Where To Celebrate The Chinese New Year In Philly

The year of the Rooster arrives this month in the City of Brotherly Love...

This January, the Chinese New Year arrives with events that celebrate deities, ancestors and the year ahead, which is the Year of the Rooster.

The holiday officially falls on Saturday, January 28, but Philadelphia parties before the official holiday and after, too. Chinese New Year events fill museums, neighborhood thoroughfares and restaurants across Philadelphia with traditional dance performances, a parade, dinners and more.

Check out our picks for Chinese New Year celebrations in Philly.

Chinese New Year at Penn Museum

The Penn Museum rings in the Chinese New Year with its annual celebration this Saturday. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the museum hosts Asian film screenings, martial arts demonstrations, zodiac gallery tours and a grand-finale lion dance and parade.

Chinese New Year at Penn Museum

When:Saturday, January 21, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where:Penn Museum, 3260 South Street
Cost:$10-$15; free for museum members, active U.S. military personnel, children 5 & under and PennCard holders

www.penn.museum

Lunar New Year Celebration at International House

Every year, the folks behind West Philly's International House host a Chinese New Year celebration that features an authentic Chinese meal and a show in International House’s Ibrahim Theater. This year, celebrate the Year of the Rooster with a show of traditional Chinese dance performances, martial arts demonstrations and a pre-show feast.

Lunar New Year Celebration at International House

When:Friday, January 27, 7 p.m.
Where:International House, 3717 Chestnut Street
Cost:$15 for general admission, $10 for International House members

www.ihousephilly.org

Chinese New Year’s Eve at Bar-Ly

The Chinese New Year arrives at Bar-Ly in the form of happy hour and performance art. The festivities kick off with happy hour (from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.) and continue with food and drinks aplenty. At 11:30 p.m., the events close out with a lion dance.

Chinese New Year’s Eve at Bar-Ly

When:Friday, January 27, 3:30 p.m.-midnight
Where:Bar-Ly Chinatown, 101 N. 11th Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.bar-ly.com

Philadelphia Suns Midnight Lion Dance Performance

ChinatownPhoto by J. Kaczmarek for Visit Philadelphia

Chinatown recognizes the start of the Year of the Rooster with a Chinese New Year's Eve party full of fireworks, a midnight parade and the Philadelphia Suns performing Lion Dances in the streets to usher in the new year.

Philadelphia Suns Midnight Lion Dance Performance

When:Friday, January 27, 11:30 p.m.
Where:10th and Race Streets
Cost:Free

www.chinatown-pcdc.org

Lunar New Year at the Independence Seaport Museum

Independence Seaport MuseumPhoto courtesy Independence Seaport Museum

A day of fun activities exploring the New Year customs of Asian cultures starts in the late morning at the Independence Seaport Museum. Things to do include playing a traditional Korean board game, making Chinese lanterns, building a Japanese Luck Cat, designing a Vietnamese dragon mask and calligraphy.

Lunar New Year at the Independence Seaport Museum

When:Saturday, January 28, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where:Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:$16 for adults, $12 for children, free for members

www.phillyseaport.org

Dim Sum Brunch at Buddakan

Buddakan, one of Philadelphia's Historic District most popular spots for Asian fare, serves up a traditional brunch in celebration of the Lunar New Year. In addition to food, diners will also have the opportunity to check out Lion Dance performances throughout the morning. Reservations are encouraged.

Dim Sum Brunch at Buddakan

When:Sunday, January 29, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Where:Buddakan, 325 Chestnut Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.buddakan.com

The Philadelphia Suns Lion Dance Parade

Chinese New YearPhoto courtesy Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation

On Sunday, January 29, a parade led by the Philadelphia Suns kicks off at 11 a.m. at 10th and Spring streets. Winding throughout the Chinatown neighborhood, the daytime celebration includes martial arts demonstrations and lots of firecrackers to keep things lively.

The Philadelphia Suns Lion Dance Parade

When:Sunday, January 29, 11 a.m.
Where:10th and Spring streets
Cost:Free

www.chinatown-pcdc.org

Chinese New Year Dinner at Bing Bing Dim Sum

Four courses of inspired Chinese fare fill the menu at Bing Bing Dim Sum for its sure-to-be-delicious Chinese New Year dinner. For $39.99 per person, enjoy shrimp and truffle soup dumplings, hand-cut egg noodles, lacquered duck and mandarin semifreddo.

Chinese New Year Dinner at Bing Bing Dim Sum

When:Monday, January 30, 5-10 p.m.
Where:Bing Bing Dim Sum, 1648 East Passyunk Avenue
Cost:$39.99 plus drinks, tax and gratuity

www.bingbingdimsum.com

PCDC's Chinese New Year Banquet

One of the final Chinese New Year events in the city is the New Year Banquet at Ocean City Restaurant hosted by the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation (PCDC). Guests of the event can feast on traditional Chinese fare, with proceeds benefiting PCDC's mission and events throughout the year.

PCDC's Chinese New Year Banquet

When:Friday, February 3
Where:Ocean City Restaurant, 234 N. 9th Street
Cost:$100 and up

www.chinatown-pcdc.org

Chinese New Year Celebration at Reading Terminal Market

Reading Terminal Market via InstaCartPhoto By R. Kennedy For Visit Philadelphia

Reading Terminal Market teams up with the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation for a festive celebration featuring demonstrations, performances and food that honors Chinese culture.

Chinese New Year Celebration at Reading Terminal Market

When:Saturday, February 4, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where:Reading Terminal Market, 51 N. 12th Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.readingterminalmarket.org

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