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5 Ways to Celebrate Lunar New Year in Brooklyn

Parade members hold a large blue Chinese Dragon puppet up for the crowd at the Lunar New Year parade in New York City.
"Dragon dance meets bird at NYC Lunar New Year parade" ©️ 2018 by Rhododendrites / Wikimedia Commons is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International.
Lunar New Year Parade in New York City, 2018

Lunar New Year starts on Saturday, Feb. 10, and ends Saturday, Feb. 24, and there are tons of ways to celebrate right here in Brooklyn. Observed predominantly by East Asian cultures, Lunar New Year signifies the start of the lunisolar calendar and is celebrated with an abundance of food, family gatherings, and traditions that welcome prosperity and good health.

2024 is The Year of the Dragon – we wish Brooklyn nothing but luck, strength, and power this year!

There are plenty of ways to celebrate Lunar New Year across New York City’s five boroughs. Wherever you choose to celebrate, don’t forget to stop by Brooklyn Chinese-American Association’s annual New Year parade this Sunday at 11am at Sunset Park!

Below, we’ve picked five ways that you and your loved ones can ring in the Year of the Dragon in our beloved borough:

1. Feb. 11: Celebrating Lunar New Year at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum (Crown Heights)

Join Brooklyn Children’s Museum and usher in the Year of the Dragon! Learn about the traditions of Lunar New Year through live music, dance performances, and kung fu workshops with the New York Chinese Cultural Center, storytelling with authors Michele Wong McSween and Yobe Qiu, calligraphy workshops with artist Nelson Leung, and a lion dance parade led by the Chinatown Community Young Lions.

2. Feb. 17: Oui Market’s 2024 Lunar New Year Market at Lazy Suzy Cafe (Bushwick)

Join Lazy Suzy Cafe & Shop for a festive Lunar New Year Market event featuring a wide variety of traditional foods, handmade crafts, arts & prints, and stylish accessories by AAPI local vendors. Join a free raffle giveaway for a chance to win exciting prizes!

3. Feb. 17: Parent-Child Relationship Association‘s Lunar New Year Lantern Festival Event (Sunset Park)

Join Brooklyn Org partner Parent-Child Relationship Association for an outdoor Lunar New Year Celebration at Leif Ericson Park (9th Avenue & 67th Street) on Saturday, February 17th at 11am. The afternoon will be filled with fun for all ages, including arts & crafts, games, family portraits, calligraphy, and much more!

4. Feb. 24: Lunar New Year and Lantern Festival (Park Slope)

Gone to the Dogs is celebrating Lunar New Year the pet-friendly way! Dogs in lion & dragon costumes are encouraged. Loyal dog customers will receive red envelope treats while their pet paw-rents shop, sip, and celebrate Lunar New Year!

5. Feb. 24: Lunar New Year Celebration at Local Roots NYC (Carroll Gardens)

Local Roots will be serving a Local Roots Chinese farm to table menu and bubble tea with special Lunar New Year dishes, red envelopes for children, and raffle prizes for all! A traditional lion dance will take place outside and throughout the cafe.


A group of people posing for a photo in a park.
Courtesy of Parent-Child Relationship Association

Want to support Asian American Brooklynites all year round? Read more about the work of our partners, Parent-Children Relationship Association, United Chinese Association of Brooklyn, and Asian American Federation, and learn about the many ways you can be a part of uplifting and supporting our neighbors.