Lunar New Year Events 2023

Lunar New Year Events 2023
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Lunar New Year Events 2023

Lunar New Year starts Jan. 22 and ends on Feb. 1 this year. Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit and learn about Lunar New Year with these events all over New York! Click on your preferred region to jump down to that section:

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    Manhattan

    Lunar New Year Festivities

    The Shops at Hudson Yards, 20 Hudson Yards, Chelsea
    January 17-February 6, Mondays-Saturdays, 10am-8pm; Sundays, 11am-7pm
    Special performances on Saturdays at 1pm, 3pm and 5pm
    All ages
    Free
    See The Shops at Hudson Yards decorated for the Lunar New Year featuring lanterns, wreaths, and more! In partnership with the New York Chinese Cultural Center, The Shops at Hudson Yards will showcase a series of FREE performances including traditional lion dances and ribbon twirling on Saturdays.

    Lunar New Year and Losar Celebration 2023

    New York City Hall, Broadway & Chambers St., Downtown Manhattan
    Tuesday, January 17, 6pm
    Free
    All ages
    Advanced registration required

    Celebrate Lunar New Year and Losar with members of the City Council. 

    South Street Seaport Museum Celebrates the Lunar New Year

    12 Fulton Street, Downtown Manhattan
    January 21-22, Saturday beginning at 12:30pm and Sunday, beginning at 1pm
    All ages
    Free

    Start the weekend with an inspiring Chinese Lion Dance on the cobblestones on Saturday as part of the neighborhood’s annual Lunar New Year festivities, then attend a Chinese Calligraphy Workshop or make Nautical Chinese Lion Chains.

    The celebration continues on Sunday with additional opportunities to create maritime-inspired lion chains. 

    Celebrate Chinese New Year!

    Manhattan Mandarin, 153 East 70th Street, Upper East Side
    Saturday, January 21, 2-5pm
    All ages
    Free

    Friends and family are all welcome to celebrate Chinese New Year at Manhattan Mandarin’s new HQ! Food and drinks will be provided. The day will include Xiao Long Bao, Arts & Crafts, Traditional Chinese Music, Ping Pong and more!

    Lunar New Year Family Festival!

    Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre Street, Little Italy
    Saturday, January 21, 2:30-5:30pm
    All ages
    Free

    Ring in the Year of the Rabbit with an afternoon of festivities for the whole family— hop, skip, or jump on over!

    25th New Year Firecracker Ceremony & Cultural Festival

    Sara D. Roosevelt Park, Chrystie St. & Forsyth St., Lower East Side
    Sunday, January 22, 11am-3:30pm
    All ages
    Free

    Start off the Year of the Rabbit with a bang with a spectacular Firecracker display. 

    Moon Over Manhattan: A Lunar New Year Family Day

    Asia Society, 725 Park Ave., Upper East Side
    Saturday, January 28, 1-4pm
    All ages
    $12; $7 students and seniors; $5 members; free for children ages 12 and younger

    Start off the New Year with performances and craft activities inspired by Lunar New Year traditions across Asia. Activities include: Lion Dance and interactive Kung Fu demonstration by the Bo Law Kung Fu martial arts school; musical performance and singalong with Elena Moon Park.

    Sing and dance along to Korean New Year’s songs, fun and silly songs about animals, and beautiful lullabies; Arts and craft activities.

    Lunar New Year Celebration

    Pearl River at Chelsea Market, 75 9th Ave., Chelsea
    Saturday, January 28, 5-7pm
    All ages
    Free

    Join Pearl River Mart’s annual Lunar New Year celebration at Chelsea Market. The festivities begin with a show-stopping performance by renowned lion dance troupe, the incomparable Wan Chi Ming Hung Gar Institute Dragon and Lion Dance Team.

    Lunar New Year Fair 2023

    East Broadway Mall, 88 E Broadway, Lower East Side
    January 28-29, Saturday and Sunday, 10am-5pm
    All ages
    Free admission

    Experience an amazing variety of vendors, creators and experiences like a scavenger hunt and an AAPI artist alley. 

    Super Saturday Lion Dance Parades 2023

    Streets of Chinatown, Chinatown
    Saturday, February 4, 11am-5pm
    All ages
    Free

    See over 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.

