2022 NYC Lunar New Year Events

Tuesday, February 1, 2022 is the first day of the Lunar New Year, celebrating the Year of the Tiger. The Lunar New Year is a fifteen day celebration. Learn more about the holiday and traditions here.

For below list of events, please refer to organizer websites for most up to date info on changes and cancellations.

New York Chinese Cultural Center

Jan 29 – New York Chinese Cultural Center (NYCCC) is a nonprofit cultural and educational institution dedicated to deepening the understanding and appreciation of Chinese culture through the arts in the global and local communities. They’ll be performing at various locations.

  • Skyview Mall – Flushing, Queens (Postponed)
  • Staten Island Children’s Museum (Postponed)
  • LIC Partnership at Court Square Park – Long Island City, Queens (Postponed)
  • Hudson Yards (additional performances on 2/5 & 2/12)

Brooklyn Conservatory of Music Lunar New Year Celebration

Jan 29 – Join BKCM to celebrate the passing of a new lunar year with an afternoon of traditional and contemporary Chinese music, a performance of the lion dance, crafts, calligraphy and much more. Bring the family and enjoy a traditional Chinese celebration of the Year of the Tiger!

Staten Island Children’s Museum Lunar New Year Celebration (Postponed)

Jan 29 – The New York Chinese Cultural Center presents a half-hour program at the Staten Island Children’s Museum in celebration of the Year of the Tiger. Performers demonstrate Kung Fu—including an interactive element—and perform Chinese folk dances, too.

Met Museum Lunar New Year Festival

Jan 29 –  May art bring you good fortune! Celebrate the Year of the Tiger, one of the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac, with virtual performances, interactive activities, and artist-led workshops for all ages.

China Institute Online Family Festival

Jan 29 – Experience an interactive cartooning workshop, a New Year read-aloud storytime, and a creative lantern art exercise from 10AM to 12PM to welcome and celebrate The Year of the Tiger.

Glow Community Center Lunar New Year Cultural Street Fair

Jan 30 – The event kicks off with a parade in front of the Flushing Library, followed by a cultural street fair featuring Chinese folk art and demonstrations, including “acrobatics, face-changing, paper-cutting, sugar-painting, and sugar-roasted chestnuts.

The Emperor’s Nightingale

Through Sunday, January 30 – The Pan Asian Repertory Theatre celebrates the return to live theater and the celebration of the Lunar New Year with The Emperor’s Nightingale, a family-friendly stage adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s story “The Nightingale.” Set in 18th-century China, it brings to light the youthful exploits of the future Emperor Qianlong, incorporating traditional Chinese puppetry, folk songs, and calligraphy.

Lunar New Year Firecracker Ceremony & Cultural Festival

Feb 1 – Begins at 11am at Sara D. Roosevelt Park. This annual event begins the new year with a bang, setting off thousands of firecrackers to ward off evil spirits.

Pearl River Mart Lion Dance Performance

Feb 1Ring in Lunar New Year Day at Pearl River Mart SoHo location with a showstopping performance at 5:30pm from the Wan Chi Ming Dragon Lion Team.

Bryant Park Lunar New Year Celebration

Feb 1 to 6 – Lunar New Year display premiers on Tuesday, February 1 and remains up through celebration on Sunday, February 6. The lion dance will begin at 3pm on the Northwest corner of the Rink Deck.

Lunar New Year Exhibition – Reconcile: Begin Anew

Feb 1 to 16 – Curated by Chemin Hsiao and Stephanie S. Lee, “Reconcile: Begin Anew” at Flushing Town Hall presents artworks by eight Asian American immigrant artists who live and work in New York.

Lunar New Year Celebration at Brookfield Place

Feb 3 to 5 – Ring in the Year of the Tiger at Brookfield Place with a multi-day celebration that includes a live ice carving, kids crafts, and more. Performances by New York Chinese Cultural Center to celebrate the holiday.

Lunar New Year Family Festival: Year of the Tiger

Feb 4 to 11 – Usher in the Year of the Tiger with over a week of free virtual festivities for the whole family, hosted by the Museum of Chinese in America.

Flushing Lunar New Year Parade

Feb 5 – The staging area is Union Street between Northern Boulevard and Roosevelt Avenue and the procession will probably start around 11 am. The route goes from Union to Sanford Avenue to Main Street to 38th Avenue.

Brooklyn Children’s Museum Lunar New Year Festival

Feb 5 – Join Brooklyn Children’s Museum as we usher in the Year of the Tiger! Learn about the festival and traditions of Lunar New Year through storytelling, live music, plus a calligraphy workshop and a rooftop lion puppet parade led by the Chinatown Community Young Lions.

Queens Botanical Garden Lunar New Year’s Celebration

Feb 5, 2022 – The Queens Botanical Garden welcomes children for a Lunar New Year-themed day with activities including take-home craft kits, a community art project, Zodiac animal story time, and lion dance performances.

Chinatown Lion Dances

Feb 5 – Welcome to Chinatown and New York Chinese Freemasons Athletic Club have partnered up to bring free lion dances to Manhattan Chinatown from noon to 1:30pm starting at Dreamers, Kopitiam and Golden Diner.

Lunar New Year Chinese Documentary Film Festival

Feb 5 to 6

  • Multi-award winning film, Curtain Up! follows elementary school kids in New York’s Chinatown as they prepare for the musical production of “Frozen” and begin to discover their identities.
  • Please Remember Me is a tender portrait of an emblematic couple, living alone without the traditional support of extended family.
  • No-Contact Delivery – NYC’s 50,000 delivery cyclists are largely non-English speaking immigrants with demanding and isolating workloads.

New York Chinese Cultural Center

Feb 6 – Follow the drums, gongs, and lion dancers through the Seaport, starting at the corner of Fulton Street and Water Street and ending at the Heineken Riverdeck on Pier 17. Try your hand at the art of calligraphy. Choose one of three free classes, starting at 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm.

New York Philharmonic: Lunar New Year Concert

Feb 8 – Celebrate the Lunar New Year — and welcome the Year of the Tiger — with the New York Philharmonic. Enhance your experience by attending the entire Gala evening, including a pre-concert reception and a post-concert seated dinner with the artists.

Chinatown Lion Dances

Feb 11 – Welcome to Chinatown and New York Chinese Freemasons Athletic Club have partnered up to bring free lion dances to Manhattan Chinatown from 6 to 7:30pm, starting at Jing Fong then to Pasteur and Uncle Lou.

Super Saturday Lion Dance Performances

Feb 12 – Begins 12pm throughout Manhattan Chinatown, lion and dragon dance troupes will move through the neighborhood (main concentration usually along Mott Street, between Grand Street to Worth Street) to show off their moves and ward off evil spirits and bring joy to onlookers. Just listen for the drums to know you’re nearby a performance.

Korean Lunar New Year: Seollal Crafts and Games

Feb 12 – Unleash your creative side at the Staten Island Museum by making festive ornaments with custom maedeup (매듭) accessories, have your name written in calligraphy, and put your game face on to compete with your friends and family in jegichagi.

Manhattan Lunar New Year Parade & Festival

Feb 20 – Begins 1pm, start of route at Canal & Mott Streets and ends at Grand & Forsyth Streets (please check with organizer for final parade route). Festival booths will be at Kimlau Square, from 12pm to 4pm.

Queens Museum Lunar New Year Celebration

Feb 20 – Celebrate Lunar New Year 2022 as the New York Chinese Cultural Center (NYCCC) returns to Queens Museum with its signature program of folk dances, Lion Dance, and traditional arts & crafts.

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