It’s the year of the rabbit! Celebrate the month-long Lunar New Year celebrations in New York City this weekend, culminating in the big, hilarious 25th Annual Lunar New Year Parade in Manhattan’s Chinatown.
Below are events – listed in chronological order – to get you hopping, hopping, and jumping around New York City.
Olly Olly Food Hall & Market New Year Festival
It’s almost Lunar New Year! Visit the Olly Olly Market for customized Forsyth Fortune Cookies, a live lion dance performance, and a raffle with many prizes, proceeds benefit Send Chinatown Love, a non-profit organization that supports local mom and pop restaurants. They’re also giving away a free Lunar Hard Seltzer with the purchase of their baby burrito.
When: Friday, January 20, 5-8 p.m
Where from: Olly Olly Market, 601 W 26th Street, New York, NY 10001
Very big, very Asian comedy Lunar New Year show
Featuring some of the best Asian and Asian-American comedians in the industry, plus up and coming comics not to be missed. This is one of Broadway Comedy Club’s most popular shows and a must see.
When: Friday, January 20, 10 p.m
Where from: Broadway Comedy Club, 318 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019
Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit, one of the twelve animals of the Chinese Zodiac, with performances, interactive activities and artist-led workshops for all ages. All activities are free with museum admission and no registration is required. Entry is free for members and children under 12. For New York State residents and NY, NJ and CT students, the amount to pay is up to you.
When: Saturday, January 21, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m
Ring in the Year of the Rabbit with a festive afternoon for the whole family – performances, screenings, workshops and meet-the-authors.
When: Saturday, January 21, 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m
Presenting Lunar New Year at The Market Line with Live Painting by Artist Miiasoey, Lion Dance Performance by Choy Lee Fut, Red Lantern Kids Crafts, Green Tile Social Club Mahjong Meet-up and AAPI Kids Sunday Movie Series.
When: From Saturday, January 21, 4 p.m. to Sunday, February 5, 4 p.m
Where from: The Market Line, Essex Market, 115 Delancey St, New York, NY 10002
Run for the Midnight Run in Chinatown LNY 2023
Just after the celebrations to kick off 2023, Run for Chinatown and Nike NYC come together to welcome the Year of the Water Bunny. To kick off the holiday season, they come together on the eve of the Lunar New Year for a nightly 5K community run.
When: Saturday, January 21, 10 p.m
Where from: NOREE, 274 Grand Street, New York, NY 10002
25th Annual Lunar New Year Fireworks Ceremony and Cultural Festival
Better Chinatown USA will set off hundreds of thousands of firecrackers to ward off evil spirits. Enjoy dances, cultural activities and food vendors at Sara D. Roosevelt Park.
When: Sunday, January 22, 11:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m
Where from: Sara D. Roosevelt Park, Chrystie St & Forsyth St, New York, NY 10002
Jump with Think! into the successful year of the rabbit! Chinatown! The first day of the LNY is Sunday this year, and Chinatown will be hot & loud at best. There will be lion dancing, confetti and lots of friends and neighbors. The T!C crew will join the celebrations on Mott St. with a reveal of their annual Lantern Artist-in-Residency project.
When: Sunday, January 22, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m
Where from: Mott Street, New York, NY
Join Yu & Me Books for their first annual Lunar New Year Book Fair for children. There will be activities, read-alongs, stories and treats from Brooklyn Bakesale.
When: Sunday, January 22, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m
Where from: Seward Park Campus Library, Floor 4, 350 Grand St, New York, NY 10002
Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit at MAD’s intergenerational workshop led by artist educator Jocelyn Yang. Inspired by the Chinese craft tradition of forming colorful dough figures, participants will form New Year rabbits and other Chinese zodiac animals from rice flour dough. Studio Sunday is an artistic program for visitors aged five and over. Tickets are required and include admission to the museum. Space is limited.
The biggest event of the year at Canal Street Market is upon us! The Market is excited to celebrate the Lunar New Year with its amazing community of restaurants and small businesses!
