Where To Celebrate The Lunar New Year In Philly

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Ready to ring in the new year one more time?

The Year of the Dog begins on Friday, February 16, and with it comes many Lunar New Year festivities at institutions across Philadelphia.

Dancers wearing traditional lion and dragon costumes will parade through the streets of Chinatown, while museums and other attractions around the city present music and dance performances, martial arts demonstrations, calligraphy workshops and more. It’s all in celebration of Asian traditions, culture, history and the year ahead.

Check out our picks for Lunar New Year celebrations in Philly, below.

Lunar New Year Celebration at the Penn Museum

Get an early start on celebrating the Lunar New Year among one of the country's most impressive collections of Chinese art during the Penn Museum's annual event. In addition to the traditional music and dance performances, martial arts demonstrations, calligraphy workshops and more, visitors can vote for the best dog photos submitted to the museum's Year of the Dog Photo Contest.

Lunar New Year Celebration at the Penn Museum

When:Saturday, January 27, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where:Penn Museum, 3260 South Street
Cost:$15, adults; $13, senior citizens; $10, children (6-17) and full-time college students with ID; free, active military, members, PennCard holders and children under 5

www.penn.museum

Year of the Dog Fundraiser With Three Queens Yoga

People in a yoga class.Photo courtesy Joe Longo

Join Mariel Freeman of Three Queens Yoga and DJ Sylo at Hotel Monaco for a special fundraising event to honor the Year of the Dog. Freeman will lead an all-levels vinyasa class and DJ Sylo will provide the tunes for the evening, which will include post-yoga cocktails courtesy of Bluebird Distilling, Asian-inspired bites and swag from Lululemon. All proceeds go to SavedMe, a local no-kill shelter, who will bring some adorable, adoptable dogs to the fundraiser as well.

Year of the Dog Fundraiser With Three Queens Yoga

When:Monday, February 12 6-8:30 p.m.
Where:Hotel Monaco, 433 Chestnut Street
Cost:$40

www.threequeensyoga.com

Lunar New Year Celebration at International House

Dancers at the International House's Lunar New Year celebration.Photo courtesy International House

Popular and often sold out, the annual Lunar New Year celebration at the International House features a variety of exciting music, a Lion Dance and martial arts performances. Stick around to taste traditional Chinese cuisine at the reception that follows the show.

Lunar New Year Celebration at International House

When:Thursday, February 15, 7-9 p.m.
Where:International House, 3701 Chestnut Street
Cost:$15, general admission; $10, members; $5, children (ages 5-12) and residents

www.ihousephilly.org

Philadelphia Suns Midnight Lion Dance Performance

Midnight Lion Dancing parade in Chinatown.Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia

Head to Chinatown to ring in the new year watching the Philadelphia Suns' annual Midnight Lion Dance performance. For the best view, get to 10th and Race streets well before midnight.

Philadelphia Suns Midnight Lion Dance Performance

When:Thursday, February 15, 11 p.m.-1 a.m.
Where:10th & Race streets
Cost:Free

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Lunar New Year at the Independence Seaport Museum

The Independence Seaport Museum hosts a Lunar New Year event for the whole family that acknowledges the traditions of Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and Japanese cultures. In honor of 2018 being the Year of the Dog, the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) joins in the fun this year by bringing some of their lovable (and adoptable!) dogs to the event.

Lunar New Year at the Independence Seaport Museum

When:Saturday, February 17, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where:Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free with museum admission: $16, general admission; $12, children (3-12), military (active & retired) and seniors (65 & over)

www.phillyseaport.org

Lunar New Year at Reading Terminal Market

Reading Terminal MarketPhoto by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Reading Terminal Market and Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation team up for a festive, food-filled Lunar New Year event. A special Lion Dance and other celebratory performances around the market are sprinkled in between exclusive cooking demonstrations, one by Alice Ye of Five Spice Philly and another by Michael Chow of Sang Kee Peking Duck.

Lunar New Year at Reading Terminal Market

When:Saturday, February 17, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where:Reading Terminal Market, 51 N. 12th Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.readingterminalmarket.org

The Philadelphia Suns Lion Dance Parade

Chinese New YearPhoto courtesy Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation

Couldn't make it to the Philadelphia Suns' Midnight Lion Dance? Don't sweat it. The troupe returns Sunday to weave through Chinatown during its daytime Lion Dance Parade. Refer to the schedule and make sure you're at the right place at the right time to see the troupe's second energetic procession.

The Philadelphia Suns Lion Dance Parade

When:Sunday, February 18, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where:Various locations including 10th & Spring streets
Cost:Free

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