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Lunar New Year, also called Chinese New Year, falls on Saturday, February 10. Colorful celebrations will soon be underway around New Jersey, so there are plenty of opportunities for you and the kids to ring in the Year of the Dragon.

January 10 – February 24

Lunar New Year 
Shops at Riverside, Hackensack
Celebrate with events, exclusive offers and more happenings at the mall. Check each store for the deals and promotions they may be offering. The illuminated cherry blossom tree will be adorned with gold coins to celebrate Lunar New Year and The Year of the Dragon on level 1 near True Food Kitchen.

January 14 – February 25

Lunar New Year Festitivies
American Dream, East Rutherford
To celebrate the Year of the Dragon, stop by on different days for a fashion show, runway pageant, dance-off, gala, youth competition, Dream Wheel lighting ceremony, opera and orchestra concert.

February 8

Arborteum Afternoons: Lunar New Year Celebration
Reeves-Reed Arboretum, Summit
Kids will explore nature with the Environmental Educators in this drop-off program. They will create crafts and enjoy stories to mark the Year of the Dragon.

Homeschool Adventures: Lunar New Year Celebration
Reeves-Reed Arboretum, Summit
Homeschoolers can visit the arboretum weekly for different activities. This week, celebrate the Lunar New Year by creating crafts and enjoying stories to commemorate the Year of the Dragon.

February 10

Lunar New Year Celebration
Summit Free Public Library and Summy YMCA, Summit
Families can take part in the Heritage Showcase, crafts, art show exhibition, Taste of Asia, traditional games, performing arts, a photo booth, costume show and lion dances.

Lunar New Year at The Commons
Bridgewater Commons, Bridgewater
A Chinese arts and crafts workshop for families will include paper dragon making, Chinese calligraphy and traditional games. The Center for Cultural & Creative Exchange will feature traditional Asian performances and a dragon and lion dance accompanied by drums, cymbals and gong instruments. In addition, the organization will host the traditional Chinese giving of red envelopes filled with special offers from Gloria Jean’s Coffees, Sbarro’s and Acai Fruit Bowl.

Lunar New Year 
Newport Centre, Jersey City
Dragon dances are believed to scare away evil spirits and bring good luck into the new year. Watch a dragon dance performance from students at TongYan School, then go shopping in the mall.

Community Day: Lunar New Year
Newark Museum of Art, Newark
There will be musical performances, art making, the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company Dragon Parade, calligraphy workshops, and a K-Pop dance team.

February 10-11

Year of the Green Wood Dragon
NJPAC, Newark
Welcome the Year of the Dragon with the spectacular Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, in celebration of Lunar New Year.

Love: Aquarium Style
Jenkinson’s Aquarium, Point Pleasant
On Saturday, bring in the Year of the Dragon by checking out the bearded dragon, Phoenix, during keeper chats. Sensory Saturday starts at 8:30 am for any animal lovers who have sensory processing or cognitive challenges and want to explore the aquarium before it opens to the public. To create a sensory friendly environment there will be a decreased noise level, limited visual stimulation, and less crowds. General admission applies. Both days, stop in to make a special valentine for your favorite animal.

February 14

Cooking Class: Chinese New Year & Valentine’s Day
Maricel’s Kitchen, East Brunswick
Chef Maricel will help you create traditional Chinese dishes, each symbolizing prosperity, unity, and good fortune. The menu includes steamed fish with ginger and scallion, spring rolls, vegetarian lo mein, pork and shrimp dumplings and sweet sesame balls.

February 17

Lunar New Year Event
Lake Papaianni Park, Edison
A parade will end at the park followed by musical and dance performances.

Chinese New Year Celebration
Princeton Public Library, Princeton
The program features Chinese painting, calligraphy, musical instruments, paper cutting, traditional dances, Chinese Yo-yo and Chinese knotting.

February 18

Lunar New Year Event
Menlo Park Mall, Edison
For the first time, the mall will partner with the Center for Cultural Exchange for a lion dance performance, calligraphy, crafts and more.

