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Lunar New Year 2019
Happy New Year! In honor of Lunar New Year (commonly called Chinese New Year, though several countries share the holiday), below is a list of some local celebrations. The biggest Lunar New Year event in our area is the Chinese New Year Parade in downtown Washington DC’s Chinatown. But there are many other celebrations as well, both in DC and in Northern Virginia, which we include in our annual list of Lunar New Year events.
These community activities present a wonderful way to share in the celebration, enjoy great food, and learn more about Asian culture and history. This year (4717 in the Chinese lunar calendar) is the “Year of the Pig,” also known as the “Year of the Boar,” which begins on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. Even if you don’t celebrate Lunar New Year, this is a great time to introduce your kids to the holiday through stories and maybe even try your hand at Asian cooking. To celebrate in the community, just check out these upcoming events!
LUNAR NEW YEAR EVENTS FOR 2019
Sat., Feb. 2 – Asian Community Service Center (ACSC) Chinese New Year Festival, Falls Church, VA
The 10th annual Chinese New Year Festival at Luther Jackson Middle School in Falls Church is a huge annual all-day event hosted by ACSC. This indoor festival includes a dragon dance, lion dance, folk songs, Vietnamese Hat dance, Kung Fu demonstration, children’s fan dance and lantern dance, a meditation demonstration, and Thai, Indian, Tibetan, Korean dances, and more. There’s even a Lunar New Year parade at 2 pm! Admission is free! Luther Jackson M.S. is at 3020 Gallows Road in Falls Church. For details, see the website or call ACSC at 703-868-1509.
Sat., Feb. 2 – Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration, Tysons Corner, VA
Head to the fashion court near Nordstrom of Tysons Corner Center 11 am-1 pm for cultural performances and arts and crafts that celebrate the Year of the Pig. Enjoy Chinese tea samplings, cultural demonstrations and performances, arts and crafts, and more. Admission is free.
Sat., Feb. 2 – Smithsonian Chinese New Year Family Festival, Washington, DC
Smithsonian’s American Art Museum celebrates the Year of the Pig with artists from the province of Guangdong performing acrobatics, traditional dance and music, and their local opera. Meet Guangdong craftsmen and see their handiwork, create your own new year’s crafts, and go on a scavenger hunt to “awaken the lion” and ring in the Year of the Pig! This program is presented in partnership with the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China and is part of the Chinese New Year DC Celebration with the Freer|Sackler and the Kennedy Center.
Sun., Feb. 3 – Chinese Celebration: Lunar New Year at Sackler Gallery, Washington, DC
Smithsonian’s Sackler Gallery hosts its fifth annual Lunar New Year celebration to ring in the Year of the Pig. Discover the richness of arts and culture from across Asia, and learn how the New Year is celebrated in China, Korea, Mongolia, and Vietnam. Experience interactive art demonstrations; music, acrobatic, and puppetry performances; and food by local chefs. You also can learn how to make a traditional mooncake, create your own Lunar New Year greeting card, and enjoy exhibitions including Resound: Ancient Bells of China. The free event runs all day, from 11 am to 5 pm.
Sat.-Sun., Feb. 2-3– Fair Oaks Mall Lunar New Year Celebration, Fairfax, VA
One of the largest events of its kind in the country, Fair Oaks Mall’s 16th annual Lunar New Year Festival is expected to once again attract close to 200,000 people over two days. The celebrations typically include more than 200 performers from more than 15 countries. The celebration of the Year of the Boar is a free indoor event from 1 pm to 5 pm on both days.
Sat..-Sun., Feb. 2-3 – Tet Grand Festival, Chantilly, VA
The Vietnamese Community in Northern Virginia joyfully celebrates Tet (Lunar New Year) each year with festivals. This now three-day event features more than 30 famous national and local Vietnamese musical and comedy performers, and Vietnamese cultural dances and exhibitions and food. In addition, the event has raffles, kids’ activities, and more fun for guests of all ages at the Dulles Expo Center; the daylong festival goes from 7 pm to midnight on Friday and 10 am to 11 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free for children under 6 years old and $10 for all others on Saturday and Sunday or $20 on Friday night.
Sat., Feb. 9 – Chinese New Year Family Day at the Kennedy Center, Washington, DC
The Kennedy Center hosts free activities highlighting Chinese culture for kids of all ages. All ages were welcome to this fun-filled day of activities and entertainment to celebrate the Year of the Pig with three days of special events showcasing the arts and culture of China’s Guangdong Province. Activities run from 10 am to 4 pm and admission is free.
Sun., Feb. 10 – Chinese New Year Parade, Washington, DC
The annual Chinese New Year Parade in DC is the largest event of its kind in our area. Featuring Chinese dragon and lion dances, multiple stage performances and other activities, this is a multi-faceted festival. The free event takes place 1 pm to 4 pm, with an exciting firecracker finale, in the Chinatown section of DC at 6th and H streets.
Dates TBD – Eden Center Tet Flag Raising and Tet Celebration, Falls Church
Each year, Eden Center, Northern Virginia’s premier Asian center with approximately 120 stores, hosts the Tet Celebration (Vietnamese Lunar New Year) with family-friendly festivities. The annual event begins with the flag raising ceremony and entertainers at noon on Saturday, and lion dances starting at 11 am on Sunday. Eden Center is in the Seven Corners area at 6751 Wilson Blvd. in Falls Church.