    Family Sundays Year of the Watercolor Hare

    Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W. 17th St., Flatiron
    February 5-19, Sundays, 1-3pm
    All ages
    Free with admission: $19; free for children 12 and younger
    Advanced Registration Required

    Celebrate the holiday of Losar, which marks the Tibetan Lunar New Year. As we mark the new year of the Water Hare, create your own Watercolor Hare to represent the good you wish to see in the world, and collage a field for your Water Hare wishes to leap forward from.

    25th Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade & Festival

    Parade begins at Mott & Canal St., Chinatown
    Sunday, February 12, 1pm
    All ages
    Free

    Welcome the Year of the Rabbit at this famed parade. Parade route: Mott & Canal to Chatham Square to East Broadway towards the Manhattan Bridge, completing on Eldridge and Forsyth Streets towards Grand Street next to Sara D. Roosevelt Park.

    Bronx

    Family Art Project: Fan for Lunar New Year!

    Wave Hill, 4900 Independence Ave, The Bronx
    January 21-22, Saturday and Sunday, 10am–1pm
    All ages
    Included with admission: $10; $6 students and seniors 65 and older; $4 ages 6 and older

    Celebrate the start of the Year of the Rabbit by learning about rabbits and their role in the Chinese zodiac. Then, assemble and decorate a fan inspired by these unique animals. Who knows, maybe you’ll even see a rabbit during your visit!

    Kid’s Chinese New Year Celebration Kick-Off

    Pelham Parkway-Van Nest Library, 2147 Barnes Avenue, Bronx
    Monday, January 23, 3:30-4:30pm
    Ages 5 and older
    Free

    Join this festive celebration with a story and craft making.

    Brooklyn

    Lunar New Year Celebration

    Atlantic Terminal Mall, 139 Flatbush Avenue, Downtown Brooklyn
    Wednesday, January 25, 3-5pm
    All ages
    Free

    Celebrate Lunar New Year and the Year of the Rabbit with Atlantic Terminal + New York Chinese Cultural Center! Traditional Chinese and Lion Dance Performances, Sugar Painting Demonstration + Giveaway, Festive Music, Raffles & More.

    Lunar New Year Celebration for Families

    City Point BKLYN, 445 Albee Square W., Downtown Brooklyn
    Saturday, January 28, 11am-2pm
    All ages
    Free

    Ring in the Lunar New Year of the Rabbit with free kids activities, lion dance and story time at City Point. 

    Lunar Zoo Year: Year of the Rabbit

    Prospect Park Zoo, 450 Flatbush Ave., Prospect Lefferts Gardens
    February 1-28, 10am-4:30pm, daily
    All ages
    $9.95; $7.96 ages 65 and older; $6.95 ages 3-12

    Celebrate the festival of the new moon and animals of the Chinese Zodiac.

    Learn about rabbits, an animal found around the world, and learn about the Wildlife Conservation Society’s efforts to save wildlife in Asia. Hop on over and enjoy the self-guided online scavenger hunt and discover more about the wild world of rabbits.

    Queens

    Live Mural Painting

    The Shops at Skyview Center, 40-24 College Point Blvd., Flushing
    Thursday, January 19, 6-8pm
    All ages 
    Free

    The Shops at Skyview will celebrate Lunar New Year 2023 by showcasing 6 emerging local Asian American artists with different cultural backgrounds. Local students from Francis Lewis High School’s art and design program will be participating in the project and assist each artist to complete the murals.

    The artist will interpret their visions of the “Year of Rabbit” by transforming 600 square feet of panels that illustrate cultural references that speak directly to the youthful audience. Plus, Live DJ,  giveaways, and raffles.

    LIC Lunar New Year Celebration 2023

    Various Locations
    January 20 – February 19
    All ages

    The LIC Lunar New Year Celebration is back starting this month! Celebrate Long Island City’s vast Asian and Asian-American community with a month of promotions and events from local businesses for all ages.

    Celebrate Lunar New Year at Tangram

    Tangram Center, 133-33 39th Ave., Murray Hill
    Saturday, January 21, 12-3pm
    All ages
    Free
    Ring in the year of the Rabbit with traditional dance, musical performances, processions, and more.
  • “Thump Thump” Rabbit Coloring Workshop

    Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd, Flushing
    Saturday, January 21, 3pm
    Ages 8 and older
    $12; $7 Members, Seniors, & Students with ID

    In celebration of the year of the rabbit, participants will color a rabbit painting together! During this family-friendly workshop, artist Stephanie Lee will guide guests step by step toward a finished rabbit painting.

