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

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


UPDATED January 2017: This year the Lunar New Year falls on Jan. 28, but there are many ways to celebrate before and after. Here are some great ways to celebrate the Chinese New Year in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island, Westchester, and Rockland.

Celebrate Lunar New Year in Manhattan

MOCACREATE: Lunar New Year Museum Makeover
WHEN: Saturdays, Jan. 7 and 21, 1-4pm
WHERE: Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre St., Chinatown
WHAT: Make colorful, food-themed creations, which will be on display through the annual Lunar New Year Family Festival.
WANT TO GO? Free with admission: $10; $5 seniors and students; free for children younger than 12. 855-955-4785. mocanyc.org.

Family Day: Moon Over Manhattan! Celebrate Lunar New Year
WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 28, 1-5pm
WHERE: Asia Society, 725 Park Ave., Upper East Side
WHAT: Asia Society rings in the Year of the Rooster with performances and traditional craft activities inspired by Lunar New Year traditions across Asia. Activities will include a Lion Dance, kung fu demonstration, and musical performances.
WANT TO GO? $12; $7 members; $5 seniors, students, and children. 212-288-6400. asiasociety.org.

FREE Firecracker Ceremony & Cultural Festival
Saturday, Jan. 28, 10am-3pm
WHERE: Sara D Roosevelt Park, Grand and Chrystie streets, Chinatown
Thousands of firecrackers are set off to scare off evil spirits and celebrate the start of the year of the Rooster. Wrap up warm. There are Dragon Dancers, food stalls and other entertainment to get you in the mood. Due to noise levels this is best suited to older children.
917-660-2402. betterchinatown.com.

FREE Madison Street to Madison Avenue
WHEN: Sunday, Jan. 29, 11am-3pm
WHERE: See website
WHAT: The East Midtown Partnership joined with Chinatown Partnership, Confucius Institute for Business at SUNY, Grand Central Partnership, and Madison Avenue Business Improvement District to present the second annual "Madison Street to Madison Avenue," a Lunar New Year celebration of Chinatown to the East Side and Upper East Side.
WANT TO GO? eastmidtown.org.

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FREE 18th Annual Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade & Festival
WHEN: Sunday, Feb. 5, 12-4:30pm; parade at 1pm 
WHERE: Parade begins at Canal and Mott streets and ends at Sara D Roosevelt Park, Chinatown
WHAT: Every year thousands take to the streets of Chinatown and Little Italy to watch traditional Chinese New Year performances, marvel at decorations and costumes, throw confetti and enjoy great food.
WANT TO GO? 917-660-2402. betterchinatown.com.

Chinese New Year Celebration, Year of the Rooster
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 4; workshops: 1-3:30pm; party and performance: 4-7pm 
WHERE: China Institute, 40 Rector St., Lower Manhattan
WHAT: Kick off the Year of the Rooster with China Institute’s signature New Year Celebration. In the afternoon, we open our doors to families for New Year-themed workshops and activities including dumpling making, storytelling, and lantern-making. In the evening, adults and families alike are welcome to a party featuring a lion dance, food, and live music. See website for activitiy schedule.
WANT TO GO? Registration required. Workshops: Members: $15; $5 children. Non-members: $20; $5 children. Concert: Members: $10. Non-members: $20. 212-744-8181 x138. chinainstitute.org.

Lunar New Year Festival: Year of the Rooster
WHEN: Sunday, Feb. 5, 11am-5pm
WHERE: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave., Upper East Side
WHAT: Mark the Year of the Rooster, one of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac, with performances, interactive gallery activities, and artist-led workshops.
WANT TO GO? Free with admission: $25; $17 seniors; $12 students; free for children younger than 12. 212-535-7710. metmuseum.org.

Lunar New Year Family Festival
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 11, 11am-4pm
WHERE: Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre St., Chinatown
WHAT: Ring in the year of the rooster with Chinese and Chinese American traditions and folk art, such as zodiac-themed crafts, dance performances, food samples, storytelling, and more.
WANT TO GO? $12; free for children younger than 2. 855-955-4785. mocanyc.org.

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Celebrate Lunar New Year in Brooklyn

Lunar New Year Celebration: Year of the Rooster
WHEN: Sunday, Jan. 22, 3pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, 2900 Campus Road, Flatbush
WHAT: The prestigious Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company performs an all-new celebration of Chinese arts commemorating the Year of the Rooster, cousin to the mythical Phoenix, whose song awakens the world each morning and whose confidence and loyalty are well regarded. Delightful red lions, golden dragons, and white peacocks frolic and play to the exotic sounds of traditional instruments.
WANT TO GO? $25; 718-951-4500. brooklyncenter.org.

Chinese New Year Celebration
WHEN: Sunday, Jan. 29, 2-4pm
WHERE: Staten Island Children's Museum, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island
AGES: All 
WHAT: A performance by the Chinese Cultural Center, presented by Investors Foundation, at 2 pm followed by Brush and Ink painting workshop at 3pm and 3:30pm. Workshop limited to 25 people per session; pick up a free timed ticket.
WANT TO GO? $8; free for children younger than 1. 718-273-2060. sichildrensmuseum.org.

FREE CPC Brooklyn's Lunar New Year 4715: Year of the Rooster Celebration
Saturday, Feb. 11, 11am-2:30pm
P.S. 310, 942 62nd St., Sunset Park East
This celebration includes riddles, lantern arts and crafts, traditional costume contest, lion dance, martial arts performance, games, raffle, and entertainment.
718-492-0409. cpc-nyc.org.

