11 Fun Events to Celebrate the Lunar New Year
January 1 may have come and gone, but the New Year merrymaking continues as we welcome in the Year of the Horse. Check out one of these free or low-cost Lunar New Year events and join in the festivities!
FRIDAY, JANUARY 31
Chinese New Year Celebration (FREE): Traditional lion dance, martial arts demonstrations and information about Chinese medicine. 7 to 9 p.m. Lake City Community Center, Seattle. http://lccommunitycenter.org.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1
Lunar New Year Celebration (FREE): Traditional lion dance, storytelling, music, martial arts, crafts and demonstrations. See online for detailed schedule. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Westfield Southcenter, Tukwila. www.westfield.com/southcenter/news-and-events/lunar-new-year.
Kids’ Chinese New Year Dance Party ($, free babes in arms): A DJ will spin family-friendly tunes, plus kids can create paper lanterns and join in the lion dance. 11 a.m. Nectar Lounge, Seattle (Fremont). www.facebook.com/KidsRocknDanceParty?ref=hl.
Free Family Saturdays (FREE): Celebrate Lunar New Year with hands-on art, live music, performances, family tours and a family-friendly movie. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Seattle Asian Art Museum, Seattle (Capitol Hill). www.seattleartmuseum.org.
Lunar New Year Festival (FREE): Multicultural entertainment including lion and dragon dances, children’s costume parade, dancing, drumming, food and more. See online for detailed schedule. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hing Hay Park, Seattle (Chinatown-International District). www.cidbia.org.
Setsubun (FREE): Celebrate the Japanese New Year tradition of throwing fuku mame (fortune beans) at the ogre Oni to drive away bad luck and welcome good fortune. Kids can make an Oni mask, taste traditional snacks and participate in a mini Japanese language class. 2 to 4 p.m. Pre-register. Sponge, Bellevue. www.spongeschool.com.
Chinese New Year Celebration ($, free ages 12 months and younger): See the renowned Mak Fai Washington Kung Fu Club perform a traditional lion dance at 1 p.m., plus kids can make and play a paper game called FangBao, create a pennant and participate in the Chopstick Pickup Challenge. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Imagine Children’s Museum, Everett. www.imaginecm.org.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2
Chinese New Year Celebration (FREE): Learn about the Chinese Zodiac and the sign of the horse, enjoy crafts and taste traditional snacks. Kids can also participate in a mini Mandarin language class. 10 a.m. to noon. Pre-register. Sponge, Seattle (Leschi). www.spongeschool.com.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8
Ridge Romp: Chinese New Year Celebration ($, free babes in arms): Music, lion dance, martial arts demonstration and more. 10:30 a.m., doors open 10 a.m., limited seating. Phinney Neighborhood Center’s lower brick building, Seattle (Phinney Ridge). http://ridgeromp.wordpress.com.
Lunar New Year Celebration (FREE): Demonstrations and hands-on activities, including music, dance, calligraphy, traditional lion dance, martial arts and more. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Center Court at Bellevue Square, Bellevue. http://bellevuecollection.com/lunarnewyear.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15
Asia Pacific New Year Celebration (FREE): Food, crafts, live entertainment and more from a variety of Asian and Pacific Island countries. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tacoma Dome, Tacoma. www.asiapacificculturalcenter.org/news/tahiti.
Photo courtesy of the Bellevue Collection website.
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