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Lunar New Year Celebrations 2016: Year of the Monkey

Wing Luke Museum Lunar New Year Celebration

Judy Vue


January 1st has come and gone, but the new year celebrations continue . Welcome the Year of the Monkey at one of these festive events!


Thursday, February 4


Lunar New Year Celebration. Enjoy music, family activities, and a presentation honoring Wong Tsoo, Boeing’s first engineer. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. FREE. Museum of Flight, Seattle (Boeing Field). museumofflight.org

Cultural Celebration of Lunar New Year. Get to know how Lunar New Year is celebrated around the world with stories, food, crafts and activities. Guests who have traditional dress are encouraged to wear it. 6 to 7:30 p.m. FREE. Lake City Branch of Seattle Public Library, Seattle (Lake City). spl.org


Saturday, February 6


Free First Saturdays for Families. Celebrate Lunar New Year with hands-on art, dress-up, a movie, music, and a martial arts demonstration from Mak-Fai. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. FREE. Seattle Asian Art Museum, Seattle (Capitol Hill). seattleartmuseum.org

Lunar New Year Fair. Lion dance and firecrackers outdoors at 11 a.m. In the museum, enjoy art activities, games, a movie, face painting and more. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Included with admission. $$, free today for students with ID and youth. Wing Luke Museum, Seattle (Chinatown/International District). wingluke.org


Monday, February 8


Lunar New Year Celebration. Families can explore Lunar New Year traditions through special activities and play, plus enjoy a drumming and dance performance by LQ Lion Dancers. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Included with admission. $, free younger than 12 months. Seattle Children’s Museum (Lower Queen Anne). thechildrensmuseum.org


Saturday, February 13


Lunar New Year Festival. Lion dance, martial arts, drill teams and other performances, plus food, kids’ activities and more. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. FREE. Hing Hay Park, Seattle (Chinatown/International District). cidbia.org

Tet Festival: Vietnamese Lunar New Year. Explore traditional and contemporary Vietnamese culture with performances (including a lion dance), food, crafts and other activities. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Sun. FREE. Seattle Center Armory and Fisher Pavilion, Seattle (Lower Queen Anne). tetinseattle.org


Asia Pacific New Year Celebration. Food, crafts, live entertainment and more, from a variety of Asian and Pacific Island countries. This year’s featured country is Indonesia. 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. FREE. Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall, Tacoma. asiapacificculturalcenter.org


Thursday, February 18


Lunar New Year Celebration. Cultural performances and demonstrations, music, food, and more. Wear red and help scare away the mythical beast Nian. 4 to 6 p.m. FREE. International District/Chinatown Community Center, Seattle (International District). parkways.seattle.gov


Saturday, February 20


Lunar New Year Celebration. Traditional and contemporary cultural performances and demonstrations, plus dumpling samples (while supplies last). 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. FREE. Center Court at Bellevue Square, Bellevue. bellevuecollection.com


$: less than $10 

$$: $10 to $20

$$$: more than $20



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