Chinese New Year in Vancouver
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Chinese New Year Parade in Vancouver Chinatown: Kids and Lion Dancers

The Chinese community, the cities of Richmond and Vancouver, the business community and the various cultural organizations and sponsors come together to put on a series of magnificent celebrations and events to welcome the Lunar New Year in spectacular fashion.

There is a fabulous Spring Festival Parade through the streets of Chinatown, lively street fairs and markets and dazzling cultural performances throughout the city where restaurants, shopping centers, cultural venues and libraries join in the celebrations.

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There is so much going on in the area, and thankfully, this year both cities have teamed up to make it easier for all of us to find what is happening where. Check out the Vancouver / Richmond Lunar New Year Website for a complete listing of all events!

Vancouver Chinatown Spring Festival Parade

This is Vancouver's Chinese New Year signature event and features the largest assembly of traditional lion dance teams in Canada and of course dozens of performing troupes, acrobats, marching bands, cultural performers and parading dragons.

When: Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 11:00 am - 1:30 pm

Where: Streets of Vancouver Chinatown. The route starts at the Millennium Gate on Pender Street (between Shanghai Alley and Taylor Street), proceeds east along Pender Street, turns south onto Gore Street, turns west onto Keefer Street and then disperses on Keefer at Abbott.

How Much: FREE!

More Info and Parade Map: www.cbavancouver.ca/

Vancouver Lunar New Year  Parade

Vancouver Lunar New Year  Parade

Vancouver Lunar New Year  Parade

Vancouver Lunar New Year  Parade

Vancouver Lunar New Year  Parade

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Year of the Dog Celebrations at Aberdeen Centre

Golden Dragon and Lion Dance at Aberdeen Centre

Lots going on here throughout the New Year period:

What?:

  • Flower & Gift Fair - February 9 - 18, 2018 during mall hours, extended hours on February 15
  • Chinese New Year's Countdown - February 15, 2018 at the Central Atrium from 8:30 pm, countdown at midnight
  • Golden Dragon and Lion Dance - February 16, 2018 at the Outdoor Courtyard at 11:00 am, store-to-store lion visits from 12:15 pm
  • Chinese New Year Cultural Showcase - February 17 - 18, 2018 at the Central Atrium. This year featuring concerts with the BC Chinese Music Association and the Vancouver Youth Philharmonic Orchestra and performances by the Vancouver Academy of Dance and Colors of Dance Academy

Where?: Aberdeen Centre at 9160 Steveston Hwy, Richmond, BC

How Much?: FREE

More Info: www.aberdeencentre.com

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Chinese New Year at Buddhist International Temple

On its own worth a visit, this is a gorgeous temple modelled after Beijing's Forbidden City, and during the Chinese New Year festivities, it comes to life with a bustling and colorful traditional New Year Flower Bazaar.

Buddhist International Temple in Vancouver

A great day to visit is on New Year's Eve when people from all walks of life come to pray for good fortune and pay their respects. Traditional blessing couplets, auspicious flowers, snacks and foods will abound.

What?:

  • Flower Bazaar - February 10 - 15, 2018 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Chinese New Year's Eve - February 15, 2018 from 10:00 am to 11:30 pm

Where?: International Buddhist Temple at 9160 Steveston Hwy, Richmond, BC

How Much?: FREE

More Info: www.buddhisttemple.ca/

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LunarFest and Blessing Lanterns at Oakridge Centre

Lanterns at Oakridge Centre

What?:

  • Blessing Lanterns - Over 800 lanterns adorn the Archways in the West Galleria. Each lantern can be reserved and personalized with your very own blessing for the New Year - February 7 - 25, 2018
  • Chinese New Year Family Craft Day - February 12, 2018 from 12:00 to 4:00 pm at West Galleria
  • Lucky Lions - February 17, 2018 from 10:00 am to 12:20 pm at West Galleria

Where?: Oakridge Centre at 650 West 41st Avenue Vancouver, BC

How Much?: FREE

More Info: www.lunarfest.org/

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Lunar New Year at International Village

Chinese New Year Booths at International Village Mall

What?:

  • Arts Festival - February 10 - 23, 2018 at International Arts Gallery
  • Chinese New Year Celebration - February 16 - 18, 2018, Fri and Sat 11:00 am - 8:00 pm, Sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm featuring exhibits and booths, performances, lion dances

The Spring Festival Parade on February 18 starts at the Millenium Gate outside the Yokoyaya entrance of the International Village Mall on Pender Street.

Where?: International Village Mall at Unit 2083 - 88 Pender Street West Vancouver, BC

How Much?: FREE

More Info: www.internationalvillagemall.ca

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