Year of the Dog Lunar New Year Family Festival

Enjoy zodiac arts & crafts, lively dance performances, festive snacks, and timeless tales inspired by Chinese and Chinese American New Year’s traditions.


Performances, Workshops & More

The Main Event: A Lion Dance Performance—11:15am 
No New Year’s celebration is complete without a lion dance. Kick off our annual Festival with a vibrant lion dance. Afterwards, sneak a peek under the lion costumes!

New Year Festival Dances - 12:30 pm
The Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company perform traditional Chinese dances in dazzling costumes. Audience participation encouraged.

Sounds of the New Year Played on the Pipa - 1:30 pm
The musicians behind GONG MUSIC will play a mix of old favorites and modern twists. Learn the traditions and significance of some of the oldest instruments in the world.

Whirling, Twirling Ribbons: A Ribbon Dance Workshop - 2:30 & 3 pm
Watch an elegant ribbon dance by dancer and choreographer Mei-Yin Ng, then craft a simple ribbon and learn how to make it twirl through the air.

Go Fetch! Gallery Hunt
In celebration of the Year of the Dog, follow the paw prints and sniff out the clues scattered throughout the gallery.

New Year Nibbles - 12-3 pm
Sample sweet and savory holiday treats while learning how each one brings flavor and fortune to the New Year.

Zodiac Face Painting
Bring a favorite zodiac animal to life by getting a colorful zodiac animal hand or face painting.

Legends Storytime
Itching to hear how the dog got its place in the Zodiac? Join a MOCA educator for the tale of the Great Zodiac Race and a spooky retelling of the Legend of Nian, another New Year’s classic.

Drop-in Arts & Crafts— 11am- 4pm

Let’s Get Loud! 
Turn ordinary household items into festive rattle drums that you can use to scare away the legendary Nian monster. Put your customized noisemakers to good use during the legends story time.

Decorative Doggies 
Every year, people ring in the New Year by decorating their houses with intricate paper creations. Fold a paper dog to celebrate this year’s playful zodiac animal.

Lucky Lion Masks
Shoo away bad luck by creating a lion mask from cardstock, metallic foil paper, pom poms, and more.

* Denotes a ticketed event. Ticketed events are free with admission, but have limited capacity.


Where: Museum of Chiunese in America, 215 Centre St. 

Tickets: $12, children under 2, free

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Advance ticket purchase highly recommended.