Lunar New Year Events in NYC and Nearby 2024

Lunar New Year Events 2023
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Lunar New Year Events in NYC and Nearby 2024

Lunar New Year starts Feb. 10 this year. Celebrate the Year of the Dragon and learn about Lunar New Year with these events all over New York! Click on your preferred region to jump down to that section:

Manhattan

Lunar New Year Festivities

Hudson Yards, 20 Hudson Yards, Chelsea
Jan. 27-Feb. 10, Saturdays, 1 pm, 3 pm, and 5 pm
All ages
Free

The Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards will celebrate Lunar New Year, presented by Martell Cognac with traditional decor featuring lanterns, wreaths, and more across Level 1.

On Saturdays there will be a series of free performances, including traditional lion dances and ribbon twirling presented in partnership with the New York Chinese Cultural Center.

Oshogatsu: Japanese New Year’s Celebration

Japan Society, 333 E 47th St., Murray Hill
Sunday, Jan. 28, 12:30 – 3:30 pm
Ages 3-10
$18

Celebrate the New Year Japanese-style with a live Japanese taiko drum performance, and a variety of fun traditional activities such as New Year’s calligraphy, lion dancing, and New Year’s-themed crafts. 

Moon Over Manhattan: A Lunar New Year Family Day

Asia Society, 725 Park Ave., Lenox Hill
Saturday, Feb. 3, 1 – 4 pm
All ages
$12; $7 students and seniors; $5 members; free for children ages 12 and younger.

Welcome the Year of the Dragon with performances and craft activities inspired by Lunar New Year traditions across Asia.

Activities include Lion Dance, interactive Kung Fu demonstration, musical performance and singalong, Korean New Year’s songs, and arts and crafts including face painting, shadow puppet making, clay rabbit charms, origami and lotus 

China Institute in America Presents: Lunar New Year Family Festival 2024!

China Institute, 40 Rector Street, 2nd FL, Downtown Manhattan
Sunday, Feb. 4, 2 – 5 pm
All ages
$5-$15

Celebrate the 2024 Lunar New Year—the Year of the Dragon—with China Institute in America!

For this year’s festival, they are flying in master artists directly from the picturesque historical province of Zhejiang, China to New York City to provide an authentic, captivating, true immersive cultural experience for your entire family that’s filled with festive activities and performances.

Lunar New Year Bilingual Story Time with Ya Ya Preschool

Pier 57, 15th St and Hudson River Park, Chelsea
Thursday, Feb. 8, 4 – 4:30 pm
Ages 3 – 4
Free

Celebrate The Year of the Dragon with an original story created by Ya Ya Preschool’s education team.

During this story event, children will go on an imaginary adventure with Little Dragon and Big Ya Ya to find out about Little Dragon’s superpower. Story, songs, and movement activities will be bilingual in Mandarin and English. 

Lunar New Year: Year of the Wood Dragon

Children’s Museum of Manhattan, 212 W 83rd St., Upper West Side
Feb. 10-18, Tuesdays and Thursdays – Sundays, 10 am – 5 pm
All ages
Included with admission: $16.75

This Lunar New Year, use design and creativity to explore elements of strength, intelligence, and prosperity!

Lunar New Year Family Celebration

David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, 61 W 62nd St., Upper West Side
Saturday, Feb. 10, 11 am
All ages
Free

Celebrate the year of the Wood Dragon: abundance, prosperity, and rejuvenation for all with a family-friendly party featuring a beloved lion dance performance, delicious goodies, fun demonstrations, crafts, karaoke, dancing, storytime with author Michele Wong McSween, and more.

26th Annual Chinese New Year Firecracker Ceremony and Cultural Festival

Saturday, Feb. 10, 11 am – 3:30 pm
Sara D. Roosevelt Park, Chrystie St. & Forsyth St., Lower East Side
All ages
Free

Start off the Year of the Dragon with a bang with a spectacular firecracker display along with musical performances, dance, and more!

