Where to Celebrate the Lunar New Year in Philly
Celebrate the Year of the Rat around town!
The Year of the Rat begins on January 25, but the Lunar New Year celebrations begin as early as this weekend and go into February! From parades to all-day festivals, there is so much to do around town to bring in the New Year. Gong xi fa cai!
January 18, 10 am— 5 pm
3260 South St.
Celebrate the upcoming Year of the Rat with a full schedule of family-friendly activities. The museum’s celebration includes traditional Chinese music and dance, storytelling, calligraphy workshop, crafts, martial arts demonstrations, and more. Don’t miss the Lion Dance Parade at 4 pm!
January 18, 10 am–1 pm
51 N. 12th St.
Celebrate the Year of the Rat with cooking demos, dance performances, calligraphy, crafts, and of course the lion dance by Philadelphia Suns.
January 18, 2 pm
2228 Cottman Ave.
Celebrate and learn about Chinese New Year with stories, music, and crafts with good luck candy. This is a program for school age children and families.
January 19, noon–5 pm
Ninth and Market streets
Lantern making, traditional lion dance, live music, red envelope retailer gift card giveaways, and more! Plus, all month long Asian-inspired lanterns, a giant hanging dragon, a lantern tunnel, and many vibrant photo ops can be found throughout the District! Stop by the interactive wishing well to write down your wish for the new year.
January 25, 1–3:05 pm
Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Columbus Blvd.
Celebrate the Lunar New Year and learn about New Year’s celebrations around the world. Crafts, performance, and calligraphy will also be featured. Tickets available online.
January 25, 4 pm
Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library, 125 S. 52nd St.
Chinese New Year slime, crafts, and snack sampling from a Tray of Togetherness. Families will take home a copy of a Chinese zodiac themed picture book. For children ages 11 and under and their families.
January 26, 11 am
10th and Spring streets, Philadelphia
Chinatown’s New Year parade features the Philadelphia Suns’ Lion Dance with lots of drums, firecrackers, and colorful excitement. Note: this parade might be difficult for small kids or those with sensory issues because there is a lot of smoke and loud noise from the firecrackers.
January 25, 5–9 pm
1 S. 15th St.
The Philadelphia Suns will perform a traditional lion dance, complete with a dancing dragon. Firework effects, an Asian-inspired menu, and other surprises are planned throughout the evening. Lucky red envelopes containing secret prizes will be given to the first 50 guests.
January 26, 12:30–3 pm
Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic
Celebrate Lunar New Year with storytime and performances by Penn Lions. Bring the family to experience this traditional celebration to ward off bad luck!
February 1, 10 am–3:30 pm
Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St.
Experience the famed Lion Dance, martial arts, folk music, Chinese opera, and the dances of different ethnic groups throughout China. Prior to the performances, a tea ceremony and flower arrangement show will highlight the beauty and harmony of cultural exchanges and collaborations.
February 5, 12:30 pm
18 S. Seventh St.
The Holy Redeemer School students will perform the traditional Lion Dance with drummers to chase away evil spirits and usher in a year of good luck. Jennifer Chang, Chief of Central Public Services Division, will regale the audience with captivating Chinese folkloric tales.
February 8, noon–3 pm
1300 Noble St.
Take part in a Hong Kong Lunar New Year tradition by shopping at a Philly-style flower market! Plus, enjoy food trucks, coffee from Ca Phe Roasters, brews from Triple Bottom Brewery, and family activities. The Philadelphia Suns will perform a lion dance at 2 pm.
Photographs by Laura Swartz.