Get set to celebrate the Lunar New Year in New York State! The Lunar, or Chinese, New Year is celebrated for sixteen days, from New Year's Eve on January 31 to the Lantern Festival on February 15. This year is the year of the tiger, specifically, the water tiger, which represents someone with a high sense of self-esteem and learning capacity. Here are just a few ways you can unleash your inner tiger and celebrate the Lunar New Year in New York State!
Remember to social distance and wear a mask as required by state guidelines. Call ahead and check websites and social media to make sure attractions are open and available.
The Sound of Spring: A Chinese New Year Concert (Hudson Valley)
To celebrate the Lunar New Year, the US-China Music Institute of the Bard College Conservatory of Music will present “The Sound of Spring: A Chinese New Year Concert,” conducted by the Director of the US-China Music Institute Jindong Cai with The Orchestra Now (TŌN) performing. This special annual event, showcasing some of the best Chinese-American artists and solo artists in America today, will feature Chinese music, and traditional instruments, taking place on January 28 in The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College. In-person tickets and virtual reservations are available.
Lunar New Year Dishes at Goosefeather (Hudson Valley)
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Enjoy a delicious celebration on the first day of the Lunar New Year (February 1) at Goosefeather, on the grounds of Tarrytown House Estate. From February 1-6, celebrated chef, Dale Talde, is serving up Lunar New Year specials drawing from modern Cantonese cuisine and using seasonal ingredients from the Hudson Valley. Commemorate the holiday with a spread of longevity noodles (pictured) accompanied by minced shrimp, bamboo, garlic chives, and Supreme sauce, tea-smoked whole trout served with winter citrus and ginger salad, and vegetarian Shanghai egg rolls served with a Meyer lemon soy sauce.
Lunar New Year at the Queens Botanical Garden (New York City)
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The Queens Botanical Garden is celebrating the Lunar New Year with a range of events and activities throughout January and February. Participants can take part in the annual lucky plant sale, contribute to a community art project, and enjoy the return of the Garden’s Lunar New Year celebration event on Saturday, February 5, from noon to 3 pm. Pre-registration is recommended.
Chinese New Year Celebration at The Discovery Center (Central New York)
The Discovery Center of the Southern Tier invites you to share the culture and traditions of Chinese Lunar New Year on February 5 with the Confucius Institute of Chinese Opera from Binghamton University. Make a lantern, and join in the Dragon Parade as you ring in the New Year! All activities and performances are free with admission to the Center.
Lunar New Year Celebration Gala (Greater Niagara)
Take part in celebrations of cultural diversity and the Lunar New Year on February 6 at the Atrium and Main Stage rooms within the Center for the Arts at the University at Buffalo’s north campus. From 1-3 pm, experience a showcase of the diverse cultures and traditions of organizations and companies in Erie County, and from 3-5 pm, the Lunar New Year Celebration featuring stunning performers from diverse cultural groups.
Lunar New Year Celebration at Alice Tully Hall (New York City)
Treat yourself to a special Lunar New Year performance by the New York Philharmonic on February 8 at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center (pictured) in Manhattan! Enhance your experience by attending the entire Gala evening (a fundraiser for the Philharmonic), including a pre-concert reception, and a post-concert seated dinner with the artists.
Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade and Festival (New York City)
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On February 12, get ready for stunning visuals, tantalizing treats, and amazing performances at Chinatown's annual Lunar New Year celebration! Shop fronts are adorned in red and gold, and colorful parades and dragon dances wind through the streets (pictured). The parade starts at 1 pm, making its way through the main streets of Little Italy and Chinatown.
Landmark On Main Street’s Lunar New Year Celebration (Long Island)
On February 13, celebrate the Year of the Tiger with Landmark on Main Street in Port Washington. You’ll enjoy festivities including crafts, activities, food, and a live performance with traditional Chinese music, dance, a martial artist, and an acrobat!