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How to Celebrate the 2023 Lunar New Year

Usher in the Year of the Rabbit (or Cat) with good eats and festivities.

By Seattle Met Staff

Bring on the lion dances.

The Year of the Rabbit is almost upon us. While last year's Lunar New Year celebrations were a mix of in-person and virtual affairs in still-uncertain times, it's full-on party mode in 2023. Herein, plenty of ways to celebrate. We'll do our best to keep this list updated as more events roll in.

Just want to fill up on dumplings and noodles, fish and nian gao? We've also got guides to our favorite Chinese restaurants, spots for soup dumplings, and Vietnamese mainstays.

Live Lunar New Year Celebration

January 14, 11am–6pm | Bellevue square

The Year of the Rabbit scurries in with a bang during a day of performances and demonstrations at Bellevue Square. Master Zhou Lei of Shaolin Kung Fu Academy kicks things off with a fiery dragon dance, then comes calligraphy and tai chi, flute solos and dance performances.

Tết in Seattle

January 14–15, 11am–6pm | Seattle Center

Part of Seattle Center's ongoing Festál series, this celebration of Vietnamese culture ushers in the Year of the Cat with lion dances, live performances, fashion shows, art exhibits, and plenty of food.

Lunar New Year Celebration Show

January 17, 2–3pm | Seattle Central Library

Chinese dance and musical performances fill the program at Seattle Central Library's Lunar New Year show. The event is co-hosted by Seattle Sunshine Performing Arts Group and Huayin Performing Arts Group and is free to the public.

Azn Glo

January 20, 9pm | Neumos

Traditional this is not. But when Kylie Mooncakes hosts and the lineup includes drag standouts Gaysha Starr, Aleksa Manila, and Alessandra Hunt, you know it's going to be fun. 

Lunar New Year Edmonds

January 21, 11am–1pm | downtown edmonds

A lion dance from NW Kung Fu and breakdance performance from Massive Monkees gives a Lunar New Year flair to Edmonds's winter market (10am–3pm), which features apparel, crafts, and food from various shops and vendors. 

Sammamish Lunar New Year Celebration

January 21, 1–4pm | Central Washington University Sammamish

It's Lunar New Year on the Eastside too. Martial arts performances, lion and dragon dances, food trucks, and activity booths for kids make this a family-focused affair.

Lucky Envelope Lunar New Year Festivities

January 21–28 | Lucky envelope brewing

The White Rabbit milk stout collab with Ladd and Lass and Water Rabbit yuzu pilsner in conjunction with Highland Brewing are two of the brews featured during the Makers and Bakers popup, one of the themed events from Lucky Envelope Brewing to celebrate Lunar New Year. You can also expect handmade crafts, red envelope coupon giveaways, and themed dog photos.

Lunar New Year on the Pier

January 22, 2–4pm | Pier 62

Mak Fai Kung Fu Club brings on the lion dance performed on jongs, a series of poles that require precision and balance. Afterward, enjoy fare from food trucks while mingling near firepits.

Lunar New Year Dinner

January 25, 6pm | Lark

Dungeness crab garlic chili noodles. Hoisin beef tongue steamed buns. Shrimp and foie gras shumai. Mochi cake with a tangerine curd. Lark clearly knows how to honor the Year of the Rabbit in sweet, delicious style.

Lunar New Year Fair

January 28, 10am–3pm | Wing Luke Museum

After a lion dance welcomes in the Year of the Rabbit, Wing Luke invites guests inside for themed crafts, games, and other family activities, including a storytime session all about the famed dance.

Microsoft Asian Spring Festival Celebration

January 28, noon and 6:30pm | Mccaw Hall

Seattle Chinese Association and Chinese Microsoft Employee Network team up for double the Lunar New Year fun. Food stalls, performances, games, and a photo booth make up a lively afternoon festival, while an evening gala stars various performances featuring Chinese culture. 

Lunar New Year

January 28, 2–4pm | Peter kirk community center

Kirkland Parks and Community Services presents an afternoon of cultural demonstrations, not to mention food and dancing, in honor of the Year of the Rabbit. 

Lunar New Year Celebration

February 4, 10am–3pm | hing hay park

Head to the heart of Chinatown–International District for in-person festivities once again. A stage at Hing Hay Park showcases everything from taiko to martial arts demonstrations, while vendors and a food walk (starting at 11am) draw crowds clamoring for festive wares and all the dumplings.

PhinneyWood Lunar New Year Celebration

February 5, 2–5pm | Phinney center

Lantern making, a performance by LQ Lion Dance, and thundering drums from Seattle Kokon Taiko make up the sights and sounds of this afternoon event.

Lunar New Year Night Market

February 11, 5–11pm | Magnuson Park Hangar 30

Over 100 vendors and an AAPI small businesses pop-up showcase at this Lunar New Year iteration of Seattle's 21-and-up indoor night market. With karaoke, a cocktail bar, food trucks, and performances from Mak Fai Kung Fu Dragon and Lion Dance, you know this is anything but your typical craft fair.

ICHS Lunar New Year 5K

February 26, 8am–noon | Shoreline Interurban Trail

Get moving and help fund free and low-cost health care. Registration fees for this 5K run/walk benefit International Community Health Services. All ages are welcome to participate in the fun run along the mostly flat Shoreline Interurban Trail, with Lunar New Year festivities kicking things off beforehand at Shoreline City Hall.
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