Losar Family Day 2024: Celebrate the Year of the Wood Dragon

The Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W 17th St., Chelsea
Sunday, Feb. 11, 12 – 4 pm
All ages
Free

Celebrate Losar, the Tibetan New Year, with an afternoon of art. Learn about traditional Losar celebrations and this year’s zodiac animal, the powerful and determined Wood Dragon. Then explore the galleries, watch a traditional torma butter sculpture demonstration, and let your creativity go wild!

Super Saturday Lion Dance Parades 2024

Beginning at 50 Mott St., Chinatown
Saturday, Feb. 17, 10 am – 5 pm
All ages
Free

See 20+ lion dance groups parade 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.

Lunar New Year Celebration at The Seaport

The Seaport, 12 Fulton Street, Downtown Manhattan
Saturday, Feb. 17, 11 am – 5 pm
All ages
Free

Celebrate Lunar New Year with live lion dance performances, calligraphy and crafts. In partnership with the New York Chinese Cultural Center and the South Street Seaport Museum. Activities will take place throughout the day to welcome the Year of the Wood Dragon.

26th Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade & Festival

Parade begins at Mott & Canal St., Lower East Side
Sunday, Feb. 25, 1 pm
All ages
Free

This annual parade features traditional lion dances, floats, marching bands, local first responders, and more! 

Bronx

Krafty Kids: Lunar New Year

Pelham Bay Library, 3060 Middletown Road, Pelham Bay
Thursday, Feb. 1, and Wednesday, Feb. 21, 3 – 4 pm.
Ages 5-12
Free

Krafty Kids are invited to create a themed craft in celebration of Lunar New Year!

Family Art Project: Fan of Lunar New Year!

Wave Hill, 4900 Independence Ave., Riverdale
Feb. 10-11, Saturday and Sunday, 10 am – 1 pm
All ages
Free with Admission: $10; $6 students 18+ & seniors 65+; $4 children 6–18; free for children younger than 6 and members

Celebrate the start of the Year of the Dragon by learning about its role in the Chinese zodiac. Then, assemble and decorate a fan inspired by “dragons” in nature: lizards, snakes and other creatures that call the Bronx home.

Lunar New Year Celebration

Morris Park Library, 985 Morris Park Avenue, Pelham Parkway
Saturday, Feb. 10, 1 – 2 pm
Ages 3 – 12
Free

Listen to a story and make a craft to celebrate the Year of the Dragon!

Lunar New Year Lantern Making

Eastchester Library, 1385 East Gun Hill Road, Pelham Gardens
Saturday, Feb. 10, 3:30 – 4:15 pm
Ages 6-12
Free

Join Miss Steffey in welcoming the Lunar New Year! Participants will create and decorate their own paper lantern. 

Brooklyn

Sunday Art: Lunar New Year Celebration

Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Pkwy, Prospect Heights
Sunday, Jan. 28, 2 – 4 pm
All ages
Free with Museum Admission: $20; $14 ages 65 and older, visitors with disabilities, students 20+ (with valid I.D.); free for ages 19 and younger and members

Bring the family to this free drop-in program celebrating Lunar New Year. Create art inspired by the collection and enjoy a lion dance performance by the Chinese Freemasons Athletic Club.

Lunar New Year Celebration & Balloontopia Dragon Edition

City Point BKLYN, 445 Albee Square W., Brooklyn Heights
Saturday, Feb. 3, 11 am – 4 pm
All ages
Free

Celebrate Chinese New Year with traditional Lion Dances, Balloontopia Dragon Edition, Kids Lunar New Year-inspired crafts, and family portraits.

Lunar New Year Celebration at IKEA Brooklyn

IKEA Brooklyn, 1 Beard Street, Red Hook
Sunday, Feb. 4, 12 – 2 pm
Ages 5 and older
Free
RSVP online

Take part in a Year of the Dragon kids’ craft, FÖSSTA collection giveaways, food samples, special offers and more! 

