrite.com.
 

FREE Lunar New Year Celebration
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 17, 12-4pm
WHERE: Queens Botanical Garden, 4350 Main St., Flushing
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: Celebrate the Year of the Dog with crafts and performances. Learn about the lucky plants of Lunar New Year, from chrysanthemums to jade plants, and find out more about these auspicious beauties. Visit the plant sale and buy your own to take home.
WANT TO GO? 718-886-3800. queensbotanical.org.
 

FREE Flushing Lunar New Year Pre-Parade Reception
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 17, 9:30-10:30am
WHERE: St. George's Episcopal Church, 135-32 38th Ave., Flushing
AGES: All
WHAT: Flushing's Lunar New Year Parade is a huge draw each year, with vibrant costumes, floats, dancing, and traditional Chinese celebrations. Gather at St. George's Church to connect and stay warm with hot coffee and refreshments before heading to the parade site.
WANT TO GO? 646-820-5163. flushingfantastic.nyc.
 

The New Shanghai Circus
WHEN: Friday, Feb. 23, 8pm
WHERE: Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: Performers with boundless energy, bring over 2000 years of Chinese circus traditions, in a range of demanding performances that are a refreshing alternative to the Western tradition.
WANT TO GO? $38 and up. 718-279-3006. queensoratorio.org.
 

FREE Dance Gala of Lunar New Year
WHEN: Sunday, Feb. 25, 2-4pm
WHERE: Flushing Library, 41-17 Main St., Flushing
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Dance together with New Star Arts Center. 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.
WANT TO GO? 718-661-1200. queenslibrary.org.
 

Lunar New Year Events on Long Island

FREE Lunar New Year Celebration
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 3, 11am
WHERE: Landmark on Main Street, 232 Main St., Suite 1, Port Washington
AGES: All
WHAT: Celebrate the Lunar New Year with NY Chinese Chorus & Chinese Theatre Works. Listen to popular Chinese folk songs, modern Mandopop songs, and excerpts from Chinese opera, dance, and puppetry.
WANT TO GO? 516-767-6444. landmarkonmainstreet.org.
 

FREE A Taste of Japan
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 3, 2pm
WHERE: Island Trees Public Library, 38 Farmedge Road, Levittown
AGES: 9 and older
WHAT: Patrons will learn how to make sushi rice at home, then learn how to prepare and make their own sushi rolls. Patrons will also make dango: a rice flower dumpling dessert.
WANT TO GO? 516-731-2211. islandtreespubliclibrary.org.

2018 Chinese New Year Celebration
WHEN: Sunday, Feb. 11, 1-4pm
WHERE: Educational Cultural Center, 111 Main St., Stony Brook
AGES: All
WHAT: Celebrate the New Year with festivities such as authentic Shaolin Kung Fu, a lion dance and kung fu demonstration, taiko drumming featuring Manhattan Taiko, Chinese Dance Group- Chinese dancing and singing, and a children’s craft activity. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? $12; $10 seniors and for children younger than 12. 631-689-5888. wmho.org.


FREE Chinese Silk Painting
WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 14, 4:30pm
WHERE: Mineola Public Library, 195 Marcellus Road, Mineola
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: Artsy Smartsy will show you how to paint your own strip of silk to give as a lovely Valentine's Day gift or for Chinese New Year.
WANT TO GO? 516-746-8488. mineolalibrary.info.
 

FREE Chinese New Year Stories and Craft
WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 15, 7-7:45pm
WHERE: Riverhead Free Library, 330 Court St., Riverhead
AGES: 5-8
WHAT: Listen to Chinese New Year stories and make a firecracker craft. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? 631-727-3228. riverheadlibrary.org.
 

FREE Origami Japanese Art of Paper Folding
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 17, 2pm
WHERE: Island Trees Public Library, 38 Farmedge Road, Island Trees
AGES: 9 and older
WHAT: Celebrate the Lunar New Year with origami, the Japanese art of paper folding.
WANT TO GO? 516-731-2211. islandtreespubliclibrary.org.

FREE The Year of The Dog
WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 21, 10:30am
WHERE: Westhampton Free Library, 7 Library Ave., Westhampton Beach
AGES: 9-17
WHAT: Participants will paint a portrait of a local dog in need of a home to be donated to the Kent Animal Shelter. Registration and library card required.
WANT TO GO? 631-288-3335. westhamptonlibrary.net.
 

FREE Celebrate Chinese New Year
WHEN: Sunday, Feb. 25, 2pm
WHERE: Levittown Public Library, 1 Bluegrass Lane, Levittown
AGES: All
WHAT: Join Li Liu for her incredible Chinese acrobatics show.
WANT TO GO? 516-731-5728. levittownpl.org.
 

Lunar New Year Events in Westchester County

FREE Chinese New Year Celebration
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 10, 1:30-3:30pm
WHERE: Pelham Art Center, 155 Fifth Ave., Pelham
AGES: All
WHAT: Members of Kwan’s Kung Fu from Peekskill will perform a traditional Lion Dance, believed in Chinese culture to scare away evil spirits and to bring good luck. Then there will be a paper cutting workshop led by Lida Zimmerman. Participants can make and take home little paper dogs as well as traditional Chinese New Year’s lanterns.
WANT TO GO? 914-738-2525. pelhamartcenter.org.
 

FREE Lunar New Year Celebration
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 17, 2pm
WHERE: Chappaqua Children's Library, 19 S. Greeley Ave., Chappaqua
AGES: All
WHAT: Enjoy, art, music, a Lion Dancer, and more.
WANT TO GO? 914-238-4779. chappaqualibrary.org.
 

Asian New Year Celebration
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 17, 12-3pm
WHERE: Beardsley Zoo, 1875 Noble Ave., Bridgeport, CT
AGES: All
WHAT: Celebrate the Year of the Dog with special stories, crafts, a children's parade, and more fun activities.
WANT TO GO? $15; $11 seniors; $12 children ages 3-11; free for children younger than 3. 203-394-6565. beardsleyzoo.com.
 

Year of the Dog
WHEN: Sunday, Feb. 18, 1-2pm
WHERE: Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining
AGES: All
WHAT: Fox, coyotes and wolves are wild cousins of our domesticated pets. How are they similar and what sets them apart? By understanding the behavior of wild canids we can better live with them in our midst.
WANT TO GO? $7. 914-762-2912. teatown.org.
 

Lunar New Year Events in Rockland County

FREE Celebrate Chinese New Year
WHEN: Friday, Feb. 16, 4-5pm
WHERE: Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library, Village Branch, 85 Main St., Haverstraw
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Celebrate the Chinese culture in the Year of the Red Fire Rooster.
WANT TO GO? 845-429-3445. hkdpl.org.
 

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