The Chinese New Year, otherwise known as the Lunar New Year or the Spring Festival in modern China, originally came about to mark the turn of the lunar-solar Chinese calendar, as well as to honor the household and harvest. However, in America, most communities use this holiday to spend time with family and indulge in out-of-this-world cuisine. If you’re looking to experience this time-honored tradition, you can find plenty of amazing Chinese New Year events and celebrations in our area.
Local Chinese New Year Events and Celebrations
Lunar New Year Celebration
Head out to the Queens Botanical Garden in Flushing, Queens, to ring in the ‘Year of the Dog’ at their annual Lunar New Year Celebration. Bring your whole family along for a fun-filled day with all kinds of exciting crafts and performances that your children will surely enjoy.
You will also learn plenty of interesting information about the lucky plants of the Chinese New Year, including chrysanthemums, jade and other auspicious beauties. There is also going to be a huge botanical sale so that you can bring home all of your favorite plants for a prosperous New Year.
The event will take place on Saturday, February 17, from noon to 4:00 pm. Best of all, it’s completely free!
Chinese New Year Temple Bazaar
For centuries, China’s residents have been celebrating the Lunar New Year by hosting giant, extravagant temple fairs that everyone would attend with their family and friends. On the other side of the world, Flushing Town Hall has decided to recreate this revered tradition at their 4th Annual Temple Bazaar in Queens.
What to Expect
This festival will feature live performances, traditional arts and crafts, and plenty of fusion foods that will make your mouth water. These Chinese New Year events will take place on Saturday, February 10, and Sunday, February 11, starting at 11 am.
Best of all, for the Saturday festival, there will be a parade. Participants are asked to meet at Flushing Town Hall at 8:30 am. The parade will officially begin from the Flushing Queens Library at 9:30 am.
Tickets for each day of the festival will cost five dollars (or three dollars for members). Teens aged 13 to 19 get in free. Buy your passes today!
Lunar New Year Parade & Festival
Visit the Lower East Side of Manhattan on Saturday, February 25, for the annual Lunar New Year Parade & Festival. It will feature awe-inspiring visuals, flavorful treats, spectacular performances and plenty of street vendors.
This parade will wind its way through the streets of Chinatown and Little Italy, starting around 1 pm. Specifically, it will head down Mott Street from Canal Street, continue to East Broadway, go up through Sara Roosevelt Park via Forsythe and Eldridge Street to Broome Street.
All along the way, you can check out the many different vendors for delicious delicacies and worldly trinkets.
Chinese New Year events in New York are a dime a dozen, yet these three options clearly take the cake as the best of the best!