    The artwork will be inspired by 19th-century Korean folk art depicting rabbits making medicine of immortality, under a cinnamon tree on a full moon.

    Lunar New Year

    Queens Center, 90-15 Queens Blvd, Elmhurst
    Saturday, January 21, 1-3pm
    All ages
    Free

    Ring in the Year of the Rabbit at this annual Lunar New Year Event! The event will begin with a Lion traveling to all participating tenants in the center and culminating in Center Court with dance and musical performances and a one-of-a-kind lion dance show!

    Bouncing Bunnies

    Alley Pond Environmental Center, 224-65 76th Avenue, Oakland Gardens
    Saturday, January 21, 9:30-10:30am
    Ages 2-3 with one adult
    $20
    Advanced Registration Required

    Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit with a fun toddler class about rabbits! Enjoy a book about a bunny and make a cute craft to take home. Little ones will also love touching and observing three different rabbits from APEC’s Animal Collection. 

    Lunar New Year Celebration

    The Shops at Skyview Center, 40-24 College Point Blvd., Flushing
    Sunday, January 22, 2-5pm
    All ages
    Free

    Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit with cultural performances, traditional lion dance, wishing tree, immersive photo booth, traditional pastry tasting, raffles and a lot of Lunar New Year fun!

    Lunar New Year Celebration

    Queens Place Mall, 8801 Queens Boulevard, Elmhurst
    Tuesday, January 24, 3-5pm
    All ages
    Free

    Celebrate Lunar New Year and the Year of the Rabbit with Queens Place and the New York Chinese Cultural Center! Traditional Chinese and Lion Dance Performances, Sugar Painting Demonstration, Giveaway, Festive Music, Raffles & More.

    Miffy Presents Lunar New Year

    Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing
    Saturday, January 28, 12-4pm
    All ages
    $5 suggested donation. $15 parking rate in effect

    Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit with Miffy, the globally beloved bunny! Come for lion dance performances, zodiac crafts, demonstrations, story time, lucky plant sale, and more!

    Lunar New Year Celebration

    Lunar New Year Celebration
    Sunday, January 29, 1-4pm
    All ages
    Pay as you wish

    Celebrate the year of the rabbit with folk dances, Lion Dance, Kung fu demonstrations, and traditional arts and crafts.

    The event will showcase a 45-minute performance program featuring professional artists and students of NYCCC’s School of the Arts, as well as a hands-on Chinese calligraphy and ink brush painting workshop for kids and adults.

    The Queens Museum’s education programs will offer an all-ages art-making workshop offered in English, Spanish and Mandarin.

    Chinese Theatre Works: Hao Bang-ah, Rabbit!

    Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd, Flushing
    Sunday, January 29, 1pm and 3pm; post performance workshop follows immediately
    All ages
    Show only: $10-$15; Show plus post show workshop: $17-$22

    Each year, Chinese Theatre Works celebrates the Lunar New Year season with an original “budaixi,” which is a traditional Chinese glove-puppet production that features the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac.

    This year’s show stars the Rabbit, who will preside over a jolly selection of wild puppet skits, dances, popular songs, and well-known Chinese sayings that celebrate the wit and wisdom of the zodiac animals.

    Special guests include the Jade Rabbit on the Moon and other all-star members of the zodiac puppet ensemble. 

    Celebrating the Lunar New Year of the Water Rabbit

    Kupferberg Center for the Arts, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing
    Sunday, February 5, 3pm
    All ages
    $15

    Celebrate and welcome the New Year of the Water Rabbit at KCA with a colorful, spectacular program of dance, music, and more!

    Come meet majestic dragons, acrobatic lions, elegant peacocks, twirling ribbons, bamboo instruments, and much more – all included in a thrilling program that’s designed to enthrall the entire family and honor the festive.

    Staten Island

    Lunar New Year at the Staten Island Zoo

    Staten Island Zoo, 614 Broadway
    Sunday, January 22, 11am-2pm
    All ages
    $10; $7 seniors; $6 ages 3-14; free for ages 2 and younger

    Hop to the Staten Island Zoo for a Lunar New Year Celebration. The zoo is kicking off Year of the Rabbit with lots of fun activities. Enjoy keeper talks, crafts and meet-and-greets with ambassador animals featuring the “animals of the zodiac.” Free with zoo admission.

