Chinese New Year in New York

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Chinese New Year Parade in New Yorks Chinatown: Fantastic Dragon Dances

New York City's Chinatown is the epicenter of the Lunar New Year celebrations with the fantastic Parade and Festival and the New Year's Day Firecracker Ceremony.

These two events have been for years the iconic NYC traditional celebrations for the Spring Festival.

More recently we have seen the development of a series of exciting arts and cultural events pioneered by the China Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in association with the U.S.-China Cultural Institute and other community organizations, which has given way to the "Happy Chinese New Year: Fantastic Art China Festival", featuring a lavish fireworks display over the Hudson River as well as the New York Philharmonic Chinese New Year Concert and Gala and many more activities for children which are now able to participate since Chinese New Year is a public school holiday in the city!

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New York City Chinese New Year Celebration Highlights 2019
Welcoming The Year Of The Pig

The following events are have in the past been organized as part of the "Happy Chinese New Year, Fantastic Art China New York Event Series" by the China Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in association with the U.S.-China Cultural Institute and many other organizations.

New Year's Day Firecracker Ceremony and Cultural Festival

NY Chinatown Chinese New Year Firecracker Ceremony

Those unmistakable sounds and smells as firecrackers explode in a flurry of confetti, sparks and bangs heralding the auspicious start of a new year as all the bad spirits are ushered away... In New York, it is celebrated in grand style, the annual New Year's Day Firecracker Ceremony is a lively and colorful event, packed with well-wishers, dragons, drummers, lion dancers...

NY Chinatown Chinese New Year Firecracker Ceremony

...And of course the main attraction, the firecrackers which kick-off at 12:00 noon...

NY Chinatown Chinese New Year Firecracker Ceremony

New Year's Day Firecracker Ceremony 2019

When: Friday, February 5, 2019 - 11:00 am to 3:30 pm, Firecracker kick-off at 12:00 noon

Where: Sara D. Roosevelt Park (Grand & Chrystie St.)

How Much: FREE

More Info: http://betterchinatown.com/

Annual New York City Lunar New Year Parade & Festival

By far the most popular winter event in Chinatown, the annual Lunar New Year Parade and Festival is a great family attraction with thousands of revelers coming to ring in the New Year.

NYC Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade

Troupes of acrobats, dancers, stilt walkers, performers, marching bands, floats, and of course lion dancers and dragons weave through the jam-packed streets...

NYC Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade

The parade is a fantastic time for the entire family, so bundle up and come out!

NYC Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade: A child greets the lion dancer

NYC Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade 2019

When: Sunday, February 17, 2019 - 12:00 noon to 4:30 pm. Parade kick-off at 1:00 pm

Where: Manhattan Chinatown

Parade route: Parade assembles on Mott and Hester and kicks off at 1:00 pm heading south towards Canal St. to Chatham Square, heads up to East Broadway towards the Manhattan Bridge, completing on Eldridge and Forsyth Streets towards Grand Street next to Sara D. Roosevelt Park.

Suggested viewing locations: East Broadway or by Grand Street / Sara Roosevelt Park.

How Much: FREE

More Info: http://betterchinatown.com/

New York Philharmonic Chinese New Year Concert and Gala

The New York Philharmonic ushers in the Year of the Pig with a festive concert conducted by Long Yu, and Gala including pre-concert reception and post-concert dinner with the artists.

New York Philharmonic Chinese New Year Concert 2019

When: Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 7:30 pm

Where: Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, 10 Lincoln Center, David Geffen Hall, New York, NY 10023

How Much: $35 - $110

More Info and program: New York Philharmonic

For Gala tickets and tables contact specialevents@nyphil.org or call 212-875-5366.

Happy Chinese New Year Event Series

The following events are organized as part of the "Happy Chinese New Year, Fantastic Art China New York Event Series" by the China Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in association with the U.S.-China Cultural Institute and many other organizations. It is a series of mostly FREE events to celebrate the Lunar New Year in New York City, making it a perfect way to absorb Chinese arts and culture with the whole family.

New York City Chinese New Year Fireworks

A Chinese celebration isn't a celebration without a lavish display of fireworks... and NYC rises to the occasion with a dazzling show over the Hudson River as splashes of light inundate the city and the Empire State Building beams red and gold, the auspicious colors for a lucky New Year.

NYC Chinese New Year Fireworks 2019

When: Monday February 11, 2019 - 8:15 pm

Where: Over the Hudson River. Hudson River Pier 84, 12th Ave & 44th St

How Much: FREE

More Info: Fireworks by Grucci

Happy Chinese New Year: Fantastic Art China Festival Events 2019

NYC Fantastic Art China Festival

A series of exciting art and cultural events for the entire family over a five-day period featuring dances, art exhibits, music, interactive media, traditional crafts...

Students Day features performances by the National Dance Institute, Message via video from Lang Lang plus live performances from the Lang Lang International Music Foundation's Young Scholars Program, live performances from NY Philharmonic members and Very Young Composers, "Musical Postcards" between Very Young Composers in Shanghai and New York City.

When: TBA

Where: Metropolitan Pavillion

How Much: FREE

Students Day on February TBA at the Lobby of David Geffen Hall @ Lincoln Center

More Info and program: www.nyclunarnewyear.org

Lunar New Year Dragon Dance & National Dance Institute Year of the Pig Dance

NYC Dragon Dance

A celebration is never a celebration without the colorful and vivacious Dragon Dances...

When: TBA - 4:30 pm

Where: Lincoln Center Plaza

How Much: FREE

More Info and program: www.nyclunarnewyear.org

And of course NYC Chinatown does not have the monopoly on lively celebrations for the new year! There are hundreds of events around the city, check out Mommy Poppins handy guide for Chinese New Year family friendly events in New York.

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