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Lunar New Year Celebrations

New Year Celebrations

Chinese New Year falls on Saturday, January 28, 2017

It begins the year 4715 on the Chinese calendar, the year of the Rooster.

Check back for information about Chinese New Year (also called the Lunar New Year) celebrations, parades, and fireworks in each of the cities below. We typically update this page in early January, but sometimes we don’t have information for specific cities until just a few weeks before the event.  (In 2018, Chinese New Year will fall on Friday, February 16.)

Be sure to bookmark this page for next year!


United States

Boston

Lion Dance Parade

Sunday, February 12, 11:00 am

Beach Street and other nearby streets in Chinatown

A traditional celebration featuring martial artists, brightly colored Chinese costumes worn by lion dancers, and traditional food and music.

Chinatown Main Street Cultural Village

Sunday, February 12, 2017, noon to 3:00 pm

China Trade Building at the corner of Boylston and Washington Streets

Free fun activities – calligraphy, dough characters, origami, balloons, and more!

Lunar New Year Celebration

Saturday, February 28, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Peabody Essex Museum in Salem

Performances such as Lion Dances, drumming, and music, storytelling, crafts, and a chance to explore the museum’s rich collection of Asian art.

Learn more about Boston Chinatown!


Chicago

Chinese Lunar New Year Parade

Sunday, February 5, 1:00 pm

Chinatown Gate (Wentworth Avenue at 24th Avenue)

Marching bands, floats, dragon and lion dance performers, and a 100-foot paper dragon. Arrive early… the parade draws more than 30,000 visitors.

Learn more about Chicago Chinatown!


Honolulu

Lunar Chinese New Years MultiCultural Festival

Saturday, January 21, 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

Night in Chinatown Street Festival and Parade

Saturday, January 21, 3:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Festival along the streets of Maunakea, River, and Pauahi Streets; parade starts at Richards and Hotel Streets, and proceeds down Hotel to Smith Street.

The festival features food, crafts, martial arts demonstrations, lion and dragon dancers, and entertainment on three stages.  Sponsored by the Chinatown Merchants Association.

Learn more about Honolulu, Oahu Chinatown!


Los Angeles

Annual Golden Dragon Parade

Saturday, February 4, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

North Broadway and Alpine Street

The Golden Dragon Parade is the premiere Chinese cultural event in Southern California and draws over 100,000 spectators and participants. The parade has been an annual event since 1898.

It features marching bands, lion and dragon dancers, performers, and over two dozen floats.

Learn more about Los Angeles Chinatown!


New York / Manhattan

New Year Firecracker Ceremony & Cultural Festival

Saturday, January 28, 11:00 am – 3:30 pm

Sara D Roosevelt Park

A large stage will feature all-day cultural performances by traditional and contemporary Asian-American singers and dancers, as well as a firecracker explosion intended to ward off evil spirits.

Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade & Festival

Sunday, February 5, 1:00 pm

Canal Street & Mott Street to Sara D Roosevelt Park

The parade features elaborate floats, marching bands, lion and dragon dancers, Asian musicians, and acrobats, with over 5,000 participants. There parade terminates at 3:00 pm in  Sara D Roosevelt Park, where there will be additional performances.

For information on New York Chinatown events, visit the Better Chinatown website.

Learn more about New York / Manhattan Chinatown!


Oakland

Lunar New Year Bazaar

Saturday, January 14, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, January 15, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

9th & Franklin Streets & Pacific Renaissance Plaza

The event features vendors selling traditional new year decorations, flowers, gifts, and traditional foods and candies. There will also be continuous live entertainment featuring dragon and lion dancing, martial arts, a Little Prince & Princess Contest, and Chinese cultural music.

Learn more about Oakland Chinatown!


Philadelphia

Midnight Lion Dance Performance

Friday, January 21, 11:30 pm

10th and Race Street

The Midnight Parade will be a good way to welcome in the Year of the Horse. Celebrate with firecrackers and watch the amazing lion dances featuring the Philadelphia Suns. This parade will begin at 10th and Race Streets and continue throughout Chinatown.

The Philadelphia Suns Lion Dance Parade

Sunday, January 29, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

10th and Spring Street

The festivities will continue throughout Chinatown with firecrackers, martial arts performances, the Philadelphia Suns’ lion dance, and so much more to welcome in the Chinese New Year.

Chinese New Year Celebration

Saturday, February 4, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Chinatown

Learn more about Philadelphia Chinatown!


Sacramento

Chinese New Year Celebration

Saturday, February 18, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Hiram W. Johnson High School

Gala celebration of Year of the Rooster featuring lion dancea, martial arts, ethnic entertainment, arts and crafts, community exhibits, food vendors, children’s games. Sponsored by the Chinese New Year Culture Association.


San Francisco

Chinese New Year Parade

Saturday, February 11, 5:15 pm – 8:00 pm

Second and Market to Chinatown – see the Parade route.

