Lunar New Year, or Chinese New Year is coming up with inexpensive and free events for the entire family to enjoy.
This is a great opportunity to visit Seattle’s International District and explore the many shops and restaurants. The International District or Chinatown is an easy trip away via the Link Light Rail, bus. The transit station is conveniently located right at the gates of Chinatown. It’s also walking distance from the Ferries, Pioneer Square, and many other great destinations in downtown Seattle.
This year is the Year of the Water Snake, and the celebrations have already begun in the International District, or ID, with a Scavenger Hunt . This event will continue through Friday, Feb. 8. Visit Uwajimaya located at 600 5th Avenue South for more information.
The Lunar New Year Opening Celebrations will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2 with the Annual Lunar New Year Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9
There will be celebrations at the Wing Luke Museum on Saturday, Feb. 2, but be forewarned, you will have to pay for admission. Cost of admission is $12.95 for adults, $9.95 for seniors and students age 13–18 or with student ID, $8.95 for youth age 5–12, and children under 5 are free. New Year Events, including a Lieu Quan Lion dance and an opportunity to learn about the New Year Animals will be going on throughout the museum. For a chance to explore the museum for free, stop by on their free days, which are the first Thursday and third Saturday of the month.
Saturday, Feb. 9 will be all the major New Year Activities in the ID, so arrive prepared for plenty to do and see all day long. The free festival will be in full swing from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9 at Hing Hay Park, located at Maynard Ave. S and S. King St.
The schedule of events is as follows:
• 11 a.m. – Lion & Dragon Dances by Mak Fai Washington Kung Fu Club
• 11:45 a.m. – Contemporary Dance Performance by Splinter Dance Group
• Noon – Filipino Drill Team Performance by Filipino Youth Activities Drill Team
• 12:40 p.m. – Korean Traditional Performing Arts by Kkocdooseh
• 1:20 p.m. – Children’s Costume Parade Contest
• 1:50 p.m. – Break Dancing by Massive Monkees
• 2:05 p.m. – Lion Dance and Chinese & Vietnamese Martial Arts by Tony Au International Lion Dance & Martial Arts Team
• 2:40 p.m. – Daiko Drumming by Kaze Daiko
• 3:10 p.m. – Shi Shi Mai Performance by Japanese Buddhist Temple
• 3:30 p.m. – Lion & Dragon Dance and Chinese Martial Arts by Master David Leong’s Shaolin Kung Fu Academy
One of the fun events to consider is the Lunar New Year food walk with $2 tasting menu. Get to know the restaurants through the district inexpensively and hopefully find a new favorite.
If the day long festivities are a bit much for you, you can get a glimpse of what the Lion Dance is all about by visiting Uwajimaya Seattle at noon on Sunday, Feb. 10. If heading to the International District is a bit much for you, you can go to their other locations, Beaverton, Bellevue or Renton to watch a Lion Dance. Visit the store’s event calendar for date and times. Also at Uwajimaya during the New Year festivities will be a Chinese Calligraphy Demonstration from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9 and Sunday, Feb. 10. If nothing else, Uwajimaya is worth a stop for their great produce, well stocked store full of all sorts of asian themed treasure and and food court.
If you miss the ID festivities, you can always head up to the Seattle City Center Saturday, Feb. 16 and Sunday, Feb. 17 for the free Tết Festival: Vietnamese Lunar New Year.
Other great links for information about the Lunar New Year Festivities in Seattle.
CBS Seattle’s article on Lunar New Year Events in Seattle
The Seattle Chinatown/International District Website’s Events Calendar
I Heart ID (International District) Facebook Page
Tết Festival: Vietnamese Lunar New Year in Seattle Website