Celebrate Lunar New Year

Brooklyn Children’s Museum, 145 Brooklyn Ave, Crown Heights
Sunday, Feb. 11, 10 am – 5 pm
All ages
$15; free for BCM members

Learn about the traditions of Lunar New Year through storytelling with authors Michele Wong McSween and Yobe Qiu; live music, dance, and Kung Fu workshops with the New York Chinese Cultural Center; calligraphy workshops with artist Nelson Leung, and a rooftop lion dance parade led by the Chinatown Community Young Lions.

Queens

Lunar New Year: Celebrating the Year of the Dragon

Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College, 153-49 Reeves Avenue, Flushing
Jan. 27-28, Saturday and Sunday, 3 pm.
All ages
$20

Enjoy spellbinding family dance performance while embracing the spirit of the Year of the Dragon through the power and beauty of dance.

Immerse yourself in a world of wonder as Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company takes the stage, weaving together graceful movements and vibrant costumes to bring ancient traditions to life.

Experience majestic dragons, dancing lions, elegant peacocks, stunning acrobats, twirling ribbons, and much more. Additionally, engage in a delightful assortment of pre-show hands-on family activities at the lobby.

Bowne House Historical Society Presents a Lunar New Year Lantern Workshop

Flushing Friends Meeting House, 137-16 Northern Boulevard, Flushing
Sunday, Jan. 28, 1 – 4 pm
Ages 5 and older
$25

Learn how to make four different Lunar New Year Lanterns.

Celebrate Lunar New Year

Queens Center, 90-15 Queens Blvd, Elmhurst
Saturday, Feb. 3, 1 – 4 pm
All ages
Free

Immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere for a day filled with cultural delights and exciting activities including a Lion Dancer Parade, K-Pop Dance Workshop for Kids, hands-on activities like calligraphy and paper flower crafting, and more.

Flushing Lunar New Year Parade

133-33 39th Avenue, Flushing
Saturday, Feb. 10, 11 am – 12 pm
All ages
Free

Celebrate the Year of the Dragon with the 2024 Lunar New Year Parade in Flushing, Queens, the most dynamic and diverse community in America!

Marvel at the colorful floats, dragon dances, and mesmerizing performances by talented artists. Indulge in delicious food and explore the bustling markets filled with festive goodies.

Year of the Dragon: 2024 GCC LNY Celebration

Glow Cultural Center NYC, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing
Sunday, Feb. 11, 11 am – 4 pm
All ages
Free

Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and smells of a traditional Lunar New Year festival to welcome the influential Year of the Dragon, featuring headliners such as two-time Guinness World Record holder Lina Liu’s foot juggling umbrellas, Sichuan Opera Face Changing, and  “Happy Chef” Chinese acrobat Yang Xiao Di.

Lunar New Year Celebration

Queens Museum, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Corona
Sunday, Feb. 11, 1 – 4 pm
All ages
Free
Advanced registration required

Celebrate the Year of the Dragon with folk dances, Lion and Dragon Dance, Peking Opera, and traditional arts and crafts.

The event will include an hour-long performance program featuring professional artists and students of NYCCC’s School of the Arts.

In addition to a hands-on Chinese calligraphy and ink brush painting workshop for kids and adults, there will be an all-ages art-making workshop on dragon craft creations.

Lunar New Year Celebration

Queens Place Mall, 8801 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst
Wednesday, Feb. 14, 3 – 5 pm
All ages
Free

Celebrate the joy and traditions of the Lunar New Year with a dazzling event celebrating the rich tapestry of Chinese culture through captivating traditional Chinese dances and mesmerizing performances by the New York Chinese Cultural Center!

Lunar New Year at the Garden

Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing
Sunday, Feb. 18, 12 – 4 pm
All ages
Free Admission; $5 Suggested Donation.

Enjoy the lion dance performance, music, crafts, and more.

Staten Island

Lunar New Year at the Zoo

Staten Island Zoo, 614 Broadway, West New Brighton
Sunday, Jan. 28, 11 am – 2 pm
All ages
$10; $7, seniors, $6, ages 3-14, free for kids 2 and younger.