    Chinese New Year Celebration

    Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden 1000 Richmond Terrace
    Sunday, January 22, 12-3pm
    All ages
    $10

    Children of all ages will enjoy treats, tales, and traditional crafts as part of one of the biggest cultural celebrations in the world.

    Lunar New Year Celebration

    Staten Island Children’s Museum, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Building M
    Saturday, February 4, 4-5pm
    All ages

    $8; free for kids 1 and youngerCelebrate the Year of the Rabbit with artists from the New York Chinese Cultural Center. This 30-minute program includes a Kung fu demonstration/interactive segment, as well as some beloved Chinese folk dance pieces.

    Long Island

    WinterFest Lunar New Year Celebration

    Heckscher Museum of Art, 2 Prime Ave., Huntington
    Saturday, January 21, 12-5pm
    All ages
    Free

    Celebrate and learn about Lunar New Year with a focus on Chinese culture at this free family event for all ages! Get creative and enjoy a variety of hands-on activities, artist and dance performances, and more!

    stART (Story + Art): “My First Chinese New Year” by Karen Katz

    Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Avenue, Garden City
    Thursday, January 26, 11:30am-12pm
    Ages 3-5
    $4, $3 members plus admission: $15; $14 seniors 65 and older; free for members and children younger than 1

    Celebrate the holiday with a reading  of “My First Chinese New Year” by Karen Katz. Chinese New Year is a time of new beginnings!

    Follow a girl as she learns how to welcome the coming year and experiences all the festivities surrounding it. After the story, decorate your own dancing dragon stick puppet as a symbol of good fortune for the year 2023!

    Lunar New Year

    Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Avenue, Garden City
    January 28-29, Saturday and Sunday, 12-4pm
    All ages
    Included with admission: $15; $14 seniors 65 and older; free for members and children younger than 1

    Enjoy a variety of dance  performances including the traditional Lion Dance, view live artisan demonstrations of Tai Chi martial arts, sugar painting, dough sculpting and calligraphy, make your own Riddle Lantern, and more. 

    Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company in Celebration of the Year of the Rabbit

    Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, LIU Post/720 Northern Blvd., Brookville
    Sunday, January 29, 5:45pm, pre-performance event; 7pm, performance
    All ages
    $32-$52

    Welcome the Chinese Lunar New Year in a spectacular production of colorful costumes, mesmerizing music, fantastic acrobatics and lively dance!

    Celebrate Lunar New Year

    Roosevelt Field, 630 Old Country Rd, Garden City
    Saturday, February 4, 2-4pm
    All ages
    Free
    Experience the ancient art of Chinese paper cutting, balloon twisting & face painting entertainment.
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    February Break for Art: Year of the Rabbit

    Nassau County Museum of Art, 1 Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor
    Wednesday, February 22, 11am-12:30pm or 1-2:30pm
    All ages
    $20; $10 children and adult museum members
    Advanced Registration Required

    On the second day of Break for Art, the program will focus on The Lunar New Year giving participants the opportunity to create their own pop-up rabbit puppet! Enjoy additional Lunar New Year activities at the Museum.

    Rockland/Bergen

    American Dream Celebrates Lunar New Year

    American Dream, 1 American Dream Way, East Rutherford
    January 13-February 5, See website for schedule
    All ages
    Free

    Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit with traditional Chinese music, modern symphonies, demonstrations, and more.

    Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company: Year of the Black Water Rabbit

    NJPAC, 1 Center St., Newark
    January 21-22, Saturday and Sunday, 2pm
    All ages
    $27-35

    The Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company welcomes the coming of the Spring of 2023, the Year of the Black Water Rabbit. It’s a spectacular experience for all ages, combining traditional Chinese dance with modern flair.

    The Red Lions dance to a hip hop beat. The Golden Dragon brings good luck and fortune for the coming year. Dancers, acrobats and musicians perform in dazzling red and gold costumes.

    Lunar New Year Fun

    Orangeburg Library, 20 S Greenbush Road, Orangeburg
    Wednesday, January 25, 4:30-5:30pm
    Ages 5-10
    Free
    Advanced registration required.

    It’s the year of the Rabbit!  Learn about the Lunar New Year and create a bunny for good luck.