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The New York City Lunar New Year Parade and Festival
Head to Chinatown's annual Lunar New Year celebration on Feb 5! Families can walk the main streets of Little Italy and Chinatown to visit tasty food vendors and see cool street performances, and starting at 1pm, the parade will begin winding its way down Mott St. Don't miss January 28's noon fireworks show at the Firecracker Ceremony and Cultural Festival in Sarah D. Roosevelt Park, either!
Lunar New Year Celebration: Year of the Rooster
Celebrate the year of the rooster with an all-new performance from the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company. The whole family will be enthralled by acrobats, red lions, golden dragons and white peacocks, all moving to the sounds of traditional Chinese instruments. All ages.
Chinese New Year Celebration at China Institute
In the street just outside China Institute, performers wield elaborate costumes and masks in a traditional lion dance, followed by a kung fu demonstration. Head indoors for a tour of the Institute's galleries and a reception with food and beverages. For an extra-special New Year, families can sign up for workshops. All ages.
Put your hands to work at the Beam Center's 2016 Inventgenuity Festival, where workshops and tech-minded craft activities all encourage kids to use their imaginations. Kids will make bobblehead clones, kinetically-modified crops, and participate in other craft-based demonstrations and collaborative projects. The event is free, but registration is required. Advance online reservations for workshops ($8.25) will be available a week prior to the festival. Ages 7 and up.