Discover the symbolic significance of animals in the Chinese zodiac with special talks and encounters featuring animals associated with the Lunar New Year.

Lunar New Year Celebration at the Staten Island Children’s Museum

Staten Island Children’s Museum, 1000 Richmond Terr., Silver Lake
Tuesday, Feb, 20, 3:30 pm – 4:45 pm
All ages.
Included with $8 General Admission

Ring in the Lunar New Year by participating in this interactive celebration of music, dance, and Chinese culture. Grab a ribbon, a percussive instrument, or just enjoy the spectacle!

Chinese New Year Celebration at Snug Harbor

Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, 1000 Richmond Terr., Silver Lake
Saturday, Feb. 17, 12 – 3 pm
All ages
$12

Welcome the Year of the Wood Dragon at this exciting Chinese New Year celebration featuring treats, tales and traditional crafts. Participate in storytelling, arts and crafts, performances and snacks. 

Long Island

Lunar New Year Celebration

The Heckscher Museum of Art, 2 Prime Avenue, Huntington
Saturday, Feb. 3, 12 – 5 pm
All ages
Free

Celebrate and learn about Lunar New Year with beautiful traditional Chinese dances, origami, history, art, culture, and more.

Art in the Barn, Storytime and Hands-on Art Project for Preschoolers

Walt Whitman Birthplace, 246 Old Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station
Saturday, Feb. 10, 11 am
Ages 3 – 4
$15; $10 members

Learn about Chinese scroll painting, paint will calligraphy brushes and read about your own personal Chinese zodiac in “The Legend of the Chinese Dragon” by M. Sellier, C. Louis, W. Fei.

Lunar New Year Dragons

Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Ave, Garden City
Saturday, Feb. 10, 12 – 2 pm
All ages
Included with admission: $17

Stop by to learn all about the Lunar New Year and make a dragon craft to take home. 

Celebrate the ‘Year of the Dragon’ at Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt Museum & Planetarium, 180 Little Neck Rd, Centerport
Sunday, Feb. 11, 10 am – 12 pm
All ages
$20; $18 members

Make a paper lantern, learn Chinese calligraphy, create a traditional good luck decoration, and visit the collections to see one of the animals in the Chinese Zodiac.

Bergen

Lunar New Year Events at American Dream

American Dream, 1 American Dream Way, East Rutherford
Jan. 21 – Feb. 25, see website for complete schedule
All ages
Free

American Dream will usher in the Year of the Dragon and commemorate Lunar New Year with a month-long series of exciting events, festive performances and delicious cuisines.

Guests will enjoy a wide variety of entertainment, as well as discounts at retailers, eateries and attractions. These markdowns will be distributed via traditional and digital red envelopes, honoring the dragon – a symbol of power, nobility, honor, luck and success.

New Jersey Symphony: 2024 Lunar New Year Celebration

NJPAC, 1 Center St., Newark
Saturday, Feb. 3, 7:30 pm
All ages
$25-$85

Enjoy an evening of community and cultural exchange to celebrate the Year of the Dragon. Music Director Xian Zhang ignited the first Lunar New Year Celebration six years ago, and this festive tradition continues with conductor Yue Bao and pianist Tony Siqi Yun.

Community Day: Lunar New Year

The Newark Museum of Art, 49 Washington St., Newark, 
Saturday, Feb. 10, 12 – 5 pm
All ages
Free
Advanced registration required

Enjoy musical performances, parades, art making, and fun that celebrates this festive occasion. 

Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company: Year of the Green Wood Dragon

NJPAC, 1 Center St., Newark
Feb. 10-11, Saturday and Sunday, 2 pm
All ages
$20-$35

Embrace the spirit of the dragon — a symbol of power, strength, good luck, prosperity and happiness. Bring the whole family for this joyful display of Chinese dance, contemporary dance, acrobatics, vibrant costumes and live music.

And of course, you’ll experience the dazzling Dragon Dance! After the show, stop by the lobby to shop for beautiful papercraft by traditional artists.

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