The Year of the Tiger is upon us. But with omicron running rampant, Chinatown–International District Business Improvement Area has decided to postpone its annual festivities in the neighborhood until April. You can still celebrate the first new moon on the lunisolar calendar February 1 with a few in-person (and virtual) events—and a bevy of takeout options too.

In Person

Jan 17
The Bellevue Collection: Celebrate Lunar New Year
The shopping center kicks things off with cultural information booths popping up in various spots and a virtual showcase, including a lion dance. The Bellevue Collection, free

Jan 28 & 29
Lucky Envelope Brewing
The brewery, whose name stems from the tradition of giving red envelopes filled with money, rings in the Year of the Tiger with Highland Brewing Company. The duo shares a roundup of five new beers, a collection of food trucks, T-shirts, and their own red envelope giveaway. Lucky Envelope Brewing, free

Jan 29
Wing Luke Museum: Lunar New Year Fair
Stroll through Canton Alley, lined with different community tables, to Chong Wa Playfield, where a number of cultural activities, performances, and arts and crafts will take place. Wing Luke also holds a virtual story time on February 3, hosted by Doan Diane Hoang Dy. A coloring page designed by Ciara Sana is available here. Wing Luke Museum, free

Feb 12 & 13
Tết in Seattle
For its 25th year, the organization hosts a two-day celebration to commemorate the Vietnamese Lunar New Year. The show goes on as part of Seattle Center’s Festál with an ao dai fashion show, a selection of traditional Vietnamese foods, and even a health fair that provides free services and screenings. Seattle Center, free  

Feb 12
Seattle Night Market: Lunar New Year
The monthly bazaar’s plethora of local shops rings in the new year with a handful of performances from DJs and a dragon dance from Mak Fai. Magnuson Park Hangar 30, $10–20

Feb 19
Asia Pacific Cultural Center New Year Celebration
Returning from the shackles of virtual livestreams is Tacoma’s heritage center’s annual extravaganza filled with arts and crafts, food booths, and live entertainment from the likes of Mongolia, Japan, and Samoa. Asia Pacific Cultural Center, free

At Home

Dumplings, spring rolls, noodles, and some kind of seafood are the makings of a good-fortune meal, regardless the time of year. But for reunion dinner, which takes place on the eve of the new year, families gather with these staples (and more) in hopes of bringing good luck for the coming year. Don’t forget to bring your own oranges.


Capitol Hill and Bellevue

Not only did the longstanding Vietnamese restaurant make our 100 Best Restaurants list, they also offer takeout, which can include those killer imperial rolls. 

Raised Doughnuts and Cakes

Central District 

Year-round, Mi Kim creates a lineup of mochi doughnuts that rotate with different weekend specials like a matcha strawberry or chocolate mint. But for the Year of the Tiger, the shop is whipping up glazed mochi doughnuts and brown sugar shortbread tiger cookies, January 29 and 30. If you want your sweet treats on February 1, place a pre-order ahead of time. 

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