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Celebrate Lunar New Year in Queens

FREE Celebrating Lunar New Year Concert With The Hayuin Chorus
Thursday, Jan. 19, 6:30pm 
WHERE: Flushing Library, 41-17 Main St., Flushing
WHAT: The chorus will perform traditional Chinese New Year's songs such as "Gong Xi Gong Xi" and "Happy Every Year," as well as Uighur folk song, popular songs, Scottish songs, and songs from other nations.
WANT TO GO? 718-661-1200. queenslibrary.org.

FREE Kickoff Lunar New Year!
WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 21, 10am
WHERE: Hillcrest Library, 187-05 Union Turnpike, Flushing
WHAT: Origami demonstrations and red envelope decorating.
WANT TO GO? 718-454-2786. queenslibrary.org.

Chinese New Year Temple Bazaar
WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 28, 11am-1pm and 2-4pm
WHERE: Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing
WHAT: Bring your family to enjoy performances, martial arts, crafts, and food to celebrate the Year of the Rooster. The Temple Bazaar is offered in two sessions. Your ticket admits you to the timed session of your choice.
WANT TO GO? $5; $3 members and children; free for ages 13-19 with ID. 718-463-7700. flushingtownhall.org.

FREE Lunar New Year Celebration
WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 28, see website for schedule of events
WHERE: Main Street, Flushing
WHAT: Chinatown is decorated with red and gold colored papers, Chinese traditional lanterns, and red colored hangings. Red is considered to be auspicious color. The parade is spectacular featuring lion and dragon dances, Chinese traditional lanterns with good luck messages, drummers, music, and firecrackers. Restaurants in the Chinatown offer special menus on the occasion including Chinese traditional dishes.
WANT TO GO? newyearseveblog.com/flushing-queens-cny.

Lunar New Year Celebration
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 4, 1pm
WHERE: Queens Botanical Garden, 4350 Main St., Flushing
WHAT: Celebrate the year of the rooster with holiday-themed crafts for kids.
WANT TO GO? See website for prices. 718-886-3800. queensbotanical.org.

Bowne House Lunar Near Year
WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 8, 11am-2pm
WHERE: The Bowne House Historical Society, 37-01 Bowne St., Flushing
AGES: 13 and younger
WHAT: Enjoy this no-school children's workshop making crafts for the new year.
WANT TO GO? $3. 718-359-0528. bownehouse.org.

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Celebrate Lunar New Year on Long Island

FREE Chinese New Year
Monday, Jan. 23, 7-8pm
Brentwood Library, 34 Second Ave., Brentwood
13 and younger
Learn about the Chinese zodiac and make a craft using this year's animal: the rooster.
631-273-7883. brentwoodlibrary.org.

A Bright New Year
WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 28, 2pm
WHERE: Long Island Children's Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City
WHAT: Chinese New Year, also referred to as Lunar New Year, begins late January to early February and marks the beginning of a New Moon. Come celebrate the year of the Rooster. Learn about the customs and celebrations surrounding this vibrant holiday and paint a beautiful paper lantern to welcome 2017.
WANT TO GO? $3 with museum admission: $13; $12 seniors 65 and older; free for children younger than 1. 516-224-5800. licm.org. 

Lunar New Year
WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 28, 2:30pm
WHERE: The Whaling Museum and Education Center, 301 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor
AGES: 13 and younger
WHAT: Learn the history of this holiday, play a good luck symbol match game, write “whale” in Chinese, and enjoy theme-related craft stations around the museum.
WANT TO GO? $5 with admission: $6; $5 children ages 4-18; free for children younger than 4. 631-367-3418. cshwhalingmuseum.org.

Celebrate the Chinese New Year
WHEN: Sunday, Jan. 29, 11am-4pm
WHERE: Planting Fields Arboretum State Park, 1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay
WHAT: Come to Coe Hall to celebrate the Chinese lunar calendar. The mansion will be decorated with red lanterns! There will be Kumquat trees and peonies on display. There will be performances and craft activities for children. Enjoy craft activities and music, and eat sweet rice cakes and oranges.
WANT TO GO? $10. 516-922-8600. plantingfields.org.

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Celebrate Lunar New Year in Westchester

FREE Chinese New Year Paper Crafts with Julie Tang 
 Saturday, Jan. 7, 11-11:45am
WHERE: Scarsdale Library, 54 Olmstead Road, Scarsdale 
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: Enjoy paper crafts to celebrate the Lunar New Year. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? 914-722-1303. scarsdalelibrary.org.       

2017 Chinese New Year Festival

WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 25, 2-6pm
WHERE: Performing Arts Center at SUNY Purchase College, 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase
WHAT: The theme of the celebration is Culture and Traditions of the Chinese New Year Festival. It features in gourmet Chinese cuisine presentation and food sampling; art gallery, calligraphy and Chinese painting; hand craft demonstrations such as paper cutting and origami; traditional costumes; lion dance and martial arts; and Chinese musical instruments performances; and more.  
WANT TO GO? $15-$100. wacany.org.

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Celebrate Lunar New Year in Rockland

FREE Celebrate Chinese New Year
WHEN: Tuesday, Jan. 31, 4:30-5:30pm
WHERE: Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library, Village branch, 85 Main St., Haverstraw
AGES: 6-12
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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