Where to celebrate the Lunar New Year in Seattle

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The Wing Luke Museum also hosted a Lunar New Year celebration. | Photo by Sunita Martini

A roaring start to the month.. Tuesday, Feb. 1 marks the beginning of the Lunar New Year, an East Asian holiday celebrated by thousands of Seattle residents every year.

2022 is the Year of the Tiger, an animal representing strength, power, and bravery. In fact, Tiger years are said to be a time of big changes through risk-taking and adventure. 🐅

Expect plenty of traditional lion dances, firecrackers, gifts of money in red envelopes, and other festivities around the Seattle area in the coming weeks. Here’s are just a few Lunar New Year events to dig your claws into.🏮

  • Bellevue Lunar New Year Celebration | Tues., Feb. 1-Sun., Feb. 6 | Bellevue Square | Celebrations include virtual dance and music performances, cultural displays, and photo pop-ops.
  • Lunar New Year Dancing Lions | Tues., Feb. 1 | 2-3 p.m. | Westfield Southcenter | Free | Mak Fai Dragon and the Lion Dance Association will perform the lion dance to bring in good fortune to the new year.
  • Lunar New Year Night Market | Sat., Feb. 12 | 2-10 p.m. | Magnuson Park Hangar 30 | $10+ | This 21+ market returns for an evening filled with eating, drinking, and live performances.
  • Tết in Seattle | Sat., Feb. 12 + Sun., Feb. 13 | 12-6 p.m. | Seattle Center | Free | The Vietnamese festival includes live performances, food vendors, a fashion show, family-oriented activities, a beer garden, and a health fair with free blood and diabetes screenings.
  • Chinatown International District’s Lunar New Year Celebration | Sat., April 30 | 11-4 p.m. | Chinatown International District | Free | The event, originally planned for Sat., Feb. 5, was postponed because of concerns over COVID-19, but will be well worth the wait with a food walk, musical and dance performances, and vendor stalls to peruse.
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