Free events for Chinese New Year 2018

Chinese New Year 2018 is upon us and there are many ways to celebrate the Year of the Dog in Metro Vancouver and Victoria with the whole family.

Below are all free family-friendly events to ring in Chinese New Year 2018. From Lion Dances to lantern making, it’s sure to be fun.

Burnaby

Lunar New Year Paper Crafts

Get crafty at Cameron library and make your own lanterns to celebrate the year of the dog. This free children’s program is drop-in. No registration required. Caregivers are required to accompany children under 10 years old.

Burnaby Public Library – Cameron
Sunday, February 18, 2018
2 – 4 pm

Lunar New Year Paper Crafts

Get crafty at McGill library and make your own lanterns to celebrate the year of the dog. This free children’s program is drop-in. No registration required. Caregivers are required to accompany children under 10 years old.

Burnaby Public Library – McGill
Saturday, February 17, 2018
2 – 4 pm

Crystal Mall Chinese New Year Celebration

At Crystal Mall, there will be a lion dance, choy cheng performance, free Chinese calligraphy Ggeetings, God of Fortune greeting, lucky draw, booth games, balloon twisting and AM1320 stage show.

Crystal Mall
Saturday, February 17, 2018
12 – 4 pm

Lunar New Year in The Heights

Hastings Street comes alive with music and dance, as traditional and colourful lion dancers perform special blessings to bring luck and prosperity to Heights merchants.

Hastings Street (between Gamma and Boundary)
Saturday, February 24, 2018
2 – 5 pm

Richmond

Aberdeen Centre’s Chinese New Year Flower & Gift Fair 2018

Browse the various booths around Aberdeen Centre selling Chinese New Year flowers and gifts.

Aberdeen Mall
Friday, February 9 – 18, 2018
Mall hours

Countdown Night to Chinese New Year of the Dog

Hours before Chinese New Year, count down with the Fairchild Radio Pre-Countdown Stage Show and Personal Blessings from the Chinese God of Fortune.

Aberdeen Mall – Central Atrium
Thursday, February 15, 2018
8:30 pm to 12:10 am

Aberdeen Centre’s Golden Dragon and Lion Dance

Follow the Golden Dragon and Lion Dance around Aberdeen Centre to celebrate Chinese New Year.

Aberdeen Mall – Outdoor Courtyard
Friday, February 16, 2018
11 am

Chinese New Year Festival

This event is especially suitable for families with children, but all ages are welcome. There are have lots of fun, hands-on activities like performance of drumming, traditional Chinese music, lantern and bracelet making , meditation demonstration and tea chan workshop, and Chinese calligraphy & Chinese painting.

Dharma Drum Vancouver Center
Sunday, February 18, 2018
10 am  – 2:30 pm

Chinese New Year Cultural Showcase Celebration

The festivities continue at Aberdeen Mall in the Central Atrium with various cultural showcases from the Colors of Dance Academy, Vancouver Youth Philharmonic Orchestra,Vancouver Academy of Dance, and BC Chinese Music Association.

Aberdeen Mall – Central Atrium
Saturday, February 17 – 18, 2018
Various Times

Vancouver

Lunarfest at Oakridge

Hundreds of sky lanterns will adorn a line of arches in the Lantern of Blessings installation, providing the path to cross over into the Lunar New Year. You can reserve a lantern, then customize it on Family Day with your prayers and blessings for the new year.

Oakridge Mall

Lunar New Year 2018: Lion Dance at the Public Market

Granville Island will celebrate the Lunar New Year with a traditional Lion Dance parade starting at 10:30 am in the Public Market. Follow the lion dancers as they travel to the Net Loft, Creekhouse and Railspur Alley. Take in a Sugar Painting showcase from 11 am to 2 pm, where the artist uses a traditional Chinese form of folk art using hot, liquid sugar to create two or three dimensional figures.

Granville Island
Saturday, February 17, 2018
10:30 am to 2 pm

Lunar New Year at Lonsdale Quay

Lonsdale Quay Market will celebrate the Lunar New Year with a traditional Chinese Fan Dancing performance and workshop from 11 am to 12 pm. From 12 pm to 3 pm, they will hold traditional lunar new year’s crafts for all ages which will then be followed by the always stunning Lion Dance blessing throughout the Market, beginning at 3 pm. The God of Fortune will also be handing out traditional Red Envelopes to customers and visitors while supplies last.

Lonsdale Quay Market
Saturday, February 17, 2018
10 am – 4:30 pm

The 45th Vancouver Chinatown Spring Festival Parade

This signature event of Vancouver’s Chinatown will feature lion dances, cultural dance troupes, marching bands, martial arts performances and much more. This is an annual cultural extravaganza not to be missed.

Millennium Gate on Pender Street (between Shanghai Alley and Taylor Street)
Sunday, February 18, 2018
11 am

Chinese New Year: A Celebration for Everyone Book Launch

The book launch of ‘Chinese New Year: A Celebration for Everyone’ by Jen Sookfong Lee is happening.

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
Sunday, February 11, 2018
1 pm – 12:30 pm

LunarFest

Brighten up your winter and prepare to welcome a perfect Year of the Dog with the 2018 LunarFest. From ballet and food to a Moon Crawl and doggie arts & crafts, this two weekend-long celebration is perfect for both you and your four-legged best friend!

Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza
Sunday, February 18, 24 and 25, 2018

Year of the Dog Temple Fair 

The Year of the Dog Temple Fair celebration is filled with barks of joy. Er nao, or “hot and noisy”, is the spirit behind the public event at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. Everyone is invited to wish each other good fortune, prosperity, and good health.

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
Sunday, February 18, 2018
10 am – 4 pm

Celebrating Chinese New Year of Dog

Celebration of New Year of the International Village marks the start of the lunar calendar, bringing traditional Chinese Spring festivities and rituals to the community of Vancouver, with exhibition and sales booths on both Main and Upper Levels Level showcasing Chinese New Year festive items, souvenirs, culinary delights and gift wares, multicultural live performance on stage, and lucky draw. This three days event includes an opening celebration with a ceremonial opening and lion dance, attended by officials from three levels government, consulates, and local celebrities.

International Village Mall
Friday, February 16 – 18, 2018
Various times and events

Get Lucky: An Art Show

In celebration of Chinese New Year 2018 (Year of the Dog!), Vancouver artists will create artwork on red pocket/lucky envelopes for a one-day art show. Artists have the freedom to use their media of choice, using red envelopes as the canvas. Timed with the Chinese New Year Parade, the art show is right on the parade route. Come get a full dose of new year’s fun and culture.

Fortune Sound Club
Sunday, February 18, 2018
11 am – 4 pm

Chinese New Year Celebration along Hastings Street

Celebrate Chinese New Year and join the East Village BIA for the Lion Dance to welcome the Year of the Dog.

2200-2700 Block of Hastings Street
Friday, February 23, 2018
TBD

Victoria

The Annual Lion Dance in Chinatown 

They will be performing their annual Chinese lion dance parade. Three new lions will be awakened with a special eye dotting ceremony.

The Gates of Harmonious Interest on Fisgard St
Sunday, February 18, 2017
11 am – 3 pm

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