The Year of the Horse is almost here, Philadelphia, and celebrations of the Chinese New Year begin this weekend with two events to note.
On Saturday, January 25, visit the marvelous Penn Museum for its annual Chinese New Year Celebration from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Now in its 33rd year, the family-friendly event is free with museum admission and includes kung-fu demonstration, Ba’z Tai Chi demonstration, a Year of the Horse craft, language classes, calligraphy and much more.
Festival-goers should look forward to the grand finale Lion Parade scheduled for 3:15 p.m., and don’t miss the fine collections of Chinese and Buddhist art in the museum’s galleries.
Across town in Chinatown, the annual Chinatown Flower Market blooms on both Saturday, January 25 and Sunday, January 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The alfresco market sets up shop at 10th and Vine streets and displays a wide array of decorative goods — think candy, gifts, lanterns, flowers and more from such vendors as China Art Company, Flower Expressions, On Lok House and the Philadelphia Suns.
For our complete roundup of Chinese New Year festivities, check right here.
World Culture Day: Chinese New Year at The Penn Museum
When: Saturday, January 25, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Penn Museum,
Cost: Free with museum admission
More info: www.penn.museum
Chinatown Flower Market
When: January 25-26, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: 10th Street Plaza (10th and Vine Street
Cost: Pay as you go
More info: www.chinatown-pcdc.org