January 23rd, 2020 | Events in New York
The Year of the Rat is officially here! Given that Chinese immigrants began settling in New York over 200 years ago, the city has a long history of upholding China’s traditions. Celebrate the Lunar New Year at any of these popular NYC events.
Lunar New Year at Columbus Circle
When: Until February 7, 2020
Where: The Shops at Columbus Circle, 2nd Floor, 10 Columbus Circle, New York City, NY 10019
Just across from Central Park you will find luxury shops and delicious restaurants celebrating the Lunar New Year with special offers and events. Take a cooking class at Williams Sonoma, shop for a limited edition Lunar New Year Box Set at diptyque or check out the events at Mandarin Oriental.
Lunar New Year
When: February 1, 2020 from 2pm to 3:15pm
Where: Brookfield Place New York, Winter Garden, 230 Vesey Street, New York, NY 10821
Bring the entire family to an art-oriented festival. There will be a parade of lion dancers, a martial arts demonstration and traditional Chinese dance, music and theater.
Lunar New Year Festival at The Met
When: February 1, 2020 from 11am to 5pm
Where: The Met Fifth Avenue, 1000 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10028
The Met is preparing a Lunar New Year extravaganza. Kick off the day with a Lunar New Year Parade, followed by a Sesame Street-themed puppet show and performances featuring dancers, drummers and yo-yo tricks. There will be many Chinese arts and crafts classes, traditional tea and noodle-making demonstrations, storytime and art talks in Mandarin at the Asian Art Gallery.
Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade & Festival
When: February 9, 2020 at 1pm
Where: The parade will start at Mott & Canal. It will continue to Chatham Square and East Broadway towards the Manhattan Bridge, finishing on Eldridge and Forsyth Streets towards Grand Street next to Sara D. Roosevelt Park.
Wrap up the celebrations with the wildly popular Chinatown parade. This event will have lion dancers, dragons, acrobats, marching bands, public officials, performances of Asian-American culture. Given its popularity, you need to arrive at least two hours in advance.