Firecracker Ceremony and Cultural Festival
Monday January 23, 2012, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sara Roosevelt Park
Grand Street and Chrystie St.
New York, NY 10079
Price: Free admission
No Chinese New Year would be complete without the traditional Firecracker Ceremony and Cultural Festival, a tradition practiced in order to ward off evil spirits. After over 600,000 rounds of firecrackers are set off, the festival will feature lion dances, drumming and dancing at Sara Roosevelt Park.
Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration At The New York Chinese Cultural Center and Arts World Financial Center
Saturday, January 28, 2012 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Price: Free Admission, no Tickets or reservations required
In celebration of the Lunar New Year, the New York Chinese Cultural Center presents its first-ever indoor family cultural day event to celebrate China’s 100th birthday and the Chinese New Year, 4710. NYCCC will partner with Arts Brookfield at World Financial Center to stage the biggest Chinese New Year celebration on the East Coast. The celebration begins with arts and craft activities where kids can partake in Chinese paper cutting, face painting, sculpting dough figurines and calligraphy. Many on-stage performances, including a lion dance, folk dancing and Shaolin Kun Fu’s gravity-defying performances, will take place as well.
Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade and Festival
Sunday, January 29
11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Festival and Booths at Sara Roosevelt Park, free admission
1:00 parade begins, free admission
Be sure and catch the Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade and Festival as it celebrates its 13th year. As one of the city’s biggest tourist attractions during the winter months, this year’s parade is expected to attract attendance of over 500,000. The parade starts in Little Italy and goes through the main streets of Lower Manhattan and Chinatown (Mott, Canal, Bowery, Chatham Square, East Broadway, Eldridge, Hester, Forsyth & Grand Street) and ends at the Lower East Side on Grand Street by Sara Roosevelt Park. Onlookers can catch glimpses of musical performers, floats, antique cars and marching bands.
Through March 31, 2012
Explore the arts and culture of New York’s Chinese community at the Children’s Museum of the Arts with a special celebration on Saturday, January 28. The festival will include a variety visual art experiences to teach families and children about traditional and contemporary arts in China. The Chinese Theatre Works will perform “Tiger Tales” and a shadow puppet show, capped off by a special performance of the Chinese Lion Dancers of PS124.
Enter The Dragon Exhibit
Through March 31, 2012
Hours: Daily 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Artists talk with Amy Cheng
Wednesday, March 21 from 7-9 p.m., $10
The Elisa Contemporary Art Pop-up Gallery will feature a new art exhibit on January 6 entitled “Enter the Dragon.” It features the work of two Chinese artists, Amy Cheng and Mimi Chen Ting. Feng Shui Master RD Chin will be speaking about Feng Shui Principles on Wednesday, February 8 at 7-9 p.m. for $10.