February 24

Lunar New Year Celebration
Metuchen Town Plaza, Metuchen
The Metuchen Downtown Alliance and the Metuchen Human Relations Commission will present activities and presentations to celebrate the Year of the Dragon.

Lunar New Year Spectacular
American Dream, East Rutherford
Impact Culture puts on an iconic Lion dance and debuts two 8-meter-long golden and red dragons in homage to the Year of the Dragon, featuring over 30 skilled dragon dancers. There will be cultural performances, traditional dances and Kung Fu displays.

February 29

Dim Sum Night
Proving Ground Waterfront Dining, Highlands
Celebrate Lunar New Year and the Year of the Dragon with a special dinner featuring egg drop and wonton soup, house salad, chicken potstickers, vegetable spring rolls, pork belly bao bun, pork dumpling, shrimp dumpling and scallion pancakes.

These events were held earlier in the month:

January 20

Lunar New Year Celebration & Tea Tasting
Old Bridge Public Library, Old Bridge
Adults 18+ can learn about the customs and stories of Lunar New Year while tasting different kinds of tea and snacks that are typical to the New Year.

Celebrate the Year of the Dragon
New Brunswick Free Public Library, New Brunswick
Join award-winning entertainer Patricia Shih on a multi-century visit to learn how the Lunar New Year is celebrated in China and other countries. She will cover culture, food, music, language, customs and more, and you’ll get to see a special dance performance by Xiao Fen Krasowitz, a professional dancer skilled in traditional, ribbon and fan dances. Children will also receive “Good Luck” Lunar New Year dragon coloring page souvenirs, make a special celebration lantern to take home, and some lucky volunteers will get to play Chinese instruments and become the lion dancers.

January 27

Lunar New Year 2024
Montclair Art Museum, Montclair
Usher in the Year of the Dragon with a dragon parade, Korean traditional dance of Choomnori, The New York Choy Lay Fut Lion Dance Team, local Asian food, kid-friendly crafts and activities, a Vietnamese cultural performance, acrobatics of the Lion Dancers and sleight of hand from the Face Changer. Inside the museum will be a master paper cutter, photo booth, calligraphy, origami, and Korean hanboks. Your ticket gives you full access to the galleries inside the museum.

Embracing the Roar, Unveiling the Year of the Dragon
American Dream, East Rutherford
Listen to the Kunqu and Peking Opera, watch traditional folk dances, and check out a Chinese costume show.

Lunar New Year 
Westfield Garden State Plaza, Paramus
Watch a Dragon Lion Dance and other traditional dances of Chinese heritage. Head to the selfie photo booth. Ask for a Red Envelope to see what prizes are inside.

Lunar New Year
Westfield Garden State Plaza, Paramus
Traditional Korean, Chinese and Filipino dances will be performed by a variety of northern New Jersey schools and organizations. Upon check-in, you will receive a red envelope with special surprises inside, symbolizing good fortune and prosperity.

February 3

New Jersey Symphony Celebrates Lunar New Year
NJPAC, Newark
Featuring conductor Yue Bao and pianist Tony Siqi Yun, the celebration honors the start of the Chinese calendar by weaving together the best in classical music from the East and the West. NJSO will be joined by the Peking University (PKU) Alumni Chorus, which consists of former members of PKU’s student choir alongside singers from the Chinese community in New York and New Jersey; as well as a performance by the Edison Chinese School Lion Dance Team.

Walk of Legends
American Dream, East Rutherford
Come to The Avenue to see kids and families walk the catwalk wearing Eastern-influenced clothing. Hosted by Impact Culture.

Lunar New Year
East Brunswick Public Library, East Brunswick
Library staff will coordinate with members of the East Brunswick Arts Coalition for a day of Asian-inspired reading, crafts and activities.

Chinese Calligraphy Workshop
The Eclectic Chic Boutique, Montclair
Learn how to use brushstrokes to make Chinese symbols and characters.

February 4

Chinese New Year Performance
Bell Works, Holmdel
Members of the Jersey Shore Chinese School will perform in the Main Atrium.

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