When: Friday, January 27 through Sunday, January 29 and Friday, February 3 through Sunday, February 5, times TBA
Where from: Canal Street Market, 265 Canal Street, New York, NY 10013
Celebrate the Lunar New Year with friends and family at Think! Community studio in Chinatown. Folk artists will demonstrate and sell their traditional crafts, with Xun Ye making LNY-themed dough figures and Becky Hsu writing spring couples to bring happiness to your house. Make your rounds at our pop up tea house to wish everyone a happy new year with tea and prosperity tray.
When: Saturday, January 28, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m
Pearl River Mart celebrates the Year of the Rabbit with lots of lion dances, happy foods and libations. Check out the trio of LNY events in Soho and Chelsea Market.
When: Saturday, January 28, 5-7 p.m
Where from: Pearl River Mart in Chelsea Market, 75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011
Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit with Welcome to Chinatown and some amazing vendors, creators and experiences that will be part of the fair.
When: Saturday, January 28 and Sunday, January 29 Times TBA
Where from: East Broadway Mall, 88 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002
Think! Chinatown’s Lantern Artist-in-Residence will be demonstrating his lantern on Mott Street on Super Saturday. Enjoy lion dance and confetti with family and friends.
When: Saturday, February 4, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m
Where from: Mott Street, New York, NY
25th Annual Lunar New Year Parade in Manhattan Chinatown
Parade route: Mott & Canal to Chatham Square to East Broadway towards the Manhattan Bridge, to Eldridge and Forsyth Street towards Grand Street next to Sara D. Roosevelt Park. See colorful floats, marching bands, lion and dragon dancers, antique cars, beauty queens and performers at the Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade & Festival.
Come and warm up from the parade at Think! Lantern Festival Party in Chinatown. There will be classic Lunar New Year treats, hot tea, New Year’s karaoke and a workshop hosted by T!C’s Lantern Artist-in-Residence.
When: Sunday, February 12, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m
Brooklyn Children’s Museum Lunar New Year Celebration
Join the Brooklyn Children’s Museum as we celebrate the Year of the Rabbit! Learn about Lunar New Year traditions through storytelling, live music, calligraphy workshops and a rooftop lion dance parade led by the Chinatown Community Young Lions.
When: Saturday, January 28, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m
Where from: Brooklyn Children’s Museum, 145 Brooklyn Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11213
The Moon Market at Land to Sea
A mini-mart at the back of the Land to Sea cafe and creative hub with small Asian-owned shops ranging from clothing, art prints, jewellery, plants, stationery and more. There will be a Chinese candy/snack station where you can fill up your sachet and sample some treats that can either inspire nostalgia or be something you’ve never eaten before.
When: Saturday 28th January and Sunday 29th January
Where from: From Land to Sea, 402 Graham Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211
The 8th Annual Red Envelope Show
Visit My Plastic Heart gallery and retail store to celebrate the Year of the Rabbit with original works on red envelopes from over 100 artists at the 8th Annual Red Envelope Show.
When: Opening reception on Saturday 28 January. Exhibition closes Sunday February 26th.
Where from: My Plastic Heart, 40 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Flushing Lunar New Year Parade
You are invited to participate in the 2023 Lunar New Year Parade with the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce.
When: Saturday, January 21, from 11 a.m
Where from: Tangram, 133-33 39th Avenue Queens, NY 11354
Queens Botanical Garden Rabbit Community Art Year & Guided Winter Walk
Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit with family-friendly community art and a guided winter walk. Leave your mark in a community-created exhibit for the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday and explore our 39 acres on an outdoor winter walk! Recommended from 5 years.
When: Saturday January 21st 11 a.m. – 1 p.m
Where from: Queen’s Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main Street Flushing, NY 11355
Wave Hill House Family Art Project: Fan for Lunar New Year!
Celebrate the beginning of the Year of the Rabbit by learning about rabbits and their role in the Chinese zodiac. Then build and decorate a fan inspired by these unique animals.
When: Saturday, January 21, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m
Where from: Wave Hill, 4900 Independence Avenue, The Bronx, NY 10471
Staten Island Zoo Lunar New Year Celebration
We begin the Year of the Rabbit with a Lunar New Year celebration. Enjoy zoo keeper talks, crafts, and meet the zoo’s ambassador animals with “animals of the zodiac.”
When: Sunday, January 22, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m
Where from: Staten Island Zoo, 614 Broadway, Staten Island, NY 10310
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