The Chinese Chamber of Commerce has hosted a New Years Parade each year since 1958. The parade features over 100 floats and marching units, performers, firecrackers, and a 200-foot Chinese Dragon. It is the largest Chinese New Years celebration outside of Asia, and it has been named one of the top 100 parades in the world.

Learn more about San Francisco Chinatown!


Seattle

Chinatown Lunar New Year Celebration

Sunday, January 29, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Hing Hay Park and surrounding streets  (Seattle’s Chinatown-International District)

Lion and Dragon Dances, Taiko Drumming, face painting, martial arts demonstrations, and the 5th Annual Children’s Parade Contest. Presented by the Chinatown-International District.

Learn more about Seattle Chinatown!

Canada

Calgary

Chinese New Year Carnival

Saturday, January 21, 10:00 am – 8:30 pm
Sunday, January 22, 10:00 am – 76:30 pm
Saturday, January 28, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday, January 29, 10:00 am – 7:30 pm
Saturday, February 11, 10:00 am – 7:30 pm

Chinese Cultural Centre

Dragon and lion dance performers, martial arts demonstrations, traditional music and dance, plus food, games, and an indoor bazaar selling gifts and festival items. Over 20,000 visitors are expected.

Learn more about Calgary Chinatown!


Edmonton

Edmonton Chinatown Multi-Cultural Festival

Saturday, January 14, 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sunday, January 15, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

West Edmonton Mall

Lion Dance, Dragon Dance, Tai Chi and Kung Fu demonstrations, Chinese music and dance performances.

Learn more about Edmonton Chinatown!


Ottawa

Winter Night Market – Lunar New Year Edition

Friday, January 20th – 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Saturday, January 21st – 12:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Sunday, January 22nd – 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm​

Hilton Lac Leamy

Traditional and pop Asian performers to keep you entertained throughout the day. Come and experience live demonstrations, musical artists, fashion shows and of course the traditional Lion Dance.

Winterlude Chinatown’s 2017 Special Lunar New Year Celebration

Sunday, February 12, 11:30 am – 2:30 pm

Somerset Street from Preston to Bay

King of Good Fortune, Chinese Drummers, Zodiac Animals, 2017 Lei See, 150 Special Gifts (celebrating Canada’s 150th Anniversary).

The King of Good Fortune will give away 2017 lucky red envelops with his best wishes to children whom he will meet in Chinatown.  Among the 2017 red envelops there will be 150 special gifts from various Chinatown merchants for the even luckier winners!

Learn more about Ottawa Chinatown!


Toronto

We have been informed that the Chinese New Year celebration is on hiatus for 2017, but will return in 2018.

The CIBC Lion Dance CNY Celebrations

Friday-Sunday, February 5-7

Market Village

Martial arts teams and dance troops will be invited to showcase their talent on the Market Village main stage.

Learn more about Toronto Chinatown!


Vancouver

Chinese New Year Parade

Sunday, January 29, 11:00 am

Millenium Gate on E. Pender – Gore – Keefer

The celebration will include traditional lion dancers and martial arts demonstrations. For details visit the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association website.

Chinese New Year Parade

Saturday, January 28, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Sunday, January 29, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Sun Yat-Sen Plaza (50 East Pender Street).

Featuring multicultural performances, special lion dance grand finale, martial arts demonstration and more.

Learn more about Vancouver Chinatown!


Victoria

Lion Dance Parade

Sunday, January 29, 11:00 am

Parade starts at the Gate of Harmonious Interest

The colorful Lion Dance Parade winds through Chinatown. This familiy-friendly event is hosted by the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association.

Learn more about Victoria Chinatown!


Worldwide

London, England

Chinese New Year Parada

Sunday, January 29, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Trafalgar Square to Chinatown

Floats, Chinese lion and dragon dance teams, local artists, food and craft stalls. Continuous performances at Trafalgar Square.  The biggest Lion and Dragon event in Europe!

Learn more about London Chinatown!


Sydney, Australia

Here are a few of the more than 80 events that will celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year.

Sydney Chinese New Year Festival

January 27 to February 12

Celebrate the Lunar New Year at City of Sydney’s Chinese New Year Festival. This vibrant arts Festival has a program bursting with cultural events, markets, tours, exhibitions and entertainment, most of them free.  Be part of the fun as the city’s streets come alive with giant lunar lanterns and more. Don’t miss the extremely popular Dragon Boat Races that see the spirit and power of the dragon come alive as 12-meter long boats, with up to 20 paddlers, battle it out to the beating of drums!

Lunar Lanterns

January 27 – February 12

Twelve incredible Chinese lanterns, created by local artists to celebrate the animals of the Chinese zodiac, will be displayed at various locations through the city. The lanterns – which were unveiled in 2016 – have been upgraded and enhanced for 2017.

Dragon Boat Races

February 11 – 12

Darling Harbour

Learn more about Sydney Chinatown!

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