Celebrate Lunar New Year on Long Island
Chinese New Year is February 10th-16th!
Celebrate the Year of the Dragon with great food options and in-person and virtual events.
* events with 🔺 indicate events in Suffolk & Nassau Counties
1/15 - Jericho Public Library - Jericho - Celebrate the Year of the Dragon- with Traditions of Acrobats with Li Liu. Tickets required. 🔺
1/27 - Kupferberg Center for the Arts @ Queens College - Queens - Lunar New Year- 90-minute program, Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company will present a captivating program that blends modern and traditional dances. Be prepared to be enthralled by their mesmerizing choreography, combining contemporary and traditional elements in a breathtaking display of talent and culture.
1/27 & 1/28 - Kupferberg Center for the Arts @ Queens College - Queens - Lunar New Year- Celebrating the Year of the Dragon - family dance performance with the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company. Come experience majestic dragons, dancing lions, elegant peacocks, stunning acrobats, twirling ribbons, and much more. Additionally, engage in a delightful assortment of pre-show hands-on family activities at in the lobby.
1/27- 2/18 - Flushing Town Hall - Queens - Lunar New Year Exhibition: Remember. Opening reception is 1/27.
2/1-2/25 - Culture Lab LIC - Year of the Dragon - This exhibition will feature works by Asian Artists. Curated by Xiangdong Shi and in association with Chinese Overseas Artists Association. Opening reception is 2/1.
2/3 - Heckscher Museum - Huntington - Lunar New Year Celebration- Celebrate and learn about Lunar New Year with a focus on Chinese culture at this free family event for all ages! 🔺
2/3- MOCA - Manhattan- MOCACREATE- Lunar New Year Museum Makeover
2/3 - Queens Mall - Queens - Lunar New Year Celebration - Lion dance parade, K-Pop dance workshop for kids and Chinese culture revival zone.
2/3- The MET - Manhattan- Lunar New Year Festival - Celebrate the Year of the Dragon, one of the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac, with performances, interactive activities, and artist-led workshops for all ages.
2/4- China Institute - Manhattan- Chinese New Year Festival - master artists directly from the picturesque historical province of Zhejiang, China to New York City to provide an authentic, captivating, a true immersive cultural experience that’s filled with festive activities and performances – hallmark to China Institute’s Lunar New Year Festival.
2/8- MOCA- Manhattan - MOCA Talks with Joanna C. Lee and Ken Smith - Chinese Almanac: Year of the Dragon
2/10 - Flushing Chinese Business Association - Queens- Lunar New Year Parade
2/10- Sara D. Roosevelt Park at Grand Street - Manhattan- 26th New Year Firecracker Ceremony & Cultural Festival
2/11 - Huntington Library- Huntington- It's Chinese New Year, Curious George Book reading and craft 🔺
2/11 - Glow Cultural Center & Flushing Town Hall- Glow Dragon Lunar New Year Celebration & Cultural Fair - Umbrella juggling brought by two-time Guinness World Record holder Lina Liu, LNY attire parade on Main Street Flushing, and Family-favorite Chinese acrobat Yang Xiao Di.
2/11- Vanderbilt Museum - Centerport - Lunar New Year Celebration - visit the wildlife dioramas, learn Chinese Calligraphy and make a decoration that bring good luck all year. 🔺
2/11- Syosset Public Library - Syosset- Year of the Dragon Lunar New Year Performance from Tai Chi Qigong Association of America in Syosset. Enjoy a show including a colorful lion dance that symbolizes the warding off of evil spirits and ushering in prosperity, martial arts demonstrations highlight discipline and precision, while traditional music and dance routines take the audience on a journey through centuries of Chinese heritage. Reservations requested. 🔺
2/11 - Stony Brook- Charles B. Wang Center - Cutting through Culture- Chinese Paper Cutting Workshop 🔺
2/11 - Stony Brook- Charles B. Wang Center - Lunar New Year Celebration- Fluttering Butterflies 🔺
2/17- MOCA- Manhattan - Lunar New Year Family Festival!
2/18- Queens Botanical Garden- Queens- Year of the Dragon Celebration
2/20- Syosset Public Library x LICM- Syosset- Discover Lunar New Year festivities, stories and traditions in this multicultural awareness program. Learn about the symbolism of the Lion Dance and create your own Lion Dance parade mask. 🔺
2/20 - NY Philharmonic- Manhattan- Lunar New Year Performance
2/21 - Nassau Museum - Roslyn - Lunar New Year Celebration 🔺
2/25 - Landmark on Main - Port Washington - Lunar New Year festivities include crafts, activities, food, and a live performance with traditional Chinese music. 🔺
TBD - Welcome To Chinatown - Manhattan- Shop for stationery, coffee, embroidery and more at the Lunar New Year Weekend Fair hosted by Welcome to Chinatown. The shopping event will also feature an AAPI department store, an artist alley and a Chintatown scavenger hunt. The festivities will be held at East Broadway Mall.
Chinese New Year food can be of great significance. Lucky food is served during the 16 day festival but especially on Chinese New Year dinner on New Year's Eve which is believed to bring about good fortune and luck for the coming year.
Here are some lucky foods and some of their symbolism:
1. Dumplings- fillings have various meaning- (stay away from ones with sauerkraut)
2. Spring Rolls- wealth
3. Good Fortune Fruit- Fullness - some fruits include tangerines and oranges
4. Noodles- longevity
Check out Gold Belly and order Famous Nom Wah dumplings and siu ma. If you are local to Manhattan or Brooklyn you can also pick up a Lunar New Year dinner from Nom Wah.
All Month/While Supplies Last- Tea Drunk- Year of the Rabbit Tea Sampler
Order some take out...