NYC – Chinese Lunar New Year Events – 4722 Year of the Dragon – New York City


Lunar New Year – Year of the Dragon in NYC

Happy New Year Folks!

Remember folks, we’re still all at risk. Please behave safely out there and cover your faces.

NYC Celebratory Events in Chinatown and other NYC locales


Lunar New Year Celebration at Albee Square in Brooklyn

Saturday, February 3
1:00 – 4:30 pm

Those who choose to show up will get to witness traditional lion dance performances by the Choy Lay Fut Lion Dance Team along with music and more.


Flushing Town Hall Celebrations:

Lunar New Year Family Coloring Workshop with artist Stephanie Lee

Saturday, February 10, 2024
3:00 pm

In-Person Workshop: $10 adult / $7 children. (Max. 25 participants) 

“”Celebrate the Year of the Dragon with our ‘Meet the Green Dragon’ family coloring workshop! Join us for an exhilarating 90-minute adventure guided by the talented artist, Stephanie S. Lee. Immerse yourself in the enchanting realm of Minhwa (Korean folk art) as you breathe life into a captivating dragon drawing inspired by 19th-century Minhwa, delicately crafted on Hanji paper. “”

*All materials provided. Recommended for Ages 8 and Up. No Prior Experience Required. 


Lunar New Year Exhibition: “Remember”

January 27 – February 18, 2024

“”Remember highlights the importance of memory to the immigrant experience. As we work to start a life in our new home, we cannot forget where we came from, the people who immigrated before us, and the struggles of trying to prosper in a foreign country. The exhibition honors this and acknowledges that as we work to grow as a community, those memories stay with us throughout. “”


Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company at Kupferberg Center for the Arts / Lunar New Year: Celebrating the Year of the Dragon

Saturday, January 27 and Sunday, January 28, 2024

Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College, Flushing, NY
65-30 Kissena Blvd, Queens, NY


26th New Year Firecracker Ceremony & Cultural Festival

Saturday, February 10, 2024
11:00 am – 3:30 pm

Sara D. Roosevelt Park at Grand Street


Flushing Lunar New Year Parade

Saturday, February 10
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

133-33 29th Avenue, Flushing, NY

On hand will be dragon dances, performances and more!


Lunar New Year Parade from the Glow Cultural Center

Sunday, February 11, 2024
11:30 am – 12:00 pm

Traveling from the Glow Cultural Center in Queens to Flushing Town Hall, along 41st Avenue, Main Street and Northern Boulevard. The Glow Community Center is located at 133-29 41st Avenue in Flushing, Queens.

Features Lion Dances and a traditional Chinese wedding procession.


Lunar New Year Readings at Hana House

Thursday, February 15
6:00 – 9:00 pm

Featuring readings from celebrated authors, book signings as well as food and drinks from local vendors.

RSVP is requested


Lunar New Year Parade + Lion / Dragon Dances

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

Saturday, February 17, 2024
10:00 am – 5:00 pm

“”On Saturday, Feb. 13th 2024 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.””


26th Annual Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade & Festival

Celebrating the Year of the Dragon

Sunday, February 25, 2024
Begins at 1:00 pm and likely to last to about 3:00 pm





Everything below is from a previous year(s)
Listed here for the sake of giving you an idea as to what to expect.

Stay tuned for updates

Lunar New Year Events at the Queens Public Library

Every year, these folks list quite a number of Chinese New Year happenings on their pages. They’ll take place at any one of the numerous Queens Libraries and feature items of interest to kids and adults. New Yorkled used to list the extensive list within the site here. We figure it may better serve one and all to simply link to their main page above.


Lion Dances + Ribbon Twirling at Hudson Yards

Taking place over the course of three Saturdays from January 21 to February 4


2023 Lunar New Year Events at the Seaport, Downtown NYC

January 21 – 22, 2023

Art/Crafts Activities Plus Lion Dances


2023 Snug Harbor Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration

Sunday, January 22, 2023
12:00 – 3:00 pm

Building P at Snug Harbor
1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY

Featuring New Year related activities and fun for the kids: treats, tales and traditional crafts.

Admission: $10 / Student/Senior/Snug Harbor Member: $8


Lunar New Year Chinese Documentary Film Festival

Feb 5 – 6, 2022


Lunar New Year Celebrations at Brookfield Place in Lower Manhattan by the WTC

The following schedule comes courtesy of their page here…


Thursday, February 3
Live Ice Carving: 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Ice sculpture display open through 8:00 pm

Friday, February 4
Ice sculpture display open from 12:00 – 8:00 pm

Saturday, February 5
Live Ice Carving: 11:30 AM – 1:00 pm
Ice sculpture display open through 6:30 pm


Saturday, February 5
at 11:00 am

Free craft kits provided by New York Chinese Cultural Center include “do it yourself” instructions on how to create your own Lunar New Year Lantern! Craft kits are first come, first served


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.


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)



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!


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.””


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.””


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.



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.


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!


NY Philharmonic

Celebrate the Year of the Rat with the NY Philharmonic

Tuesday, January 28, 2020
at 7:30 pm

David Geffen Hall


Zhou Tian
Gift (US Premiere)

Chen Gang and He Zhanhao
The Butterfly Lovers, Violin Concerto

Texu Kim
Spin-Flip (New York Premiere)

Rhapsody in Blue, for Piano and Orchestra



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


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.


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.


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!



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:


Other 2019 Lunar New Year Calendar Items

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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.

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